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Leading individuals

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    • Axel Anderl - Dorda
    • Markus AndrĂ©ewitch - AndrĂ©ewitch & Simon
    • Thomas Höhne - Höhne, In der Maur & Partner RechtsanwĂ€lte OG
    • Rainer Knyrim - Knyrim Trieb RechtsanwĂ€lte OG

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Dorda has ‘good industry knowledge’ and covers the full spectrum of technology, media and telecoms, with a focus on IT and data protection. Felix Hörlsberger and ‘strong negotiator and strategic thinker’ Axel Anderl advised Styria Media on digital media and data protection issues, while Heinrich KĂŒhnert represented Kapsch CarrierCom in licensing proceedings before the Austrian Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications (RTR). Telecoms partner Stephan Polster joined Becker GĂŒnther Polster Regner RechtsanwĂ€lte GmbH.

Binder Grösswang ‘provides great service’ and is particularly active in IT and telecoms matters, while also having notable experience in e-commerce and domain law. Practice head Ivo Rungg advised Tele2 on IT outsourcing and data protection issues.

The ‘professional and knowledgeable’ team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is best known for its IT and telecoms work. ‘Result-oriented’ practice head Bertram Burtscher advised UniCredit Business Integrated Services on outsourcing its IT services and back-end payment platform.

‘Very good and modern’ IT and IP boutique Geistwert acts for clients from a variety of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, media, infrastructure and engineering, while also advising several IT start-ups. Max Mosing and Alexander Schnider advised the Austrian National Library following the failure of an IT project. Juliane Messner is ‘extremely responsive and experienced’.

Renowned for its expertise in media law, Höhne, In der Maur & Partner RechtsanwÀlte OG advises numerous press, publishing, radio and television companies, including Kronehit Radio. Thomas Höhne is recommended.

Preslmayr Attorneys at Law produces ‘outstanding data protection law work’. Gerald Trieb and the team advised Greiner on the launch of a global whistleblowing hotline and assisted Lenzing with a data protection and compliance project. Former practice head Rainer Knyrim left in early 2017 to found Knyrim Trieb RechtsanwĂ€lte OG.

AndrĂ©ewitch & Simon has ‘outstanding expertise in software matters’, including software protection, licence management and auditing. Other areas of expertise include data protection, outsourcing and online law issues. Markus AndrĂ©ewitch is recommended.

CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati has a core focus on IT matters and regularly advises on e-commerce and data protection. ‘Quick and pragmatic’ practice head Hans Kristoferitsch assisted Samsung with IT and data protection aspects of the launch of new software.

The ‘responsive and committed’ IT and telecoms team at DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach frequently advises on data protection and outsourcing matters. The ‘experienced and knowledgeable’ Sabine Fehringer heads the practice.

Eisenberger & Herzog predominantly handles IT law work, including cloud computing and licensing, often where matters intersect with competition law. ‘Knowledgeable’ team head Andreas Zellhofer assisted Microsoft with cloud computing and permitting matters.

The team at Lansky, Ganzger + Partner (LGP) is led by Gerald Ganzger, who is praised as having ‘deep knowledge of the television industry’. He advised ATV on media law matters, including media transparency and statutory disclosure compliance. Other clients include the publishing house Bohmann and Schau TV.

In close cooperation with the firm’s IP team, Wolf Theiss’ ‘strong and committed’ TMT practice handles cross-border data protection and IT outsourcing matters, as well as contentious work. ‘Strategic’ practice head Georg Kresbach, who ‘always finds the right tone’, recently advised Kelag on software licensing agreements. Other work included assisting Hugo Boss with distance selling and e-commerce matters.

bkp RechtsanwÀlte handles IT, e-commerce and data protection work, including software licensing, domain registration and computer project agreements. Clients include IT and internet companies, and online game providers. Felix PrÀndl and Gerald Otto are the main contacts.

Baker McKenzie ‱ Diwok Hermann Petsche RechtsanwĂ€lte LLP & Co KG has a strong profile for contentious and non-contentious data protection and cybersecurity work, as well as telecoms law. ‘Exceptional’ associate Lukas Feiler heads the ‘responsive, proactive and cost-sensitive’ team.

CMS focuses on IT work, regularly advising on data protection, software implementation and licensing. Johannes Juranek heads the team, which has been advising an Austrian client on outsourcing, cloud computing and data protection matters.

Schoenherr’s ‘competent and quick’ newTech team advises on IT and telecoms work, such as domain names, gambling licences and software projects. Wolfgang Tichy, who co-heads the practice with counsels GĂŒnther Leissler and Michael Woller, assisted Uniqa Insurance with the development, implementation and operation of a group-wide IT system.

Stolitzka & Partner RechtsanwÀlte OG (a member of Eversheds Sutherland) frequently handles website-related issues, including online selling, third-party cookies and statutory restriction matters, while also covering data protection and data transfer work. Georg Röhsner is the main contact.

Legis – Cooperative Association of Attorneys advises on a range of telecoms and IT matters, including outsourcing, software contracts, data protection and e-payments. Dietmar Huemer assisted a major Austrian company with the latter, including data mapping and data transfer issues.

Dr Norbert Wiesinger, Law Offices is ‘very experienced in telecoms matters’. The ‘client-oriented’ Norbert Wiesinger acts for national and international telecoms, infrastructure and utility companies on regulatory issues and represents them before RTR.

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