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DORDA establishes multidisciplinary Digital Industries Group

August 2019

DORDA has always had a strong focus on the digital and technology sector. The team of nine leading and award-winning IT/IP professionals led by partner Axel Anderl has been boasting a strong track record of relevant client relationships for more than a decade. In addition, other expert teams of the firm, such as the M&A group, the corporate law, banking and insurance teams or the antitrust team, also work for technology companies on a daily basis. As a consequence, DORDA has now established a new interdisciplinary Digital Industries Group, which institutionalises the cooperation of DORDA's experienced, technology-oriented experts in the digital and technology sector. Constant sharing of know-how will further strengthen the expertise and quality of the Group's services, thus creating further synergy effects for clients.

The Digital Industries Group is headed by Axel Anderl. Attorneys Bernhard Heinzl (IT/IP) and Lukas Schmidt (Corporate M&A) will jointly be responsible for the management. The core team of the group currently comprises 14 experts from the areas of IT/IP/Data Protection, Corporate Law, M&A, Antitrust Law, Litigation and Arbitration as well as Banking and Finance. In addition, the team is also supported by Life Science and public law experts.

"Innovation and ongoing development combined with the use of new technologies are present in all economic sectors. With the new Digital Industries Group, we offer holistic legal advice in a digital world," says Axel Anderl. "Depending on the technology and areas of application, different areas of the law are concerned. However, companies prefer one contact person and a law firm which can offer competence and, above all, experience in all areas".

In addition to the basic legal services such as contract drafting, IT and joint venture projects, outsourcing, digitalisation and transaction support, the Digital Industries Group also focuses on emerging technologies such as blockchain, AI, machine learning, digital corporate law (tokenisation of shares, participation certificates), supervisory law in the digital age in the financial and insurance sector, FinTechs and of course start-ups.

"In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the demand for specialized and cross-team advice on M&A transactions regarding tech companies. Especially for companies with digital business models, experience has shown that there are numerous legal issues in the transaction area, which require interdisciplinary work. The Digital Industries Group is able to provide direct and smart solutions and thus further increase the quality of our consulting services for clients," says Lukas Schmidt.

Bernhard Heinzl continues: "DORDA has been working successfully with tech-related teams in numerous matters. We want to provide our clients with further added value through the synergies of our teamwork and by pooling our strengths across teams.”

DORDA is a leading law firm in Austria, advising in all areas of business law. In addition to Corporate, M&A, real estate and tenancy law, banking and capital markets law, the firm's practice areas comprise insolvency law and restructurings as well as dispute resolution, tax law, competition/antitrust law, employment law, public law, data protection, IT, IP and media law

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