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This page is dedicated to keeping readers informed of the latest news and thought leadership articles from law firms across the globe.

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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

Vienna, February 2019. Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner Rechtsanwälte (fwp) advised and supported UIV Urban Innovation Vienna GmbH, a Wien Holding company, in finding a location for a new multifunctional mega arena.


December 2018 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by Dorda.

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Processing operations subject to the requirement of a data protection impact assessment.

Following the "White List", the data protection authority has now also issued the long-awaited "Black List" in form of a binding regulation. This provides greater clarity as to when Data Protection Impact Assessments ("DPIA") are actually to be carried out in practice in Austria. As already in the draft, the regulation does not provide an exhaustive list of processing operations that are subject to the requirement. Rather, the regulation specifies criteria - some of which require further interpretation - which shall make it necessary to carry out a detailed examination.

Rien ne va plus!

August 2018 - Real Estate & Property. Legal Developments by Dorda.

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Austrian Real Estate and Construction Law

On 30 June 2018 an amendment to the Vienna Building Code entered into force rendering it more difficult to demolish historic buildings in the Austrian capital. Is this the beginning of a new and hostile approach to owners of historic buildings? No! The Austrian Constitutional Court had already confirmed in 2017 that the rent based on the reference value (Richtwertmietzins) and the prohibition to request higher rent in certain areas of the city (Lagezuschlag) were in line with the constitution. In addition, the Supreme Court had redefined the rent control system in leading judgments in 2017. Despite massive impacts on owners of historic buildings, the federal legislator has not provided viable solutions.



DORDA advises on the acquisition of Austrian office properties Denk Drei

June 2018 - Real Estate & Property. Legal Developments by Dorda.

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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.

Austrian "White List"

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

Immediately on 25 May, the GDPR-day, the Austrian Data Protection Authority published its White List brining some clarity concerning the obligation to carry out a data protection impact assessment. As expected, especially standardized data processing activities and already registered processing operations that have to be approved by the authority in advance do not require an impact assessment.

 for Austria and we can only hope that it will be issued soon as well.

Stop! Wait! Move! – No longer Stamp Duty for Residential Homes

October 2017 - Real Estate & Property. Legal Developments by Dorda.

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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.

European Court of Human Rights: Employers have limited rights to monitor employee communications at

September 2017 - Employment. Legal Developments by Schönherr.

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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

September 2017 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by Schönherr.

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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.

If adopted, investors from outside the EU and EEA would need to apply and obtain such permission if they intend to acquire more than a 25 % interest in an existing or yet to be established company with its registered seat in Hungary, provided that this company pursues activities that are deemed sensitive for national security.


EU: High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance delivers early recommendations

August 2017 - Finance. Legal Developments by Schönherr.

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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").


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.


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