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On July 3, 2020, CEE Legal Matters reported that Cerha Hempel, working alongside Deloitte Legal in Germany, had advised Germany's GBTEC Software + Consulting AG on the acquisition of all shares in Avedos. CEEIHM spoke with Sven van Berge Henegouwen, Partner at GBTEC, to learn more about the deal.

Former PwC Legal Partner Lukas Roper has joined PHH's Corporate Practice, coming along with former PwC Legal Counsels Dominik Kurzmann and Evgeny Rodionov.

White & Case and Wolf Theiss have advised joint lead managers Barclays, MUFG, UniCredit Bank Austria, BNP Paribas, Credit Agricole CIB, J.P. Morgan, Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking, Bayern LB, DZ Bank AG, Helaba and SMBC Nikko on OMV Aktiengesellschaft's EUR 1.25 billion hybrid bonds issue. Weber & Co advised the issuer on the deal.

PHH has advised Bondi Consult on the sale of the "service hub" part of the TwentyOne commercial project in Vienna's Floridsdorf district to InterXion, a provider of cloud and carrier-neutral data center services. Gassauer-Fleissner Rechtsanwalte advised InterXion on the deal.

As Europe begins a tentative re-opening following several difficult months of quarantining, social distancing, and working-from-home, we spoke to CMS’s Warsaw-based Employment Partner Katarzyna Dulewicz and Vienna-based Dispute Resolution Partner Daniela Karollus-Bruner for their perspective on the process.

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the vulnerability of supply chains worldwide, creating an increased awareness of the need to protect critical domestic infrastructure. On April 3, 2020, the Austrian Parliament adopted a motion encouraging the Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs to put forward (“as soon as possible”) a government bill designed to protect companies in key industries from takeovers by third country entities. Eight weeks later the resulting bill was presented to the public.

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