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  2. Leading individuals
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Leading individuals

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    • Sieglinde Gahleitner - Gahleitner, Rechtsanwaltskanzlei
    • Roland Gerlach - GERLACH RechtsanwĂ€lte
    • Bernhard Hainz - CMS
    • Stefan Köck - Greindl & Köck RechtsanwĂ€lte GmbH
    • Georg Schima - Kunz Schima Wallentin RechtsanwĂ€lte GmbH

Next generation lawyers

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Considered ‘one of the best employment law teams’, CMS is recognised by clients and peers alike for its wide-ranging expertise, covering the whole spectrum of individual and collective labour law including pension law. Co-head Christoph Wolf advised Austrian postal service company Österreichische Post on work time models, and the recommended Jens Winter assisted healthcare sector provider Vamed with various individual and collective employment issues including collective agreements. Team co-head Bernhard Hainz has ‘strong and deep knowledge’.

Kunz Schima Wallentin RechtsanwÀlte GmbH assists a wide range of national and international clients with contentious and non-contentious employment matters including works council negotiations, reorganisations, bonus schemes, working hours and pension law issues.Georg Schima is the main contact and Natalie Hahn made partner in October 2017. Katharina Körber-Risak left the firm in November 2017 and founded Körber-Risak Rechtsanwalts GmbH.

Wolf Theiss has a strong profile for restructuring-related employment work across the CEE and SEE regions including works council and social plan negotiations. ‘Strong intellectual mind’ and team head Ralf Peschek advised Artesyn Embedded Technologies on employment law matters pertaining to the closure of its Austrian plant as part of the group’s worldwide restructuring programme, which included social plan negotiations. Counsel Walter Pöschl and the ‘reliable and thorough’ Matthias Unterrieder are also recommended.

Binder Grösswang’s ‘professional and solution-oriented’ team is well versed in advising clients on remuneration schemes, employment terminations, pension plans and employment-related data protection work, among other issues. Horst Lukanec, who co-heads the team with the ‘very experienced and knowledgeable’ Angelika Pallwein-Prettner, advised Heitkamp Constructions on various employment law matters including overtime payment claims brought by a former employee.

Highly regarded employment law boutique Burgstaller & Preyer RechtsanwÀlte GmbH covers a broad range of employment law including contentious matters. Gerald Burgstaller and Helmut Preyer are the key contacts.

Gerlach RechtsanwĂ€lte ‘runs like a clockwork’ and ‘provides quick and accurate advice’ to employees and employers on employment contracts and pension schemes, while also assisting clients with works council negotiations and litigation. The highly regarded Roland Gerlach assisted an international chemicals company with compensation plans pertaining to its restructuring, among other matters. Other key individuals include Branco Jungwirth and associate and ‘rising star’ Markus Löscher. Michael Leitner left the firm in December 2017 to work independently.

Baker McKenzie ‱ Diwok Hermann Petsche RechtsanwĂ€lte LLP & Co KG provides ‘high quality customer-oriented’ advice on corporate restructurings and compliance matters including work time, immigration and collective bargaining agreements. ‘Knowledgeable’ team head Philipp Maier advised IT company Unisys on the restructuring of its Austrian business, which included works council agreements, remuneration and employment termination issues. Senior counsel Simone Liebmann-Slatin is recommended.

CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati’s ‘highly professional, helpful and competent’ team provides ‘speedy answers’ and is adept at handling individual and collective labour law matters alongside corporate-related mandates and litigation. ‘Calm’ team head Julian Feichtinger continues to advise Vienna International Airport on various employment law matters, and assisted SPAR with employment contracts for national and international executive staff. Susanne Molitoris was appointed senior counsel in October 2017.

Dorda has significant experience in advising employers and employees on a wide range of topics, from individual employment contracts to collective bargaining agreements as well as corporate restructuring and reorganisation mandates. ‘Professional and experienced’ team head Thomas Angermair advised Fujifilm Europe on the partial closure of its business operations in Austria including employment terminations, and assisted Wiener Symphoniker with collective bargaining agreement negotiations with the relevant trade union.

Eisenberger & Herzog’s employment team acts for industry heavyweights such as ProSiebenSat.1 and Austrian Airlines: practice head Jana Eichmeyer assisted the airline with employment terminations and advised refractory products supplier RHI on executive employment contracts. Other areas of expertise include bonus schemes, work time arrangements, collective bargaining agreements, pension law issues and disputes.

With a focus on employee representation, FreimĂŒller/Obereder/Pilz RechtsanwĂ€lt_innen GmbH acts for individuals and on behalf of unions on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious individual and collective employment law matters. Alois Obereder is the main contact.

Working in close conjunction with the firm’s corporate practice, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s strength lies in providing transaction-based employment law advice, whereas handling executive compensation schemes, pension plans, lease personnel matters and working hour arrangements constitute other key elements of the practice, which is now led by Karin Buzanich-Sommeregger. She recently advised UniCredit Bank Austria on the transfer to a state pension scheme. Former team head Stefan Köck left in April 2017 to found Greindl & Köck RechtsanwĂ€lte GmbH.

Rechtsanwaltskanzlei Gahleitner is a respected player in the market and commended for its wide-ranging experience in advising employers and employees. Main contact Sieglinde Gahleitner also acts as a constitutional judge.

Employment law boutique Mosati attracts praise from employers and high-ranking employees for its broad national and European employment law expertise, which includes client representations before courts and government authorities. Andreas Tinhofer is the main contact.

Routinely working in conjunction with the firm’s M&A and corporate teams, Schoenherr (Schönherr RechtsanwĂ€lte) is well versed in providing transactional employment law advice, while also representing clients in disputes. With a focus on the public sector, team head Stefan KĂŒhteubl continues to advise Vienna General Hospital and the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST) on a number of contentious and non-contentious matters, while also assisting Aon Austria Risk Management with issues arising from integrating Vero Insurance’s Austrian entities into its business.

Dr Alexandra Knell is dedicated to advising employers on mass redundancies but also handles restructurings and litigation.

With a focus on advising national and international corporations, BLS RechtsanwÀlte Boller Langhammer Schubert GmbH is particularly active in restructurings, company transfer, employment termination, working hours and lease personnel matters, but also handles contentious work and acts for board members. Thomas Boller heads the team.

Dealing with contentious and non-contentious work, Barnert Egermann Illigasch RechtsanwĂ€lte GmbH’s client roster includes Avcon Jet, TARW Consulting Personalleasing and BNP Paribas. ‘Highly pragmatic and solution-oriented’ team head Clemens Egermann ‘is always up-to-date on any recent changes in the law’.

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach works in conjunction with the firm’s corporate practice and specialises on employment law issues pertaining to restructurings and transactions including transfer of employees matters. In a recent highlight, team head Stephan Nitzl advised gambling software group Playtech on employment law matters arising from its acquisition of a 90% stake in Austria-based gambling company Best Gaming Technology.

The ‘competent, pragmatic and very experienced’ team at Eversheds Sutherland | Stolitzka & Partner RAe OG ‘inspires confidence’ and receives a steady flow of collective employment law instructions such as collective bargaining agreements, employment terminations, staff transfers and work time regulations. ‘Strong, clear and thorough’ team head Silva Palzer is a ‘pleasure to work with’.

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners is well equipped to guide clients through a wide range of collective and individual employment law matters. The team recently assisted ÖBB Postbus and Imperial Tobacco Austria Marketing with various employment law issues. Kurt Wratzfeld heads the group, which lost Philip Neubauer to Rath & Partner in April 2017.

The ‘knowledgeable and professional’ team at Graf & Pitkowitz provides ‘fast answers’ and ‘very good personal service’, advising employers on employment contracts, work time arrangements and employment terminations, while also representing them in disputes such as dismissal challenges. The ‘practical and liable’ Jakob Widner heads the team, which also includes Axel Guttmann.

Acting for employers and managing directors, the ‘professional and experienced’ Dr. Helmut Engelbrecht RechtsanwĂ€lte handles the full spread of contentious and non-contentious employment law, ranging from individual and collective labour law to public employment and social security matters. Helmut Engelbrecht assisted an international company with employee takeovers and outsourcing projects.

Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH provides employers and employees with general employment law advice including employment terminations, work time arrangements and collective labour law disputes as well as matters arising from outsourcing, M&A and privatisation measures. ‘Very knowledgeable and flexible’ team head Franz Marhold has ‘great court presence’ and advised Apollo-Optik on collective agreements, working hours and employment terminations alongside contentious issues.

Having specialist expertise in collective labour law, Taylor Wessing Austria advised Nestlé on the employment law implications of its envisaged closure of the manufacturing site in Linz, which included works council negotiations, employment termination and social plan matters. Wolfgang Kapek heads the team. RechtsanwÀlte GmbH provides general employment and pensions advice and represents clients in litigation. Hans Georg Laimer, who lost his former co-head Martin Huger to Garger Spallinger Huger RechtsanwÀlte GmbH in September 2017, advised a tea and coffee company on various employment and pension law issues, and defended an Austrian contracting business against discrimination claims brought by a former manager.

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