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Love them or hate them, conferences are a fundamental part of the successful commercial lawyer’s calendar. But time is precious. Those calendars are full. It’s vital for conference organizers to get them right, and critical for lawyers to choose wisely in determining which events to attend and which to skip.

DLA Piper Austria has advised FFF Real Estate, a subsidiary of FFF Fund I SCSp SICAV-RAIF, a multi-compartment-regulated Luxembourg fund managed by a Cyprus-based management company, on financing provided to an unnamed residential real estate developer for the acquisition from unnamed sellers and development of an unspecified residential project in Luxembourg.

Until a few decades ago, litigation funding was nowhere to be seen. Today, it is daily business across law firms in the US, UK, and Australia. Although it has taken longer to reach Europe, and particularly CEE, it has now firmly made its mark, and it looks like it is here to stay.

Oberhammer Rechtsanwalte, BPV Huegel, and DLA Piper, acting with Ewald Oberhammer, Christoph Nauer, and Christian Temmel, respectively, as independent proxies at the general meeting of Schoeller-Bleckmann Oilfeld Equipment Aktiengesellschaft -- the first virtual general meeting of a listed company in the German-speaking countries, together with Wilhelm Rasinger from the Interessensverband der Anleger (IVA).

On March 27, 2020, CEE Legal Matters reported that Dorda had advised Warburg-HIH Invest Real Estate on the sale of a multi-story office building in the Summering part of Vienna to a real estate fund managed by Luxembourg-based Blue Colibri Capital. We spoke with Jana Wetzel, Real Estate Manager at Warburg-HIH Invest, about the deal.

It's hard to believe, but some cybercriminals are trying to take advantage of the coronavirus crisis. They seek to exploit IT weaknesses and use our fears and insecurities to obtain passwords, infiltrate company networks or launch cyberattacks. We have therefore put together a short overview of measures to decrease cybercrime risks in the current extraordinary situation.

Cerha Hempel and Schoenherr advised OMV on the acquisition of a 39% stake in Borealis AG from Mubadala for USD 4.68 billion. Allen & Overy, Eisenberger & Herzog, and Binder Groesswang advised Mubadala on the transaction, which remains subject to regulatory approval and is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

“From the perspective of the Austrian people the government is doing a great job,“ says Raimund Cancola, Partner at Taylor Wessing in Vienna. “We’re really lucky that the current coalition is working in unison – they’re quite complementary. Almost nobody has any substantial negative remarks over their handling of the crisis."

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