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Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

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SCHUBERTRING 6, 1010 VIENNA, AUSTRIA
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Administrative law and public sector
Administrative law and public sector - ranked: tier 2

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

The 'competent and friendly' Kurt Retter leads the team at Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG, which is known for its 'great quality of advice with regard to the healthcare sector', as well as its focus on energy, infrastructure (particularly railways), gaming and telecoms. Highlights included advising T-Mobile on the regulatory issues, including licensing and data protection, surrounding its acquisition of UPC Austria. Newly promoted counsel Wolfram Schachinger is noted for his expertise in environmental law; he is advising the Austrian Power Grid and DLH Real Estate Management on potential environmental impact assessments, as well as acting for an increasing number of intensive livestock farmers. The arrival of senior associate Stefan Lampert from KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH has also strengthened the team's environmental and renewable energy law practice.

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG has carved out a strong practice advising banks, insurance companies and funds alongside other financial services institutions on real estate, acquisition and infrastructure finance as well as regulatory and contentious matters, while Andrea Gritsch has also been handling an increasing amount of fintech-related work. Recently, she assisted a fintech company with matters pertaining to the introduction of a payment solution in Austria. In other work, team head Markus Heidinger advised Bain Capital on the financing of the acquisition of the Diversey Care division from Sealed Air. The practice also includes Andreas Schmid, Leopold Höher, who made partner in July 2018, and Christine Siegl, who was appointed counsel in May 2018.

Leading individuals

Andreas Schmid - Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

Markus Heidinger - Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG is 'highly recommended' for debt and equity capital market transactions alongside regulatory matters, leading to regular mandates from investment banks, most notably in the CEE and SEE regions. With debt capital market expert Alexander Haas in the lead, the team advised Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI), Erste Group Bank and Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich on various bond-related matters; the team also assisted RBI with the issuance of its first green bond in July 2018. Claus Schneider advised J.P. Morgan Securities and other bookrunners on the issuance of a hybrid bond and Richard Wolf provided regulatory assistance to Bitpanda and its subsidiary in preparation for an ICO. Other key individuals include Markus Heidinger and Andrea Gritsch. Christine Siegl was appointed counsel in May 2018.

Leading individuals

Claus Schneider - Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

Richard Wolf - Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

'Providing to-the-point advice', Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG's team is 'very reliable', well equipped to guide clients through the entire corporate life cycle and and able to call upon colleagues in various other departments, such as tax and real estate. Together with the firm's real estate and restructuring groups, the team advised Hemisphere, a subsidiary of Steinhoff Europe, on insolvency and restructuring matters. In the transactional space, Hartwig Kienast and practice head Horst Ebhardt assisted T-Mobile with the acquisition of UPC Austria from Liberty Global. Sarah Wared joined from CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati in September 2018. The 'efficient' Christian Mikosch is 'easy to work with' and Dieter Spranz is also recommended. Eva Fischer left the team in January 2018 to work independently.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

Extremely competent in ‚Äėthe area of legal matters, but also technical understanding‚Äô and offering 'very fast communication',¬†Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG¬†is able to achieve ‚Äėunprecedented results‚Äô for clients, which mainly consist of contractors, on significant construction projects such as property construction, infrastructure projects, and tunnel and power plant construction. Team head Wolfang M√ľller¬†represented long-standing client Hochtief Infrastructure in proceedings against Asfinag in relation to highway construction disputes, and also acted for a construction company on the delivery of a high-profile cross-border underground railway project. Thomas Anderl¬†and senior associate Clemens Sch√∂fmann¬†are advising Lenzing on an industrial building construction¬†project, which includes the drafting and negotiation of all the necessary contractual documentation. Senior associate Hannah Schaflinger¬†is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Wolfgang M√ľller - Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

Next generation lawyers

Thomas Anderl - Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

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Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation
Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation - ranked: tier 1

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

With a strong presence in the CEE and SEE regions and particular expertise in the energy, construction, infrastructure and telecoms sectors, Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG¬†regularly handles post-M&A, construction and commercial disputes alongside investment arbitration proceedings. The highly regarded Stefan Riegler, who joined the firm from Baker McKenzie ‚ÄĘ Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanw√§lte LLP & Co KG¬†in November 2017, heads the team which includes counsel Venus Valentina Wong.

Next generation lawyers

Venus Valentina Wong - Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

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Dispute resolution: commercial litigation
Dispute resolution: commercial litigation - ranked: tier 2

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG's 'highly motivated, diligent and cost-effective' team receives regular instructions from financial institutions and corporates to act in financial disputes, including those at the intersection with white-collar crime and internal investigations, alongside various commercial and corporate disputes. Team head Clemens Trauttenberg represented the National Bank Trust in a claim against an Austrian financial institution arising from various, allegedly fraudulent, transactions. Other key members include Holger Bielesz, Valerie Hohenberg and Eva Spiegel.

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Dispute resolution: white-collar crime (including fraud)
Dispute resolution: white-collar crime (including fraud) - ranked: tier 1

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG's white-collar crime team is integrated in the firm's dispute resolution practice, which makes it well equipped to guide companies and private clients through criminal defence proceedings, asset tracing and asset recovery matters as well as compliance issues and internal forensic investigations. Clemens Trauttenberg and Holger Bielesz are the main contacts.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG¬†is noted for advising on merger control proceedings, cartel investigations and damages cases, dawn raids, abuse of dominance cases and state aid matters across a range of industries, including retail, consumer products, pharmaceuticals, construction, transport (particularly airlines), chemicals and TMT. Practice head¬†G√ľnter Bauer¬†is 'an outstanding lawyer in every aspect' and 'ensures his competition team meets the highest standard'. He represented two major telecoms companies in EU Commission merger control proceedings concerning one of the biggest transactions in the Austrian telecoms sector. Counsel Jochen Anweiler¬†advised China-based producer of home appliances Hisense on the EU and national merger control aspects of its public takeover offer for the acquisition of all shares in Slovenian white goods manufacturer Gorenje. Other key clients include Airbus and the Kraft Heinz Company. Bucharest-based Adrian Ster¬†and newly promoted counsel Robert Wagner¬†are also recommended.

Leading individuals

G√ľnter Bauer - Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

The 'experienced', 'customer-oriented' team at Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG¬†specialises in restructuring work, and is noted for its strength in the financial services sector, as well as the retail and pharmaceutical industries. In a recent highlight, 'exceptional' practice head¬†Ralf Peschek¬†advised a financial institution on the employment law issues connected with its restructuring and the complex social plan negotiations with the works council. Peschek is also representing¬†√Ėsterreichische Orient-Gesellschaft in a landmark case brought by a former language teacher challenging their termination of employment; Matthias Unterrieder¬†(who 'finds brilliant solutions, especially in complex situations') is acting for Flowserve on the restructuring of its Austrian operations; and counsel¬†Walter P√∂schl¬†('a good negotiator') is acting for an Austrian engineering company in a sensitive case involving a workplace accident. Senior associate¬†Isabel Firneis¬†is recommended for her 'eye for detail' and ability to achieve 'pragmatic solutions'.

Leading individuals

Ralf Peschek - Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

Noted for its ‚Äėin-depth knowledge‚Äô, the ‚Äėextremely quick‚Äô and ‚Äėvery precise‚Äô team at Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG¬†handles substantial restructuring mandates for bank syndicates and international funds in Austria and the CEE region with support from the firm‚Äôs corporate, finance and real estate departments. Eva Spiegel¬†advised Hemisphere as co-lead counsel in connection with the sale of distressed Kika/Leiner‚Äôs real estate portfolio to Signa. Other team members include Nikolaus Paul, Andrea Gritsch, Claus Schneider¬†and Andreas Schmid.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

With a particular focus on litigation, Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG’s IP team handles a wide range of IP work for clients in Austria and abroad, including patents, copyright, design rights and unfair competition, covering numerous industries such as life sciences, technology and retail. Owing to its additional IT capabilities, the team is also well equipped to advise on online IP matters. Department head Georg Kresbach defended YouTube in injunction proceedings brought against it for alleged copyright infringement and unfair competition, arguing that YouTube is not liable as a host provider. He is also acting for new client PopSockets, an American company manufacturing innovative extensible smartphone stands and complementary mounts, in patent, trade mark, design infringement and unfair competition litigation against various Austrian and Romanian retailers. Well-known German DIY home improvement retailer OBI is also among the practice's clients. Roland Marko is another key team member.

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 1

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

Acting for domestic and international high-net-worth individuals and their families, Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG's private client team covers a wide array of estate planning, investments, tax and relocation matters, including dispute resolution. Moreover, the firm assists with the establishment and maintenance of private foundations, representing founders. Niklas Schmidt and Karl Binder jointly head the department.

Leading individuals

Niklas Schmidt - Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 2

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG has a strong profile for national and cross-border project finance work but is also well equipped to guide clients through the full life cycle of infrastructure and energy projects. 'Very experienced' public procurement experts Manfred Essletzbichler and Sebastian Oberzaucher are assisting the Austrian Development Agency with construction contracts for a flood protection infrastructure project in Serbia. Andreas Schmid heads the team, which was strengthened by the arrival of senior associate Stefan Lampert from KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH in February 2018. Wolfram Schachinger was promoted to counsel in May 2018.

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Public procurement
Public procurement - ranked: tier 1

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG routinely acts for contracting authorities and bidders in public tender and procurement review proceedings. Manfred Essletzbichler, who jointly heads the team with Sebastian Oberzaucher and Silvia Fessl, acted for Porr in review proceedings before the Federal Administrative Court concerning the Brenner Basistunnel infrastructure project, and a consortium of construction specialists received advice on a tender procedure by Asfinag for construction works pertaining to the Karawanks tunnel, connecting Austria with Slovenia. Wolfgang Lauchner was appointed counsel in May 2018.

Leading individuals

Manfred Essletzbichler - Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG's sizeable 'client-oriented, hands-on' team is a respected player in the market, regularly advising on major transactions and project developments. The team also stands out for its expertise in the new field of proptech, which merges real estate matters with IP, IT and data protection law. Practice head Peter Oberlechner was part of a team that advised Steinhoff Group on the sale of Kika-Leiner's real estate portfolio in Austria and various other CEE countries to Signa. The practice also includes the 'solution-oriented' Karl Binder, Erik Steger and Birgit Kraml, who made partner in July 2018. Gabriele Etzl joined Jank Weiler Operenyi in November 2017 and Karl Koller moved to PwC Legal Austria-oehner & partner in July 2018.

Leading individuals

Peter Oberlechner - Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG is well equipped to guide clients through contentious and non-contentious matters at the intersection of IT and IP and also handles data protection and media law matters. Roland Marko, who jointly heads the team with Georg Kresbach, advised Addiko Bank Group on the implementation of an internal data protection compliance system, and assisted T-Systems, a Deutsche Telekom subsidiary, with data collection and data protection matters. In the media sector, the team advised Sky on signal transmission agreement matters. Consultant Martin Tauber joined the team from an in-house role in January 2018.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG's strength lies in dealing with tax law matters at the intersection with corporate, M&A and DCM but the team also handles contentious and private client-related work. Together with its corporate practice, team head Niklas Schmidt advised T-Mobile on various tax issues pertaining to its acquisition of UPC Austria from Liberty Global. In January 2018, tax litigation and fiscal criminal law expert Benjamin Twardosz moved to CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati. Eva Stadler was made counsel in May 2018.

Leading individuals

Niklas Schmidt - Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

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  • EU TRANSACTION TAX: ADDITIONAL BURDENS ON BANKS?

    The finance ministers of the European Union met again last week to discuss the plan of introducing a single EU financial transaction tax. According to the plan, a 0.1 percent tax would be levied on bond and capital transactions, while a 0.01 percent tax would be charged on derivatives transactions.
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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 .
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  • 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:
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    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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  • AUSTRIAN DATA PROTECTION AUTHORITY ISSUED THE "BLACK LIST"

    Processing operations subject to the requirement of a data protection impact assessment.
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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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