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Dr David Christian Bauer

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Dispute Resolution; Banking & Finance


David Christian Bauer is a litigation and regulatory practitioner who is involved in many high-profile corporate and M&A cases, as well as banking/capital markets law matters. He is a former assistant professor at the Vienna University in corporate and commercial law and constantly sought-after for seminars and lectures. David studied law as well as communication science at the Vienna University and in France. He graduated as Master of Laws in 1997 and as Doctor of Laws in 2000. His dissertation on silent partnerships as financing instrument was published and was awarded with the Walther-Kastner-Prize of the Austrian Association of Banks. He is also a certified asset advisor and partner in the RCO network for family business. David is the Country Managing Partner for DLA Piper in Austria.


Since 2016 Country Managing Partner with DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach, Vienna / Since 2010 Partner with DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach, Vienna / 2004 - 2010 Partner with Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH / 2002 - 2004 Associate with CMS Strommer Reich-Rohrwig Karasek Hainz Rechtsanwälte, Vienna / 2001 Certified asset advisor / 1998 - 2000 Assistant professor at the Vienna University


German, English, French


Vienna Bar Association; Young Austrian Litigation Association; RCO-Partners Network - involved in family business


University of Vienna, Dr.iur., 2000; University of Vienna, Mag.iur., 1997


Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach has a strong profile for project finance work with particular focus on the CEE and SEE regions, while also handling banking litigation and regulatory matters, including sanctions and investigations, as well as cyber crime-related issues. Jasna Zwitter-Tehovnik advised the Global Health Investment Fund on the financing of an Austrian biotech company, while Christoph Urbanek acted for UniCredit Bank Austria and Raiffeisen Bank International on the financing of one of Poland's largest business parks. Oskar Winkler heads the finance and projects group, which includes 'excellent' country managing partner David Christian Bauer.

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Dispute resolution: commercial litigation

Within: Dispute resolution: commercial litigation

Acting for various Austrian and international banks, DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach stands out for its expertise in financial services sector disputes, including negative interest proceedings and those at the intersection with white-collar criminal defence and also represents clients in investigations. Claudine Vartian and David Christian Bauer are the main contacts.

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.‚Ä©
    - DLA Piper UK LLP

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    On 5th December 2018, the Austrian data protection authority ( Datenschutzbehörde , "DSB") issued a decision (DSB-D123.270/0009-DSB/2018) on data subject's right to data deletion according to Art 17 GDPR. In a nutshell, the DSB accepted consistent anonymisation as a valid alternative to physical and technical deletion. Beside the clear statement that anonymous data is not subject to the GDPR, the DSB provided detailed information on (technical) requirements of anonymisation methods:
    - Dorda
  • Consent or pay ‚Äď a valid scheme under the GDPR?

    Media companies throughout Europe struggle with a difficult economic environment: Shrinking sales figures for print products, the digitalisation and consumer demand force publishers to offer their content also on the internet. However, generating money for online publications is not quite easy as ‚Äď at least in Austria ‚Äď online subscription against renumeration has not been well accepted by customers. This partially has its root in the lack of suitable micropayment means in the past and users thus getting acquainted to online information being offered for free. Thus, publishers have instead focused on financing their platforms by online marketing activities such as placement of banners. Nowadays such digital advertisement is usually targeted to the specific user. For this purpose, cookies are stored on the user's computer upon his first visit of the website, which then collect data about his location, technical equipment used and online behaviour. This finally allows to display specific, user targeted advertisements. However, such cookies may cause issues with applicable consent requirements under the telecommunication and data protection regulations:
    - Dorda
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    Vienna, March 2019. Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner GmbH (fwp) adds valuable competence and expertise to the team by welcoming Pavel Bachleda in its midst as a new attorney-at-law and junior partner.
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    - Dorda
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  • DORDA advises on the acquisition of Austrian office properties Denk Drei

    Stefan Artner , Partner and Head of the Real Estate Practice Group, and real estate attorney Klaus Pfeiffer of DORDA advised Austrian Real Estate Development GmbH ( ARE , a subsidiary of Bundesimmobilien-Gesellschaft, the Austrian privatization agency) on the acquisition of the Denk Drei office properties from IC Development . The successful closing of the forward purchase transaction took place on April 30, 2018. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.
    - Dorda
  • Austrian "White List"

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    - Dorda
  • Stop! Wait! Move! ‚Äď No longer Stamp Duty for Residential Homes

    On 12 October 2017, right in a last minute attempt to win undecided voters for one of the political parties, the leaving members of parliament enacted a new tax law. While fundamental changes to the Austrian Tenancy Law had been vividly discussed between the socialist and the conservative parties in recent years, the new law on the abolition of stamp duty falls completely short of what could have been achieved.
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  • European Court of Human Rights: Employers have limited rights to monitor employee communications at

    A landmark decision was issued yesterday (Judgement BńÉrbulescu v. Romania), a source of debate in the media , in which the European Court of Human Rights clarified the restrictions on monitoring employees in the workplace.