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Commended for its wide-ranging experience, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s ‘very good’ team handles domestic and cross-border transactional and corporate tax structuring work, contentious and non-contentious VAT and transfer pricing matters as well as other tax disputes. Claus Staringer, who co-heads the team with Michael Sedlaczek, continues to act for Borealis in a transfer pricing dispute pertaining to the client’s transfer of major IP assets from Finland to Austria, and assisted the refractory supplier RHI with tax issues arising from the merger with Magnesita. In other work, he assisted housing association Vonovia with tax law issues pertaining to its conclusion of a business combination agreement with conwert Immobilien Invest.

Providing excellent service’, Wolf Theiss’ ‘very good’ practice handles the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious tax work and frequently provides advice on corporate tax, tax planning and financial products. ‘Highly qualified’ co-head Niklas Schmidt advised private equity company Eurazeo on tax matters arising from the acquisition of a portfolio of 85 budget and mid-range hotels from AccorHotels, and assisted a number of clients, including Barclays, Banco Santander and BayernLB, with tax issues pertaining to the issuance of various financial products offered to retail investors in Austria. Benjamin Twardosz joined CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati in January 2018.

Acting for corporates and private clients, bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte GmbH is ‘highly competent’ in advising on transactional and M&A related tax issues, the tax structuring of cross-border reorganisations as well as representing clients in tax disputes. ‘Brilliant’ and ‘down-to-earth’ co-head Gerald Schachner, who is ‘extremely responsive and provides straight-forward advice’, advised Ring International on tax matters arising from the sale of Helios Coatings to the chemicals company Kansai Paint. Christoph Nauer advised Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich on tax aspects of its merger with Raiffeisen Bank International. Associate Kornelia Wittmann is ‘hard-working’.

Recognised for its broad offering, Binder Grösswang provides tax law advice on corporate transactions, restructurings and financings while also having substantial expertise in international tax law, accounting law and tax litigation. Christian Wimpissinger, who co-heads the team with the ‘experienced and reliableAndreas Hable, assisted Ventrex with tax matters following a restructuring. Other clients include Lenzing, IBM Austria and Renault Österreich.

On the non-contentious side, DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach focuses on transactional tax work, while, in the contentious space, the team is well versed in dealing with civil and criminal tax disputes. Team head Franz Althuber advised multinational professional services company TMF on a dispute with one of its clients resulting from the previous tax-optimised structuring of the latter’s business in Austria and assisted an international software company with self-disclosure and VAT matters. He also advised a British betting provider on Austrian gambling tax and betting fees and provided Caritas Austria with tax advice on the establishment of a non-profit foundation.

Aigner Buzanich Rechtsanwälte covers the gamut of tax law, from corporate tax planning, M&A and finance taxation to international tax and litigation. Main contacts Hans-Jörgen Aigner and Herbert Buzanich advised private equity company IK Investment Partners on tax aspects pertaining to the acquisition of Messerschmitt Systems from founder Hartmut Messerschmitt, and assisted an international tobacco company with tobacco tax issues pertaining to the introduction of a new product to the Austrian market. An Austrian real estate developer retained the team to advise on tax issues linked to the issuance of bonds to finance various real estate projects.

Arnold Rechtsanwaelte GmbH is best known for its strong private client practice and its specialist expertise in advising on private trust and foundation law matters, including tax schemes, while also representing clients in tax litigation and handling stamp duty work. On the transactional side, the team routinely assists clients with tax aspects pertaining to real estate transactions. Nikolaus Arnold heads the team.

With a focus on cross-border work, Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG handles transaction tax, reorganisations, VAT and customs law alongside transfer pricing and tax litigation. Team head Christoph Urtz provided advice to Nokia on the post-M&A integration of Alcatel-Lucent, and assisted Porsche Immobilien with tax issues arising from real estate transactions. In other work, he advised Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner on advertising tax.

CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati’s corporate prominence translates into a steady flow of corporate tax mandates including the tax-optimised structuring of transactions, international reorganisations and holding structures; however, the group is also well versed in assisting with the taxation of funds and financial instruments as well as representing clients in tax disputes. ‘Highly motivated and very knowledgable’ team head Johannes Prinz advised IT services provider Datagroup on tax planning and compliance issues pertaining to the merger of its Austrian subsidiary into the German company. On the finance side, Peter Knobl assisted Raiffeisenlandesbank NiederÖsterreich-Wien with the taxation of financial instruments. Benjamin Twardosz joined from Wolf Theiss.

Much of CMS’ work pertains to corporate tax law including M&A transactions, but the team also handles tax compliance and tax due diligence mandates. Team head Sibylle Novak provided railroad constructor Frauscher Sensor Technology with general tax law advice.

Corporate tax structuring and private client taxation work form the central pillars of Dorda’s tax practice which is led by the ‘very experiencedPaul Doralt. He advised Odebrecht Latinvest on capital gains taxation matters, while the team also assisted Schmidt-Chiari Family Trust with trust-related tax issues and advised a group of Leder & Schuh shareholders on taxation matters pertaining to restructuring measures.

The ‘very solid’ team at Schindler Attorneys is noted for its ‘in-depth know-how of Austrian corporate tax law’, while it also constitutes a popular choice for Brazilian companies in investment and international tax optimisation matters. With a focus on private equity, the practice frequently handles tax structuring, corporate and transaction tax mandates but also deals with litigation and private client work. Clients consider team head Clemens Philipp Schindler an ‘excellent choice for complex matters when tax and corporate law intersect’, while counsel Lars Gläser is ‘very skilled and precise’ and senior associate Martina Gatterer ‘very organised and focused’.

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Legal Developments in Austria for Tax

  • Individual Tax Rulings Now Possible in Moldova – And They're Binding!

    What previously was impossible and not foreseen by local legislation is now possible. Starting 1 January 2017, the Tax Code of Moldova (the " Tax Code ") was amended by Law 281/2016 to include a separate norm (Art. 136¹) on individual tax rulings (" ITR ") for the benefit of entrepreneurs. Within the limits of its scope and in respect of a concrete beneficiary, an issued ITR is binding on the State Tax Service (the " STS "). The Government and the Ministry of Finance are expected to approve the secondary legislation to regulate the details of the procedure. read more...
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    fwp helps find a new mega arena location

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  • 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
  • Austrian "White List"

    Exceptions from the OBLIGATION TO CARRY OUT A data protection impact assessment
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  • 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.
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  • European Court of Human Rights: Employers have limited rights to monitor employee communications at

    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.
  • Serbian Competition Authority Steps Up Antritrust Enforcement

    The Serbian Commission for Protection of Competition (the " Commissio n") recently intensified its antitrust activities before the new Administrative Act came into effect. In one week alone the Commission initiated four antitrust cases and conducted two dawn raids. 1. What/who will be on the Commission's radar?

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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...