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DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH > The Legal 500 Rankings
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.
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.‘
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.
Other key lawyers:
‘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.‘
Brush holding Ltd
SA Dexia Credit Local
G4S Secure Solutions
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.
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.‘
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.
‘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.’
Arcadia Live GmbH
B & C Consulting & Commerce GmbH
Brauerei S. Riegele
Delivery Hero Group
Erich Scheiblhofer GmbH
IXOLIT New Media Development GmbH 5 No
Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria)
KUNST HAUS WIEN GmbH
luna digital GmbH
M7 Group SA
MAD – Haus Marienberg
McDonald’s Franchise GmbH / McDonald’s Corporation
mood Einrichrungs- u. Planungs GmbH
Multigate handelsgesellschaft m.b.H.
Novartis Austria GmbH
ÖBB Holding AG (Austrian Federal Railway Company)
s IT Solutions AT Spardat GmbH
Stadt Wien Marketing GmbH
Styria Media Group
Thomas Zelenka Imker
TJX Oesterreich Ltd. & Co KG
Q Logistics GmbH
Vienna Insurance Group
Wein & Co HandelsgmbH
willhaben internet service GmbH & Co KG
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.
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)
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.
‘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.‘
101 Coding and Design
A. Menarini Pharma GmbH
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
Flughafen Wien AG /Austro Control
Global Second Opinion
Hausbetreuung Attensam GmbH
Hugo Boss AG
IXOLIT New Media Development GmbH
Jochen Schweizer GmbH
Kommunalkredit Austria AG
LeasePlan Österreich Fuhrparkmanagement GmbH
Louis Vuitton Malletier
M7 Group SA
Moet Hennessy Selection
OTTO Immobilien GmbH
PE Digital GmbH
Puck immobilien app service GmbH
sIT Solutions AT Spardat GmbH
Styria Media 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
WEIN & CO Handelsgesellschaft m.b.H.
Wiener Linien GmbH & Co KG
WT Wien Ticket GmbH
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.
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.‘
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 Brogyányi, Tibor Varga and Andreas Mayr are 'outstanding experts with broad and deep experience'. Andreas Zahradnik and Felix Hörlsberger are also recommended.
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.‘
De Raj Group AG
HSBC Bank, PLC, Raiffeisen Bank International AG
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.
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.‘
SAZKA Group a.s.
ZKW Group GmbH /LG Group
Kreisel Electric GmbH & Co KG
Gilde Buy Out Partners
HNA Group International
United Cinemas International (UCI), Odeon Cinemas Group, AMC Theatres
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.
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.’
Boston Consulting Group
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 worker' Christian 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.
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.‘
Committee of noteholders (the “Ad Hoc committee”; primarily international hedge funds) of Steinhoff Europe AG
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.
‘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.’
N Green Mobility
EMMA Capital Ltd
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.
Deka Immobilien GmbH
DLH (Deutsche Logistik Holding GmbH & Co KG)
KGAL (Investment Management GmbH & Co. KG)
ARE- Austrian Real Estate
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.
‘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.’
Sazka Group a.s.
Novartis Pharma GmbH
GlaxoSmithKline Pharma GmbH
Kwizda Holding GmbH
Austrian Red Cross (Österreichisches Rotes Kreuz) Vienna Branch
M7 Group SA
Bose Products BV / Bose GmbH
Cordes & Graefe GK
Waldquelle Kobersdorf GmbH
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.
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.’
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.
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.’
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.
‘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.‘
Ocyan Oil & Gas
ELEVA BEVERAGE HOLDING
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.
‘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.’
G4S Secure Solutions AG
Glaxo Smith Kline
DRF Luftrettung and ARA Flugrettung gemeinützige GmbH
HAGRO -Ventilation and Air-Conditioning Technology
Arbeitsgemeinschaft “Nichtsesshaftenhilfe” (Association for “Homeless Help”)
Karl Mach Gesellschaft m.b.H.
DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH > Firm Profile
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
- Data Protection
- Dispute Resolution
- IT / IP
- Insolvency & Restructuring
- Life Sciences
- Merges & Acquisitions
- Private Clients & Immigration
- Public Law
- Real Estate & Construction
- Trade Agreements
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|Dr Veit Öhlberger, M.Jur.||View Profile|
|Dr Axel Anderl, LL.M. (IT Law)||View Profile|
|Mag Thomas Angermair||View Profile|
|MMag Stefan Artner, MRICS||View Profile|
|Dr Martin Brodey||View Profile|
|Mag Christoph Brogyányi||View Profile|
|Mag Francine Brogyányi||View Profile|
|Hon-ProfDr Walter Brugger||View Profile|
|Dr Paul Doralt||View Profile|
|Dr Christian Dorda||View Profile|
|Mag Elmar Drabek, B.A.||View Profile|
|Mag Daniela Firulovic||View Profile|
|MMag Dr Felix Hörlsberger||View Profile|
|Mag Bernhard Heinzl||View Profile|
|Mag Georg Jünger||View Profile|
|Mag Elisabeth König||View Profile|
|Dr Heinrich Kühnert, M.Jur.||View Profile|
|Dr Jürgen Kittel, LL.M. (NYU)||View Profile|
|Dr Florian Kremslehner||View Profile|
|Mag Lisa Kulmer||View Profile|
|Dr Bernhard Müller (Priv.-Doz.)||View Profile|
|Dr Andreas W MAYR, LL.M.||View Profile|
|Mag Gunnar Pickl||View Profile|
|Hon-ProfDr Herbert Pimmer||View Profile|
|Mag Marie-Luise Pugl||View Profile|
|Dr Bernhard Rieder||View Profile|
|Dr Christian Ritschka||View Profile|
|Dr Andreas Seling, M.B.L.||View Profile|
|Dr Stephan Steinhofer||View Profile|
|Mag Nino Tlapak, LL.M. (IT Law)||View Profile|
|Dr Tibor Varga||View Profile|
|Dr Andreas Zahradnik||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 86
LanguagesEnglish French German Hungarian Italian Russian Spanish Finnish Farsi (Persian) Romanian Polish Bosnian Serbian Ukrainian
OtherManaging Partner : Francine Brogyányi Managing Partner : Axel Anderl Managing Partner : Martin Brodey Contact : Thomas Angermair
Axel Anderl, Head of IT, IP and Data Protection practiceThe 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.
Press Releases10th June 2020 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.
10th June 2020 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.
10th June 2020 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.
29th April 2020 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.
29th April 2020 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.
29th April 2020 willhaben succeeds in competition law disputes together with DORDA over the slogan "Austria's largest car exchange" against AutoScout24.
29th April 2020 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.
27th March 2020 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".
27th March 2020 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.
24th March 2020 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.
8th August 2019 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.
Legal Developments23rd March 2020 Are delivery obligations between businesses still to be fulfilled?
23rd March 2020 Short-time work is generally understood to be the temporary, foreseeable reduction in normal working hours (by at least 10% to a maximum of 90%).
23rd March 2020 Which laws are applicable and what are the most important regulations?
23rd March 2020 In the days between 13 March 2020 and 15 March 2020, the government announced a comprehensive package of measures to combat Covid-19 ("Corona virus"), which is to enter into force on 16 March 2020. This in particular includes the ordered closure of shops and restaurants. The following initial overview addresses a number of key issues that arise for tenants and landlords as a result of the current situation.
23rd March 2020 Corona Virus: Impacts on Taxation, Financial Statements, Ability to distribute dividends. What you have to watch out for!
23rd March 2020 What are the effects of COVID-19 and the measures recently taken by the federal government on litigation proceedings?
23rd March 2020 Covid-19 poses major challenges for (cross-border) M&A transactions as well as for capital market deals.
23rd March 2020
What effects does the current situation have on planned shareholders' meetings? Can shareholders' meetings be held? And are there any delays in registrations with the commercial register?
23rd March 2020 Can a company collect data about a (potential) infection with COVID-19?
How can managers avoid personal liability for the financial impact of the Corona crisis on the compa18th March 2020 How can managers avoid personal liability for the financial impact of the Corona crisis on the compa Limited liability companies and stock companies must file for the opening of insolvency proceedings if they are unable to pay their open debts (illiquidity) or over-indebted without a positive prognosis. If such ground to file for insolvency has occurred, managers are obliged to file for insolvency as soon as possible, but at the latest within 60 days. Otherwise they are personally liable - without limitation - for damages caused by a delayed filing for insolvency (i.e. loss of new creditors and quota damage of old creditors). In Austrian practice, approximately 99% of all insolvency proceedings are opened due to illiquidity, whereby according to established case law illiquidity is presumed if 95% of the due debts cannot be paid when due.
18th March 2020 Insurance companies insure uncertain risks of individuals that may arise in the future and cover such risks with the premiums of the insured community. Once the risk has already occurred or is about to occur immediately and one does not have taken out insurance already, it is not possible to get insurance cover anymore.
18th March 2020 The first part of the article deals with various legal issues that may become relevant for financings in connection with measures to limit the spread of Covid 19. The second part sets out links to current public subsidy offers.
18th March 2020 On 13 March 2020, the Austrian Government announced a comprehensive package of measures to combat Covid19 ("Corona virus"), which is to come into force on 16 March 2020. The following initial overview therefore addresses some of the key issues that this will raise for banks – but also for other financial service providers:
8th August 2019
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?
16th July 2019
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.
29th April 2019
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:
29th April 2019
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:
5th December 2018
Processing operations subject to the requirement of a data protection impact assessment.
Following the "White List", the data protection authority has now also issued the long-awaited "Black List" in form of a binding regulation. This provides greater clarity as to when Data Protection Impact Assessments ("DPIA") are actually to be carried out in practice in Austria. As already in the draft, the regulation does not provide an exhaustive list of processing operations that are subject to the requirement. Rather, the regulation specifies criteria - some of which require further interpretation - which shall make it necessary to carry out a detailed examination.
22nd August 2018
Austrian Real Estate and Construction Law
On 30 June 2018 an amendment to the Vienna Building Code entered into force rendering it more difficult to demolish historic buildings in the Austrian capital. Is this the beginning of a new and hostile approach to owners of historic buildings? No! The Austrian Constitutional Court had already confirmed in 2017 that the rent based on the reference value (Richtwertmietzins) and the prohibition to request higher rent in certain areas of the city (Lagezuschlag) were in line with the constitution. In addition, the Supreme Court had redefined the rent control system in leading judgments in 2017. Despite massive impacts on owners of historic buildings, the federal legislator has not provided viable solutions.
28th June 2018
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.
22nd June 2018
Exceptions from the OBLIGATION TO CARRY OUT A data protection impact assessment
Immediately on 25 May, the GDPR-day, the Austrian Data Protection Authority published its White List brining some clarity concerning the obligation to carry out a data protection impact assessment. As expected, especially standardized data processing activities and already registered processing operations that have to be approved by the authority in advance do not require an impact assessment.
for Austria and we can only hope that it will be issued soon as well.
19th October 2017
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.
11th August 2017
Contrary to common law jurisdictions such as the US or UK, the laws of civil law jurisdictions Germany and Austria provide for a two-tier structure for stock companies (Aktiengesellschaft), thereby strictly distinguishing the tasks, duties and responsibilities of the Management Board (Vorstand) from those of the Supervisory Board (Aufsichtsrat). Under the Austrian Stock Companies Act (Aktiengesetz), the Management Board has the sole competence to represent the company vis-à-vis third parties. There are only limited exceptions in which the Supervisory Board may act for, in the name of and on behalf of the company.
11th August 2017
The Constitutional Court has recently provided two judgments on 28 June 2017 on the rent control legislation in Austria ruling that the current system for flats complies with Austrian Constitutional Law and the European Convention on Human Rights. The Constitutional Court visibly failed to take the opportunity to initiate a change to the current legislation. Further appeals to the Constitutional Court are likely and worthwhile with the Austrian parties currently involved in their campaigns for the general election in October 2017.
27th July 2017
Buy-to-let schemes reached the Austrian market several years ago and have gained increased popularity in the scenic alpine regions of Tyrol, Vorarlberg or Salzburg. Investors acquire condominium ownership in newly constructed hotel facilities and rent out the properties to hotel operators at – ideally – attractive rates. While buy-to-let-schemes can be very lucrative investments, they also raise complex legal and tax questions. With the economic and financial crisis falling into oblivion, investors, however, have become more and more willing to sail these waters.
6th July 2017
After some last-minute amendments, the new Austrian Data Protection Act, implementing and supplementing the EU General Data Protection Regulation, was finally adopted by the Austrian Parliament on 30 June 2017. The new provisions provide for some local specialties that must be considered by all companies active in Austria. All changes become applicable from May 2018 but the new obligations require complex internal amendments that should be reflected in the course of the GDRP implementation to avoid the increased penalties. [read more here]
6th July 2017
On 1 January 2017 the Austrian Wage and Social Dumping Prevention Act (Lohn- und Sozialdumping-Bekämpfungsgesetz – abbreviated to "LSD-BG") came into effect. An enhanced liability regime for the principal shall reduce and ultimately eliminate the undercutting of wages, in particular in the construction sector. The last six months have shown increased awareness of potential liabilities by principals and workers.
13th June 2017
Pursuant to the Austrian Broker Act (Maklergesetz), a broker has to fairly and diligently protect their principal's interest. Until a very recent judgment of the Austrian Supreme Court (Oberster Gerichtshof), courts have taken a very lenient stance on the liability of real estate agents. The judgment of the Supreme Court of 24 Jan 2017, however, might permanently divert existing case law.
13th June 2017
The Insolvency Law Amending Statute of 2017 (Insolvenzrechtsänderungsgesetz 2017, IRÄG 2017) was adopted by the Council of Ministers at the end of March and is currently in the process of being reviewed. The reform is due to enter into force on 1 July 2017 and contains significant innovations. Its primary objective is to facilitate the debt relief of natural persons.
22nd May 2017
The long-awaited first draft for the new Austrian Data Protection Act, implementing and supplementing the EU General Data Protection Regulation, was finally published on 12 May 2017.
16th May 2017
The implementation of clauses on short-term premium instalments
In its ruling (7 Ob 5/16k) of 17 February 2016, the Austrian Supreme Court determined that a clause on "short-term premium instalments" (Unterjährigkeitsklauseln) contained in the general terms and conditions for life insurance contracts with premium refund was non-transparent. The clause provided that premiums may be paid in semi-annual, quarterly, or monthly instalments.
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- Dispute resolution: commercial litigation
- Dispute resolution: white-collar crime (including fraud)
- Intellectual property
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