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Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG

Dispute resolution: white-collar crime (including fraud) Tier 2

'Utilising its profound knowledge to provide creative solutions', the 'focused and determined' team at Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG assists companies and individuals with the implementation of compliance systems, internal investigations and criminal defence proceedings. Co-head Georg Diwok represented the infrastructure division of FCC Group, FCC Construcción, and one of its executives in criminal defence proceedings pertaining to allegations of fraud, false accounting and negligent bankruptcy. Co-head Alexander Petsche frequently provides compliance-related assistance.

Banking and finance Tier 3

A large portion of Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG's banking and finance work pertains to acquisition, real estate and project finance alongside refinancing and regulatory matters. In recent work, the firm advised Amundi on financing the acquisition of Pioneer Investments from UniCredit and team head Georg Diwok assisted Premium Immobilien and its affiliates with the financing of the residential project Erdberger Lände in Vienna.

Capital markets Tier 3

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG's 'innovative' team is best known for its expertise in public takeover and US securities law, working in close co-operation with its teams in Frankfurt, London and the US, while also assisting clients with compliance and contentious matters. 'Very knowledgeable' counsel Stefan Arnold assisted the exchange trustees Commerzbank and Bankhaus Neelmeyer on Vonovia's public takeover bid, including an exchange offer, for Conwert Immobilien Invest, and team head Eva-Maria Ségur-Cabanac advised the placement agents BNP Paribas and Erste Group Bank on immigon portfolioabbau's sale of shares in RBI by way of a block trade.

Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation Tier 3

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG has a strong regional focus on SEE and is well versed in handling post-M&A, investor-state and banking disputes. Filip Boras, who jointly heads the team with Alexander Petsche after former team head Stefan Riegler moved to Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG in November 2017, acts for the Austrian investor Georg Gavrilovic and the eponymous Croatian meat processing group in an ICSID proceeding against the Republic of Croatia pertaining to the Austria-Croatia bilateral investment treaty.

Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 3

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG is experienced in post-M&A disputes and litigation arising from financial distress, restructuring and insolvency proceedings, while also handling various banking disputes. Team head Alexander Petsche and Filip Boras represented MBI & Partners U.K. and the affiliated JJW Hotel & Resorts in 16 proceedings before Austrian courts pertaining to a failed luxury hotel project and the sale of a premium shopping centre in Vienna.

Employment Tier 3

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG focuses on the employment aspects of corporate restructurings, including mass dismissals, transfer of undertakings, post-merger integration and negotiations with the works council and unions. The team's clients are mainly national businesses, although it also advises large corporations based in Austria and the Austrian subsidiaries of international companies. Practice head Philipp Maier is advising Amazon on matters such as working time and remuneration models, works council and trade union issues, and collective agreements, and assisting a manufacturing company with the implementation of a worldwide employee data administration system and the international deployment of staff. Senior counsel Sabine Liebmann-Slatin and senior associate Elisabeth Wasinger are also noted. Other clients include BRF and BMC Software.

EU and competition Tier 3

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG handles cartel litigation, merger control, abuse of dominant position, distribution and licensing, and state aid matters, with a particular focus on competition litigation and regulated industries. Practice head Andreas Traugott is defending elevator and escalator firm Schindler and debit card provider Six Austria against private enforcement claims; he also acted for a number of clients, including Sappi, Haushahn Aufzüge and Motorola Solutions, in relation to merger control proceedings.

Projects and energy Tier 3

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG's strength lies in advising financial institutions and energy companies on regulatory, energy and competition law matters including disputes. The group is led by competition practice head Andreas Traugott and works in close co-operation with the firm's Berlin office.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

At Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG, the 'professional and well-prepared' team provides 'tailor-made' advice on corporate matters at the intersection with finance and capital markets law, including M&A and private equity transactions as well as investments, and also assists clients, including several financial services, TMT and life sciences sector players, with restructurings and litigation. The firm advised THQ Nordic on the acquisition of Koch Media Group. Gerhard Hermann heads the team, which also acts for Allegion and Österreichische Post.

Real estate Tier 4

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG's 'balanced and client-oriented' team specialises in retail sector work alongside urban development and tourism-related matters and assists tenants, investors and developers with transactions and lease agreements. Highlights included advising Are Development on the development, structuring and sale of the urban development project Wildgarten in Vienna, and acting for Kerbler on the sale of its Omega Building in Vienna's Seestadt Aspern to Erste Immobilien Kag. Stephan Größ is now with EY Law Pelzmann Gall GrößRechtsanwälte GmbH.

Tax Tier 4

At Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG, Christoph Urtz's team is well equipped to guide clients, such as RSM Austria Steuerberatung and Fal-Con Steuerberatungsgesellschaft, through various tax law matters including corporate and transactional tax, transfer pricing, VAT and wealth management issues. Fiscal criminal law matters are routinely handled in co-operation with its criminal law practice.

TMT Tier 4

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG provides 'pragmatic solutions' and is particularly active in the contentious sphere, acting for clients in IT and telecoms-related proceedings while also providing advice on data protection issues including GDPR and matters pertaining to computer hardware and software, social media, search engines and cloud computing. 'Very knowledgeable' senior associate Lukas Feiler heads the team, which includes senior associate Martina Grama.

Intellectual property Tier 5

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG covers the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious IP law, spanning across design rights, patents, copyright and trade secrets, frequently acting for domestic and multinational clients in the IT, consumer and luxury goods industries. The firm is also adept at handling big trade mark portfolios and unfair competition matters in the cosmetics, household goods, pharmaceutical and clothing sectors. Team heads Lukas Feiler and Martina Grama advised Swedish game developer THQ Nordic on its acquisition of Koch Media, specifically on questions concerning the existence and validity of trade marks.

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Photo Name Position Profile
Dr Georg Diwok  photo Dr Georg Diwok
Dr Gerhard Hermann  photo Dr Gerhard Hermann
Herr Georg Krakow  photo Herr Georg Krakow
Mag Marc Lager  photo Mag Marc Lager
Mag Simone Liebmann-Slatin, MSc.  photo Mag Simone Liebmann-Slatin, MSc.
Dr Philipp Maier  photo Dr Philipp Maier
Dr Alexander Petsche  photo Dr Alexander Petsche
Dr Eva-Maria Ségur-Cabanac  photo Dr Eva-Maria Ségur-Cabanac
 Andreas Traugott  photo Andreas Traugott
Prof Dr Christoph Urtz  photo Prof Dr Christoph Urtz