DLA Piper has advised the Haas Group, an Austrian wafer, biscuits, and confectionery production company, on the sale of the company, which is headquartered in Austria, to Switzerland's Buhler AG. The buyer was represented by Binder Groesswang and Zurich-based Homburger.
Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner and Wolf Theiss have advised the Steinhoff Group on the sale of the Kika/Leiner Group to Signa Holding. Arnold Rechtsanwalte advised Signa Holding on the acquisition. Kika was represented by Urbanek Lind Schmied Reisch on the sale. Eisenberger & Herzog and the London office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy advised a group of creditors of the seller of Kika/Leiner's property assets in Austria and several CEE countries.
White & Case has advised joint lead managers BNP Paribas, J.P. Morgan, Erste Group, ING, MUFG, and Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking on a EUR 500 million hybrid bond issue by OMV Aktiengesellschaft with an initial fixed interest rate and interest adjustment. Weber & Co. advised OMV on the deal.
Binder Groesswang, working in cooperation with Veirano Advogados, has advised Austria's Lenzing Group, a company specialized in cellulosic fibres, and Brazilian Duratex, a producer of industrialized wood panels, on their entrance into a joint venture, in order to build a single line dissolving wood pulp plant in Brazil.
Schoenherr has advised the UniCredit Group on its establishment of two exclusive strategic partnerships with Allianz and Generali for the distribution of insurance products for individuals and small businesses in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia. Allianz was advised by Allen & Overy, and Generali was reportedly advised by Linklaters.
It seems not only companies but also many Member States were so busy preparing for the GDPR that they lost sight of the Trade Secrets Directive that should have been transposed into national laws by June 9. That's regrettable, because it is important legislation between "privacy", unfair competition and IP, establishing a modern and for the first time EU-wide regime for the protection of trade secrets.
On January 4, 2018 CEE Legal Matters reported that Schoenherr had advised BUWOG AG and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer had advised Vonovia SE on Vonovia’s voluntary public takeover bid of BUWOG. The takeover offer placed the enterprise value of BUWOG at around EUR 5.2 billion. We reached out to several of the individuals involved in the deal for information: Christian Herbst, Partner, Schoenherr and Thomas Zottl, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Tim Pfister, Managing Partner at Knoetzl in Vienna, is an American lawyer with over 35 years of experience. In addition to his management responsibilities at Knoetzl, Pfister acts as counsel, advising clients and colleagues on New York law matters and regarding conflicts in international transactions, cross-border financings, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, corporate crisis management, and corporate strategic planning. He moved to Austria in 2013 and was a founder of Knoetzl in 2016.
There are only a few days left until the GDPR comes into force on May 25, 2018. Despite having had a two-year grace period before the new regime becomes effective, companies all over the European Community and their advisors are struggling to meet that deadline. We at Dorda are as well, despite having introduced a nine-person GDPR implementation project team – which is relatively huge for a country the size of Austria.