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Austria > EU and competition Tier 1The EU and competition law practice at bpv Hügel is ‘an important resource for quick questions as well as for in-depth analysis’. The firm excels in contentious, non-contentious and multi-jurisdictional work alike, handling merger control filings, FDI investments, and cartel cases for domestic and international corporations. Astrid Ablasser-Neuhuber and Florian Neumayr, who have a focus on competition law, and EU-expert Christian Schneider are the practice head. Gerhard Fussenegger advises clients out of the firm’s Brussels office and is heavily involved in the EU litigation practice. Verena Hügel left the firm in 2021 for an in-house position.
Astrid Ablasser-Neuhuber; Florian Neumayr; Christian Schneider
Other key lawyers:
‘Pragmatic, Reliable. An important resource for quick questions as well for in depth analysis.’
‘Knowledge of market and industry.’
‘We have have chosen bpv Huegel for their outstanding competition / antitrust law practice – highly service-oriented.’
‘Astrid Ablasser-Neuhuber: excellent legal advice in Austrian competition law matters.’
‘Cost estimates and caps are prepared after (free) review of the facts and are always adhered to; in the event of an excess, this was simply waived without any prior discussion with us.’
‘Astrid Ablasser in the field of antitrust law & competition practice, because she can teach employees very calmly and competently how to behave in dawn raids (she organizes annual in-house trainings). Clear communication, rapid grasping of complex issues, coordination with other areas within the law firm, clearly understandable recommendations for action/formulations (no page-long memos), thinking outside the box.’
‘Christoph Nauer brings an incredibly comprehensive knowledge, can break down complicated facts to the essentials in fractions of a second and always provides pragmatic solutions.’
‘I would say bpv Huegel Rechtsanwaelte GmbH is an outstanding firm with top service.’
KPS Capital Partner
Zeus Packaging Ltd
A1 Telekom Austria
Gas Connect Austria
RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria
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BAT British American Tobacco
Austrian Chamber of Pharmacists
Raiffeisen Holding Niederösterreich-Wien
První novinová společnost a.s. (formerly Mediaservis)
- Representation and strategic counselling of RWA-Group in all merger control and antitrust matters worldwide.
- Representation of MAN in relation to all antitrust damage claims in Austria.
Austria > Private client Tier 1The practice at bpv Hügel is characterised by the firm’s close interconnection between corporate and private foundation law with tax law, allowing clients to benefit from single-source advice that covers all aspects of private client work. The team is also regularly involved in cross-border matters. Florian Plattner leads the practice and is experienced in advising high-net-worth individuals, with a particular focus on private foundation law. Gerald Schachner’s expertise lies in private clients and wealth management matters relating to tax law. Verena Hügel left the firm in July 2021 for an in-house position with a private foundation.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team works efficiently, quickly, accurately and solution-oriented. The high technical level of bpv Hügel is impressive. The experience is extensive. I enjoyed working with them. They did an excellent job.’
‘The private client team of bpv Hügel is one of the most appreciated ones in Austria.’
‘One of their key strength is their extensive experience. bpv Hügel combines tax and legal advise which makes them a very strong player in the market when it comes to private clients.’
‘The following characteristics make this practice unique: Permanent availability and outstanding quality and creativity of the partners, appropriate resourcing, high efficiency, focus on what brings things quickly to a perfect end, a clearly focused and easy-to-understand communication that absolutely meets the needs of the client while providing a balanced range of opinions.’
‘The needs of the customer are always clearly in the foreground and are the only goal.’
‘The team is trustworthy. Excellent expertise and high social intelligence characterise the team.’
‘I highly recommend Gerald Schachner. He is not only a star among the tax lawyers in Austria, he is also among the best when it comes to private clients. Gerald is reliable and has brilliant expertise and many, many years of experience.’
‘The team handles exceptional spectacular matters. They do a lot of cross border work. Gerald Schachner has a fantastic network.’
- Advising a high-net-worth individual in relation to an envisaged relocation to Austria, with assets worth approximately USD 500 million.
- Advice on the set-up of an Austrian Private Foundation, transfer of its shareholding in an Austrian company to the foundation enabling the it to sell a substantial share in the Austrian company, worth EUR 200 million.
- Advised the shareholders of a multinational enterprise operating in the healthcare sector on the tax structuring reorganisation of the entire group, with the view to interpose an Austrian Holding company. The transaction was highly complex and involved the coordination with counsels from various jurisdictions such as the UAE, Canada, Iran and Armenia.
Austria > Tax Tier 1bpv Hügel’s tax team ‘can deal with any problem that an international company faces in its day-to-day business’. The firm covers topics such as Brexit-related tax matters, restructurings, and recently also tax-related state aid issues in light of the pandemic in addition to corporate and transactional tax law. Gerald Schachner, who is ‘a star among the tax lawyers in Austria’, leads the practice. Nicolas Wolski and Kornelia Wittmann are also noted for their expertise in this area.
‘The bpv Hügel tax team is for sure among the best in Austria. We work with them for many years. The entire team has fantastic skills, is available, works efficiently, and offers practical solutions. What makes them really unique is, that most of the tax lawyers are dual qualified as lawyers and tax advisors.’
‘Head of the tax department is Gerald Schachner. In my view a first class tax lawyer with extraordinary skills and great personality.’
‘Kornelia Wittmann and Nicolas Wolski: experienced and highly skilled.’
‘Dr. Kornelia Wittmann: perfect support in tricky tax negotiations with authorities.’
‘Law firm covers virtually all areas of business and tax law – it can deal with any problem that an international company faces in its day-to-day business.’
‘Gerald Schachner: lawyer and tax advisor – profound knowledge on all fields of commercial and tax law.’
‘High skilled Austrian lawyers with broad international skills and understanding.’
‘Gerald Schachner’s work approach is very “hands-on” with a deep understanding of the processes and the major issues in the day to day operations.’
European Directories Group
Ring International Holding
RZB (Raiffeisen Zentralbank AG)
BP Plc and BP Europe SE
RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria AG
F.A. Food Art Enterprises Limited
SDN Beteiligungs GmbH
AOP Orphan Pharmaceuticals
- Advising EDSA in connection with the unification of its fully owned Austrian group company, Herold Business Data GmbH (“HEROLD”), and its majority-owned subsidiary, dogado GmbH (“dogado”), based in Dortmund. In this context, dogado took over HEROLD’s entire share capital against, amongst others, new shares. The closing of the transaction occurred in February 2021.
- Advising on IMMOFINANZ AG’s intended EUR 1.15 billion takeover offer of S IMMO AG (both ATX-listed) and its EUR 550 million acquisition finance.
- Advising shareholders of a multinational enterprise operating in the healthcare sector on the tax structuring reorganisation of the entire group, a complex operation involving Canada, the UK, the UAE, Iran, Austria, Germany, Armenia and off-share jurisdictions.
Christian Schneider; Christian Macho
‘Competence of each individual lawyer paired with the uncomplicated internal coordination with other internal office departments’
‘Christian F. Schneider: clear communication, rapid grasping of complex issues, coordination with other areas within the law firm, clearly understandable recommendations for action/formulations (no page-long memos), thinking outside the box.’
Mayer & Co GmbH
British American Tobacco
Austrian Chamber of Pharmacists
Marktgemeinde Maria Enzersdorf
City of St. Pölten (= State Capital of Lower Austria)
Austrian Association of Cities (Österreichischer Städtebund)/Association of Chief Municipal Officers (Fachverband der leitenden Gemeindebediensteten)
- Supported the Austrian Association of Cities with an opinion on the recovery of costs for COVID testing incurred with municipalities from the Republic of Austria.
- Advising British American Tobacco on all tobacco related matters for many years.
- Advising Mayer & Co GmbH as a key client in the field of environmental law.
Elke Napokoj; Thomas Lettau
‘The team at bpv hügel has specialized in M&A transactions for decades. All aspects of M&A transactions such as corporate law, tax law and competition law aspects on a national and international level are covered by the law firm and its network.’
‘Thomas Lettau specializes in corporate law and M&A transactions. My experience so far in all transactions that I have carried out with him has been extremely positive. In the negotiation rounds himself, Mr. Lettau proved to be a competent, communicative but also a confident negotiator.’
‘The team works strictly focused on the client’s interest, with a very time- and cost-efficient approach. Briefing of the team is very straightforward. Access to the team is always easy and calls are returned promptly and with good answers.’
‘Elke Napokoj quickly gets to the key points in any discussion and is capable of providing creative solutions that fit the client’s needs.’
‘Strong know-how, reliable partner.’
‘bpv Hügel is the first choice in Austria in the area of corporate law / M&A. The firm always delivers the right solution in an extremely short time.’
‘Thomas Lettau has an incredible amount of transactional experience and is one of the leading lawyers in this field in Austria. He is an excellent negotiator and always finds a solution.’
‘Good coverage of different sectors by partners and employees.’
RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria AG
Unibail-Rodamco Westwood S.A.
BP Europa SE
HYPO NOE Landesbank
AnaCap Financial Partners
International Airlines Group
Vueling Airlines SA
Hookipa Biotech AG
Sapura Offshore SDN BHD
Zeus Packaging Group
AVS Marketingberatung Gesellschaft m.b.H.
DDS Digital Documentation Systems GmbH
Haufe Group (Germany)
KELLER AG für Druckmesstechnik (Switzerland)
- Advised the Irish Zeus Packaging group on the acquisition of Austrian-based food packaging solutions business, Petruzalek with subsidiaries in 12 countries in Western, Central and Eastern Europe.
- Advised a family-owned holding company on the sale of its majority shareholding in the traditional Viennese WOJNAR Group and on entering into a strategic partnership with VIVATIS Holding AG
- Advised IMMOFINANZ on its high-profile €1.14bn takeover bid for S IMMO AG (ATX).
Austria > Capital markets Tier 3bpv Hügel offers clients combined capital markets and corporate law advice; an interface expertise, which also counts as co-managing partner and team head Christoph Nauer‘s strength and leads to regular public takeover mandates, among other matters. The group’s focus continues to lie on equity and equity-linked work, which is typically handled for issuers, and on capital markets compliance; the latter is routinely led by Daniel Reiter.
‘Outstanding knowledge and expertise, commitment, industry knowledge; excellent collaboration and availability.’
‘Daniel Reiter: Extraordinary knowledge and expertise; joined-up thinking and solution-oriented, extremely pleasant and competent cooperation.’
‘Christoph Nauer is technically superb with great business acumen.’
‘Christoph Nauer brings an incredibly comprehensive knowledge, can break down complicated facts to the essentials in fractions of a second and is always pragmatic in finding solutions. He is always available and takes time for us and our concerns.’
‘Competence of each individual lawyer paired with the uncomplicated internal coordination with other office departments. Cost estimates and caps are prepared after a (free) review of the facts and are always adhered to; in the event of an exceedance, this was simply waived without any prior discussion with us.’
‘Broad experienced team in certain legal fields. Experts in many countries.’
‘The partner and the teams know our company and our topics. The bpv team is available for our questions and proposes answers and provides experience for making decisions possible.’
Hookipa Biotech AG
Raiffeisen Informatik GmbH
Molkerei Alois Müller
- Advising ATX and IMMOFINANZ AG on its €1.14bn takeover bid for S IMMO AG (ATX).
- Advising Raiffeisen Informatik on three placements of shares in SoftwareONE Holding AG placed in an over-night accelerated bookbuilding process (ABB) and valued at CHF840m.
- Advised on a capital markets rescue deal for Autobank AG; including the creation of new capital authorisations (up to 50% of the share capital with exclusion of subscription rights), the preparation of share issuance, virtual AGM, investor agreements, the securitisation of a loan and leasing portfolio, due diligence, disclosure obligations and the implementation of banking regulatory requirements.
Other key lawyers:
‘Strong litigation practice with a particular focus on private enforcement cases.’
‘Florian Neumayr is a smart litigator. It is always a pleasure working with him.’
BP Europe SE
- Representing a German truck manufacturer in around thirty litigations pertaining to investigations conducted by the European Commission into the conduct of truck manufacturers.
- Representing a large manufacturer of elevators in more than thirty court cases pertaining to follow-on damages of the so-called elevator-cartel for a total amount in dispute of more than €250m.
- Representing a firearm manufacturer in several proceedings before the Austrian courts pertaining to the squeeze-out of a minority shareholder.
‘The excellent understanding of very specific topics and lot of experience in the energy sector.’
‘Outstanding knowledge of the specific energy law.’
Fachverband Gas Wärme
Kärnten Netz GmbH
Gas Connect Austria
- Advising Verbund AG and subsidiaries on energy matters and representation before courts on a regular basis.
- Advising OMV AG and subsidiaries on energy matters and representation before courts on a regular basis.
- Advising Kelag and subsidiaries on energy matters and representation before courts on a regular basis.
Other key lawyers:
‘We are in a long business relationship with bpv Huegel. The flexibility and the commitment are exceptional.’
‘They show high commitment and keep track on deals and contracts even after closing.’
‘Great knowledge of the European leveraged finance market.’
‘Ingo Braun is very responsive; finds pragmatic solutions which work great.’
‘Dr. Christoph Nauer has a very fast and efficient perception of facts, correlation and legal issues due to his very outstanding knowledge in banking law and corporate law; at the same time he is a very kind and eloquent sparring partner.’
‘Ingo Braun delivers very business-oriented legal solutions on short notice. His advice is always straight to the point. Clients are always very happy to have him on board when Austrian law advice is required. Just exceptional.’
‘Team with broad experience in many fields.’
‘bpv is very well positioned in the Austrian legal market and a to-go-firm.’
Heidelpay Group (now Unzer)
Standard Chartered Bank, New York branch
- Advised IMMOFINANZ AG on a €500m bridge facility from Citibank as part of its public takeover bid for S IMMO AG (ATX).
- Advising Valneva Austria GmbH on its debt financing transaction with funds managed by leading US-based healthcare investment firms.
- Advising heidelpay Group, a German technology company for international payments, with KKR as investor, on the acquisition of the Paysafe Group’s Pay Later business (payolution GmbH).
‘Markus Schifferl is an outstanding arbitration practitioner.’
‘Markus Schifferl is extremely diligent and precise. He has a deep understanding of the law while at the same time being creative in its application.’
BP Europe SE
- Representing an oil and gas multinational in an ICC arbitration against a pipeline operator over long-term capacity contracts.
- Representing an Italian gas trader in an ad-hoc arbitration and price revision case pertaining to gas storage against a large German energy company.
- Representing a chemical engineering company as claimant against a large CEE energy company in a VIAC arbitration pertaining to IP rights and licensing fees of a chemical process developed by the client and used by the opponent.
Austria > Public procurement Tier 4With a presence in Brussels, the procurement practice at bpv Hügel can seamlessly advise on national and EU-related procurement cases. The firm is specialised in disputes before administrative authorities and administrative courts, thus regularly representing clients in review proceedings. Christian Schneider leads the team, with Florian Neumayr and Christian Macho also additional key contacts in the department.
Marktgemeinde Maria Enzersdorf
- Advised Pulmetall with regard to several complex procurement matters that raised, inter alia, the novel question of law to what extent old assignments may constitute a reason for exclusion from current proceedings.
- Continuous advice with regard to all important procurement matters of Otis Austria.
bpv Hügel > Firm Profile
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 and 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.
|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|
|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|
|Insolvency and reorganisations||Bernhard Schatz|
|Insolvency and reorganisations||Georg Rupprecht|
|MMag Dr Astrid Ablasser-Neuhuber||Head of competition law department; national and European antitrust and merger control…||View Profile|
|Ingo Braun||Partner in the practice areas Banking & Finance, Regulatory, Insurance, Capital Markets,…||View Profile|
|Mag Dr Sonja Dürager||Partner Trademark and Copyright Law IT-Law Data Protection Law Unfair Competition Media…||View Profile|
|Stefan Gaug||Partner||View Profile|
|Dominik Geyer||Partner and Co-Head Real Estate; Specialised in Real Estate and Tenancy Law.…||View Profile|
|Lucas Hora||Associate||View Profile|
|Roland Juill||Attorney at Law with special focus on Corporate Law, Capital Markets Law…||View Profile|
|Thomas Lettau||Thomas has been a partner of bpv Huegel since 2010. He is…||View Profile|
|Johannes Mitterecker||Johannes joined bpv Huegel’s Corporate/M&A practice group in 2021 as an Attorney…||View Profile|
|Dr Elke Napokoj||Corporate, M&A, Capital Markets Elke spezializes in advising on all aspects of…||View Profile|
|Christoph Nauer||Partner in the practice areas corporate/M&A, capital markets, finance & regulatory. His…||View Profile|
|Dr Florian Neumayr||Partner focused on Dispute Resolution (Arbitration & Litigation), Competition and Public Procurement…||View Profile|
|Dr Michaela Pelinka||Partner, Co-Head Real Estate||View Profile|
|Paul Pfeifenberger||Attorney at Law; Paul’s practice focuses on general civil law, real estate…||View Profile|
|Florian Plattner||Florian is Partner, Attorney at Law and specialised in corporate/M&A, mergers (including…||View Profile|
|Daniel Reiter||Partner with special focus on Civil Law, Corporate Law and Capital Markets…||View Profile|
|Georg Rupprecht||Co-head of the insolvency and restructuring department, court-appointed insolvency administrator and advisor…||View Profile|
|Gerald Schachner||Partner at bpv Huegel since 2013; Head of Tax Department; specialised in…||View Profile|
|Bernhard Schatz||Co-head of the insolvency and restructuring department, court-appointed insolvency administrator and advisor…||View Profile|
|DDr Christian F Schneider||Partner; Public & Regulatory Law, Environmental Law, Public Procurement Law, Energy Law,…||View Profile|
|Tamara Tomic||Associate||View Profile|
|Barbara Valente||Associate with focus on Corporate Law, Capital Markets including especially compliance work,…||View Profile|
|Kornelia Wittmann||Partner, Attorney at Law (Munich Bar Association), Tax Advisor. Specialised in International…||View Profile|
|Nicolas Wolski||Partner, Attorney at Law (Frankfurt Bar), German certified tax advisor, Austrian certified…||View Profile|
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)
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Published: September 2022
Authors: Gerald Schachner Kornelia Wittmann Nicolas D. Wolski Lucas Hora
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Tax laws and regulations that may occur in Austria.
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Published: October 2022
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.
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Published: January 2022
Authors: Dr. Elke Napokoj LL.M. Mag. Stefan Gaug
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Private Equity laws and regulations that may occur in Austria.