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CLIENT: Principal at a Private Equity Firm
COMPANY/FIRM: A European Private Equity Firm
TESTIMONIAL: Brandl & Talos was our first choice due to the unique combination of transactional experience and in-depth expertise in the Gaming sector. We knew by reputation, and later saw on practice, a team that is able to work on a complex cross-border acquisition, stay on top of important regulatory matters across numerous jurisdictions, and provide competent advice on both AML/Compliance and Social Responsibility/Governance matters. They were also a reliable ally in obtaining bank funding. The team led by Thomas Talos combines boutique-level expertise in the Gaming sector with the competence and quality of an international corporate law firm.


CLIENT: Head of Compliance and Regulatory Affairs
COMPANY/FIRM: A Gaming Multinational
TESTIMONIAL: The firm's display of in-depth knowledge of Austrian and European gaming law, the high level of skill and impeccably professional work results have us regularly coming back to Brandl & Talos in the matters, amongst others, of cross-border issues and obtaining licenses in regulated markets. Brandl & Talos are capable of combining their detailed understanding of gaming laws from various jurisdictions, including EU law, with a strong practical business sense.


CLIENT: Managing Partner
COMPANY/FIRM: A European VC Fund
TESTIMONIAL: BTP is a firm of many talents. We have been collaborating with Roman Rericha and his team for several years and on a range of projects. From the structuring of a new EuVECA VC fund, to corporate law support, from the fund FMA registration and AML compliance, to advice on new investments. Roman is all-around competent when it comes to financing rounds, with good contacts among the best and biggest international PE players, plenty of experience in the European startup scene, and knows the corporate and regulatory ins and outs of the deep-tech and innovative companies.


CLIENT: Chairman of the Supervisory Board
COMPANY/FIRM: Holding Company – Coatings and Industrial Elements
TESTIMONIAL: Brandl & Talos were our lead legal counsel in an international acquisition. The project targeted a large mechanical manufacturer with an extensive international network of subsidiaries, which we acquired during its insolvency proceedings. As such, the project concerned multiple cross-border legal issues, a complex network of jurisdictions, corporate, regulatory and financial matters – all of which the firm handled brilliantly, to the highest standard, with meticulous attention. We have been working with Thomas Talos, Roman Rericha and their team for many years and are as always pleased with the results.


CLIENT: Member of the Management Board
TESTIMONIAL: The firm's ability to converge legal expertise in various fields such as banking, capital markets law and litigation together with a broad understanding of the market, as well as their quick and straightforward approach to problems makes this firm's work exceptional. We particularly enjoy the high quality of Dr. Ernst Brandl's legal advice and his team's ability to provide a great result within a very short time, also under tight deadlines and pressure.


CLIENT: Individuals Accused of Trading Fraud
COMPANY/FIRM: A Trading Platform
TESTIMONIAL: My partners and I were falsely accused of fraud. Brandl & Talos were able to get us out of focus of the investigation and prove that we were not involved. What impressed me most of Dr. Schrank is his thorough knowledge and experience in every aspect of economic law. I think, his main strength is the combination of profound legal knowledge with excellent connections to the officials, attorneys, universities and other important sources, which enabled his team to get important information, which other lawyers wouldn't get. I can describe the firm in short words: "Empathy and support in every aspect".


Legal Developments in Austria

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    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 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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    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 – 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 – at least in Austria – 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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  • 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

    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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