Wolf Theiss, working with Italian offices of Dentons, has advised the shareholders of Lifebrain, an Italian laboratory diagnostics services operator, on the cross-border sale of its shares to an investment subsidiary of Investindustrial VI L.P. Investindustria, which was advised by Italy's Chiomenti law firm, with CHSH acting as local counsel for Austria, now owns 96% of Lifebrain.
Wolf Theiss has advised Raiffeisen-Landesbank Steiermark AG on the issuance of EUR 500 million Mortgage Backed Bonds under its Bonds and Certificates offering program. The Joint Lead Managers were DZ BANK AG, Deutsche Zentral-Genossenschaftsbank Frankfurt am Main, Erste Group Bank AG, Landesbank Baden-Wurttemberg, Raiffeisen Bank International AG, and UniCredit Bank AGm and were advised by Weber Rechtsanwalte.
The western Balkan countries of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, and the Republic of Macedonia share the desire to join the European Union. Two of these countries — Albania and Macedonia — are particularly close to accession. we spoke to several lawyers to learn more about how accession could affect the business landscape and the work of lawyers in the two countries.
Kosovo declared its independence on February 17, 2008, nine years after the 1999 conclusion of its conflict with Serbia, during which time it operated under the protection of the United Nation Mission in Kosovo. The post-war climate in the country was full of hopes for new beginnings, and in 2008 the newly sovereign state began the process of establishing effective and fair legislation, developing an independent economy, and building a protective environment for its citizens.
Wolf Theiss and Gleiss Lutz have advised Liechtenstein-based construction machinery manufacturer Hilti on its acquisition of Austrian company Bst Brandschutztechnik Dopfl GmbH and its sales company in Germany. The Vanovac law firm and several other firms advised the sellers on the sale.
On December 22, 2017, CEE Legal Matters reported on EUR 1.9 billion acquisition of UPC Austria from Liberty Global by T-Mobile. T-Mobile’s team was led by Vice President Legal, Regulatory & Interception Anja Tretbar-Bustorf, who spoke to us about the deal.
Wolf Theiss has advised Munich RE Group on the sale by its ERGO Group AG subsidiary of its legal protection subsidiary DAS Switzerland and the legal protection insurance portfolios of DAS Luxembourg and DAS Slovakia to the Allianz Group. Switzerland's Homburger AG and Luxembourg's Arendt & Medernach SA law firms worked alongside Wolf Theiss. White & Case and Binder Groesswang advised the Allianz Group.
Wolf Theiss provides Austrian legal advice and Linklaters provided German advice on Raiffeisen Bank International's issuance of EUR 500 million additional tier notes. Freshfields reportedly advised the Joint Lead Managers on both German and Austrian legal matters.
Wolf Theiss Austria has advised Erste Group Bank in arranging and placing two Sparkassen Immobilien bond issuances. S Immo was advised by Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati.
Although Romania claims the highest GDP growth rate in Europe and a low unemployment rate, all is not rosy in the seventh most populous member state of the European Union, and prominent lawyers in the country admit to profound dissatisfaction with the country’s leadership and concern about its long-term prospects.