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bpv Hügel

EU and competition Tier 1

bpv Hügel has a particular strength in merger control matters and also fields a stand-out antitrust litigation practice where Florian Neumayr is the key name. Neumayr shares the practice lead with EU specialist Christian Schneider and Astrid Ablasser-Neuhuber, who is notably strong across a wide range of competition matters. The department has seen an uptick in tech clients, as such companies are under intense scrutiny by Austria competition authorities. Close collaboration with affiliated offices in the CEE region as well as with the firm's Brussels branch gives the team an edge over many competitors when it comes to multi-jurisdictional work.

Practice head(s):

Astrid Ablasser-Neuhuber; Florian Neumayr; Christian Schneider

Other key lawyers:

Gerhard Fussenegger; Kajetan Rozga


‘Very responsive, hands-on-mentality, very good availability.’

‘Practicable solutions, quick response, perfect knowledge of competition law.’

‘Astrid Ablasser-Neuhuber has excellent knowledge of competition law, many years of experience in competition cases and is available nearly 24-hours.’

Key clients

A1 Telekom Austria

OMV AG /Gas Connect Austria

RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria

BayWa AG

BP Europa


Axel Springer



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BAT British American Tobacco




Austrian Chamber of Pharmacists

Raiffeisen Holding Niederösterreich-Wien








První novinová společnost a.s. (formerly Mediaservis)

IG Holzkraft

Tax Tier 1

Tax advisory, structuring and dispute cases are the pillars of bpv Hügel's tax department, which 'goes the extra mile'. The group includes a number of dual-qualified tax lawyers and tax advisors who are well placed to consider all angles of tax matters. Gerald Schachner specialises in international and corporate tax law and is able to combine this with his M&A expertise. Tax litigation, including fiscal criminal law, is the core strength of Kornelia Wittmann, a key member of the group. Recently promoted partner Nicolas Wolski is notable for work at the intersection of tax and M&A.

Practice head(s):

Gerald Schachner

Other key lawyers:

Kornelia Wittmann; Nicolas Wolski


‘Gerald Schachner really stands out. He really cares about your problem and works hard to find a practical solution. He thinks in solutions, not in problems. This approach is very rare. He is a top tax lawyer.’

‘Kornelia Wittmann deserves to be recommended. She is experienced and nice to work with. ’

‘They have an amazing tax team. The quality of work is fantastic. They are setting new standards. The go the extra mile and find a solution. The tax practice focuses on corporate tax, tax audits, tax litigations, fiscal criminal law, investigations and private clients.’

‘Gerald Schachner is in a class on his own. Brilliant knowledge and great ability to handle complex matters very smoothly. He is the one to go for the most crucial matters.’

‘Kornelia Wittmann does a lot of fiscal criminal, law tax litigation and has also a great reputation in Austria. She is detail orientated which helps a lot in finding decisive arguments for your case in difficult litigations.’

A special mention for Nicolas Wolski for his technical skills, extreme motivation and focus on his clients.’

‘Gerald Schachner is able to describe legally complex circumstances in a very understandable way. He has a very hands-on approach and always captivates with his legal and tax expertise.’

‘Smaller unit, but very efficient. Dual qualified professionals (lawyer – tax consultant, very scarce combination in Austria). Very uncomplicated, target-oriented and business-minded.’

‘Highly qualified and personally extremely likeable.

‘I have seen many firms over the last decade and the big four. But I was always convinced of the fantastic performance of bpv Hügel.’

‘Gerald Schachner is my first point of contact. He works precisely, but focused on the important issues. His professional skills and experience made him into a top-class lawyer. Gerald explains difficult matters in a structured and simple way. Gerald focuses on solutions and is one of the best in his field.’

‘Nicolas Wolski is a great tax lawyer who suits very well in this renowned tax team.’

‘Very hands-on approach and driven by the easiest but legally applicable solutions.’

‘Kornelia Wittmann is an excellent tax lawyer with a great experience and the highest technical skills. ’

‘Gerald Schachner is the head of tax with decades of experience, very skilled and client-orientated. He speaks a clear language and has also a lot of humour.’

‘Kornelia Wittmann a dynamic person who understands the needs of the client with great technical skills as well.’

‘Go-to firm for tax in Austria.’

‘Nicolas Wolski is a real asset to the team. He has brought experience in complex M&A matters.’

‘Tax team is composed of high technical tax experts. Gerald Schachner is not only a tax expert, but he has great managerial and soft skills, always available for the clients, down to earth attitude and leading by example his team.’

‘Gerald Schachner is client-focused, always reachable, innovative, fast delivery.’

‘Nicolas Wolski has great commercial skills, international tax expert, cooperative, fast delivery.’

‘What makes Gerald Schachner unique is that he has extensive experience in many areas combined with exceptional technical skills. He is the ideal tax lawyer for the high-end tax matters which are crucial for the client such as internal tax driven investigations, negotiations with the tax authorities, tax litigations and fiscal criminal law matters.’

‘Gerald Schachner has also great knowledge of private foundations and trusts which makes him an excellent lawyer for private clients as well. As a person he is down-to-earth, practical and solution oriented. Gerald always focuses on a clear and structured advice.’

‘Kornelia Wittmann is always keen to find the best possible solution. Kornelia is also very experienced with perfect technical skills. It is very convenient to work with her.’

‘Nicolas Wolski is very efficient with fantastic expertise.’

‘We are very pleased with the performance of bpv Hügel.’

‘They all have a very hands-on and pragmatic approach without losing sight of all technical details necessary to be considered in complex transactions.’

‘They are very responsive and great at explaining complex legal issues in a clear manner. Outstanding value for money.’

‘Gerald Schachner is a very sharp tax lawyer with impressive personality who also provides strategic advice, is responsive and comes straight to the point. Tactically the best and highly client-oriented.’

‘Kornelia Wittmann has a lot of technical tax knowledge, is hard-working, focused and very empathetic. You feel that she really wants to help you. Clearly a fantastic and leading tax lawyer too.’

‘Nicolas Wolski is very skilled, pragmatic and dynamic too with notable experience on PE structures and M&A tax. He seems to be the rising star. ’

Key clients



Tokio Marine


Raiffeisen Holding




Ring International Holding

RZB (Raiffeisen Zentralbank AG)

BP Plc and BP Europe SE

OMV Aktiengesellschaft

RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria AG


Administrative law and public sector Tier 2

Although focused on litigation before administrative courts, the service portfolio at bpv Hügel ranges from advice to public healthcare entities and municipalities to environmental law such as planning, zoning and waste management law. Christian Schneider, whose experience in this area also includes litigation, jointly leads the team with Christian Macho.

Practice head(s):

Christian Schneider; Christian Macho

Key clients

Mayer & Co GmbH

British American Tobacco

Austrian Chamber of Pharmacists

Marktgemeinde Maria Enzersdorf

St. Pölten (State Capital)

City of Vienna

Marktgemeinde Alland

Salzburger Verkehrsverbund

Mobility fund of the City of Vienna

Baugenossenschaft Mödling

Steirische Landesforste

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Often involved in multijurisdictional work in DACH and CEE regions, bpv Hügel is sought after by clients in industry sectors including energy, finance and healthcare. In addition to public and private M&A work, the team has recently handled an increasing number of restructuring and contentious corporate mandates. Elke Maria Napokoj leads the team together with Thomas Lettau, who has significant experience of joint ventures. Napokoj, on the other hand, is renowned for capital market transactions. Finance transactions are handled by Florian Gibitz and Christoph Nauer concentrates on real estate and banking clients.

Practice head(s):

Elke Maria Napokoj; Thomas Lettau

Other key lawyers:

Florian Gibitz; Christoph Nauer; Stefan Gaug


‘Elke Napokoj has extensive and broad experience both in small and large-scale transactions; very knowledgeable also for transactions with third parties located outside Austria. Extremely solution-oriented; able to identify areas of the highest concern quickly, and then acting fast.’

‘The M&A lawyers showed great availability, high partner attention, they were responsive and excellent negotiators. bpv Hügel is one of the law firms for the complex and challenging M&A deals.’

‘My key contact is Thomas Lettau. He is very experienced and has always a practical approach. Thomas is efficient and focuses on solutions like the tax colleagues. I highly recommend Thomas Lettau as an excellent corporate lawyer. ’

‘Stefan Gaug delivers high quality, very good responsiveness, practical and pragmatic advice, fair fee policy.’

Key clients


RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria AG

Valenva SE

Unibail-Rodamco S.A.

BP Europa SE


OMV Aktiengesellschaft

HYPO NOE Landesbank


Cemex S.A.

International Airlines Group

Vueling Airlines SA

Hookipa Biotech AG


Enso hydro

Sapura Offshore SDN BHD

ISS Group


Constantia Flexibles

heidelpay Group

Gas Connect

Private client Tier 2

The private client practice at bpv Hügel stands out for its seamless integration with the firm's tax practice and its high quota of dual qualified lawyers and tax advisers. High-net-worth individuals, family enterprises and private foundations engage the 'very experienced' team for advice on succession planning, asset structuring and reorganisations. Florian Plattner has knowledge of private foundations and Gerald Schachner combines corporate as well as tax experience with private client work. Associate Verena Hügel is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Florian Plattner

Other key lawyers:

Gerald Schachner; Verena Hügel


‘bpv Hügel’s in-depth knowledge of Austrian tax law is unique.’

‘The team has very good knowledge of foundation law, law of succession planning and corporate law. If one of my Private Banking clients has questions in this direction, I refer him to the team at bpv Hügel.’

‘Verena Hügel is the contact person for me when it comes to questions of foundation law. In addition to her legal expertise, Verena Hügel also has a comfortable way of dealing with private clients and meeting their needs.’

‘bpv Hügel is also the first address for private clients in Austria. What distinguishes them from other firms is their strong tax department. They do trust law, foundation law and succession planning and relocation.’

‘Gerald Schachner is the most prominent tax and private client lawyer and the driver for their success. He provides sensational advice. Gerald is the right person for tax planning for wealthy families as he combines legal and tax skills with a great personality.’

‘They also have phenomenal private client team where the tax lawyers play the key roles. We have been referring clients for a long time, and we have always been highly satisfied. The quality of work is fantastic. The go the extra mile and find a solution.’

‘The private client practice has in-depth expertise with private foundations, trusts, succession planning and relocations; this combined with their experience and skills makes them the finest address. ’

‘Schachner has the ability to combine difficult matters with clarity. His comprehensive experience in tax and foundation law makes him the perfect lawyer for private clients.’

‘Smaller unit, but very effective. Dual qualified professionals (lawyer – tax consultant, very scarce combination in Austria). Very uncomplicated, target-oriented and business-minded.’

‘Highly qualified and personally extremely likeable.’

‘bpv Hügel is not only leading in tax but also for private client matters. I was always convinced of the fantastic performance of bpv Hügel, which is certainly one of the best choices for tax including private clients in Austria. My overall impression is excellent. You get top advice, they are professionally enriching, polite, reliable, also have humour. The working style I would describe as efficient, fast, focused on practical solutions, they speak a clear language.’

‘Gerald Schachner is my first point of contact. He works precisely, but focused on the important issues. His professional skills and experience made him a top-class lawyer. Gerald explains difficult matters in a structured and simple way. Gerald focuses on solutions and is one of the best in his field. He is the head of the tax department but also a key player in the private client practice. Gerald is an expert on private foundations. ’

‘We cooperate with bpv Hügel on a regular basis over the recent years on tax and private client matters. We choose bpv Hügel because of the outstanding quality of work and their reputation in Austria.’

‘What makes Gerald Schachner unique is that he has extensive experience in many areas combined with exceptional technical skills. He is not only an exceptional tax lawyer, he also has a great knowledge of private foundations and trusts which makes him an excellent lawyer for private clients as well. As a person he is down-to-earth, practical and solution oriented. Gerald always focuses on a clear and structured advice.’

‘The team is very experienced and the employees are very well educated.’

‘Dr. Verena Hügel is one of the best trust experts in Austria and has an extremely high level of knowledge here.’

Capital markets Tier 3

bpv Hügel has a focus on equity and equity-linked capital markets work, including cross-border transactions, and is well versed in handling compliance matters as well as mandates at the intersection with corporate law. Handling work at this interface is also part of practice head Christoph Nauer's skill set. He heads the practice from Mödling and routinely acts for investors and blue-chip issuers. Recently promoted partner Daniel Reiter is noted for his work involving listed companies and capital markets compliance issues.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Nauer

Other key lawyers:

Elke Napokoj; Daniel Reiter

Key clients



Hookipa Biotech AG

Valneva SE


Autobank AG

Constantia Flexibles GmbH


BP plc

Raiffeisen Informatik GmbH


Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 3

bpv Hügel regularly acts for clients from the construction and industrial and sectors in national and cross-border disputes, most notably pertaining to contractual and shareholder issues and competition law. Florian Neumayr is particularly experienced in private enforcement and represents clients before state courts and arbitration tribunals. Markus Schifferl was a new arrival in March 2021; he jointly heads the team with Neumayr.

Practice head(s):

Florian Neumayr; Markus Schifferl

Other key lawyers:

Florian Plattner


‘bpv Hügel’s advice is always straight to the point; the partners and associates are highly experienced in their respective fields which makes the collaborations very easy and pleasant.’

‘Highly motivated team, very responsive, has interest and understanding of our business.’

‘Florian Neumayr is a key figure in Austrian and EU competition law; his advice is highly valued and his litigation experience is outstanding.’

‘Florian Neumayr has excellent knowledge, thinks in broader ways and comes up with creative and new ideas; highly motivated.’

Key clients



BP Europe SE

Valneva SE



Projects and energy Tier 3

Regulatory issues including the implementation of the EU energy framework or network tariffs are at the forefront of bpv Hügel's energy practice. In addition to electricity and gas, the team also has expertise in matters relating to fuels, district heating and energy efficiency. Energy and telecoms specialist Christian Schneider, who has a focus on all areas of public law, leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Christian Schneider

Key clients





Fachverband Gas Wärme

Kärnten Netz GmbH

IG Holzkraft


Gas Connect Austria

Österreichs Energie

The firm:

bpv Huegel is one of the leading law firms in Austria. It is regarded as the first choice for highly complex matters that require specialised legal and tax knowledge, many years of experience and a practical business sense. In addition to several offices in Austria and an office in Brussels, the law firm is a founding member of “bpv LEGAL” – an alliance with offices in Bratislava, Bucharest, Budapest and Prague – and has a strong presence in the CEE region as well as broad international reach through worldwide partner offices.

Exceptional commitment to its clients, excellent know-how and results-oriented efficiency make bpv Huegel the first choice for challenging legal issues, significant transactions and critical litigation.

bpv Huegel strives to provide the highest standard of advice in each core area. As a result, bpv Huegel has been one of the leading providers in all areas of commercial law for many years. The full-service law firm covers all relevant specialties, including Corporate and Business, Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Market/Financing and Banking, Tax, Competition /Antitrust /EU, Real Estate, Labour, Reorganisations, Litigation/Arbitration, Dispute Resolution, Restructuring and Insolvencies, Regulatory and Public Procurement, Environment and Energy, IP/IT/Data Protection, Private Clients, Foundations and Business Succession.

Located in Brussels next to the EU institutions, bpv Huegel also offers an international platform for EU matters (with a focus on antitrust/merger control, regulatory and public procurement law, as well as general EU law).

The firm, which specialises in national and international commercial law, was founded in 1979 and currently employs over 100 staff and around 50 lawyers.

Areas of practice
Corporate/M&A – recent work highlights: European Directories Group, a Triton portfolio company, in connection with the unification of its fully-owned Austrian group company, Herold Business Data GmbH and its majority-owned subsidiary dogado GmbH, based in Dortmund; Zeus Group in its acquisition of Petruzalek Austria with 11 branches in the CEE region; Raiffeisen Informatik on its exit from SoftwareONE.

Competition, antitrust and EU: representation of Nichicon, one of the largest Japanese producers, in the so-called Capacitors Case in the proceedings before the European Commission; liaising and co-ordination with other counsels worldwide; representation of BP Europa SE in all antitrust matters in Austria; representation of A1 Telekom Austria AG in all antitrust matters in Austria; representation of Gas Connect (OMV Company) in all antitrust matters; representation of OTIS in numerous proceedings with regard to claims for compensation for damages following the Elevator Cartel; representation of representation of RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria AG in all merger control and antitrust matters in Austria.

Capital markets, banking and finance: €4.1bn merger between RZB and listed RBI (highest profile transaction in the Austrian banking industry in 2017); joint Bookrunners on €305.6m capital increase of BUWOG; €1.6bn BUWOG spin-off; €660m capital increase of Erste Group Bank AG; €350m Valneva (NYSE, ATX) SE – cross-border merger of Intercell and Vivalis.

Tax: tax advice in the M&A transactions listed above, cross-border group structures, private foundations, estate planning; tax litigation; other tax advice confidential.

Dispute resolution: representation in ad-hoc as well as VIAC corporate and contract interpretation arbitration matters; lead counsel in ICC arbitration following multi-million international M&A project in the automotive industry; advice to and representation with regard to competition law implications in an ICC energy arbitration case; representation in complex litigation proceedings in the building industry; defence in multi-plaintiff follow-on private enforcement cases; advice and representation in litigation matters in the energy industry.

Department Name Email Telephone
Administrative, procurement Christian F Schneider
Administrative, procurement Florian Neumayr
Asset finance/securitisation Stefan Gaug
Asset finance/securitisation Elke Napokoj
Banking and finance Florian Gibitz
Banking and finance Christoph Nauer
Capital markets Elke Napokoj
Capital markets Christoph Nauer
Competition and EU Astrid Ablasser-Neuhuber
Competition and EU Florian Neumayr
Competition and EU Gerhard Fussenegger
Dispute resolution Florian Neumayr
Dispute resolution Markus Schifferl
Dispute resolution Florian Plattner
Energy and natural resources Christian Schneider
Energy and natural resources Astrid Ablasser-Neuhuber
Corporate and commercial Thomas Lettau
Corporate and commercial Florian Gibitz
Employment Florian Plattner
Employment Walter Niedermüller
Environment Christian Schneider
Foreign direct investment Florian Gibitz
Foreign direct investment Thomas Lettau
Foreign direct investment Elke Napokoj
Foreign direct investment Stefan Gaug
Infrastructure and project finance Christian Schneider
M&A; private client and trusts Thomas Lettau
M&A; private client and trusts Florian Gibitz
M&A; private client and trusts Elke Napokoj
M&A; private client and trusts Stefan Gaug
Tax Gerald Schachner
Insolvency and reorganisations Bernhard Schatz
Insolvency and reorganisations Georg Rupprecht
IP/IT Sonja Dürager
Photo Name Position Profile
MMag Dr Astrid Ablasser-Neuhuber  photo MMag Dr Astrid Ablasser-Neuhuber Head of competition law department; national and European antitrust and merger control…
 Ingo Braun  photo Ingo Braun Partner in the practice areas Banking & Finance, Regulatory, Insurance, Capital Markets,…
 Sonja Dürager  photo Sonja Dürager Partner Trademark and Copyright Law IT-Law Data Protection Law Unfair Competition Media…
 Stefan Gaug photo Stefan Gaug Partner
 Dominik Geyer photo Dominik Geyer Partner and Co-Head Real Estate; Specialised in Real Estate and Tenancy Law.…
 Lucas Hora  photo Lucas Hora Associate
 Verena Huegel-Karpeles  photo Verena Huegel-Karpeles Attorney at Law, author of publications on Trust/Foundation Law and Corporate Law.…
 Roland Juill photo Roland Juill Attorney at Law with special focus on Corporate Law, Capital Markets Law…
 Thomas Lettau  photo Thomas Lettau Thomas has been a partner of bpv Huegel since 2010. He is…
 Johannes Mitterecker  photo Johannes Mitterecker Johannes joined bpv Huegel’s Corporate/M&A practice group in 2021 as an Attorney…
Dr Elke Napokoj  photo Dr Elke Napokoj Corporate, M&A, Capital Markets Elke spezializes in advising on all aspects of…
 Christoph Nauer photo Christoph Nauer Partner in the practice areas corporate/M&A, capital markets, finance & regulatory. His…
 Stanislav Nekrasov  photo Stanislav Nekrasov Attorney at Law / Tax Advisor Stanislav worked as research and teaching…
Dr Florian Neumayr  photo Dr Florian Neumayr Partner focused on Dispute Resolution (Arbitration & Litigation), Competition and Public Procurement…
Dr Michaela Pelinka  photo Dr Michaela Pelinka Partner, Co-Head Real Estate
 Paul Pfeifenberger  photo Paul Pfeifenberger Attorney at Law; Paul’s practice focuses on general civil law, real estate…
 Florian Plattner  photo Florian Plattner Florian is Partner, Attorney at Law and specialised in corporate/M&A, mergers (including…
 Daniel Reiter photo Daniel Reiter Partner with special focus on Civil Law, Corporate Law and Capital Markets…
 Georg Rupprecht photo Georg Rupprecht Co-head of the insolvency and restructuring department, court-appointed insolvency administrator and advisor…
 Gerald Schachner photo Gerald Schachner Partner at bpv Huegel since 2013; Head of Tax Department; specialised in…
 Bernhard Schatz photo Bernhard Schatz Co-head of the insolvency and restructuring department, court-appointed insolvency administrator and advisor…
DDr Christian F Schneider  photo DDr Christian F Schneider Partner; Public & Regulatory Law, Environmental Law, Public Procurement Law, Energy Law,…
 Tamara Tomic  photo Tamara Tomic Associate
 Barbara Valente  photo Barbara Valente Associate with focus on Corporate Law, Capital Markets including especially compliance work,…
 Kornelia Wittmann photo Kornelia Wittmann Partner, Attorney at Law (Munich Bar Association), Tax Advisor. Specialised in International…
 Nicolas Wolski  photo Nicolas Wolski Partner, Attorney at Law (Frankfurt Bar), German certified tax advisor, Austrian certified…
 Daniel Zahourek  photo Daniel Zahourek Associate
Number of lawyers : 47
Contacts : Christoph Nauer
Contacts : Florian Neumayr
Contacts : Bernhard Schatz
Other offices : Brussels
Other offices : Bucharest*
Other offices : Budapest*
Other offices : Bratislava*
Other offices : Prague* (bpv Legal Alliance)
Other offices : (*Associated offices)

20th Wiener Juristengespraeche – Opportunities and Risks of Artificial Intelligence

bpv Huegel welcomed 120 participants to an international symposium at the STRABAG Kunstforum. The symposium was dedicated to the topic of legal opportunities and risks of artificial intelligence with the goal of merging legal issues and technical understanding.