Firm Profile > DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH > Vienna, Austria

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH
UNIVERSITÄTSRING 10
1010 VIENNA
Austria

Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

A one-stop shop for data protection throughout the CEE region, DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH fields an experienced data protection group with a strong suit in post-project GDPR issues, audits and proceedings. Several team members are also capable of acting as data protection officers. In terms of industry sectors, the department assists household names in TMT, banking, insurance, pharmaceutical and real estate. Managing partner and IP luminary Axel Anderl heads the team together with Felix Hörlsberger, who has a restructuring and insolvency background. At associate level, Nino Tlapak, who has data protection and security law know-how, is the key name.

Practice head(s):

Axel Anderl; Felix Hörlsberger

Other key lawyers:

Nino Tlapak

Testimonials

‘Dorda’s privacy and data protection practice has offered exceptional, practical counsel regarding nuanced aspects of notification involving the Austrian Data Protection Authority. They are highly responsive, provide strong, no nonsense work product. Simply put, they deliver effective, efficient value-added legal counsel, and are very personable and easy to work with.’

‘Axel Andrel and Nino Tlapak are exceptionally responsive, personable, and offer deeply valued experiential wisdom regarding GDPR compliance.’

‘Flexible, quick, pragmatic.’

‘Nino Tlapak is flexible, quick, pragmatic.’

‘Engaging, highly up to date and pragmatic.’

‘Axel Anderl is standout practitioner, develops good solutions.’

‘Nino Tlapak is deeply knowledgeable in all matters GDPR.’

‘The team around Axel Anderl is extremely experienced and working hands-on. They understand very quickly and without much saying the issues of their clients and support accordingly. Furthermore, they have an extremely quick turnaround time. It is a pleasure working with them.’

‘Axel Anderl, the boss of the team, is the guru of IP/IT law in Austria with a deep and broad knowledge of the subject and market, plus helpful connections.’

‘Nino Tlapak has specialized on data protection and privacy and can step in in any discussion of the subject matter without a lot of preparation and briefing.’

‘I especially appreciate the proactive and cooperative collaboration. We receive unsolicited the latest information and suggestions on how we should adapt our procedures.’

‘The cooperation with Axel Anderl and Nino Tlapak is very trusting and uncomplicated. I always appreciate the open exchange with them, and at least once a year we use their expertise to explain the dry topics of data protection to our employees in practical workshops.’

‘Axel Anderl and his team deliver above standard legal consultancy in order to support us in our daily business dealing with critical data for the Austrian Real Estate Market. Compared to other firms their availability is outstanding and they provide consultancy pro-actively, not just waiting for cases to occur. Their knowledge in the field of IPR and GDPR is essential for the success of our company.’

‘Axel Anderl is one of the most competent persons considering IPR and GDPR in Austria. His availability and dedication to the client as above any expectation.’

‘Nino Tlapak is compared to others highly profiled when it comes to put complex information and issues together and coming up with a resolution.’

‘The speed on providing their promised deliverables is outstanding. They are easy to work with, are happy to tackle challenging issues and they always think about the right solutions for their clients.’

‘I have been working with Axel Anderl for many years. He has extensive industry knowledge and is a very talented and successful negotiator, especially when you are a client in the highly regulated banking industry and have to deal with major international IT providers. Axel is super-smart, down to earth and always a pleasure to work with. He is very client-focused, attentive and responsive.’

‘Nino Tlapak has a great team, all experts in the field of data protection. He provides questions very quickly, short and on point.’

‘Mr. Tlapak and his experts have a great understanding of problems that arise within a company concerning data protection. Answers are provided quickly and on point.’

‘Very hands on, pragmatic, fast, concrete advice, very accessible, complete range of legal advice, very professional.’

‘The entire data protection team, which is responsible for my company, reacts very quickly to requests.’

Key clients

Allianz Elementar Versicherungs-Aktiengesellschaft

Bayer Austria GmbH

Erste Bank, S IT Solutions AT Spardat

Head Group

IMMOunited

ISS Austria Holding

Kommunalkredit Austria

L’Oréal Österreich

METRO Cash & Carry Österreich

Otto Immobilien

Roche Diagnostics GmbH

Styria Media Group

Trodat Trotec Group

Twinformatics

UNIQA Group

Verbund

VIG – Vienna Insurance Group

ZKW Group

Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation Tier 1

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH's full-service arbitration practice is co-led by Veit Öhlberger, who handles a wide range of disputes with a specialism in agency, trade and distribution-related matters, and Florian Kremslehner, who, alongside Öhlberger is an experienced arbitrator, and regularly acts in banking and finance-related work and disputes at the intersection with white-collar criminal law. As another key member of the team, counsel Gunnar Pickl is best known for his expertise in handling disputes arising from construction and energy projects alongside commercial liability insurance matters. This broad offering is reflected in the team's wide-ranging client base, which includes banks, national and international corporates - many of which stem from the construction and manufacturing sectors - and private clients.

Practice head(s):

Veit Öhlberger; Florian Kremslehner

Other key lawyers:

Christian Dorda; Gunnar Pickl

Testimonials

‘Knowledgeable dispute resolution team; orientated to provide practical solutions. Fast work pace and flexibility.’

‘Excellent team, good cross-topic support, excellent international network, hands-on approach, understands customer needs, flexibility.’

The entire team was able to provide clear and very pragmatic advice.

Transparent billing. Communication via different channels including F2F meetings, conference calls. Full availability of team members when ad-hoc advice was required.

‘Tier 1 in Austria. Comparable to international counsel.’

‘We worked with Gunnar Pickl, who was professional, charming, competent and responsive. You could not ask for anything more.’

Veit Öhlberger: my go-to option for complex cases in an Austrian nexus.

Veit Öhlberger: understands customer needs, hands-on practical approach, excellent to work with, high competence and international experience.

Veit Öhlberger: my go-to option for complex cases in an Austrian nexus.

Veit Öhlberger is extremely dedicated and thorough.

‘The firm was recommended by a client, and we worked with them on a local matter which went very smoothly and successfully. The international arbitration skills were good and they were lovely people to work with. The team appeared to get on very well, and also got on very well with us.’

Key clients

BAWAG P.S.K.

CAME Holding

SAZKA Group

Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 1

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH is routinely called upon by banks, insurance companies and corporates to assist with banking and finance sector disputes, including misinformation and criminal matters, insurance conflicts and various commercial and contractual matters. Stephan Steinhofer is the key contact for commercial litigation, while Felix Hörlsberger heads up the insurance defence group. Dispute resolution team head Florian Kremslehner handles a wide range of civil and criminal matters.

Practice head(s):

Florian Kremslehner

Other key lawyers:

Felix Hörlsberger; Stephan Steinhofer

Testimonials

‘Experts of every field are involved at critical stages, whilst the contact person in charge takes care of the client all the way through!’

Around-the-clock commitment, especially for short notice deadlines and requests!

‘High analytical skills, delivers quality on time, exceeding expectations.’

‘Dorda are very good and they have the additional benefit of having a senior ex-judge in-house who can assess the quality and persuasiveness of pleadings, which is valuable when these are being prepared at short notice, under considerable time pressure. We worked very well together.’

Key clients

Brush Holding Ltd (formerly FKI Ltd), Melrose

BAWAG P.S.K.

Chubb

Jung, DMS & Cie.

Sequa

Swiss Re

FWU Life Insurance Austria, FWU Life Insurance Lux SA

Intellectual property Tier 1

Although covering the full range of IP work, DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH has a strong position in matters where IP and IT overlap; for instance supporting tech-related companies with copyright levies and unfair competition disputes. Axel Anderl leads the strong bench; he has a focus on software law, outsourcing and e-commerce. Andreas Seling specialises in trade mark law. IP enforcement, oppositions and invalidity proceedings fall within Bernhard Heinzl's area of expertise.

Practice head(s):

Axel Anderl

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Seling; Bernhard Heinzl

Testimonials

‘A dedicated team that went beyond any expectation to understand our business, the intricacies of the applicable legal framework and the global implications of the matters at stake.’

‘Axel Anderl is experienced, skilful and sharp.’

‘Andreas Seling is committed, devoted and enthusiastic.’

‘Fully client-oriented, perfect legal analysis capabilities to find and formulate arguments to support legal position of the client, experienced & professional lawyers.’

‘Axel Anderl is an experienced and professional lawyer, asks questions until he understands his client.’

‘Very knowledgeable, very experienced and fully devoted to achieving a success.’

‘DORDA has a very well staffed IP team: young and enthusiastic – and at the same time highly professional. Working with the IP team is fun and you will receive the best practical advice. They work very efficiently and meet every deadline. They are worth every Euro.’

‘Axel Anderl has vast experience and deep market knowledge. He shares all this with his team members which makes them not only associates, but valuable contact partners. They are really strong in securing and enforcing your rights – no matter how big or tricky the opponent. I also love discussing strategic issues with Axel and his Team. DORDA is a high profile firm. However, the good reputation of the IP Team definitely has a further positive effect on DORDA.’

‘Axel Anderl is the best IP lawyer you will get on the Austrian market. He loves his job and as a client you can feel that every minute you work with him. He fights for you and stops you making mistakes. Due to his experience he quickly understands your business which is decisive. Axel is very responsive and a strategic thinker.’

‘Bernhard Heinzl is a very smart lawyer. He has international background and works very efficiently.’

‘Very responsive. Good interdisciplinary thinking.’

‘Unique position on the Austrian market as the team combines both IP and IT in deep specialization. It is a great asset if you’re legal adviser think and live your language as digital business. They are really outstanding.’

‘Over the years, Axel built up an incredible team which is now the biggest on the market. What I really like is that he was very cautious and sensitive with choosing employees resulting in a very homogeneous team. All team members do have their own and different personality but when it comes to service provision they act all the same way as it comes to ideas, language, turn around times. It thus makes it easy to accept that Axel handles the big cases and interferes where required, only and his team deals with day to day business within their specializations.’

‘What strikes me most is the teams number of lawyers and that they are always available. Since the team is so large, someone is always able to help, despite holidays or other things they have to attend to. I also like their client seminars very much.’

‘I have been mainly working with Bernhard Heinzl. The performance of Bernhard is always first class. Shortest response and turn around times and the advice is on point and easily understandable even as a non-lawyer.’

‘DORDA have provided helpful advice from an Austrian law perspective and the cooperation has been good. They are responsive to instructions and will pick up matters urgently, which is particularly important for demanding clients. The main reason we instructed DORDA was their reputation in the online social media and technology field. ’

‘We have worked with both Dr Axel Anderl and Heinzl Bernhard. Their command of English first and foremost is excellent, and their advice is sound. They understand our client’s business which was really important. Their appreciation for, and knowledge of, the online social media and technology sector, in addition to their communication skills, I would say are their strengths.’

‘Very good reachability and response times, thinking outside the box.’

‘The staff is very quick and up to date.’

‘They are very competent, but at the same time easy going and a pleasure to work with.’

‘The team consists of bright lawyers who have flair and individuality, led by the charismatic Axel Anderl.’

‘Axel Anderl is bright, responsive and good-humoured.’

‘The various members do have different sub-specialisations which safeguards deep industry knowledge. All lawyers I worked with did, however, know my business and status of the other open or closed issues. You really feel treated like you were the only client and all the attention belongs to you.’

‘Generally, all are hard core service provider. It does not matter with whom you’re dealing – they make things happen in shorter turn around times than promised. If you agree on a deadline you get the results as a principle one day earlier. They also definitely know what they are doing. All my issues were dealt with successfully.’

‘I would like to highlight Axel Anderl, head of the team. He is the mastermind who did build up this incredible team. He is the role model of a modern, next generation lawyer not hiding behind difficult and over cautious advice but giving reasonable, solution orientated help.’

‘Andreas Seling has deep industry knowledge and was able to successfully deal with some international issues.’

‘Dorda is very special concerning their response time. They work extremely fast and efficiently. Also, it is worth to mention that they care about all subjects. If something isn’t clear for them a hundred per cent sure, they ask for details and don’t just give an advice.’

‘It’s great that all the individuals working at Dorda communicate with each other. They are all up to date, so the person you speak to always knows what you are talking about, even if the one you had direct contact to isn’t available at the moment. It seems to us that the team spirit is unique. Also, they are all very friendly and get involved with the matter you are confronting them.’

Key clients

Actial Farmaceutica Srl

Addiko Bank

Allianz Technology

Bose

BRAINPOOL TV

Mad & Wine GmbH

Novartis Austria GmbH

ÖBB Holding AG and ÖBB Personenverkehr AG (Austrian Federal Railway Company)

Styria Media Group

The Blue Minds Company

Thomas Zelenka Bienenprodukte

Wein & Co

Wiener Symphoniker

Willhaben internet service GmbH & Co KG

Real estate Tier 1

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH has a particular emphasis on transactional work in the retail, office, residential and hotel sectors but the team is also experienced in handling lease matters for national and international clients such as corporates and retailers. Clients in the transactional space include real estate and construction companies as well as asset management companies and funds. Team head Stefan Artner also co-heads the construction practice, which translates into mandates at this intersection such as project developments and forward deals. He receives regular support from junior partner Magdalena Brandstetter, who handles a wide range of tenancy law, real estate M&A and construction law.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Artner

Other key lawyers:

Marie-Luise Pugl; Magdalena Brandstetter

Testimonials

‘Responsiveness, commercial awareness, industry knowledge, cross-border capability.’

‘We have been working with Dorda for several years now: Response by Dorda and the results were always great. The real estate team is known for high-quality work, and we can confirm that they provided very good work and are always available for us. We can come to the team with any request – and they deal with it whatever the legal questions.’

‘Deep knowledge.’

‘Dorda is local in the sense of being extremely well connected in Austria, but with an international mindset. They are pretty stable in terms of partner and associate work force which makes cooperation easier than in a changing environment. The quality of the various experts is very consistent and high, which is very important for us. The Dorda partners know how things are dealt with in the countries of their international clients, enabling them to explain very efficiently what decisions are required from the clients and what the consequences are.’

We value Stefan Artner for his precise knowledge and years of experience. It is always great to work with him and we appreciate his ability to view legal issues from a client’s economic point of view.

‘Stefan Artner is a real deal maker.’

‘Stefan Artner is great to work with, irrespective of whether the transaction was originated in Austria or is inbound business. There is no power play, just cooperation and focus on client needs. He is experienced and very flexible in terms of transaction needs and commercial aspects. He understands the needs of German and foreign investors very well and is a technically great lawyer. And he is a very nice guy.’

Marie-Luise Pugl keeps a cool head even in difficult negotiations, is solution-oriented and always available.

Magdalena Brandstetter is acting closely with our team in cross-border transactions. She is very responsive, always on top of the facts and a great lawyer.

‘I really appreciate that the team has clear and pragmatic solutions – and you always feel heard with them and get partner attention, which is not necessarily the case with large business law firms. The Dorda team has great experience in real estate transactions and has solutions which are very to the point. We have used them for sell-side and purchase transaction and were always very satisfied, so we will continue to work with Dorda.’

‘Stefan Artner is definitely one of the best real estate lawyers in Austria. We have seen his name in the large Austrian transactions in the last years. Stefan anticipates strategic issues and resolves problems always with a view to the economic side. I have always enjoyed working with him.’

‘Our main points of contact at Dorda are Stefan Artner and Marie-Luise Pugl. We have worked with them for many years now in various transactions, including large and complex ones and have been very happy with their support.’

‘Magdalena Brandstetter is very deal-orientated.’

Key clients

Amundi S.A.

ARE Austrian Real Estate

Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft m.b.H. (BIG)

Deka Immobilien

DLH (Deutsche Logistik Holding) / Zech Group

Eastern Property Holdings

e-shelter / NTT Global Data Centers

GalCap Europe

Helvetia Versicherungen AG

KGAL

Max Mara

NH Hotels

ÖAMTC

Patrizia AG

S IMMO AG

Swietelsky Development AG

TK Maxx / TJX

UBM Development AG

Universal-Investment Luxembourg

Warburg-HIH Invest Real Estate

TMT Tier 1

The outstanding TMT group at DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH is always one step ahead of market trends, especially in the tech space where demand for support with outsourcing, digitalisation and cloud solutions has soared in recent times. IT and data protection luminary Axel Anderl is in charge of the overall practice, with Heinrich Kühnert and Bernhard Müller overseeing the telecoms and regulated industries department. The strong and highly specialised bench also includes Andreas Seling, who concentrates on social media, IT expert Nino Tlapak and Bernhard Heinzl, who takes the lead on cross-border IT projects and software licensing contracts.

Practice head(s):

Axel Anderl

Other key lawyers:

Heinrich Kühnert; Bernhard Müller; Nino Tlapak; Andreas Seling; Bernhard Heinzl

Testimonials

‘Top-tier in their field, profound legal knowledge, good reachability of lawyers, outcome always satisfactory, keep promised delivery times.’

‘Nino Tlapak is customer-oriented, provides custom-tailored legal proposals.’

‘They listen and understand what the client would like to achieve. Clear in advising which steps are the next. Simple communication.’

‘Axel Anderl and Nino Tlapak have profound knowledge which is combined with an ability to address and solve specific issues and to remove big roadblocks at the same time. Always reliable and easily approachable, they provide great support and are ready to back up in the most competent way.’

‘Excellent market standing, wide range of high profile clients because of the quality work they do.’

‘Axel Anderl: Highly available, fast thinking.’

‘The mutual respect and Dorda’s flexibility to deal with questions of detail is the basis of a long-standing cooperation.’

‘Dr. Axel Anderl is our first contact person at Dorda. If he does not take care of our queries himself, he always refers us to the right contact person at Dorda for the respective topic, although he himself always remains informed. His team, in particular Nino Tlapak, Andreas Seling and Bernhard Heinzl, are top experts and keep us informed, especially with regard to data protection. Special queries are answered competently and quickly.’

‘Our main contact is Dr. Axel Anderl, and he coordinates all legal topics and issues my group of company has. If we have issues in fields in which Dr. Anderl is not specialized, he coordinates internally the right contact person. Dr. Anderl further coordinates the case with the result that I can be sure, that the contact person in a special legal field knows our history, our conditions etc. with DORDA. That’s perfect.’

‘The speed on providing their promised deliverables is outstanding. They are easy to work with, are happy to tackle challenging issues, and they always think about the right solutions for their clients. ’

‘I have been working with Axel Anderl for many years on complex IT and outsourcing projects. He has extensive industry knowledge and is a very talented and successful negotiator, especially when you are a client in the highly regulated banking industry and have to deal with major international IT providers. Axel is super-smart, down to earth and always a pleasure to work with. He is very client-focused, attentive and responsive.’

‘The TMT team is extremely high skilled, motivated and available whenever I need them. They are also able to look at the topics through the customer glasses and can find solutions even for very difficult setups. I have never experienced any other law firm with a similar attitude and skill level.’

‘Axel Anderl formed a very sustainable team with good specialization within his lawyers / associates. He got broad experience within the relevant Austrian industries and combines it with his exemplary skills as service provider.’

‘Axel Anderl as mastermind of his team has outstanding negotiation skills. He uses his broad experience, industry knowledge to support his customers not only with legal answers, but also with full service towards the customer companies aims and goals.’

‘Nino Tlapak grew as associate to a data protection lawyer within the team of Axel Anderl and nowadays is a well known name within data privacy matters in Austria.’

‘High competence and broad experience that allows for pragmatic and fast decision-making together with the legal counsel on the spot without the need of additional rounds of alignment. Extremely fast response times and great availability. Overall highly supportive and would recommend without hesitation.’

‘Nino Tlapak understands perfectly to translate business requirements that are described to him into the legal sphere. This is a very helpful quality as it enables the non-legal project team to simply describe what outcome should be reached and Mr. Tlapak delivers and communicates an according draft directly to the external counterparty.’

‘Highly capable, quick and competent.’

‘Andreas Seling was incredibly easy to work with. Competent, quick and always has focused on our company’s goal.’

‘Fast, solution-oriented and reliable way of working.’

‘Precise and quick feedback to given questions and challenges.’

‘Mr. Heinzl covers a lot of our standard requests immediately with high quality. In case of other subjects, dispatching to other lawyers works smooth and promptly.’

Key clients

Austrian Reporting Services GmbH (AuRep)

Cyan Security Group

Daiichi Sankyo Austria

Erste Bank

European Commission (Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, Unit E2 – Cloud & Software)

Globalstar

I-New Unified Mobile Solutions

Kommunalkredit Austria

Landeshauptstadt Innsbruck

Miba

Motorola Solutions

Novartis Pharma Austria

Operettensommer Veranstaltungs GmbH

S IT Solutions AT Spardat

Styria Media Group

UNIQA Group

Ventocom

VIG – Vienna Insurance Group

WT Wien Ticket

Banking and finance Tier 2

Various financial services providers, funds and companies routinely retain the team at DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH to advise on financing transactions and regulatory issues as well as on associated matters at various intersections, such as capital markets, restructuring and tax, which are handled in conjunction with the respective practice. Recently, the team's regulatory work has included FMA licensing procedures, contentious proceedings and an increasing number of fintech matters, which are frequently handled by Andreas Zahradnik. He jointly heads the practice with Tibor Varga, who is experienced in various types of loan documentation, including acquisition, corporate, project and structured finance, as well as transactions with DCM and ECM elements. Restructuring-related mandates are handled by both team heads.

Practice head(s):

Tibor Varga; Andreas Zahradnik

Testimonials

‘Hands-on mentality, great analytical approach, exceptional knowledge in many fields.’

‘Absolute experts in banking and finance law. Serious and reliable partners. Not cost-pushing.’

‘Tibor Varga: very friendly, professional approach, exceptional commitment to get the deal done.’

‘Tibor Varga: very sensible and client-oriented work, understanding of market practice and the client.’

Key clients

BAWAG P.S.K.

ING-DiBa

Capital markets Tier 2

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH is well placed to assist domestic and international investment banks, issuers and investors with the full range of equity and debt issuance matters, including private placements and public offerings as well as structured and high-yield debt issuances. In doing so, the team frequently acts at the intersection between capital markets and takeover law as well as banking and finance and corporate law. Christoph Brogyányi and Andreas Mayr routinely act at this intersection as do Tibor Varga and Andreas Zahradnik, who are particularly known for their banking and finance expertise. Clients - most notably from the banking, real estate and automotive sectors - also regularly retain the practice to assist with regulatory and compliance issues.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Brogyányi; Andreas Mayr; Tibor Varga; Andreas Zahradnik

Key clients

HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt

UBS

ams AG

HSBC France

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

With a focus on high-end and cross-border work, DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH regularly represents international corporations as well as investment banks and private equity clients. The strong department, which has a great track record in distressed M&A, joint ventures and corporate litigation, unites Martin Brodey and his private M&A practice with Andreas Mayr's public M&A group for a full-service offering. The former has a strong client base in automotive and IT, whereas the latter has additional capital markets experience. Jürgen Kittel is also a key member of the team, especially for inbound transactions in structured sales, bidding processes and negotiated transactions.

Practice head(s):

Martin Brodey; Andreas Mayr

Other key lawyers:

Jürgen Kittel; Christian Ritschka

Testimonials

‘Responsive, bright, flexible.’

‘What matters most for us is that we are presented with solutions and get the deal done and this is exactly what they are doing. ’

‘Christian Ritschka is my main point of contact. I can only repeat that he is a hard worker and I fully trust his great expertise and support. ’

‘Strong expertise in commercial, corporate and especially M&A topics, holistic advisory approach not limited to mere legal topics but always having the business view in mind, very pragmatic and goal oriented advisory approach, highly accessible and flexible.’

‘Strongly business-oriented, not limited to just the legal topics. Target driven, not overcomplicating things, high expertise in corporate and M&A topics.’

‘Very quick in understanding the essence of the issue, easy to talk to, able to dive deep even on short notice.’

‘Christian Ritschka and Martin Brodey have been very helpful in M&A transactions. Both have a very good sense for business, thus being able to negotiate good results even in difficult transactions and with less well versed lawyers representing the other party.’

Key clients

Florian Schicker

Fontem Ventures

Greiner

METRO Cash & Carry International Holding GmbH

Miba

SAZKA

Supernova Invest

Volkswagen Bank, Volkswagen Financial Services

Weichai Group

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

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH acts for corporates and individuals in criminal proceedings and civil claims pertaining to accusations of fraud, embezzlement, bribery and corruption, while also regularly representing clients in criminal investigations and tax-related defence proceedings, including those spanning various jurisdictions. Other areas of expertise include compliance and preventive advice. Commercial litigator and arbitrator Florian Kremslehner heads the practice, which includes junior partner and criminal law expert Daniela Firulovic.

Practice head(s):

Florian Kremslehner

Other key lawyers:

Daniela Firulovic

Testimonials

‘Seamless communication within the team and all parties involved. Full commitment and proactive advice for the client, also in terms of feasibility and costs!’

You always know you’re in good hands and receive top-quality legal support and service!

Great work and results! Thank you!

‘Dorda offers legal services and economic know-how of the highest standard. They always aim at achieving the best possible solution as quickly as possible.’

‘Professional competence even beyond national borders is very important for an internationally active company like ours and is also very well served by Dorda and its employees.’

‘Florian Kremslehner has been at our side for many years for the big and small questions and there is a very strong relationship of trust. New members of his team always give the impression of having a very good mentor at their side.’

‘For many, many years, the dispute resolution practice of Dorda delivers outstanding legal advice. Florian Kremslehner is an impressive lawyer and the shining patron of the entire team. One of the most impressive quality of Florian Kremslehner is that he always discovers and develops young talents. This is what made the team’s quality at partner and especially at senior associate level so outstanding over the last 4-5 years ’

‘Stand-out partner: Florian Kremslehner has extensive knowledge and unrivalled skills in strategic questions; has been an impressive litigation lawyer for many years and is also highly skilled in criminal law.’

Daniela Firulovic is a rising star in the field, she has outstanding knowledge in criminal law, handles the case work with so much commitment, she is always the best prepared in any trial, achieves great results for her clients. Overall, Daniela Firulovic is an highly impressive lawyer and an outstanding future leader.

‘Daniela Firulovic took excellent care of us, using all her knowledge and expertise as well as proactively communicating with the authorities to stay a step ahead!’

‘As a long-time client of Dorda’s white-collar crime department, I am still impressed by the team’s dedication and hard work in my case. The members of the team, especially Daniela Firulovic, are outstanding personalities. As a client, I always have the feeling that my matter is handled as top-priority. Also from a strategic standpoint, Daniela Firulovic and the team are always at least one step ahead of the opposing counsels. It is impressive to see that Dorda’s white-collar crime department delivers high-level legal advice with such a consistent quality.’

‘I work mainly with Daniela Firulovic. She is always on top of my case. As a client, you always get the feeling to be best protected, and she always delivers excellent results. In negotiations she is always the best prepared, combined with her outstanding strategic skills she is the best adviser you can ask for as a client. Daniela Firulovic is an outstanding criminal law attorney with strong legal knowledge and an highly winning personality. I personally recommend Daniela to all of my contacts.’

Key clients

IMMOFINANZ

Employment Tier 2

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH stands out for its ability to link employment with corporate, data protection and public law. As such, the practice often assists clients with company acquisitions and disposals as well as data security in the workplace. Thomas Angermair, who maintains strong relationships with the art world and represents numerous renowned cultural institutions, is a popular choice for the employment aspects of corporate mergers and restructurings. He leads the team, which also includes junior partner Lisa Kulmer, a human resource management specialist with a strong banking background.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Angermair

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Kulmer

Testimonials

‘The whole teams works very professional, especially in a multidirectional situation like an acquisition. Here you need experts in different segments. DORDA has them in every single part.’

‘Highly responsive and reliable team.’

‘DORDA is very responsive. The responses are good quality and always straight to the point.’

‘Lisa Kulmer shows a practical approach, responds fast, her advice is always of good quality.’

Key clients

Bayer

Boston Consulting Group Austria

Clarks Shoes

Danaher

emmy

MaxMara

JP Morgan

Kwizda Pharma

Rohrdorfer Gruppe

Salesforce

Solera Holdings

Too Good to Go

Wiener Symphoniker

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH's clients, including corporates, funds and investors, benefit from the team's interdisciplinary approach to various regorganisation and pre-insolvency restructuring scenarios. This includes assistance with distressed M&A and refinancing matters with Christian Ritschka frequently handling the former and Tibor Varga the latter. In other work, the team acts for creditors in insolvency proceedings and insolvency-related litigation. Key contact Felix Hörlsberger has particular expertise at the intersection between insolvency and insurance law, leading to regular instructions from insurance sector players.

Practice head(s):

Felix Hörlsberger

Other key lawyers:

Tibor Varga; Andreas Zahradnik; Christian Ritschka

Testimonials

‘Insightful, commercial and to the point. Very user friendly experience.’

‘Very smart, dedicated and responsive team.’

Key clients

Ad Hoc Committee of Steinhoff Europe AG (SEAG) Lenders

Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality SE (AGCS)

Attestor Capital

Swiss Re

Administrative law and public sector Tier 3

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH operates an increasingly strong public law practice aimed at life sciences, healthcare and consumer goods clients, with a particular strength in food law. The team's skill set also includes trade law, waste law, town planning and utilities as well as environmental impact assessments. Bernhard Müller, who has additional knowledge of foreign trade and environmental law, leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Bernhard Müller

Testimonials

‘Close collaboration; all relevant topics for our industry sector are covered; even with new topics like Covid-19, the support was excellent; very practical approach with good advice for implementation.’

‘Great network within the firm; one contact person and rapid forwarding to competent position for special enquiries within the firm; professional response always guaranteed.’

‘Bernhard Müller shows outstanding expertise in public law and procurement law.’

Key clients

Al Fakher Tobacco

Airbnb

G4S

MJAM

Delivery Hero

N Green Mobility – AUTONOmous driving project

ÖBB Holding, ÖBB-Postbus GmbH, ÖBB Personenverkehr

TK Maxx

Too Good to Go

Wiener Wohnen

3M Precision Grinding

EU and competition Tier 3

Compliance, antitrust proceedings and merger control are the three main pillars of DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH's antitrust group. Department head Heinrich Kühnert's practice takes in state aid advice among other matters. Spanish-speaking clients turn to of counsel Elisabeth König, who adds significant cross-border merger expertise to the mix. The group has particular knowledge of the healthcare and pharmaceuticals, transport and media sectors.

Practice head(s):

Heinrich Kühnert

Other key lawyers:

Elisabeth König; Lisa Todeschini

Testimonials

‘The team is very client-oriented and keeps its promised deadlines and aligned with us on work streams and their progress within the projects.’

‘In brief customer-oriented, good project management, good reachability of lawyers, great expertise in their field.’

‘Flexible, quick, pragmatic.’

‘Heinrich Kühnert is a dedicated and highly competent antitrust law partner. He is responsive, pragmatic and up to date regarding all new antitrust developments. It is a pleasure working with him.’

‘Excellent team, exceptional knowledge and good international network, hands-on approach, understands customer needs, available when needed, explains difficult legal issues very good.’

‘Dorda’s competition law team is very dedicated and responsive. High quality output is provided within short timeframes, questions are addressed in a very intelligent and practical manner.’

‘Concise and up-to-date competition counselling, strong understanding of our business model and regulatory constraints.’

‘Dorda is an excellent law firm, with talented lawyers having a very sharp expertise in competition law.’

‘Heinrich Kühnert is an exceptional lawyer. In addition to having tremendous knowledge in competition law, he is very client caring, always available, thinks fast and has the ability to explain plainly very complex issues.’

‘Strong know-how and competence, goal oriented, pragmatic and to the point, very accessible and responsive, strong business acumen.’

‘Holistic advisory approach, very goal- and solution-oriented, to the point and not over-legalizing things.’

Key clients

Nichicon Corporation

Bose GmbH / Bose Corporation

Miba AG

Greiner AG

Austrian Gaming Holding / SAZKA Group

TTTech Group

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

Novartis Pharma Austria

Sandoz GmbH

Private client Tier 3

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH is a popular choice for Eastern European and Russian clients in particular, largely due its deep knowledge of Austrian foundation structures for tax and estate planning. Paul Doralt and Elmar Drabek jointly head the team, which stands out for its dispute capabilities as well as notable skills in corporation succession and family asset planning. Doralt is a recognised international tax advisor and Drabek has a background in immigration law.

Practice head(s):

Paul Doralt; Elmar Drabek

Other key lawyers:

Katharina Binder

Testimonials

‘The private client team has very broad knowledge in cross-border cases and in tax issues.’

‘Katharina Binder is very experienced, responsive and has outstanding expertise in tax law questions.’

Projects and energy Tier 3

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH provides the full range of transactional as well as regulatory energy and natural resource work, particular in the oil and gas sector. Heinrich Kühnert, who combines energy and projects with his competition law background, jointly heads the team with Bernhard Müller. Müller is able to draw on his background in public law to assist with project work and also has experience of contentious matters. Other areas of expertise include project tenders in transportation and infrastructure.

Practice head(s):

Heinrich Kühnert; Bernhard Müller

Key clients

3M Precision Grinding

Klima und Energiefonds

Menzies Aviation

OMV Exploration & Production Austria

Tax Tier 3

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH supports both corporate and individual clients with tax audits, tax issues and cross-border tax structures. Practice head Paul Doralt has experience of structured financing as well as trust law and is a key name for private clients. Associate Katharina Binder brings knowledge of international corporate restructuring to the table.

Practice head(s):

Paul Doralt

Other key lawyers:

Katharina Binder

Testimonials

‘Very deep knowledge of Austrian tax law and very experienced. Great judgement on difficult issues ’

‘Paul Doralt appears to be one of the best tax lawyers in Austria. Very broad and deep knowledge and excellent judgement.’

Key clients

Eleva Beverages Holding

Faber-Castell

Public procurement Tier 4

The life sciences and healthcare sectors are at the forefront of DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH's public procurement practice, which counts manufacturers of pharmaceutical products and medical devices among its core clients. Healthcare IT expert Bernhard Müller heads both the firm's public law and specifically the public procurement practice; he is also active in the defence and security space.

Practice head(s):

Bernhard Müller

Other key lawyers:

Dominik Widl

Testimonials

‘Very short reaction time. Always practical advice.’

Key clients

AGFA Healthcare

Arbeitsgemeinschaft “Nichtsesshaftenhilfe”

bioMérieux Austria

GE Healthcare

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

G4S

HAGRO -Ventilation and Air-Conditioning Technology

Menzies Aviation

OMV Exploration & Production Austria

PremiQaMedGroup

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
Department Name Email Telephone
IT/IP, Data Protection Axel Anderl axel.anderl@dorda.at +43-1-533 4795-23
Employment Thomas Angermair thomas.angermair@dorda.at +43-1-533 4795-24
Real Estate & Construction Stefan Artner stefan.artner@dorda.at +43-1-533 4795-103
Real Estate & Construction Magdalena Brandstetter magdalena.brandstetter@dorda.at +43-1-533 4795-103
M&A Martin Brodey martin.brodey@dorda.at +43-1-533 4795-38
Capital Markets, Corporate Christoph Brogyányi christoph.brogyanyi@dorda.at +43-1-533 4795-480
Life Sciences Francine Brogyányi francine.brogyanyi@dorda.at +43-1-533 4795-480
Private Client, Tax Paul Doralt paul.doralt@dorda.at +43-1-533 4795-101
Private Client & Immigration Elmar Drabek elmar.drabek@dorda.at +43-1-533 4795-168
Restructuring & Insolvency, Insurance Law Felix Hörlsberger felix.hoerlsberger@dorda.at +43-1-533 4795-17
M&A Jürgen Kittel juergen.kittel@dorda.at +43-1-533 4795-64
Dispute Resolution Florian Kremslehner florian.kremslehner@dorda.at +43-1-533 4795-18
Competition & Antitrust Heinrich Kühnert heinrich.kuehnert@dorda.at +43-1-533 4795-35
M&A, Capital Markets Andreas W Mayr andreas.mayr@dorda.at +43-1-533 4795-64
Public Law Bernhard Müller bernhard.mueller@dorda.at +43-1-533 4795-57
Dispute Resolution, Distribution & Trade Agreements Veit Öhlberger veit.oehlberger@dorda.at ++43-1-533 4795-19
Corporate Bernhard Rieder bernhard.rieder@dorda.at +43-1-533 4795-42
M&A, Insolvency & Restructuring Christian Ritschka christian.ritschka@dorda.at +43-1-533 4795-35
Dispute Resolution Stephan Steinhofer stephan.steinhofer@dorda.at +43-1-533 4795-18
Data Protection, IT/IP Nino Tlapak nino.tlapak@dorda.at +43-1-533 4795-23
Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Insolvency & Restructuring Tibor Varga tibor.varga@dorda.at +43-1-533 4795-28
Banking & Finance, Capital Markets Andreas Zahradnik andreas.zahradnik@dorda.at +43-1-533 4795-42
Photo Name Position Profile
Dr Veit Öhlberger, M.Jur.  photo Dr Veit Öhlberger, M.Jur. Partner
Dr Axel Anderl, LL.M. (IT Law)  photo Dr Axel Anderl, LL.M. (IT Law) Managing Partner
Mag Thomas Angermair  photo Mag Thomas Angermair Partner
MMag Stefan Artner, MRICS  photo MMag Stefan Artner, MRICS Partner
Mag Julia Berent, LLB.oec. LL.M.  photo Mag Julia Berent, LLB.oec. LL.M. Attorney
Mag Magdalena Brandstetter  photo Mag Magdalena Brandstetter Partner
Dr Martin Brodey  photo Dr Martin Brodey Managing Partner
Mag Francine Brogyányi  photo Mag Francine Brogyányi Managing Partner
Mag Christoph Brogyányi photo Mag Christoph Brogyányi Partner
Ing Clemens Burian, LL.M. (WU) BSc (Wu)  photo Ing Clemens Burian, LL.M. (WU) BSc (Wu) Attorney
Mag Alexandra Ciarnau  photo Mag Alexandra Ciarnau Attorney
Dr Paul Doralt  photo Dr Paul Doralt Partner
Dr Christian Dorda  photo Dr Christian Dorda Arbitrator
Mag Elmar Drabek, B.A.  photo Mag Elmar Drabek, B.A. Partner
Mag Philip Exenberger  photo Mag Philip Exenberger Attorney
Mag Daniela Firulovic  photo Mag Daniela Firulovic Attorney
Mag Bernhard Heinzl  photo Mag Bernhard Heinzl Attorney
Mag Lukas Herrmann  photo Mag Lukas Herrmann Attornes
MMag Dr Felix Hörlsberger photo MMag Dr Felix Hörlsberger Partner
Mag Georg Jünger  photo Mag Georg Jünger Counsel
Dr Heinrich Kühnert, M.Jur.  photo Dr Heinrich Kühnert, M.Jur. Partner
Mag Alexander Karl, LL.M. (London)  photo Mag Alexander Karl, LL.M. (London) Attorney
MMag Benedikt Kessler  photo MMag Benedikt Kessler Attorney
Dr Jürgen Kittel, LL.M. (NYU)  photo Dr Jürgen Kittel, LL.M. (NYU) Partner
Mag Elisabeth König photo Mag Elisabeth König Counsel
Dr Florian Kremslehner  photo Dr Florian Kremslehner Partner
Mag Lisa Kulmer  photo Mag Lisa Kulmer Attorney
Dr Cattina Maria Leitner, LL.M.  photo Dr Cattina Maria Leitner, LL.M. Attorney
Dr Bernhard Müller (Priv.-Doz.)  photo Dr Bernhard Müller (Priv.-Doz.) Partner
Dr Andreas W MAYR, LL.M.  photo Dr Andreas W MAYR, LL.M. Partner
Mag Elena Manachimova  photo Mag Elena Manachimova Attorney
Mag Magdalena Nitsche  photo Mag Magdalena Nitsche Attorney
Mag Gunnar Pickl  photo Mag Gunnar Pickl Counsel
Hon-ProfDr Herbert Pimmer  photo Hon-ProfDr Herbert Pimmer Of 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 Rieder Partner
Dr Christian Ritschka  photo Dr Christian Ritschka Partner
Dr Christian Schöller  photo Dr Christian Schöller Attorney
Dr Andreas Seling, M.B.L.  photo Dr Andreas Seling, M.B.L. Attorney
Dr Stephan Steinhofer  photo Dr Stephan Steinhofer Partner
Mag Nino Tlapak, LL.M. (IT Law)  photo Mag Nino Tlapak, LL.M. (IT Law) Partner
Dr Tibor Varga  photo Dr Tibor Varga Partner
Dr Andreas Zahradnik  photo Dr Andreas Zahradnik Partner
Number of lawyers : 86
English
French
German
Hungarian
Italian
Russian
Spanish
Finnish
Farsi (Persian)
Romanian
Polish
Bosnian
Serbian
Ukrainian
Managing Partner : Axel Anderl
Managing Partner : Martin Brodey
Managing Partner : Francine Brogyányi
Contact : Thomas Angermair

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

What advice would you give to your younger self?

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

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

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

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

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

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.