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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.

A virtual showdown between German and Austrian insolvency administrators on where the COMI (center of main interests) of Austrian AIR BERLIN subsidiary NIKI was located came to a pragmatic end in January 2018. When it became clear a deal for the sale of NIKI`s assets out of the Austrian process had the support of creditors, the German official dropped his challenge to the competing proceedings in Vienna. The debate around the location of COMI is as relevant now as it has ever been before.

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.

WMWP Act Legal has advised aws Gruenderfonds in the course of Series A financing for Adverity — an Austrian company that specializes in integration and analysis of marketing data. Mangrove Capital Partners, which was involved as a lead investor, was advised by Herbst Kinsky. Freimuller Obereder Pilz served as legal consultant to Adverity in the deal.

The European Commission has just published its comprehensive proposal for the so-called "New Deal for Consumers", which aims to strengthen EU consumer rights and enforcement. This includes the proposal for a new Directive enabling certain qualified entities to seek redress on behalf of consumers who have been harmed by an unlawful commercial practice.

One might be surprised to read that data protection rules might also impact the competitive assessment of a concentration within merger control proceedings. Nonetheless, the clash of these two universes can be increasingly seen with respect to mergers pertaining to the digital sector.

Dorda has advised the shareholders of the ZKW Group on the EUR 1.1 billion sale of the company to South Korea's LG Corporation and LG Electronics. LG was advised by Freshfields and Lee & Ko. 

As of April 2018, California will allow fully autonomous cars to be tested without safety drivers on public roads. One interesting question in this context is whom to blame for damages caused by artificial intelligence or machine learning systems? We took a look at this under Austrian law:

Dorda worked alongside lead counsel Latham & Watkins in advising Swiss private equity investor Capvis on its acquisition of a majority stake in the Amann Girrbach-Group. Baker McKenzie advised the seller, investment company TA Associates. Financial details were not disclosed, and closing remains subject to merger clearance.

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