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CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati

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CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati, Dr Anna Wolf-Posch, LL.M., Vienna, AUSTRIA

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Dr Anna Wolf-Posch, LL.M.

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CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati

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Takeovers & Antitrust


Areas of practice: Competition Law, Antitrust Law, Foreign Trade Law


Admitted, (Attorney at Law), Austria
Admitted, (Attorney at Law), Germany

Anna joined CHSH as a partner at the end of January 2018 and has strengthened the antitrust team.
She has advised clients on European, Austrian and German antitrust law for many years and joined Freshfields in Düsseldorf in 2010 before relocating to Freshfields' Vienna office in 2012, she handled numerous high profile cases (since 2015 as a Senior Associate).

She has advised on numerous high profile merger cases with an Austrian angle and has gathered substantial experience with multi-national cartel investigations. 

Anna has been singled out for recognition in Who's Who Legal Competition 2018 – Future Leaders – Partners. GRC100 wrote in January 2017: "Anna Wolf-Posch is already making waves … and is well-known in Vienna for her competition savvy."

Anna is the co-author on a recent (2017) book on Austrian State Aid Law and will be commenting the section on online distribution in the new Austrian legal commentary of the Austrian Cartel Act.
She regularly publishes in legal journals and newspapers.

Anna's special area of expertise is digital antitrust. She regularly speaks at public and client events about developments in digital antitrust, most recently on 15 February 2019 at the meeting of Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht in Brussels. In addition, she is co-authoring a book on digital antitrust.


German, English, French


Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht; Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes; Alumni association of the University of St. Gallen


University of Konstanz, Columbia Law School (LL.M.), University of St. Gallen (Dr. iur.)


EU and competition

Within: EU and competition

CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati handles state aid and cartel investigation proceedings, as well as advising clients on their compliance measures. The team has also been involved in a series of high-profile merger control cases: it represented OMV before the European Commission in merger control proceedings relating to its acquisition of joint control of Smatrics; acted for the sellers of Hali and Svoboda in proceedings that involved the four largest manufacturers of office furniture in the Austrian market; and represented Austria Asphalt before the Court of Justice of the European Union in proceedings concerning the merger control aspects relating to a joint venture with Teerag-Asdag. Bernhard Kofler-Senoner heads the team, which also includes Anna Wolf-Posch, who joined as a partner from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in January 2018, and counsel Michael Mayer .

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