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Lansky, Ganzger + Partner (LGP)

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Austria


Austria

Within Central and Eastern Europe, Lansky, Ganzger + Partner (LGP) is a third tier firm,

In addition to its Russia desk and its office in Bratislava, Lansky, Ganzger + Partner (LGP) has recently opened in Kazakhstan. Gabriel Lansky and Anna Zeitlinger head the CIS practice.

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Within Corporate and M&A, tier 5

Very well-connected’ firm Lansky, Ganzger + Partner (LGP) maintains its focus on public infrastructure, energy, media and telecoms, and continues to expand its client portfolio with investors from Eastern Europe. Practice head Ronald Frankl ‘works very precisely’.

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Within Dispute resolution, Lansky, Ganzger + Partner (LGP) is a second tier firm,

The ‘winning team’ at Lansky, Ganzger + Partner (LGP) represents individuals, public institutions and international agencies in Austria and at EU level, and is also active in the media sector. Gabriel Lansky and Helena Marko lead the practice.

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Within Employment, tier 4

Lansky, Ganzger + Partner (LGP) covers the full spectrum of labour law issues. Helena Marko is the contact.

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Within EU and competition, Lansky, Ganzger + Partner (LGP) is a third tier firm,

Lansky, Ganzger + Partner (LGP) focuses on representing clients before the ECJ in preliminary ruling proceedings and before the European Commission. Practice head Alexander Egger is a state aid specialist. Clients include Austrian Railway Services ÖBB Personenverkehr and ÖBB Infrastruktur.

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Within Intellectual property and media, tier 5

Lansky, Ganzger + Partner (LGP) has expertise in the area of media law, and represents a number of large and well-known publishers and broadcasters. Gerald Ganzger is noted for his ‘specialist industry knowledge’.

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Within IT and telecoms, tier 5

Lansky, Ganzger + Partner (LGP)’s IT practice is closely allied to its media work, with clients including media and publishing houses as well as telecoms and internet service providers. Gerald Ganzger is recommended.

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Within Real estate and construction, tier 4

With an increasingly national focus, Lansky, Ganzger + Partner (LGP)’s practice covers due diligence, legal feasibility studies, and acquisition and financing matters. Practice head Stephan Eberhardt is set to leave the firm.

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Legal Developments by:
Lansky, Ganzger + Partner (LGP)

  • „Fracking“ – Beitrag zur Energieautarkheit oder Umweltzerstörung in großem Stil?

    Nun hat die Fracking-Welle also auch Österreich im Griff. Während bisher die nationale Erdgasförderung kaum von der Öffentlichkeit wahrgenommen wurde und vielmehr die großen internationalen Pipeline-Projekte und die damit verbundene Versorgungssicherheit respektive die Unabhängigkeit von Russland bzw. von den Transit-Staaten im Vordergrund stand, rüsten sich aufgrund großer Funde im Weinviertel nunmehr Energieunternehmen auf der einen und Umweltorganisationen sowie Anrainer auf der anderen Seite zum Schlagabtausch in Österreich. Der Gesetzgeber reagierte darauf mit einer Novellierung des Umweltverträglichkeitsprüfungsgesetzes durch Implementierung eines neuen Tatbestandes.
    - Lansky, Ganzger & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Legal Developments in Austria

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  • RS: Seconding Austrian nationals to work in Serbia

    It is commonplace for foreign companies active in the Republic of Serbia, including Austrian firms, to second their employees to the country via their affiliates or business partners. In the practical application of such secondments, one must differentiate between secondments in which seconded employees are employed for a fixed term with an employer in Serbia, and those in which employees are not employed by an employer in the country.  read more...
  • Austria: ISO 19600: Compliance Management Systems - Guidelines

    As a young and complex matter, compliance presents numerous challenges for organizations. This is partly due to the lack of global standards, which could provide guidance. As a consequence, organizations are having a hard time recognizing those compliance requirements that are necessary, appropriate and capable of serving as indicators of a functioning Compliance Management System ("CMS"). Therefore, it is highly welcome that the International Organization for Standardization ("ISO") is currently working on a global standard for CMS.  read more...
  • EU: ECJ confirms that purely national promotion of green electricity does not necessarily violate EU

    The ECJ ruled at the start of July 2014 that individual EU Member States are allowed to establish renewable energy support schemes that provide for the awarding of tradable green certificates to producers of green electricity solely with respect to the green electricity produced on the territory of that State. The fact that the national promotion scheme could possibly impede electricity imports from other Member States is justifiable on account of climate change prevention and environmental protection. Thus, no violation of Article 34 TFEU. The ECJ ruling might present a setback for the supporters of a harmonized, EU-wide (common) system of renewables support schemes.  read more...
  • Moldova: Doing business with limited-liability companies made even easier

    On 3 April 2014, the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova (Moldova) passed Act No. 53/2014 on amending and supplementing certain legal acts (Act No. 53). Act No. 53 entered into force on 25 April 2014 and inter alia changed the Civil Code and Act No. 135/2007 on limited-liability companies (Act on LLCs). The effected changes have a direct and positive impact on the legal aspects which should be observed while incorporating and operating a business in Moldova.   read more...
  • CZ: Recorded telephone conversations - legal evidence in administrative proceedings

    A decision issued by the Supreme Administrative Court (the "Court") on 31 October 2013 (recently published) considered a telephone conversation between two individuals - the manager of an outdoor equipment producer and a representative of its distributor - as legitimate evidence in administrative proceedings. The decision confirmed the precedent decision of the Regional Court in Brno ("the Regional Court") which upheld the original decision of the Czech Competition Authority (The Office for the Protection of Competition, "CCA").
  • Romania: The Competition Council keeps an eye on bid-rigging

    In 2013, the Romanian Competition Council finalised five investigations concerning bid-rigging infringements (amounting to almost a quarter of the authority's investigations on competition law infringements), of which one led to fines of EUR 2.8 million and the other four were closed for lack of evidence. Last year, the competition authority also launched two new investigations on possible bid-rigging infringements. The average duration for investigation of this type of infringement is approximately two years.  read more...
  • Austria: Real estate transfer tax - new rules on the tax basis

    The transfer of Austrian real estate triggers a 3.5% (2% in case of intra-family transfers) Austrian real estate transfer tax. In 2012, the Austrian Constitutional Court ruled that the provisions in the Austrian Real Estate Transfer Tax on the tax basis are not in conformity with the country's constitutional law. Shortly prior to the expiry of the transition period, new provisions for determining the tax base for Austrian real estate transfer tax purposes entered into force as of 1 June 2014.   read more...
  • Hungary: Will a 'bad bank' approach solve the corporate NPL problems of the country's banks?

    The Hungarian National Bank announced at the end of May that as of autumn 2014, Hungary wishes to follow the approach taken by many other countries by creating a "bad bank". The bad bank concept is not new in Hungary: the approach was already discussed back in 2010, but was turned down due to lack of financing. A bad bank is a special institution with the sole purpose of purchasing and managing the non-performing loans ("NPLs") of commercial banks, so the overall quality of the corporate portfolio of the commercial banks will improve and to make it easier for the banks to meet their capital requirements.  read more...
  • Austria: Recent Supreme Court ruling leaves many questions re. 'hidden contributions in kind' open

    In a recent decision, the Austrian Supreme Court considered the validity of the payment of a cash consideration to a public limited-liability company in the course of an increase of its stated capital (decision dated 25 March 2014, file no. 9 Ob 68/13k). As a consequence of the current Austrian jurisprudence on this matter, any and all business transactions that occur in a substantive and temporal connection with a formal increase of the stated capital - including debt-equity swaps - must be made under the disclosure and examination rules for contributions in kind. read more...  
  • Slovakia: New rules for acquisition of agricultural land

    On 1 May 2014, the transitional period during which Slovakia, following the country's accession of the EU, was granted an exception for keeping in place legal limitations regarding the acquisition of agricultural land and forests expired. With the passing of this transitional period, Slovakia was obliged to bring its legislation in line with EU laws and abolish restrictions applicable to EU foreigners. The necessary law was adopted, but - largely due to the concerns of the public that foreign nationals and entities will start buying up the country - a new set of limitations was introduced that will likely complicate the acquisition of agricultural land for everyone (both Slovak and foreign entities). read more...