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bpv Hügel > The Legal 500 Rankings
EU and competition Tier 1
bpv Hügel's team is well known for its international cartel defence and abuse of dominance practice and its client portfolio contains Austrian blue chips and international corporates. Astrid Ablasser-Neuhuber and Florian Neumayr oversee the competition team lead and Christian Schneider is in charge of the EU department. Ablasser acts in a number of merger control matters and excels at representing clients in Austrian and European courts. Thanks to his expertise in dispute resolution, Neumayr also leads the subordinated antitrust litigation group alongside his private enforcement practice. Schneider is well renowned for his experience with regulatory matters in telecoms and oil and gas industries. As co-managing partner of the Brussels office, Gerhard Fussenegger assists the Austrian team with his EU competition expertise.
Astrid Ablasser-Neuhuber; Florian Neumayr; Christian Schneider
‘Excellent level of service, very short response times and ability to rapidly grasp the relevant issues.’
‘Gerhard Fussenegger and Astrid Ablasser provide quick, on-the-point, comprehensible hands-on support in competition law matters.’
‘Astrid Ablasser-Neuhuber has very broad experience, excellent knowledge of competition law, she always thinks outside the box and provides creative solutions and advice.’
A1 Telekom Austria
OMV AG /Gas Connect Austria
RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria
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BAT British American Tobacco
Austrian Chamber of Pharmacists
Raiffeisen Holding Niederösterreich-Wien
Tax Tier 1
bpv Hügel is recognised for its high-profile domestic and international corporate tax advice, including handling the tax aspects of cross-border transactions. Gerald Schachner leads the team, which covers the full spectrum of sectors with particular strength in the energy, finance, retail, professional services and real estate industries; the group also acts for high-net-worth individuals on the relocation of tax residences. On the contentious front, Kornelia Wittmann represents clients in tax disputes against the Austrian tax authorities. Christoph Nauer also contributes to the practice. Walter Loukota departed to Deloitte in late 2018.
‘They have a very smart, skilled and sympathetic tax team. I don’t think that any other law firm has a such great tax team.‘
‘The tax team of bpv Huegel is excellent. They have 3 persons being dual qualified as lawyers and tax advisers. This is as far as I know unique in Austria. The lawyers are really good. The way they are internally organised is excellent and they always find the best solution for our firm.‘
‘We always go to bpv Hügel for complex tax matters. It is the firm to go to.’
‘Absolutely leading in Austria. I did some complicated tax work in the past with the tax team. They were responsive, experienced and paid high attention to the matters. The advice the team provided was extremely helpful and very practical. No theoretical memos. We received outstanding technical advice. For sure the first address in Austria for complicated high end tax matters. The department renders stand-alone tax advice and has a strong client base.‘
‘I appreciate the commercial approach, availability and excellent technical skills of the team. They walk the extra mile and pay attention to my matters. They really want to help you.’
‘The team provides outstanding M&A related tax work such as tax structuring, tax due diligence and negotiation of SPAs. The team always get to practical solutions and hold their deadlines. Excellent tax advice! Also an excellent reputation as regards tax litigation.‘
‘Schachner stands out because of his high skills, experience and the willingness to achieve best results. He gets really into the matter, but remains always practical. His experience as tax litigator helps a lot. He has a very strong and impressive client base which enables the tax department to permanently grow.‘
‘Kornelia Wittmann is a great tax lawyer. Works very hard and you feel that she wants to achieve the best results for you. She puts attention to the matters. In addition I always appreciate working with Gerald Schachner. He combines excellent tax and corporate knowledge. Does a lot of tax litigation and knows therefore what is acceptable to the authorities when he is structuring transactions. Where required he focuses on details. The advice I receive is always very helpful. Due to his experience he structures transactions in an exceptional good manner.‘
Ring International Holding
RZB (Raiffeisen Zentralbank AG)
BP Plc and BP Europe SE
RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria AG
bpv Hügel's public law practice has evolved from a focus on municipality advice and energy undertakings to include telecoms, state aid and environmental law. Practice heads Christian Schneider and Christian Macho have particular strength in environmental impact assessments, planning, zoning and waste management law. Schneider also represents clients in administrative procedures and assists them with planning and environment matters including waste management. Macho has an additional focus on real estate, construction and regional planning.
Christian Schneider; Christian Macho
‘Excellent level of service, very short response times, ability to rapidly grasp the relevant issues.’
‘Christian Schneider supports in complicated high value (administrative) court cases, but also gives very quick and reliable hands-on advice in the daily business.’
Mayer & Co GmbH
British American Tobacco
Austrian Chamber of Pharmacists
Marktgemeinde Maria Enzersdorf
St. Pölten (State Capital)
City of Vienna
Mobility fund of the City of Vienna
bpv Hügel deals with the full gambit of corporate and M&A work, from public and private M&A, distressed M&A to joint ventures, corporate reorganisations and general corporate advisory work. The team, which is noted for its strong corporate law advice on cross-border transactions, assists Austrian, blue-chip and foreign listed companies, with particular expertise in the energy, finance, retail, professional services and real estate sectors. Elke Napokoj, who is regarded as 'one of the most solution-oriented lawyers' and Thomas Lettau jointly lead the team, which includes Christoph Nauer, Florian Gibitz and Stefan Gaug.
Elke Napokoj; Thomas Lettau
‘Swift and flexible but large enough to supply capacity when needed.‘
‘The team of bpv Huegel is characterised above all by an extremely business-oriented approach. Many of the team members are also qualified as lawyers and tax advisers (this combination is unfortunately rather rare in Austria), which simplifies and accelerates the discussion and provides very high added value to the advice. The team members are all highly motivated and highly qualified and quickly and creatively find tailor-made solutions to problems. They have a very broad and good general overview as well as very deep and resilient specialist knowledge in commercial, corporate and tax law. This combination makes the advice provided by this niche law firm something very special and unique in Austria and internationally.‘
‘bpv Huegel’s corporate/M&A team always delivers well thought-out work products of the highest quality. Their reaction time is extremely short and they are very pragmatic. For me, this is the best law firm in this field in Austria.‘
‘The team offers a very broad spectrum on a very high level: M&A transactions, strategic (board room) advice, corporate restructurings, legal opinions relating to tricky corporate law questions. They are very hands on, always available and have a pragmatic approach.‘
‘Florian Gibitz – unbelievable know how in corporate law, top negotiator, Always keeps the companies target and Advantage in mind, good overview during tough times, well structured.‘
‘Christoph Nauer – complex issues are solved simply; corporate law at highest levels.‘
‘Thomas Lettau: M&A – always concentrated and to the point.‘
‘Elke Napokoj is one of the most solution-oriented lawyers I have worked with. Always on top of the topic. Excellent response time!‘
RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria AG
BP Europa SE
KELAG-Kärntner Elektrizitäts- Aktiengesellschaft
International Airlines Group
Vueling Airlines SA
Hookipa Biotech AG
Sapura Offshore SDN BHD
AnaCap Financial Partners
Private client Tier 2
bpv Hügel assists with succession planning, asset structuring and estate planning, wills and marital agreements. Department head Florian Plattner is particularly experienced in advising high-net-worth individuals and families on private foundations and international inheritance matters. Associate Verena Hügel acts for founder families and beneficiaries on private and charitable foundation matters. Supported by the firm's dispute resolution team, the private client department also handles succession conflicts and shareholder disputes. The practice is closely intertwined with a dedicated tax team consisting of several dual-qualified lawyers and tax advisers.
Projects and energy Tier 3
bpv Hügel focuses on regulatory issues in the energy sector, and leverages the firm's office in Brussels to advise on EU law questions including state aid work. As well as acting for clients in the electricity and gas sectors including OMV and Verbund, the practice's work also includes mandates relating to fuels, district heating issues and energy efficiency matters. Practice head Christian F Schneider represents energy companies in administrative court proceedings including disputes relating to network tariffs, and also advises on the effect of the EU renewables directive.
Christian F Schneider
Fachverband Gas Wärme
Kärnten Netz GmbH
Gas Connect Austria
Capital markets Tier 4
The capital markets team at bpv Hügel is particularly active in the equity space, handling a range of matters including advising on public offerings and private placements. The firm counts leading financial institutions, including Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and Raiffeisen Landesbank NÖ-Wien, among its clients, along with several Austrian listed companies and major shareholders. Practice head Elke Napokoj is advising Valneva on a change in its listing situation, involving a delisting from the regulated market of the Vienna Stock Exchange and a listing on a US exchange, in a cross-border matter worth €317.2m. Christoph Nauer is another key contact.
Erste Group Bank AG
Sanochemia Pharmaceutika AG
Handling cross-border commercial litigation cases before Austrian and European Union courts, bpv Hügel is active in the construction, industrial and network-based sectors, with the ability to draw on the expertise of colleagues from the corporate, M&A and tax departments. The team's workload also includes private enforcement of competition law and disputes related to carbon emission certificates trading and energy agreements. Florian Neumayr is the key contact.
Other key lawyers:
Florian Platter; Rudolf Beck; Kajetan Rozga; Raphaela Gruenmann
‘Perfectly organised, they work very rapidly.‘
‘The team is highly responsive and supports the client a lot in complex matters.‘
‘The team is up to all challenges. We felt in very good hands throughout the litigation process.‘
‘I immediately had great confidence in their work and I always felt immediately understood and at no time that my concern was not of great importance.‘
‘When it comes to litigation, Florian Neumayr stands out. He makes the right points at the right time in the court room.‘
BP Europe SE
bpv Hügel > Firm Profile
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 tax and legal 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: Raiffeisen Informatik on its sale of global operating COMPAREX AG to (KKR backed) SoftwareONE; €760mn sale of stake in listed CAI to Starwood Capital by Immofinanz; €390mn strategic acquisition in listed S Immo by Immofinanz from Signa and RPR; €4.1bn merger between RZB and listed RBI (highest profile transaction in the Austrian banking industry in 2017).
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 voestalpine Austria Draht in the prestressing steel cartel proceeding before the European Commission and now before the European Court of First Instance.
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 €305.6mn 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.
|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||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|
|Foreign direct investment||Florian Gibitz|
|Foreign direct investment||Thomas Lettau|
|Infrastructure and project finance||Christian Schneider|
|M&A; private client and trusts||Thomas Lettau|
|M&A; private client and trusts||Florian Gibitz|
|Insolvency and reorganisations||Bernhard Schatz|
|Insolvency and reorganisations||Georg Rupprecht|
|MMag Dr Astrid Ablasser-Neuhuber||View Profile|
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Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 47
LanguagesEnglish French German Italian Spanish
OtherContacts : 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)
CLIENT: Biljana Lazović, Founder & Managaing director
TESTIMONIAL: Educated, fast thinking, professional, cultivated, with strong intuition and high level of understanding of human nature and behaviour. On the top of everything it is a team with a big heart. bpv and their team, especially Mr. Müller and Mrs. Gabriela Jirakova have my full trust. They make me feel safe.
CLIENT: JUDr. Marie Brejchová, LL.M., Head of Legal Department
COMPANY/FIRM: Pražská energetika, a.s.
TESTIMONIAL: We have known the law firm and its lawyers for a long time. The company, including its later reinforcements, have convinced us of the human and professional qualities of the entire team.
CLIENT: Joachim Schultz, CEO
COMPANY/FIRM: PDP Property Development Partners
TESTIMONIAL: Doing real estate developments in the country for more than 20 years, I have relied on Arthur Braun and his team for almost all of my transactions. Their willingness to help and understanding of our needs was always at the highest level. And languages are a big plus with this firm.
CLIENT: Mgr. Petr Suchan, MBA, General manager
COMPANY/FIRM: EUROPLASMA s.r.o.
TESTIMONIAL: We have been working with bpv Braun Partners for 10 years and are very happy with the quality of their legal services. The cooperation is running so, that we find them like a part of our team.
CLIENT: Ing. Miroslava Ferfecká, Relationship Manager, Real Estate and Structure Finance
COMPANY/FIRM: Raiffeisenbank a.s.
TESTIMONIAL: Testimonial about the legal firm bpv Braun Partners, in particular to the team managed by Mr. David Vosol, MBA: Mr. Vosol and his team, namely Mr. Pavel Vintr, Ms. Zuzana Štěpánková and other, are all very experienced and really easy people to deal with. Their advice to date has been practical, safe and commercial too. They are highly knowledgeable, practical, extremely responsive and transparent. Response/turn-around times are great too. bpv Braun Partners has been white-listed legal firm by Raiffeisenbank for many years. We have been cooperating very actively in many different projects. Highly recommended.
CLIENT: Josef Trnka, Chairman of the Board
COMPANY/FIRM: BRODE Capital SICAV-SIF (S. C. A.)
TESTIMONIAL: We have worked with the team of Mr. Vosol of bpv BRAUN PARTNERS on multiple transactions and various legal cases for a long time and appreciated the high degree of experience, reliability, and fast reactions. The team members have always been professional, well prepared and effective.
CLIENT: Ing. Michael Ondraschek, CEO
COMPANY/FIRM: Machinery Equipment Technology Group, s.r.o., ASTOS a.s.
TESTIMONIAL: I have worked with Arthur Braun for over two decades, with David Vosol 15 years both as CEO of large companies as well as later with my investments into my own companies (overall about 400 employees). I can only thank for their absolute commitment to my matters, be it transactions or daily matters.
CLIENT: Executive Director
COMPANY/FIRM: a non-governmental organization
TESTIMONIAL: bpv BRAUN PARTNERS are skilful lawyers. They are always shaping strategy as well as execution to maximise our interests. We are extremely satisfied with their services.
Press Releases7th March 2019 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.
Austria: Merger Control
Published: December 2019
Authors: Astrid Ablasser-Neuhuber Florian Neumayr
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Merger Control laws and regulations that may occur in Austria.
Published: September 2019
Authors: Gerald Schachner Kornelia Wittmann Nicolas Wolski Stanislav Nekrasov Lucas Hora
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Tax laws and regulations that may occur in Austria.