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DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach
SCHOTTENRING 14
1010 WIEN
Austria

Projects and energy Tier 2

In addition to assisting with local Austrian matters, the projects and energy group at DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach has a focus on advising international clients in Austria or Austrian clients with international business interests, especially in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Energy trade expert Andreas Gunst, who is admitted as a solicitor in Ireland, England and Wales, jointly headsd the team with Oskar Winkler. Jasna Zwitter-Tehovnik covers the infrastructure side, where she has recently expanded her airport project expertise. The practice is particularly experienced in gas projects and also advises on renewable energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Gunst; Oskar Winkler

Other key lawyers:

Jasna Zwitter-Tehovnik

Testimonials

‘All staff members present themselves with great integrity, professionalism. It is a group of stellar lawyers and very pleasant to work with.’

‘Very strong team on renewable energy and major strength in ensuring delivery to client satisfaction.’

‘Andreas Gunst is the team leader and impresses through the breadth and depth of expertise on renewable energy matters and willingness to go the extra mile to ensure delivery and client satisfaction.’

‘DLA is displaying sound experience in PPA projects. Their advantage is that they have worked for various stakeholders e.g. producers, off-takers, or the financial sector across Europe. This gives them the distinctive edge.’

‘We have worked with Andreas Gunst for renewable work for a number of years and he is responding swiftly to comments occurring in a group decision.’

‘Mr Andreas Gunst is the best energy lawyer which I meet ever. His creativity, capability to explain consequences of any decision and straightforward approach is something which make him an outstanding lawyer. ’

‘Strong cross-national legal experience; very dedicated team.’

‘Jasna Zwitter-Tehovnik is very dedicated, always reachable, very hands-on partner, strong experience in project finance.’

Key clients

Gastrans d.o.o. Novi Sad

HEC Lanabregas sh.a.

Eiffel Investment Group

Consortium including Strabag SE/RLB Niederösterreich-Wien AG and Uniqa Versicherungs AG

IFC

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

York Capital Management Ltd.

Energy Community.

A major Russian gas supplier being active worldwide

European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET)

Caroo Mobility GmbH (trading as Eloop)

Banking and finance Tier 3

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach's financing work typically pertains to real estate and infrastructure projects across the CEE and SEE regions, while handling banking litigation and banking regulatory mandates are other key elements of its finance and banking offering. Claudine Vartian acts for banks in large-scale banking litigations, and Oskar Winkler and Jasna Zwitter-Tehovnik are regularly called upon to advise on the financing of real estate, infrastructure and energy projects. Clients include commercial and investment banks, corporates and private equity and mezzanine financiers.

Practice head(s):

Oskar Winkler; Claudine Vartian

Other key lawyers:

Jasna Zwitter-Tehovnik; David Christian Bauer; Christoph Urbanek

Testimonials

‘Their expertise in the relevant area of law is excellent. Lawyers are always available and at client disposal. In case of doubt, they provide additional explanation. Communication is very professional but at the same time very friendly.’

‘The legal professionals I worked with were of excellent legal knowledge with regards to the subject matter and at the same time available when needed. Although the team had a very short deadline to finish the job their performance was excellent. Communication was very professional but at same time very friendly. From the client perspective that creates additional trust which is very important.’

Key clients

KBC Group NV

Eiffel Investment Group

Merritz Securites

STRABAG

RLB Niederöstereich-Wien AG

Uniqa Versicherungs AG

Goldman Sachs International

Neqsol Holding

INTL FCStone Inc.

Banco do Brasil SA

Capital markets Tier 3

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach's capital markets group is an integral part of the firm's corporate practice, and, as such, is well versed in handling equity and debt issues alongside capital markets-related corporate and M&A mandates, while its clients - many of which are listed companies - also receive assistance with general meetings. Christian Temmel heads the practice and routinely acts at the intersection with corporate and M&A and most notably handles transactions that involve listed securities and financial regulatory aspects.

Practice head(s):

Christian Temmel

Other key lawyers:

Maria Doralt

Testimonials

‘Commercial, efficient and pragmatic.’

‘Senior partner stays available throughout the transactions. Fast and pragmatic approach in solving controversial situations; offers competitive fees.’

‘Christian Temmel is great to work with. He is very knowledgeable and commercial.’

‘Christian Temmel is extremely reliable.’

Key clients

Ardagh Packaging Holdings

Nabriva Therapeutics

TTL Information Technology AG

Raiffeisen Bank International

PORR AG

UBM Development AG

Warimpex Finanz- und Beteiligungs Aktiengesellschaft

UniCredit Bank Austria AG

Erste Group Bank AG

Baader Bank AG

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

With a global outreach and dedicated China and Russia desks in Vienna, DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach is regularly retained to assist with international transactional and corporate work. M&A expert Christoph Mager heads the department that further includes private equity and venture capital specialist Maria Doralt and Elisabeth Stichmann, who plays a key role in global corporate reorganisations. Industry expertise ranges from energy and life sciences to the financial services sector.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Mager

Other key lawyers:

Maria Doralt; Elisabeth Stichmann; Christian Temmel

Testimonials

‘The DLA Corporate and M&A practice provides excellent support both in local and international transactions. It consists of a team of excellent experts, who are used to work seamless on transborder transaction. They are very responsive, well connected, straight forward and easy to work with.’

‘The outstanding partner in Vienna in the Corporate practice is Maria Doralt. She is a high-profile expert, well connected in the market, very responsive and available, with a very pragmatic attitude. ’

‘ Excellent understanding of the client’s needs.’

‘The cooperation amongst the partners was excellent, so it was possible to get ad-hoc advice in other legal areas within a short time. Although it is a large law firm, they kept flexibility and speed. The team is very stable providing points of contact over a long time.’

‘Maria Doralt showed great understanding of the client’s specific business – combined with her excellent legal knowledge resulted in great benefit for the transaction. Her hands-on mentality is outstanding.’

‘In M&A my main point of contact is Maria Doralt. She is an outstanding lawyer and simply great at negotiating deals. Great legal skills but even more impressive in terms of communication and negotiation skills. She really understands client needs and how to find solutions that work for all parties involved. Also, she and her team are very business driven and great to work with.’

‘Fully professional and international approach, customer-focused, broad experience in all legal areas.’

‘Outstanding team.’

‘My main point of contact is Maria Doralt. She is certainly the best corporate lawyer I have ever met.’

Key clients

Rolls Royce Power Systems

FFF Real Estaste

Wirtschaftskammer Österreich

Kurant GmbH

Wise Road Capital

UniCredit S.p.A.

Wanfeng Auto Holding Group

Zoetis Inc

Danaher Corporation

VCP Capital Partners

Senvion GmbH

Rettig Group Oy

HBB-Haas Beratung und Beteiligungen GmbH & Co KG

General Electric

Pfizer

Ardagh Group

Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach is primarily involved in multi-jurisdictional data protection matters, for instance in relation to GDPR compliance and data transfers. Headed by Sabine Fehringer, the practice unites Armin Hendrich's regulatory background with counsel Stefan Panic's in-depth data protection expertise. The team is particularly adept at handling data privacy issues within banking and finance as well as automotive industries.

Practice head(s):

Sabine Fehringer

Other key lawyers:

Armin Hendrich; Stefan Panic

Testimonials

‘The team showed its strengths during the introduction of the EU data protection regulation. It provided perfect ad hoc advice without the need to do long research, this was possible due to the great competence the team has established.’

‘Sabine Fehringer combines an exceptional experience in the industry with outstanding (legal) knowledge, hands-on mentality and a great understanding of the client’s business. This enables her to provide optimum support to the client.’

Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 3

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach is best known for handling national and multi-jurisdictional proceedings in the financial services sector, where the team typically acts for banks, while its client portfolio also includes companies from various other sectors including insurance, manufacturing and construction. Claudine Vartian heads the practice and is experienced in handling mass-litigation, antitrust law litigation and white-collar criminal law matters.

Practice head(s):

Claudine Vartian

Other key lawyers:

David Christian Bauer; Andreas Daxberger

Testimonials

‘Highly professional and competent, very trustworthy.’

Key clients

UniCredit Bank Austria AG

Mondelez

Dispute resolution: white-collar crime (including fraud) Tier 3

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach's team is led by senior of counsel Thomas Kralik, who is noted for his experience defending clients in various proceedings and for his expertise in criminal investigations and compliance. Much of the team's work stems from the banking and finance sector but its client portfolio also includes corporates from various other industries alongside private clients.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Kralik

Other key lawyers:

Claudine Vartian; David Christian Bauer

Key clients

Hutchison Drei Austria GmbH

Ares Safety GmbH

Thomas Schmid (sole director of ÖBAG)

EU and competition Tier 3

Although it has a strong focus on merger control mandates, DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach's caseload also includes matters related to cartels and alleged abuse of dominance. Department head Claudine Vartian has valuable experience of dawn raids, inspections and antitrust litigation. Florian Schuhmacher left the team to take up a position at Vienna University in September 2019, but remains active as of counsel.

Practice head(s):

Claudine Vartian

Key clients

Mondelez

PORR AG

Heisenberg Holdco B.V

CIE Automotive, S.A

Columbia Capital VI

BAE Systems plc

Ecolab Inc.

ressourcenmangel GmbH

Genstar Capital Partners VI

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

As part of a global network, DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach receives regular cross-border instructions from financial institutions and corporates on restructurings and corporate reorganisations. Working in close cooperation with the firm's financing practice and Oskar Winkler in particular, means that the team is particularly well placed to assist with financing matters. Jasna Zwitter-Tehovnik is another key individual with a focus on this intersection.

Practice head(s):

Oskar Winkler

Other key lawyers:

Jasna Zwitter-Tehovnik

Key clients

KBC Group NV

INTL FCStone Inc

Private client Tier 3

The private client department at DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach specialises in supporting Austrian entrepreneurial families with asset structuring and protection, often involving cross-border aspects. Christoph Mager, who is regularly installed as executor of last wills, heads the team. Elisabeth Stichmann has significant knowledge of Austrian private foundations and is able to draw on her corporate background.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Mager

Other key lawyers:

Elisabeth Stichmann

Testimonials

‘Christoph Mager has an excellent understanding of the client’s needs.’

Tax Tier 3

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach is equipped to handle both planning and transactional tax matters, with a strong suit in tax advice related to restructuring. The group is a popular choice with clients from the CIS and CEE regions, and particularly the Russian market, and benefits from the presence of fluent Russia and Bulgarian speaker Dimitar Hristov in the team. Hristov is also a key name for international tax law and corporate taxation.

Practice head(s):

Dimitar Hristov

Key clients

Merritz Securities

Employment Tier 5

Labour law disputes as well as cross-border transactions and related employee transfers are at the forefront of the employee practice at DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach. The team is well integrated in the wider firm, often working alongside the corporate department. by Stephan Nitzl handles clients' day-to-day employment issues and has recently assisted with employment questions with regard to the global pandemic.

Practice head(s):

Stephan Nitzl

Testimonials

‘Very pragmatic approach.’

‘Stephan Nitzl is a very pragmatic advisor.’

Key clients

Huber+Suhner AG

Intellectual property Tier 5

The IP team at DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach handles IP advisory, transactional and enforcement work. The team has a notable skill set in trade mark filing, renewal and prosecution. Sabine Fehringer's workloads also takes in copyright, unfair competition and licensing work with an emphasis on pharmaceutical clients.

Practice head(s):

Sabine Fehringer

Testimonials

‘Outstanding team.’

‘Sabine Fehringer is a fabulous lawyer, very business driven and pragmatic. She finds solutions that simply work and is very much to the point.’

‘We are very satisfied with the support of the DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach IP team. Being a part of one of the biggest law firms worldwide is a great advantage when it comes to licence or trademark topics with an international element, such as research on international level or alignment of papers and procedure through different IP jurisdictions. It makes a difference to the approach of other law firms we’ve worked with. The IP team is deeply committed and submits prompt feedback. ’

‘I could say that the IP team members distinguish themselves from competitors by the combination of legal excellence, initiative, flexibility and a sense of responsibility with an international spirit.’

Real estate Tier 5

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach focuses on transactional work for real estate investors, including associated finance and restructuring matters, in the residential and hotel sectors. Practice head Oskar Winkler is the key contact for real estate transactions and also provides assistance with rental and lease agreements.

Practice head(s):

Oskar Winkler

Other key lawyers:

Christoph Urbanek

Key clients

MERITZ Securities Co. Ltd

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.

Please see https://www.dlapiper.com for further information about the firm.

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