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DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach Rechtsanwälte GmbH
SCHOTTENRING 14
1010 WIEN
Austria

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

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach's white-collar crime practice received a significant boost with the arrival of former public prosecutor Georg Krakow and his team from Baker McKenzie Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG in August 2021. He took over the practice from Thomas Kralik, who remains with the firm as senior of counsel. The group's client portfolio consists of individuals, including high-net-worth individuals and political figures, and companies with the former receiving assistance with criminal disputes and the latter with internal investigations, fiscal criminal matters and compliance. It also acts for companies as damaged parties.

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Testimonials

Georg Krakow has a good understanding of customer needs.

Immediately active on short notice.

Very high and deep legal knowledge and application.

We worked with Georg Krakow. His intense knowledge of the public sector and expertise in criminal investigations was a great asset with regard to a difficult case of fraud of a (former) employee. He offered a great combination of criminal law skills (white-collar crime) and organisational knowledge with regard to the implementation of compliance systems.

Georg Krakow’s extensive knowledge of the Austrian public sector and his experience as a former public prosecutor helped us choose the right strategy for our case. What made the experience unique was that he used the mentioned skills to provide a set of solutions and was ready to take immediate action. His experience gave us great confidence in our decisions.

Austria > Projects and energy Tier 2

At DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach, the projects and energy practice covers the whole gamut of related matters with a strong focus on international work, particularly in Eastern Europe. The group's proficiency advising on renewable energy, corporate PPAs and certificates, CO2 emissions allowances and offset trading make it a go-to advisor for high-profile gas network operators and multinational corporations. Project work in the areas of construction, infrastructure and transport are also areas where the team is active. Practice head Andreas Gunst assists with work across the entire energy value chain spanning numerous jurisdictions. Jasna Zwitter-Tehovnik, who is admitted in Austria and Slovenia in addition to England and Wales and New York, is particularly experienced in project finance and infrastructure projects.

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Andreas Gunst

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Testimonials

‘Strong availability. Low fees for the quality of work.’

‘The team is really good at delivering quality advice in relation to several jurisdictions. Especially for multinational companies, active in several jurisdictions, the team acts as a great point of contact.’

‘Dr. Jasna Zwitter-Tehovnik is a professional and dedicated partner, very approachable and flexible when it comes to satisfying clients’ needs.’

‘Responsiveness and focus on solutions are outstanding.’

‘The level of flexibility and width of knowledge and competence.’

Key clients

ICGB

BASF

Gazprom

EBRD Renewable Energy Tenders

GIZ

European Trading Hub / Gaspool / Net Connect Germany

Vitol

OMV

Verbund

Trailstone

Work highlights

  • Advising initially the German gas network operators Gaspool and Net Connect Germany and then European Trading Hub as the joint venture of all German gas network operators on the successful bid for the provision of all gas balancing and clearing entity for the entire Austrian gas market by way of procurement procedure by the Austrian regulatory authority (E-Control).
  • Advising BASF on its long-term corporate power purchase agreements with Vattenfall, Orsted and Engie from offshore and onshore wind generation asset to switch its entire energy consumption in its industrial processes to renewable energy and on the purchase of 49.5% in the Dutch Hollandse Kust Zuid wind park from Vattenfall.
  • Advising a group of lenders including some of the largest commercial banks in Canada on the project financing of the Scarborough Tunnel Project.

Austria > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

The team at DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach ‘does an excellent job bridging local considerations against the global perspectives‘. It is well positioned to advise on cross-border transactions and reorganisations; its dedicated China and Russia desks are to be noted here. The client portfolio includes in particular companies from the life sciences, energy and financial services sectors. Practice head Christoph Mager also counsels private clients and entrepreneurs. Maria Doralt is a key contact for PE and VC clients, and Elisabeth Stichmann has ‘an excellent sense of identifying risks.’

Practice head(s):

Christoph Mager

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‘Christoph Mager: he has an outstanding feeling for the client’s needs.’

‘Elisabeth Stichmann: very diligent, excellent sense of identifying risks.’

‘DLA Piper has a broad range of legal consultants and can cover a big variety of topics. Billing is very flexible and pragmatic.’

‘I have worked on a major project led by Maria Doralt. To me, Maria Doralt is the best corporate lawyer I have ever met. She has it all – legal excellence, business drive, pragmatic solutions, clear communication and integrity.

‘Clear interface per project – high motivation and reliability – high professional and personal skills.’

‘Very good experience with different people key contact: Elisabeth Stichmann, Vienna, outstanding performance.’

‘The Austrian team has a very strong understanding of the ways of American business, and does an excellent job bridging local considerations against the global perspectives.’

‘Elisabeth Stichmann is tremendously responsive, creative, and intelligent. She is willing to step in and help at a moment’s notice.’

Key clients

VTB Bank

Erber AG

Graphic Packaging

Knorr Bremse.

Renaissance Insurance Group

J.M. Huber Corporation

Maguar Capital GmbH & Co KG

Heidelberger

Gebauer & Griller

UniCredit S.p.A.

FFF Real Estate

Gazprom

Danaher Corporation

General Electric

Pfizer

Ardagh Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Erber AG and its management board in relation to the €980m acquisition of Erber Group by Royal DSM.
  • Advising Graphic Packaging on its $1.45 bn acquisition of AR Packaging, Europe’s second-largest manufacturer of fibre-based consumer packaging from CVC Capital Partners Fund VI.
  • Advising Gazprom Export OOO in connection with the acquisition of Centrex Europe Energy & Gas AG.

Austria > EU and competition Tier 3

Cartels, merger control proceedings, investigations by the authorities and abuse of dominant market positions are the core focus areas of DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach’s EU and competition practice. Claudine Vartian leads the practice, handling litigation matters as well as advising on dawn raids and on-site inspections. The practice also excels in cross-border matters where it is ale to work with the firm’s network of offices globally. Counsel Nicole Daniel has particular expertise in regards to international large-scale competition proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Claudine Vartian

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Key clients

BASF SE

Gazprom

Wipro Limited

Conair LLC

Knorr-Bremse Systeme für Schienenfahrzeuge GmbH

Ultra Clean Holdings

GMM Pfaudler Limited

Bearing Point GmbH

The Carlyle Group Inc

Mondelez Europe Services GmbH-Zweigniederlassung Österreich

Work highlights

  • Advised BASF on cross-border merger control issues concerning the purchase of 49,5 percent in the Dutch Hollandse Kust Zuid wind park from Vattenfall.
  • Advising Gazprom Export OOO on the EU and national merger control aspects of the acquisition of Centrex Europe Energy & Gas AG.
  • Advised Wipro Limited (India) on the merger control aspects of its direct and indirect acquisition of all shares in various companies that together form the Capco Group.

Austria > Private client Tier 3

Based in Vienna, the private client team at DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach  specialises in advising entrepreneurial families on matters regarding the structuring and protecting of assets, including questions of inheritance. Last wills, succession planning, and the operation of private foundations are also part of the firm’s portfolio. Christoph Mager heads the practice and is described by a client as a ‘an expert in Austrian private foundations’. Next generation solutions and reorganisations of ownership structures are core areas of Elisabeth Stichmann's practice.

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Christoph Mager

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Elisabeth Stichman

Testimonials

‘Christoph Mager: he has an outstanding feeling for the client’s needs.’

‘Highly professional and with personal service!’

‘The Vienna DLA Piper team is very experienced in advising local and international high net worth individuals and entrepreneurial families. They are always easy to reach and deliver work quickly and to the point. Being part of a global full-service law firm, they also offer advice including tax and white collar aspects.’

‘Christoph Mager is a highly professional and very trustworthy lawyer and an expert in Austrian private foundations. His business driven approach and his in-depth knowledge are outstanding and particularly valuable in difficult communications situations. He provides very reliable advice and convinces with practicable solutions.’

Key clients

Viktor Baturin

H.M.Z. Privatstiftung

Ursula Mossburger

Boris Alexis Jordan

JN Privatstiftung

Austria > Tax Tier 3

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach covers the full range of tax work including planning and transactional tax matters as well as disputes and tax criminal law. Clients stem from a variety of sectors including banking, oil and gas, technology, and real estate and the firm is often involved in cross-border activities that involve multiple jurisdictions. Department head Dimitar Hristov is well versed in international tax law, corporate taxation, and restructurings, among others, while also being experienced in handling matters relating to the Russian and Eastern European markets.

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Dimitar Hristov

Testimonials

‘Very dedicated team, very well connected to its customers and fast to answer, reply and support.’

‘Dr. Hristov has great knowledge and expertise. He is very fast and efficient in replying to questions and he works very closely with the customer to define solutions.’

Key clients

Banco Santander SA & Santander Consumer Bank GmbH

Gazprom Export OOO

 

Work highlights

  • Advicsing Banco Santander SA & Santander Consumer Bank on the securitisation of Austrian loans of the borrowers and transfer to Ireland.
  • Advising Gazprom Export OOO on the tax due diligence and the tax structure of the acquisition of Centrex Europe Energy & Gas AG.

Austria > Banking and finance Tier 4

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach has recently been particularly active advising financial services providers on regulatory matters, including on EU and US sanctions, but the team also assists borrowers with financing transactions. Based on the firm's strong international network, much of its work is cross-border in nature with a particular focus on the CEE and SEE regions. It has been increasingly active advising on ESG-linked financings such as project finance. Its banking litigation capabilities complement this offering. Team head Oskar Winkler is particularly experienced in private banking, investment funds and corporate finance. Banking and finance expert David Christian Bauer and Christoph Urbanek left the firm in 2021.

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Testimonials

‘Strong availability and reasonable fees for the quality of work.’

‘Very efficient and effective collaboration within the DLA team showing a customer first culture.’

‘Jasna Zwitter-Tehovnik helped us design a multi-party financing contract perfectly tailored to our needs. Apart from her outstanding knowledge in this area, her commitment and dedication to succeed with the optimum contract for us was exceptional.’

‘Strengths: Knowledge and know-how, approach, accessibility, extremely professional.’

Key clients

UniCredit Group

Caixa Bank

Eiffel Investment Group

Erste Group Bank AG

UBS AG

Banco do Brasil

Strabag

AAB Anglo Austrian Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising UniCredit Group on matters pertaining to the settlement of an internal voluntary US sanctions investigation.
  • Advising a group of lenders on the project financing of the Scarborough tunnel project.

Austria > Capital markets Tier 4

As an integral part of the firm's corporate practice, DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach's capital markets group is led by Christian Temmel, whose combined M&A, corporate and capital markets law expertise is a reflection of this interdisciplinary set-up, and handles a wide range of capital markets transactions alongside capital markets-related corporate and M&A mandates. Recently this included assistance with the placement of bonds alongside finance and takeover law-related matters.

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‘Reliant, extremely knowledgeable, solution-driven, broad experience.’

‘Christian Temmel leads the team; excellent services delivery. Goes the extra mile.’

Key clients

Caroo Mobility GmbH

Nabriva Therapeutics

Ardagh Packaging Holdings

Raiffeisen Bank International

PORR AG

UBM Development AG

Warimpex Finanz- und Beteiligungs Aktiengesellschaft

UniCredit Bank Austria AG

Erste Group Bank AG

Baader Bank AG

Work highlights

  • Advising Vienna-based real estate developer UBM Development on the placement of the first sustainability-related bond in Austria. The volume of the bond was €150m.
  • Advising Caroo Mobility GmbH on the issuance of the Eloop token.
  • Advising PhytinIQ Group on the public offering of subordinated capital market debt instruments.

Austria > Data privacy and data protection Tier 4

The ‘solution- and goal-oriented' team at DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach has a client list of Austrian and international companies. The practice’s strengths in matters involving new media, e-commerce, cloud computing and software licensing attracts clients from diverse sectors including banks, healthcare providers, retail and IT companies as well as automotive groups. Sabine Fehringer draws on experience in IT, research and development and licensing.

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‘We find quick and practical solutions there for all our questions and issues. Our needs and requirements are well covered by the people mentioned.’

‘Consultants are absolutely solution- and goal-oriented and always try to achieve the best for us. They mainly supervised our data protection implementation project. They managed to present data protection in a transparent and human way for us. Others cover the corporate law aspect. She competently directs complex projects to their goal with unbelievable speed.’

Key clients

SolarWinds

Bionic Surface Technologies GmbH

Polhem

DEBRA Holding

Neqsol Holding

Work highlights

  • Advising SolarWinds with regard to its well-published cyber incident involving over 18,000 SolarWinds customers, amongst them many governmental organisations in the US, Europe and Asia Pacific.
  • Advised DEBRA Holding on GDPR implementation.

Austria > Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 4

Due to the firm's strong cross-border cooperation, DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach's litigation team in Vienna has a focus on multi-jurisdictional proceedings, including large-scale mass litigation, across various sectors. With the arrival of Georg Krakow from Baker McKenzie Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG in August 2021, the group has significantly strengthened its offering at the intersection with white-collar crime and criminal law, but lost banking and finance expert David Christian Bauer in April 2021, who has since been working independently. Armin Hendrich heads the litigation and regulatory groups and has a focus on regulatory compliance, sanctions, embargos and cyber security.

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Testimonials

‘The litigation team is of top quality: their advice is concise, well-argued and provided nimbly and flexibly.’

‘Dr. Claudine Vartian has unparalleled skill in litigation and a deep understanding of the most advantageous way to approach appeals in the Austrian courts. She is highly intelligent, runs an extremely efficient team and is always available when we need her, even on very short notice, which is much appreciated.’

‘Strong client commitment; tasks are accomplished not only to an extraordinary high level but also promptly. Always available and ready.’

‘We work almost exclusively with Andreas Daxberger. An outstanding, extremely client-orientated and solution-oriented lawyer with determination, he has great expertise and especially his social competence is outstanding, just the lawyer you want to have in difficult times.’

‘Simple processes, simple coordination. A feeling what the customer really wants and needs. Open-minded to new developments and the market climate and unbelievably – also open to price negotiations.’

‘Flexibility; adjustment to customer demands; practical orientation; gentleness; vast knowledge.’

‘Specific know-how in all relevant law areas. A global network with lasting regional relationships.’

‘A broad perspective which goes above legal implementation; this is based on the understanding of the personal or business context of a legal necessity. A friendly, yet professional relationship where one will always find a helping hand.’

Key clients

Entain Group

Tesla Inc.

UniCredit Bank Austria AG

Starstone Insurance SE

Royal Smit Transformers B.V

Municipality of Budva

Erste Group Bank AG

ArcelorMittal Construction Belgium NV

Lombard International Assurance S.A.

Wizz Air Hungary Kft

Bausparkasse der österreichischen Sparkassen AG

Julius Meinl Austria GmbH

SolarWinds Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advising and representing UniCredit Bank Austria AG in data protection defence litigation pertaining to a record of creditworthiness.

Austria > Employment Tier 4

Labour law disputes and restructurings are among the core strengths of DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach Rechtsanwälte GmbH‘s employment practice. The team is experienced in handling the employment aspects of cross-border transactions, where it frequently works alongside offices globally. Stephan Nitzl heads the practice and has expertise in employment litigation and transactional labour law, in addition to advising clients on day-to-day employment matters.

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Stephan Nitzl

Key clients

Wizz Air Hungary Zrt

TMF Group B.V.

Deutsche Lufthansa AG

METRO Cash & Carry Österreich GmbH

Jung von Matt Donau GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising Wizz Air Hungary on a restructuring programme involving staff cutbacks and representation in related disputes.
  • Advising Vienna-based consulting firm TMF with regard to the management liability of its former managing director.
  • On-going strategic employment law advice for Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

Austria > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach has a strong profile for corporate reorganisation and restructuring work in the CEE region, most notably in Croatia and Slovenia. This is thanks to Jasna Zwitter-Tehovnik’s legal qualifications, which in addition to her Austrian registration includes admissions in England and Wales, New York and Slovenia. She is a key member of Oskar Winkler’s team; he covers a wide range of finance and corporate restructuring matters.

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Testimonials

The team looks for solutions in an uncomplicated manner, also provides information needed at short notice and is extremely committed.

The competence for all kinds of legal issues not only in Austria but also in the entire South-East-European region is absolutely outstanding.

Austria > Intellectual property Tier 5

The team at DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach has a broad client base, including retail, medical and pharmaceutical companies as well as notable new technology and non-profit clients. Led by copyright and licensing expert Sabine Fehringer, the practice offers IP advisory, transactional and enforcement work in addition to a dedicated trademark filing and administration department.

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‘Very professional, friendly, reliable and fast in replying. Give helpful answers to complex questions and always hinting to issues that need to be taken into consideration.’

‘I worked with Veronika Appl. Her legal advice is very profound, she always makes sure to ask the right questions and helps us find the best way of setting up contracts and regulations. It is a pleasure to work with her as she is extremely reliable, professional, friendly and fast in replying to follow-up questions.’

‘Our team has great experience with the IP team of DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach. This law firm and in particular, the IP team, is our official trademark representative and their work stands for high quality, professionalism, and success.’

‘As a part of the one of the biggest law firms worldwide and with a wide range of partner law firms on national level, DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach can ensure lots of advantages when it comes to registration, claims, opposition or licencing of international trademarks, e.g. researches on international level or handling successfully complex cross-jurisdictional procedures. The billing through electronic invoices with detailed description of hourly-based services is transparent enough. We get a substantial NGO discount that serves high efficiency in a cost-performance ratio. The flexibility in contacting our legal advisors – in person, via call or through digital conference call tools – as well as the prompt feedback makes the collaboration very satisfactory.’

‘The DLA Piper IP team distinguishes itself from other competitors through the combination of legal excellence, initiative, responsiveness and exercised accountability. It’s the main reason for us to rely on their competent support and collaborate with them for IP related topics nearly on an exclusive basis.’

‘Our main advisor is Dr. Veronika Appl. Her work stands out for high engagement, extensive knowledge in corporate identity, agility and effectiveness. We value her friendliness and understanding, too.’

Key clients

Plex Real Estate GmbH

Bionic Surface Technologies GmbH

VIER PFOTEN International gemeinnützige Privatstiftung

Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH

Verein Flüchtlingsprojekt Ute Bock

Erber AG

Graphic Packaging

MAMACHRIS petfood GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising Plex Real Estate GmbH on its international trademark strategy that includes in particular negotiations of trademark agreements with third parties.
  • Advising ‘VIER PFOTEN International gemeinnützige Privatstiftung’ on its international trademark strategy, in particular advising on the creation and registration of new trademarks in Europe as well as in various countries including Indonesia, Thailand and Cambodia; advising on trademark disputes and drafting of various trademark agreements; advising and execution of trademark transfers to third parties.
  • Advising Bionic Surface Technologies GmbH on the structuring and contract negotiating in the context of establishing a potential JV with Nikon.

Austria > Real estate Tier 5

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach's strength lies in the transactional space, which is also where the focus of team head Oskar Winkler lies. This offering is particularly attractive to real estate companies, financial institutions, funds and corporates requiring assistance with the acquisition and sale of residential and business properties, hotels, logistic centres and plots of land in Austria and across the CEE region. Its transactional advice covers financing aspects, while landlord and tenant clients also receive assistance with lease agreements. Christoph Urbanek left the firm in June 2021.

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Testimonials

‘Available, professional, organised and knowledgeable.

‘Oskar Winkler: Great professional, reasonable, helpful, efficient and available.

‘Excellent service-oriented team with deep knowledge of all real estate-relevant matters.

‘Oskar Winkler is involved at all stages; very pleasant to work with and fully reliable.

Key clients

UniCredit Bank Austria

2 FFF Real Estate S.á.r.L.

Work highlights

  • Advising FFF Real Estate S.á.r.L., a Luxembourg-based regulated fund, on the acquisition and further development of a residential project in Luxembourg.
  • Advising FFF Real Estate S.á.r.L. on the purchase of an office building in Luxembourg.

Global co-chairs: Roger Meltzer and Andrew Darwin
Co-chief executive officers: Simon Levine and Cameron Jay Rains
Number of partners: 1,500
Number of lawyers: 5,000
Languages: The firm speaks over 60 languages
Offices: Lawyers located in more than 60 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

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