Firm Profile > CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH > Vienna, Austria

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH
1010 WIEN

Employment Tier 1

The team at CMS is experienced in the full range of contentious and non-contentious employment law, advising national and international clients on collective agreements, social plans, disputes involving works councils and individual employees, and pension issues, among other matters. Bernhard Hainz heads the practice; Christoph Wolf specialises in acting for formerly state-owned companies and advising on compliance projects; and Jens Winter has a particular expertise in the implementation and realisation of company restructurings, spin-offs and mergers and domestic and international transfers of operations.

Private client Tier 1

CMS acts for company owners, senior management, high-net-worth individuals, family companies and private foundations. Known for its wide-ranging services in the private client field, the firm advises on corporate and tax, property, family, and succession law issues. Team head Johannes Reich-Rohrwig assists clients with the establishment as well as the revision of private foundations and sits on the board of a several private foundations.

Banking and finance Tier 2

CMS acts for an extensive roster of financial services providers, private equity firms and real estate sector clients on a wide range of banking and finance matters including those at the transactional and corporate intersection. Günther Hanslik frequently handles finance transactions and restructurings and, in recent work, advised TowerBrook Capital Partners on the financing of the acquisition of Austrian softwood fibre manufacturer Schweighofer Fiber, and Alexander Rakosi assisted Cooper Standard with a master factoring structure. Martin Zuffer is best known for his regulatory banking expertise.

Construction Tier 2

CMS handles contentious and non-contentious construction law mandates for a wide range of clients, including construction companies and architects active in the domestic and international sphere, property investors, hotel operators and owners, property developers, and banks. Construction head Nikolaus Weselik advised Porr and Spanish construction company and consortium partner Ferrovial on the drafting of a contract for the €900m Bratislava bypass infrastructure project. For new client Appia Contract, he handled the reconstruction of spa hotel Moorbad in Lower Austria. Acting for the government of the province of Lower Austria (nöGIG), Thomas Hamerl advised on construction contacts, design and planning, as well as public procurement and concessions matters concerning the development and construction of a glass fibre broad network for about 115,000 households and businesses.

Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 2

At CMS, co-head Daniela Karollus-Bruner is well equipped to guide clients through insurance-related litigation but the team also handles other commercial and corporate litigation work. Karollus-Bruner assisted Quantum Insurance with proceedings pertaining to a life insurance product and, together with fellow co-head Johannes Reich-Rohrwig, acted for Austrian Airlines in several proceedings including a dispute pertaining to capital increase payments.

Intellectual property Tier 2

CMS’ offering in the IP field is comprehensive and includes contentious and non-contentious work in trade marks, patents, copyright and unfair competition law. Equally wide ranging is the team's industry coverage, with domestic and international clients from the media, sports, pharmaceutical and medical device, biotechnology and IT sectors. Team leader Egon Engin-Deniz is assisting Marriott with trade mark cancellation proceedings, and is acting for Falco Privatstiftung in copyright litigation against an individual claiming co-authorship of various Falco songs. Gabriela Staber, who was promoted to partner in January 2018, is representing pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson in trade mark, design and unfair competition proceedings regarding its medical devices.

Projects and energy Tier 2

Working in close co-operation with other departments such as public procurement, real estate and construction, CMS' public procurement head Bernt Elsner advised Strabag and its joint venture partner Salini Impregilo on various matters pertaining to the construction of the main section of the Brenner tunnel, a 55km railway tunnel between Austria and Italy, and head of infrastructure and projects Thomas Hamerl is advising the regional government of Lower Austria on the development of a broadband glass fibre network. Johannes Trenkwalder is the main contact for energy sector work.

Public procurement Tier 2

CMS assists with public tender procedures and PPP projects and has particular expertise in the infrastructure, construction, waste, life sciences and healthcare sectors alongside the transport and technology industries. In recent work, Thomas Hamerl and team head Bernt Elsner assisted Porr with the procurement procedure for the PPP project Berresgasse Campus. Robert Keisler is another key contact.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

CMS' strength lies in providing assistance with M&A transactions, while also advising on the full corporate life cycle. Managing partner Peter Huber, who jointly heads the team with Rainer Wachter, advised Johnson & Johnson on the sale of a large business across various jurisdictions, and Clemens Grossmayer assisted TowerBrook Capital Partners with the acquisition of Schweighofer Fiber, and, together with the firm's Budapest office, Alexander Rakosi advised the Austrian packaging group Alpla on the acquisition of all shares in Greek company Argo. Johannes Trenkwalder is another key individual.

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Advice on corporate and financial restructurings, insolvency law and transactions, especially distressed M&A, in Austria and in the CEE region are major fields of activity for CMS. Günther Hanslik leads the team, which also includes Alexander Rakosi.

Real estate Tier 3

Working closely with its construction practice, CMS receives regular instructions from property investors, hotel operators and owners, developers and banks to advise on various contentious and non-contentious matters including transactions, lease agreements, franchise and hotel-related contracts as well as project development issues. In the transactional space, Johannes Hysek assisted Allianz Real Estate Germany with the acquisition of the office project The Icon Vienna. Nikolaus Weselik heads the team.

Administrative law and public sector Tier 4

CMS' practice covers trade, environmental, waste management, state aid, planning and data protection law, with clients from the logistics, life sciences and healthcare, education, construction and energy sectors. Bernt Elsner leads the team, which also includes Robert Keisler and Thomas Hamerl. Strabag, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Porr and Nögig, the project for broadband coordination in Lower Austria, are among the firm's clients.

Capital markets Tier 4

While CMS has recently handled more DCM matters, the team also has substantial experience in ECM work, advising on IPOs, secondary offerings and debt issuances alongside regulatory matters. Team head Martin Zuffer advised Best in Parking Group on its €175m debt issuance programme and its admission to the official market of the Vienna Stock Exchange, among other matters. In the regulatory space, the Vienna Stock Exchange retained the team to assist with the restructuring of its Third Market segment. Other clients include Credit Suisse (Hong Kong) and J.P. Morgan.

Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation Tier 4

CMS' team is jointly headed by Johannes Reich-Rohrwig and Daniela Karollus-Bruner and is experienced in representing clients in post-M&A, commercial and investor-state proceedings spanning various industries including energy, banking, construction and engineering.

EU and competition Tier 4

Bernt Elsner, who is noted for his experience in cross-border merger control matters, heads the practice at CMS, covering cartel law, merger control, abuse of dominance, state aid and antitrust compliance and damages matters. Dieter Zandler is also a key member of the team; he regularly represents international and Austrian clients before the national competition authorities and the European Commission.

Tax Tier 4

CMS has transactional and corporate tax at its core but also handles private client work, including tax structuring and private foundations issues, VAT and investment funds-related matters. Team head Sibylle Novak advised VTB Bank on various tax issues pertaining to the client's merger with its European operations, and assisted Synergie International Employment Solutions with tax law aspects concerning the acquisition of an 80% stake in Völker Personalbereitstellung.

TMT Tier 5

Handling contentious and non-contentious IT and data protection matters is a significant element of CMS' 'smart and responsive' TMT practice, which is led by Johannes Juranek. He recently assisted the largest Austrian medicinal chemistry laboratory with GDPR implementation matters. Dealing with issues at the intersection of IT and IP constitutes another key area of expertise, while Gabriela Staber, who made partner in February 2018, focuses on matters at the interface between IP and media law; she recently handled various apps-related regulatory issues.

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz is one of the leading law firms in Austria with more than 80 lawyers at your service. We are specialized in solving complex legal challenges, especially regarding cross-border business. The law firm was founded in Vienna in 1970.

We operate offices in Vienna, Belgrade, Bratislava, Brussels, Istanbul, Kyiv, Ljubljana, Podgorica, Sarajevo, Skopje, Sofia and Zagreb.

In our work, we focus on M&A, banking & finance, real estate, building law, labour law, tax law, energy law, IP and IT law, competition law and procurement law. What’s more, we also take care of the entire legal management of your projects, for instance in transactions.

As part of the CMS network, a Top 10 Global Law Firm, we are present in 40+ countries and 70+ offices worldwide. More than 4,500 CMS lawyers offer you business-focused advice tailored to your needs, whether in your local market or across multiple jurisdictions.

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Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance; Insolvency and corporate recovery; M&A Günther Hanslik
Capital Markets; Regulatory Martin Zuffer
Central and Eastern Europe Radivoje Petrikic
Central and Eastern Europe; Commercial property, real estate and construction Gregor Famira
Corporate and commercial; M&A; Central and Eastern Europe Peter Huber
Central and Eastern Europe Alexander Rakosi
Corporate/M&A; Energy; Central and Eastern Europe Johannes Trenkwalder
Commercial property, real estate and construction Johannes Hysek
Commercial property, real estate and construction Nikolaus Weselik
Competition and EU; Public procurement, regulatory Bernt Elsner
Competition and EU Dieter Zandler
Corporate and commercial; Dispute resolution; Insolvency and corporate recovery Johannes Reich-Rohrwig
Dispute resolution Daniela Karollus-Bruner
Intellectual property, media Egon Engin-Deniz
IT and TMT Johannes Juranek
Employment Bernhard Hainz
Employment; Medical law Christoph Wolf
Corporate/M&A Rainer Wachter
Public procurement, regulatory Robert Keisler
Tax; Corporate/M&A Sibylle Novak
Capital Markets Mathias Strasser
Photo Name Position Profile
Mag Peter Šimo  photo Mag Peter Šimo
MMag Dr Bernt Elsner  photo MMag Dr Bernt Elsner
Dr Egon Engin-Deniz  photo Dr Egon Engin-Deniz
Dr Gregor Famira  photo Dr Gregor Famira
Dr Bernhard Hainz  photo Dr Bernhard Hainz
Mag Thomas Hamerl  photo Mag Thomas Hamerl
Dr Günther Hanslik  photo Dr Günther Hanslik
Dr Peter Huber  photo Dr Peter Huber
Dr Johannes Hysek  photo Dr Johannes Hysek
Dr Johannes Juranek  photo Dr Johannes Juranek
Mag Daniela Karollus-Bruner  photo Mag Daniela Karollus-Bruner
MMag Robert Keisler  photo MMag Robert Keisler
MMag Dr Sibylle Novak  photo MMag Dr Sibylle Novak
Dr Radivoje Petrikić  photo Dr Radivoje Petrikić
Univ Prof Dr Johannes Reich-Rohrwig  photo Univ Prof Dr Johannes Reich-Rohrwig
Dr Ursula Roberts  photo Dr Ursula Roberts
Mag Johannes Trenkwalder  photo Mag Johannes Trenkwalder
MMag Dr Rainer Wachter  photo MMag Dr Rainer Wachter
Dr Jens Winter  photo Dr Jens Winter
Dr Christoph Wolf  photo Dr Christoph Wolf
Number of lawyers : 4500+
At this office : 80+
World Law Group (WLG)
Contact : Johannes Juranek