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bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte GmbH

ARES-TOWER, DONAU-CITY-STRASSE 11, 1220 VIENNA, AUSTRIA
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Work +43 1 260 50 00
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Fax +43 1 26 05 01 33
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www.bpv-huegel.com
Brussels, Mödling, Vienna

Austria

Administrative law and public sector
Administrative law and public sector - ranked: tier 3

bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Working in conjunction with the firm’s EU and competition law practice, bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte GmbH is well equipped to guide clients through European law matters but also has substantial experience in environmental, healthcare and energy law work. Christian Schneider is the key contact.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 3

bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Handling domestic and cross-border capital markets transactions is the cornerstone of bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte GmbH’s practice, which works in close co-operation with the firm’s corporate and tax departments, advising issuers and underwriters on public share offerings and private placements. The recommended Christoph Nauer advised Frauenthal Holding on a mandatory public takeover offer, while team head Elke Maria Napokoj assisted Valneva with regulatory matters pertaining to a capital increase.

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

bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Providing practical solutions’, bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte GmbH has ‘deep corporate and commercial know-how’, which the team utilises to handle the full spectrum of corporate and M&A work with a specialism in cross-border transactions and matters at the intersection of tax law. Acting for a strong client roster of national and international energy and finance sector players, Christoph Nauer recently advised Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich (RZB) on its merger with Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI), while Thomas Lettau assisted BAWAG P.S.K. with its acquisition of start:bausparkasse and Immo-Bank from Volksbanken Verbund. Other key individuals include the ‘outstandingFlorian Gibitz and the ‘very flexible and pragmaticElke Napokoj.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte GmbH

bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte GmbH’s ‘knowledgeable and professional’ team provides an ‘excellent service level’ to a broad blue-chip client base when handling merger control, antitrust and international cartel defence work. ‘Top antitrust expertAstrid Ablasser-Neuhuber, who ‘radiates trust and is very easy to work with’, and the Brussels-based Gerhard Fussenegger represented RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria in a merger control proceeding, while also assisting Imerys with a range of antitrust and merger control issues. Other key members include antitrust litigation head Florian Neumayr and EU law team head Christian Schneider.

Leading individuals

Astrid Ablasser-Neuhuber - bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte GmbH

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 3

bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte GmbH

bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte GmbH has notable experience in tax liability and estate planning matters alongside private foundations and corporate work. Florian Plattner is the key contact.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Acting for corporates and private clients, bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte GmbH is ‘highly competent’ in advising on transactional and M&A related tax issues, the tax structuring of cross-border reorganisations as well as representing clients in tax disputes. ‘Brilliant’ and ‘down-to-earth’ co-head Gerald Schachner, who is ‘extremely responsive and provides straight-forward advice’, advised Ring International on tax matters arising from the sale of Helios Coatings to the chemicals company Kansai Paint. Christoph Nauer advised Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich on tax aspects of its merger with Raiffeisen Bank International. Associate Kornelia Wittmann is ‘hard-working’.

Leading individuals

Hanns Hügel - bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Next generation lawyers

Kornelia Wittmann - bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte GmbH

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Austria: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Dispute resolution: commercial litigation - ranked: tier 4

bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Acting for a strong roster of blue-chips, bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte GmbH’s caseload includes contractual disputes, takeover defence and private enforcement mandates while the team is also adept at handling product liability, construction and competition-related litigation. Recent work includes defending BP Europa against compensation claims pertaining to the termination of an operator agreement which were brought by a former petrol station operator. Florian Neumayr is the main contact.

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