Our range of services covers all areas of business law, international transactions, legal representation in court and arbitration proceedings, as well as all aspects of family law. We have a thorough understanding of business processes and work out practical solutions for the concrete problems and concerns our clients may have.

 

 

Our fields of specialisation include:

» Labour law

We provide extensive legal advice on all matters of individual and collective labour law. This includes, in particular, the drawing up of employment contracts and labour/management contracts, legal counsel on the labour law aspects of reorganisations and public sector outsourcing, as well as legal representation before labour and social courts.

» Biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry

We specialise in advising biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, which includes not only legal counsel in terms of company law but also the handling of financings and participations by national and international investors, as well as the drawing up of license agreements, development contracts and the handling of patent law issues.

» Data protection

We provide comprehensive legal advice on all issues of data protection and represent our clients in registration and permit procedures. Current focuses include the approval of video surveillance, employees and data protection, agreements on the confidential treatment of data by agents, international data traffic, in particular the transmission of data to the US and other non-EU Member States, issues revolving around ethics and whistle-blowing hotlines. We provide legal counsel to banks, telecommunication network operators and social network sites, among others, and advise operators of energy supply networks in the course of introducing smart metering systems.

» Matrimonial and family law

 

» Financing, banks

We provide legal advice for leasing transactions, including cross-border leasing transactions, as well as for financing investments in fixed assets, project financings and PPP projects. Our activities particularly focus on infrastructure projects in the public sector, in particular on municipal financing projects. Further fields of specialisation include credit transactions and syndicated loans, structured financings, as well as guarantees and letters of credit.

» Municipalities, public sector

We look back on many years of experience in counselling federal, regional and local authorities, in particular cities and municipalities, and other public law entities. An important focus of our activities is the provision of legal advice for municipal infrastructure projects, in particular in terms of procurement law and with regard to financing issues. We have experience with all common financing models such as loans, leasing, lease-purchase, sale-and-leaseback, PPP and project financing models as well as forfeiting. A major part of our activities also revolves around public sector outsourcing, investment outsourcing as well as other kinds of outsourcing. You can also contact us in all other matters of civil law, such as real estate purchase, building contracts, lease agreements, heat supply contracts, as well as in all matters of labour law.

» Company law, reorganisations, mergers & acquisitions

Our company law services include legal assistance with the establishment of companies, any required reorganisations and changes of structure under company law, as well as liquidation. We draw up all required contracts and advise our clients extensively as to which company form ideally suits the intended purpose.

» Intellectual property

We offer comprehensive legal advice in the areas of trademark law, utility model and patent law as well as competition law. In this field, we not only draw up all related contracts, but also represent our clients in court in unfair competition proceedings.

» International trade transactions

We provide legal counsel for a broad range of cross-border transactions, including traditional commercial transactions and service agreements, supplier contracts, distribution agreements, including agency contracts, authorised dealer contracts and franchise agreements, joint ventures as well as turnkey agreements for industrial plants and infrastructure projects. Our work also focuses on securing claims for payment, bank guarantees and letters of credit, export financing as well as credit insurance. Together with selected partner law firms, we provide legal assistance in connection with the enforcement of legal claims and debt collection abroad, and with regard to securing creditors’ claims in cases of insolvency.

» IT, e-business and telecommunications

We provide legal assistance during IT outsourcing projects (hardware and software), software procurement projects, including public procurement procedures, as well as projects revolving around the licensing and distribution of software. Likewise, we provide legal advice on competitive tendering procedures and examine/draw up the necessary contractual documentation.
We advise web service providers and operators of web shops and portals on all matters of contract law and regulatory issues. Our range of activities in particular includes examining and drawing up contracts and general terms and conditions, as well as assessing whether foreign terms and conditions comply with mandatory Austrian law, providing counsel on issues concerning the freedom to provide services, direct marketing, consumer protection, product-specific obligations (e.g. labelling) and payment processing. We advise electronic money institutions and operators of electronic payment systems on matters of contract law and legal issues pertaining to (banking) supervision.
We provide legal counsel to telecommunication network operators and telecommunication and internet service providers on all regulatory issues and matters of contract and competition law. Also, we represent our clients before regulatory authorities. Our activities in this area currently focus on legal assistance regarding the expansion of the glass fibre network, market analysis procedures conducted by the regulatory authority, as well as the contractual bases for providing transmission capacities and granting the right of use of dark fibre and empty conduits.

» Real estate law, commercial and residential tenancy law

We draw up purchase, tenancy and lease agreements for real estate properties, business premises, houses and apartments, provide assistance in arranging all necessary entries in the land register.

» Litigation, arbitration proceedings, dispute resolution

We represent our clients’ interests in court, before the authorities, in arbitration proceedings and during settlement negotiations. We enforce court decisions on debts to be collected and secure claims in insolvency proceedings.

» Procurement law

We advise and represent both contracting authorities and bidders. Our activities focus on preparing and lending assistance in procurement procedures for public contracting authorities and sectoral (utility) contracting authorities, and on advising bidders and bidding groups in connection with the bidding process. We represent both contracting authorities and bidders in proceedings before the Austrian federal and regional procurement supervision authorities.