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Within Corporate and M&A, tier 7

With a particular stronghold in the IT industry, Gassauer-Fleissner Rechtsanwälte GmbH advises clients such as Austrian Post, Hannover Finanz, Kempinksi, Rexel and Mondial. Hanno Schatzmann is the contact.

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Within Employment, tier 4

Gassauer-Fleissner Rechtsanwälte GmbH has gradually expanded its employment practice under the leadership of Robert Prchal. It is particularly active in the hotels sector, advising clients such as Kempinski.

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Within Intellectual property and media, Gassauer-Fleissner Rechtsanwälte GmbH is a first tier firm,

For many the ‘go-to-firm’ for IP matters and with a particular focus on the pharmaceutical sector, Gassauer-Fleissner Rechtsanwälte GmbH covers the full range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including cross-border matters; the practice spans patent and trade mark prosecution and litigation, design rights, copyright, product piracy and unfair competition. Christian Gassauer-Fleissner and Dominik Göbel are ‘creative but at the same time realistic’. Michael Wolner moved to an in-house role at Accenture.

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Within IT and telecoms, Gassauer-Fleissner Rechtsanwälte GmbH is a second tier firm,

Gassauer-Fleissner Rechtsanwälte GmbH’s IT group is noted for its ‘consistently high quality’, and works in close co-operation with the firm’s renowned IP department. Max Mosing specialises in e-commerce, internet, data protection and telecoms matters. Clients include TTTech, Novomatic and PXP, and also a number of companies on the customer side. Michael Wolner has moved to an in-house position at Accenture.

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Within Private client, Gassauer-Fleissner Rechtsanwälte GmbH is a second tier firm,

Gassauer-Fleissner Rechtsanwälte GmbH advises on wealth structuring and management, including acting for family offices. Main contact Christian Gassauer-Fleissner also advises private foundations and sits on several advisory boards. Many of the team’s clients are investors in hi-tech companies or are otherwise linked to the IP industry.

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Within Real estate and construction, tier 4

The expanding real estate team at Gassauer-Fleissner Rechtsanwälte GmbH has been particularly active in advising the hotel industry. Klaus Fischer is the main contact.

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  • MD: Finally! Liquidating a Company is Now a Mission Possible

    On 29 May 2014, the Moldovan Parliament passed the Act No. 90/2014 on amending and supplementing of certain legislative acts (Act No. 90). Act No.90, which entered into force on 27 June 2014, implements simplified rules on the liquidation of companies in Moldova (in particular, at the decision of their shareholders), namely by inter alia amending the Civil Code of Moldova, Act No. 845/1992 on Entrepreneurship and Enterprises, Act No. 220/2007 on State Registration of Companies and Individual Entrepreneurs.  read more...
  • AT: German Supreme Court enacts duty for banks to disclose internal commission payments

    In a recent landmark judgment (3 June 2014, XI ZR 147/12), the banking law senate of the German Supreme Court stipulates far-reaching disclosure obligations for banks (active in Germany) with respect to internal commission payments for investments. While the country's banks are obliged to inform their clients of such "hidden" internal commission payments as of 1 August 2014, they will not be held liable for not having disclosed such commission payments in the past. The German Supreme Court's decision will certainly have an immediate impact also in Austria.  read more...
  • Austria: Rules for voluntary disclosure in criminal tax matters are expected to be tightened

    Austrian tax law enables taxpayers to avoid criminal tax sanctions or penalties in case of fiscal offences by submitting a voluntary disclosure. The taxpayer's exemption from any criminal tax sanctions on account of having submitted a voluntary disclosure is subject to specific preconditions. A draft tax bill on the Amendment of the Austrian Fiscal Criminal Tax Act 2014 (Finanzstrafgesetznovelle 2014) that is currently pending for vote in the Austrian Parliament is set to tighten these requirements significantly. The new rules are expected to enter into force as of 1 October 2014.  read more...
  • AT/EU: New Sanctions Regime against Russia

    The European Union has recently agreed to an additional, higher level of sanctions against Russia. The new packages include (i) severe restrictions on doing business in Crimea or Sevastopol, (ii) a significant expansion of the list of designated persons and entities (see our newsletter of 28 March 2014 ), and most importantly (iii) severe limitations on the ability of Russian state banks to access (capital markets) financing, embargoes on weapons sales (including dual-use goods), as well as prior authorization requirements for the transfer of sophisticated oil drilling technology.  read more...
  • Romania: Law 84/2014 on employee inventions

    In Romania, a new law on employee inventions entered into force on 29 June 2014 (Law 83/2014). This new law abrogates former provisions on employee inventions set forth inter alia by the country's Patent Law (Law 64/1991).  read more...
  • 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").