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South African Liesel Beukes is a dual-qualified lawyer and Content Marketing Manager at Schoenherr in Vienna, where she manages the firm’s highly-regarded annual RoadMap publication and assists lawyers across the firm’s 14 offices with marketing, business development, and press relations.

Binder Groesswang and Schoenherr have advised Austria's Wiesenthal AG and Wiesenthal Holding on the sale of Wiesenthal & Co GmbH, including Wiesenthal Handel und Service GmbH, to Switzerland's Mercedes Benz Automobil AG. Switzerland's Frotz Riedl law firm and CMS Vienna advised the buyers on the transaction, which is expected to close in June 2020. Financial details were not disclosed.

Dorda has advised Patrizia AG on the sale of Zentrum Rennweg to Swiss Life Living + Working via a structured bidding process. The investment volume for the property is around EUR 52 million. Schoenherr reportedly advised Swiss Life Living + Working.

CMS has advised Niederosterreichische Breitband-Holding on its EUR 300 million sale of a 74.9% stake in its Niederosterreichische Glasfaserinfrastrukturgesellschaft subsidiary to Allianz Capital Partners. Eisenberger & Herzog advised the buyers on the deal.

Wolf Theiss has advised Raiffeisen Bank International AG on the issuance of EUR 500 million 0.125% extendable covered bank bonds 2019-2029 and the bonds' listing on the Official Market of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange. DZ Bank AG Deutsche Zentral-Genossenschaftsbank, Frankfurt am Main, Mediobanca-Banca di Credito Finanziario S.p.A., Raiffeisen Bank International AG, Societe Generale, and UniCredit Bank AG were joint lead managers.

Background

The amendment of the Austrian Law on the Ultimate Beneficial Owners Register (Wirtschaftliche Eigentümer Registergesetz) as part of the EU Financial Adaptation Act 2019 (EU-Finanz-Anpassungsgesetz 2019) was announced on 22 July 2019. This amendment provides for far-reaching changes of the Ultimate Beneficial Owners Register, implementing the 5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive on the one hand and resulting in improvements in user-friendliness on the other. The main changes that will come into force on 10 January 2020 are summarised below.

Cerha Hempel and White & Case have advised the SES-imagotag Group on its entrance into a joint venture with Switzerland's Bossard Group. SES-imagotag will control 70% of the new joint venture — PDi Digital GmbH, based in Austria — with Bossard controlling the remaining 30%.

Herbst Kinsky and Cooley have advised Bitmovin GmbH, a subsidiary of Bitmovin Inc US, on its receipt of a loan of up to EUR 20 million from the European Investment Bank. Cooley served as the US law advisor to BItmovin. EIB was advised by Duane Morris and Schoenherr.

Cash pooling is a staple of corporate treasurers as an efficient way to allocate liquidity and reduce financing costs within a group of companies. Despite its commercial importance, neither Austrian statutory law nor the Austrian Supreme Court has provided any guidance as to whether cash pooling is permissible under Austrian law – in particular whether it is compatible with Austria’s strict capital maintenance laws.

It’s not easy to get to the top of a profession. Among lawyer in particular, there is fierce competition, great pressure, slim margins of error, and a number of people waiting to capitalize on mistakes. Making it to the top, and staying there, is a tightrope that must be walked over and over. And yet, the Hanslik family has not one but two such high achievers, in two different countries, as Austrian brothers Erwin and Guenther Hanslik have senior positions at offices of two of the most respected and successful international law firms in Europe.

Wolf Theiss has advised Volksbank Wien AG on the issuance of EUR 500 million covered bank bonds 2019-2029. The bonds with a denomination of EUR 100,000, each, are listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange. Rautner advised the joint lead managers, Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft, Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft, DZ Bank AG Deutsche Zentral-Genossenschaftsbank, Frankfurt am Main, Erste Group Bank AG, and Landesbank Baden-Wurttemberg.

BPV Huegel and Switzerland's Meyerlustenberger Lachenal law firm have advised shareholder Raiffeisen Informatik on the initial public offering of SoftwareONE Holding AG and its listing on the SIX Swiss Exchange. Lenz & Staehelin and Linklaters advised SoftwareONE, while Niederer Kraft Frey and Freshfields advised joint global coordinators and joint book-runners Credit Suisse, J.P. Morgan, and UBS Investment Bank, and additional joint book-runners BNP Paribas, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, UniCredit, and Zurcher Kantonalbank.