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Administrative law and public sector
Administrative law and public sector - ranked: tier 4

Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH

Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH advises on environmental, waste management, water, and pharmaceutical law, among other areas, and acts for a number of energy and telecoms companies. The team also handles constitutional issues; Bernhard Müller is acting for Lucura Versicherungs in an action before the Austrian Constitutional Court and the Commercial Court of Vienna relating to the collapse of Hypo-Alpe-Adria Bank. In the gaming sector, Müller is advising a consortium that operates casinos and lotteries in the Czech Republic on the Austrian gaming law aspects of its proposed acquisition of shares in Casinos Austria.

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH

Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH receives regular instructions from domestic and international banks, funds, corporates and public entities to advise on the full spectrum of banking and finance matters including finance transactions, regulatory and bank contract law issues. The group also handles contentious matters and has particular strength at the interface with capital markets law. Andreas Zahradnik and Tibor Varga jointly head the team.

Leading individuals

Tibor Varga - Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH

Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH is a popular choice for investment banks, issuers and investors to assist with the full range of equity and debt issuance matters, such as private placements and public offerings alongside structured and high-yield debt issuances, which the team frequently handles in co-operation with its M&A practice. In headline work, Christoph Brogyányi and Andreas Zahradnik acted as Austrian counsel on Bawag's initial public offering on the Vienna stock exchange, raising €1.9bn and making it Austria's largest IPO, and in other work, Tibor Varga and Felix Hörlsberger acted as Austrian counsel when assisting a committee of holders of senior unsecured notes and other debt instruments issued by Steinhoff Europe with matters pertaining to Steinhoff International's announcement of accounting irregularities. Andreas Mayr heads the team.

Leading individuals

Andreas Mayr - Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH

Andreas Zahradnik - Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH

With a focus on cross-border transactions, Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH's 'very reliable' team is particularly active for corporates, investment banks and private equity clients and 'does not shy away from outside-the-box solutions'. Public M&A team head Andreas Mayr advised Chinese conglomerate HNA Group on the acquisition of a majority shareholding in C-Quadrat Investment, and 'very responsive and dedicated' private M&A practice head Martin Brodey and the 'hardworking and efficient' Christian Ritschka acted for Capvis on its acquisition of a majority stake in Amann Girrbach. Jürgen Kittel has a strong focus on M&A and private equity, Christoph Brogyányi is the key contact for corporate matters at the intersection with capital markets law, and Bernhard Rieder frequently advises on corporate restructurings and heads the corporate litigation group.

Leading individuals

Martin Brodey - Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH

Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH's construction team stands out for its 'great availability', 'competence in all legal fields' and prompt response times. The team is adept at preparing and negotiating general contractor agreements, but also handles the construction aspects of residential real estate developments. Team head Stefan Artner conducted due diligence for Helvetia Versicherungen on the construction contracts for two residential properties due to be competed in 2020. Klaus Pfeiffer advises TK Maxx on general contractor and architects agreements, as well as on construction and operation permits.

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Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation
Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation - ranked: tier 1

Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH

Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH's 'very strong and experienced' team is a respected player in the market, acting for clients in various corporate and commercial disputes including ICC arbitration proceedings. Much of its workload pertains to disputes arising from co-operation, distribution and trade agreements alongside post-M&A issues and frequently includes white-collar criminal defence matters. Florian Kremslehner jointly heads the team with Veit Öhlberger,  who has 'a very sharp and analytical mind' and routinely acts as an arbitrator, as does senior partner Christian Dorda. Counsel Gunnar Pickl is 'someone to watch'.

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Dispute resolution: commercial litigation
Dispute resolution: commercial litigation - ranked: tier 1

Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH

Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH's contentious work frequently includes white-collar criminal defence issues and is based on three pillars: Florian Kremslehner heads the commercial and corporate litigation team and the overall dispute resolution department, which consists of 'bright and talented' lawyers; the 'pragmatic' Felix Hörlsberger is the main contact for insurance defence litigation; and Bernhard Rieder is the name to note for class actions. In recent work, Hörlsberger acted for Chubb as D&O insurer for the Austrian manufacturer Facc in D&O litigation and Rieder represented real estate company Atrium in a civil action brought by over 700 former shareholders. Stephan Steinhofer is another key member of the team. Thomas Voppichler joined KNOETZL HAUGENEDER NETAL in 2018.

Leading individuals

Florian Kremslehner - Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH

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Dispute resolution: white-collar crime (including fraud)
Dispute resolution: white-collar crime (including fraud) - ranked: tier 1

Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH

As part of the firm's wider dispute resolution practice, Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH's white-collar crime team represents individuals in parallel civil and criminal defence proceedings, which frequently pertain to accusations of fraud, embezzlement, bribery, corruption and tax evasion while also handling compliance matters and criminal investigations. Practice head Florian Kremslehner and Daniela Firulovic are the main contacts.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH

The healthcare and pharmaceutical sector is a key focus for the team at Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH, which counts Novartis Group, Kwizda, GlaxoSmithKline, Orpéa Group and a number of Austrian manufacturing businesses among its clients. Practice head Heinrich Kühnert is 'an excellent attorney with passion, deep knowledge, and a wide range of experience and humanity': 'he is always willing to make any effort to get the best results'. Highlights included Kühnert and of counsel Elisabeth König advising manufacturing company on the acquisition of a business with production sites in the US and Germany, and acting for Robopolis, a European distributor of electronic consumer goods, in proceedings before the Austrian Federal Competition Authority regarding alleged resale price maintenance.

Next Generation Partners

Heinrich Kühnert - Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH

The 'particularly responsive' and 'pragmatic' team at Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH advises employers and employees on individual and collective labour law matters, including contracts, termination agreements, corporate restructuring, data protection, and employment issues arising from mergers and acquisitions. The 'highly experienced' Thomas Angermair, who is praised for his understanding of complex cross-border mandates, 'technical expertise' and 'pleasant working relationships', leads the practice. In recent highlights, Angermair assisted with the employment aspects of the sale of ZKW Group to LG, and represented UBS before the Vienna Court for Labour and Social Matters in a dispute with an employee who was challenging a termination of employment, which led to a successful settlement. The team is noted for its strengths in the banking, pharmaceutical and life sciences, and cultural sectors, with clients including Credit Suisse, Bayer, Novartis and Wiener Symphoniker.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH

‘Thinking outside of the box’, Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH's ‘very reliable and supportive’ insolvency and corporate recovery team advises banks and other creditors and debtors on pre-insolvency reorganisations and restructurings, encompassing distressed M&As and refinancings. Another area of expertise is the representation of creditors in insolvency proceedings and related litigation. The ‘very pragmatic’ Felix Hörlsberger ‘solves complex topics in a way the client is able to follow’, while the ‘hardworking’ Christian Ritschka ‘is always reachable, fast and very efficient’. Both advised Austrian real estate investor and developer Supernova Group.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH

Recognised for its ‘hands-on approach’ and ‘quick turnaround and responsiveness’, Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH’s ‘extremely competent’, ‘highly specialised’ and ‘very skilled and deep’ IP team advises on domestic and international copyright, trade mark, unfair competition and patent law matters, with additional capabilities in the IT sector. The ‘impressive’, ‘extremely talented’ and ‘focused’ Axel Anderl heads the team in a ‘practical, very effective’ manner. He and ‘very accurate and reliable’ attorney Andreas Seling acted for McDonald’s in a trade mark infringement and unfair competition case against supermarket chain Lidl, preventing it from using copy-cat packaging. Bernhard Heinzl was promoted to junior partner in October 2017; he and Anderl act for a leading Austrian bank, Erste Bank, in trade mark disputes.

Leading individuals

Axel Anderl - Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 3

Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH

Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH’s private client team’s particular focus lies on corporate succession, securing personal assets and providing for future generations; it regularly advises on the setting up of Austrian trusts and foundations involving tax and estate structuring issues. Paul Doralt, who is able ‘to come up with great solutions’, is advising a Middle Eastern investor in relation to a large-scale real estate matter in Austria. He also jointly leads the department with Elmar Drabek.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 3

Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH

Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH handles the full spectrum of transactional and regulatory energy and natural resources matters, while also handling infrastructure work. Of counsel Elisabeth König advised Spanish utilities company Gas Natural Fenosa on various regulatory and transactional matters pertaining to its entry into the Austrian market. Bernhard Müller and Heinrich Kühnert jointly head the team. OMV and Klima- und Energiefonds are also clients.

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Public procurement
Public procurement - ranked: tier 4

Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH

With notable experience in energy, healthcare and life sciences-related work, Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH assists tenderers and contracting parties with general public procurement law matters and PPPs. Team head Bernhard Müller assisted OMV with the implementation of a new global tender strategy, and advised GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals on procurement matters pertaining to its tender of FSME vaccines.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH

Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH has carved out a strong transactional real estate practice and is also experienced in lease matters, advising several investment companies and funds, frequently in conjunction with the firm's finance and dispute resolution practices. Team head Stefan Artner acted for S Immo on the sale of OMV's Vienna HQ to Deka Group, and assisted Are Austrian Real Estate with the forward purchase of Denk Drei, a retail and office development in Vienna. Klaus Pfeiffer is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Stefan Artner - Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH

'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 Kühnert is experienced in regulatory telecoms work. 'Quick thinker' Bernhard Heinzl made junior partner in October 2017 and is 'extremely dedicated'. Bernhard Müller is also noted.

Leading individuals

Axel Anderl - Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH

Next Generation Partners

Nino Tlapak - Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH

Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH has a specialism in cross-border tax matters, most notably those involving transactional, corporate and finance elements, and private client work. 'Creative and knowledgeable' team head Paul Doralt advised GP Investments and Rhone Capital on various tax issues concerning the merger of their subsidiary Magnesita with RHI.

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Legal Developments by:
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  • THE NATIONAL REGULATION ON THE SECURITY OF "NIS" IN AUSTRIA SHOULD BE OF INTEREST TO YOU

    Good things come to those who wait? Finally, the main implementing regulation for the Austrian Law on Network and Information System Security ( Netz- und Informationssystemsicherheitsgesetz , " NISG ") was published last week. It serves primarily to define which companies are actually affected by the NISG. Now it is getting serious for the operators of " essential services ". What does that mean?
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  • THE NATIONAL REGULATION ON THE SECURITY OF "NIS" IN AUSTRIA SHOULD BE OF INTEREST TO YOU

    Good things come to those who wait? Finally, the main implementing regulation for the Austrian Law on Network and Information System Security ( Netz- und Informationssystemsicherheitsgesetz , " NISG ") was published last week. It serves primarily to define which companies are actually affected by the NISG. Now it is getting serious for the operators of " essential services ". What does that mean?
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  • "BLACK FRIDAY" - NOW FREELY USABLE FOR PROMOTIONS IN AUSTRIA

    Black Friday is unquestionable one of the most profitable and busiest days of the year for retail, particularly online. Worldwide almost all online store do offer sales or special promotions on Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Already after this practice has established online, a trademark for " BLACK FRIDAY " was registered in Germany back in 2013. In 2016 a Chinese company acquired the trademark and then filed in 2017 for its extension to Austria. Based on the registered trademark, it granted exclusive rights to an Austrian company, which licensed usage rights to various partner stores against remuneration. Further, an exclusive " Black Friday-Cooperation Program " was established. Non-partners who used the event name or trademark were prosecuted and requested to either pay a license fee or refrain from running Black Friday promotions. Some followed the request and entered into license agreements. Some, however, did challenge the validity of the trademark. Finally, respective proceedings to check the actual protection of the trademark were initiated. Austrian courts now held that the trademark " BLACK FRIDAY " is not protected in Austria .
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  • AUSTRIA: ANONYMISATION ACCEPTED AS VALID DATA DELETION METHOD

    On 5th December 2018, the Austrian data protection authority ( Datenschutzbehörde , "DSB") issued a decision (DSB-D123.270/0009-DSB/2018) on data subject's right to data deletion according to Art 17 GDPR. In a nutshell, the DSB accepted consistent anonymisation as a valid alternative to physical and technical deletion. Beside the clear statement that anonymous data is not subject to the GDPR, the DSB provided detailed information on (technical) requirements of anonymisation methods:
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  • Consent or pay – a valid scheme under the GDPR?

    Media companies throughout Europe struggle with a difficult economic environment: Shrinking sales figures for print products, the digitalisation and consumer demand force publishers to offer their content also on the internet. However, generating money for online publications is not quite easy as – at least in Austria – online subscription against renumeration has not been well accepted by customers. This partially has its root in the lack of suitable micropayment means in the past and users thus getting acquainted to online information being offered for free. Thus, publishers have instead focused on financing their platforms by online marketing activities such as placement of banners. Nowadays such digital advertisement is usually targeted to the specific user. For this purpose, cookies are stored on the user's computer upon his first visit of the website, which then collect data about his location, technical equipment used and online behaviour. This finally allows to display specific, user targeted advertisements. However, such cookies may cause issues with applicable consent requirements under the telecommunication and data protection regulations:
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  • fwp expands know-how thanks to new junior partner

    Vienna, March 2019. Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner GmbH (fwp) adds valuable competence and expertise to the team by welcoming Pavel Bachleda in its midst as a new attorney-at-law and junior partner.
  • fwp helps find a new mega arena location

    fwp helps find a new mega arena location
  • AUSTRIAN DATA PROTECTION AUTHORITY ISSUED THE "BLACK LIST"

    Processing operations subject to the requirement of a data protection impact assessment.
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  • Rien ne va plus!

     
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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.
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  • Austrian "White List"

    Exceptions from the OBLIGATION TO CARRY OUT A data protection impact assessment
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