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Administrative law and public sector
Administrative law and public sector - ranked: tier 4


CMS’ strength lies at the intersection of public procurement and public law, frequently advising on regulatory issues arising from public tenders, but the team is also experienced in handling state aid, trade law and waste management work. Bernt Elsner heads the team.

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2


CMS ‘finds fast solutions’ and provides ‘high-quality advice’ on a broad range of banking and financing matters. This includes acquisitions, real estate and project finance, corporate lending and structured finance as well as regulatory and compliance mandates. Alexander Rakosi advised UniCredit Bank Austria alongside its credit institutions in four CEE countries on the sale of loan portfolios in Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia and Bulgaria; in a separate matter, team head Günther Hanslik, who is a ‘very experienced lawyer with excellent industry knowledge’, acted for the same client in real estate financing matters in Austria and the CEE region, while also advising a consortium of international lenders on the approval of a €1bn revolving credit facility to Novomatic.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 3


CMS is recognised for its broad offering, advising on bond structurings and issuances, capital increases, regulatory matters and the structuring of takeover bids: in a recent highlight, team head Martin Zuffer assisted BioEnergy International with the takeover bid of its main shareholder, Austria-based BDI, while, in a separate matter, he advised Best in Parking on two corporate bond increases and the issuance of debt bonds. MyFactor retained the team to advise on the implementation of an MTN programme.

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


CMS is noted for its ‘quick response times’ and ‘top-notch advice’, which the team provides to financial institutions and multinational corporations on transactions and general corporate work. Managing partner Peter Huber, who co-heads the team with Rainer Wachter, advised Hewlett-Packard on corporate and transactional matters arising from the acquisition of Samsung’s printer business, while Alexander Rakosi assisted the Austrian plastic manufacturer ALPLA with the acquisition of Romanian bottler Star East Pet. Similarly, the ‘solution-oriented’ Johannes Trenkwalder advised Medacta International on the acquisition of Austrian distributor Vivamed.

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Construction - ranked: tier 2


CMS receives a steady flow of contentious and non-contentious construction law instructions, including public procurement matters, from construction companies, hotel operators, architects, property developers and banks. Team head Nikolaus Weselik advised RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria on construction and planning law issues pertaining to the RWA campus project in Lower Austria.

Leading individuals

Nikolaus Weselik - CMS

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 4


CMS stands out for its ‘business-oriented approach’ and is particularly active in merger control proceedings, antitrust investigations and compliance matters. Team head Bernt Elsner and the ‘clear and concise’ Dieter Zandler, who made partner in 2017, advised Heraeus on merger control and state aid law issues pertaining to its acquisition of the Swiss Argor-Heraeus group.

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Employment - ranked: tier 1


Considered ‘one of the best employment law teams’, CMS is recognised by clients and peers alike for its wide-ranging expertise, covering the whole spectrum of individual and collective labour law including pension law. Co-head Christoph Wolf advised Austrian postal service company Österreichische Post on work time models, and the recommended Jens Winter assisted healthcare sector provider Vamed with various individual and collective employment issues including collective agreements. Team co-head Bernhard Hainz has ‘strong and deep knowledge’.

Leading individuals
Next generation lawyers

Jens Winter - CMS

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3


CMS’ ‘business-oriented’ team focuses on restructuring and transactional work in Austria and the CEE region including related litigation. Günther Hanslik heads the team, which includes the recommended Alexander Rakosi.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2


CMS has a strong IP litigation practice but also handles a wide range of advisory work with a focus on the life sciences, media, chemical, hotel, food and fashion industries. Team head Egon Engin-Deniz represented Panasonic in copyright litigation, and assisted Syngenta with trade mark infringement, product piracy and patent matters. On the non-contentious side, the team has a strong profile for trade mark portfolio management, acting for Trumer among many others.

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 1


Recognised for its broad offering, CMS advises company owners, senior management, high-net-worth individuals, asset managers, family companies and private foundations such as Falco Privatstiftung. Key areas of expertise include the advice on corporate and tax matters, property and succession issues as well as family law and related litigation. Johannes Reich-Rohrwig heads the team.

Leading individuals

Johannes Reich-Rohrwig - CMS

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 2


CMS’ strength lies at the intersection of construction, corporate, finance and procurement law: in recent highlight work, the group advised nöGIG on various matters pertaining to the construction of a glass fibre network, which included advice on project finance, public procurement and construction law. PORR Beteiligungen und Management retained the practice to assist with the procurement procedure of the PPP GTNMS Stammersdorf school campus project. Other clients include the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Netz Niederösterreich. Johannes Trenkwalder is the main contact.

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Public procurement
Public procurement - ranked: tier 2


Acting across various sectors, including infrastructure, construction, healthcare and technology, CMS’ ‘very professional’ practice assists clients with public tender procedures, PPPs and related litigation. Team head Bernt Elsner assisted construction company PORR Beteiligungen und Management with the procurement procedure of the PPP GTNMS Stammersdorf school campus project, while, in the healthcare sector, the team advised the medical technology company ArjoHuntleigh on various medical equipment procurement procedures.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3


CMS works in close co-operation with the firm’s construction team and has a strong profile for transactional and lease agreement work, advising construction firms, property investors and developers as well as hotel operators and owners, among others. Johannes Hysek advised Allianz Real Estate Estate Germany on the purchase of office project The Icon Vienna. Nikolaus Weselik is another key member of the team.

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TMT - ranked: tier 4


CMS has IT at its core and frequently assists clients with data protection matters and software contracts. Johannes Juranek advised an Austrian client on the partial outsourcing of its IT infrastructure to a cloud provider and on international data protection issues. Other clients include Ikea and Heta Asset Resolution.

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Tax - ranked: tier 3


Much of CMS’ work pertains to corporate tax law including M&A transactions, but the team also handles tax compliance and tax due diligence mandates. Team head Sibylle Novak provided railroad constructor Frauscher Sensor Technology with general tax law advice.

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Austria: Dispute resolution

Arbitration and mediation
Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation - ranked: tier 4


Handling construction sector arbitration is a key element of CMS’ practice, which also acts in shareholder and corporate disputes. Johannes Reich-Rohrwig and Daniela Karollus-Bruner are the key contacts.

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Commercial litigation
Dispute resolution: commercial litigation - ranked: tier 2


CMS has a depth of experience in commercial and corporate litigation alongside construction and insurance-related disputes. Co-heads Johannes Reich-Rohrwig and Daniela Karollus-Bruner represented Austrian Airlines as plaintiff in a damages claim concerning a payment of capital increase. Other work includes investment and financial damage disputes as well as construction and post-M&A litigation.

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