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CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati’s ‘outstanding’ team is a respected player in the market, representing companies and individuals in criminal proceedings and internal investigations, while also providing clients with compliance advice and handling leniency applications. Peter Lewisch, who is noted for his ‘unparalleled knowledge of criminal law’ and co-heads the team with Hans Kristoferitsch, acted for a client in criminal proceedings pertaining to market manipulation and embezzlement allegations. Stefan Huber is another key member of the team.

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG has ‘excellent business acumen’ and a strong profile for representing corporations, board members and directors in criminal investigations and proceedings; handling SEC disclosures, self-reporting and compliance matters constitute other key elements of the practice. Team head Georg Krakow is ‘very knowledgeable’ and ‘gives excellent advice’.


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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Routinely working in conjunction with the firm’s dispute resolution team, Dorda’s ‘strong’ practice defends individuals against allegations of embezzlement, bribery, corruption and tax evasion and handles internal investigations and compliance matters. The ‘sensibleFlorian Kremslehner continues to advise Immofinanz on criminal investigations against former board members including Karl Petrikovics. Thomas Voppichler, formerly a senior associate with the firm, joined KNOETZL as counsel in 2018.

As part of the firm’s dispute resolution department, Wolf Theiss’ team handles a wide range of white-collar crime work including fraud, corruption, asset recovery and cybercrime cases as well as internal investigations and compliance. Clemens Trauttenberg heads the team, which includes ‘asset tracing expert’ and newly promoted partner Valerie Hohenberg. Clients include Atrium European Real Estate, the Austrian National Bank and the Austrian state of Lower Austria.

Binder Grösswang focuses on white-collar crime work in the banking, finance and capital markets sectors and is well versed in handling embezzlement and industrial espionage matters for a number of Austrian and foreign banks as well as international corporations. ‘Efficient’ team head Stefan Albiez represented the fashion company Balmain in criminal proceedings against two Austria-based fraudsters following the hacking of the client’s accounting department, and continues to act for Erste Group Bank in a criminal case pertaining to Alpine’s insolvency. Christian Klausegger is another key member of the team.

It’s a pleasure to work withBrandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH’s team, which increased its bench strength in 2017 by welcoming the ‘very experienced’ Volkert Sackmann from his previous position at the Public prosecutor’s offices. The practice is noted for its defence capabilities in the banking, capital markets and gaming sectors, where it acts for individuals and companies, but also handles internal investigations. ‘Very accurate’ team head Christopher Schrank defended Novomatic’s former chief executive against bribery allegations.

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach has substantial experience in representing management personnel, financial institutions and companies in internal investigations and criminal proceedings and also handles compliance work. Thomas Kralik defended the former Austrian politician Peter Westenthaler against bribery allegations brought by the gambling company Novomatic and, in a separate matter, advised Wiener Wohnen on fraud matters. Claudine Vartian heads the team.

Handling internal investigations and compliance work constitute key elements of Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)’s practice which also defends companies and individuals in criminal proceedings. Team head Wolfgang Höller is ‘pragmatic’ and praised for his ‘outstanding negotiation skills’, while ‘very responsive’ counsel Klara Kiehl is rated for her experience in handling cross-border criminal investigations. Counsel Heidemarie Paulitsch left the firm to found Paulitsch Law.

Knoetzl assists international funds and financial institutions, real estate and energy sector players as well as individuals with criminal investigations, tax fraud and tax evasion proceedings and defends them against money-laundering and price fixing allegations. The ‘experienced, responsive and diligentBettina Knoetzl co-heads the team with Tim Pfister. Counsel Thomas Voppichler was a new arrival in 2018 from Dorda.

Kollmann, Wolm Rechtsanwälte defends individuals and companies against a wide range of criminal allegations such as embezzlement, corruption and bribery. Lukas Kollmann is the key contact.

PHH Rechtsanwälte’s ‘very responsive, quick and professional’ team assists individuals and companies with criminal proceedings and investigations. ‘Bright’ team head Mathias Preuschl, who is noted for his ‘thorough risk assessments’ and is ‘eager to fight the case for his clients’, defended the medical equipment supplier Odelga against bribery allegations in a number of criminal proceedings in Austria and Germany, and, in different work, defended an international business man against bribery and corruption allegations. Stefan Prochaska is another key member of the team.

petsche pollak attorneys at lawresponds quickly’ and focuses on criminal defence work, acting in embezzlement, fraud and bribery proceedings and also assists clients with internal investigations and compliance issues. Former prosecutor, ‘sharp legal mind’ and team co-head Andreas Pollak, who ‘knows exactly how to guide clients through criminal proceedings’, assisted the Austrian Development Agency with a whistleblowing system. Co-head Simone Petsche-Demmel is another key member of the team.

Soyer Kier Stuefer has a fine reputation in criminal defence work, representing clients before domestic and international courts, while also providing compliance advice. Richard Soyer and Roland Kier are the key contacts.

Norbert Wess at wkk law is known for his expertise in handling commercial criminal law work, frequently pertaining to corruption allegations, internal investigations and compliance matters.

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    - Dorda
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    - 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
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    Exceptions from the OBLIGATION TO CARRY OUT A data protection impact assessment
    - Dorda
  • Stop! Wait! Move! – No longer Stamp Duty for Residential Homes

    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.
    - Dorda
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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

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

    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 "). Background 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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  • 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 Albéa 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...