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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 5

Taylor Wessing Austria

Taylor Wessing Austria assists clients with financing structures pertaining to M&A and private equity transactions alongside regulatory matters. CEE managing partner and team head Claudia Steegmüller assisted Barclays with various financing transactions, and advised Norske Skog Bruck on matters pertaining to its group-wide refinancing and debt structuring. Philip Hoflehner is another key individual.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 5

Taylor Wessing Austria

Taylor Wessing Austria assists clients with the entire corporate life cycle including cross-border transactions, most notably in the CEE and SEE regions, reorganisations, joint ventures and buy-outs. Philip Hoflehner advised Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers and its subsidiary Mascus International on the acquisition of its online business from foreign licensees, and Raimund Cancola and Claudia Steegmüller advised Eternit Österreich on its group reorganisation. Iman Torabia was appointed counsel in January 2018.

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Dispute resolution: commercial litigation
Dispute resolution: commercial litigation - ranked: tier 4

Taylor Wessing Austria

Taylor Wessing Austria focuses on cross-border corporate and commercial litigation alongside contentious IP, unfair competition and trade mark work. In recent work, Martin Prohaska-Marchried represented A1 Telekom Austria in unfair competition proceedings. Wolfgang Kapek jointly heads the team with Dieter Natlacen.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

Taylor Wessing Austria

Taylor Wessing Austria handles dawn raids, penalty proceedings before the Cartel Court and merger control proceedings, among other matters, with particular expertise in the food retail and construction industries. Highlights included practice head Martin Eckel representing BGO, the owner of the two biggest Austrian office furniture producers, before the Austrian competition authorities in merger control proceedings relating to the acquisition of Hali and Svoboda, the third and fourth largest players in the Austrian office furniture market. The team regularly handles merger control filings across the CEE region and also advises clients on competition compliance. Other clients include VÖB, Nestlé and Pernod Ricard. Senior associate David Konrath is also noted.

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Employment - ranked: tier 4

Taylor Wessing Austria

The team at Taylor Wessing Austria advises on the full range of employment law, covering collective labour law issues such as collective bargaining agreements, redundancies and reorganisations, cross-border employment law issues such as the posting of employees and transfer of undertakings, and questions of employment status, as well as working time, data protection and wage and social dumping. The IT, trade and commerce, and personnel leasing sectors are particular areas of expertise for the team, which is led by Wolfgang Kapek. Clients include Lafarge, Nestlé and Agrana. Brigitte Sammer is also noted.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

Taylor Wessing Austria

Advising debtors, shareholders and directors, Taylor Wessing Austria focuses on insolvency administration, particularly involving transnational elements, distressed M&A and insolvency litigation. Team head Susanne Fruhstorfer was appointed as insolvency practitioner on numerous occasions, including for real estate company WienWert Getreidemarkt 10 Immobilienbesitz and Lemos Industrieservice, and represented AGCO in the insolvency proceedings of a major supplier.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Taylor Wessing Austria

Taylor Wessing Austria’s team is active in all areas of contentious and non-contentious IP law in a variety of industry sectors, including furniture, food and technology. Practice co-head Martin Prohaska-Marchried specialises in unfair competition litigation, trade mark, design rights and copyright law. He advised Orange in a complex unfair competition and trade mark violation dispute, which was settled. Prohaska-Marchried also successfully represented Eternit Austria in a case seeking a declaration of invalidity of a community design. Well-known new clients include Continental and Sanpellegrino. Dieter Natlacen is the other co-head.

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Tax - ranked: tier 4

Taylor Wessing Austria

Taylor Wessing Austria puts significant emphasis on transactional and corporate tax structuring work, which is frequently handled in close co-operation with colleagues from various other departments. Michaela Petritz-Klar's team also handles criminal tax proceedings.

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    Good things come to those who wait? Finally, the main implementing regulation for the Austrian Law on Network and Information System Security ( Netz- und Informationssystemsicherheitsgesetz , " NISG ") was published last week. It serves primarily to define which companies are actually affected by the NISG. Now it is getting serious for the operators of " essential services ". What does that mean?
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    Black Friday is unquestionable one of the most profitable and busiest days of the year for retail, particularly online. Worldwide almost all online store do offer sales or special promotions on Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Already after this practice has established online, a trademark for " BLACK FRIDAY " was registered in Germany back in 2013. In 2016 a Chinese company acquired the trademark and then filed in 2017 for its extension to Austria. Based on the registered trademark, it granted exclusive rights to an Austrian company, which licensed usage rights to various partner stores against remuneration. Further, an exclusive " Black Friday-Cooperation Program " was established. Non-partners who used the event name or trademark were prosecuted and requested to either pay a license fee or refrain from running Black Friday promotions. Some followed the request and entered into license agreements. Some, however, did challenge the validity of the trademark. Finally, respective proceedings to check the actual protection of the trademark were initiated. Austrian courts now held that the trademark " BLACK FRIDAY " is not protected in Austria .
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    On 5th December 2018, the Austrian data protection authority ( Datenschutzbehörde , "DSB") issued a decision (DSB-D123.270/0009-DSB/2018) on data subject's right to data deletion according to Art 17 GDPR. In a nutshell, the DSB accepted consistent anonymisation as a valid alternative to physical and technical deletion. Beside the clear statement that anonymous data is not subject to the GDPR, the DSB provided detailed information on (technical) requirements of anonymisation methods:
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  • Consent or pay – a valid scheme under the GDPR?

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

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

    fwp helps find a new mega arena location

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  • Rien ne va plus!

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  • DORDA advises on the acquisition of Austrian office properties Denk Drei

    Stefan Artner , Partner and Head of the Real Estate Practice Group, and real estate attorney Klaus Pfeiffer of DORDA advised Austrian Real Estate Development GmbH ( ARE , a subsidiary of Bundesimmobilien-Gesellschaft, the Austrian privatization agency) on the acquisition of the Denk Drei office properties from IC Development . The successful closing of the forward purchase transaction took place on April 30, 2018. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.
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  • Austrian "White List"

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