Schoenherr has advised France's Thales Group on its July 24, 2019 acquisition of insolvent motor manufacturer Steyr Motors GmbH. Grassner Lenz Thewanger & Partner reportedly advised the unnamed seller on the deal, which remains subject to the approval of the Austrian Federal Competition Authority.
Eisenberger & Herzog has announced that Senior Partner Georg Eisenberger will leave the Austrian firm on June 30, 2020, after twenty-five years of partnership, to establish a boutique law firm for administrative, constitutional, and European law, specializing in public commercial law and unique legal cases. In addition to its headquarters in Graz, the firm will also have an office in Brussels.
In a recent case involving parallel-imported agrochemical products, the District Court of The Hague ruled that non-compliance with the requirements laid down by the European Court of Justice (CJEU) for parallel import of relabelled products displaying the original right-holder’s trademark constitutes trademark infringement, particularly if the right-holder is not properly notified of the parallel import and is not offered a sample of the relabelled product on request. This decision shows that the requirements for parallel import are applied strictly by the courts and have a broad scope (not limited to pharmaceutical products), allowing the mark-holder to exercise control over the resale, re-labelling, and re-packaging of its original products within the EU.
Wolf Theiss has advised Asfinag Motorways and Freeways Financing on its issue of EUR 600 million 0.1% bonds due 2029 guaranteed by the Republic of Austria. The Frankfurt office of Linklaters reportedly advised the joint lead managers Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Goldman Sachs International, J.P. Morgan Securities plc, and UniCredit Bank Austria AG, as well as co-lead managers Erste Group Bank AG and Raiffeisen Bank International AG.
Jank Weiler Operenyi and Reff & Associates — the Austrian and Romanian members of the Deloitte Legal network — have advised Rondo Ganahl AG on its acquisition of 60% of the shares of Romanian SC Transilvania Pack and Print SA from Offsetdruckerei Schwarzach GmbH. Thurnher Wittwer Pfefferkorn & Partner advised Offsetdruckerei Schwarzach on the deal.
Weber & Co. and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom have advised joint global coordinators Citigroup Global Markets Limited and Goldman Sachs International and book-runners Erste Group Bank AG, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, and Raiffeisen Centrobank AG on Addiko Bank's IPO on the Vienna Stock Exchange. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer reportedly advised Addiko Bank.
White & Case and Wolf Theiss have advised joint lead managers Barclays Bank PLC, BNP Paribas, Erste Group Bank AG, Raiffeisen Bank International AG, and UniCredit Bank Austria AG on OMV Aktiengesellschaft's EUR 1 billion bond issue — the largest Austrian corporate bond issue to date in 2019. OMV was advised by Weber & Co.
The Constitutional Tribunal recently analysed regulations regarding dawn raids carried out by the Office for Competition and Consumer Protection (OCCP) and ruled that the respective law is not in line with the Constitution insofar as it excludes the possibility to challenge rulings allowing searches to be conducted.
Members of the BPV Legal in Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia have provided local counsel in those jurisdictions to Dutch property managers MVGM on its takeover of the property management division of the Jones Lang LaSalle Group in Continental Europe. The Hague office of the Dutch law firm Barents Krans acted as lead counsel to MVGM, and Watson, Farley & Williams was lead counsel to JLL, working with local counsel from Schoenherr in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, and Romania.