Practice Areas

Specialists with foresight.

Banking, Insurance and Capital Market Law, Finance.

We offer legal advice to national and international financial institutions, public and private pension funds, other funds and all kinds of external, institutional providers of equity and investors. We advise on a wide range of external financing packages including securitisation operations, acquisition, project and asset financing and debt rescheduling as well as on detailed issues with regard to banking and securities supervision.

Our firm supports clients in all areas of national and international insurance law. Specifically, our clients include national and international insurers, insurance brokers and companies. Consultancy services cover events of damage or loss, especially in the D&O liability field, regulatory issues as well as the creation and auditing of insurance products.

We are proven experts in Austrian capital market law and represent both issuers and issuing banks in national and international issues of shares and bonds. In addition to drawing up tender and bid documentation we are particularly specialised in negotiating mandate and takeover agreements, comfort letters as well as advice in the fields of corporate governance and compliance.

Corporate, M&A and Private Equity.

Our clients in the field of company law include listed stock companies, small and medium-sized enterprises and start-ups. For this reason our fully comprehensive range of consultancy services extends from matters arising from stock company and corporation legislation to all measures in regard to company structure right down to start-up businesses. We also assist our clients in their preparation and implementation of general meetings, in executive and supervisory board matters and in all matters related to executive liability. We represent them in the event of actions for annulment, squeeze-outs and all kinds of restructuring. Our lawyers are on the boards of private trusts and make full use of this valuable experience when responding to any questions in regard to foundation law.

We advise national and international companies, financial institutes as well as funds in the case of national and cross-border M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions. Our firm also supports clients in the event of public or private takeovers, the acquisition of stakes in companies, privatisations, leveraged buyouts, the setting up of funds as well as the constitution of consortia, joint ventures and strategic partnerships.

Data Protection Law.

We comprehensively advise our clients in data protection matters, such as safeguarding compliance with the notification duties with the Austrian Data Processing Register, the representation before the Data Protection Authority and the Data Processing Register, as well as in the implementation of the requirements of the DSGVO. We support our clients regarding the implementation of data protection projects within multi-national companies, the establishment and use of Binding Corporate Rules, the preparation of data processing agreements, the outsourcing of services in third countries, in the context of preparing declarations of consent and obtaining consent, the preparation and implementation of compliance rules regarding data protection within a company as well as the use of employee data within the company and within a group of companies including the preparation and negotiation of plant agreements.

Employment and Social Security Law.

We provide advice, guidance and support to employees and employers. Our clients include national and multinational corporations as well as small and medium-sized enterprises together with their employees and managers. Our expertise covers all aspects of individual and collective employment and social legislation.We offer advice on the drawing up of contracts and agreements, on the structuring of working conditions, on the establishment of collective bargaining agreements and on the implementation of management and employee profit-sharing schemes. A further focus of our work is the advice we give on employment law in the case of mergers and acquisitions. If necessary, we support and represent our clients in disputes before the courts.

IP, IT and Life Science.

We represent the interests of our clients in all matters regarding industrial property rights, copyright and unfair competition. We advise and support our clients in the contentious or non-contentious assertion of their property rights and in cases of trademark and design applications.

We particularly focus our efforts on offering guidance and advice for drafting cooperation agreements, licensing or marketing contracts, R&D agreements, spin-off agreements or agreements on the carrying out of clinical studies. In addition, we advise our clients in a wide range of matters related to IP and IT legislation, including data protection and e-commerce law.We offer support to national and international companies in all fields of pharmaceuticals and medicinal products law. In the field of pharmaceutical law we advise our clients in the approval of medicines, in all other regulatory matters and in all questions related to reimbursement law, particularly in regard to negotiations with the social security institutions. Moreover, we also represent them before the administrative courts.

Further priorities of our work include the comprehensive guidance and advice we give to our clients in regard to market presence, advertising campaigns and PR activities as well as the support we offer in the case of disputes with competitors or interest groups due to violations of advertising restrictions (particularly in regard to pharmaceuticals and medicinal products law) and the Unfair Competition Act (UWG).

Litigation & Arbitration.

Our experts for adversarial proceedings and conflict resolution are responsible for court and arbitration proceedings, for mediation and negotiations – both in Austria and at an international level. We always strive to achieve a successful resolution of the conflict on the part of the plaintiff and on the part of the defendant.

Whether or not a dispute is settled in court or out of court, we devote all our attention to the challenge in question with the utmost care, precision and a systematic breakdown of the facts. We recommend out-of-court settlements whenever this is in the interest of our client. In all cases our overriding priority is to protect the interests of our clients and to provide an accurate, continuous assessment of the costs, chance of winning and risks of a law suit.

Merger control and anti-trust.

We have acquired extensive experience in representing clients before the Austrian Federal Competition Authority and the European Commission. In cooperation with our partner law firms we support or clients in the planning, coordination and management of national and European M&A transactions and merger applications. Furthermore, we offer highly specific legal and strategic advice on a wide range of matters related to state aid and antitrust laws.

Public commercial law.

Our lawyers are experts in selected fields of Austrian public law and European Community law. In particular, these include questions related to energy and environmental legislation as well as hospital law, state liability and state aid legislation. Furthermore, we offer advice to contracting authorities and bidders in complex matters pertaining to awarding law and are regularly entrusted with major public-private partnership projects such as the building of hospitals and health spas.

Our lawyers advise and defend accused parties and companies in complex commercial criminal matters. In particular, these include accusations of fraud, embezzlement, infringements of antitrust and securities legislation, corruption, offences against the environment as well as internal and investigations into violations of supervisory provisions.

Real estate.

We advise and support our clients in regard to real estate transactions, project developments and the utilisation of properties. In addition to structuring and providing support for real estate transactions on behalf of buyers and sellers we also help our clients to make optimum arrangements in regard to financing as well as taxation and company law. Our lawyers’ competencies range from the advice they give on obtaining authorisations under public law to the drawing up of service contracts with planners, architects and building contractors.In particular, the excellence of our services in this field is due to the combination of our project management experience and expertise in real estate law.

Tax.

Our tax law experts help Austrian and international clients to structure their business segments – obviously, always in compliance with Austrian and international tax provisions. They offer advice in all matters related to taxation and contributions law including corporation tax, value added tax and the law on fees and charges. We support our clients in all the fields of Austrian and international taxation law for the issue of financial instruments, tax-optimised transactions, complex restructurings and employee-oriented systems. Furthermore, we also offer guidance and advice on tax optimisation for charitable foundations and other not-for-profit organisations.

Venture Capital & Start-up.

We constantly advise both national and international investors (VC funds, family offices, business angels) and start-ups from all industries in connection with venture capital financings. Our expertise also covers the foundation of VC funds and the conception and implementation of innovative financial instruments under consideration of the regulatory framework.

We advise start-ups in the pre-seed, seed and growth stage until the successful exit. We assist our start-ups in all business law related matters of their day-to-day operations. Moreover, we have established the first legal incubator in Austria: HK Incube. Besides start-ups and investors we also advise a number of incubators, funding agencies and start-up associations.

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