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Austria

Administrative law and public sector
Administrative law and public sector - ranked: tier 2

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners¬†specialises in environmental and planning law, regularly advising on environmental impact assessments, zoning law and licensing procedures concerning large real estate development projects. Team head Michael Hecht¬†is 'hands on, solution oriented' and 'straight to the point'; he successfully represented √ĖBB Infrastruktur in the Supreme Administrative Court regarding the Semmering tunnel project, one of the largest infrastructure projects in Austria. The team acts for a number of public sector clients, including the city of Feldkirch and the province of Lower Austria.

Leading individuals

Michael Hecht - Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners's client portfolio includes several major banks but the team also acts for national corporates and other financial institutions and is best known for its bank restructuring, refinancing and banking litigation expertise. Markus Fellner, who co-heads the team with 'strategist' Gregor Schett, advised Hypo N√∂ Gruppe Bank on the merger with Hypo N√∂ Landesbank, now trading under the name Hypo N√∂ Landesbank f√ľr Nieder√∂sterreich und Wien, and assists UniCredit and several of its clients with the enforcement of claims pertaining to financial instruments that had been issued by Heta Asset Resolution. Elisabeth Fischer-Schwarz¬†and Benedikt Kessler¬†made junior partner in October 2017. Counsel Bernhard K√∂ck¬†moved to Jank Weiler Operenyi¬†in July 2018.

Leading individuals

Markus Fellner - Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners is particularly adept at dealing with matters at the intersection of M&A, corporate, banking and real estate law leading to a steady flow of transactional and restructuring mandates. Markus Fellner assisted Steinhoff Europe with the sale of Kika-Leiner to Signa, including handling restructuring matters. In other noteworthy work, he and Florian Kranebitter advised Bawag P.S.K. and its subsidiary easybank on the acquisition of Six Payment Services (Austria)'s credit and prepaid card issuing business. Paul Luiki is also noted. Christian Thaler moved to Schindler Attorneys in August 2018.

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Dispute resolution: commercial litigation
Dispute resolution: commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners acts for corporates and banks in disputes over mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, financing and capital market transactions alongside insolvency and employment-related matters and also handles class-action suits and internal investigations. Gregor Schett heads the team, which includes Markus Fellner.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 4

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners

The team at Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners primarily acts for employers, particularly German and UK companies with subsidiaries in Austria, although the team also does some employee-side work, advising those in senior management roles. Highlights included practice head Kurt Wratzfeld representing UniCredit Business Integrated Solutions Austria in a case regarding the classification of employees within the salary model and advising the University of Applied Arts Vienna on the termination of employment of a works council member. The team also assisted clients including Imperial Tobacco Austria Marketing Service and Konica Minolta Business Solutions Austria with data protection matters.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 1

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners

Providing ‚Äėexceptional support for the clients‚Äô and ‚Äėexpert legal advice‚Äô, Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners¬†assists with restructurings and reorganisations, particularly for credit institutions, and is also active in financing and recapitalisation, especially of listed companies with bonds.¬†Markus Fellner¬†leads the team with ‚Äėoutstanding service quality‚Äô and ‚Äėdeep business know-how‚Äô. Florian Kranebitter¬†is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Markus Fellner - Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners

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Public procurement
Public procurement - ranked: tier 3

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners

Advising on PPP projects and related public procurement matters including review proceedings and compliance issues is a central pillar of Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners' practice, which is led by Michael Hecht. Clients include the City of Vienna, Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft and Vienna Hospital Association. Rudolf Christian Pekar is another key member of the team.

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Austria

Offices in Vienna

Legal Developments by:
Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners

  • fwp expands know-how thanks to new junior partner

    Vienna, March 2019. Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner GmbH (fwp) adds valuable competence and expertise to the team by welcoming Pavel Bachleda in its midst as a new attorney-at-law and junior partner.
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  • THE NATIONAL REGULATION ON THE SECURITY OF "NIS" IN AUSTRIA SHOULD BE OF INTEREST TO YOU

    Good things come to those who wait? Finally, the main implementing regulation for the Austrian Law on Network and Information System Security ( Netz- und Informationssystemsicherheitsgesetz , " NISG ") was published last week. It serves primarily to define which companies are actually affected by the NISG. Now it is getting serious for the operators of " essential services ". What does that mean?
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  • "BLACK FRIDAY" - NOW FREELY USABLE FOR PROMOTIONS IN AUSTRIA

    Black Friday is unquestionable one of the most profitable and busiest days of the year for retail, particularly online. Worldwide almost all online store do offer sales or special promotions on Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Already after this practice has established online, a trademark for " BLACK FRIDAY " was registered in Germany back in 2013. In 2016 a Chinese company acquired the trademark and then filed in 2017 for its extension to Austria. Based on the registered trademark, it granted exclusive rights to an Austrian company, which licensed usage rights to various partner stores against remuneration. Further, an exclusive " Black Friday-Cooperation Program " was established. Non-partners who used the event name or trademark were prosecuted and requested to either pay a license fee or refrain from running Black Friday promotions. Some followed the request and entered into license agreements. Some, however, did challenge the validity of the trademark. Finally, respective proceedings to check the actual protection of the trademark were initiated. Austrian courts now held that the trademark " BLACK FRIDAY " is not protected in Austria .
    - Dorda
  • AUSTRIA: ANONYMISATION ACCEPTED AS VALID DATA DELETION METHOD

    On 5th December 2018, the Austrian data protection authority ( Datenschutzbehörde , "DSB") issued a decision (DSB-D123.270/0009-DSB/2018) on data subject's right to data deletion according to Art 17 GDPR. In a nutshell, the DSB accepted consistent anonymisation as a valid alternative to physical and technical deletion. Beside the clear statement that anonymous data is not subject to the GDPR, the DSB provided detailed information on (technical) requirements of anonymisation methods:
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  • Consent or pay ‚Äď a valid scheme under the GDPR?

    Media companies throughout Europe struggle with a difficult economic environment: Shrinking sales figures for print products, the digitalisation and consumer demand force publishers to offer their content also on the internet. However, generating money for online publications is not quite easy as ‚Äď at least in Austria ‚Äď online subscription against renumeration has not been well accepted by customers. This partially has its root in the lack of suitable micropayment means in the past and users thus getting acquainted to online information being offered for free. Thus, publishers have instead focused on financing their platforms by online marketing activities such as placement of banners. Nowadays such digital advertisement is usually targeted to the specific user. For this purpose, cookies are stored on the user's computer upon his first visit of the website, which then collect data about his location, technical equipment used and online behaviour. This finally allows to display specific, user targeted advertisements. However, such cookies may cause issues with applicable consent requirements under the telecommunication and data protection regulations:
    - Dorda
  • fwp expands know-how thanks to new junior partner

    Vienna, March 2019. Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner GmbH (fwp) adds valuable competence and expertise to the team by welcoming Pavel Bachleda in its midst as a new attorney-at-law and junior partner.
  • fwp helps find a new mega arena location

    fwp helps find a new mega arena location
  • AUSTRIAN DATA PROTECTION AUTHORITY ISSUED THE "BLACK LIST"

    Processing operations subject to the requirement of a data protection impact assessment.
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  • Rien ne va plus!

     
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  • DORDA advises on the acquisition of Austrian office properties Denk Drei

    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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  • Austrian "White List"

    Exceptions from the OBLIGATION TO CARRY OUT A data protection impact assessment
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