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This page is dedicated to keeping readers informed of the latest news and thought leadership articles from law firms across the globe.

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fwp extends its expertise by appointing a new junior partner from its own ranks

October 2018. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

Vienna, September 2018. Motivated and energetic - this is how the new junior partner of Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner (fwp) presents himself. One of Austria’s leading law firms acclaims Clemens Gabriel’s new status as attorney-at-law registered since 19 September 2018.

“The quality of our performance is based on the successful development of our teams – this includes taking on board long-serving associates who wish to work with us as attorneys after having successfully passed their exam and being admitted to the Austrian bar association”, emphasises founding partner Markus Fellner.

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fwp strengthens areas of competence by appointing a new junior partner from its own ranks.

September 2018. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

Vienna, September 2018. Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner (fwp) adds valuable competence and expertise to the team by promoting Michael Froner to junior partner.

“The quality of our performance is based on the successful development of our teams – this includes taking on board long-serving associates who wish to work with us as attorneys after having successfully passed their exam and being admitted to the Austrian bar association”, explains founding partner Markus Fellner.

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Attorney-at-law Helmut Kinczel provides a valuable addition to fwp’s Public Law team

January 2016. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

Vienna, 22 December 2015. Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner RechtsanwĂ€lte GmbH (fwp) opens up in-house career paths: Helmut Kinczel becomes a contract partner on fwp’s Public Law team.

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Attorney-at-law Irena Gogl-Hassanin provides a valuable addition to fwp’s Corporate / M&A team

January 2016. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

Vienna, 30 November 2015. The business law firm Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (fwp) has added a new player to its team - attorney-at-law Irena Gogl-Hassanin , LL.M. (London). 

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fwp provides legal advice on the sale of DC Bank AG

January 2016. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

Vienna, 4 September 2015. Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner RechtsanwÀlte GmbH (fwp) successfully provided legal advice to UniCredit Bank Austria AG in connection with the sale of DC Bank AG to card complete Service Bank AG.

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fwp provides advice on acquisition of sms.at

January 2016. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

Vienna, 27 October 2015. Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner RechtsanwÀlte GmbH (fwp) successfully advised atms Telefon- und Marketing Services GmbH on the acquisition of "sms.at" mobile internet services gmbh.

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fwp advises UniCredit Bank Austria AG on the sale of “The Mall”, a major real estate M&A project

January 2016. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

Vienna, 22 October 2015. Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner RechtsanwĂ€lte GmbH (fwp) advised UniCredit Bank Austria AG in connection with the sale of the “The Mall” shopping mall to an international syndicate of buyers.

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“16/kunstakt” – fwp hosts the grand opening of this year’s “kunstakt" exhibition

January 2016. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

Vienna, 23 November 2015. For the 11th time in a row, Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner RechtsanwĂ€lte GmbH (fwp) shows works of art of young students in its office premises. Entitled “16/kunstakt”, the grand opening took place on 19 November 2015 in the law firm’s enlarged and re-designed office. 150 guests from the world of business, politics, law and art followed the invitation and enjoyed an evening of contemporary art, good music and lively discussion.

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fwp advises UniCredit Bank Austria AG on the sale of Immobilien Holding portfolio

April 2015. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

Vienna, 16 January 2015. Business law firm Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (fwp) advises UniCredit Bank Austria AG on the multi-stage structured sale of the real estate portfolio it holds via Immobilien Holding GmbH. read more...

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fwp advises HETA on individual applications for review of special Hypo legislation

April 2015. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner Rechtsanwaelte GmbH (fwp) represents HETA Asset Resolution AG (formerly HYPO Alpe-Adria Bank International AG) in connection with the judicial review proceedings before the Austrian Constitutional Court following the implementation of special Hypo legislation. The Constitutional Court has now rejected all individual applications filed by Austrian and international investors as inadmissible. Read more...

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fwp advises on stabilising Pfandbriefbank after HETA debt moratorium

April 2015. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (fwp) successfully provided legal advice to HYPO NOE, the association of mortgage banks of the Austrian Provinces and Pfandbriefbank in connection with financing repayments to be made for specific bond issues, thus ensuring the stability of both Pfandbriefbank and the mortgage banks guaranteeing such repayments.

fwp provided legal advice to HYPO NOE Gruppe Bank AG and consequently also to the association of the mortgage banks of the Austrian Provinces (Verband der Landes-Hypothekenbanken) and to Pfandbriefbank (Österreich) AG on how to ensure the timely payment of principal and interest to bondholders of Pfandbriefbank despite recent measures taken by the Austrian Financial Market Authority (FMA). Read more...

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fwp advises Bank Austria on the takeover of Immobilien Holding from Immobilien Privatstiftung

August 2014. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

Vienna, 28 July 2014. Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (fwp) advises UniCredit Bank Austria AG on acquiring Immobilien Holding GmbH, which until now was wholly owned by Immobilien Privatstiftung.

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fwp lawyers at the 2012 Business Run

September 2012. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

Once again, Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner RechtsanwĂ€lte (fwp) participated in the Vienna Business Run held on 6 September this year. fwp sent a total of 21 runners into the race whose performance confirmed the firm’s dynamic image.

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Markus Fellner is the most frequently recommended business lawyer in Austria

September 2012. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

On the occasion of the presentation of the "Business Lawyers Handbook" by "die Presse" on 12 September 2012, Markus Fellner, partner at Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner, won the award as most frequently recommended lawyer. Fellner is the only legal expert to be highly recommended in five out of twelve categories. What is more, his law firm fwp won in the category planning and building, real estate and tenancy law.

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fwp advises on the sale of Benda-Lutz Werke GmbH

July 2012. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner RechtsanwÀlte GmbH (fwp) was the legal adviser for sellers on the sale of all shares in Benda-Lutz Werke GmbH, a leading pigment manufacturing company based in Lower Austria.

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fwp lawyers handle sale of Domoferm Group

July 2012. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner RechtsanwÀlte GmbH (fwp) provided consultancy on the sale of Domoferm Group, which is based in Lower Austria.

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fwp at 2012 Venture Capital & Private Equity Award

July 2012. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

For the fourth time, Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners Attorneys at law (fwp) supported the Venture Capital & Private Equity Award as partner and as member on the jury. On 27 June 2012, the five best deals were honoured at the “Haus der Industrie”. fwp Partner Markus Fellner awarded the first prize.

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fwp expands its team in the practice areas of Capital Markets and M&A with a new junior partner

May 2012. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (fwp) is further on in a personnel growth and extends its team. Christian Thaler has been made new junior partner.

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fwp lawyers included in the Banking & Finance section of the international “Leading Lawyers” lis

May 2012. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (fwp) once again proves its expertise in banking and finance by its inclusion in the international Legal 500 series of guides which has been recommending law firms and law experts in over 100 countries for around 20 years.

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Markus Fellner interviewed by “Report” news magazine

December 2011. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

The broadcast of “Report” TV news magazine on Tuesday, 13 September 2011, on the Austrian TV channel ORF2 showed an interview with fwp partner Markus Fellner on the current topic “Telekom”.

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fwp lawyers welcome two more junior partners in their team

December 2011. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

The business lawyers Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (fwp) have taken on board attorneys-at-law Dr. Markus Panhölzl and Mag. Stefan Turic.

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fwp celebrated the opening of the "12/kunstakt" exhibition

November 2011. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (fwp) invited clients, employees and friends to attend the grand opening of the "12/kunstakt" exhibition at their office premises in Vienna. For the seventh year in a row, nine young students of the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts are showing works that have been specifically designed for fwp’s “kunstakt” exhibition and that critically deal with concepts such as law, system and order. Gallery owner Hans Knoll formally opened the exhibition.

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fwp lawyers – continue their steep rise on the Vienna law market

November 2011. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

fwp was among the top 10 law firms in the ranking of Austrian law firms published by the law magazine “JUVE”, and among the top 5 with regard to productivity.

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fwp lawyers provided legal advice to Benda Lutz in Russian joint venture

November 2011. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (fwp) provided legal advice to Benda Lutz Werke GmbH, a renowned family business with expertise in the fabrication of pigments, regarding an increase of its shareholdings in the Russian company Benda-Lutz Volzhsky from 51% to 81%.

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fwp lawyers provide legal counsel in the course of the financing restructuring of the S&T Group

October 2011. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

The lawyers of the Vienna-based business law firm Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (fwp) provided legal counsel to a banking syndicate, consisting of Raiffeisen Bank International AG, UniCredit Bank Austria AG and HYPO ALPE-ADRIA-BANK INTERNATIONAL AG, among others, regarding the restructuring of the financing of the S&T Group and in connection with the involvement of new investors at S&T AG.

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fwp partner Markus Fellner at RuSt 2011

October 2011. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

In the context of RuSt 2011, the leading annual law and tax forum in Austria, fwp partner Markus Fellner spoke on current legal issues and best practice in cross-border joint ventures.

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fwp lawyers welcome new junior partner in their team

October 2011. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

The business lawyers Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (fwp) have taken on board Mag. Johannes Schmutzer, attorney-at-law, as new junior partner. Schmutzer will contribute his expertise in the areas of banking & finance as well as mergers & acquisitions.

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fwp lawyers at TerraLex Global Meeting 2011 in Istanbul

September 2011. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

The Vienna-based business law firm Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (fwp) has been a member of the TerraLex global network of independent law firms since 2010. At the 2011 Istanbul Global Meeting, fwp once more strengthened its position as a global player on the international legal advice market.

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ICC Seminar: International Construction Contracts

September 2011. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

On September 26, 2011, Dr. Paul Luiki, JD will hold a seminar on the topic of "International Construction Contracts" sponsored by ICC Austria.

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fwp lawyers at Vienna Business Run 2011

September 2011. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

Once again, Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners Attorneys at law (fwp) eagerly participated in the annual Vienna Business Run. Seven teams, made up of three runners each, represented fwp at the event on 22 September 2011.

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fwp expands its team of lawyers

September 2011. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

The business lawyers Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (fwp) have expanded their team of lawyers, adding to their expertise in the area of business and company law: Veronika BrĂŒckl (27) has been admitted to the Austrian Bar Association and is now licensed to practice as an attorney-at-law.

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FWP at 2011 Venture Capital & Private Equity Award

September 2011. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

For the third time, Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners Attorneys at law (fwp) supported the Venture Capital & Private Equity Award as partner and as member on the jury. This year’s award revolved around entrepreneurship, growth and innovation. On 14 June 2011, the five best deals were honoured at the “Haus der Industrie”. fwp Partner Markus Fellner awarded the second prize to MOBILIZY and gcp gamma capital partners for their early stage investment in WIKITUDE, the first augmented reality browser worldwide.

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fwp at AVCO 2011 Annual Convention

May 2011. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

fwp will be present at the 2011 convention of the Austrian Venture Capital and Private Equity Organisation (AVCO) with some of its key lawyers.

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fwp at European Restructuring Day 2011

May 2011. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

fwp partner Markus Fellner lectures in course of the European Restructuring Day 2011, May 25./26, 2011

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fwp lawyers among Austria’s best

April 2011. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

As in previous years, the business magazine FORMAT has ranked Austria’s top lawyers based on objective criteria.

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fwp lawyers provided legal counsel for the sale of OMV WĂ€rme VertriebsgmbH

March 2011. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

Vienna-based business law firm Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (fwp) was legal counsel to OMV Refining & Marketing GmbH in respect to the sale of its subsidiary OMV WĂ€rme VertriebsgmbH to a consortium headed by RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria Aktiengesellschaft. With the closing of the transaction OMV will complete the restructuring process of the heating oil business in Austria and Germany initiated in 2008.

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fwp joins international referral network TerraLex

November 2010. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (fwp) continue to steadily expand their international activities and have just successfully concluded a partnership of great strategic importance in the area of business development. fwp is now the only Austrian member of TerraLex, a global network of attorneys.

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fwp lawyers show symbiosis of art and law

November 2010. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (fwp) invited representatives from the world of business and politics as well as clients, employees and friends to their office to enjoy the opening night of the "11/kunstakt" exhibition.

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fwp lawyers provided advice on the sale of Constantia Privatbank

January 2010. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

Vienna. The Vienna business law firm Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner RechtsanwĂ€lte GmbH (fwp) provided legal counsel in connection with the sale of Constantia Privatbank AG. After comprehensive restructuring and extensive negotiations, the bank was sold to a consortium involving E. F. Grossnigg Finanzberatung und Treuhandgesellschaft m.b.H.  

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fwp provided legal advice on state aid for BAWAG P.S.K.

January 2010. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

Vienna. Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (fwp) provided legal advice to BAWAG P.S.K. in the course of the negotiations for state aid. After several months of negotiations and approval by the EU Commission, the agreements were signed recently.

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fwp advises on sale of Bösendorfer

March 2008. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner (fwp) was legal advisor to BAWAG P.S.K. in the sale of L. Bösendorfer Klavierfabrik GmbH. By way of a structured bidding process with several high class bidders, this piece of Austrian cultural heritage was sold to YAMAHA Corporation after several months of negotiations. Apart from the numerous legal aspects of the sale of an international company in particular the political and emotional dimension had to be considered when structuring and realizing the sale of one of the most prestigious traditional Austrian companies. At fwp partner Markus Fellner and his team with support from Lukas Flener legally advised and successfully finalized the transaction.

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FWP Advises on Acquisition of Vivico Group

March 2008. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

FWP was legal advisor to publicly listed CA Immo Group in acquiring German Vivico Group from the Republic of Germany. Vivico Group is primarily active in Germany in the field of management of portfolios, development and trading of real estate. With a purchase price of more than 1 Billion Euro and a tremendous capability for developments CA Immo Group finally enters with this deal European top-league in the area of real estate. At FWP Markus Fellner (Corporate Real-Estate), Michael Achleitner (Due Diligence, M&A), Florian L. Kranebitter (Financing) and Lukas Flener (Merger Control) with their teams have advised in this complex privatization process.

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fwp advises on sale of non performing loans

February 2008. Press Releases by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (view listing).

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner (FWP) was legal advisor to Bank Austria Creditanstalt AG (the largest Austrian bank) in selling two loan portfolios. One portfolio has been sold to a German Company that already did the servicing of this portfolio in the past. In the parallel sales process the purchaser of the second portfolio, a French-Swedish consortium consisting of a bank and a credit management company, came off as winning bidder in the respective limited auction.

 

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    Stefan Artner , Partner and Head of the Real Estate Practice Group, and real estate attorney Klaus Pfeiffer of DORDA advised Austrian Real Estate Development GmbH ( ARE , a subsidiary of Bundesimmobilien-Gesellschaft, the Austrian privatization agency) on the acquisition of the Denk Drei office properties from IC Development . The successful closing of the forward purchase transaction took place on April 30, 2018. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.
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    On 13 July 2017, the High-Level Expert Group (" HLEG ") on Sustainable Finance published its interim report (" Interim Report ") setting out concrete steps to create a financial system that supports sustainable investments. This Legal Insight is part of our dedicated newsletter series on the European Capital Markets Union (" CMU "). Background The growing awareness of environmental challenges and sustainability risks as well as the adoption of the UN 2030 Agenda and the conclusion of the Paris Climate Agreement by the EU in 2015 call for an EU strategy on sustainable finance. Establishing an EU strategy on sustainable finance is a priority action of the CMU. In December 2016, the HLEG was established to advise on the development of such an EU strategy . The recently published HLEG Interim Report was recently presented in a public hearing on sustainable finance on 18 July 2017. At the same time, the HLEG presented an online questionnaire on the Interim Report aimed at obtaining targeted feedback until 20 September 2017, which would be reflected in the final report of the HLEG scheduled for publication by the end of 2017.
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