EU and Competition

Legal 500 - EU and Competition (Tier 2)

The ‘quick, efficient and flexible’ team at CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati has ‘very broad knowledge and vast experience’ in merger control, state aid law and cartel investigations. ‘Highly dynamic’ ‘strategic thinker’ and team head Bernhard Kofler-Senoner advised SPAR on various competition law matters including abuse of dominance and merger control cases. In a 2017 highlight, he obtained clearance from the Austrian Federal Competition Authority for Dentsu Aegis following its acquisition of The ‘highly skilled’ and ‘pleasant to work with’ Michael Mayer made counsel in October 2017.

Chambers & Partners - EU and Competition (Band 2)

What the team is known for Comprehensive practice offering national and EU advice on all types of competition matters. Renowned for handling internal investigations and cartel cases, providing clients with support during investigations by the Austrian Competition Authority and subsequent proceedings. Also represents clients before the European courts and in merger control and state aid proceedings. Strong capabilities in abuse of dominance cases, as well as compliance mandates. Particularly active in the telecoms, energy and technology sectors.

Strengths Clients say that the team demonstrated "the ability to tailor their assessments to the exact needs of the clients."

Another client says: "The entire team is extremely dedicated and has built up a special expertise," adding that: "They quickly understand what we want and know how to achieve our goals."

Work highlights Represented Cisco Systems in merger control proceedings related to its USD3.7 billion acquisition of AppDynamics.

Advised the Republic of Austria on a number of state aid cases before the European Courts.

Notable practitioners

Clients describe Bernhard Kofler-Senoner as "very smart, very flexible and precise." He is renowned for his activity on cross-border merger control proceedings, exemplified in recent work representing Austria Asphalt in merger control matters relating to a joint venture between the client and Teerag-Asdag. He also assists clients with dawn raids.

Hans Kristoferitsch is described by sources as "very knowledgeable and great to work with." He recently represented Austrian Power Grid and Vorarlberger Übertragungsnetz in pricing and competition law proceedings before the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators board of appeal. He is renowned for his skill in EU law and litigation, with further expertise in state aid, procurement and cartel cases.

Michael Mayer has a broad competition law practice, with expertise in merger control proceedings, abuse of dominant position and compliance cases, as well as antitrust and cartel cases. Clients describe him as a "very knowledgeable and dynamic" lawyer to work with.


  • The Legal 500 2018: Europe, Middle East & Africa 
  • IFLR 1000  2018 - The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms 
  • Chambers & Partners 2018, Chambers Europe - Europe's Leading Lawyers for Business