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DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation Tier 1

DORDA Rechtsanwaelte GmbH's arbitration and mediation department is regarded as 'an international arbitration stronghold and without any doubt among the best Austrian firms'. Clients in the banking and finance, construction and insurance sectors frequently instruct the team in commercial disputes relating to agency and distribution issues, post-M&A and joint ventures. Veit Öhlberger and Florian Kremslehner, who 'are undoubtedly two heavyweights in the field', jointly run the practice group, which also includes counsel Gunnar Pickl. Team members, including Christian Dorda, also act as arbitrators.

Practice head(s):

Veit Öhlberger; Florian Kremslehner


Dorda is an international arbitration stronghold and without any doubt among the best Austrian firms.’

This firm compares to others through its highly qualified, down-to-earth arbitration practitioners. They are just simply a pleasure to work with.

Very well educated, extremely experienced in their special field, very smart and quick thinking intelligent with high social competence as well as strategic in every action.

Diverse team, good internal communication between teams, fast & good quality responses as well as straight to the point.

Gunnar Pickl – well-connected in the arbitration community. Takes ownership of a case. Easy to work with.

Veit Öhlberger – straight to the point, practical approach, willing to commit to possible solutions rather than just sticking to legal wording/no risk approach. Excellent general knowledge of contract law & international law and fair cost approach.

Veit Öhlberger runs proceedings with a steady hand. He is very attentive, diligent and well prepared.

Ulrich Kopetzki is a great addition to the team and brings a wealth of experience from his tenure at the ICC Secretariat. He is “the” rising star among Austrian arbitration practitioners and very knowledgeable.

Key clients


KKCG/Sazka Group

Sandvik Group

MIBA Group


Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 1

Considered a 'leading practice', the team at DORDA Rechtsanwaelte GmbH handles the full range of commercial and corporate law disputes. Florian Kremslehner heads the overall dispute resolution group, as well the commercial litigation department. Felix Hörlsberger, who provides 'clear and pragmatic advice', leads the insurance defence litigation team, which is regularly instructed as monitoring counsel in high-volume liability and coverage disputes. Bernhard Rieder is the key name to note when it comes to mass litigation mandates. Stephan Steinhofer is another key practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Florian Kremslehner

Other key lawyers:

Felix Hörlsberger; Andreas Zahradnik; Bernhard Rieder; Georg Jünger; Stephan Steinhofer; Alexander Karl


Leading practice with broad focus, including D&O.

Felix Hörlsberger provided clear and pragmatic advice. He was able to focus on the key issues as distinct from others with whom I have worked.

Key clients






Esterhazy Group


Eduardo Saverin


Brush holding Ltd

SA Dexia Credit Local


G4S Secure Solutions

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

DORDA Rechtsanwaelte GmbH's white-collar crime practice is integrated into the firm's wider dispute resolution group and provides comprehensive advice on all business crime-related issues. Practice co-heads Florian Kremslehner and the 'always perfectly prepared' Daniela Firulovic represent high-profile individuals and corporations, which are accused of fraud, embezzlement, bribery, corruption and tax evasion. Firulovic also handles internal investigations and acts for clients in asset recovery cases.

Practice head(s):

Florian Kremslehner; Daniela Firulovic


The quality of the work is outstanding in the market. For many years now, the team has been known for handling large and highly demanding criminal proceedings. As a client, I would like to work with a firm that has such enormous resources and experience. The head of the practice, Florian Kremslehner, is an exceptional lawyer with the highest sense of strategy. He is one of the best when it comes to international cases. I would recommend the practice in all matters of white-collar crime. The special strength of the team is certainly the close cooperation with the litigation department. Compared to other law firms, the enormous experience and depth of the team is certainly outstanding.

High involvement, helpful understanding of client’s situation, excellent availability and knowledge of my specific industry.

Daniela Firulovic deserves special mention here. I have worked with her on several cases in the past. Daniela’s legal work is of excellent quality. She is an expert in all areas of white-collar crime, and has – especially for her young age – an outstanding track record as defence counsel in front of criminal courts and financial criminal authorities. Daniela is always perfectly prepared in meetings and hearings, and is exceptionally creative and quick-witted in her arguments. You always get the impression that she is constantly fighting for her clients. She is tough in her arguments with the authorities and the prosecutor’s office, and fair and decent in discussions. Working with her is very pleasant. I would recommend her unconditionally as a defence lawyer and counsel in all matters of white-collar crime.

Key clients


Intellectual property Tier 1

DORDA Rechtsanwaelte GmbH benefits from a sizeable IP team, allowing the firm to offer a highly specialised service to clients. The firm is particularly known for its work in the IT sector and on behalf of renowned artists. It recently established the IP-focused, multi-disciplinary DORDA Digital Industries Group, with lawyers from across the firm's practice areas, in order to offer added value for clients. Practice head Axel Anderl 'always goes the extra mile'. The 'oustanding' Andreas Seling is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Axel Anderl


Very experienced and motivated team with high quality lawyers who do the right things. A pleasure to work with because they are professional in trademark and unfair competition plus copyright matters.’

The extremely qualified lawyers of Axel Anderl’s team advise pragmatically, solution-oriented, but at the same time absolutely legally sound.’

Strong patent litigation practice; an excellent alternative to the traditional IP boutique firms.’

Extremely skilled. They know how to do their job and to consider the commercial background.

Dr. Axel Anderl, Dr. Andreas Seling and Bernhard Heinzl are outstanding in terms of quality and pace and are absolutely client oriented. Highly recommended!

Axel Anderl is my main point of contact. He is heading the team with unbelievable passion.’

Key clients

Arcadia Live GmbH

B & C Consulting & Commerce GmbH

Brauerei S. Riegele


Delivery Hero Group

Echosens SA

Erich Scheiblhofer GmbH

Hungarotickets GmbH

IMMOunited GmbH

IXOLIT New Media Development GmbH 5 No

Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria)

kindsknopf GmbH

Kreisel Electric


luna digital GmbH

M7 Group SA

MAD – Haus Marienberg

McDonald’s Franchise GmbH / McDonald’s Corporation

Miba AG

mood Einrichrungs- u. Planungs GmbH

Multigate handelsgesellschaft m.b.H.

myWorld Group

Novartis Austria GmbH

ÖBB Holding AG (Austrian Federal Railway Company)

Scheiblhofer GmbH

s IT Solutions AT Spardat GmbH

sportsWorld Marketing

Stadt Wien Marketing GmbH

Styria Media Group

Thomas Zelenka Imker

TJX Oesterreich Ltd. & Co KG

Q Logistics GmbH

Vienna Insurance Group

Wein & Co HandelsgmbH

Wenna GmbH

willhaben internet service GmbH & Co KG

ZKW Holding

Real estate Tier 1

DORDA Rechtsanwaelte GmbH has a strong focus on transactional advice, including the sale and purchase of retail and office buildings, hotels, residential properties and portfolio transactions. It recently advised French asset management company Amundi Real Estate on the acquisition of MQM, a building containing a TV studio and office space, in a deal worth €100m. The firm is also known for its strong reputation for handling lease matters for Austrian and international clients, among them retail brands TK Maxx and Max Mara. Stefan Artner, who has additional expertise as a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, is highly respected in the real estate industry. Associate Magdalena Brandstetter is also noted. Klaus Pfeiffer left the practice in February 2019.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Artner

Key clients

Amundi Immobilier

Warburg-HIH Invest Real Estate GmbH

Eastern Property Holdings Ltd

KGAL (Investment Management GmbH & Co. KG)

Universal-Investment/ Bayerische Versorgungskammer (BVK)

Patrizia Asset Management (formerly: TRIUVA)

Helvetia Versicherungen AG

DEKA Immobilien GmbH

S Immo AG

DLH (Deutsche Logistik Holding GmbH & Co KG)

BIG (Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft)

ARE Austria Real Estate

TMT Tier 1

With a 'long proven track record and outstanding reputation' in TMT, Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH's 'unique' Vienna-based practice continues to stand out in the field. Work comprises advising banks on IT projects involving outsourcing and the creation of online and retail banking activities. The team also works for insurance companies and IT-related start-ups before and after they enter the market. Led by the exceptional Axel Anderl, the team provides full services in the IT field, with a client base consisting of leading international and national players. Other key names include Nino Tlapak  Bernhard Heinzl, Heinrich Kühnert, Bernhard Müller and Elisabeth König.

Practice head(s):

Axel Anderl

Other key lawyers:


Detailed expertise in IT-solutions and disputes.

Good quality, swift responses. They understand the need of the client.

Dorda has a long proven track record and outstanding reputation when it comes to legal challenges in telecommunication, technology and media.

Axel Anderl and his team are experts in data privacy and have a great understanding about the needs of an IT company. The know how and handling all our demands were outstanding.

Axel Anderl’s team demonstrates extensive legal experience, provides great industry knowledge and is always a pleasure to deal with.

In my opinion DORDA is unique in its open, collaborative work approach with clients and in its approach to support legal solutions that are practical for us as a client.

The responding time is in general very quick. Normally, you get the answer directly in the call. Furthermore, the law firm has a very broad business understanding what is crucial to find business-oriented solutions.

Axel Anderl is a top lawyer, nice person to work with. He understands what is relevant for the client.

Nino Tlapak stands out due to his high readiness of mind – grasping the core elements and focus areas in a short period of time despite complex and highly technical project related topics.

Axel Anderl, Nino Tlapak and Bernhard Heinzl absolutely stand out from the mass of lawyers in the mentioned IP and IT related areas with their responsiveness.

Key clients

101 Coding and Design

A. Menarini Pharma GmbH


Airbnb, Inc

Austrian Reporting Services GmbH (AuRep)

BAWAG P.S.K. Bank für Abeit und Wirtschaft und Österreichische Postsparkasse AG

Bausparkasse Wüstenrot AG


Digital Hero GmbH

Do & Co AG

Erste Bank Group

Expedia Inc

Flughafen Wien AG /Austro Control

Global Second Opinion

Hausbetreuung Attensam GmbH

Hugo Boss AG

Imabis GmbH

IXOLIT New Media Development GmbH

Jochen Schweizer GmbH

Kommunalkredit Austria AG

LeasePlan Österreich Fuhrparkmanagement GmbH

Louis Vuitton Malletier

M7 Group SA

Moet Hennessy Selection

Nuapua GmbH

OTTO Immobilien GmbH

Outfittery GmbH

PE Digital GmbH

Puck immobilien app service GmbH

sIT Solutions AT Spardat GmbH

Styria Media Group

Telefonica Group

Trodat GmbH / Trotec Laser GmbH

TTTech Computertechnik AG

VIG – Vienna Insurance Group / twinformatics GmbH (VIG Group’s IT service provider subsidiary)

UNIQA Group 3 No

Ventocom GmbH


WEIN & CO Handelsgesellschaft m.b.H.

Wiener Linien GmbH & Co KG

Wiener Wohnen

WT Wien Ticket GmbH


ZKW Holding

Banking and finance Tier 2

DORDA Rechtsanwaelte GmbH regularly assists domestic and international banks, funds, corporates and public entities covering the full gambit of finance and banking matters, from acquisition and leveraged finance work, loan transactions, project and asset finance issues and securitisations to regulatory advice and bank contract law queries. Andreas Zahradnik and Tibor Varga jointly lead the practice, which also includes Paul Doralt and Christian Schöller.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Zahradnik; Tibor Varga


Highly qualified and experienced lawyers, very well organised practice and excellent partner firms that cover most jurisdictions, in particular in Eastern Europe. The firm also particularly cared for their young staff and trains them to high standards.

We highly value Tibor Varga’s services and expertise. He is also a trained accountant and understands complex issues.

Key clients


Ad Hoc Committee of Secondary SEAG Lenders

Bregal Milestone LP

Kommunalkredit Austria AG

Capital markets Tier 2

The 'responsive, diligent, discreet and commercial' capital markets team at DORDA Rechtsanwaelte GmbH has a particular industry focus on issuers active in the banking, real estate and automotive sectors. The group is especially praised for its knowledge of 'Austrian market dynamics and how to optimise those dynamics for clients'. The practice assists with a broad range of work, including private placements, public offerings, structured and high-yield debt issuance. In recent work, the group acted for Advent International Corporation on legal documentation and disclosure issues connected with the IPO of Austrian-based Addiko Bank. Christoph BrogyányiTibor Varga and Andreas Mayr are 'outstanding experts with broad and deep experience'. Andreas Zahradnik and Felix Hörlsberger are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Brogyányi; Andreas Mayr; Tibor Varga; Andreas Zahradnik


Dorda clearly has a market-leading capital markets practice and is one of our go-to firms for Austrian transactions. The firm always stands out when transactions are non-standard but rather characterised by a higher degree of complexity.

Andreas Mayr, Tibor Varga and Christoph Brogyányi are outstanding experts with broad and deep experience in capital markets, financing and corporate matters. Over the years, I have worked with each of them and would always recommend them to issuer and bank clients for Austrian matters.

Dorda is the best firm in Austrian capital markets matters. I have worked with them over many years and deals, and they are always responsive, diligent, discreet and commercial. They know the Austrian market dynamics and how to optimise those dynamics for clients.

Andreas Mayr is excellent. He is always responsive, diligent, discreet and commercial. When I worked at a premier investment bank, I had my choice of counsel to work with in Austria, and I have always turned to Andreas.

DBJ has a couple of very experienced and convincing capital markets lawyers. We have experienced them in transactions and appreciate their objective and knowledgeable working style.

Andreas Mayr: very smart lawyer, lots of experience, good in communications and negotiation, always interested in constructive solutions. Tibor Varga: very smart lawyer, hard worker, comes up with innovative ideas/solutions.

Top notch capital markets firm in Austria. High profile and very experienced partners. Super efficient and pragmatic.

Andreas Mayr, Christoph Brogyányi and Tibor Varga are excellent capital markets partners with a great deal of experience.

Key clients

HNA Group

De Raj Group AG

HSBC Bank, PLC, Raiffeisen Bank International AG

Advent International

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Acting for Austrian and international corporate clients, investment banks and private equity houses, DORDA Rechtsanwaelte GmbH is recognised for its high-end cross-border transactions. The 'always balanced' Martin Brodey is responsible for the private M&A practice group and advises clients from the automotive, banking and financial services, energy, IT and life sciences industries. Andreas Mayr handles public M&A work, while Jürgen Kittel  focuses on complex and hostile acquisitions of private and public companies. Christoph Brogyányi and Bernhard Rieder jointly lead the corporate practice, which deals with national and cross-border reorganisations, joint ventures, squeeze-outs, corporate governance work and corporate litigation. Christian Ritschka is also singled out.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Mayr; Martin Brodey


Very dedicated, a strong transaction experience, good sense for business, success driven and aiming to solve issues.

Very supportive and clever team with a lot of experience and enthusiasm. They focus on finding solutions and getting the deal done and this is exactly what I am looking for.

Broad experience, excellent availability and communications, proactive and forward thinking, deliver results.

Martin Brodey – excellent lawyer who looks far beyond the actual issue or matter. He seems to be always balanced and cannot be disturbed.

Christian Ritschka – he has a very matter of fact appearance; he brings “peace” into the negotiation and is always well prepared.

Bernhard Rieder is very responsive and gives quick feedback. He is very good at handling matters professionally and pragmatically.

Andreas Mayr and Bernhard Rieder have been the perfect tandem for our matter. Mayr is an excellent adviser with broad experience and a well-established network in Vienna. Rieder is highly competent, on top of things and immediately available.

Christoph Brogyanyi has a very precise and pragmatic approach. He is extremely responsive and “hands-on”. Very experienced in corporate and M&A matters, also in complex cross-border transactions.

Key clients

SAZKA Group a.s.

ZKW Group GmbH /LG Group

Kreisel Electric GmbH & Co KG

Advent International


Gilde Buy Out Partners

HNA Group International


HNA Group

United Cinemas International (UCI), Odeon Cinemas Group, AMC Theatres

Supernova Group

Kapsch Group


VR Equity Partner GmbH

Employment Tier 2

DORDA Rechtsanwaelte GmbH's employment team has 'comprehensive knowledge' and 'very good understanding of international contexts'. Sector expertise includes pharmaceuticals and life sciences and the firm handles contract design, collective bargaining agreements and terminations of employment. The practice is headed by Mag Elmar Drabek, B.A. and Mag Thomas Angermair; the 'fiercely brilliant' Angermair represents prestigious Viennese cultural institutions such as the Wiener Symphoniker. Rising star Mag Lisa Kulmer has particular expertise in works council and working time matters, with past experience as in-house counsel in the banking sector.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Angermair; Elmar Drabek


‘Thomas Angermair adds value to our business through his vast experience with HR matters and his practice-oriented no-nonsense-approach. Compared to other firms, I appreciate the quick turnaround as well as the perfect client care we receive from Dorda. Thomas Angermair is fiercely brilliant and highly experienced with employment matters. He is able to systematically break down even the most complex legal issues, while never losing sight of our business needs. Thomas Angermair has represented us in multiple court procedures. I feel confident having him by my side. His associate, Theresa Nindl, is consistently responsive and works tirelessly to assist us. She clearly does not shy away going that extra mile for clients.’

‘Always provides pragmatic, hands-on advice, very good understanding of international contexts. Thomas Angermair: great project management, precise legal advice, pragmatic thinker and easy and enjoyable to deal with.’

‘Gives important advice on legal and also on collective agreements. Very friendly.’

‘The team have a comprehensive knowledge of Austrian employment law and are adept at explaining complex terms and provide sound solutions. The team also connect with others across the firm where there may be cross-over into other issues. Florina Thenmayer is very responsive when we have issues, has a thorough knowledge across employment issues and provides clear, rational solutions.’

Key clients


Boston Consulting Group


Danaher Group


GE Healthcare







Rohrdorfer Group

VR Equitypartner


Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

DORDA Rechtsanwaelte GmbH's insolvency and corporate recovery team assists with a full range of matters, including advising lenders and distressed borrowers on pre-insolvency reorganisation and restructuring, and representing creditors in insolvency proceedings and other related litigation. 'Hard workerChristian Ritschka has a particular focus on distressed M&A and, jointly with Felix Hörlsberger, led a team that assisted bauMax with the restructuring of its whole group, including the European-wide sale of its stores and assets. Tibor Varga and Andreas Zahradnik are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Felix Hörlsberger; Tibor Varga; Andreas Zahradnik


Christian Ritschka and Felix Hörlsberger, together with Tibor Varga, are very smart and efficient, they work very well together. They focus on finding solutions and getting the deal done.

Christian Ritschka is a hard worker and always goes the extra mile without being asked. He is always available and a stronghold in negotiations. I particularly like his strategic and pragmatic approach. For Felix Hörlsberger again I need to highlight his ability to detect even the most difficult problems and find a solution before anyone else. I worked with Tibor Varga for the first time this year and value his input a lot. He is extremely good in structuring and making sure that no important issue is left out.

Key clients

Committee of noteholders (the “Ad Hoc committee”; primarily international hedge funds) of Steinhoff Europe AG

Attestor Capital


Swiss Re

Scharpenack GmbH

Supernova Group

Administrative law and public sector Tier 3

In addition to covering traditional areas of public law, DORDA Rechtsanwaelte GmbH also assists with matters of trade and food law, product labelling and telecoms law. Department head Bernhard Müller has in-depth knowledge of life sciences, healthcare and the oil and gas sectors. The team is also active in planning and advises real estate developers on urban development projects.

Practice head(s):

Bernhard Müller


‘Profound theoretical and practical knowledge and understanding of industry requirements.’

‘Practical and strategical thinking and approach.’

‘Excellent drafting skills with regard to structure and understanding of wording.’

‘Bernhard Müller and his team do great work combining good understanding of an international business.’

‘Bernhard Müller is a business minded, pragmatic expert in administrative proceedings and issues.’

Key clients

Mjam GmbH

Delivery Hero

TK Maxx

N Green Mobility


Western Digital

EMMA Capital Ltd

KKCG a.s

CAME Holding GmbH

AZKA Group a.s

Construction Tier 3

DORDA Rechtsanwaelte GmbH's team is led by real estate practice head Stefan Artner. Counsel Gunnar Pickl is the key name for work in the construction sphere; he handles disputes, contracts and claims management matters. Head of the public law team Bernhard Müller is also active in this area, particularly in construction-related public procurement.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Artner

Key clients

Helvetia Versicherungen

Deka Immobilien GmbH

DLH (Deutsche Logistik Holding GmbH & Co KG)


Amundi Immobilier

KGAL (Investment Management GmbH & Co. KG)

BIG –Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft

ARE- Austrian Real Estate

Bondi Immobilien-Consulting


Sandvik Group

EU and competition Tier 3

Leniency and settlement cases at national and European level, merger control transactions as well as compliance work with a focus on healthcare are the strong suits of DORDA Rechtsanwaelte GmbH's competition practice. Practice head Heinrich Kühnert assists clients with a variety of antitrust matters, including state aid and follow-on damages actions. Of counsel Elisabeth König regularly implements compliance programmes, for example with regard to pricing or restrictions of parallel trade.

Practice head(s):

Heinrich Kühnert


‘The team is very reactive, thoughtful and eager to understand its customer’s needs.’

‘Heinrich Kühnert is very experienced in cartel law and applies a practical approach rather than sticking to mere legal rule wording.’

Key clients

KKCG Group

Sazka Group a.s.

Novartis Pharma GmbH

Sandoz GmbH

GlaxoSmithKline Pharma GmbH

Kwizda Holding GmbH


PharmaSwiss SA

Austrian Red Cross (Österreichisches Rotes Kreuz) Vienna Branch

Orpéa Group

M7 Group SA

Bose Products BV / Bose GmbH

Cordes & Graefe GK

Waldquelle Kobersdorf GmbH


ZKW Group

HNA Group (International) Asset Management Company Limited

Private client Tier 3

Thanks to the combination of Elmar Drabek's knowledge of immigration law and Paul Doralt's experience in tax law and corporate restructuring, DORDA Rechtsanwaelte GmbH is instructed by an increasing number of Eastern European and Russian private clients. Drabek and Doralt assist primarily with the organisation of corporate succession, in particular the establishment of Austrian private trusts. Other areas of expertise include estate planning, structured finance and cross-border reorganisations.

Practice head(s):

Paul Doralt; Elmar Drabek


‘Diverse skill sets built on a strong tradition and extraordinary network making this the best mid-size firm in Austria for international clients.’

‘Paul Doralt finds practical solutions where others find obstacles.’

‘Paul is sharp with excellent analytical skills and a very international outlook, yet risk averse and cautious in the delivery of his advice.’

Key clients

Schmidt Chiari Family Trust

Integral Family Trust

Welser Family Trust

Sirius Family Trust

Projects and energy Tier 3

DORDA Rechtsanwaelte GmbH specialises in public procurement work and recently advised OMV on a tender procedure, and acted for ARA Flugrettung in an appeal against an award decision. The practice is jointly led by Heinrich Kühnert and Bernhard Müller; Kühnert concentrates on compliance issues and pricing arbitration proceedings, and Müller represents clients before the regulatory authorities. The group, which has a 'practical and strategic approach', also handles hydropower and renewables work and domestic transportation, infrastructure and commercial projects.

Practice head(s):

Heinrich Kühnert; Bernhard Müller


‘Profound theoretical and practical knowledge and understanding of industry requirements. Practical and strategic approach. Excellent drafting skills with regard to structure and understanding of wording. Focus on the essential topics and issues.’

Key clients

DRF Deutsche Luftrettung, ARA Flugrettung

OMV Refining & Marketing GmbH

Klima und Energiefonds (Climate and Energy Fund)

Tax Tier 3

Paul Doralt, who is dual qualified as attorney and certified tax adviser, leads DORDA Rechtsanwaelte GmbH's tax department, which handles corporate cross-border tax matters and assists corporate as well as private clients with tax audits; the group also has a particular focus on the energy sector. The team further benefits from referrals from leading international law firms and banks.

Practice head(s):

Paul Doralt


Paul Doralt has a deep knowledge related to Austrian tax law and the interaction with international tax law, especially Brazilian tax law. He is a very skilled negotiator with tax authorities.

Key clients



Ocyan Oil & Gas






JBS Invest

Public procurement Tier 4

DORDA Rechtsanwaelte GmbH's public procurement team has a core focus on the life science and healthcare sectors, advising pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers as well as private hospital operators. Bernhard Müller stands out for his specific knowledge of tender proceedings for hospital information systems, radiological information systems and radiological image storage and archiving systems. In addition, the department is active in the field of defence and security, particularly cyber security.

Practice head(s):

Bernhard Müller


‘Dr. Bernhard Müller and his team have an excellent legal sound knowledge. Their approach to new tasks can best be described as analytical, precautionary and goal-oriented.’

‘Bernhard Müller is well known for his excellent legal advice and furthermore we want to emphasise his widespread availability.’

‘Profound theoretical and practical knowledge and understanding of industry requirements.’

‘Practical and strategical thinking and approach. Excellent drafting skills with regard to structure and understanding of wording. Focus on the essential topics and issues.’ 

Key clients

G4S Secure Solutions AG

GE Healthcare

AGFA Healthcare

Glaxo Smith Kline

CSL Behring

DRF Luftrettung and ARA Flugrettung gemeinützige GmbH

HAGRO -Ventilation and Air-Conditioning Technology

Arbeitsgemeinschaft “Nichtsesshaftenhilfe” (Association for “Homeless Help”)

Promethean GmbH

Karl Mach Gesellschaft m.b.H.

DORDA is a leading business law firm in Austria with a team of about 90 lawyers. We see ourselves as a full-service law firm and advise clients in all related areas of law. This holistic approach goes far beyond legal advice alone. We offer you tailor-made solutions, regardless of the complexity of the problem – and concise, clear risk assessments and proposals for action.

This innovative approach has earned us numerous prestigious awards and top rankings in international legal directories. Additionally, we work closely with renowned law firms all around the world, particularly in CEE. Our “Best Friends”-network gives access to experienced lawyers who are well established locally.


Areas of practice:

  • Banking & Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Competition Law
  • Corporate
  • Data Protection
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Distribution
  • Employment
  • IT / IP
  • Insolvency & Restructuring
  • Insurance
  • Life Sciences
  • Merges & Acquisitions
  • Private Clients & Immigration
  • Public Law
  • Real Estate & Construction
  • Tax
  • Trade Agreements
Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Andreas Zahradnik +43-1-533 4795-42
Banking and finance Tibor Varga +43-1-533 4795-28
Capital markets Andreas W Mayr +43-1-533 4795-64
Capital markets Christoph Brogyányi +43-1-533 4795-480
Competition and antitrust Heinrich Kühnert +43-1-533 4795-35
Corporate and commercial Christoph Brogyányi +43-1-533 4795-480
Corporate and commercial Bernhard Rieder +43-1-533 4795-42
Corporate and commercial Veit Öhlberger ++43-1-533 4795-19
Dispute resolution Florian Kremslehner +43-1-533 4795-18
Dispute resolution Christian Dorda +43-1-533 4795-14
Dispute resolution Felix Hörlsberger +43-1-533 4795-17
Employment Thomas Angermair +43-1-533 4795-24
Immigration Elmar Drabek +43-1-533 4795-168
Insurance Felix Hörlsberger +43-1-533 4795-17
Insurance Florian Kremslehner +43-1-533 4795-18
IT, IP and media Axel Anderl +43-1-533 4795-23
Life sciences Francine Brogyányi +43-1-533 4795-480
M&A Martin Brodey +43-1-533 4795-38
M&A Andreas W Mayr +43-1-533 4795-64
M&A Jürgen Kittel +43-1-533 4795-64
Private client Paul Doralt +43-1-533 4795-101
Private client Elmar Drabek +43-1-533 4795-168
Public law Bernhard Müller +43-1-533 4795-57
Real estate and construction Stefan Artner +43-1-533 4795-103
Restructuring and insolvency Andreas Zahradnik +43-1-533 4795-42
Restructuring and insolvency Tibor Varga +43-1-533 4795-28
Tax Paul Doralt +43-1-533 4795-101
Photo Name Position Profile
Dr Veit Öhlberger, M.Jur.  photo Dr Veit Öhlberger, M.Jur. Veit Öhlberger is a partner with DORDA and specializes in international arbitration…
Dr Axel Anderl, LL.M. (IT Law)  photo Dr Axel Anderl, LL.M. (IT Law) Axel Anderl heads the firm’s IT/IP and media department. He is well-known…
Mag Thomas Angermair  photo Mag Thomas Angermair Thomas Angermair has been a partner and head of the employment law…
MMag Stefan Artner, MRICS  photo MMag Stefan Artner, MRICS Stefan Artner, partner at DORDA, heads the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group.…
Dr Martin Brodey  photo Dr Martin Brodey Martin Brodey heads the M&A and CEE practice groups of DORDA. His…
Mag Christoph Brogyányi  photo Mag Christoph Brogyányi Christoph Brogyányi is a partner at DORDA and his main areas of…
Mag Francine Brogyányi  photo Mag Francine Brogyányi Francine Brogyányi is a partner at DORDA Attorneys at Law and heads…
Hon-ProfDr Walter Brugger  photo Hon-ProfDr Walter Brugger Honorary Professor Dr Walter Brugger is a founding partner (1983) of the…
Dr Paul Doralt  photo Dr Paul Doralt Paul Doralt heads the firm’s Tax department. He draws on extensive experience…
Dr Christian Dorda  photo Dr Christian Dorda Christian Dorda is the founding partner of DORDA Rechtsanwälte. He is known…
Mag Elmar Drabek, B.A.  photo Mag Elmar Drabek, B.A. Elmar Drabek specializes in residence law, private client, regulatory law, state aid,…
Mag Daniela Firulovic  photo Mag Daniela Firulovic Attorney specialising in Criminal Law (criminal defense and advising in commercial criminal…
MMag Dr Felix Hörlsberger  photo MMag Dr Felix Hörlsberger Felix Hörlsberger joined DORDA Rechtsanwälte in 2002 and was appointed Partner in…
Mag Bernhard Heinzl  photo Mag Bernhard Heinzl Bernhard Heinzl has been with DORDA’s IT/IP team since 2013 and was…
Mag Georg Jünger  photo Mag Georg Jünger Georg Jünger is a partner specialising in insurance law, civil procedure and…
Mag Elisabeth König  photo Mag Elisabeth König Elisabeth König is Of Counsel at DORDA. Her practice focuses on competition…
Dr Heinrich Kühnert, M.Jur.  photo Dr Heinrich Kühnert, M.Jur. Heinrich Kühnert is a partner and heads DORDA’s antitrust and regulatory practice…
Dr Jürgen Kittel, LL.M. (NYU)  photo Dr Jürgen Kittel, LL.M. (NYU) Jürgen Kittel is a partner of DORDA and an expert in M&A…
Dr Florian Kremslehner  photo Dr Florian Kremslehner Florian Kremslehner is a partner and heads the firms Dispute Resolution Department.…
Mag Lisa Kulmer  photo Mag Lisa Kulmer Attorney specialising in Employment Law and Social Insurance Law
Dr Bernhard Müller (Priv.-Doz.)  photo Dr Bernhard Müller (Priv.-Doz.) Partner Bernhard Müller heads the firm’s Public Law Department and is an…
Dr Andreas W MAYR, LL.M.  photo Dr Andreas W MAYR, LL.M. Andreas W. Mayr is Co-head of the firm’s M&A practice and Head…
Mag Gunnar Pickl  photo Mag Gunnar Pickl Gunnar Pickl is Counsel at DORDA specializing in arbitration, litigation, enforcement proceedings…
Hon-ProfDr Herbert Pimmer  photo Hon-ProfDr Herbert Pimmer Of Counsel at DORDA, specialising in Corporate Law, Civil Law, Litigation, Arbitration,…
Mag Marie-Luise Pugl  photo Mag Marie-Luise Pugl Marie-Luise Pugl specializes in real estate law, in particular tenancy law, residential…
Dr Bernhard Rieder  photo Dr Bernhard Rieder Partner Bernhard Rieder is an expert in (international) corporate law and M&A.…
Dr Christian Ritschka  photo Dr Christian Ritschka Partner specialising in Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions and Restructurings.
Dr Andreas Seling, M.B.L.  photo Dr Andreas Seling, M.B.L. Attorney specialising in Act on Unfair Competition, Intellectual Property Law (Trade Marks,…
Dr Stephan Steinhofer  photo Dr Stephan Steinhofer At DORDA, Stephan advises and represents a wide range of clients before…
Mag Nino Tlapak, LL.M. (IT Law)  photo Mag Nino Tlapak, LL.M. (IT Law) Nino Tlapak joined DORDA’s IT/IP team in 2012 and assists as a…
Dr Tibor Varga  photo Dr Tibor Varga Tibor Varga´s practice focuses on corporate finance, banking and capital markets. His…
Dr Andreas Zahradnik  photo Dr Andreas Zahradnik Andreas Zahradnik is an expert in banking law, capital markets and financial…
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Managing Partner : Francine Brogyányi
Managing Partner : Axel Anderl
Managing Partner : Martin Brodey
Contact : Thomas Angermair

Axel Anderl, Head of IT, IP and Data Protection practice

The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence.

What has been your greatest achievement, in a professional and personal capability?

There have been many legal landmarks such as conducting ebay’s Austrian subsidiary during its entire lifecycle – from establishment, the rapid and large development of the business to its wind-down and beyond – by being taken along by its employees to their new projects which themselves became big market players. Another great achievement was obtaining the first decision on keyword advertising from a national European Supreme Court. For me, these personal milestones are jigsaw pieces of a bigger picture: the real thing I am proud of – both from a professional and personal perspective – is having been able to develop an area of law which was deemed in best caase as ‘exotic’ into a powerhouse of a top-tier law firm. This, again, is closely connected to having been able to raise the next generation of top tech and IP lawyers and to provide all key players a place in the team by constant growth.

What do you do differently from your peers in the industry?

From the feedback we receive there are the following main aspects: we act as a real service procider with maximum client care. This means providing well founded but clear advice, swift as required in the IT market and transparent when it comes to costs. Another thing is combining the legal assessment with the required technical understanding and always reflecting the business impact. In particular, this combined approach is well received. The foundtion of all of this is a top team that is the largest in IT within the Austrian market which is again a consequence of my personal approach of granting real career perspectives, sharing achievements and honesty.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Do it exactly the same way, again. The extra mile is worth it. But enjoy the special moments before carrying on.

Can you give me a practical example of how you helped a client add value to the business?

As this approach is the foundation of my daily business it is hard to single out a specific occasion. Adding value to our clients’ businesses means, for example, contributing our deep market knowledge about service providers and from previous projects in the selection phase of outsourcing projects; giving reasonable advice reflecting the business aspects and providing clients with personalised updates on market trends and business opportunities. This for sure also includes being frank at an early stage if we see that a certain project, investment or proceeding does not make sense from a legal or local perspective.

Within your sector, what do you think will be the biggest challenge for clients over the next 12 months?

Currently, the GDPR implementation is very challenging and ties up many resources. I do expect that this will go beyond the effective date on 25 May 2018 since so many companies decided to be late adaptors rather than being early birds. Besides, we are awaiting a lot of, still lacking, guidelines from the national and European authorities with respect to the GDPR and there is quite a need for clarification by the European Supreme Court. Further, we also see that digitalisation has reached many industry branches which are clearly no IT natives.

Francine Brogyányi wins Life Sciences Award

On 10 June LMG announced the winners of the European Life Sciences Awards. The DORDA Life Science Practice Group had previously been nominated by LMG in a total of eleven categories. On the day, DORDA Managing Partner and Head of the Life Science Practice Group Francine Brogyányi emerged as the winner and was named "Litigation & Enforcement Lawyer of the Year". The award, presented for the eighth time, thus honours her outstanding work in the field of unfair competition in the life sciences industry in Europe.

DORDA advises Eastern Property Holdings in a further acquisition of a office building in Vienna

Eastern Property Holdings ("EPH") has successfully signed the acquisition of another prominent and centrally located office building in Vienna. EPH was advised by DORDA led by real estate partner Stefan Artner and by Magdalena Brandstetter (Attorney, Real Estate and Construction Law).

UBM and ARE: joint real estate project developments in Vienna and Munich

UBM Development, a leading European real estate developer, and ARE Austrian Real Estate GmbH, a subsidiary of Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft (BIG) specialising in office and residential properties, are jointly developing part of the Aspanggründe in Vienna's 3rd district and a project area in Munich-Moosach. The cooperation is a joint venture in Austria and in Germany through mutual shareholdings in the property-owning project companies. On almost 14,000 sqm (Vienna) and almost 28,000 sqm (Munich), realisations of mixed-use neighborhoods with primarily apartments, commercially used space and offices are planned.

DORDA advises sustainably – Launch of the Sustainability Practice Group

In keeping with today's World Environment Day, DORDA announces the establishment of the Sustainability Practice Group. The new practice group brings together experts from various legal fields to provide targeted support to companies in their efforts to operate successfully and sustainably at the same time.

DORDA advises on the merger of the hosting providers easyname and dogado

Under the lead of M&A expert Christian Ritschka, DORDA's Digital Industries Group advised Florian Schicker and easyname on the merger with the German dogado group.

DORDA advised Lernsieg Mobile Media GmbH on the relaunch of the app “Lernsieg”

DORDA IP/IT and data protection experts Axel Anderl, Nino Tlapak and Alona Klammer supported Lernsieg Mobile Media GmbH in the relaunch of the mobile app "Lernsieg", which was previously taken offline after a short time following massive counter-campaigns in autumn 2019.

DORDA advises underwriting banks on the Euro 1.65 billion capital increase of ams AG

DORDA's capital market law experts supported the Joint Global Coordinators UBS and HSBC in the Euro 1.65 billion capital increase of Austrian ams AG.

Successful representation of willhaben by DORDA in competition law issues

willhaben succeeds in competition law disputes together with DORDA over the slogan "Austria's largest car exchange" against AutoScout24.

DORDA advises Greiner on the takeover of foam specialist Eurofoam

DORDA's M&A experts support Austrian Greiner AG on the acquisition of all remaining shares in Eurofoam GmbH, making the Upper Austrian-based company the sole shareholder of the foam specialist.

DORDA advises sportsWorld on cooperation with F1 and EON

DORDA IP/IT and data protection experts Axel Anderl and Dominik Schelling support sportsWorld in a cooperation with Formula 1 in connection with the pop-up exhibition "Bond in Motion".

Elena Manachimova promoted to Senior Associate at DORDA

Elena Manachimova (36) joined DORDA in 2011 and has long-standing experience in advising international clients in the fields of immigration and tax law as well as private foundations and cross-border succession planning. Now, Elena Manachimova, who completed full scale legal studies both in Austria and the Russian Federation, has been admitted to the Austrian Bar.

Successful advice from the home office: DORDA supported Warburg-HIH Invest in the sale of an office

DORDA's real estate law experts supported Warburg-HIH Invest Real Estate (Warburg-HIH Invest) in the sale of a multi-storey office building in Vienna-Simmering, with a floor area of around 14,000 square metres, to a Luxembourg real estate fund.

DORDA establishes multidisciplinary Digital Industries Group

DORDA has always had a strong focus on the digital and technology sector. The team of nine leading and award-winning IT/IP professionals led by partner Axel Anderl has been boasting a strong track record of relevant client relationships for more than a decade. In addition, other expert teams of the firm, such as the M&A group, the corporate law, banking and insurance teams or the antitrust team, also work for technology companies on a daily basis. As a consequence, DORDA has now established a new interdisciplinary Digital Industries Group, which institutionalises the cooperation of DORDA's experienced, technology-oriented experts in the digital and technology sector. Constant sharing of know-how will further strengthen the expertise and quality of the Group's services, thus creating further synergy effects for clients.