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Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG


Austria

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG

Regulatory, transactional and contentious banking work are key elements of Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG’s practice. Dieter Buchberger advised a lender on an energy project financing in the renewables sector; he is also recommended for his investment funds experience. Georg Diwok heads the practice.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG

The ‘highly motivated, flexible and solution-oriented’ team at Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG handles capital markets transactions and public takeovers. Eva-Maria Ségur-Cabanac heads the practice, which frequently advises J.P. Morgan on deal structures and capital markets transactions.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG

With a focus on M&A, Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG frequently acts for players in the financial services, energy, life sciences, IT and other IP-heavy sectors. Other areas of expertise include shareholder disputes and corporate restructurings. Team head Gerhard Hermann advised EDF International on the sale of its minority shareholding in Energie Steiermark to Macquarie.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG

The ‘fast and creative’ team at Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG has a strong profile for competition law disputes, including defending clients against private enforcement cases, and is experienced in dealing with merger control and state aid matters. The ‘very competentAndreas Traugott heads the practice.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG

Handling restructuring-driven employment work constitutes a key element of work for Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG’s ‘very quick’ team, which also routinely handles compliance matters and litigation. ‘Smart and experienced’ practice head Philipp Maier assisted bx Alpha with mass dismissals and negotiations with the works council and trade unions as part of a restructuring.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG covers project finance, regulatory, licensing and transactional work while Stefan Riegler also deals with price review arbitrations. Andreas Traugott heads the team, which assisted EDF International with the disposal of its minority stake in Energie Steiermark.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG frequently advises institutional investors on transactional and letting matters in the retail sector. Stephan Größ heads the practice.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG has a strong profile for contentious and non-contentious data protection and cybersecurity work, as well as telecoms law. ‘Exceptional’ associate Lukas Feiler heads the ‘responsive, proactive and cost-sensitive’ team.

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Lukas Feiler - Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG has notable experience in tax planning, transactional and contentious matters, with its expertise extending to VAT and transfer pricing. ‘Focused’ team head Christoph Urtz advised EDF International on tax aspects of the client’s disposal of its minority stake in Energie Steiermark.

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Austria: Dispute resolution

Arbitration and mediation
Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG has ‘great expertise in corporate and post-M&A disputes’. Among other matters, the team represented the investor Georg Gavrilović and his meat processing group, Gavrilović, in an ICSID proceeding against the Republic of Croatia. Stefan Riegler and Alexander Petsche are the key contacts.

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Commercial litigation
Dispute resolution: commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG

The ‘successful’ team at Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG has ‘great expertise in corporate and post-M&A disputes’ and also handles energy, banking and antitrust litigation. Alexander Petsche co-heads the team with Stefan Riegler, who acted for Schindler, the Swiss elevator and escalator manufacturer, in a number of civil antitrust cases.

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White-collar crime (including fraud)
Dispute resolution: white-collar crime (including fraud) - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG has a strong practice conducting criminal investigations, frequently pertaining to corruption and fraud. Georg Krakow’s team is also experienced in advising on compliance matters and self-disclosures.

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    For decades, the primary Turkish laws governing leases of residential and business premises have been the Law on Leasing Real Property dated May 27, 1955 (the “Lease Law”) and the Turkish Code of Obligations No. 818 dated April 22, 1926 (the “Obligations Code”). Both of these laws, however, will be repealed and replaced with the new Turkish Code of Obligations No. 6098 dated January 11, 2011 (the “New Obligations Code”), which will enter into force on July 7, 2012.
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  • Stop! Wait! Move! – No longer Stamp Duty for Residential Homes

    On 12 October 2017, right in a last minute attempt to win undecided voters for one of the political parties, the leaving members of parliament enacted a new tax law. While fundamental changes to the Austrian Tenancy Law had been vividly discussed between the socialist and the conservative parties in recent years, the new law on the abolition of stamp duty falls completely short of what could have been achieved.
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    A landmark decision was issued yesterday (Judgement Bărbulescu v. Romania), a source of debate in the media , in which the European Court of Human Rights clarified the restrictions on monitoring employees in the workplace.
  • Potential Hurdle for Acquisitions in Hungary by Non-EU and Non-EEA Investors

    The Hungarian Ministry of the Interior recently submitted a legislative proposal to the Hungarian Government to amend the Act on Hungarian National Security Services (the " Proposal "). The Proposal suggests an amendment pursuant to which investors from non-EU and non-EEA countries who wish to invest in Hungary would have to obtain prior permission from the minister responsible for national security (the " Minister .
  • EU: High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance delivers early recommendations

    On 13 July 2017, the High-Level Expert Group (" HLEG ") on Sustainable Finance published its interim report (" Interim Report ") setting out concrete steps to create a financial system that supports sustainable investments. This Legal Insight is part of our dedicated newsletter series on the European Capital Markets Union (" CMU "). Background The growing awareness of environmental challenges and sustainability risks as well as the adoption of the UN 2030 Agenda and the conclusion of the Paris Climate Agreement by the EU in 2015 call for an EU strategy on sustainable finance. Establishing an EU strategy on sustainable finance is a priority action of the CMU. In December 2016, the HLEG was established to advise on the development of such an EU strategy . The recently published HLEG Interim Report was recently presented in a public hearing on sustainable finance on 18 July 2017. At the same time, the HLEG presented an online questionnaire on the Interim Report aimed at obtaining targeted feedback until 20 September 2017, which would be reflected in the final report of the HLEG scheduled for publication by the end of 2017.
  • Serbian Competition Authority Steps Up Antritrust Enforcement

    The Serbian Commission for Protection of Competition (the " Commissio n") recently intensified its antitrust activities before the new Administrative Act came into effect. In one week alone the Commission initiated four antitrust cases and conducted two dawn raids. 1. What/who will be on the Commission's radar?
  • First Annual Privacy Shield Review to take place in September 2017

    One of the core principles of the EU-US Privacy Shield (" Privacy Shield ") is its Joint Review mechanism, which obliges the European Commission, the US Department of Commerce and the Federal Trade Commission to jointly review the functioning of the Privacy Shield on an annual basis, together with its national security and law enforcement aspects. The very first Joint Review is scheduled for September 2017. This first review is considered especially important, as it will be the first opportunity for US and EU regulators to closely analyse the operation of the Privacy Shield, address possible concerns about its functioning, and seek to ensure that the Privacy Shield continues to be a valid legal basis for transfers of personal data from the EU to the US.
  • The role of the supervisory board in investor relations

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  • Constitutional Court's Recent Judgments on Rent in Austria

    The Constitutional Court has recently provided two judgments on 28 June 2017 on the rent control legislation in Austria ruling that the current system for flats complies with Austrian Constitutional Law and the European Convention on Human Rights. The Constitutional Court visibly failed to take the opportunity to initiate a change to the current legislation. Further appeals to the Constitutional Court are likely and worthwhile with the Austrian parties currently involved in their campaigns for the general election in October 2017.
    - Dorda
  • Buy-to-Let Schemes in Austria

    Buy-to-let schemes reached the Austrian market several years ago and have gained increased popularity in the scenic alpine regions of Tyrol, Vorarlberg or Salzburg. Investors acquire condominium ownership in newly constructed hotel facilities and rent out the properties to hotel operators at – ideally – attractive rates. While buy-to-let-schemes can be very lucrative investments, they also raise complex legal and tax questions. With the economic and financial crisis falling into oblivion, investors, however, have become more and more willing to sail these waters.
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  • Hungary: Are Interim Measures Hard to Enforce?

    The Hungarian Parliament recently passed new legislation on arbitration ( Act LX of 2017 on Arbitration , the “2017 Act”) that will reform Hungarian arbitration law as of 1 January 2018.