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CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati

PARKRING 2, 1010 VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Tel:
Work +43 1 51 43 50
Fax:
Fax +43 1 514 35 35
Email:
Web:
www.chsh.com

Dr Hans Kristoferitsch

Tel:
Work +43 1 514 35 291
Email:
Web:
www.chsh.com
CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati

Work Department

Contentious Business

Position

Partner
Head of Privacy and TMT practice group

Areas of practice: Public Commercial and European Law, White-collar Crime and Compliance, Competition and State Aid, Data Protection, Energy and Environmental Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law, Privacy and IT

Career

Admitted 2009, (Attorney at Law), Austria
Positions:
University Assistant at the Research Institute for European Affairs at the Vienna University of Economics and Business

Partner with Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati since 2013 and head of Privacy and TMT practice group.
Hans is leading in areas of data protection, telecommunications, e-commerce and regularly assists Austrian and global clients with international data transfers, outsourcing projects,
cloud computing and behavioral advertising. Recently, assisted and coordinated GDPR compliance, regulatory projects for numerous large multinational clients.
He is also an expert in white collar crime and took the lead in some of the biggest internal investigations in Austria.

Hans frequently represents companies damaged by criminal conduct in trials and asset tracing. He is active in all areas of regulatory, public, administrative law and handles various cases under the fundamental freedoms, including infringement proceedings before the European Commission, as well as other areas of EU law (in particular state aid, regulated industries, EU litigation). Acts regularly before the CJEU (eg Hinkley Point-C case, landmark case in Austria).

He regularly teaches and gives lectures on compliance, data protection and criminal law and is an author of several publications (textbook Austrian data protection law).

Languages

German, English, Spanish

Education

Harvard Law School (LL.M. 2005); University of Vienna (Mag. iur. 2002, Mag. phil. 2004, Dr. iur. 2004)


Austria

Administrative law and public sector

Within: Administrative law and public sector

CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati is noted for its wide-ranging practice, covering environmental, state aid, planning and zoning, energy, air traffic, education, product regulation and healthcare law. Hans Kristoferitsch, who is 'hands on and understands the client's needs', represented the Republic of Austria before the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in litigation regarding the awarding of state aid for nuclear power plants in the UK and Hungary; he also acted for the Austrian Power Grid in proceedings before the Board of Appeal of the EU Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators and the ECJ. Stefan Huber, who jointly heads the practice with Kristoferitsch, is advising food retailer Spar on a variety of regulatory issues, as well as acting for a number of higher education bodies, such as the Institute of Science and Technology. Other clients include Vienna International Airport and Philip Morris.

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Dispute resolution: white-collar crime (including fraud)

Within: Dispute resolution: white-collar crime (including fraud)

With superb reputation in the space, CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati acts for companies and individuals in criminal proceedings and internal investigations, while also providing assistance with compliance matters. Team co-heads Hans Kristoferitsch and Stefan Huber represented a construction company in criminal investigations against circa 50 companies and over 150 individuals for alleged bid-rigging, fraud and corruption, and, together with highly regarded co-head Peter Lewisch, Kristoferitsch is acting for Wiener Stadtwerke and its subsidiary Wien Energie in various criminal proceedings pertaining to allegations of fraud, corruption and the manipulation of several tender proceedings.

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TMT

Within: TMT

With an extensive blue-chip client base, CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati covers a wide range of TMT sector work with a particular focus on data protection, IT and telecoms law. The 'very responsive and pragmatic' team, which is led by the 'excellent' Hans Kristoferitsch, advises Spar on all data protection, data security and IT matters and also assists Asfinag on various IT, data protection and GDPR compliance issues including traffic and toll-collection data matters alongside video surveillance issues.

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