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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 5

Schindler Attorneys

With a focus on finance work, Schindler Attorneys routinely handles acquisition loans, LBOs, project and real estate finance, and, together with M&A colleagues, the 'well-connected' practice advises on transactional finance and private equity-related matters. The 'very grounded' Martin Abram advised Ares Management on financing the acquisition of a European property portfolio, including an office tower in Vienna, from Amundi, and DPE Deutsche Private Equity received assistance with equity financing issues pertaining to its acquisition of a majority stake in VTU Group's engineering business. The 'analytical' Florian Cvak is another key member of the practice, which lost Melany Buchberger-Golabi to Rautner Rechtsanwälte GmbH in June 2018.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 5

Schindler Attorneys

Schindler Attorneys has substantial expertise in advising private equity clients on M&A transactions but is also experienced in providing family businesses and corporates with advice on reorganisations, general corporate structures and succession planning, as well as handling tax-related issues and litigation. 'Strong negotiator' Clemens Philipp Schindler assisted private equity fund OpCapita with the proposed takeover of the textile group Wolford, and, together with Martin Abram, he advised the United Energy Group on the acquisition of OMV's upstream, exploration and production business in Pakistan. Florian Cvak is another key member of the team, which was augmented by the arrival of Christian Thaler from Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners in August 2018.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5

Schindler Attorneys

‘Offering a comprehensive IP service with a particular focus on trade mark and copyright-related advice and transactional advice’, Schindler Attorneys’ ‘commercial and solution-oriented' IP team has ‘impressive knowledge and long-standing experience in IP law’. ‘Highly recommended’ ‘all-rounder’ Julia Kusznier, who has headed the IP team since February 2018, advised LexisNexis on its trade mark strategy, particularly regarding new innovative products.

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 3

Schindler Attorneys

Serving individuals, families, family-owned businesses and private foundations located in Austria as well as abroad, Schindler Attorneys’ private client team’s principal focus lies on family and private foundation law and succession planning, with a particular focus on the interplay between inheritance and corporate law. In addition, the team can rely on the expertise of other departments in the firm, such as corporate, employment, finance and real estate, including the integrated tax practice. Clemens Schindler leads the team and is the main contact. Martin Picherer and Philipp Hoyos are the other key partners.

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Tax - ranked: tier 3

Schindler Attorneys

'Providing an excellent service', Schindler Attorneys  is experienced in international tax structuring matters, most notably those concerning the Bilateral Income Tax Treaty between Austria and Brazil, transfer tax, VAT, transactional and corporate tax alongside tax litigation and private client work. Clemens Schindler, who jointly heads the practice with counsel Lars Gläser, advised Mexican telecoms company América Móvil on Austrian withholding tax issues. Counsel Edith Ludwig is recommended for VAT matters.

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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

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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"

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