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  1. TMT
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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    • Axel Anderl - Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH
    • Markus AndrĂ©ewitch - AndrĂ©ewitch & Simon
    • Bertram Burtscher - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    • Thomas Höhne - Höhne, In der Maur & Partner RechtsanwĂ€lte GmbH & Co KG
    • Rainer Knyrim - Knyrim Trieb RechtsanwĂ€lte OG

Next generation lawyers

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'Highly recommended' by clients, Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH's 'outstanding' team is 'extremely knowledgeable, dedicated and perfectly organised'. It is led by 'top-notch expert and mastermind' Axel Anderl, who 'always goes the extra mile and never loses sight of any risks', and is praised for its 'extensive industry knowledge and impressive track record' covering the full spectrum of TMT work. Anderl recently advised Erste Group and its subsidiary s IT Solutions AT Spardat on its largest outsourcing project, and assisted Kommunalkredit with its new online banking business and associated greenfield outsourcing project. Together with recommended junior partner Nino Tlapak, he also assisted Uniqa Group with its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) implementation. Felix Hörlsberger is another key name for data protection matters and Heinrich KĂŒhnert is experienced in regulatory telecoms work. 'Quick thinker' Bernhard Heinzl made junior partner in October 2017 and is 'extremely dedicated'. Bernhard MĂŒller is also noted.

With an extensive blue-chip client base, CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati covers a wide range of TMT sector work with a particular focus on data protection, IT and telecoms law. The 'very responsive and pragmatic' team, which is led by the 'excellent' Hans Kristoferitsch, advises Spar on all data protection, data security and IT matters and also assists Asfinag on various IT, data protection and GDPR compliance issues including traffic and toll-collection data matters alongside video surveillance issues.

Advising on IT, data security, data protection and telecoms matters is a central pillar of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's TMT practice, which predominately handles cross-border work and benefits from its strong M&A team when dealing with transactional matters. Bertram Burtscher's team is also frequently retained to assist with sector-related infrastructure projects. Principal associate Gernot Fritz is a key name for data protection matters.

IP and IT boutique GEISTWERT has data protection and IT work at its core and is adept at handling contentious and transactional matters. The team has been particularly active recently in advising clients, including Iqvia, the Austrian National Library (Österreichische Nationalbank) and ParfĂŒmerie Douglas, on the implementation of GDPR. Max Mosing and the 'brilliant' Juliane Messner, who has 'very strong problem-solving skills', also assisted Asfinag with data protection matters pertaining to its toll system. Alexander Schnider focuses on software development agreements; Rainer Schultes and Constantin Kletzer are also recommended.

Höhne, In der Maur & Partner RechtsanwÀlte GmbH & Co KG is highly regarded for its comprehensive media law expertise, including print and digital media, film and television, which makes it a popular choice for media companies, radio stations and journalists, but the team also handles IT and data protection matters including disputes. Thomas Höhne is a highly regarded media law expert and Markus Dörfler is the main contact for data protection work. Georg Streit is another key figure.

Regarded as the 'market leader in data protection', Knyrim Trieb RechtsanwĂ€lte OG has significant expertise in the banking, pharmaceutical, retail, energy, manufacturing and automotive sectors. Its client roster includes the Austrian Chamber of Commerce, Lenzing and Kelag. The highly regarded Rainer Knyrim jointly heads the team with Gerald Trieb. Alexander Nessler and Tobias TretzmĂŒller were made counsel in 2018.

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG is well equipped to guide clients through contentious and non-contentious matters at the intersection of IT and IP and also handles data protection and media law matters. Roland Marko, who jointly heads the team with Georg Kresbach, advised Addiko Bank Group on the implementation of an internal data protection compliance system, and assisted T-Systems, a Deutsche Telekom subsidiary, with data collection and data protection matters. In the media sector, the team advised Sky on signal transmission agreement matters. Consultant Martin Tauber joined the team from an in-house role in January 2018.

Andréewitch & Simon is best known for its expertise in IT law, handling various contentious and non-contentious matters including data protection. Markus Andréewitch is the main contact.

Baker McKenzie ‱ Diwok Hermann Petsche RechtsanwĂ€lte LLP & Co KG provides 'pragmatic solutions' and is particularly active in the contentious sphere, acting for clients in IT and telecoms-related proceedings while also providing advice on data protection issues including GDPR and matters pertaining to computer hardware and software, social media, search engines and cloud computing. 'Very knowledgeable' senior associate Lukas Feiler heads the team, which includes senior associate Martina Grama.

Binder Grösswang's strength lies in dealing with IT contracts, outsourcings, e-commerce and data protection issues. Team head Ivo Rungg advised Springer Maschinenfabrik on a co-operation agreement for the development of a new IT system, and assisted Tiroler GlashĂŒtte with matters pertaining to its launch of a new online sale and distribution system. Tele2 Telecommunication retained the team to advise on IT outsourcing matters.

Eisenberger & Herzog has IT work at its core but also handles data protection matters. Together with its public procurement practice, Andreas Zellhofer's team advised Big Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft on the outsourcing of its data centre by way of a public tender. The team also handles various local counsel instructions for Microsoft and most recently advised the client on cloud computing services provided to Austrian customers alongside software licensing and service agreements. Julia Kusznier joined Schindler Attorneys as counsel in February 2018.

Lansky, Ganzger + Partner (LGP) has carved out a strong practice advising national media companies and publishers, internet providers and software companies, alongside individuals in the entertainment industry, on the whole spectrum of media law while also handling data protection work. The group advised Radio Energy on data protection matters and assisted longstanding client SchauTV with broadcasting contracts and various other media law matters.Gerald Ganzger  heads the team.

Schoenherr (Schönherr RechtsanwĂ€lte)'s 'incredibly versatile and professional' newTech team is dedicated to IT work and regularly advises clients, including several insurance and banking sector players, on e-commerce, outsourcing and cloud services matters, while also handling data protection and fintech work. 'Responsive, solution-oriented and professional' team head Wolfgang Tichy assisted Uniqa Insurance Group with various contracts concerning the implementation of a new group-wide IT system. Counsel GĂŒnther Leissler focuses on data protection and regulatory issues; Michael Woller is another key figure.

Brauneis Klauser PrÀndl RechtsanwÀlte GmbH is best known for its expertise in software contracts and licensing agreements but also handles e-commerce and data protection matters. Felix PrÀndl is the main contact.

Handling contentious and non-contentious IT and data protection matters is a significant element of CMS' 'smart and responsive' TMT practice, which is led by Johannes Juranek. He recently assisted the largest Austrian medicinal chemistry laboratory with GDPR implementation matters. Dealing with issues at the intersection of IT and IP constitutes another key area of expertise, while Gabriela Staber, who made partner in February 2018, focuses on matters at the interface between IP and media law; she recently handled various apps-related regulatory issues.

Dr Norbert Wiesinger, Law Offices has a niche in contentious and non-contentious telecoms law work, acting for national and international telecoms, infrastructure and utility companies. Key contact Norbert Wiesinger acted for Verizon in appeal procedures against the decision issued by the Austrian regulatory authority regarding fixed-line origination fees.

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  • Austrian "White List"

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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.
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