Antitrust & Competition

CHSH is one of the leading Austrian law firms in the area of antitrust and competition law. Our clients benefit from our comprehensive experience and pre-eminent track record in many of the highest profile cartel proceedings and most prominent Phase II merger control proceedings in recent years.

Our Antitrust & Competition Practice Group advises and represents Austrian and international clients before national and European competition authorities in all areas of national and European competition law.

In particular, our Practice Group possesses specialised know-how in representing clients before the European institutions and courts, in particular in state aid proceedings, and in all likelihood handles the highest number of proceedings of all Austrian law firms.

Our Practice Group can put together dedicated teams drawn from all of our CEE offices, which allows us to be a one-stop shop, able to provide advice for the entire region, something that is especially valued by our clients in merger proceedings.

The expertise and accomplishments of the CHSH Antitrust & Competition Practice Group merit its inclusion in all major international law firm rankings (Chambers & Partners, Legal 500, JUVE, Global Competition Review).

Areas of expertise:

  • Antitrust litigation and investigations
  • Merger control proceedings before the European Commission and national competition authorities in Austria and CEE
  • Abuse of dominance
  • State aid
  • Leniency applications
  • Dawn raids
  • Internal investigations
  • Compliance management systems
  • Design and assessment of distribution and cooperation systems, joint venture agreements
  • Private enforcement of antitrust damage claims


Dr. Bernhard Kofler-Senoner, LL.M.

Head of Practice Group

Austria, 1010 Vienna, Parkring 2

Tel.: +43/1/514 35-581



"Bernhard Kofler-Senoner at CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati Attorneys at Law is a 'true star' in the market and enjoys a wide-ranging competition practice." GCR Who's Who Legal Austria 2015

"Practice head Bernhard Kofler-Senoner is'committed to achieving business objectives' and 'leaves no stone unturned’. Michael Mayer is also recommended." The Legal 500, 2016