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The firm: Hauser Partners was established in 1987 and quickly assumed a leading position in its chosen fields of specialisation. As an independent, owner-managed law firm with a clear focus on an international practice, Hauser Partners’ main areas of practice are cross-border mergers and acquisitions, international commercial arbitration, capital markets and banking and finance. The firm presently has offices in Vienna and in Vaduz, Liechtenstein. Hauser Partners is a boutique firm for highly specialised legal services where experience and an understanding of the business needs of the client provide the firm with a cutting edge for the benefit of the client.

Client comments include: 'Hauser Partners has the strength-in-depth required to handle cross-border transactions at a very fast pace', 'Wulf Gordian Hauser is a world-class lawyer and able to perform under high pressure', 'reliable and fast turnaround' and 'the lawyers are diligent, committed and discreet'.

Areas of practice: M&A and corporate: Wulf Gordian Hauser has been a member of the Austrian takeover commission in the years 2004 to 2013. Hauser Partners has managed a large number of significant national and international transactions.

Wulf G Hauser has led the team of Hauser Partners in many major European and overseas cross-border transactions. For example, Hauser Partners has been lead counsel in the acquisition of the largest paper mills in almost every Central and Eastern European country,including Russia.

Recent transactions include: representing the purchaser in the acquisition of a company active in the international engineering business for paper mills; lead counsel for Mondi Group in the acquisition of Suez Bags Company, Egypt; lead counsel in the acquisition of a Thai entity active in the consumer packaging business; lead counsel for Mondi group in the acquisition of 100% of the share capital of ZAO Uralplastic which manufactures a range of consumer flexible packaging products; representing the purchaser in acquisition of a flexible packaging company with operating facilities in South Korea and Thailand; representing the seller in the sale of a flexible packaging company with two operating facilities in Malaysia; representing the Schweighofer Group in acquisition of the largest saw mill in Saxony, Germany; representing the purchaser in the acquisition of an automotive distribution business in Finland; advising the Mondi Group in the acquisition of two corrugated packaging plants in Ansbach, Germany and Bupak, Czech Republic; advising a consortium of investors on the contracts for a joint venture to build a major hydroelectric pump power plant in Austria; advising an overseas investor in the acquisition of a substantial package of shares in an Austrian listed company; representing the Austrian party in the establishment of a major production joint venture in Erbil, Iraq; representing Erste Group Bank AG in a capital increase through contributions of the shares in BCR; representing Holzindustrie Schweighofer in the acquisition of M-Real Hallein GmbH, a pulp mill near Salzburg, Austria; representing the purchaser in the acquisition of a major packaging enterprise in South Eastern Europe; and representing the controlling shareholder of a major company listed on the Vienna and an international stock exchanges in a takeover proceeding.

International commercial arbitration: Wulf Gordian Hauser is the Austrian member of the ICC Court. Hauser Partners represents corporate clients before international and domestic arbitral tribunals and Austrian courts. Wulf Gordian Hauser has served as sole arbitrator, chairman of the arbitral tribunal, party-appointed arbitrator or counsel for a party in numerous arbitrations before the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce, the International Arbitral Centre of the Federal Economic Chamber, Vienna, in ad hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL-rules, under the arbitration rules of the Austrian Code of Civil Procedure and in other ad hoc arbitrations. The ICC has published two of his decisions in the ICC bulletin.

Recent cases include: counsel for claimant in an ICC Arbitration in Singapore in a post-M&A dispute in Asia; party-appointed arbitrator in an ad hoc dispute under Austrian law concerning restitutions in a South Eastern European country; party-appointed arbitrator in an ICC dispute concerning long-term gas contracts; party-appointed arbitrator in a VIAC dispute under Austrian law concerning aircraft financing; counsel for claimant in an annulment suit before Austrian courts against an arbitral award under Czech law concerning a dispute arising out of a share purchase agreement with a leading industrial company; party representative in an arbitration before VIAC under German law concerning the charter agreements in connection with a cruise ship; party representative in an arbitration before VIAC under South Eastern European law concerning the electric energy sector; chairman in an ICC arbitration under French law concerning damages to a cruise ship; chairman in an ICC arbitration under German Law concerning a dispute arising out of the termination of a distribution agreement for mechanical and hydraulic marine equipment; chairman in an ICC arbitration under German law concerning a dispute arising out of a supply agreement for medical devices; chairman in an ICC arbitration under Polish law concerning a dispute regarding claims of tax assets arising out of a share purchase agreement; party representative in an ICC arbitration under Liechtenstein law concerning the dissolution of a major international industrial conglomerate; and party representative in a VIAC arbitration under Austrian law concerning claims arising out of the financing of a major office centre in Moscow.

Banking and finance: Hauser Partners regularly acts as local counsel for international banking consortiums in high-level financing transactions involving various kinds of deal structures. Hauser Partners has profound experience and expertise in advising international financial institutions as well as international banking lawyers in cross-border transactions on general banking law matters, corporate finance, securitisations and the issuing of related legal opinions. The firm has advised foreign banks on the application of the AIFM Directive of the EU in Liechtenstein and also provided advice to a major Austrian bank on the legal framework for providing finance analysis in Liechtenstein.

International Work: Hauser Partners focuses on international transactions providing high-end legal advice to companies. The majority of its activities have a cross-border aspect. Hauser Partners assists foreign clients with their activities in Austria in various aspects of corporate and commercial law. Even more important are international projects in which Hauser Partners advises clients in transactions in many countries, in particular in Central and Eastern Europe.

Clients: clients are typically international entities who retain Hauser Partners for their Austrian work or Austrian companies who require assistance in international transactions. They include leading companies, such as Mondi plc. (paper and packaging) and Erste Group Bank.

  • Contact
  • Wulf G Hauser (managing partner)
  • Other offices
  • Vaduz
  • Number of lawyers: 5
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • German

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