Acting on behalf of the Austrian National Union of Students, CHSH has represented a Czech student and a German student in their challenge of the practice of having family allowance notionally deducted by authorities when calculating financial aid for higher education studies granted to foreign students in Austria. The practice, according to CHSH, "has frequently resulted in a significant reduction in financial aid granted to students."
Schoenherr has advised a group of investors led by Erwin Krause and Franz Kollitsch on the formation of a 50/50 joint venture with SIGNA, and on the JV's acquisition of BAI Bautrager Austria Immobilien GmbH from Immobilien Holding (a UniCredit Bank Austria company). Arnold Rechtsanwalte advised SIGNA on the deal, while Immobilien was advised by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners. The signing of the purchase agreement took place on January 25, 2017, and the transaction is subject to competition authority approval and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Wolf Theiss has advised Tricentis, a Vienna-based company specializing in automated software testing solutions, on new financial investment into the company from Insight Venture Partners. Binder Groesswang advised Insight on the investment.
Schoenherr and SCWP Schindhelm have advised a joint venture company formed by an investor group and Austrian property developer UBM Development AG on the acquisition of UniCredit Bank Austria subsidiary Ekazent Group. UniCredit Bank Austria was advised by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer on the deal, which closed on January 31, 2017.
CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati Rechtsanwalte has assisted Teufelberger Wirerope GmbH, an international metal wire ropes producer based in Austria, in the acquisition of Italian-based Redaelli Tecna S.p.A., a designer and manufacturer of steel wire ropes for off-shore and on-shore oil activities, mining, cableways, material transportation, and hoisting, and a developer and producer of engineering systems for the tenso structures, from JSC Severstal-Metiz, a company owned by the PAO Severstal steel and steel-related mining group. The transaction is expected to close in spring 2017.
CHSH has advised Immofinanz AG on its January 12, 2017 invitation to the holders of its EUR 515.1 million 4.25% senior unsecured convertible bonds due 2018 to convert their outstanding bonds into ordinary Immofinanz shares and ordinary BUWOG shares or to accept payment of a corresponding cash settlement in exchange for their BUWOG shares. This conversion offer was limited to 45% of the nominal amount of outstanding bonds and was not addressed to retail investors.
Schoenherr has promoted Austrian restructuring law expert Miriam Simsa to Contract Partner, effective as of February 1, 2017.
Dorda Brugger Jordis has advised the Czech SAZKA Group in increasing its indirect stake in Casinos Austria AG to 34% by its acquisition of the shares of UNIQA Beteiligungs-Holding GmbH and Leipnik-Lundenburger Invest Beteiligungs AG in Medial Beteiligungs GmbH. The transaction is subject to Austrian antimonopoly and international gaming approvals and will be completed as soon as such approvals are obtained. UNIQA was advised by Schoenherr on the deal, and LLI was advised by Wolf Theiss.
Partos & Noblet, the associated Budapest office of Hogan Lovells, working with Grama Schwaighofer Vondrak Rechtsanwalte in Austria and Rowan Legal in Slovakia, has advised South Africa's JSE-listed Accelerate Property Fund on the acquisition and financing of a portfolio of nine retail warehouse properties tenanted by OBI subsidiaries from the Supernova Privatstiftung group. Supernova was advised by Dorda Brugger Jordis with Slovak law advice provided by Cechova & Partners.
Wolf Theiss has provided Austrian assistance to Gleiss Lutz, lead counsel to Enterex International Limited, a Taiwan listed company, on its takeover of the AVA Group from Haugg-Kuhlerfabrik GmbH.
CHSH has announced the January 1, 2017 launch of its new Real Estate & Construction department.According to CHSH, "the department's primary focus is on national and international construction projects and real estate transactions, project development, rental and lease agreements, real estate disputes, claims management and construction litigation."
DLA Piper has advised UniCredit Business Integrated Solutions (UBIS) on the sale of its card processing activities to the Italian technology company SIA group. The purchase price amounted to EUR 500 million. CHSH reportedly advised the SIA group in Austria on the deal.
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