Firm Profile > bpv Hügel > Vienna, Austria

bpv Hügel

EU and competition Tier 1

bpv Hügel specialises in merger control, antitrust and international cartel defence work. Practice head Astrid Ablasser-Neuhuber advised a real estate company on complex capital markets, merger control and antitrust issues stemming from a takeover involving the two other leading Austrian real estate companies, and represented the Austrian Association for the Wood Industry in a third-party intervention in the largest Austrian merger of office furniture companies. Ablasser-Neuhuber and Gerhard Fussenegger, the co-managing partner of the firm's Brussels office, are also advising Axel Springer on all its competition and merger control proceedings in Austria. Antitrust litigation expert Florian Neumayr and Christian Schneider, who specialises in EU law, are also key members of the team. The practice's blue-chip client base also includes A1 Telekom Austria, Raiffeisen Ware Austria and Verbund.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Handling the full spectrum of corporate and M&A work, bpv Hügel benefits from its strong tax practice, which it is able to call upon to advise on matters involving tax structuring and tax reorganisation issues. Christoph Nauer advised Immofinanz on the sale of its approximately 26% stake in CA Immobilien Anlagen to Starwood Capital, and Elke Maria Napokoj assisted International Airlines Group and Vueling Airlines with the intended takeover of Niki Luftfahrt; while the clients' bid was unsuccessful, it led to a follow-on mandate where the team assisted the client with the set-up of Austria-based new airline Level. Thomas Lettau, Florian Gibitz and Stefan Gaug are other key members of the team.

Tax Tier 2

Companies, including several blue-chips and energy sector players, and high-net-worth individuals alike routinely instruct bpv Hügel's 'very responsive, experienced and dedicated' team to assist with corporate and transactional tax law matters alongside estate planning, private foundation and contentious matters. The 'hardworking and structured' Kornelia Wittmann, who made partner in July 2018, is a key name for contentious work. Other key individuals include Christoph Nauer and Walter Loukota, who joined the firm in May 2017 from Binder Grösswang, and jointly heads the team with the 'highly efficient' Gerald Schachner, who is 'an outstanding tax lawyer and negotiator with brilliant knowledge and a high level of commitment'.

Administrative law and public sector Tier 3

The 'competentChristian Schneider, who is noted as 'a specialist in his field', leads the practice at bpv Hügel, which advises on energy, telecoms, healthcare, municipal and environmental law, with a particular focus on planning and zoning and waste management. The team's clients include a number of municipal bodies and energy companies; among other matters, Schneider is representing Kelag and Gas Connect Austria in a dispute with the Chamber of Commerce and Federal Workers Chamber regarding the calculation of gas tariffs, and assisting the city of St Pölten with funding guidelines for investments by new enterprises. The team is also advising British American Tobacco on tobacco regulation. Other clients include the Association of Natural Gas Undertakings (Fachverband Gas Wärme) and A1 Telekom Austria.

Private client Tier 3

bpv Hügel’s private client practice group focuses on advising high-net-worth individuals on tax matters and corporate succession in the context of private foundations and trusts. Another area of expertise is inheritance law, including the drawing up of wills. Florian Plattner is the main point of contact.

Capital markets Tier 4

With a particular focus on ECM, bpv Hügel regularly advises issuers and underwriters on public offerings of shares and private placements, while also handling delistings. Christoph Nauer advised Immofinanz on its reverse stock split at a ratio of 10:1, combining ten existing shares into a single share. Autobank is also a client. Elke Maria Napokoj heads the team, which works in close co-operation with its corporate group.

Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 4

bpv Hügel handles contractual disputes, takeover defence and private enforcement matters but the team, which is led by Florian Neumayr, is also experienced in product liability, construction and competition-related litigation.

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 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 M&A transactions listed above, cross-border groups 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 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
Infrastructure and project finance Christian Schneider
M&A; private client and trusts Thomas Lettau
M&A; private client and trusts Florian Gibitz
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
Prof Dr Rudolf Beck  photo Prof Dr Rudolf Beck
Mag Dr Sonja Dürager  photo Mag Dr Sonja Dürager
Mag Stefan Gaug  photo Mag Stefan Gaug
Mag Dominik Geyer  photo Mag Dominik Geyer
Dr Verena Hügel  photo Dr Verena Hügel
Mag Roland Juill  photo Mag Roland Juill
 Thomas Lettau  photo Thomas Lettau
Dr Elke Napokoj  photo Dr Elke Napokoj
Dr Christoph Nauer  photo Dr Christoph Nauer
Dr Florian Neumayr  photo Dr Florian Neumayr
Dr Michaela Pelinka  photo Dr Michaela Pelinka
 Paul Pfeifenberger  photo Paul Pfeifenberger
 Florian Plattner  photo Florian Plattner
Dr Daniel Reiter  photo Dr Daniel Reiter
Mag Georg Rupprecht  photo Mag Georg Rupprecht
Mag Gerald Schachner  photo Mag Gerald Schachner
Dr Bernhard Schatz  photo Dr Bernhard Schatz
DDr Christian F Schneider  photo DDr Christian F Schneider
 Holger Steinborn  photo Holger Steinborn
Dr Franz Stenitzer  photo Dr Franz Stenitzer
Dr Kornelia Wittmann  photo Dr Kornelia Wittmann
 Nicolas Wolski  photo Nicolas Wolski
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)

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
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
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.

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.