EU and competition in Austria

Binder Grösswang

The ‘fantastic team’ at Binder Grösswang is sought after for representation in major multi-jurisdictional cartel matters and high-value mergers, with noted expertise in Phase II merger control proceedings and particular experience advising the automotive, food retail and wholesale sectors. Leading the team is ‘smart strategist’ Raoul Hoffer, whose practice spans Austrian and European merger control and antitrust law. These are also areas of focus for ‘excellent competition lawyer’ Christine Dietz. Isabelle Innerhofer specialises in cases of unfair competition and market dominance, and both she and Christoph Raab handle private enforcement proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Raoul Hoffer

Other key lawyers:

Christine Dietz; Isabelle Innerhofer; Christoph Raab


‘Raoul Hoffer is extremely experienced and a smart strategist. Christine Dietz is a great team player who can be relied upon at all times. It is a pleasure to work with Raoul and Christine – even under pressure and in extremely complex proceedings.’

‘A fantastic team that delivers genuinely practical advice on navigating Austrian merger control requirements. It is always my very strong preference to use this team if possible.’

‘This is an extraordinary team dealing with every aspect of competition law in the most efficient way. It is a very diverse and technology driven team. Always a very efficient and pleasant cooperation.’

‘Christine Dietz is an excellent competition lawyer, always available, extremely efficient and pleasant to work with. She really stands out and also manages her team in an efficient and pleasant way.’

‘Christine Dietz and Christoph Raab are always willing to go the extra mile, You can always count on them.’

‘I know and would highly recommend Isabelle Innerhofer and Christine Dietz for any Austrian competition law work. They have a top competition practice there, including antitrust damages cases. They are also very active internationally. Brilliant lawyers.’

‘I have worked mostly with Isabelle Innerhofer, who is a trustworthy professional with a great commitment to her job. She is very pragmatic, straight to the point and a sophisticated lawyer.’

‘Outstanding quality of legal advice. Acting swiftly in anticipation of all possible solutions and problems for their clients. Excellent and highly recommended team with a lot of experience in high profile multi-jurisdictional filings. Very pragmatic and practical.’

Key clients

3i Investments

Advent International





Beretta Holding S.A.


BNP Paribas

Cargill Incorporated

City of Vienna

Coca-Cola HBC Austria

Comer Industries S.p.A.


Dussmann Group

Dutch National Lottery

eBay Inc.

Estée Lauder


FSN Capital Partners


Hansa-Flex AG

Imker Capital Partners





Lidl Österreich

Merck Sharp & Dohme


Nissan Center Europe

Nomad Foods

ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG


Prysmian Group

Rail Cargo Austria

Region of Upper Austria

Regit GmbH

Renault Austria


Röhm Holding GmbH



Schaeff Holding AG


Siemens Energy

Smurfit Kappa

Sutterlüty Handels GmbH

Thermo Fischer Scientific Inc.

Tikehau Capital


TX Group

VF Corporation

Wiener Wohnen

Wienerberger AG

Work highlights

  • Advised Wienerberger AG on the acquisition of its competitor Terreal Group, including navigating Phase II proceedings in Austria.
  • Acted for Merck Sharp & Dohme in connection with its USD$10.8bn acquisition of the biotech research company Prometheus.
  • Represented inter alia the City of Vienna and ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG with regard to the investigation into Austria’s biggest ever exposed cartel.

bpv Hügel

bpv Hügel acts for a number of household names on EU competition proceedings and also advises on antitrust and FDI regulations, working closely with the firm’s Brussels-based team. The practice is frequently requested for high profile cartel proceedings, where it acts for defendants in a variety of sectors, most notably energy, telecoms and waste management among others. The firm’s competition matters are led by Astrid Ablasser-Neuhuber and Florian Neumayr, who handle proceedings before the Austrian competition authority and the courts, while Christian Schneider leads on European competition matters. Gerhard Fussenegger splits time between Vienna and Brussels, advising on antitrust, merger control and market dominance. Austrian FDI regulations fall under the remit of Sebastian Reiter.

Practice head(s):

Astrid Ablasser-Neuhuber; Florian Neumayr; Christian Schneider

Other key lawyers:

Gerhard Fussenegger; Sebastian Reiter


‘Up to date, hands on.’

‘Florian Neumayr has very good market understanding and regularly finds practicable answers for complex issues.’

‘Strong subject knowledge, practical solutions, always available.’ 

‘Florian Neumayr provides outstanding services, always respecting his client’s needs.’

‘The firm has good market know-how and a pragmatic approach to complex cases.’

‘Florian Neumayr is very hands on, diligent and easy to reach!’

‘There is always someone, mostly Astrid Ablasser-Neuhuber, from the team available who takes time for us and our concerns, even in situations of greatest stress, and always without letting us feel it.’

‘Astrid Ablasser-Neuhuber brings incredibly comprehensive knowledge to the table, can break down complicated issues to the essentials in a fraction of a second and is always finding pragmatic solutions.’

Key clients

EEX European Energy Exchange (Deutsche Börse AG)

Austrian Bar



Paul Bauder GmbH






A1 Telekom Austria


Gas Connect Austria

RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria

BayWa AG

BP Europa


Axel Springer



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BAT British American Tobacco


Borealis AG

Austrian Chamber of Pharmacists

Raiffeisen Holding Niederösterreich-Wien





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Work highlights

  • Advised longstanding client BP on all Austrian antitrust matters.
  • Represented Kostmann in a leniency application as part of the largest antitrust proceeding in Austria since WWII.

Cerha Hempel

Bringing to bear a ‘profound comprehension of Austrian and EU competition law,’ Cerha Hempel is often instructed on mergers and cartel cases spanning multiple European jurisdictions, assisting on merger control proceedings, and providing advice on FDI regulations and subsidy screenings. The firm acts for clients bringing private enforcement claims for damages as a result of cartel operations and is also noted for its state aid practice. Practice head Bernhard Kofler-Senoner frequently appears before EU bodies on both cartel matters and merger proceedings, including Phase II hearings. Anna Wolf-Posch offers extensive experience in merger control and FDI notifications, which she coordinates in Austria and across the CEE region, while Hans Kristoferitsch is noted for his knowledge of state aid regulations, representing clients in such matters before the ECJ.

Practice head(s):

Bernhard Kofler-Senoner

Other key lawyers:

Anna Wolf-Posch; Hans Kristoferitsch; Stefan Huber; Michael Mayer; Philipp Schaubach


‘They take the time not only to deal with the specific legal problems, but also to understand the background and working methods as well as the corporate culture of the clients’

‘The team is very responsive and provides comprehensive advice that is targeted to our business needs.’

‘Bernhard Kofler-Senoner is very approachable and is able to blend the legal needs and commercial imperatives of clients seamlessly.’

‘Their dedication, expertise, and the unique qualities they bring to the table have made a significant impact on our success. They consistently go above and beyond to deliver outstanding results.’

‘Bernhard Kofler-Senoner, Stefan Huber and Michael Mayer deserve special recognition. Their experience and knowledge of our industry have been instrumental in achieving our goals. They are not only subject-matter experts but also effective leaders who inspire and motivate the team to excel.’

‘I have had the privilege of working with an exceptional team of individuals, and what sets them apart from competitors is truly remarkable. Their dedication, expertise, and the unique qualities they bring to the table have had a significant impact on our success.’

‘Anna Wolf-Posch is experienced, friendly and great to work with.’

‘Their profound comprehension of Austrian and EU competition law ensures that we receive multifaceted support. They advise on vital competition law matters and ensure strict adherence to the UTP Directive, along with Austrian and EU whistleblowing norms.’

Key clients



RHI Magnesita N.V.

Novomatic AG

Doppelmayr Seilbahnen GmbH

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited


Pittel + Brausewetter Gesellschaft m.b.H.

SPAR HOLDING AG and the City of Vienna

Omnes Capital S.A.S.

Republic of Austria

Work highlights

  • Advised SUNPOR KUNSTSTOFF GmbH and its parent company O N Sunde AS in EU Commission cartel infringement proceedings concerning styrene monomer.
  • Acted for RHI Magnesita N.V. on its acquisition of certain subsidiaries of Seven Refractories, securing Phase I merger control approval in Austria.
  • Advised PIERER Mobility AG on its acquisition of the Vöcklabrucker Metallgießerei Dambauer GmbH, including merger control filings in Austria.

E+H Rechtsanwälte GmbH

E+H Rechtsanwälte GmbH‘s ‘proactive, pragmatic and solution-oriented’ team advises clients in the pharmaceutical, healthcare and transport sectors on cartel and merger proceedings in the EU, with Jochen Anweiler leading on such matters from the firm’s Brussels office. The firm also takes instructions concerning Austria’s FDI regulations. Dieter Thalhammer spearheads the firm’s competition group, specialising in antitrust compliance, cartel investigations and merger controls. Judith Feldner represents clients in EU and Austrian merger and investment control proceedings, while Andreas Zellhofer combines abuse of dominance expertise with a strong IP/IT practice.

Practice head(s):

Dieter Thalhammer

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Zellhofer; Judith Feldner; Jochen Anweiler; Felix Frommelt; William Redl


‘The antitrust team at E+H Rechtsanwälte is very proactive, pragmatic and solution-oriented. At the same time, they are technically very strong.’

‘Jochen Anweiler is an outstanding competition lawyer and it is always a great pleasure to work with him. He is technically outstanding and always on the ball. ‘

‘Judith Feldner is the go-to person for all our deals globally that require Austrian merger control filings. She is super responsive, an excellent advocate and one of the leading individuals in her age class in merger control in Austria.’

‘The team has a track record that is second to none in Austrian merger control proceedings before the regulator and the courts. They integrate perfectly with larger international teams and economists.’

‘Dieter Thalhammer has extensive experience and impressive skills in advising international clients on Austrian antitrust law. Felix Frommelt is a very well versed advisor with a top notch knowledge of the legal environment and his clients’ businesses. You want Felix on your team.’

‘Solution-oriented. Excellent collaboration. Great network.’

‘The team has a great know-how of competition law, is very experienced and works well together.’

‘I particularly appreciate working with Judith Feldner. She is very experienced in merger control work, remains calm in critical situations, is very responsive, knows how to handle difficult cases and has established a very good team around her.’

Key clients

Meta (Facebook)

Austrian Airlines

Volvo Trucks





Amgen Inc.

Rail Cargo Austria


Work highlights

  • Represented Meta in proceedings regarding the violation of the Austrian standstill obligation with regard to its acquisition of GIPHY, as well as in respective Austrian Phase II merger control proceedings.
  • Defended Volvo/Renault in litigation claiming damages from the trucks cartel, including at the appellate level.
  • Act for Austrian Airlines in state aid proceedings before the ECJ.

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)

Described as a ‘top team for all competition law matters,’ Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) assists clients with filing merger control applications and clearing Phase I and II merger control proceedings, and is well versed in defending private cartel damages claims. The ‘very hands-on’ Christoph Haid leads the team, advising on cross-border merger filings and leniency applications, while Hanno Wollmann represents an extensive range of clients in public and private competition litigation, including cartel damages claims. Franz Urlesberger supports clients seeking to implement antitrust compliance measures, as does primarily Brussels-based Volker Weiss, who also advises on FDI regulations. Stefanie Stegbauer adds expertise in internal audits and e-discovery.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Haid

Other key lawyers:

Hanno Wollmann; Franz Urlesberger; Volker Weiss; Stefanie Stegbauer


‘The team is extremely well positioned for merger filings in Austria. No other firm knows the BWB (Austrian Competition Authority) as well and can offer as efficient and successful filings and proceedings.’

‘Volker Weiss has probably done most merger filings in Austria in the past decade or so. Franz Urlesberger is also extremely experienced and an asset to the market.’

‘Top team for all competition law matters.’

‘Franz Urlesberger: leading competition lawyer. Christoph Haid: very hands-on and pragmatic, good knowledge of eastern European jurisdictions. Stefanie Stegbauer: very responsive and excellent to work with.’

‘Schoenherr is the top team in Austria for EU and Austrian competition law, as well as central/eastern Europe.’

‘It is always a pleasure working with Volker Weiss, one of the most dedicated competition lawyers I know.’

‘The Schoenherr competition law practice is extremely broad because it covers all of eastern and south-eastern Europe. It is an excellent one-stop-shop for this region.’

‘Christoph Haid is one of the most responsive lawyers around. He gives quick and commercially sound advice.’

Key clients

Red Bull

Österreichische Beteiligungs AG

FUJIFILM Corporation


voestalpine Railway Systems

Google LLC




Silgan Holding


Herba Chemosan

Heineken Group/Brau Union Österreich



Erste Group

UniCredit Bank Austria

Raiffeisen Bank International

REWE International AG





Work highlights

  • Advised OMV on its divestment of their Slovenian wholesale and retail business.
  • Represented Daimler AG against damage claims following the EU Commission’s trucks case.
  • Advised Red Bull in the European Commission’s investigation into alleged infringements of antitrust rules.

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH advises clients on a broad spectrum of Austrian and EU competition matters, including merger control and abuse of dominance proceedings, issues surrounding state aid and private damage claims hearings, among several others. The practice is led jointly by Dieter Zandler, who takes on cartel-related instructions, antitrust matters and merger controls, and Bernt Elsner, whose practice straddles competition and procurement law, advising consortia on the competition aspects of tenders, bid rigging and intra-group competition. Marlene Wimmer-Nistelberger specialises in EU state aid law.

Practice head(s):

Dieter Zandler; Bernt Elsner

Other key lawyers:

Marlene Wimmer-Nistelberger; Vanessa Horaceck


‘One of the leading law firms in EU and competition law, hands-on mentality, knows the client and the client’s problems.’

‘Marlene Wimmer-Nistelberger is an exceptional lawyer in the areas of EU, competition and state aid law. She is firm on the details in any European jurisdiction, is a well-known speaker on this topic and always overdelivers on any query.’

‘Precise, practical answers, always available, friendly and very professional.’

‘Dieter Zandler: very broad expertise, always eager and very responsive.’

‘The team is very concentrated and unagitated, but extremely precise in finding the solution to a problem. It sometimes seems playfully easy how the result we want is achieved.’

‘Dieter Zandler in particular is a valuable advisor who understands the economic context very well and makes well-thought-out suggestions for implementing the objectives. His international knowledge is impressive.’

Key clients

Best in Parking



ABB E-mobility AG

DPE Deutsche Private Equity GmbH

Mayr-Melnhof Packaging Group

ABB Asea Brown Boveri Ltd.

Hasslacher Group

Leyrer + Graf Baugesellschaft mbH

Schrott- und Metallhandel M. Kaatsch/Scholz Group

Vienna Tourist Board

Work highlights

  • Advised ALPLA on antitrust and competition law matters regarding a joint venture with Inden Pharma.
  • Acted for Yıldırım on all aspects of its acquisition of Terra Mineral Fertilizer, including Austrian merger controls.
  • Advised Best in Parking on competition and investment control matters in connection with a minority investment by Macquarie Asset Management.

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KG

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KG delivers ‘high quality and prompt legal advice’ on a spectrum of competition matters, with longstanding expertise in merger controls, cartel matters and abuse of dominance proceedings, and a growing focus on both FDI controls and private enforcement claims resulting from cartel operations. ‘Exceptional antitrust lawyer’ Günter Bauer leads the practice, handling Austrian and EU cartel investigations and leniency applications for a broad range of clients, and Robert Wagner focuses on private enforcement proceedings and cooperation agreements. Stefan Wartinger, who was promoted to partner in September 2023, handles a mixture of cartel and merger control issues.

Practice head(s):

Günter Bauer

Other key lawyers:

Robert Wagner; Stefan Wartinger


‘We have been working on Austrian merger control issues with the Wolf Theiss team for many years. They are very knowledgeable, very responsive and provide practical advice.’

‘Günter Bauer is the lead partner of the practice. I have directly dealt with him many times, he is outstanding.’

‘The Wolf Theiss antitrust team always deliver high quality and prompt legal advice, which meets client needs. There is no question that they will meet deadlines and produce focused and well thought through work product. They are totally reliable.’

‘Günter Bauer is an exceptional antitrust lawyer. He is unrivalled in his knowledge of the merger control regime in Austria and also provided sound advice on the new foreign investment screening regime. He puts clients at ease and makes good recommendations for obtaining solutions to regulatory issues in Austria.’

‘Wolf Theiss has a very a knowledgeable and pragmatic EU and competition practice which does not only provide options, but drives shapes and gets solutions.’

‘Günter Bauer clearly stands out due to his unique ability to combine business, legal, people and various other aspects into a sound strategy.’

‘Wolf Theiss has been my go-to Austrian antitrust (and now FDI) practice for many years. They are very knowledgeable, responsive, commercial and a pleasure to deal with.’

Key clients


CPI Property Group

Farner International



Deutsche Telekom


Work highlights

  • Represented AGROFERT in merger control proceedings before the European Commission in relation to its acquisition of the fertilizer and nitrogen business of Borealis Group.
  • Advised XXXLutz Group on all aspects of competition law regarding its public takeover bid for HOME24.
  • Advised CPI in all merger control aspects in connection with takeover offers for all shares of IMMOFINANZ AG, followed by its public takeover of S IMMO AG.

Baker McKenzie Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG

Baker McKenzie Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG handles a wide breadth of competition matters, with EU cartel investigations a particular area of strength but also covering merger and FDI control matters. The team is especially well versed in competition proceedings in the energy sector. Leading the team is Andreas Traugott, who acts for national and international clients on merger control matters and in cartel proceedings, in addition to state aid-related mandates. Anita Lukaschek focuses on leniency filings and contentious competition matters.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Traugott

Other key lawyers:

Anita Lukaschek; Nina Lenhard


‘I particularly appreciate the processing time and reliability and also the far-reaching view in the assessment of legal issues. If I have any queries, they respond within a very short time – both by telephone and in writing.’

‘I would like to mention Nina Lenhard, who has provided outstanding support over the past year. The processing of several alternative solution proposals in order to be able to negotiate is particularly important to us and is fully complied with.’

‘Great knowledge of antitrust, competition law and energy law.’

Key clients


FCC Group

Schindler AG

Verband Österreichischer Zeitungen

Verbund AG

Colt Technology Services Group Limited

Worldline Financial Services (Europe) SA


Embracer Group A/B

Platinum Equity, LLC


YAGEO Corporation


Work highlights

  • Defended STRABAG in proceedings related to antitrust damages claims resulting from the Austrian construction cartel.
  • Represented FCC Group in an ongoing cartel investigation by the Austrian competition authority.
  • Acted for Verband Österreichischer Zeitungen (Association of Austrian Newspapers) in a state aid complaint before the ECJ in relation to the new Austrian broadcasting support scheme.

Barnert Egermann Illigasch Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Barnert Egermann Illigasch Rechtsanwälte GmbH offers clients from Austria and further afield advice on merger controls and cartel investigations, and is also active in supporting investors in FDI control proceedings. The team is led by Isabella Hartung, who has particular experience in advising the energy sector on competition questions, including merger controls and cartel matters. She is also well versed in the area of state aid and proceedings under Austria’s Investment Control Act.

Practice head(s):

Isabella Hartung

Key clients



EnPro Holdings, Inc

EVN/Netz Niederösterreich


Gebrüder Weiss

Work highlights

  • Advised BMG Rights Management GmbH on obtaining Austrian merger clearance for their acquisition of Telamo Musik & Unterhaltung GmbH.
  • Advised EnPro Holdings, Inc on Austrian FDI issues and on the Austrian merger filing required for the sale of EnPro’s GGB Business to the Timken Company.

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH‘s competition team is noted for its work in EU and Austrian antitrust and merger control proceedings, and also acts for both claimants and defendants in private enforcement cases concerning cartels. The ‘always on point’ Heinrich Kühnert has a broad practice, encompassing merger control, abuse of dominance, and state aid matters, and advising a spectrum of clients that range from energy and transport to media and healthcare. Elisabeth König left for an in-house role in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Heinrich Kühnert


‘DORDA has a market-leading competition/FDI practice in Austria. They are familiar with global deals, know exactly what their clients expect and are highly responsive.’

‘Heinrich Kühnert is an outstanding FDI expert, with a very pragmatic and helpful approach. He explains difficult and complex matters in an easily understandable way, and global clients, including large PE funds, like working with him very much.’

‘Heinrich Kühnert ensures that colleagues in this team are introduced to the mandate in time in order for steady assistance to be assured.’

‘Heinrich Kühnert’s in-depth industry and market knowledge make him a great pleasure to work with. Being a keen thinker, Dr. Kühnert is always on point and 100% committed to the tasks entrusted to him.’

Key clients

ÖBB Holding AG

Bayer Austria GmbH

Sandoz GmbH

Novartis Pharma Austria

Novartis Pharma GmbH



Nichicon Corporation

Rail Cargo Austria AG

Kapsch Group

Berndorf AG

Miba AG


AbbVie GmbH/AbbVie Inc


Work highlights

  • Representing Nichicon Corporation in appeal proceedings before the European Court of Justice in the capacitors case.

SAXINGER Rechtsanwalts GmbH

Working in a ‘goal-oriented and focused manner,’ SAXINGER Rechtsanwalts GmbH specialises in multi-jurisdictional merger filings and also represents clients in cartel matters before the courts. Practice head Christina Hummer marshals a ‘remarkable depth of knowledge’ of European antitrust law, and is instructed by clients seeking to submit merger filings and those facing cartel investigations. Markus Fellner frequently appears before Austrian and European courts in relation to cartel and abuse of dominance proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Christina Hummer

Other key lawyers:

Markus Fellner; Wolfgang Lauss; Kristina Madunic


‘The firm is particularly well positioned as it has 4 offices in Austria and hence, trained lawyers that can assist in case of a dawn raid everywhere in Austria.’

‘Christina Hummer is an extremely dedicated, engaged and highly competent competition lawyer. She manages to explain complex issues to the point to business people, which makes working with her extremely pleasant.’

‘What distinguishes SCWP’s antitrust law team is their unwavering commitment to providing advice that is consistently aligned with the client’s needs. This approach ensures that the team not only navigates legal intricacies effectively but also delivers practical solutions.’

‘Christina Hummer has a remarkable depth of knowledge and experience in antitrust law. She is committed to understanding the respective industry to provide tailored solutions. Wolfgang Lauss is particularly skilled at crafting innovative legal strategies and practical solutions.’

‘The practice is characterised by its excellent legal work at all levels, both by the partners and the other lawyers and associates. Due to the size of the practice, a broad professional spectrum is covered and clients are offered support in all areas of law.’

‘The partners and lawyers with whom we cooperate are characterised by a very high professional quality, good accessibility and timely completion of tasks.’

‘The team works in a goal-oriented and focused manner.’

‘Christina Hummer is a very experienced, client-focused antitrust attorney. She is particularly dedicated and always puts in 200%. On top of this, it is always a pleasure to work with her.’

Key clients

HABAU Hoch- und Tiefbaugesellschaft m.b.H.

Energie AG Oberösterreich Umwelt Service GmbH

Pierer Industrie AG

KTM AG / Pierer Mobility AG

Hofer KG

Hexagon Composites ASA

Hexagon Purus ASA

Shareholders of RICO Group

State of Upper Austria

Heaven Seven GmbH

dm-drogerie markt Verwaltungs GmbH

Schmid Industrieholding GmbH

Invest Unternehmensbeteiligungs AG

EVVA Sicherheitstechnologie GmbH

Medlog Austria GmbH

Heaven S

Work highlights

  • Represented HABAU Hoch- und Tiefbaugesellschaft in the Austrian construction cartel case.
  • Assisted Hofer with long-running competition matters arising from its relationships with suppliers and related pricing issues.

Schima Mayer Starlinger Rechtsanwälte GmbH

The ‘highly skilled, solution-orientated’ team at Schima Mayer Starlinger Rechtsanwälte GmbH acts on merger filings, antitrust cases and immunity applications in Austria and within the EU, with key clients coming from the energy, healthcare, tourism and automotive sectors. ‘Competition expert’ Christian Mayer leads the team, focusing on antitrust matters and merger control proceedings, while also advising clients facing sector inquiries by regulatory bodies. Moritz Am Ende, who is also admitted to the Frankfurt Bar, is noted for his knowledge of state aid law in addition to Austrian and European competition law.

Practice head(s):

Christian Mayer

Other key lawyers:

Moritz Am Ende


‘Very, very smart and well-informed; very good understanding of various markets and market modalities; outperforms all other advisors on the market in my opinion; quick, precise and on point. Outstanding drafting and writing skills.’

‘Schima Mayer Starlinger has supported our company for many years and is the partner we always want to have. They support us exactly when we need it with their profound knowledge.’

‘Moritz Am Ende has outstanding abilities in quick understanding of complex matters. In a sensitive situation, we were very happy to have him as our advisor. He is solution-oriented and has deep knowledge in competition and antitrust law. He went the extra mile for us.’

‘Very nice and friendly team, always caring about the customer’s needs.’

‘In my view, Schima Mayer Starlinger’s EU and competition practice is among the best, if not the best, in Austria. This is evidenced by the highest professional level, close networks among EU bodies, speed, responsiveness and very sympathetic staff.’

‘The Schima Mayer Starlinger team is highly skilled, solution-orientated and provides services at the highest level.’

‘Christian Mayer is a competition expert, very focused, provides the client with superb expertise, straight to the point, it is great working together with him and having him in a team. Moritz Am Ende has great expertise in competition, it was great to work together with him.’

‘Christian Mayer is very pragmatic and very knowledgable. On top of this, he is easy to talk to and always finds good solutions. Moritz Am Ende is also extremely knowledgable and very precise. One can rely on him!’

Key clients

Adomo Group

Association of Austrian Hoteliers

Frimeco Group

Kronehit Radio BetriebsgmbH

Mediaprint Zeitungs- und Zeitschriftenverlag GmbH & Co KG

Montana Aerospace AG

Trans Austria Gasleitung GmbH

Videoslots Ltd

Wien Energie

Work highlights

  • Advised Wien Energie on the establishment of a joint venture with OMV AG for the exploitation of geothermal energy as a heat source for Vienna.
  • Supported Wien Energie in a cooperation project with RheinEnergie and Verbund at the Donaustadt power plant in Vienna that trialled a mixture of hydrogen and natural gas as a fuel source.
  • Advised the Association of Austrian Hoteliers with respect to a wide variety of legal questions, including competition and state aid law.

Taylor Wessing enwc Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Taylor Wessing enwc Rechtsanwälte GmbH represents clients before Austrian and European authorities in competition and antitrust matters, and is also sought after for compliance advice. Martin Eckel leads the team, handling multi-jurisdictional merger control filings across the CEE region, in addition to covering abuse of dominance and penalty proceedings before the courts.

Practice head(s):

Martin Eckel


‘The team has an invaluable expertise in the EU and competition practice. The team’s ability to collaborate and communicate is excellent; they thrive on constant dialogue and collaboration.’

‘Martin Eckel is an exceptional partner. Not only does he have vast knowledge in his field of expertise, but also has a great understanding of foreign legal systems, which makes him an excellent partner to work with in multinational legal transactions and matters.’

Key clients

GeraNova Bruckmann Verlagshaus GmbH

REWE Group

LafargeHolcim Group

Österreichischer Automobil-, Motorrad- und Touring Club

Österreichische Apotheker-Verlagsgesellschaft m.b.H.

Heinzel Group

Europapier Austria GmbH

Pernod Ricard Austria GmbH

“Ring” International Holding AG


Schmid Metall GmbH

Fritsch BeteiligungsgmbH

Pharmig – Verband der pharmazeutischen Industrie Österreichs

Renate Schubries Beteiligungs GmbH

Kirchdorfer Industries Group

Julius Blum GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised Heinzel Group on the acquisition of UPM-Kymmene Austria GmbH, which required merger control notifications in Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Slovenia and Ukraine.

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Covering a broad range of competition and antitrust matters, the ‘highly co-ordinated’ team at DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach Rechtsanwälte GmbH handles multi-jurisdictional merger control proceedings and abuse of dominance cases in addition to FDI controls. Marc Lager leads the practice, assisting with cartel issues, horizontal and vertical agreements and merger control hearings. Nicole Daniel, who was promoted to partner in May 2023, handles pan-European competition proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Marc Lager

Other key lawyers:

Nicole Daniel


‘Diversified and numerous team, able to advise very efficiently on complex matters. Cover the full spectrum of services.’

‘Marc Lager: hands-on approach, efficient, with a commercial mindset, easy to work with’

‘The DLA team has been highly co-ordinated across a large litigation matter they manage for us. We value their strategic legal advice that is always commercial too.’

’24/7 availability.’

‘In every team they have all the experience a company needs.’

Key clients


The Carlyle Group

Nipro Europe

Renesas Electronics Corporation

Rudolf Heintel


Michelin Group

Dentsu Group

Discovery Communications

Korean Air Lines Co

Graphic Packaging International

Maquarie Group

EY Law - Pelzmann Gall Größ Rechtsanwälte GmbH

EY Law - Pelzmann Gall Größ Rechtsanwälte GmbH brings together ‘great experience and expertise’ and its international network to advise clients on merger and FDI control proceedings in Austria and Europe, while also assisting clients with maintaining competition compliance and mitigating risks. David Konrath heads the team and specialises in antitrust proceedings and cross-border merger control matters.

Practice head(s):

David Konrath

Other key lawyers:

Mario Gall


‘The team has great experience and expertise. It is noticeable that the legal tasks of the clients are handled as a team.’

‘Mario Gall and David Konrath take time on all tasks related to the client’s assignment so that the client himself has as little work to do as possible.’

‘EY Law is our go-to place for competition law matters. The team is motivated and has a thorough knowledge of our business. Their advice is practical and efficient.’

‘We enjoy working with David Konrath, he is sharp-minded and very responsive.’

‘Extremely professional and uncomplicated process. A short-term project with a tight timeline was completed on time without any problems. We had the feeling of being in good hands throughout.’

‘Very good job by David Konrath throughout the project. Availability, responsiveness, professionalism, everything was very good.’

Key clients

BWT Group

DMK Group


Geflügelwirtschaft Österreich



Kawasaki Motors Europe N.V.

Universal Scientific Industrial (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Universal Scientific Industrial in Austrian merger control proceedings regarding the acquisition of the automotive wireless division from TE Connectivity Ltd.
  • Assisted the BWT Group in competition law matters, including compliance and concerning distribution agreements with sales partners.
  • Acted for the foundations of Julian and Paul Zehetmayr on the sale of their cloud-based e-signature solution provider eversign GmbH to PDFTron.

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners acts for clients in the banking and retail sectors among others, advising on merger control filings and with particular expertise in overseeing distressed mergers where restructuring or insolvency proceedings are necessary. Heading the team is Lukas Flener, who handles cross-border merger filings and cartel proceedings, and has further experience in private enforcement matters.

Practice head(s):

Lukas Flener

Key clients

Descours & Cabaud SA

Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc

Soravia Group

UniCredit Bank Austria


Work highlights

  • Advised a leading Austrian construction company in the ongoing Austrian construction cartel matter.
  • Assisted SORAVIA with the expansion of its luxury hospitality business.
  • Acted for UniCredit Bank Austria on its sale of its fleet management business.

Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH

Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH‘s competition team is instructed by both domestic and international clients on merger and FDI control hearings, taking on Phase I and II proceedings before Austria’s competition authorities. The team is led by a three-person team consisting of Christoph Herbst, who is a judge on Austria’s Constitutional Court, Sonja Hebenstreit, who advises on antitrust matters in addition to merger and investment control issues, and Valerie Mayer, who frequently appears before cartel regulators and courts in merger proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Sonja Hebenstreit; Christoph Herbst; Valerie Mayer


‘High engagement, smart argumentation, extraordinary reliability.’

‘The team is very dedicated to its clients and well-connected to colleagues abroad.’

‘Valerie Meyer is a talented young lawyer. It is easy to work with her and she is highly committed to the matter at hand.’

‘We have worked with the Herbst Kinsky team on various transactions in Austria and for most of them the team was fully in charge of the whole merger control process. Their work was very professional, efficient and the collaboration was very easy.’

‘Valerie Mayer is an excellent lawyer, always very attentive and hard-working. The daily collaboration with her is pleasant, she is detail-oriented and has a very good knowledge of the merger control mechanisms in Austria, which helped us greatly in closing transactions.’

‘Valerie Mayer is our key contact and practice group leader of Herbst Kinsky’s EU and antitrust law practice.  The team is terrifically organized, trained and supervised by Valerie. She has built up a strong practice for EU and competition law.’

‘Valerie is an absolute pleasure to work with. Her legal skills are extraordinary, which ensures her advice is always well-argued and comprehensible. Valerie ensures that her advice is pragmatic and hands on, taking into account the peculiarities of the specific matter.’

Key clients

illwerke vkw AG

Terreal Holding S.A.S.

T-Mobile Austria GmbH

Nestlé S.A.

Viessmann Group GmbH

Heise Medien GmbH & Co KG

Norsk Hydro ASA

Treis Asia Pte Ltd.

Invision AG

Star Capital Partnership LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised Terreal Holding S.A.S. in merger proceedings before the Austrian Cartel Court in the course of the acquisition of all of its shares by Wienerberger AG.
  • Assisted an Austrian energy producer with antitrust-related issues in connection with a long-term exclusive energy supply agreement with a major German energy provider.
  • Represented Norsk Hydro ASA in Austrian merger proceedings before the Austrian Federal Competition Authority and the Austrian Federal Cartel Prosecutor regarding the intended acquisition of all shares in Eduard Hueck GmbH & Co. KG and EH Extrusion Verwaltungs GmbH.

MMRA - Michael Mayr

MMRA - Michael Mayr and founding partner Michael Mayr specialise in the full spectrum of Austrian and EU competition law, handling cross-border merger filings and joint ventures, cartel proceedings and abuse of dominance matters. Clients come from a diverse range of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, and media among others. Mayr also has experience in handling FDI control issues.

Practice head(s):

Michael Mayr


Michael Mayr stands out not only because he combines extensive experience in EU, Austrian, international competition law but because he has hands-on experience in particular in complex merger and investment control matters across a range of industries.’

‘Very strong industry knowledge and knowledge of our business. Incredibly short response times.’

‘Combines the strength of an Austria-based boutique with extraordinarily deep EU experience. Possibly the best choice for Austrian counsel in the context of a large EU-centric mergers or investigations. Absolutely pleased with the work products on each assignment.’

Key clients

Adevinta ASA

Doppler Energie

Geis Group

Google LLC

Meridiam SAS

Work highlights

  • Advised Adevinta ASA on its ongoing compliance with conditions imposed by the Austrian competition authority in connection with its acquisition of eBay’s classified ads business.
  • Advised Meridiam SAS on EU and Austrian merger control aspects of the formation of a fibre network joint venture with T-Mobile Austria.
  • Advised Doppler Energie GmbH on its intended sale of its network of 266 petrol stations in Austria to Orlen SA.

Schindler Attorneys

Schindler Attorneys brings a ‘competent, effective approach’ to Austrian and EU competition law, advising clients on FDI and merger control proceedings. The team is led by Philippe Kiehl, whose practice encompasses merger control and compliance matters, cartel issues, and cases concerning distribution and sanctions.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Kiehl


‘Philippe Kiehl provided excellent and practicable advice.’

‘A competent, effective approach you can rely on.’

Key clients

Asker Healthcare Group


Evoco AG


Knapp GmbH

MAN Truck & Bus

TA Associates


Work highlights

  • Represented Triton in the Austrian FDI proceeding relating to Crayfish BidCo’s voluntary public cash tender offer for all the shares in Caverion.
  • Advised TA Associates in connection with a strategic investment provided to Aptean, obtaining FDI and merger clearance.
  • Represented FUJIFILM in merger control and investment control proceedings in Austria and coordinating investment control proceedings in Slovenia relating to its acquisition of its former distributors in.