Directories Legal 500

Austria

Banking and finance (Tier 2)

CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati has a strong profile for finance and distressed asset transactions. Edith Hlawati’s ‘very knowledgeable’ team advised the Republic of Austria and Hypo Alpe-Adria-Bank International on the establishment of Austria’s first bad bank structure. Other clients include the Austrian National Bank (OeNB), Erste Group and Telekom Austria.

Capital markets (Tier 1)

The ‘pragmatic’, ‘fast’ team at CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati is particularly rated for its ‘good service level’ and experience in capital markets transactions. Edith Hlawati heads the practice, which works in close cooperation with the banking and finance department, advised ÖIAG – a key shareholder – on Telekom Austria’s capital increase. Other highlights included advising S IMMO and voestalpine, among others, on the issuance of senior bonds.

Construction (Tier 2)

CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati covers a wide range of construction law, including non-contentious matters such as project development, financing, planning and construction agreements, as well as construction litigation. Peter Vcelouch heads the team, which advised Vienna International Airport on planning and construction contracts and provided Primark with construction and tenant law advice with respect to its expansion in Austria.

Corporate and M&A (Tier 2)

CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati has a wealth of experience in national and cross-border mergers and corporate reorganisations. The ‘top-quality’ team advised the Republic of Austria and Hypo Alpe-Adria-Bank International on the establishment of Austria’s first bad bank structure. ‘Well-connected quick thinker’ and ‘strong negotiator’ Albert Birkner assisted Samsung SDI with the acquisition of Magna Steyr Battery Systems. Clemens Hasenauer is also recommended.

Dispute Resolution (Tier 2)

CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati is praised as having ‘remarkable ability to deal with complex cases’, and is known for representing quasi-state or privatised entities, such as Austrian motorway operator ASFINAG, OMV and Österreichische Nationalbank. The practice is handling an increased number of D&O liability and compliance matters, and practice head Irene Welser is ‘very experienced in construction matters’. Stefan Huber was made partner in 2015.

EU and competition (Tier 2)

CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati is particularly active in merger control proceedings and cartel litigation but also covers state aid work. The ‘top-notch’ team ‘delivers outstanding results’ and is acting for a number of companies in the SPAR group in a cartel investigation and is acting for the group before the Austrian Cartel Supreme Court. Practice head Bernhard Kofler-Senoner is ‘committed to achieving business objectives’ and ‘leaves no stone unturned’. Michael Mayer is also recommended.

Employment (Tier 3)

CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati has a strong profile in contentious cases but also provides consultancy services with a particular focus on data protection law and post-merger restructurings. Practice head Julian Feichtinger is representing Vienna International Airport in various court cases relating to unfair dismissal charges.

IT and telecommunications (Tier 2)

CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati has a broad client base in the telecoms and IT sector, including Telekom Austria and Hewlett-Packard. The team, led by the ‘very professional’ and ‘detail-oriented’ Hans Kristoferitsch, frequently advises on outsourcing, data protection and cloud computing, and often works in close collaboration with the M&A practice group.

Insolvency and corporate recovery (Tier 2)

Particularly active on the creditor side, CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati acts for national and international banks in insolvency proceedings but also handles pre-insolvency debt collection issues and advises shareholders of distressed or insolvent companies. The ‘proactive’ and ‘result-oriented’ Thomas Trettnak, who jointly heads the team with Georg Konrad, advised Alpha Bank as creditor and defendant in the Alpine Bau bankruptcy case.

Intellectual property and media (Tier 5)

Mark Krenn’s team at CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati has a strong profile for commercial, contentious IP matters, including patent licensing agreements and trade mark portfolio administration. The firm recently represented McDonald’s in a trade mark dispute with hotel operator McTirol before the Austrian Supreme Court.

Projects and Energy (Tier 3)

Most of CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati’s advisory work pertains to public law, financing, corporate and transactional matters, primarily in the energy space but also with experience in other areas of infrastructure. As a highlight, the team advised Heritage Oil on cross-border corporate matters. Clemens Hasenauer shows ‘an excellent capability in boiling down complex issues’.

Public Procurement (Tier 3)

CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati primarily advises contracting authorities in the public and utilities sectors and excels in procurement-related internal investigations and criminal proceedings in the light of bribery and bid-rigging allegations. The ‘experienced’ Irene Welser heads the team, which acted for media.at and ASFINAG.

Real Estate (Tier 3)

CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati has ‘strong industry knowledge’ and handles the full spectrum of real estate matters, including acquisitions, developments, financing and leasing. Practice head Peter Vcelouch led the team’s advice to Lidl on several development projects and real estate acquisitions pertaining to new shop

Tax (Tier 3)

CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati’s strengths include advising on tax optimisation of M&A and other transactions, corporate restructurings and financings, frequently in a cross-border or contentious setting. Johannes Prinz, who co-heads the practice with Clemens Hasenauer, advised Old Mutual on the tax aspects of the sale of Skandia Versicherung to Heidelberger Leben

 

 

 

Quelle: The Legal 500: Europe, Middle East & Africa, 2016 Edition