The Vienna office of Taylor Wessing has announced that it will be joined by current Benn-Ibler Partners Ivo Deskovic and Peter Solt, along with another five lawyers and three assistants, at the beginning of next year.
"We are proud that with Ivo Deskovic and Peter Solt we were able to win over two such renowned experts," commented Taylor Wessing CEE Managing Partner Raimund Cancola. "With them and their team, we are substantially strengthening two areas of law that are of great importance to us. We are very much looking forward to the opportunities that the new constellation will open up for us."
Deskovic and Solt have worked together for many years — first at Vienna's Weiss-Tessbach, then (via merger) with DLA Piper, before moving to Benn-Ibler in 2010.
According to Taylor Wessing, "with more than 25 years of experience, Deskovic is one of the leading players on the Austrian legal market. Specializing in dispute resolution, and in particular large-scale proceedings, Deskovic and his team have already handled numerous cases, some of them of international renown, including investor litigation for a well- known Austrian private bank. Deskovic and his team of lawyers will complement the team around Taylor Wessing Partner Wolfgang Kapek, CEE Head of Dispute Resolution. [Deskovic] will also contribute his many years of experience as a party representative and arbitrator in international business arbitration proceedings."
According to Deskovic, "Taylor Wessing has already been strong in the area of litigation - in Austria, but also across domestic borders. Just think of Germany, where the firm supports VW in defending against consumer lawsuits in the diesel affair. Together we can achieve a lot, I am looking forward to the challenge!"
Taylor Wessing describes Solt, who joins Taylor Wessing's Real Estate team, as having "many years of experience, most of them in energy and real estate law and related financing mandates." According to the firm, "among other things, he specializes in real estate transactions and has recently assisted in the realization of property development and investment projects for residential properties. His aim is also to make use of his experience in the construction and marketing of large commercial properties — areas in which Taylor Wessing has traditionally been active and will now be increasingly so."
"I am delighted to be able to bring my experience back to a large international team, particularly in CEE," Solt commented. "Strategically, I now also have the opportunity to combine the core competence of Taylor Wessing in the Focus Sector Technology with Real Estate and thus promote advice in the future business field PropTech."
The news that Solt and Deskovic would be joining Taylor Wessing in Austria follows only a few weeks after the firm's announcement that pharmaceutical law expert Barbora Dubanska had joined it as CEE Co-Head Life Sciences (as reported by CEE Legal Matters on October 9, 2019).