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  1. Dispute resolution: white-collar crime (including fraud)
  2. Leading individuals
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Leading individuals

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    • Peter Lewisch - Cerha Hempel
    • Wolfgang Moringer - Haslinger/Nagele & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH
    • Gerald Ruhri - Ruhri & Partner Rechtsanwälte
    • Richard Soyer - SOYER KIER STUEFER
    • Norbert Wess - wkk law

Next Generation Partners

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KOLLMAN, WOLM Rechtsanwalte

The law office of Lukas Kollmann and Philipp Wolm was founded in summer 2014 as a boutique firm for all aspects of white-collar Crime, actively representing and advising national and international companies, financial institutions, and individuals in every phase of investigation or criminal proceeding.

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With superb reputation in the space, Cerha Hempel acts for companies and individuals in criminal proceedings and internal investigations, while also providing assistance with compliance matters. Team co-heads Hans Kristoferitsch and Stefan Huber represented a construction company in criminal investigations against circa 50 companies and over 150 individuals for alleged bid-rigging, fraud and corruption, and, together with highly regarded co-head Peter Lewisch, Kristoferitsch is acting for Wiener Stadtwerke and its subsidiary Wien Energie in various criminal proceedings pertaining to allegations of fraud, corruption and the manipulation of several tender proceedings.

As part of the firm's wider dispute resolution practice, Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH's white-collar crime team represents individuals in parallel civil and criminal defence proceedings, which frequently pertain to accusations of fraud, embezzlement, bribery, corruption and tax evasion while also handling compliance matters and criminal investigations. Practice head Florian Kremslehner and Daniela Firulovic are the main contacts.

With particular strength at the intersection between civil litigation and criminal law, KNOETZL HAUGENEDER NETAL's 'very experienced and reliable' team represents companies and individuals in criminal and international investigations, defending them against various business crime allegations; it also handles asset tracing and recovery work, where counsels Judith Schacherreiter and Natascha Tunkel are the main contacts. The team is led by the highly regarded Bettina Knoetzl. The group increased its bench strength by adding counsel Thomas Voppichler, who focuses on business crime and asset recovery matters, from Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH in 2018 and counsel and fraud litigation specialist Oliver Loksa from Binder Grösswang September 2017.

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG's white-collar crime team is integrated in the firm's dispute resolution practice, which makes it well equipped to guide companies and private clients through criminal defence proceedings, asset tracing and asset recovery matters as well as compliance issues and internal forensic investigations. Clemens Trauttenberg and Holger Bielesz are the main contacts.

'Utilising its profound knowledge to provide creative solutions', the 'focused and determined' team at Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG assists companies and individuals with the implementation of compliance systems, internal investigations and criminal defence proceedings. Co-head Georg Diwok represented the infrastructure division of FCC Group, FCC Construcción, and one of its executives in criminal defence proceedings pertaining to allegations of fraud, false accounting and negligent bankruptcy. Co-head Alexander Petsche frequently provides compliance-related assistance.

Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH routinely defends individuals against various white-collar crime accusations such as embezzlement, bribery and breach of trust but also assists companies with criminal proceedings, compliance matters and criminal investigations. Christopher Schrank and Thomas Talos defended a former board member of bwin against allegations of breach of trust and bribery concerning an off-shore money transfer. Volkert Sackmann left the firm in April 2018 to work independently.

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.

KOLLMANN, WOLM RECHTSANWÄLTE has a strong focus on defending individuals against various white-collar crime allegations and assists corporate clients with the implementation of compliance programmes and investigations. Lukas Kollmann and Philipp Wolm are the key contacts.

'Well-resourced, down-to-earth and forward-thinking' boutique petsche pollak attorneys at law routinely defends individuals, including senior managers and company directors, in criminal proceedings against allegations of corruption, fraud and abuse of power alongside tax evasion and tax fraud but also acts for companies in investigations and the establishment of whistleblowing systems. Simone Petsche-Demmel and Andreas Pollak, who has formerly worked at the Public Prosecutor's Office, jointly head the team and are 'highly astute legal tacticians'.

PHH Rechtsanwälte is adept at handling internal investigations and defence proceedings for individuals, companies and financial institutions. Team head Mathias Preuschl represented an international businessman against allegations of bribery and corruption concerning an arms deal and Stefan Prochaska acted for a judge at the Supreme Court for Commerce in Kiev and his ex-wife in criminal proceedings pertaining to suspected money laundering in Liechtenstein and Austria.

SOYER KIER STUEFER is a highly regarded for criminal defence work before domestic and international courts with its expertise spanning corporate crime and financial criminal law defence alongside niche areas such as media-related criminal law. Richard Soyer and Roland Kier are the key contacts.

wkk law has 'an excellent reputation' for its expertise in commercial criminal law work, frequently pertaining to corruption allegations, alongside internal investigations and compliance matters. Key contact Norbert Wess is highly regarded.

Much of Binder Grösswang's workload pertains to banking, finance and capital markets-related issues alongside defending accusations of embezzlement, fraud and industrial espionage. The 'very efficient and thorough' team also assists financial institutions, corporates and private clients with internal investigations and compliance matters. Stefan Albiez and 'excellent strategic planner' Christian Klausegger are praised for their 'constructive and clear approach' alongside their 'skill in simplifying complex and extensive matters'.

Praised for its 'reliable hands-on' advice, Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) is well versed in guiding companies, as well as individuals, through internal investigations, various compliance matters and criminal proceedings pertaining to allegations of fraud, corruption and breach of trust. 'Great communicator and negotiator' Wolfgang Höller jointly heads the team with 'smart' counsel Klara Kiehl.

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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?
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    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.
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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.
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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.
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  • 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...
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  • 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...