EU and competition in Austria

Binder Grösswang

The department at Binder Grösswang shines across the whole gamut of EU and competition law and is led by Raoul Hoffer. He has a core focus on matters at the intersection of competition law and digitalisation, for instance in connection with artificial intelligence, data protection and the internet of things. Merger control at both Austrian and European level is a strong suit and the team is able to leverage its international network to handle cross-border work; Christine Dietz is the key name in this space. Isabelle Innerhofer is renowned for her private enforcement practice, where she often appears on the claimant's side in cartel damage litigation.

Practice head(s):

Raoul Hoffer

Other key lawyers:

Christine Dietz; Isabelle Innerhofer

Testimonials

‘Team is very responsive; team works seamlessly; high quality.’

‘Christine Dietz is very responsive; very committed; pragmatic advice to the point.’

‘Raoul Hoffer is very responsive, very knowledgeable about private enforcement of competition law.’

‘Christine Dietz has been my go-to competition lawyer in Austria for a number of years. She is bright, commercially minded and very responsive. Highly recommended.’

‘Binder are my go-to firm for all Austrian antitrust matters. We work with them on multiple matters every year. They are very responsive and give us exactly what we are looking for.’

‘Christine Dietz is highly responsive and gets to grip with the issues very quickly, providing exactly the advice we need.’

‘Responsive, pragmatic and efficient. Good knowledge of Austrian law and relationship with the authority.’

‘I would recommend Isabelle Innerhofer. She is knowledgeable, pragmatic and easy going. She delivers.’

‘Very reliable.’

‘The team is strong and well known in the market. They have an innovative approach, work effectively and quickly, with persistence and with a good portion of tenacity.’

‘The team I know includes Isabelle Innerhofer and Raoul Hoffer. All of them are very responsive and excellent to work with. ’

‘We routinely work with Binder as they are highly responsive, generally commercially minded and pragmatic. They are able to deal quickly and efficiently with urgent client requests with minimum fuss. They are our preferred Austrian counsel to work with on large-scale, complex transactions requiring filings in multiple jurisdiction.’

‘We primarily work with Christine Dietz, who is highly responsive and commercially minded. She provides no fuss, pragmatic advice and keeps even the most demanding of our US-based clients happy.’

‘The team around Raoul Hoffer, Isabelle Innerhofer and Christine Dietz work seamlessly together and provide top-notch quality advice.’

‘Raoul Hoffer and Isabelle Innerhofer are trusted advisors in cartel damage claims and digital issues. They are both very pleasant to work with.’

‘I strongly recommend Isabelle Innerhofer. She has the perfect package of high level knowledge, experience from important cases and enthusiasm to excel.’

‘The antitrust group and in particular Isabelle Innerhofer is highly competent, straight to the point and provides very practical and tailor made advice to the client. She has a problem solution approach which meet client’s expectations also in very demanding cases’

‘Great people to work with, smart, diligent, hands-on practical approach.’

‘The Team works seamlessly together.’

‘Isabelle Innerhofer shows solid competition law expertise. Pleasant to work with.’

‘Very capable competition law practice, very responsive, commercially minded; very pleasant to work with. First point of contact for competition law in Austria.’

‘Dr. Raoul Hoffer is a leading individual in Austria for behavioural matters, very experienced.’

‘Christine Dietz works thoroughly and is a smart lawyer, focusing on merger control. ’

‘In the field of antitrust law in particular, Christine Dietz quickly offers proactively tailor-made, solution-oriented and pragmatic proposals for solutions, always keeping an eye on costs and feasibility, thus creating an atmosphere of trust in the cooperation with clients.’

‘We consider the team to be the best in competition law in Austria. Stand-out characteristics are: the size and capacity to handle any big or complex matter at any time as well as their high degree of specialization.’

‘We believe that Raoul Hoffer as the head of the team stands out for his strategic thinking, knowledge on the workings of the authorities and digital law expertise.’

‘Christine Dietz is heading the merger control unit within the team and is a superb negotiator when it comes to complex transactions and to finding ways how to get them through.’

‘Isabelle Innerhofer is a well-known competition lawyer in the firm.’

‘One of the top competition teams in Austria, very present on an international level and always available.’

‘Isabelle Innerhofer, Christine Dietz and Raoul Hoffer stand out as excellent competition lawyers.’

‘I have worked with Isabelle Innerhofer on merger control matters this year – Isabelle is responsive, commercial, and an expert in her field.’

‘Very approachable, and consistently available. Happy to provide additional guidance that is of particular assistance to foreign firms.’

‘Isabelle Innerhofer is very approachable, client friendly and provides commercial advice.’

Key clients

Lenzing AG

Semperit AG

City of Vienna

WIENER LINIEN GmbH & Co KG

Region of Upper Austria

EQT Netherlands Management B.V.

Alexion Pharmaceutical Inc.

Mutares SE & Co. KGaA

BNP Paribas S.A.

Clessidra

Nissan Center Europe GmbH

Renault Austria GmbH

KIA AUSTRIA Gesellschaft mbH

Coca-Cola HBC Austria GmbH

Indorama Ventures PCL

ÖBB Infrastruktur AG

Ardian S.A.

VTG Aktiengesellschaft

Novomatic AG

TIWAG

Lidl Österreich GmbH

Berglandmilch

Work highlights

  • Represented the region of Upper Austria (Land Oberösterreich) in proceedings before the ECJ for a preliminary ruling in the elevator cartel damage litigation.
  • Represented Lenzing and Palmers in the merger control proceedings in connection with the establishment of a joint venture for the production of protective face masks.
  • Advised ÖBB-Infrastruktur on the start-up phase of a ground-breaking long-term project to digitalize the ÖBB’s infrastructure section.

bpv Hügel

bpv Hügel has a particular strength in merger control matters and also fields a stand-out antitrust litigation practice where Florian Neumayr is the key name. Neumayr shares the practice lead with EU specialist Christian Schneider and Astrid Ablasser-Neuhuber, who is notably strong across a wide range of competition matters. The department has seen an uptick in tech clients, as such companies are under intense scrutiny by Austria competition authorities. Close collaboration with affiliated offices in the CEE region as well as with the firm's Brussels branch gives the team an edge over many competitors when it comes to multi-jurisdictional work.

Practice head(s):

Astrid Ablasser-Neuhuber; Florian Neumayr; Christian Schneider

Other key lawyers:

Gerhard Fussenegger; Kajetan Rozga

Testimonials

‘Very responsive, hands-on-mentality, very good availability.’

‘Practicable solutions, quick response, perfect knowledge of competition law.’

‘Astrid Ablasser-Neuhuber has excellent knowledge of competition law, many years of experience in competition cases and is available nearly 24-hours.’

Key clients

A1 Telekom Austria

OMV AG /Gas Connect Austria

RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria

BayWa AG

BP Europa

Beiersdorf

Axel Springer

Verbund

Plansee

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BAT British American Tobacco

Nichicon

Sky

BAWAG

Austrian Chamber of Pharmacists

Raiffeisen Holding Niederösterreich-Wien

Immofinanz

Otis

Colgate

Eaton

Lekkerland

Yamaha

Eurazeo

První novinová společnost a.s. (formerly Mediaservis)

IG Holzkraft

Work highlights

  • Representing Nichicon, Japan in Europe in relation to all matters concerning the capacitors case, brought by the European Commission and now pending before the European Courts.
  • Acting for the RWA-Group on all merger control and antitrust matters worldwide.
  • Representing MAN in relation to all antitrust damage claims in Austria.

E+H Eisenberger + Herzog

The competition law team at E+H Eisenberger + Herzog is extremely capable at handling merger control as well as cartel proceedings both in Austria and at a European level. The team, which is led by Dieter Thalhammer, acts for a stellar client roster in the transport, infrastructure, pharmaceutical and energy industries and has recently increased its market share in the technology sector as well. The practice head has broad experience of cartel damages proceedings and abuse of damages cases. Judith Feldner is the name to note for cartel cases including dawn raids, e-discovery and leniency applications and Andreas Zellhofer focuses on vertical restraints and abuse cases.

Practice head(s):

Dieter Thalhammer

Other key lawyers:

Judith Feldner; Andreas Zellhofer

Testimonials

‘The team is pragmatic and very responsive.’

‘Judith Feldner is doing a fantastic job. She is very responsive, digs into the details of the case and is still able to provide pragmatic advice. She is very experienced in proceedings before the BWB.’

‘Great availability and straight-forward advice.’

‘Judith Feldner is always approachable, gives very reliable, straight-forward advice.’

‘Proactive case management, excellent legal and also strategic input.’

‘Dieter Thalhammer is an absolute expert in his field.’

‘Judith Feldner made an incredible effort to support us with the highest-quality legal advice. ’

‘Very pragmatic, hands-on approach. Very business-oriented.’

‘Dieter Thalhammer stands out with his business acumen and to-the-point handling of the matter.’

‘E&H has a deep bench of talented practitioners. The competition team offers clear advice and absolutely understands our business and markets. They have exceptional technical skills and depth of experience. The lawyers deliver the best quality advice, and always come to the table with creative ideas.’

‘Dieter Thalhammer is one of the very top competition experts in the country. He provides sophisticated, strategic advice, with a creative and calm approach. He is a very smart lawyer who is a practical and strategic thinker.’

Key clients

Wiener Stadtwerke

Austrian Airlines

ÖBB-Technische Services GmbH

TenneT

Volvo Trucks

Toyota

UBM Development AG

OMV AG

Styria

Work highlights

  • Represented Wiener Stadtwerke in merger control proceedings before the Austrian FCA regarding the acquisition of a minority interest in EVN AG.
  • Represented Austrian Airlines in state aid proceedings before the European Commission.
  • Acted for ÖBB-Technische Services in merger control proceedings before the European Commission relating to a new joint venture.

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) is one of only a few Austrian firms to operate an office in Brussels, which makes the team a popular draw for EU and multinational merger control filings and compliance programmes. Franz Urlesberger's The team is also adept at representing corporations in antitrust proceedings and investigations and defending enterprises in private damages claims. Practice head Franz Urlesberger counts wood, paper and packaging companies among his clients. Questions concerning horizontal and vertical cooperation agreements are the focus of Hanno Wollmann and counsel Stefanie Stegbauer is praised for her knowledge of internal audits and e-discovery.

Practice head(s):

Franz Urlesberger

Other key lawyers:

Hanno Wollmann; Stefanie Stegbauer; Volker Weiss

Testimonials

‘Clearly one of the best competition law practices in Austria with a strong presence all across Eastern Europe.’

‘Incredible at getting the job done to requirements (on time, within budget). Deliver every time the consistent high quality I have become used to. ’

‘Volker Weiss is sharp, has great business acumen and delivers consistently very high quality. ’

‘Very competent, excellent availability, very committed, proactive.’

‘Exceptional legal knowledge, dedication and commitment, time management, proactive approach.’

Key clients

Deutsche Post DHL Group

Österreichische Post AG

FUJIFILM Corporation

OMV

NuCom Group

Google LLC

KONE

AGRANA

UNIQA

Silgan Holdings

ORF

Herba Chemosan

Heineken Group / Brau Union Österreich

UBER

EXAA

Erste Group

UniCredit Bank Austria

Raiffeisen Bank International

BAWAG

Oberbank

Work highlights

  • Assisting OMV in the acquisition of a 39 % stake in Borealis AG from Mubadala for roughly EUR 4.2 billion.
  • Represented NuCom Group in the acquisition of The Meet Group and Google LLC in the acquisition of Looker Data Schiences, Inc.
  • Assisted DHL and Österreichische Post AG in a long-term partnership in CEE as well as in the context of the merger of their Austrian parcel delivery services.

Cerha Hempel

Offering the full range of EU and competition services, Cerha Hempel is particularly sought after for coordination and conduct of cross-border merger control proceedings. Practice head Bernhard Kofler-Senoner is highly regarded for cartel cases and investigations, representing clients before European and Austrian competition authorities. The stellar group is capable of handling EU law out of Vienna and also includes Anna Wolf-Posch, who has a wealth of expertise with international merger control and counsel Michael Mayer . Michael Mayr who strengthened the firm's international and European competition offering after joining from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton’s Cologne branch in October 2020 left again in May 2021 to establish his own firm.

Practice head(s):

Bernhard Kofler-Senoner

Other key lawyers:

Anna Wolf-Posch; Michael Mayer

Testimonials

‘Unique expertise in state aid matters.’

‘Hans Kristoferitsch is very experienced and easy to work with.’

‘Cerha Hempel has a team of excellent corporate and M&A lawyers, providing fantastic level of service. They are true experts in their field. The team is quick and always available with a very hands-on approach.’

‘Bernhard Kofler-Senoner provided an excellent service in the notification aspects of the transaction. He is an expert in his field with an impressive track record.’

‘Bernhard Kofler-Senoner and Michael Mayer are extremely hands-on and to the point. They both know our demands very well. In the best sense, we are cooperating at eye-level for tailor-made solutions.’

‘It’s a pleasure working with them. Full stop. ’

Key clients

San Pacific Investment Pte. Ltd. and San Venture Biotech Pte. Ltd.

City of Vienna (Stadt Wien)

WIENER STADTWERKE

KTM AG

Hain Celestial Group

SPAR Österreichische Warenhandels-AG

RHI Magnesita GmbH

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Isovolta AG

ÖBAG (Austrian Industrial Holding)

Austrian Power Grid

Work highlights

  • Advising San Pacific Investment Pte. Ltd. and San Venture Biotech Pte. Ltd. on the sale of Erber AG to Royal DSM.
  • Acted for RHI Magnesita in coordinating merger control notifications in Austria and the UK in connection with its acquisition of KÜMAŞ Manyezit Sanayi A.Ş.
  • Handled two merger control proceedings for Cisco Systems, Inc.

Reidlinger Schatzmann Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Reidlinger Schatzmann Rechtsanwälte GmbH draws on a wealth of experience in EU, state aid, and public procurement law to handle competition matters. Clients from a wide range of sectors count on the firm, but media companies make up a large part of the roster. Co-managing partner Axel Reidlinger is in charge of the competition group and specialises in merger control and cartels including representation before authorities. Counsel Franz Stenitzer provides additional support, also covering several areas of competition law.

Practice head(s):

Axel Reidlinger

Other key lawyers:

Frank Stenitzer

Testimonials

‘They are very responsive, provide their work products fast and with minimum effort; good and straight thinking and collaborative approach.’

‘Axel Reidlinger is one of the big names in Austrian competition law, strong analytical skills, very experienced and superbly connected within the community and with the authorities.’

‘The team has a very practical approach and gives you clear answers on how to proceed. They also provide updates on topics that are currently discussed by legislators (but are not yet laws) so that any changes in legislation are known well ahead. ’

‘I value most Axel Reidlinger’s practical and calm approach, his vast knowledge and his ability to explain difficult concepts very simply. To me, Franz Stenitzer also stands out in the same way as Axel Reidlinger. ’

‘The firm is unique in that it is the indisputable market leader in antitrust law. Axel Reidlinger’s reputation is impeccable, everyone that seriously considers representation in such cases will not get around him. Mr Reidlinger has built up a great team that is a pleasure to work with, and they handle huge matters with the highest quality and experience. Also, the firm is very well connected to authorities always being aware of the newest developments in its key practice areas.’

‘Axel Reidlinger works very strategically combining his strengths in antitrust and competition law with other lawyers in a project in different areas of law and thereby finding the best strategies for clients overall. He is also very comfortable and fun to work with and of the highest integrity.’

Key clients

ORF

Österreichische Post AG (Austrian Post)

Plasser & Theurer Export von Bahnbaumaschinen Gesellschaft m.b.H.

Styria Media Group AG

Interseroh Austria GmbH

ENEL Green Power S.p.A.

Österreichische Fussball-Bundesliga (Austrian Football League)

Österreichischer Verband der Markenartikelindustrie (Austrian Brand Association)

Universimed Cross Media Content GmbH / MedMedia Verlag und Mediaservice GmbH

Ottakringer Getränke AG

VAMED AG

Work highlights

  • Representing ENEL in court proceedings concerning the elimination of obstacles for EU-based companies to enter the Austrian market for hydroelectric power plants.
  • Advising Styria on competition law aspects of various cooperation agreements in the media sector.
  • Advising Universimed and MedMedia on the merger control aspects of a transaction in the medical publications sector.

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm)

The competition team at Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) handles a wide range of competition matters, often with a German or CEE-related element. Department lead Christina Hummer divides her time between Vienna and Brussels and focuses her practice on antitrust proceedings and compliance.  Markus Fellner also plays a key role in contentious work, for instance with regard to cartels and leniency.

Practice head(s):

Christina Hummer

Other key lawyers:

Markus Fellner

Testimonials

‘The members of SCWP always perform their work in a first-class manner, just in time and with reliable results. I feel confident in the firm’s expertise and work performed. ’

‘Markus Fellner is precise in his advice and never losing the practical connections and needs of his client. His strength lies in his outstanding written briefs.’

‘SCWP offers any kind of excellent legal advice under one roof which means that clients don’t have to search around for first class legal advice. The individual lawyers of different areas which often have to build teams (especially in complex projects) can communicate easily and in a fast way.’

‘The lawyers are specialists in their respective area which means that clients receive in-depth analysis of great value.’

‘Markus Fellner provided us with the right tactical strategies in advance of meetings. With him, we were able to create a productive and friendly relationship with the authority, which helped us to agree on more favourable terms than previously anticipated. Mr Fellner was also very quick in handling our matters and was easily available.’

‘In total, we are very keen to give the practice our warmest recommendations.’

‘SCWP has an excellent team coving all aspects needed. Their lawyers are innovative and competent and deliver excellent work. They are reachable 24/7. Being present not only in Vienna but also Upper Austria is highly appreciated.’

‘I have worked with Christina Hummer, who is highly competent. The cooperation with her always runs smoothly and the result is always as we had hoped for. I really appreciate her commitment and her efficient, solution-oriented approach. She is able to bring even very complex problems in a comprehensible way to the point. As a client of her you always have the feeling being the most important for her.’

Key clients

dm-drogerie markt Verwaltungs GmbH

Habau Hoch- und Tiefgesellschaft m.b.H.

Employees of Kaefer Isoliertechnik GmbH

Hofer KG

HYPO NOE Versicherungsservice GmbH

KTM AG / Pierer Mobility AG (trademark)

Pierer Industrie AG

KTM AG / Pierer Mobility AG (acquisition Kiska)

Baumit GmbH

PBS Holding GmbH

Pankl SHW Industries AG

Ardex GmbH

PPS Pipeline Systems GmbH

Walter Lang GmbH

Work highlights

  • Represented the general partner of dm-drogerie markt Verwaltungs GmbH in a long-running case which recently saw the Austrian Supreme Court deliver a landmark judgment which clarified the concept of “intergroup exemption”.
  • Representing HABAU Hoch- und Tiefbaugesellschaft m.b.H. in a  competition investigation also involving the three other largest construction companies in the country.
  • Representing KTM AG / Pierer Mobility AG (formerly KTM Industries AG) in three competition proceedings which progressed all the way to the Austrian Supreme Court.

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG handles a diverse array of competition work, particularly in the contentious space. Clients from the retail, consumer products and TMT sectors also count on the firm in merger control proceedings. Additional industry expertise in food, chemicals, energy and transportation is evident in team head Günter Bauer's practice. Robert Wagner, who specialises in private enforcement, distribution and abuse of market dominance, was promoted to partner in July 2020.

Practice head(s):

Günter Bauer

Other key lawyers:

Robert Wagner

Key clients

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Carlyle

Clariant

Deutsche Telekom/ T-Mobile

Eckes Granini

KKR & Co. Inc.

KOTANYI

PORR

Siemens

The Kraft Heinz Company

XXXLutz Group

Baker McKenzie Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG

At Baker McKenzie Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG, the team stands out for its multi-jurisdictional expertise, the use of investigation tools and specialist economic advice on competition matters. Andreas Traugott, who also assists with issues concerning abuse of dominance and restrictive practices, heads the team which handles both merger work and cartel proceedings in Austria and at a European level.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Traugott

Testimonials

‘Andreas Traugott stands out from any other antitrust and competition lawyer I ever had the privilege of working with. Having Andreas on speed dial will allow you to advise corporate clients with sufficient comfort, if hairy antitrust matters emerge.

‘The fact that they are based in practically the whole world and their way of collaborating between members of the firm, makes them unique in the area of antitrust.’

‘The partners and associates of both Austria and Barcelona know perfectly our market, our company and their advice is as good as if they were in-house. It is truly a privilege to have Baker as a partner in the area of antitrust for our company.’

‘Andreas Traugott is a rock star in the world of EU and competition law. I call upon his expertise every time when a matter requires to “bring out the big guns”. Andreas’ advice is unique, as he is able to answer most questions – even difficult ones – right on the phone, from the top of his head. I have hardly ever encountered a lawyer with similarly sparkling professional expertise, business understanding, pragmatic mindset and top-shelf service mentality.’

Key clients

Schindler Elevator and Escalator Group

Lundbeck

Glaxo Smith Kline

Roland Music Group

SA Fluidra / Zodiac

Eckes Granini

Innofreight

SIX Austria (formerly Paylife Bank)

Sappi

Husqvarna Group

Platinum Equity Group

Delachaux

Verbund

Platinum Equity

MVM

Work highlights

  • Advising Zodiac on a dawn raid conducted jointly by the French and Austrian competition authorities and in a follow-on cartel law proceeding in Austria, including settlement before the Austrian Cartel Court.
  • Acting for Schindler elevator in all follow-on competition law litigation, including representation before the European Court of Justice.
  • Representing Roland Music in competition law proceedings in Austria.

Barnert Egermann Illigasch Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Barnert Egermann Illigasch Rechtsanwälte GmbH provides legal advice on a wide variety of competition matters and has established itself as a key player acting for third parties in merger control proceedings. The firm is also gaining traction for foreign direct investment advice. The team is led by the 'extremely reliable' Isabella Hartung, who is well versed in both merger control and cartel proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Isabella Hartung

Testimonials

‘Hard-working, focused, fast and cost-efficient.’

‘Isabella Hartung is a dedicated, extremely reliable and swift working colleague, who provides excellent client service.’

Key clients

PORR

EVN AG / Netz Niederösterreich GmbH

Gebrüder Weiss

Amann Girrbach

EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG

Work highlights

  • Advising Amann Girrbach on competition and antitrust matters.
  • Acting for an Austrian brewery as third party in the merger control proceedings regarding the proposed acquisition of another Austrian brewery by a large competitor.

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Thanks to the firm's global outreach, CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH is sought after for for its merger control capabilities throughout CEE and SEE regions. Cartel expert Dieter Zandler and Bernt Elsner, who has additional expertise of anticompetitive tender procedures and state aid, are the practice heads. The group is also active in joint ventures and investigations, where client's have access to the CMS Dawn Raid app.

Practice head(s):

Bernt Elsner; Dieter Zandler

Testimonials

‘The full-package service combined with high professionalism, timely manner and orientation on the needs of the client.’

‘The team works together intensively and professionally. While Dieter Zandler has a strong background in antitrust and competition law, Marlene Wimmer-Nistelberger contributes her extensive experience in the field of EU state aid law. This brings an optimal result achieved with foresight.’

‘The team is always easy to reach, delivers the work results on time, even with tight deadlines. They have provided us with extremely well thought-out but practical advice on very complex state aid and competition law issues. Despite the time constraints, we never got the feeling that they lacked resources.’

‘Dieter Zandler has a great deal of experience in the field of antitrust and competition law. We see him as a perfectionist taking cares of every detail and offering top-notch advice always on time and on a wide range of antitrust issues.’

‘CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz provides a crystal-clear view of legal issues and works towards solutions in a goal-oriented and extremely efficient manner. Reich-Rohrwig Hainz’s expertise extends far beyond national borders, making it the ideal partner for multinational transactions, especially in Eastern and Southeastern Europe.’

‘Especially Dieter Zandler provides very reliable advice and convinces with detailed and in-depth result down to the last point.’

‘In particular, Dr. Dieter Zandler is able to anticipate developments in competition law issues, which offers the client a certain degree of planning security. His expertise in Austrian and EU antitrust and competition law has always been accurate and practicable. His team has worked together excellently.’

Key clients

Discovery

Allianz Real Estate

ALPLA

AMETEK

Mercedes-Benz Automobil AG, Switzerland

IMCD

Steiermärkische Bank und Sparkasse

Capiton

Atlas Copco

Bechtle

Work highlights

  • Advising ALPLA on the establishment of a recycling joint venture with Thai-listed company PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited.
  • Advising Discovery on the acquisition of German Free TV station TELE 5, including advice on merger control in Austria and Germany.
  • Advising  AMETEK, Inc., on merger control issues in connection with its $925m valued all-cash acquisition of Gatan Inc.

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach

Although it has a strong focus on merger control mandates, DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach's caseload also includes matters related to cartels and alleged abuse of dominance. Department head Claudine Vartian has valuable experience of dawn raids, inspections and antitrust litigation. Florian Schuhmacher left the team to take up a position at Vienna University in September 2019, but remains active as of counsel.

Practice head(s):

Claudine Vartian

Key clients

Mondelez

PORR AG

Heisenberg Holdco B.V

CIE Automotive, S.A

Columbia Capital VI

BAE Systems plc

Ecolab Inc.

ressourcenmangel GmbH

Genstar Capital Partners VI

Work highlights

  • Acting for Mondelez in ongoing litigation before the Cartel Court regarding the alleged abuse of market dominant position as well as forbidden price agreements.
  • Merger control advice to PORR AG on the acquisition of a company-stake in an Austrian company.
  • Merger control advice to CIE Automotive, S.A regarding the acquisition and single control of an Italian competitor.

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Compliance, antitrust proceedings and merger control are the three main pillars of DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH's antitrust group. Department head Heinrich Kühnert's practice takes in state aid advice among other matters. Spanish-speaking clients turn to of counsel Elisabeth König, who adds significant cross-border merger expertise to the mix. The group has particular knowledge of the healthcare and pharmaceuticals, transport and media sectors.

Practice head(s):

Heinrich Kühnert

Other key lawyers:

Elisabeth König; Lisa Todeschini

Testimonials

‘The team is very client-oriented and keeps its promised deadlines and aligned with us on work streams and their progress within the projects.’

‘In brief customer-oriented, good project management, good reachability of lawyers, great expertise in their field.’

‘Flexible, quick, pragmatic.’

‘Heinrich Kühnert is a dedicated and highly competent antitrust law partner. He is responsive, pragmatic and up to date regarding all new antitrust developments. It is a pleasure working with him.’

‘Excellent team, exceptional knowledge and good international network, hands-on approach, understands customer needs, available when needed, explains difficult legal issues very good.’

‘Dorda’s competition law team is very dedicated and responsive. High quality output is provided within short timeframes, questions are addressed in a very intelligent and practical manner.’

‘Concise and up-to-date competition counselling, strong understanding of our business model and regulatory constraints.’

‘Dorda is an excellent law firm, with talented lawyers having a very sharp expertise in competition law.’

‘Heinrich Kühnert is an exceptional lawyer. In addition to having tremendous knowledge in competition law, he is very client caring, always available, thinks fast and has the ability to explain plainly very complex issues.’

‘Strong know-how and competence, goal oriented, pragmatic and to the point, very accessible and responsive, strong business acumen.’

‘Holistic advisory approach, very goal- and solution-oriented, to the point and not over-legalizing things.’

Key clients

Nichicon Corporation

Bose GmbH / Bose Corporation

Miba AG

Greiner AG

Austrian Gaming Holding / SAZKA Group

TTTech Group

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

Novartis Pharma Austria

Sandoz GmbH

Work highlights

  • Represented a manufacturer of capacitors in an application for annulment before the EU General Court against a multimillion-euro fine.
  • Acting for a client in investigations by the European Commission and the Federal Competition Authority.
  • Represented the defendants in follow-on damages proceedings.

Schima Mayer Starlinger Rechtsanwälte GmbH

The competition team at Schima Mayer Starlinger Rechtsanwälte GmbH handles national, multi-jurisdictional and European matters and is particularly active for clients in the energy, media and tourism sectors. The department is led by Christian Mayer, who has been at the helm since 2015. Moritz Am Ende is another key name to note, especially for his expertise in EU and state aid law.

Practice head(s):

Christian Mayer

Other key lawyers:

Moritz am Ende

Testimonials

‘Mortiz Am Ende and his team have in-depth knowledge of how the Austrian competition authority works and thinks. Excellent go-to team for Austria.’

‘Answers are to the point. Best-in-class expertise paired with excellent customer relation and pragmatic problem-solving.’

‘The practice around Christian Mayer is characterized by profound knowledge in the fields. Very deep into the matters. Always available. You can trust that he understands what’s on the table.’

‘Christian Mayer provides straightforward advice in an efficient manner on complex matters.

‘Christian Mayer is perfectly client-oriented, an excellent problem solver with a stellar track record and high-quality team.’

Christian Mayer is very service orientated, profound knowledge, good communication skills, easy to work with, you can trust that he does not overlook a thing.’

Key clients

Mediaprint Zeitungs- und Zeitschriftenverlag GmbH & Co KG

Trans Austria Gasleitung GmbH

Alpine Metal Tech GmbH

Montana Tech Components AG

Association of Austrian Hoteliers

Frimeco Productions GmbH

OE Service GmbH

Snow Space Salzburg Bergbahnen Aktiengesellschaft

Work highlights

  • Initiated Cartel Court proceedings against passenger car manufacturers and secured access to their digital service platforms for OE Service GmbH.
  • Represented a leading company in the real estate sector in EU merger control proceedings for a joint venture and coordinated global merger control proceedings in numerous other jurisdictions.
  • Acting for a network operator in several ICC arbitrations concerning the validity of long-term contracts, in particular regarding competition, energy regulatory and civil law aspects.

Taylor Wessing enwc Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Taylor Wessing enwc Rechtsanwälte GmbH is particularly prominent in merger work, penalty proceedings and ongoing competition law advice, where it largely acts for clients in the retail as well as construction and building materials industries. Martin Eckel heads the CEE competition group and focuses on multi-jurisdictional merger control and filings. He receives key support from senior associate David Konrath in all areas of competition law.

Practice head(s):

Martin Eckel

Other key lawyers:

David Konrath

Testimonials

‘Besides the fact that the Taylor Wessing Competition Team is highly experienced in antitrust, merger control and compliance matters, one of the strengths is its long-standing stable team composition as well as constant growth. Furthermore, the team is regularly representing clients in very complex merger control proceedings.’

‘Martin Eckel as well as David Konrath are top experts in the field of competition law with profound knowledge, paired with superb response time and a hands-on approach.’

Key clients

REWE Group

LafargeHolcim Group

Österreichischer Automobil-, Motorrad- und Touring Club

Tyrolit AG

Binca Group

Pharmig – Verband der pharmazeutischen Industrie Österreichs

Heinzel Group

GeraNova Bruckmann Verlagshaus GmbH

Europapier Austria GmbH

Pernod Ricard Austria GmbH

grosso holding Gesellschaft mbH

Nestlé

Haberkorn

Kirchdorfer Industries Group

Demeter Österreich

Julius Blum GmbH

reifencom GmbH

“Ring” International Holding AG

ZGONC Handel GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised REWE Group on the acquisition of Lekkerland.
  • Represented Kirchdorfer Industries Group in merger control proceedings concerning the acquisition of LUIKI Betonwerke Gesellschaft m.b.H.
  • Advising ÖAMTC on various competition law aspects in all fields of its business.

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners

The competition team at Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners regularly handles mergers in collaboration with the firm's M&A department or in the role of local counsel with international firms. Lukas Flener is in charge of the practice and has expertise of merger control filings, whereas Florian Kranebitter handles cooperation and distribution agreements. Elisa Maria Kaplenig was promoted to contract partner in January 2020.

Practice head(s):

Lukas Flener

Other key lawyers:

Elisa Maria Kaplenig; Florian Kranebitter

Key clients

Amalgamated Sugar Company LLC

Ankerbrot AG

Covis Holdings, L.P.

KIKA / Leiner

La Marzocco International, LLC

RadarServices Smart IT-Security GmbH

UniCredit Bank Austria AG

Work highlights

  • Advised UniCredit Bank Austria on the sale of its vehicle fleet management business and a future cooperation agreement with ARVAL Austria GmbH.
  • Assisted with the joint filing of the acquisition of all the shares of Kika/Leiner group by the SIGNA group.
  • Advised the shareholders of RadarServices Smart IT-Security on the sale of 51% of the shares of the company.