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DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH
UNIVERSITÄTSRING 10
1010 VIENNA
Austria

Austria > Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH continues to lead the way in Austrian data protection, handling large GDPR implementation projects as well as various proceedings with the Austrian Data Protection Authority, including leading cases brought by the non-profit association NOYB. Lawyers also act as external data protection officers. Increasingly the team supports clients with data breaches or ransomware attacks and is expanding its expertise in innovative technology with associate Alexandra Ciarnau in a key role. Managing partner Axel Anderl, ‘sets the tone with smart, sophisticated leadership’ while Nino Tlapak, promoted to partner in February 2021, is ‘deeply experienced with privacy and cybersecurity issues particular to technology clients.’

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Testimonials

‘DORDA’s ability to consistently provide thoughtful, pragmatic, and business-minded privacy and cybersecurity counsel is rare and refreshing. They have a nuanced understanding of privacy concerns and business needs of technology clients, and their expertise in the space shines through.’

‘DORDA has a deep bench, and from practice and firm leadership through the associate ranks, the DORDA team not only brings subject matter expertise, but transparency and pragmatism to their analysis.’

‘Axel Anderel – sets the tone with smart, sophisticated leadership and empowers his eminently capable team to provide cutting edge counsel.’

‘Nino Tlapak – thoughtful, methodical, efficient, deeply experienced with privacy and cybersecurity issues particular to technology clients. Also a genuinely wonderful person and an absolute pleasure to work with.’

‘Alexandra Ciarnau – a rising star. Sharp as a tack, confident, detail oriented, and demonstrates consistent focus on achieving outcomes well tailored to a particular client’s business objectives.’

‘Particularly I enjoyed working with Axel Anderl, Alexandra Ciarnau and Nino Tlapak. They are always very helpful, have a quick response time and their legal expertise is excellent.’

‘The proactive approach of the practice is outstanding and ensures legal stability for our business as we are standing at the very frontline of GDPR and real estate data. Working together with Dorda is a pleasure at all times and I consider it as one of our most effective collaborations.’

‘The team has a very good, uniform appearance and you always feel well supported – even if someone else spontaneously steps in for the main contact person. Due to the size and quality of the team, a quick response is also ensured in urgent cases. They don’t just point out problems, but really try to find solutions that are as practical as possible.’

Key clients

Willhaben

Styria Media Group

“Die Presse” Verlags-Gesellschaft m.b.H. Co KG

Otto Immobilien

VIG – Vienna Insurance Group

twinformatics

L’Oréal Österreich GmbH

METRO Cash & Carry Österreich GmbH

Verbund

UNIQA Group

Erste Bank

S IT Solutions AT Spardat GmbH

Erste Group

ZKW Group

Kommunalkredit Austria AG

Novartis Pharma Austria

bioMérieux Austria GmbH

A. Menarini Pharma GmbH

Bayer Austria GmbH

Erste Digital GmbH

Willhaben

Styria Media Group

“Die Presse” Verlags-Gesellschaft m.b.H. Co KG

Otto Immobilien

VIG – Vienna Insurance Group

twinformatics

L’Oréal Österreich GmbH

METRO Cash & Carry Österreich GmbH

Verbund

UNIQA Group

Erste Bank

S IT Solutions AT Spardat GmbH

Erste Group

ZKW Group

Kommunalkredit Austria AG

Novartis Pharma Austria

bioMérieux Austria GmbH

A. Menarini Pharma GmbH

Bayer Austria GmbH

Erste Digital GmbH

Work highlights

  • Representing a client inter alia in the model proceedings led by the Austrian Data Protection Authority-the Austrian data privacy NGO NOYB, led by Max Schrems, is enforcing the Schrems II decision by the ECJ by initiating 101 proceedings with data protection authorities throughout Europe.
  • Advised Erste Group (Erste Bank, s IT Solutions AT Spardat, Erste Group IT, Erste Digital GmbH) on several group wide cloud and outsourcing projects with a strong focus on international data transfer and CEE.
  • Increasingly engaged by different clients in connection with cybercrime attacks with regard to steering the decision making process based on assessment of all relevant legal matters – insurance coverage, GDPR notification duties, criminal law, liability issues and regulatory law.

Austria > Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation Tier 1

In addition to the firm's full-service offering, which allows DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH's arbitration group to handle matters at various intersections, it is well placed to cover party counsel as well as arbitrator mandates. This set-up is reflected in the team's leadership with Florian Kremslehner routinely acting as arbitrator and Veit Öhlberger regularly handling party counsel work. Öhlberger is best known for his expertise in trade and distribution disputes, while handling construction, banking and finance-related work alongside corporate arbitration constitute other key elements of the practice. Counsel Gunnar Pickl is a key contact for construction sector disputes.

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Testimonials

‘Veit Öhlberger is the go-to-guy for distribution law disputes in Austria and beyond.’

‘Veit Öhlberger has a great presence in the courtroom and navigates through tough procedural questions seamlessly. He is an active listener and able to reconcile different views in an elegant manner.’

‘For disputes in Austria, Dorda is an excellent partner with experienced and highly qualified lawyers, who build the right strategy together with the client to pursue a claim or defend the client against claims in arbitration or state courts.’

‘The lawyers of Dorda are well connected in Austria’s legal world, have extensive experience in arbitration (also as arbitrators) and can advise on all areas of dispute resolution including mediation. We are most satisfied.’

‘Great team work. Very responsive.’

‘Veit Öhlberger impressed me in particular. He is always to the point and provides strategic advice.’

‘The availability and response to enquiries in a short time are above average. In addition, Gunnar Pickl and his team impress with an extraordinary level of expertise and experience.’

‘In addition to their outstanding expertise, Gunnar Pickl and his team have a trusting, sympathetic and human manner.’

Key clients

Francesco Becchetti

Work highlights

  • Representing Italian entrepreneurs in enforcement proceedings against the Republic of Albania, granting the clients damages of about €110m.

Austria > Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 1

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH has a strong track record acting for finance, energy and construction sector players alongside commercial and professional services providers and public sector bodies in an equally broad range of commercial and corporate disputes. This offering includes insurance defence work, which is typically led by Felix Hörlsberger and which includes instructions to act as monitoring counsel in high-volume liability and coverage disputes, as well as mass litigation, for which associate Alexander Karl is the key contact. Both are key members of the dispute resolution practice led by Florian Kremslehner, whose expertise extends to arbitration and white-collar crime. With the promotion of litigation and arbitration expert Stephan Steinhofer in February 2021, the team counts an additional partner in its ranks.

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Testimonials

‘I found all members of the team to be very helpful, responsive and very reassuring.’

‘The partners were all very good and responsive. They were also commercial in their approach and gave good easy-to-understand advice.’

‘Very good professionals and good focus on details.’

‘They cover all legal aspects, private and business, and clearly provide their expertise through a very personal approach.’

‘The team is personable; quick feedback, availability, trust level. For all business transactions with a pleasant mixture of wit and humour.’

I think the relationship is something special. All team members I’ve been working with are always available and very keen to support me/us in all manners.’

‘Very good professionals and good focus on details.’

‘Involvement for the benefit of the client.’

Key clients

Brush Holding Ltd (formerly FKI Ltd)

FWU Life Insurance Austria, FWU Life Insurance Lux SA

Itinera S.p.A.

Melrose

Sequa

Westport Power

Work highlights

  • Advising an Austrian bank in litigation against an Austrian municipality pertaining to a foreign exchange interest swap transaction; the case is presently pending before the Austrian Supreme Court.
  • Acted for a major European construction group in a dispute arising from a joint venture over a major transnational infrastructure project.
  • Advising an investor in recovering investments in an Austrian-based provider of financial services, which had been induced by fraudulent representations, and accounting.

Austria > Intellectual property Tier 1

The team at DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH is known for its ‘outstanding legal expertise’  covering a wide array of IP matters with a particular focus on the cross-section to IT law and new technology. The team undertakes notable contentious IP work, representing clients in proceedings before the European Court of Justice. Practice Head Axel Anderl is praised for his  ‘vast experience’  and draws on particular expertise in supporting artists. Andreas Seling, M.B.L., with expertise in trademarks und unfair competition, and Bernhard Heinzl with a focus on patents and copyright, are key junior partners as well as Alexandra Ciarnau, who was promoted in February 2021.

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Testimonials

‘Bernhard Heinzl and Andreas Seling are our main lawyers when it comes to IP topics. What makes working with them great is that I can align with them on short notice. Additionally it’s great to receive pragmatic answers which are also comprehensible not only from a legal but also from a commercial perspective.’

‘I can always rely on their timely feedback and constant availability which makes working with both of them even easier.’

‘Outstanding legal expertise, excellent understanding of the practical implications, fast response times.’

‘Dr. Andreas Seling: Excellent lawyer who keeps the whole picture in mind when giving advice.’

‘Best team in Austria (and among the leading in Europe) for innovative, tech-driven IP cases. They have outstanding reputation as it comes to cross-border cases with IT, data protection, telecoms or new tech (AI, blockchain). The team is always available and quick to respond. They have an incredible working spirit. The team is diverse. They have such a unique spirit – it is a huge pleasure working with them.’

‘They are all incredible. I worked a lot with Axel Anderl, Alexandra Ciarnau and Andreas Seling. They all have the same spirit meaning short reaction times, no lengthy memos but clear and precise answers and suggestions how to do what. Axel is particularly strong in negotiations – in and out of court. He is like a bulldog when required. At the same time he is a swift thinker and extremely charismatic. Alexandra is extremely diligent and busy, well connected in the new tech scene. Andreas is very strong in court proceedings and trademark issues.’

‘The team has a very deep knowledge of IP and are the key players in this sector in Austria. You will receive excellent answers on very short notice. They are very passionate about solving your problems. Very innovative: they have established the Digital Industries Group as a one stop shop at the firm.’

‘Axel Anderl is head of the team. His spirit and style are both unique. Of course, he has excellent IP knowledge. But besides, and that makes him outstanding, he does not hide behind lengthy clauses but brings the issue to the point. He is an excellent negotiator, respected by the market. Andreas Seling has very profound and practical knowledge of IP and vast experience. I like his calm handling of the most annoying problems. Alexandra Ciarnau is also excellent.’

Key clients

ÖBB Holding AG

ÖBB Personenverkehr AG

The Blue Minds Company

Willhaben

Styria Media Group

“Die Presse” Verlags-Gesellschaft m.b.H. Co KG

Strato AG

Mad & Wine GesmbH

Mag. Oliver Ortis MSc. e.U. (“Stoak Wear”)

Wein & Co

Actial Farmaceutica Srl

Echosens SA

luna GmbH

Verbund

Woom GmbH

Badoo Trading Limited

Bumble Holding Limited

 

Work highlights

  • Representing the German cloud service provider Strato AG in a test case initiated by the Austrian collecting society Austro Mechana regarding copyright levies for cloud storage capacities.
  • Representing Canal+ (former M7 Group SA) in a case before the European Court of Justice regarding the payment of copyright levies for satellite broadcasts (C-290-21).
  • Representing woom, market leader in the field of manufacturing trendy children’s bicycles, on several IP issues including management of the entire worldwide trade mark portfolio consisting of dozens of trademarks scattered around the world as well as enforcement against copycats.

Austria > Real estate Tier 1

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH is a regular fixture on major real estate transactions in the Austrian market, acting for a wide range of national and international real estate and construction companies alongside investors and funds. This overlap between real estate and construction is reflected in the team's composition: in addition to the real estate practice, Stefan Artner also heads the construction group and is therefore a key contact for real estate M&A and tenancy law as well as development projects. He shares this interdisciplinary approach with Magdalena Brandstetter, who made partner in February 2021. The group's transactional work spans office, residential, logistics, retail and portfolio transactions. Tenancy law advice is another cornerstone and the team acts for landlords and tenants.

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Testimonials

Team stability, culture of fairness and professional excellence, very good cross-border and cross-firm collaboration.

Stefan Artner: Truly a leader in real estate; responsive, understands foreigner’s needs.

Magdalena Brandstetter: Up-and-coming real estate lawyer.

Tibor Varga: Excellent real estate finance lawyer.

In Austria we rely on DORDA’s advice and really enjoy working with them. They always give us practical advice and on time, even if the deal is very complex or our request is urgent or the issue needs additional explanation due to local market practice. We also see that DORDA’s reputation in the market is excellent – we see them in most top real estate transactions in Austria.

A major point for us as a client is that the team keeps the commercial aspects of a transaction in mind and is always keen to get the best possible deal for the client without overcomplicating the matter. From an external perspective, we have seen the company evolving over the past years with new partners (such as Magdalena Brandstetter) and further associates. Also diversity is a major concern for our company and we find it important, that our partners – such as DORDA’s real estate team – also practice diversity in day-to-day business.

Our main contact at DORDA is Stefan Artner. He is the one you want to have at your side when it gets critical. He knows the market in detail, is a quick thinker in negotiations and very reliable. Stefan always advises quickly and in detail. Definitely the no.1 lawyer for me in Austria.

Deep market insight and great understanding of the business they advise on.

Key clients

AEW Invest GmbH, AEW Europe

aik Immobilien-Investmentgesellschaft mbH

AIRA Development Group

Amundi S.A

ARE Austrian Real Estate

Ascott International Management, Europe

Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft (BIG)

Deka Immobilien

DLH (Deutsche Logistik Holding)

East Guardian Group

European Property Holdings

Exeter Property Group

GalCap Europe

Helvetia Versicherungen AG

KGAL

MaxMara

NH Hoteles

NTT Group

ÖAMTC

Patrizia AG

S IMMO AG

Swietelsky AG, Swietelsky Bau GmbH

TK Maxx

UBM Development AG

Universal-Investment Luxembourg

Warburg-HIH Invest Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Advised ARE Austrian Real Estate GmbH on its Austrian-German joint venture with UBM Development AG and real estate developments in Vienna and Munich respectively.
  • Advised S IMMO AG, UBM Development AG on the sale of two office towers and an adjacent garage building in Quartier Belvedere (QBC) to European Property Holdings.
  • Advised the German financial investor Warburg HIH Real Estate on the acquisition of the SQUARE One Building, an office and retail complex in Vienna, from developer STRABAG Real Estate.

Austria > TMT Tier 1

The market-leading TMT practice at DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH provides advice that is ‘straight to the point and solution driven’. Cloud agreements, digitalisation projects and AI are part of the comprehensive service portfolio the firm offers its domestic and multinational clients. A strong presence in matters relating to life sciences has led to the team’s heavy involvement in Covid-19 digital projects, such as testing and vaccine platforms. Practice co-head Axel Anderl is specialised in non-regulatory issues, while fello co-head Heinrich Kühnert covers the regulatory aspects of TMT work. Outsourcing, cybersecurity and cloud contract expert Nino Tlapak was promoted to partner in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Axel Anderl

Testimonials

‘Thorough analysis, prompt feedback, comprehension for the problems and needs of the client, a very professional and pleasant cooperation, very good availability’

‘Good interaction of the team; transparency, expertise’

‘Completeness of in depth Know-How and Experience, there’s a specialist available for everything.’

‘Understand requirements perfectly and quickly, can explain complex topics even to non-experts, response-time is exceptionally quick, superb communication style. Exceptional individuals: Axel Anders, Nino Tlapak, Bernhard Heinzl, Heinrich Kühnert.’

‘Coming to DORDA helped me greatly with my diverse legal issues. As a founder of an IT Startup, my need was not special to one section and at DORDA I have a strong powerful legal firm representing my issues with a wide team of experts. Closely I work together with one assigned lawyer at DORDA but my questions and legal issues are covered by a team of seniors and experts of many different areas always looking for the best way. The team has a great reputation which is confirmed when the opposing counsel tries to “shake the tree”. The great range of expertise brings legal issues fast to an end. I have not lost a single one of my disputes.’

‘Working closely with Bernhard Heinzl as my responsible lawyer. He and his team under the lead of Axel Anderl look at every aspect when understanding my legal position and wish of my results. Mr. Heinzl takes time to understand the issue and in ongoing advice, he navigates to reach best results. It is also enormously great that he has a team of specialists in diverse areas, which he can coordinate with. This support I missed at my previous law firm with a small team. Mr. Heinzl can deliver fast and perfect results from within his firm and i do not need to look up external advice.’

‘Professional, deep knowledge, expert. Its strengths are they have worked on this area for a long time, they have a rapid response to new law or regulations implemented in Austria, and their feedback response are very experienced, I can learn a lot from them!’

‘DORDA people are very professional, highly diligent. They are trustworthy, they bill very reasonable. They are very smart and have a very strong English ability.’

Key clients

Digital Europe

Willhaben

Styria Media Group

“Die Presse” Verlags-Gesellschaft m.b.H. Co KG

LeasePlan Österreich Fuhrparkmanagement GmbH

Natterbox Limited

GTT Communiations Inc

Ooma Inc

NTT Group

AIRCALL SAS

LogMeIn Ltd

inContact Inc

Cisco

YouGov

Continental

Nintendo

MaxMara

Amann Girrbach AG

Bucherer AG

MediaPrint Zeitungs- und Zeitschriftenverlag Ges.m.b.H & Co KG

Erste Bank

S IT Solutions AT Spardat GmbH

Erste Group

Volkswagen AG

IMMOunited GmbH

RS Digital GmbH

Umdasch Group AG

Digital Europe

Willhaben

Styria Media Group

“Die Presse” Verlags-Gesellschaft m.b.H. Co KG

LeasePlan Österreich Fuhrparkmanagement GmbH

Natterbox Limited

GTT Communiations Inc

Ooma Inc

NTT Group

AIRCALL SAS

LogMeIn Ltd

inContact Inc

Cisco

YouGov

Continental

Nintendo

MaxMara

Amann Girrbach AG

Bucherer AG

MediaPrint Zeitungs- und Zeitschriftenverlag Ges.m.b.H & Co KG

Erste Bank

S IT Solutions AT Spardat GmbH

Erste Group

Volkswagen AG

IMMOunited GmbH

RS Digital GmbH

Umdasch Group AG

Work highlights

  • Assist in the Group’s largest project, concerning the group-wide re-tender of workplace services. Currently, we started to negotiate fully in parallel with eight different providers who applied for six different lots.
  • Advise the innovative Styria Media Group, one of the largest media groups in the CEE region, in the decision-making processes regarding any purchase of new technologies and tools by assessing whether and how they might be implemented legally compliant in the complex IT infrastructure of the Group. Once the decisions are taken, we will assist client with the contractual negotiations and the specific implementation from an IT- and data protection point of view.
  • Assisted RS Digital GmbH with the market entry of their AI-based camera system that enables soccer clubs to comprehensively (digitally) commercialise the recordings of their competitive matches.Based on our initial assessment and rights clarification, we then developed an exclusive license agreement. The matter was legally very challenging due to the intersection of patent and copyright law, the use of modern technologies and AI.

Austria > Banking and finance Tier 2

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH's client base includes corporates, funds and banks, who appreciate the team's wide-ranging banking and finance expertise spanning finance transactions and restructurings alongside regulatory matters. This expertise is also called upon by international law firms leading to regular local counsel mandates. In the regulatory space, Andreas Zahradnik typically advises on bank licensing and blockchain issues as well as on the sustainable finance disclosure regulation and administrative proceedings. He co-heads the team with Tibor Varga, whose focus lies on finance transactions and restructurings, including those that crossover from capital markets law.

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Key clients

Odebrecht

Alternative Investment Fonds (AIF)

Work highlights

  • Advised Odebrecht Oil & Gas on the restructuring of a project bond. The bond had been issued for financing four drilling vessels with a total value of about $2.5bn.
  • Advised an international social media platform provider on its launch of a blockchain-based social media platform.
  • Ongoing advice to major international credit institutions on cross-border matters, including advice to credit institutions without an Austrian or an EU banking licence on regulatory matters.

Austria > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH fields a team of corporate advisors, who have 'a good understanding of the local market which gives them access to a wide range of international clients and law firms'. It has Austrian and foreign corporations, investment banks and private equity houses on its client roster, and covers higher end transaction as well as a range of corporate matters. Martin Brodey 'stands out as an amazing asset, he has an excellent understanding not only of legal but also of practical questions'. Jürgen Kittel is experienced in takeovers, public M&A and PE transactions; together, they lead the team. Andreas Mayr combines M&A and capital markets know-how, while Bernhard Rieder is the corporate law specialist. Christian Ritschka  is 'a very skilled and practised M&A lawyer'. Associate Patricia Backhausen is a key contact for digital industry clients.

Practice head(s):

Martin Brodey; Jürgen Kittel

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Mayr; Bernhard Rieder; Christian Ritschka; Patricia Backhausen

Testimonials

‘Simply a top-quality law firm.’

‘I have worked most with Jürgen Kittel, an M&A partner. He is very responsive, knowledgeable, pragmatic and experienced in international transactions.’

‘They provide clear advice.’

‘Very responsive.’

‘Very professional and experienced M&A team under the leadership of Dr. Jürgen Kittel, innovative and pragmatic approach regarding typical and non-typical M&A issues.’

‘Dr. Kittel is a hands-on, business-oriented lawyer, who facilitates all necessary support to get the deal done.’

‘Austrian practice with a great international network; places diversity and technology on top.’

‘Martin Brodey understands extremely well his clients and the industry they are in, extremely efficient and well organized creative solutions.’

Key clients

Deurowood Holding GmbH

DIF Capital Partners

DIF Infrastructure IV (DIF IV)

Easypark A.B.

Greiner AG

Guidepost Growth Equity

Kwizda Pharmahandel GmbH

Novartis Pharma Austria

Sandoz

SAZKA Group

Silhouette International Schmied AG

Warburg Pincus

Deurowood Holding GmbH

DIF Capital Partners

DIF Infrastructure IV (DIF IV)

Easypark A.B.

Greiner AG

Guidepost Growth Equity

Kwizda Pharmahandel GmbH

Novartis Pharma Austria

Sandoz

SAZKA Group

Silhouette International Schmied AG

Warburg Pincus

Work highlights

  • Advising SAZKA in the “takeover battle” for control in CASAG for several years.
  • Advised Greiner on the acquisition of shares in Recticel, which marked a starting point for a tender offer by Greiner with a view to acquiring a majority interest in Recticel.
  • Advised the Boston-based growth equity fund Guidepost as lead investor in the acquisition of an interest in Austrian tractive GmbH.

Austria > Dispute resolution: white-collar crime (including fraud) Tier 2

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH acts for individuals and corporates in investigative, civil and criminal proceedings arising from allegations of embezzlement, tax evasion and misappropriation of funds, among other matters, and also acts for victims of such offences. Providing compliance advice and assistance with associated systems, such as anti-corruption schemes, constitutes another key element of the team led by Daniela Firulovic. Her practice is part of the firm's wider dispute resolution offering led by Florian Kremslehner. This integral approach was further underlined by the partner promotion of Stephan Steinhofer (expertise in arbitration, litigation and white-collar crime) in March 2021.

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Testimonials

‘Has a good market standing. They are acting in quite a fresh way and not as the typical criminal lawyers. It is fun to work with the team on complex cases also with an international background.’

‘Stephan Steinhofer leads the team in a very profound way. He stays cool in tricky situations and gives the client a safe feeling.

‘Daniela Firulovic contributes to the team‘s success. She is very strong and convincing.

‘Immediate support even on weekends; excellent trouble shooting.’

‘Daniela Firulovic: Excellent handling of criminal law aspects and legal advisory but also the legal preparation of the criminal report to the public prosecution.’

‘In our criminal law-related matters, Daniela Firulovic is our main contact. Daniela Firulovic is an excellent criminal defence attorney, she is always on top of our cases, we trust her advice unconditionally. Daniela reacts incredibly quickly to our requests, her legal work is high-quality and she delivers the results we are aiming for.’

‘We were absolutely stunned by Daniela Firulovic’s ability to think ‘outside the box’ and find solutions to every obstacle in our cases. In her advice, she always takes the ‘big picture’ into account. We feel very blessed that Daniela is handling our most important and delicate matters.’

‘Dorda’s white-collar crime team offers excellent legal advice and outstanding representation in criminal proceedings. You get top-notch results delivered, the response time is impressively fast and you feel like you’re getting the best advice.

Austria > Employment Tier 2

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH’s employment team covers contracts, the termination of employment relationships, the employment aspects of acquisitions, work council agreements, and disputes for a host of domestic and international clients. The practice is also able to seamlessly handle matters relating to other areas of expertise including data protection and public law. Thomas Angermaier leads the team and is well versed in both European and Austrian employment in addition to employment litigation and arbitration proceedings. Associate Lisa Kulmer is noted for her expertise in human resource management.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Angermair

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Kulmer

Testimonials

‘The team is very professional and customer-solution oriented. A big benefit is the long experience and expertise of DORDA.’

‘Lisa Kulmer is an individual who understands perfectly the business needs and has always a solution to discuss. The fast reply is a huge advantage in our cooperation. Her outstanding expertise and willingness to solve complex and challenging cases is so remarkable.’

‘Responsive, good quality, practical/pragmatic advice.’

‘Lisa Kulmer is excellent.’

‘DORDA is very professional during the entire course of providing legal services. They are very responsive and always make effort to meet the (sometimes very tight) deadline. Their advice is always business oriented and straight to the point.’

‘Lisa Kulmer is very helpful, has great knowledge and experience in employment law. She is also very responsive which is of utmost importance.’

‘The employment team at DORDA was instrumental in helping us navigate the pandemic. All of their employment lawyers have exceptional expertise, are highly responsive and the quality of their service is outstanding. With their keen understanding of current employment issues, the employment team at DORDA are way ahead of the game.’

‘Thomas Angermair: The leading labour law expert in Austria. With his quick grasp of issues and his resourcefulness, he has helped us find tailored solutions for our staff, not only during the pandemic, but in all of the 20 years that we have been working with him.’

Key clients

Bayer

Bucherer AG

Claas GmbH & Co KGaA

Danaher

Honeywell Austria Ges.m.b.H.

Kuoni

Salesforce SFDC Ireland Ltd

Silhouette International Schmied AG

Solera Holdings Inc.

3M Österreich GmbH

Bayer

Bucherer AG

Claas GmbH & Co KGaA

Danaher

Honeywell Austria Ges.m.b.H.

Kuoni

Salesforce SFDC Ireland Ltd

Silhouette International Schmied AG

Solera Holdings Inc.

3M Österreich GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised Silhouette on a global restructuring involving seven jurisdictions.
  • Represented Solera in two major proceedings: a special declaratory judgment procedure brought by the works council, concerning an alleged bonus claim of Austrian Audatex employees and an employee affected by the restructuring, who enjoys special protection against termination.
  • Advised Salesforce on a challenging settlement negotiation with one of its employees, who refused to pass on unjustly received tax refunds amounting to several hundred thousand euros.

Austria > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH’s broad offering attracts an equally wide client base consisting of lenders, borrowers, debtors and creditors. Lenders and non-performing borrowers retain the team for reorganisation and pre-insolvency restructuring advice, which includes distressed M&A typically led by Christian Ritschka, while creditors, and to a lesser extent debtors, are represented in insolvency proceedings and insolvency-related litigation. Team head Felix Hörlsberger is a key contact for litigation and, due to his insurance law expertise, is regularly instructed by insurance sector players. Financial restructuring mandates are often led by finance expert Tibor Varga.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Felix Hörlsberger, Christian Rischka: smart, approachable and hands on.

Key clients

AIG

Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality SE (AGCS)

Attestor Capital LLP

Forever 21

Swiss Re

Work highlights

  • Acting for Attestor Capital LLP as the biggest creditor of Alpine Bau GmbH in the course of Alpine’s insolvency proceedings.
  • Advising AIG as the largest surety provider of Alpine Bau GmbH on Alpine Bau’s insolvency.
  • Advising Swiss Re as prospectus insurer of Wienwert AG on proceeds from bonds following Wienwert’s bankruptcy.

Austria > Private client Tier 2

Counting UHNW families and entrepreneurs among its clients, DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH is involved in tax structuring, estate planning, and litigation, all frequently with a cross-border angle. Immigration and residency issues as well as matrimonial law are further strong points of the team. Paul Doralt, who focuses on estate planning and tax structuring, leads the practice together with Elmar Drabek, who is specialised in relocation, immigration, and naturalisation issues. Senior associates Katharina Binder and Elena Manachimova provide additional support.

Practice head(s):

Paul Doralt; Elmar Drabek

Testimonials

‘Quick and precise analysis of the problem. Effective and cost sensitive solutions.’

‘The team is headed by Paul Doralt (Tax and Trusts) and Elmar Drabek (immigration). They are both excellent individuals with a tremendous reputation in their fields.’

‘Paul Doralt: One of the top private client advisors in Austria. Fantastic know-how, client handling, and analytical skills. Pragmatic and solution orientated, an exceptional ability to lead the client and to make the client feel safe and taken care of. Best value for money. Extremely well connected in Austria and abroad. A joy to work with.’

‘Elmar Drabek: The best in Austria in relocation and immigration of private clients.’

‘Katharina Binder: Outstanding senior associate, very well connected, one of the rising stars in the field. Works like a partner.’

‘It truly is a one stop shop experience.’

‘Most prominent lawyer is Paul Doralt. He is well known on the market as a leading figure in tax and trust law.’

‘Katharina Binder: a very smart senior associate. We are very pleased with her work.’

Key clients

Bank Julius Baer

Credit Suisse

Bank Gutmann

Zuercher Kantonalbank

Kathrein Bank

Donau Finanz

Bank Julius Baer

Credit Suisse

Bank Gutmann

Zuercher Kantonalbank

Kathrein Bank

Donau Finanz

Austria > Projects and energy Tier 2

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH’s project and energy practice advises clients from the oil, gas and power sectors industries on commercial projects, domestic transportation and infrastructure. The team counts large Austrian providers, operators and project companies among its clients, for which it acts in regulatory, development and financing matters. Co-head Heinrich Kühnert also leads the firm’s antitrust and regulatory practice group and his sector expertise includes energy, transport, healthcare, and mechanical engineering. Second practice lead Bernhard Müller is in charge of the public law group and regularly advises on public procurement, environmental law as well as regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Bernhard Müller; Heinrich Kühnert

Key clients

Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft m.b.H. (BIG)

Inductive Energy A/S

Kommunalkredit Austria AG

Novartis Pharma Austria

OMV Group

OMV Exploration & Production Austria GmbH

ÖBB Holding AG

Sandoz

TrailStone Renewables GmbH

3M Precision Grinding GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised Novartis on the creation of a technology campus and the investment by BASF as first tenant at Novartis’ site in Tyrol/Austria.
  • Representing OMV in negotiations with another energy company on the implementation of a joint venture for the construction and operation of a plant in the renewable energy sector.
  • Advised BIG on a large urban development and construction project (including road construction) known as the “Siemensäcker Project”.

Austria > Administrative law and public sector Tier 3

The public law practice at DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH offers support to clients in all matters of administrative law and the public sector including trade law, assembly law and land transfer matters. The team, which is led by Bernhard Müller, is also regularly involved in proceedings before administrative authorities and domestic and European courts. Education law, administrative appeals and operating licenses are other strengths. Müller focuses on environmental, regulatory, state aid and foreign trade law and is regularly sought after by clients from the defence, security and health sectors.

Practice head(s):

Bernhard Müller

Testimonials

‘The employees are there for you almost around the clock when you need support. We get a quick and reliable assessment of the legal situation. ‘

‘The law firm is responding within shortest possible time, they are not just providing a service but are bringing the task to an end even though they are not held responsible for a result they try to contribute to achieve the result of the client and are thinking out of the box.’

‘I’ve worked mostly directly with Bernhard Müller in this team who is a renowned expert in the field of public law in Austria and at the same time highly available, highly approachable and who has worked with us to find practical solutions that offer security.’

‘Bernhard Müller is a very knowledgeable person in the field.’

‘Masters in their field, using their perfect private/professional network for the client.’

Key clients

AGFA Healthcare

AMZ Arbeitsmedizinisches Zentrum für Industrie, Handel & Gewerbe GmbH

Austrian Chamber of Commerce

Bayer Austria GmbH

DIF Capital Partners

DIF Infrastructure IV (DIF IV)

Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Tourism and Regisons

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

Novartis Pharma Austria

Sandoz

TrailStone Renewables GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised Novartis and its subsidiary Sandoz in connection with their first tenant on the industrial campus in Kundl.
  • Adcted for GlaxoSmithKline in unfair competition proceedings against AstraZeneca, in reviewing and negotiating clinical trial agreements, and on numerous compliance and regulatory questions.
  • Drafted various expert opinions concerning Covid-19-related issues for the Austrian Chamber of Commerce.

Austria > Capital markets Tier 3

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH has traditionally been focusing on equity capital market transactions but has recently been more active advising issuers and financial institutions on the issuance of notes, including high-yield transactions, alongside compliance and regulatory issues. Much of its work takes place at various intersections such as banking and finance as well as corporate and M&A, which is a reflection of its interdisciplinary approach. Key individuals include Tibor Varga, who regularly handles finance-related work, public M&A and capital markets expert Andreas Mayr, Christoph Brogyányi  (corporate, M&A and capital markets) and Andreas Zahradnik (banking, capital markets law, M&A and restructuring).

Testimonials

Very good team!

Andreas Mayr excels as a diligent drafter and excellent negotiator.

Experienced, highly qualified and client-focussed team.

Key clients

AbCellera Biologics

UBM Development AG

Work highlights

  • Advised AbCellera Biologics Inc., a Canadian biotech company, on matters pertaining to its IPO at Nasdaq, including its directed share programme (DSP) for Austria.
  • Advised HSBC and Raiffeisen Bank International on the issuance of €100m deeply subordinated (hybrid) ESG-linked notes by UBM Development AG, including a liability management exercise.
  • Advised an international social media platform provider on its launch of a blockchain-based social media platform.

Austria > EU and competition Tier 3

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH is ‘fully connected to authorities and regulators and therefore gets information first-hand.’ The firm has recently been involved in advising clients on Covid-19 support measures, which it is well placed for considering state aid schemes in regulated industries constitutes one of the firm’s focus areas. Clients are from sectors including healthcare, energy, transport, media and engineering. Practice head Heinrich Kühnert’s expertise includes merger control, antitrust, abuse and follow-on damages.

Practice head(s):

Heinrich Kühnert

Testimonials

‘Quick, flexible, pragmatic.’

‘Main contact is Heinrich Kühnert. The qualities “quick, flexible, pragmatic” especially relate to him.’

‘Always approachable, on-time advice, very professional and high quality legal advice.’

Heinrich Kühnert – great business focused approach; able to advise and guide through economic analysis in competition law matters; single point of contact for competition law matters; able to discuss and explain to business the issues; able to provide advice on a short time-frame; high quality advice.’

‘We have found Heinrich Kühnert and his team very smart, responsive, hard-working. Turned around high quality submissions very quickly. They regularly keep us informed about developments, proactively anticipating developments and flagging possible implications.’

‘What impressed me the most is the fact that they are fully connected to authorities and regulators and therefore get information first hand. The whole team is available and ready to jump in at any time. All in all excellent law firm.’

‘Excellent support, great knowledge and very approachable team.’

‘Heinrich Kühnert stands out and his personal approach, knowledge and skills is the reason why we are using DORDA for competition law topics.’

Key clients

Nichicon Corporation

Miba AG

Capvis AG

BENE GmbH

Greiner AG

Silhouette International Schmied AG

Novartis Pharma Austria

Sandoz

Bayer Austria GmbH

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

SAZKA Group

Easypark A.B.

Bose GmbH

Canal+ (former M7 Group SA)

Rail Cargo Austria AG

ÖBB Holding AG

Österreichisches Rotes Kreuz, Section Vienna

Kapsch Group

ZKW Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Novartis and Sandoz on competition law issues.
  • Advising ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railway Company) on competition law issues.
  • Acting for Nichicon in an action for annulment of the fine imposed by the European Commission before the EU General Court.

Austria > Tax Tier 3

Besides collaborating with specialists from corporate M&A and financing teams to advise on transactions and financial products, the tax team at DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH regularly acts for its clients in international tax structuring and tax litigation. Paul Doralt is the lead partner with over 20 years of experience in the field of tax law, particularly in regard to M&A and corporate tax law as well as in cross-border mattes. Associate Katharina Binder’s work is located at the intersection of tax with private trusts, private clients and international corporations.

Practice head(s):

Paul Doralt

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Quick and precise analysis of the problem. Effective and cost sensitive solutions.’

‘DORDA’s tax practice is fantastic. We use them for international tax issues and in this field they are the leading firm.’

‘Paul Doralt is one of the most reputable tax lawyers of Austria. His reputation at the tax court is a huge asset to have as a client.’

‘Everyone in Dorda’s tax team is experienced, to the point, efficient, pragmatic. You get great value for money.’

‘For me, it’s the top tax team in Austria. You turn to them with your most complex tax matters. They excel in cross-border taxation issues.’

‘Paul Doralt: One of the top tax lawyers in Austria. Extensive know-how, very well connected, great client handling, to the point, clear, and a joy to work with.’

‘Katharina Binder: An outstanding senior associate, bright, dedicated, responsive. Working with her feels like working with a partner.’

Key clients

AirBnb

Kathrein Privatbank AG

Faber-Castell

Odebrecht Oil & Gas

Bank Julius Bär

UBS AG

Citibank

BAWAG AG

Goldman Sachs

Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft m.b.H. (BIG)

Castlelake L.P.

Zürcher Kantonal Bank Österreich AG (ZKB)

Kreisel Electric

Alberta Investment Management Corporation

Sapura

Clarios

Sazka Group

Bank Gutmann

Work highlights

  • Advised Odebrecht Oil & Gas on cross-border leasing structures for deep-water oil platforms and representing the client in proceedings before the Austrian Federal Finance Court (Bundesfinanzgericht).
  • Advised Citibank on cross-border leasing structures for locomotives of the Austrian Federal Railways.
  • Advised Alberta Investment Management Corporation on the structuring of a cross-border investment in an Austrian solar power fund.

Austria > Public procurement Tier 4

Life sciences and healthcare are the main focus points of DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH's public procurement practice. In this space, the firm advises on issues including vaccine tenders and healthcare IT contracts. Additionally, defence and security and procurements to enhance cybersecurity are other strengths of the team headed by Bernhard Müller.

Practice head(s):

Bernhard Müller

Testimonials

‘Long term relationship with the client which means Dorda knows our products, our former litigation and cases in tenders and is able to serve well our needs.’

‘Excellent legal advice, reliable and detailed assessment. Law firm is able to reflect our long-term relationship in billing.’

‘Mr Bernhard Müller for public procurement – always reactive and very approachable, able to explain law in a way business can understand.’

Key clients

AGFA Healthcare

AMZ Arbeitsmedizinisches Zentrum für Industrie, Handel & Gewerbe GmbH

Arbeitsgemeinschaft “Nichtsesshaftenhilfe”

bioMérieux Austria

DIF Capital Partners

DIF Infrastructure IV (DIF IV)

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

G4S

HAGRO -Ventilation and Air-Conditioning Technology

PremiQaMedGroup

Work highlights

  • Represented the best bidder G4S in a review procedure concerning the guarding of all official buildings in the province of Lower Austria.
  • Represented AMZ in the public procurement law declaratory and review proceedings before the Vorarlberg Regional Administrative Court, concerning the performance of Covid-19 tests.
  • Advised DIF Capital Partners on its divestment of shares/interests held in an Austrian PPP project with two hospitals in Vienna.
DORDA is a leading business law firm in Austria. 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 and finance
  • Capital markets
  • Competition and antitrust
  • Corporate
  • Dispute resolution
  • Employment
  • Immigration and nationality
  • Insolvency and restructuring
  • Insurance
  • IT/IP and data protection
  • Life sciences
  • M&A
  • Public law
  • Real estate and construction
  • Tax and private client
  • Trade and distribution
DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
IT/IP, Data Protection Axel Anderlaxel.anderl@dorda.at+43-1-533 4795-23
Employment Thomas Angermairthomas.angermair@dorda.at+43-1-533 4795-24
Real Estate & Construction Stefan Artnerstefan.artner@dorda.at+43-1-533 4795-103
Real Estate & Construction Magdalena Brandstettermagdalena.brandstetter@dorda.at+43-1-533 4795-103
M&A Martin Brodeymartin.brodey@dorda.at+43-1-533 4795-38
Capital Markets, Corporate Christoph Brogyányichristoph.brogyanyi@dorda.at+43-1-533 4795-480
Life Sciences Francine Brogyányifrancine.brogyanyi@dorda.at+43-1-533 4795-480
Private Client, Tax Paul Doraltpaul.doralt@dorda.at+43-1-533 4795-101
Private Client & Immigration Elmar Drabekelmar.drabek@dorda.at+43-1-533 4795-168
Restructuring & Insolvency, Insurance Law Felix Hörlsbergerfelix.hoerlsberger@dorda.at+43-1-533 4795-17
M&A Jürgen Kitteljuergen.kittel@dorda.at+43-1-533 4795-3970
Dispute Resolution Florian Kremslehnerflorian.kremslehner@dorda.at+43-1-533 4795-18
Competition & Antitrust Heinrich Kühnertheinrich.kuehnert@dorda.at+43-1-533 4795-35
M&A, Capital Markets Andreas W Mayrandreas.mayr@dorda.at+43-1-533 4795-64
Public Law Bernhard Müllerbernhard.mueller@dorda.at+43-1-533 4795-57
Dispute Resolution, Distribution & Trade Agreements Veit Öhlbergerveit.oehlberger@dorda.at++43-1-533 4795-19
Corporate Bernhard Riederbernhard.rieder@dorda.at+43-1-533 4795-42
M&A, Insolvency & Restructuring Christian Ritschkachristian.ritschka@dorda.at+43-1-533 4795-35
Dispute Resolution Stephan Steinhoferstephan.steinhofer@dorda.at+43-1-533 4795-18
Data Protection, IT/IP Nino Tlapaknino.tlapak@dorda.at+43-1-533 4795-23
Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Insolvency & Restructuring Tibor Vargatibor.varga@dorda.at+43-1-533 4795-28
Banking & Finance, Capital Markets Andreas Zahradnikandreas.zahradnik@dorda.at+43-1-533 4795-42
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Dr Axel Anderl, LL.M. (IT Law) photo Dr Axel Anderl, LL.M. (IT Law)Managing Partner
Mag Thomas Angermair photo Mag Thomas AngermairPartner
MMag Stefan Artner, MRICS photo MMag Stefan Artner, MRICSPartner
Mag Magdalena Brandstetter photo Mag Magdalena BrandstetterPartner
Dr Martin Brodey photo Dr Martin BrodeyManaging Partner
Mag Francine Brogyányi photo Mag Francine BrogyányiManaging Partner
Mag Christoph Brogyányi photo Mag Christoph BrogyányiPartner
Ing Clemens Burian, LL.M. (WU) BSc (Wu) photo Ing Clemens Burian, LL.M. (WU) BSc (Wu)Attorney
Mag Alexandra Ciarnau photo Mag Alexandra CiarnauAttorney
Dr Paul Doralt photo Dr Paul DoraltPartner
Dr Christian Dorda photo Dr Christian DordaArbitrator
Mag Elmar Drabek, B.A. photo Mag Elmar Drabek, B.A.Partner
Mag Philip Exenberger photo Mag Philip ExenbergerCounsel
Mag Daniela Firulovic photo Mag Daniela FirulovicAttorney
Mag Lukas Herrmann photo Mag Lukas HerrmannAttornes
MMag Dr Felix Hörlsberger photo MMag Dr Felix HörlsbergerPartner
Mag Georg Jünger photo Mag Georg JüngerCounsel
Mag Alexander Karl, LL.M. (London) photo Mag Alexander Karl, LL.M. (London)Attorney
Dr Jürgen Kittel, LL.M. (NYU) photo Dr Jürgen Kittel, LL.M. (NYU)Partner
Dr Florian Kremslehner photo Dr Florian KremslehnerPartner
Dr Heinrich Kühnert, M.Jur. photo Dr Heinrich Kühnert, M.Jur.Partner
Mag Lisa Kulmer photo Mag Lisa KulmerAttorney
Dr Cattina Maria Leitner, LL.M. photo Dr Cattina Maria Leitner, LL.M.Attorney
Mag Elena Manachimova photo Mag Elena ManachimovaAttorney
Dr Andreas Mayr, LL.M. photo Dr Andreas Mayr, LL.M.Partner
Dr Bernhard Müller (Priv.-Doz.) photo Dr Bernhard Müller (Priv.-Doz.)Partner
Mag Magdalena Nitsche photo Mag Magdalena NitscheAttorney
Dr Veit Öhlberger, M.Jur. photo Dr Veit Öhlberger, M.Jur.Partner
Mag Gunnar Pickl photo Mag Gunnar PicklPartner
Hon-ProfDr Herbert Pimmer photo Hon-ProfDr Herbert PimmerOf Counsel at DORDA, specialising in Corporate Law, Civil Law, Litigation, Arbitration,…
Dr Elisabeth Reiner, LL.M. photo Dr Elisabeth Reiner, LL.M.Attorney
Dr Bernhard Rieder photo Dr Bernhard RiederPartner
Dr Christian Ritschka photo Dr Christian RitschkaPartner
Dr Christian Schöller photo Dr Christian SchöllerAttorney
Dr Andreas Seling, M.B.L. photo Dr Andreas Seling, M.B.L.Counsel
Dr Stephan Steinhofer photo Dr Stephan SteinhoferPartner
Mag Nino Tlapak, LL.M. (IT Law) photo Mag Nino Tlapak, LL.M. (IT Law)Partner
Dr Tibor Varga photo Dr Tibor VargaPartner
Dr Andreas Zahradnik photo Dr Andreas ZahradnikPartner
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At the beginning of 2016, the equity partners of DORDA resolved to strengthen their commitment towards women’s advancement in the firm by setting-up a new management agenda “Women’s Advancement”, in order to spend increased time, attention and budget on promoting women in the firm. With the women@DORDA initiative, we set the following aims:

 

  • Gender equality on all levels

By increasing the number of female counsel/non-equity partners in the short-term (2016: approx. 25 %, 2020: over 40 %), we will be able to appoint more female equity partners in the mid-term.

  • Increase in flexibility of working hours and working place through part-time models for lawyers and partners as well as home office for lawyers
  • Solutions for female lawyers on maternity leave and continued integration of female lawyers into law firm activities (communication, further training) during maternity leave
  • Mentoring programme for female lawyers
  • Educational programme both for legal topics and for soft skills
  • Inspirational programme on topics that aim to inspire, up-lift and empower, especially our female associates (Role Models wanted!, Inspirational Breakfasts)
  • Events: International Womens’ Day, Female Founders, DORDA women’s Christmas event etc.
  • Lobbying within the Austrian Bar Association in order for female attorneys to be able to rest admittance during maternity leave, in order not to have to pay contributions to the Bar Association during maternity leave; reduction of contributions for part-time attorneys etc.

To highlight the importance of gender equality at DORDA, the promotion of women and gender equality are part of our 360° partner review. This means that partners are also assessed on how successful they are in terms of these two aspects in their teams.

These initiatives make DORDA the first and only top tier law firm in Austria to have an own management agenda which puts women’s issues up front and centre within management and the whole firm.

The initiative has already produced noticeable positive results in the past years. The number of female associates continues to rise and constitutes a strong and motivated pool of young women from which we continuously recruit our female counsels and non-equity partners, who will then go on to become equity partners.

The initiative has already led to noticeable positive results. With women@DORDA, for example, the number of female lawyers and trainee lawyers has already been significantly increased: currently more than 40% female lawyers and around 55% trainees (students) work at DORDA. The goal is to appoint new female partners from this pool of highly trained and motivated female lawyers in the medium term. In general, the firm now has a better work environment for and work attitude of all women on all levels.

Our efforts to promote gender equality have also been recognised in 2020:

  • DORDA won the categories “Best National Law Firm in Europe for Women in Business Law” and “Best Law Firm for Women in Austria” in the Women in Business Law Awards Europe 2020, which recognises the firms advancing diversity in the profession.
  • The Austrian Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs has awarded DORDA with the “equalitA” seal of equality. This seal is awarded to companies that promote women internally, ensure gender equality, and provide special support and visibility for women’s careers.

DORDA is well equipped to provide legal advice in an ever-changing European framework. For international matters, we rely on the following networks:

“Best Friends” Programme

Our “Best Friends” programme is a close cooperation with leading independent law firms throughout Central and Eastern Europe. All participating law firms adhere to the same high-quality standards and values when performing legal work. Like us, they have formed leading and highly specialised teams in their jurisdictions, providing us with access to top tier legal quality which we could not easily achieve with own local offices. Our “Best Friends” network includes more than 400 lawyers active in CEE, including Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Turkey.

World Service Group (WSG)

DORDA is a member of the international network WSG with more than 120 prominent member firms representing worldwide clients. Members operate in more than 150 jurisdictions. Within the group, we maintain particularly close connections with the following law firms: Plesner (Denmark), Heuking Kühn Luer Wojtek (Germany), Jeantet (France), Garrigues (Spain), Walder Wyss (Switzerland), Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners (Italy) and Van Doorne (The Netherlands).

Secondments

To develop their skills and broaden their horizons, we also offer our lawyers and associates the opportunity of a secondment in a foreign law firm or a company. These collaborations enable us to maintain relationships with international law firms and companies and at the same time allow our lawyers and associates to understand future problems and challenges from other law firms’ and the client’s perspective.

With the appointment of two Counsel, DORDA starts the new business year

Andreas Seling und Philip Exenberger are promoted to Counsel for DORDA.

DORDA advised the shareholders of PSPDFKit on EUR 100 million strategic investment from Insight Partners

DORDA's Digital Industries Group, led by Christian Ritschka (Partner, M&A), advised the Austrian startup on its first strategic growth investment.

Two Awards for DORDA at the Women in Business Law Europe Awards

After last year's great success with three awards, DORDA was able to continue its successful course in 2021 and won in two categories at the Women in Business Law Awards Europe.

DORDA advises the shareholders of AGILOX on the successful sale of shares to CARLYLE

AGILOX, based in Neukirchen bei Lambach (Upper Austria), with its AI-based and self-driving logistics robots, is the subject of an investment by The Carlyle Group, one of the world's largest private equity firms based in Washington, D.C.

Axel Anderl is a new Member of the Board of Directors at ITechLaw

We are pleased to announce that our Managing Partner, Axel Anderl, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the globally active International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw) in June 2021.

DIF Capital Partners on the sale of its stake in a PPP-project with two hospitals in Vienna

The deal involved in total the sale of six European PPP-projects to UK and European infrastructure fund manager Equitix. Tibor Varga, Martin Brodey and Patricia Backhausen advised DIF on the sale of the Austrian PPP-project.

DORDA is “Central Europe Life Sciences Firm of the Year”

At the ninth LMG Life Sciences Awards, DORDA prevailed against very strong international competition and received the award as best Life Sciences Firm in Central Europe.

DORDA is “AUSTRIAN LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR”

At the prestigious Europe Awards of the internationally recognised International Financial Law Review (IFLR), DORDA has received the award "Austrian law firm of the year". This is one of the most important awards for internationally active business law firms.

DORDA counts on female power and is pleased to announce two new Attorneys at Law

With Patricia Backhausen and Julia Haumer-Mörzinger, DORDA is expanding its core competences in the areas of M&A/Digital Industries and Real Estate & Construction.


DORDA supports EXETER Property Group in the sale of a last-mile logistics facility in Vienna

Led by DORDA Real-Estate Practice Group Partner, Stefan Artner, DORDA provided legal support for the sale of a logistics centre in Vienna's largest industrial and commercial area, some 10 km from the city centre. The successful closing of this share deal was supported by Magdalena Brandstetter, DORDA partner and expert in real estate M&A, hospitality as well as real estate and tenancy law, and Markus Buchleitner, associate at DORDA.

DORDA announces three new partners in growth areas

DORDA continues to grow and expands its partnership from within its own ranks by announcing Magdalena Brandstetter, Stephan Steinhofer and Nino Tlapak as partners.

Booming logistics sector – DORDA supports logistics real estate developer DLH in two major project

DORDA's real estate team supports DLH Real Estate Austria in two major logistics projects in the Vienna airport region: the sale of a part of the "Industrial Campus Vienna East" to Deka Immobilien and the purchase of 30,000 sqm of space as the starting signal for further logistics development. Both projects are located in proximity to the airport Vienna and demonstrate the expansion of the logistics sector in Austria.

DORDA successfully obtains an order for the enforcement of an ICSID award in favour of Italian investors

This July, DORDA initiated enforcement proceedings against Albanian assets in Austria. This was preceded by an ICSID (International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes) arbitration, which Italian investors commenced against Albania following the expropriation of investments in Albania's hydropower, wind energy and media industries. However, the Albanian government fails to comply with its payment obligations.

Booming logistics sector – DORDA supports logistics real estate developer DLH in two major project

DORDA's real estate team supports DLH Real Estate Austria in two major logistics projects in the Vienna airport region: the sale of a part of the "Industrial Campus Vienna East" to Deka Immobilien and the purchase of 30,000 sqm of space as the starting signal for further logistics development. Both projects are located in proximity to the airport Vienna and demonstrate the expansion of the logistics sector in Austria.

Sending optimistic signals for hospitality industry – DORDA supports Ascott in its market entry in

DORDA real estate law expert Magdalena Brandstetter advised Ascott on a contract for serviced residences in the new urban development project Forum Donaustadt/VIENNA TWENTYTWO. The aparthotel will be marketed under the Citadines Apart’hotel brand and is scheduled to open at the end of 2022.

Three awards for DORDA at the Women in Business Law Awards Europe 2020

At this year's Women in Business Law Awards Europe, DORDA came out on top in two categories. DORDA won in the category "Best National Law Firm in Europe for Women in Business Law" and was also awarded "Best Law Firm for Women in Austria". In addition, DORDA managing partner and head of the Life Sciences practice group Francine Brogyányi was awarded "Best in Life Sciences".

DORDA supports PATRIZIA AG in the purchase of a residential project development in Graz

Under the direction of Stefan Artner, DORDA advised the internationally active PATRIZIA AG on the acquisition of a residential project development in the new Reininghaus district of Graz. The seller is the AIRA Development Group, which developed the project and is responsible for construction and leasing.

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.