EU and Competition

Legal 500 - EU and Competition (Tier 2)

Contentious and non-contentious merger control work constitutes a key element of CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati’s ‘pragmatic’ team, which also handles cartel investigations, state aid and other competition law matters. Practice head Bernhard Kofler-Senoner, who ‘always goes the extra mile’ and is ‘great to work with’, represented Austria Asphalt in a merger control proceeding before the European Court of Justice.

Chambers & Partners - EU and Competition (Band 2)

What the team is known for Comprehensive competition practice offering national and EU advice on all competition and antitrust matters. Provides support during internal investigations and dawn raids by the Austrian Competition Authority and subsequent cartel proceedings. Also represents clients before the European courts and in merger control and state aid proceedings. Strong compliance capabilities including drawing up and implementing company-wide programmes. Also knowledgeable in abuse of dominance cases and vertical distribution agreements. Acknowledged cross-border expertise when it comes to projects involving CEE.

Strengths "What makes the firm stand out for me is that they have a very broad and very commercial perspective," asserts one client.

Market sources appreciate that the team's "first-rate knowledge was also supported by an academic background" and that "all lawyers have been extremely responsive, pragmatic yet careful, and great to work with."

Work highlights Represented SPAR in its cartel investigations and subsequent fine proceedings, including representation before the Austrian Competition Authority.

Advised IMMOFINANZ on merger control issues surrounding its acquisition of a 26% stake in CA Immobilien Anlagen, worth in excess of EUR600 million.

Significant clients STRABAG, Vienna International Airport, Hewlett-Packard, Telekom Austria.

Notable practitioners  

Bernhard Kofler-Senoner climbs to Band 1 this year following widespread recognition for his outstanding competition work. Clients mention his "high commercial awareness and effectiveness, quick and direct client service, and thorough technical and branch knowledge." He is recognised for his leading work on cross-border merger control proceedings. He recently assisted SES Spar European Shopping Centers with merger control proceedings surrounding the indirect acquisition of a 49.5% stake by Allianz in FISCHPARK.

Clients commend Hans Kristoferitsch for his "enormous technical knowledge in EU law" and "very effective method of working." He is knowledgeable in regulatory and state aid matters, with significant experience in representing clients before the European courts. He represented the Republic of Austria in its action against the European Commission's authorisation of state aid support for Hinkley Point, worth more than EUR30 billion.

Michael Mayer earns significant praise for his promising contributions in the competition law arena, assisting with merger control, cartel cases, price-fixing issues and compliance. Clients applaud his "precise and clear" communication style and his "technically outstanding advice on all issues."


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