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

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH
GAUERMANNGASSE 2
1010 WIEN
Austria

Austria > Employment Tier 1

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH excels across the whole gamut of employment-related matters including pensions, anti-discrimination law, administrative criminal law, and EU and cross-border labour law. Domestic and international corporations instruct the firm for representation before courts and in regard to Covid-19 employment cases. Practice co-head Bernhard Hainz has extensive experience in matters such as negotiating collective agreements, employment litigation and pension issues. Fellow co-head Christoph Wolf is praised by one client for his ‘excellent expertise, communication and problem-solving skills.’

Practice head(s):

Bernhard Hainz; Christoph Wolf

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Immediate responses, excellent consultancy, very successful with court cases.’

‘Very experienced team, well-acknowledged expert, good reputation on the market.’

‘Both experts in their roles, very professional, experienced also with court.’

‘The cooperation with the labor law team differs in the legal nature and the excellent representation in court.’

‘Excellent, solution-oriented expertise, especially in public employment and in relation to unions.’

‘Christoph Wolf, excellent expertise, communication and problem solving skills.’

‘Responsive, clear and easy to work with.’

Key clients

Telekom Austria AG, A1 Telekom Austria AG, Telekom Austria Personalmanagement GmbH

Modine

IKEA Österreich

University of Vienna

Medical University of Vienna

Österreichische Post AG

University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna

Vienna University of Economics and Business

ÖBB Group, including ÖBB Postbus

RSO (Raiffeisen Software), RSC (Raiffeisen Shared Service), Raiffeisen Landesbank Wien, NÖ AG

IMS Nanofabrication GmbH

Valida Vorsorge Management / Valida Holding AG / Valida Pension AG

Österreich Werbung

Landestheater Linz

Work highlights

  • Advising companies including Telekom Austria AGG, ÖBB-Group, IKEA, BMW and Österreichische Post AG on all labour law matters related to the Covid-19 crisis, such as the introduction of working from home-schemes, Covid-19 short-time work and the drafting and implementation of Covid-19 safety measures at work, including advice on testing schemes and issues on the vaccination of employees.
  • Representing Wiener Staatsoper in numerous proceedings before labour law courts and arbitration bodies.
  • Successfully represented Österreichische Post AG before the High Administrative Court in a leading case on compensation payments for employers whose workers were quarantined for Covid-19 by official order and continued to receive their remuneration while quarantined.

Austria > Banking and finance Tier 2

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH's two-pronged approach is divided into its financing transactions work led by Günther Hanslik and its regulatory work led by Martin Zuffer. The former includes instructions from financial services providers and, to a lesser extent, from borrowers on corporate, acquisition, real estate and project finance as well as refinancings and restructurings. Cross-border elements are a regular feature in this and are handled in close conjunction with other offices across the firm's network, most notably in the CEE and SEE regions, while English law aspects are routinely covered by Vienna-based Marcell Clark. Advising on administrative proceedings, fintech and matters at the intersection with capital markets are typical instructions in the regulatory arena.

Testimonials

‘Günther Hanslik is very experienced. It is always a pleasure to have him on board. He is very business-minded and solution-oriented.’

‘For me, the firm stands out for its uncomplicatedness, the constructive manner they go about in their mandates and that they are very open to offer services beyond specific mandates (trainings, secondments) at very fair terms.’

‘Günther Hanslik is a very constructive (and patient) negotiator, who is very much appreciated by all sides. He always finds good solutions. His very calm demeanour is great in taking out aggressions or ironing out other challenging situations in negotiations.’

‘Extremely pleasant cooperation, with lawyers who understand our needs. Very reliable in terms of billing. Very pro-active approach, excellent legal advise.’

‘Based on his vast experience in the field of finance (particularly in connection with real estate), Marcell Clark is able to deliver tailor-made solutions to his clients. He quickly identifies issues and provides solutions for them. I have been working with him for years already and he is one of my first contacts whenever it comes to English law transactions.’

‘Stefan Paulmayer is a fantastic lawyer. As a client we felt very well taken care of and advised.’

‘Günther Hanslik is one of the most pleasant and solution-oriented lawyers in this area. Very appreciated.

‘Marcell Clark: Specialist in English law, seated in Vienna; very helpful in complex project finance, also coordinates legal teams in other jurisdictions perfectly, ‘one face to the customer’ at its best, very responsible, high availability. Manages to stay highly professional and tough, but also pragmatic in negotiations with the other side. Goal-orientated and very diligent. Highly involved in the project himself (delegation to the team, if any, is not visible for the client). That makes Marcell always a good partner to talk to also on very detailed aspects of a deal.’

Key clients

GREEN SOURCE Holding GmbH

PK Windpark Management GmbH (PÜSPÖK Group)

UniCredit Bank Austria AG

Commerzbank

Ford Credit (FCE Bank)

Deutsche Bank (London Branch)

VTB Bank (Europe) SE

Erste Group Bank AG

Raiffeisen Bank International AG

HYPO NOE Landesbank für Niederösterreich und Wien AG

Deutsche Hypothekenbank

Wiener Städtische Versicherung AG Vienna Insurance Group

Work highlights

  • Advising an international banking group on the acquisition financing of a multi-jurisdictional portfolio comprising nine logistic and commercial real estate assets located in Poland, Hungary and Croatia.
  • Advising an Austrian investment bank on all aspects of the due diligence and financing of a greenfield sewage treatment plant in Serbia.
  • Advised various Austrian and international banks in connection with a series of financing transactions with one of the biggest international producers and operators of gaming technologies.

Austria > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Clients can expect 'efficient, centralised transaction management and execution from the corporate team in Vienna' when utilising CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH's international network. The group covers the full range of commercial, corporate and transactional matters, and is particularly active in industries such as consumer products, energy, hospitality, and life sciences, among others. Peter Huber  specialises in privatisations, public takeovers, and corporate governance. He and Rainer Wachter lead the practice, which also includes M&A specialist Alexander Rakosi  and corporate practitioner Johannes Reich-Rohrwig . 'Calm negotiator' Clemens Grossmayer is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Peter Huber; Rainer Wachter

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Rakosi; Johannes Reich-Rohrwig; Clemens Grossmayer; Mario Maier

Testimonials

‘CMS has a strong network covering almost all CEE jurisdictions and they appear to be closely integrated and really work as a team. This facilitates the execution of cross-border M&A transactions, as it allows us to have the benefit of local expert knowledge in several involved jurisdictions but still having efficient, centralized transaction management and execution from the corporate team in Vienna.’

‘Clemens Grossmayer is very pragmatic, commercial and goal-oriented, he is a calm negotiator and also ensures that every process runs smoothly and efficiently, we were always happy to have him on our side.’

‘Mario Maier really stood out as well and impressed us with his excellent drafting skills and quick response times.’

‘Know-how, quick response and availability of the team.’

Key clients

A1 Telekom Austria AG

Plastic Omnium

eFriends Energy GmbH

CA Immobilien

Bechtle AG

Oesterreichische Nationalbank

Poseidon Group

Mitiska REIM

Freudenberg Group

Finexx

Equitey

Worldline

VC Fund Ponooc

Modine

Steiermärkische Bank und Sparkassen AG

Vertica Capital Partners

ALPLA

a I linus gmbh

Work highlights

  • Supporting the Austrian Central Bank in the project “Felix Austria”.
  • Advising Equitex on the conditional acquisition of stakes in six public-private partnership (PPP) projects.
  • Advising Modine on the sale of part of its European air-cooled automotive business.

Austria > Construction Tier 2

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH handles the full remit of construction law, including associated real estate and public law matters, and is equally well placed to guide clients through sector-specific disputes. Its contentious work covers litigation and arbitration and is underpinned by team head Nikolaus Weselik's additional experience as an arbitrator. In the non-contentious space, the team routinely advises developers, investors, employers and construction companies on construction contracts and various project development-related issues as well as subsequent real estate transactions. While hotel sector work constitutes an area of particular expertise, translating into regular instructions from hotel operators and owners, the team has also been active in various other sectors including residential, logistics, retail, telecoms, infrastructure and energy. Thomas Hamerl is the key contact for infrastructure projects and PPPs.

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Testimonials

‘CMS Austria certainly is highly regarded for construction-related legal advice. Apart from their knowledge of the different contractual standards, they have good expertise across a wide variety of industries and countries.’

‘Thomas Hamerl is calm, solution-oriented and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Porr

Siemens

nöGIG + Breitbandholding

G31

Billa/Rewe

Central European University (CEU)

Swarco Group

Projektgemeinschaft Brenner Basistunnel Nord

Elvedi

FRÖHLICH & LOCHER und Partner Ziviltechnikergesellschaft mbH

Securikett Ulrich & Horn GmbH

NMPB Architekten ZT GmbH

Hochtief Construction Austria GmbH

VNext

Work highlights

  • Advising the bidding consortium consisting of PORR and Siemens on the procurement procedure for the design, construction, financing and facility management of two newly built schools in Vienna.
  • Advising the Central European University on the refurbishment of its new headquarters in Vienna.
  • Advising an international real estate investor on the construction of a large student residence in Vienna.

Austria > Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 2

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH combines its litigation capabilities with expertise in criminal proceedings, while, thanks to the specialism of individual team members, the group also covers matters at various other intersections. Dispute resolution and insurance law team head Daniela Karollus-Bruner has recently handled several warranty and damage claims, among other matters, while Johannes Reich-Rohrwig is best known for his strong background in corporate and M&A on one hand, which leads to regular instructions on shareholder and post-merger disputes, and for his private client work on the other. The team's client base spans various sectors including finance, insurance, automotive, retail, construction and manufacturing.

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Testimonials

CMS’ dispute resolution team has helped us with its cross-border links to other CMS offices and Europe-wide practice group network and know-how.

Thomas Böhm is always responsive, eager to help and able to use his CMS-wide network and looks at the legal issue from the client’s point of view.

Austria > EU and competition Tier 2

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH 's team is ‘very responsive and always target-oriented, with the ability to think outside the box’.  Led by Bernt Elsner and Dieter Zandler, the practice covers the whole range of competition matters, ranging from merger control and private enforcement to compliance and claims proceedings. With growing importance for the Austrian market, foreign direct investment is another area of focus of the department. Elsner is particularly knowledgeable in relation to bid rigging, while Zandler regularly represents clients in proceedings before Austrian and European authorities.

Practice head(s):

Bernt Elsner; Dieter Zandler

Testimonials

‘Very experienced team which is able to provide high quality legal service also in cross border transactions. Very responsive and always target oriented, with the ability to think out side the box.’

‘Dieter Zandler is always a pleasure to work with. Very experienced and well connected to colleagues in the other CMS offices. 24/7 availability and very responsive. Exceptional legal service.’

‘There are two major advantages of the CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Vienna team: they combine an open-minded and supportive spirit with a deep network in South and South East Europe.’

‘There is a quick grasp and understanding of the psychology of medium-sized cases and family-owned business groups. They support in all stages of international takeovers and care for all issues when targets are spread all over South East Europe and in very special cultures. Their never-ending courtesy is a help in tricky situations.’

Key clients

Equitix

Oaktree

Shell

Modine Manufacturing Company

A1 Telekom Austria AG (A1)

Plastic Omnium

Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB)

Bechtle AG

Robel Holding

Dürr Aktiengesellschaft

Atlas Copco

Allianz Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Advising Shell on its acquisition of Next Kraftwerke.
  • Advising A1 Telekom Austria AG on the acquisition of the Alcatel-Lucent Voice Business from NTT Austria.
  • Advising a major Austrian construction company on the biggest antitrust and bid-rigging investigation in Austria.

Austria > Intellectual property Tier 2

The practice at CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH offers all-inclusive IP advice and represents clients in contentious IP matters, some of which have been landmark cases. This includes unfair competition claims, trademark infringement and enforcement litigation, as well as various patent law matters such as licensing or patent ownership disputes. Egon Engin-Deniz, who draws on a broad range of expertise heads the intellectual property and media law department in Vienna. Gabriela Staber acts primarily for clients in regulated sectors such as life sciences. She is dual qualified in Austria and in the states of New York and Massachusetts.

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Testimonials

‘Very experienced lawyers in the field of Intellectual Property law with a very good knowledge of the market. Very reliable in keeping to timelines and excellent availability even for very short notice requests.’

‘I would especially like to mention Dr. Staber and Mr. Lederer. Both are experts in their field and deliver excellent advice and results.’

Key clients

Falco Privatstiftung

Birkenstock

Coty

F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG

Österreich Werbung

backaldrin International The Kornspitz Company GmbH

Johnson & Johnson

Unser Ö-Bonus Club GmbH

Syngenta

Johnson & Johnson (Janssen Cilag)

Sky

Work highlights

  • Acting for Birkenstock in trademark application proceedings before the Austrian Patent Office in relation to a position mark.
  • Representing Syngenta in new trademark litigation against numerous parallel importers of plant protection products.
  • Advising Österreich Werbung on various matters, especially concerning the licensing of images, and further function as one of the main sparring partners in the development of new digital business models and moving the client’s activities into digital space.

Austria > Private client Tier 2

High-net-worth individuals and families, company owners, senior management, and family businesses benefit from CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH's ability to cover the whole legal spectrum of matters relating to private clients starting from corporate and tax law to property and succession law. With a focus on cross-border work, the team also advises trusts and private foundations. Practice head Johannes Reich-Rohrwig is experienced in a host of private client matters including wills, corporate wealth succession and foundations. In addition, he represents clients in statutory inheritance share litigation and inheritance disputes.

Practice head(s):

Johannes Reich-Rohrwig

Austria > Projects and energy Tier 2

Clients from the public sector, private investors, development companies, banks and financial institutions regularly instruct CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH on questions of energy, climate change, infrastructure, and projects. The firm’s infrastructure and projects group and the energy and climate change group collaborate to jointly work on matters in this area. The practice advises on the full range of project development with a particular focus on social infrastructure, renewable energy as well as life sciences and healthcare, among others. Property and construction law specialist Nikolaus Weselik, energy and climate change expert Thomas Hamerl, and public procurement head Bernt Elsner are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Hamerl; Bernt Elsner; Nikolaus Weselik

Testimonials

‘High quality of partners and attorneys in all legal matters, interdisciplinary work, cooperation with litigation practice and others.’

‘Very cooperative and great team spirit and good working together.’

‘Very professional and excellent in-depth knowledge.’

Key clients

Swietelsky AG Bahnbau

GREEN SOURCE

UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) and EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development)

Glasfaser Bezirk Weiz

eFriends Energy GmbH

Porr Beteiligungen und Management GmbH

nöGIG and Breitbandholding

MLP Group

ENCAVIS Asset Management

ADX ENERGY LTD

Swietelsky Tunnelbau GmbH & Co KG

VNext AB

Siemens Gebäudemanagement & -Services

Projektgemeinschaft Brenner Basistunnel Nord

Strabag

EIB

Equitix

Work highlights

  • Advising automotive supplier Plastic Omnium on the process of establishing a joint venture with ElringKlinger for the development and large-scale production of fuel cell stacks for CO2-neutral mobility and acquiring an Austrian subsidiary of ElringKlinger focused on R&D activities.
  • Advised eFriends Energy GmbH on the development of a tailored donation-based crowdfunding model that Austrian enterprises can use to finance the acquisition of photovoltaic systems.
  • Advising Glasfaser Bezirk Weiz, on structuring the financing of a glass fibre project in Styria and state aid matters/broadband subsidies, procurement law.

Austria > Public procurement Tier 2

A leading practice in the public procurement sphere, CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH advises clients on the full spectrum of procurement procedures and related litigation, with particular strengths in the healthcare and infrastructure sectors. National and large cross-border PPP projects form part of the team’s portfolio. Construction, TMT, transport, and waste management are other areas where the firm is routinely active. Bernt Elsner is the global head of the CMS public procurement practice group and has longstanding experience in matters including tender proceedings, procurement litigation and compliance. Robert Keisler and Thomas Hamerl are also noted for their expertise in this area.

Practice head(s):

Bernt Elsner

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Testimonials

‘Very competent in public procurement law and administrative law.’

‘Robert Keisler is a very competent lawyer with high experience in administrative proceedings as well as public procurement procedures.’

‘The law firm covers all essential areas of economic law that a company needs and is also active worldwide through its network, so you can work on a one-stop-shop principle.’

‘Dr Bernt Elsner: has been known for decades as a proven expert in public procurement law from the client’s as well as from the contractor’s side. Due to his many years of experience, he is able to summarise and prepare even the most complex issues related to public procurement law in combination with technical and commercial questions in the shortest possible time. Always available, reliable and helpful!’

Key clients

Alstom Transport Deutschland

Münze Österreich

Österreich Werbung

Swietelsky Tunnelbau

Plasser & Theurer

Statistik Austria

Strabag AG

nöGIG

Leyrer + Graf

Porr Beteiligungen

hospitals Projektentwicklungsges.m.b.H

Total Firestop

Upnano

Sanifair / Tank & Rast

ELL European Locomotive Leasing

Gebrüder Haider

Medizinische Universität Wien (Medical University of Vienna)

VNext

Work highlights

  • Representing Alstom Transport Deutschland GmbH in several procedures concerning a frame agreement for the design, manufacture and supply of double-deck electric multiple units.
  • Advising Austrian Statistics on an open public tender for the provision of data for the calculation of house, apartment and land price indices and successfully carrying out this procedure.
  • Advising Austrian Mint on an open tender to award a frame agreement concerning legal services.

Austria > Administrative law and public sector Tier 3

The public law practice group at CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH focuses on advising clients on matters pertaining to trade law, EU state law, public and industrial plant construction and commercial law as well as regulatory law. The team, which is headed by Bernt Elsner and Robert Keisler, is also involved in disputes before administrative authorities and courts. Keisler's expertise in this area spans sectors such as healthcare, construction, logistics and tourism, while his work has also most recently included matters related to Covid-19. State aid and administrative and constitutional court proceedings are among Elsner's specialisms.

Practice head(s):

Bernt Elsner; Robert Keisler

Testimonials

‘For sure the most knowledgeable lawyers in Austria , I have ever engaged. Fast and precise answers with all pros and cons. Excellent advice and also write intelligent understandable letters to adversaries. So happy to be represented by them.’

‘The partner who represents us is Dr. Bernd Elsner. He is very bright and understands abstract facts immediately. He saved the company much money by thinking critical and has deep knowledge of Austrian and EU law. Dr. Elsner is very reliable and easy to reach. If engaged , he does the work himself.’

‘Very competent in public procurement law and administrative law, especially administrative criminal law.’

‘Robert Keisler is a very competent lawyer with high experience in administrative and administrative penalty proceedings as well as public procurement procedures.’

‘Great team of experts in procurement law.’

‘Well-known experts in their field.’

‘The team is very dedicated to find solutions in particularly special situations.’

‘The team is professional, pragmatic and fast. The working relationship is very pleasant.’

Key clients

Unser Ö-Bonus Club GmbH

Feibra GmbH

Medical University of Vienna (Medizinische Universität Wien)

Österreichische Post AG

Vienna Tourist Board

Nögig

Work highlights

  • Advising Österreichische Post AG in almost 200 matters before administrative courts in Austria concerning claims filed against the Republic of Austria for compensating the remuneration paid to the client’s employees while quarantined for Covid-19 infections based on the Epidemics Act (Epidemiegesetz).
  • Advising Vienna Tourist Board (Wiener Tourismusverband G.m.b.H.) on all aspects of the EU and State Aid Act in respect of the Vienna Meeting Fund 2021-2023.
  • Advising Medical University of Vienna (Medizinische Universität Wien) on conducting experiments on animals.

Austria > Capital markets Tier 3

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH has been particularly active assisting international banking syndicates with the issuance of bonds but has also provided advice on EMTN programmes, script dividend schemes and regulatory matters. Thanks to its multidisciplinary approach, the group is also well versed in matters at various intersections such as finance. The promotion of payment services (PSD2) expert Philipp Mark to partner in May 2021 is testament to this approach, as is team head Martin Zuffer's set of expertise, which extends to corporate law and private equity.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Outstanding quality in capital markets law matters.’

‘Dr. Philipp Mark is really flexible regarding billing methods, especially requirements within the group.’

Key clients

BofA Securities, BNP Paribas, Erste Group, Goldman Sachs International, JP Morgan, UBS

Banco Santander, Commerzbank, Dankse Bank, Dekabank, Erste Group, NATIXIS

BNP Paribas, Banca IMI, Erste Group, LBBW, Morgan Stanley

Deutsche Bank, Erste Group, Goldman Sachs International, JP Morgan, UBS

Atrium European Real Estate

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Erste Group Bank AG

Bloomberg

Romco Group

Best in Parking

Satchi Holdings

GoLending

Helbiz

Cornelia Capital SpA

AGORA Immobilien

Erste Asset Management

REWE International

Arca Brokerage House

myfactor.io

Commerzbank

Work highlights

  • Advising the international banking syndicate consisting of BofA Securities, BNP Paribas, Erste Group, Goldman Sachs International, JP Morgan and UBS as joint lead managers on the issuance of €750m undated fixed-to-fixed resettable notes (additional tier 1 notes) by Erste Group Bank AG.
  • Advising the international banking syndicate consisting of Banco Santander, Commerzbank, Dankse Bank, Dekabank, ErsteGroup and NATIXIS as joint lead managers on the successful issuance of €750m MREL eligible senior-preferred notes issued under Erste Group’s Multi Issuer EMTN Programme dated 4 December 2019.
  • Advising the international banking syndicate consisting of BNP Paribas, Banca IMI, ErsteGroup, LBBW and Morgan Stanley as joint lead managers on the issuance of €500m MREL eligible senior-preferred notes issued under Erste Group’s Multi Issuer EMTN Programme dated 4 December 2019.

Austria > Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

The practice at CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH offers its clients a range of support, advising on regulatory compliance and risk mitigation. The team’s expertise also covers data subject complaints, regulatory investigations and cyber incident responses. Of note is CMS Breach Assistant, a legal tech tool that guides clients in case of a data breach. Managing partner Johannes Juranek  has in-depth expertise in GDPR implementation while senior associate Johannes Scharf contributes a solid technical background and associate Klaus Pateter specialises in tech start-ups.

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Key clients

REWE

Universal Edition AG

Bolttech Device Protection and Bolttech Digital Insurance

Reactive Reality

Panthronics

ALPLA

Sberbank Europe AG

Sky

Novid20

Cryptix

Blocktrade

Twistmed

zerolens

Zinsquartier

Work highlights

  • Advising Sberbank Europe AG on various data protection issues and IT law.
  • Advising Austrian start-up Reactive Reality on the assessment of options for processing and monetising big data, drafting of privacy policies and data processing agreements.
  • Advising REWE Group (Unser Ö-Bonus Club GmbH (jö Club)) on the implementation of payment functionalities within the application of the client’s card-based loyalty programme, which involves Artificial Intelligence and tracking customer behaviour.

Austria > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH provides full-service restructuring and reorganisation assistance, which is routinely multidisciplinary in nature, including banking and finance, employment, corporate, tax and contentious elements. Daniela Karollus-Bruner is the key contact for insolvency-related dispute resolution and assists creditors, debtors and investors with the enforcement of claims and the defence against personal liability claims, among other issues. She jointly heads the practice with banking and finance expert Günther Hanslik, who has recently advised on distressed and non-performing loans.

Austria > Tax Tier 3

The tax practice at CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH has recently been particularly involved in advising on tax issues surrounding state aid, rent reductions, and tax risks related to home offices. Identification and avoidance of tax risks as well as restructurings, fiscal crime law, and private clients are part of the firm’s advisory activities. Practice head Sibylle Novak is ‘reliable and has exceptionally good analytical capacity’ and has longstanding experience in national and international tax law. She assists with tax optimisations of transactions, M&A-deals and the tax aspects of private foundations, private equity and venture capital.

Practice head(s):

Sibylle Novak

Testimonials

‘CMS Team has excellent expertise in a wide range of fields.’

‘Dr Novak has excellent specialist knowledge. She is reliable and has exceptionally good analytical capacity.’

‘I mainly work with Sibylle Novak and her team. As a client, I appreciate her efficient work. It is unique that she provides legal & tax in one hand.’

‘Pragmatic, responsive, professional, pleasure working with. Listening to the clients. Reliable billing.’

‘Sibylle Novak – understanding her client’s needs, providing comprehensive advise on various tax issues.’

‘The Team’s strengths are that they deliver legal & tax in one hand. This is cost efficient from client’s perspective. From diversity perspective, Sibylle Novak is one of the few women at this level in Austria.’

Key clients

Plastic Omnium

Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB)

Poseidon Group and Mitiska REIM

FINEXX

Work highlights

  • Advising Plastic Omnium on tax aspects regarding the establishment of a joint venture.
  • Advising Finnex on tax aspects in connection with an acquisition.
  • Supporting the Austrian Central Bank in the project “Felix Austria” on Austrian tax aspects.

Austria > TMT Tier 3

The technology, media and telecoms department at CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH handles matters covering topics such as fintech, licensing agreements, e-commerce, and regulatory issues. The firm counts large international corporations including Sky and Universal Edition among its clients. Johannes Juranek heads the department and is regularly involved in TMT litigation, as well as data protection and commercial matters. Egon Engin-Deniz and Gabriela Staber are also noted for their expertise in this field in addition to strong experience in the realm of IP.

Practice head(s):

Johannes Juranek

Key clients

REWE

Universal Edition AG

Bolttech Device Protection and Bolttech Digital Insurance

Reactive Reality

Panthronics

ALPLA

Sberbank Europe AG

Sky

Novid20

Cryptix

Blocktrade

Twistmed

zerolens

Zinsquartier

Work highlights

  • Advising Sberbank Europe AG on IT law and various data protection issues.
  • Advising Bolttech Device Protection and Bolttech Digital Insurance on the establishment of its entire business operations in Austria.
  • Ongoing representation of Panthronics in complex technology licensing agreements and cross-border negotiations with business partners from all over the world.

Austria > Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation Tier 4

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH's arbitration capabilities are twofold with co-head Daniela Karollus-Bruner as the main contact for party counsel mandates and co-head Johannes Reich-Rohrwig receiving regular arbitrator nominations in post-M&A proceedings and disputes over the termination of contracts and agreements. Much of its recent party counsel work pertains to construction projects and construction contracts respectively.

Key clients

Strabag

Work highlights

  • Advising and representing Strabag and the joint venture partner in arbitration proceedings following the termination of a construction contract in Bosnia as well as in (parallel) state court interim relief proceedings against the drawing of bank guarantees.

Austria > Real estate Tier 4

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH demonstrates particular strength dealing with matters at the intersection between real estate and construction, which is also where team head Nikolaus Weselik's expertise lies. Typically, this leads to instructions on the sale and acquisition of real estate and plots of land marked for construction on the one hand, and lease and tenancy-related matters on the other. Much of its recent work in the latter space pertains to Covid-19-related lease agreements and tenancy disputes. Instructions span various asset classes with particular expertise in the hotel sector. The firm is a Ökoprofit company certified by OekoBusiness Vienna which is testament to its commitment to improve its environmental balance sheet.

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Testimonials

‘Fast reaction, appointments are always kept.’

‘Good experience, good backup for negotiations, positive mindset – not seeking problems.’

‘No-nonsense and hands-on mentality.’

‘Available when needed and also able to come up with solutions.’

Key clients

Allianz Real Estate Germany GmbH

Central European University (CEU)

Kur- und Sporthotel Lebenberg GmbH

MLP Group

PrimeVest / Hansainvest

Work highlights

  • Advised Kur- und Sporthotel Lebenberg GmbH on the sale of its shareholding and continues to advise the company on protecting its ownership interests.
  • Advising the Polish MLP Group on the acquisition and development of a plot of land for the construction of the logistics and business park MLP Business Park Vienna in Vienna-Stadlau.
  • Advising the Central European University on the refurbishment of the client’s headquarters.

North Macedonia > Leading firms

The team at CMS leverages the firm’s global network to act for multinational clients across the banking, energy, automotive, IT, healthcare and life sciences sectors on a range of regulatory, commercial and transactional mandates, from mergers and capital markets matters to employment, competition and antitrust issues. Based in the Skopje office, Marija Filipovska has experience in project financing, corporate matters, as well as the privatisation of banks, while Radivoje Petrikić is based in the firm’s Belgrade office and specialises in M&A transactions and development projects throughout the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) region.

CMS Reich Rohrwig Hainz is one of the leading firms in Austria and Southeast Europe, founded in Vienna in 1970. The firm provides full-services legal and tax advice in the CEE/SEE region with more than 340 staff members in Vienna and 10 further offices in Belgrad, Bratislava, Istanbul, Kyiv, Ljubljana, Podgorica, Sarajevo, Skopje, Sofia and Zagreb.

Its expertise extends across the full range of commercial law and the firm’s ability to combine legal specialisations with a thorough knowledge of markets and industries requiring specific expertise puts it in a position to serve clients as reliable long-term partners in all legal matters. 

The firm is a member of CMS, making it part of an organisation of more than 4,800 lawyers and tax advisors at more than 70 offices in over 40 countries worldwide. 

For more information, please visit cms. law

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Banking and finance; Insolvency and corporate recovery; M&A Günther Hanslikguenther.hanslik@cms-rrh.com
Capital Markets; Regulatory Martin Zuffermartin.zuffer@cms-rrh.com
Central and Eastern Europe Radivoje Petrikicradivoje.petrikic@cms-rrh.com
Central and Eastern Europe; Commercial property, real estate and construction Gregor Famiragregor.famira@cms-rrh.com
Corporate and commercial; M&A; Central and Eastern Europe Peter Huberpeter.huber@cms-rrh.com
Central and Eastern Europe Alexander Rakosialexander.rakosi@cms-rrh.com
Corporate/M&A; Energy; Central and Eastern Europe Thomas Hamerlthomas.hamerl@cms-rrh.com
Commercial property, real estate and construction Johannes Hysekjohannes.hysek@cms-rrh.com
Commercial property, real estate and construction Nikolaus Weseliknikolaus.weselik@cms-rrh.com
Competition and EU; Public procurement, regulatory Bernt Elsnerbernt.elsner@cms-rrh.com
Competition and EU Dieter Zandlerdieter.zandler@cms-rrh.com
Corporate and commercial; Dispute resolution; Insolvency and corporate recovery Johannes Reich-Rohrwigjohannes.reich-rohrwig@cms-rrh.com
Dispute resolution Daniela Karollus-Brunerdaniela.karollus-bruner@cms-rrh.com
Intellectual property, media Egon Engin-Denizegon.engin-deniz@cms-rrh.com
IT and TMT Johannes Juranekjohannes.juranek@cms-rrh.com
Employment Bernhard Hainzbernhard.hainz@cms-rrh.com
Employment; Medical law Christoph Wolfchristoph.wolf@cms-rrh.com
Corporate/M&A Rainer Wachterrainer.wachter@cms-rrh.com
Public procurement, regulatory Robert Keislerrobert.kaisler@cms-rrh.com
Tax; Corporate/M&A Sibylle Novaksibylle.novak@cms-rrh.com
Capital Markets Walter Gappwalter.gapp@cms-rrh.com
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Marcell Clark photo Marcell ClarkMarcell Clark is a Partner at CMS Vienna and attorney-at-law for Banking…
MMag Dr Bernt Elsner  photo MMag Dr Bernt Elsner Bernt Elsner is partner and global head of the CMS Public Procurement…
Dr Egon Engin-Deniz  photo Dr Egon Engin-Deniz Dr Egon Engin-Deniz is a partner in the firm and has been…
Dr Gregor Famira  photo Dr Gregor Famira Gregor Famira is partner at CMS Vienna and an expert for the…
Mag Walter Gapp  photo Mag Walter Gapp Walter Gapp is an attorney-at-law who has specialized for many years in…
Dr Bernhard Hainz  photo Dr Bernhard Hainz Bernhard Hainz is a partner at CMS in Vienna and head of…
Mag Thomas Hamerl  photo Mag Thomas Hamerl Thomas Hamerl is an attorney-at-law for infrastructure projects & public private partnerships and a leading expert…
Dr Günther Hanslik  photo Dr Günther Hanslik Günther Hanslik  is a partner in the CMS Vienna Transaction Team and…
Dr Günther Hanslik  photo Dr Günther Hanslik Günther Hanslik is a partner in the transactions team of CMS Vienna,…
Dr Peter Huber  photo Dr Peter Huber Peter Huber  is partner and Head of the CMS Austria International Transaction…
Dr Johannes Hysek  photo Dr Johannes Hysek Johannes Hysek is an attorney-at-law for real estate law. He advises national and…
Dr Johannes Juranek  photo Dr Johannes Juranek Johannes Juranek is managing partner of CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz and an expert in…
Mag Daniela Karollus-Bruner  photo Mag Daniela Karollus-Bruner Daniela Karollus-Bruner is a partner at CMS and leads our dispute resolution…
MMag Robert Keisler  photo MMag Robert Keisler Robert Keisler is a partner at CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz and a member of…
Mag Daniela Krömer photo Mag Daniela KrömerDaniela Krömer is an attorney-at-law in the field of Labour Law and EU Law. She…
MMag Dr Sibylle Novak  photo MMag Dr Sibylle Novak Sibylle Novak has been a partner at CMS since 2008 and is…
Dr Klaus Pateter photo Dr Klaus PateterKlaus Pateter is an attorney-at law for Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMC), FinTech &…
Stefan Paulmayer photo Stefan PaulmayerStefan Paulmayer is an attorney-at-law for banking and finance law, specialising in financing, asset-backed…
Lukas Peissl photo Lukas PeisslLukas Peissl is an attorney-at-law primarily in the field of corporate law/M&A and dispute resolution.…
Dr Radivoje Petrikić photo Dr Radivoje PetrikićRadivoje Petrikić is a partner at CMS in Vienna and has been…
Dr Alexander Rakosi  photo Dr Alexander Rakosi Alexander Rakosi is a partner at CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz and a member…
Univ Prof Dr Johannes Reich-Rohrwig  photo Univ Prof Dr Johannes Reich-Rohrwig Johannes Reich-Rohrwig is a partner in the firm’s Corporate and Litigation Group…
DDr Johannes Scharf photo DDr Johannes ScharfJohannes Scharf is a lawyer in the Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMC) Division. At…
Dr Gabriela Staber photo Dr Gabriela StaberGabriela Staber is an attorney-at-law specialising in intellectual property and unfair competition law with a…
MMag Dr Rainer Wachter  photo MMag Dr Rainer Wachter Rainer Wachter is an attorney-at-law for corporate law/M&A and compliance. At CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz, Rainer…
Dr Nikolaus Weselik photo Dr Nikolaus WeselikNikolaus Weselik is partner at CMS Vienna and head of the Construction…
Dr Jens Winter  photo Dr Jens Winter Jens Winter is an attorney-at-law in the field of employment law. He…
Dr Christoph Wolf  photo Dr Christoph Wolf Christoph Wolf is a partner at CMS and heads the employment and…
Mag Dieter Zandler photo Mag Dieter ZandlerDieter Zandler is a lawyer specialising in European and Austrian competition law, foreign direct…
Arno Zimmermann photo Arno ZimmermannArno Zimmermann is an attorney-at-law for corporate law/M&A, inheritance law and litigation & arbitration…
Dr Martin Zuffer photo Dr Martin ZufferMartin Zuffer is a partner at CMS and heads the Banking and…
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