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DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach has a strong profile for project finance work with particular focus on the CEE and SEE regions, while also handling banking litigation and regulatory matters, including sanctions and investigations, as well as cyber crime-related issues. Jasna Zwitter-Tehovnik advised the Global Health Investment Fund on the financing of an Austrian biotech company, while Christoph Urbanek acted for UniCredit Bank Austria and Raiffeisen Bank International on the financing of one of Poland's largest business parks. Oskar Winkler heads the finance and projects group, which includes 'excellent' country managing partner David Christian Bauer.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach

As an integral part of the firm's corporate group, DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach's 'reliable' team is particularly strong at dealing with matters at the interface between corporate and capital markets law including debt and equity capital markets transactions. In a recent highlight, the 'knowledgeable and experienced' Christian Temmel advised UniCredit Bank Austria on matters pertaining to its role as the sole global coordinator for Voestalpine's €1bn debt issuance programme, and assisted a banking consortium in its capacity as global bookrunners with the €500m debt issuance by Voestalpine.

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

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach

With a strong focus on transactional work, the 'dedicated' team at DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach is an attractive choice for corporates, family offices and private clients. Practice head Christoph Mager advised HBB-Haas Beratung und Beteiligungen on the sale of its global group headquartered in Austria to the Swiss company Bühler. Together with the firm's Shanghai office, he also assisted the Chinese conglomerate Wanfeng Auto Holding Group with the acquisition of Austrian aerospace manufacturer Diamond Aircraft Industries. Maria Doralt is another key individual.

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

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach

Acting for various Austrian and international banks, DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach stands out for its expertise in financial services sector disputes, including negative interest proceedings and those at the intersection with white-collar criminal defence and also represents clients in investigations. Claudine Vartian and David Christian Bauer are the main contacts.

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

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach's white-collar crime offering includes assisting financial institutions, corporates and individuals with criminal investigations, criminal defence proceedings and compliance matters, and also providing advice on tax and fiscal criminal matters. Claudine Vartian and business criminal law expert Thomas Kralik jointly head the team.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach

Claudine Vartian heads the team at DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach, which specialises in investigations, merger control proceedings and abuse of dominant position cases. Many key clients are from regulated industries; among other matters, the team advised Energie-Control Austria on the separation of the Austrian and German electricity pricing zone. Other highlights include 'competent' and 'collegial' counsel Florian Schuhmacher advising HBB-Haas Beratung und Beteiligungen on the competition law aspects of the sale of its global group headquartered in Austria to Swiss-based technology corporation Bühler, and Porr on the competition law aspects of acquisitions in the construction industry.

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Employment - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach

The team at DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach specialises in advising on restructuring and the cross-border transfer of employees, and is particularly active in the trade and transport sectors. Key clients include Metro Cash & Carry and a number of airlines such as Lufthansa Cargo and easyJet; group head Stephan Nitzl advised Wizz Air on a variety of employment law issues connected to its entry into the Austrian market. In another highlight, the team assisted HBB-Haas Beratung und Beteiligungen with the employment law aspects of the sale of its global group, headquartered in Austria, to Swiss company Bühler.

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach

Concentrating on succession planning for future generations, in particular asset protection and structuring, DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach’s private client team assists domestic and international entrepreneurial families and high-net-worth individuals. Key areas of expertise are corporate, tax, family, inheritance and private foundation law. Christoph Mager heads the department and regularly acts as executor of wills, in addition to being a board member of various private foundations and representing these clients in court proceedings.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach's 'knowledgeable and dedicated' team has a strong focus on international energy development work with particular geographical emphasis on the Middle East, SSE and Africa, while also handling local work, and typically acts for governments and private investors. In recent work, the group advised UniCredit Bank Austria on the financing of a wind farm in Parndorf, Burgenland. The 'tenacious' Andreas Gunst is the main contact for energy sector work and Jasna Zwitter-Tehovnik is the name to note for infrastructure-related matters.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 5

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach has particular experience in handling real estate finance and transactional matters for real estate investors, developers and property management companies and is also active in litigation. Oskar Winkler is the main contact.

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Tax - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach is now led by the recommended Dimitar Hristov, who joined the firm in March 2018 from tax advisory firm LeitnerLeitner following the departure of former team head Franz Althuber to found ALTHUBER SPORNBERGER & PARTNER Rechtsanwälte. The team focuses on transactional and corporate tax alongside tax structuring.

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Legal Developments by:
DLA Piper LLP (US)

  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

    - DLA Piper UK LLP

Legal Developments in Austria

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to

    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?
    - Dorda

    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 .
    - Dorda

    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:
    - Dorda
  • 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:
    - Dorda
  • 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

    Processing operations subject to the requirement of a data protection impact assessment.
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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.
    - Dorda
  • Austrian "White List"

    Exceptions from the OBLIGATION TO CARRY OUT A data protection impact assessment
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