Directories Legal 500
Banking and finance (Tier 2)
CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati represents lenders and borrowers in financing transactions and is experienced in regulatory and compliance work. Volker Glas continues to advise Sberbank Europe on various financing matters, including a guarantee facility agreement and a loan portfolio transfer from Sberbank Hungary to Sberbank Europe, while Thomas Zivny advised Erste Group Bank on matters arising from the refinancing of Immofinanz’s Stop Shop retail park portfolio. On the regulatory side, the team advised Spar-Finanz Bank on the implementation of the Common Reporting Standard Act (CRS) and other regulations alongside tax compliance issues. Edith Hlawati heads the team.
Capital markets (Tier 1)
CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati stands out for its expertise in high-value capital markets transactions, bond structurings and placements as well as its contentious and non-contentious regulatory capabilities. Volker Glas advised CA Immobilien Anlagen on a €170m five-year corporate bond, and together with Thomas Zivny, he advised Immofinanz on convertible bonds. In a separate matter, Zivny and Peter Knobl advised Raiffeisen-Holding Niederösterreich on the issuance of €125m subordinated debt in the form of a private placement, the termination of €85m participation capital and the repurchase of €40m of subordinated debt. Edith Hlawati heads the team.
Construction (Tier 3)
Advice on contractual, contentious and regulatory matters are key elements of CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati’s practice which is led by Peter Vcelouch. He recently assisted Vienna International Airport with a number of construction law matters including various planning and construction contracts alongside contentious work, and, in a similar matter, advised SES Spar European Shopping Centre on engineering, planning and construction contracts.
Corporate and M&A (Tier 2)
‘Clients are in good hands’ when turning to CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati’s ‘very professional, knowledgeable and dedicated’ team for advice on national and international cross-border mergers, reorganisations and transactions. ‘Brilliant lawyer and negotiator’ Clemens Hasenauer advised OMV on the sale of all of its shares in the Turkish mineral oil distribution company OMV Petrol Ofisi to VIP Turkey Enerji. ‘Very committed and focused tactician’ Albert Birkner, who is ‘very pleasant to work with and goes the extra mile for his clients’, assisted the waste management company Brantner with group structuring and corporate issues. ‘Efficient, flexible and smart’ counsel Sarah Wared has a ‘hands-on approach’.
Dispute Resolution (Tier 2)
Apart from its strong commercial and corporate litigation capabilities, CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati is well versed in handling insurance and unfair competition disputes and routinely acts for construction, infrastructure and energy sector players alongside food and drug companies. Team head Irene Welser defended SPAR in unfair competition proceedings against claims brought by Shopping City Seiersberg pertaining to alleged incorrect investment prospectus information. In a separate matter, she defended ASFiNAG against a warranty and damages claim brought by Hyder Consulting with regards to faulty bridge work.
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 media.at. The ‘highly skilled’ and ‘pleasant to work with’ Michael Mayer made counsel in October 2017.
Employment (Tier 3)
CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati’s ‘highly professional, helpful and competent’ team provides ‘speedy answers’ and is adept at handling individual and collective labour law matters alongside corporate-related mandates and litigation. ‘Calm’ team head Julian Feichtinger continues to advise Vienna International Airport on various employment law matters, and assisted SPAR with employment contracts for national and international executive staff. Susanne Molitoris was appointed senior counsel in October 2017.
Insolvency and corporate recovery (Tier 2)
CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati’s ‘practical, reliable and efficient’ team ‘provides hands-on advice’ and predominantly acts for creditors and shareholders of distressed and insolvent companies in liquidation proceedings, corporate reorganisations, restructurings and pre-insolvency debt collections. ‘Very responsive’ team head Thomas Trettnak is ‘very pleasant to work with’ and advised Neenah Paper on issues arising from the insolvency of its supplier KRESTA Anlagenbau, while also assisting Whirlpool and its subsidiary KitchenAid with debt collection measures.
Intellectual property and media (Tier 5)
CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati is particularly active in trade mark matters but also covers patent and product design work. Best known for trade mark litigation, team head Mark Krenn advised McDonald’s on IP rights and trade mark infringement issues. Other recent work includes the assistance of Central European Gas Hub (CEGH) with trade mark registrations, and advising the civil engineering service provider mageba on a patent dispute.
Projects and Energy (Tier 3)
CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati assists energy companies and investors with public law, financing, corporate and transactional matters pertaining to energy and infrastructure projects. The team advised Vienna International Airport on various infrastructure projects, such as the construction of a new terminal building and a third runway, and various transactional matters and Georg Konrad assisted Swiss train manufacturer Stadler Bussnang with public procurement proceedings for the manufacturing and supply of 300 electric multiple units. Other key individuals include Clemens Hasenauer and Thomas Trettnak.
Public Law (Tier 3)
The ‘very competent’ team at CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati ‘provides on-the-point advice’ on environmental, planning and state aid law, while also assisting with a wide range of regulated industry matters. Stefan Huber, who co-heads the team with the recommended Hans Kristoferitsch, assisted the Institute of Science and Technology with state aid and research funding law. In other work, the team advised Philip Morris Austria on tobacco regulation issues including advertising and labelling.
Public Procurement (Tier 4)
Advising contracting authorities and bidders in the utility, healthcare, transport and higher education sectors constitute significant elements of CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati’s practice which is led by Irene Welser. The team assisted Coloplast with the bidding documentation work for a tender on the supply of medical devices. Michaela Siegwart was appointed senior counsel in October 2017.
Real Estate (Tier 2)
CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati’s broad offering includes advice on sales and acquisitions, project developments, financing agreements alongside residential and commercial lease matters. Team head Peter Vcelouch advised Lidl Austria on several real estate development projects and acquisitions, while Manfred Ton assisted IC Development with its sale of the Denk Drei office complex in Vienna to ARE Austrian Real Estate. The ‘sharp-minded’ Mark Krenn is recommended.
Tax (Tier 3)
CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati’s corporate prominence translates into a steady flow of corporate tax mandates including the tax-optimised structuring of transactions, international reorganisations and holding structures; however, the group is also well versed in assisting with the taxation of funds and financial instruments as well as representing clients in tax disputes. ‘Highly motivated and very knowledgable’ team head Johannes Prinz advised IT services provider Datagroup on tax planning and compliance issues pertaining to the merger of its Austrian subsidiary into the German company. On the finance side, Peter Knobl assisted Raiffeisenlandesbank NiederÖsterreich-Wien with the taxation of financial instruments. Benjamin Twardosz joined from Wolf Theiss.
TMT (Tier 3)
CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati has a strong profile for IT and data protection work: in recent highlights, the group assisted retail chain company SPAR with various data protection and data security issues, and advised Hewlett-Packard on IT and data privacy law. Other clients include Microsoft, ASFiNAG and Semperit. The ‘very knowledgeable and experienced’ Hans Kristoferitsch heads the team.
Quelle: The Legal 500: Europe, Middle East & Africa, 2018 Edition