White & Case and Weber & Co. have advised documentation agent, coordinator, and mandated lead arranger SEB on the provision of a EUR 1 billion financing to the Voestalpine steel and technology group. Cerha Hempel reportedly advised Linz-based Voestalpine on the deal.
Be prepared – Know what's coming: Two new Directives – Directive (EU) 2019/770 on certain aspects concerning contracts for the supply of digital content and digital services ("Digital Content Directive"), and Directive (EU) 2019/771 on certain aspects concerning contracts for the sale of goods ("Sale of Goods Directive") – will have a major impact on the provision of digital content and on the sale of goods. We have therefore started a special bi-weekly edition of our Legal Insights service dedicated to providing you with the most relevant legal information on those Directives.
Austria’s political scene felt some tremors in the past few weeks following snap elections. Unsurprisingly, potential coalitions became a primary subject of discussion. “The Conservatives won in a landslide, with almost 38% of the vote, with Social Democrats taking a very distant second. with around 21%,” reports DLA Piper Country Managing Partner David Christian Bauer. Another notable result of the election is the low 16% vote for the far-right Freedom Party – the recent coalition partners of the conservatives – following insinuations of corruption. “The Conservatives will most certainly form the Government and any coalition that gets formed will have to go through them,” says Bauer, emphasizing that the Freedom Party will face strong challenges to return to rule, with the scandals and “internal turmoil they’re experiencing.”
Wolf Theiss has advised Raiffeisen Bank International AG on the issue and listing of a EUR 750 million Green Bond. White & Case advised a syndicate consisting of Barclays Bank Ireland PLC, Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Raiffeisen Bank International AG, Societe Generale, and UniCredit Bank AG on the issuance.
Cerha Hempel has advised Aberdeen Standard Investments Deutschland AG on its acquisition of residential development project Franz Joseph from Innsbrucker Projektgemeinschaft Moser Wohnbau & Immobilien GmbH and Bauwerk Wohnraum GmbH. Grama Schwaighofer Vondrak Rechtsanwalte advised the sellers on the deal.
Brandl & Talos has advised an investor consortium of Farallon Capital, Adjuvant Capital, Global Health Investment Fund, Hadean Ventures, Omnes Capital, Ventech, Wellington Partners Life Sciences, and High-Tech Grunderfonds.on Themis Bioscience's EUR 40 million Series D financing round. Herbst Kinsky advised Themis Bioscience, and Baker McKenzie advised another investor, MSD, on the deal.
Wolf Theiss has advised Raiffeisen Bank International AG as issuer of EUR 500 million Tier 2 Notes and on a tender offer for the repurchase of EUR 500 million Subordinated Callable Fixed Rate Reset Notes due February 2025. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Germany advised RBI in connection with the tender offer and White & Case Frankfurt, acted as the legal advisor to joint lead managers RBI, BNP Paribas, Citi Bank, UBS, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
General information: Consumer Protection is one of the strategic goals of the EU. The Sale of Goods Directive and the Digital Content Directive entered into force on 11 June 2019 to provide European consumers a high level of protection and legal certainty as well as create common warranty rules in the EU. By 1 July 2021, Member States are obliged to adopt necessary regulations into their national laws to comply with these Directives, which will apply from 1 January 2022.
Binder Groesswang, working with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in London and New York, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg in Toronto, Hengeler Mueller in Germany, and other European local counsel, has advised funds managed by The Blackstone Group Inc. in connection with the acquisition of Dream Global REIT, a Canadian real estate investment trust listed in Toronto and Frankfurt holding a pan-European real estate portfolio.