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A new European law firm alliance with a substantial CEE presence has appeared on the legal scene. The new Act Legal alliance (branded in lower-case, as "act legal") consists of founding members AC Tischendorf (in Germany), BSWW (in Poland), MPH (Slovakia), Randa Havel Legal (Czech Republic), Vivien & Associes (France), and WMWP (Austria).

Brandl & Talos has advised GoLending AT GmbH on the issuance of a corporate bond with an indefinite term for a total of up to EUR 50 million. The new bond bears interest at an annual rate of 9.725% and can be subscribed to as of May 1, 2017, for a minimum subscription price of EUR 100,000.00.

Herbst Kinsky has provided Austrian legal advice to the Hofmann Menu Group on refinancing by an international banking consortium headed by The Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland and UniCredit Bank AG as Joint Global Coordinators. The transaction volume amounts to EUR 200 million. Latham & Watkins was global counsel to the Hofmannsmenu Group.

SCWP Schindhelm has advised Erwin Bernecker and Josef Rainer — the founders of Bernecker + Rainer Industrie-Elektronik Gesellschaft m.b.H. — and two foundations established by Bernecker and Rainer (the Bernecker Privatstiftung and Josef Rainer Privatstiftung, respectively) on the sale of their shares in the company to the ABB group.

SCWP Schindhelm has advised the Wopfinger Group on the acquisition by group member Baumit Beteiligungen GmbH of 100% of the shares in w&p Baustoffe GmbH from Wietersdorfer Group. Closing of the deal remains contingent on the authorization of Austria's Federal Competition Authority. The Wietersdorfer Group's team was led by in-house lawyers Bruno Nagele and Daniel Schutzenauer.

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