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Haslinger/Nagele & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH is particularly noted for its expertise in environmental law, advising local bodies on the implementation of legislation and assisting applicants with the planning process for infrastructure, energy and waste management projects, among others. The practice also excels in public business law, including medical product, customs and life sciences law, and regulatory law. Wilhelm Bergthaler, Wolfgang Berger and Martin Oder are key members of the team.

Christian Schmelz heads the team at Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte), which is known for its broad practice. Environmental law is a particular area of focus for the team, which regularly handles environmental impact assessments and permitting procedures for large-scale infrastructure projects, as well as hydropower plants and wind farms. Highlights included the team's ongoing advice to Vienna International Airport and the state of Lower Austria on the construction of a third runway, including representing the clients in appeals to the Constitutional Court and Supreme Administrative Court. Other areas of expertise are technology regulation and data protection issues, such as privacy law and newtech, and energy law; Bernd Rajal specialises in energy law, and counsel Günther Leissler focuses on technology regulation and data protection. Counsel Johannes Stalzer is also recommended.

Cerha Hempel is noted for its wide-ranging practice, covering environmental, state aid, planning and zoning, energy, air traffic, education, product regulation and healthcare law. Hans Kristoferitsch, who is 'hands on and understands the client's needs', represented the Republic of Austria before the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in litigation regarding the awarding of state aid for nuclear power plants in the UK and Hungary; he also acted for the Austrian Power Grid in proceedings before the Board of Appeal of the EU Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators and the ECJ. Stefan Huber, who jointly heads the practice with Kristoferitsch, is advising food retailer Spar on a variety of regulatory issues, as well as acting for a number of higher education bodies, such as the Institute of Science and Technology. Other clients include Vienna International Airport and Philip Morris.

Infrastructure projects, renewable energy, and banking and finance regulatory law are areas of focus for the team at Eisenberger & Herzog. Practice head Georg Eisenberger is known for his strength in environmental law and world heritage issues; he recently advised XXXLutz on the environmental impact assessment approval requirements pertaining to the construction of a furniture store, and acted for construction company Strabag on a mining project. Tatjana Dworak represented Windparkbetreiber Kärnten in administrative proceedings relating to more than 15 wind farms in Carinthia. Ulrike Sehrschön regularly advises clients from the infrastructure, energy and healthcare sectors on regulatory issues. Other key clients include Styria Media Group, Salinen Austria and the city of Graz.

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners specialises in environmental and planning law, regularly advising on environmental impact assessments, zoning law and licensing procedures concerning large real estate development projects. Team head Michael Hecht is 'hands on, solution oriented' and 'straight to the point'; he successfully represented ÖBB Infrastruktur in the Supreme Administrative Court regarding the Semmering tunnel project, one of the largest infrastructure projects in Austria. The team acts for a number of public sector clients, including the city of Feldkirch and the province of Lower Austria.

ONZ, ONZ, KRAEMMER, HÜTTLER Rechtsanwälte GmbH specialises in environmental law and has a particular focus on representing clients in construction and regional planning procedures and licensing procedures in accordance with the legislation on environmental impact assessments. Clients come from the trade and services, transport infrastructure, waste management, mining, water supply and forestry sectors, among others. Christian Onz, Florian Berl and Michael Mendel are noted.

The 'competent and friendly' Kurt Retter leads the team at Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG, which is known for its 'great quality of advice with regard to the healthcare sector', as well as its focus on energy, infrastructure (particularly railways), gaming and telecoms. Highlights included advising T-Mobile on the regulatory issues, including licensing and data protection, surrounding its acquisition of UPC Austria. Newly promoted counsel Wolfram Schachinger is noted for his expertise in environmental law; he is advising the Austrian Power Grid and DLH Real Estate Management on potential environmental impact assessments, as well as acting for an increasing number of intensive livestock farmers. The arrival of senior associate Stefan Lampert from KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH has also strengthened the team's environmental and renewable energy law practice.

The 'competent' Christian Schneider, who is noted as 'a specialist in his field', leads the practice at bpv Hügel, which advises on energy, telecoms, healthcare, municipal and environmental law, with a particular focus on planning and zoning and waste management. The team's clients include a number of municipal bodies and energy companies; among other matters, Schneider is representing Kelag and Gas Connect Austria in a dispute with the Chamber of Commerce and Federal Workers Chamber regarding the calculation of gas tariffs, and assisting the city of St Pölten with funding guidelines for investments by new enterprises. The team is also advising British American Tobacco on tobacco regulation. Other clients include the Association of Natural Gas Undertakings (Fachverband Gas Wärme) and A1 Telekom Austria.

Stephan Denk heads the public law team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; he focuses on constitutional litigation and regulatory disputes in the finance, energy, environment, healthcare and consumer-facing sectors. Clients include UPS and Japan Tobacco International.

Niederhuber & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH is particularly noted for its expertise in planning and environmental law, especially in relation to environmental impact assessments for industry, energy and infrastructure projects; other areas of strength are constitutional, energy, traffic and waste management law. Martin Niederhuber leads the team.

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) covers public construction, planning and environmental law, advising on environmental impact assessments and the public law aspects of infrastructure, waste management and raw material extraction projects. Highlights included practice head Hanno Liebmann acting for subsidiaries of the Swiss Implenia Group on the construction of the Semmering tunnel and Markus Nussbaumer assisting construction materials company Asamer with environmental impact assessments relating to the redevelopment and expansion of a quarry and gravel pit.

Werinos-Sydow & Nehajova Rechtsanwälte OG handles environmental law, including environmental impact assessments and the protection of nature; planning, building and zoning law; and energy law, particularly in relation to renewable energy. Stefanie Werinos-Sydow is the key contact.

Binder Grösswang is praised for its 'excellent lawyers and strong market reputation'; the team is known for its representation of clients from the energy, pharmaceutical and life sciences, banking and finance, and transport sectors (particularly aviation and railways). Johannes Barbist, noted for his 'great approach to dealing with problems' and 'industry knowledge', heads the practice, which advises on licensing, environmental, constitutional, state aid and regulatory law.

CMS' practice covers trade, environmental, waste management, state aid, planning and data protection law, with clients from the logistics, life sciences and healthcare, education, construction and energy sectors. Bernt Elsner leads the team, which also includes Robert Keisler and Thomas Hamerl. Strabag, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Porr and Nögig, the project for broadband coordination in Lower Austria, are among the firm's clients.

Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH advises on environmental, waste management, water, and pharmaceutical law, among other areas, and acts for a number of energy and telecoms companies. The team also handles constitutional issues; Bernhard Müller is acting for Lucura Versicherungs in an action before the Austrian Constitutional Court and the Commercial Court of Vienna relating to the collapse of Hypo-Alpe-Adria Bank. In the gaming sector, Müller is advising a consortium that operates casinos and lotteries in the Czech Republic on the Austrian gaming law aspects of its proposed acquisition of shares in Casinos Austria.

Constitutional Court judge Christoph Herbst leads the practice at Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH, which is noted for its 'broad expertise, fast responses and flexibility'. The team advises on state aid, banking, trade, energy and waste, and regulatory law, among other matters. Recent highlights include advising Condor and Thomas Cook on the regulatory law respects of their proposed acquisition of Niki airline; acting for longstanding client Niederösterreichische Landeskliniken Holding on a hospital construction project; and continuing to represent a former managing director of Hypo-Alpe-Adria Bank before the European Court of Human Rights. 'Conscientious and reliable' associate Stephan Lenzhofer is also recommended.

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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?
    - 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.
    - Dorda
  • Rien ne va plus!

    - Dorda
  • 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
    - Dorda

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  • fwp extends its expertise by appointing a new junior partner from its own ranks

    Vienna, September 2018. Motivated and energetic - this is how the new junior partner of Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner (fwp) presents himself. One of Austria’s leading law firms acclaims Clemens Gabriel’s new status as attorney-at-law registered since 19 September 2018.
  • fwp strengthens areas of competence by appointing a new junior partner from its own ranks.

    Vienna, September 2018. Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner (fwp) adds valuable competence and expertise to the team by promoting Michael Froner to junior partner.
  • Slovakia: Schoenherr advises AlbĂ©a on the acquisition of Scandolara Slovakia

    Schoenherr Bratislava has advised the Albéa group ("Albéa") on the acquisition of 100 % of the shares in SCANDOLARA TUB-EST, s.r.o. ("Scandolara"), a Slovak subsidiary of the Italian Scandolara Group, which produces laminate tubes. read more...
  • Schoenherr assists Republic of Austria in offer to HETA-creditors

    On Friday, 2 September 2016, the Austrian Finance Minister has given the green light to finance a public offer by Kärntner Ausgleichszahlungs-Fonds (KAF) to HETA creditors pursuant to § 2a of the Austrian Financial Market Stability Act. The offer will implement the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) concluded in May 2016 between the Austrian Minister of Finance and a significant number of creditors of debt instruments issued by HETA ASSET RESOLUTION AG (HETA) that are subject to a regional law deficiency guarantee. The offer will be published by KAF on Tuesday, 6 September 2016.  read more...
  • Austria: Schoenherr advises banking consortium on issuance of EUR 500 million mortgage covered bond

    Schoenherr advised an international banking consortium comprising Commerzbank Ak-tiengesellschaft (technical lead), Barclays Bank plc, Crédit Agricole CIB and CaixaBank SA as Joint Lead Managers on the successful issuance of a EUR 500 million fixed-rate mortgage covered bond ( Pfandbrief ) by Vienna-based Erste Group Bank AG (closing date: 9 September 2015). The bond was placed with institutional investors and listed on the Second Regulated Market of the Vienna Stock Exchange.  read more...
  • Austria: JUVE confirms Schoenherr's leading role in Austrian legal market and among corporate/M&A pr

    JUVE, the premier German-language legal business publication, ranks Schoenherr as the  leading law firm in Austria  and recognises the firm's Corporate/M&A practice for being at the very  apex of the country's transactional practitioners . In the newly-released 2015 edition of its annual 150-page handbook on corporate law firms in Austria, JUVE identifies Schoenherr as having generated the highest revenues among the country’s 15 largest law firms, thanks not least to Schoenherr's advisory role in a large selection of the headline transactions and restructurings during 2014/15.  read more...
  • Austria: Schoenherr advises Allianz Capital Partners on its first acquisition of wind parks in Austr

    Schoenherr advised Allianz Capital Partners (ACP) on its acquisition of four wind parks in the Austrian state of Lower Austria from ImWind, one of the country’s largest wind farm operators, with a portfolio of 320 MW in operation. read more...
  • Austria: Schoenherr advises UNION Investment on prominent real estate transactions in Vienna

    Schoenherr has advised UNION Investment Real Estate GmbH, one of Europe's leading property investment management companies, on several prominent real estate acquisitions that the Hamburg-based group has made in Vienna. In addition to space2move, Schoenherr has also advised UNION Investment. read more...
  • Austria: Schoenherr advises Cimpress on its acquisition of Austria's

    Schoenherr advised Cimpress N.V., a world leader in mass customization, on its acquisition of, one of the leading web-to-print businesses in Austria. The transaction, which was announced on 18 March 2015, closed on 17 April 2015 following the successful achievement of various closing conditions including Austrian antitrust clearance. The acquisition supports Cimpress’ strategy of building a software-enabled operational platform that aggregates and optimizes the supply chain and production of mass customized products such as signage, printing, apparel and promotional products. read more...
  • CEE: Schoenherr named Leading Law Firm in South East Europe by Chambers

    Schoenherr has been recognized as " South East Europe Law Firm of the Year " (2015) by the renowned legal publisher Chambers and Partners . Schoenherr lawyers Monica Cojocaru (partner; Bucharest), Miloš Laković (partner, Moravčević, Vojnović & partneri OAD in cooperation with Schoenherr; Belgrade) and Marko Prušnik (partner; Ljubljana) accepted the award on behalf of the firm at the Chambers Europe Awards event held this past Friday evening at Amsterdam’s Hotel Okura. read more...