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13 January 2021
Austria/CEE: Schoenherr boosts leadership by promoting new equity partners, contract partners, local partners and counsels
Schoenherr is further strengthening its leadership by promoting new equity partners, contract partners, local partners and counsels across the firm as of 1 February 2021.
Austria/CEE: Schoenherr maintains position as top M&A legal advisor on the Austrian market
Schoenherr has again maintained its position as the top M&A legal advisor on the Austrian market, leading the Austrian Mergermarket M&A league tables.
Serbia: Schoenherr advises Sun Valley and Oaktree on acquisition of Victoria Oil
Schoenherr advised Sun Valley, a Serbian company co-owned by Mr. Vaja Jhashi, an agri. entrepreneur with business operations in Moldova, Ukraine and Romania, and funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management (UK) LLP, a leader among global investment managers specialising in alternative investments, on the acquisition of 100 % of the share capital of Victoria Oil from the Victoria Group.
Czech Republic: Schoenherr advises Beijer Ref AB on acquisition of SINCLAIR Global group s.r.o.
Schoenherr advised Beijer Ref AG ("Beijer Ref"), a world-leading wholesaler of cooling technology and air-conditioning, on the acquisition of a majority stake in Czech SINCLAIR Global group s.r.o., the leading Central European supplier of heating, ventilating and air-conditioning equipment with a focus on air conditioners and heat pumps, from private individuals Ivo Nešpor, Vladimír Pakosta, and Zdeněk Čížek.
17 December 2020
Austria: Schoenherr advises UBS on the sale of its Austrian wealth management business to LGT
Schoenherr advised UBS Europe SE on the sale of its onshore wealth management business in Austria to LGT Bank AG, a leading international private banking and asset management group. Signing of the agreement which is still subject to competition authority clearance, took place on 16 December 2020. UBS and LGT expect to complete the transaction in the third quarter of 2021.
10 December 2020
Austria: Schoenherr advises voestalpine on foundation of technology joint venture for production of TransAnt
Schoenherr successfully advised voestalpine Stahl GmbH on the establishment of a joint venture with the ÖBB Rail Cargo Group for the production of the TransAnt – an innovative platform car. The 50/50 joint venture which aims to further combine the activities of both companies to additionally enhance the jointly developed TransAnt platform car is now entering a preparatory phase.
Austria: Schoenherr advises Hypo Vorarlberg on EUR 330m synthetic securitisation to boost energy-efficient buildings
Schoenherr advised Hypo Vorarlberg on the synthetic securitisation of a EUR 330m portfolio of loans to small and medium-sized enterprises, corporate borrowers or certain private individuals. The transaction is designed to achieve regulatory capital relief under CRR (II) / CRD IV (V). The transaction builds upon a similar securitisation completed with Schoenherr's support at the end of 2017. It is a part of the European Investment Bank's response to support the Austrian economy following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Austria: Schoenherr advises sell-side in LINK Mobility's acquisition of WebSMS
Schoenherr advised the owners of the Austrian CPaaS ("Communication Platform as a service") companies atms, sms.at and their WebSMS brands (referred to as "WebSMS") on selling WebSMS to Norwegian LINK Mobility Holding ASA.
Schoenherr wins in multi hundred million pharma arbitration
Schoenherr's arbitration team led AOP Orphan Pharmaceuticals AG (Austria) to victory in a Frankfurt-seated arbitration against PharmaEssentia Corporation (Taiwan). The tribunal awarded AOP declaratory relief, damages, costs, and interest, and dismissed all counterclaims. This marks one of Schoenherr's largest victories in commercial arbitration to date.
Schoenherr advises OMV on merger control and FDI proceedings i.r.o. acquisition of additional 39 % stake in Borealis from Mubadala
Schoenherr advised OMV Aktiengesellschaft ("OMV") on multi-jurisdictional merger control and foreign direct investment proceedings following OMV's acquisition of an additional 39 % stake in Borealis AG from Mubadala Investment Company PJSC.
Czech Republic: Schoenherr advises Auto Palace Group on acquisition of car dealerships from CarPoint Karlovy Vary s.r.o.
Schoenherr advised the Auto Palace Group ("Auto Palace"), a Czech subsidiary of the AutoBinck Group and a leader in car dealerships in the Czech Republic, on the acquisition of two car dealerships in Prague and Karlovy Vary from CarPoint Karlovy Vary s.r.o. With this expansion Auto Palace acquires two more dealerships with an investment value of almost EUR 6 million, and will expand its offer with five new brands, namely Audi, Volkswagen, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, SEAT and Cupra.
Austria: Schoenherr advises Austrian start-up Carbomed on multi-million euro financing round
After Schoenherr recently advised the Austrian fintech company Bitpanda on the largest European Series A financing round in 2020, the firm successfully advised on another start-up financing: Under the leadership of partner Thomas Kulnigg, the Schoenherr team advised Carbomed Medical Solutions, an Austrian FemTech start-up, on a EUR 3m financing. The financing round was led by aws Gründerfonds.
Bulgaria: Schoenherr advises MET Group on acquisition of 42 MW wind park from Enel Green Power
Schoenherr advised MET Group on the acquisition of a 100 % stake in one of the biggest wind parks in Bulgaria from Enel Green Power S.p.A. The 42-megawatt wind park, operational since 2010, is situated in the Kavarna region near the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. Schoenherr acted as legal advisor on the buy-side. Merger clearance still needs to be obtained as closing is expected by the end of the year.
Czech Republic: Schoenherr advises Celonis SE on acquisition of Integromat group
Schoenherr advised Celonis SE ("Celonis"), a global leader in process mining software, on the acquisition of Czech Integromat, s.r.o. and its subsidiaries, one of the most progressive providers of automation software. The acquisition allows Celonis to achieve full synergy in the provision of process mining services offering professional automation solutions.
Austria/Croatia: Schoenherr advises S IMMO AG on acquisition of "Zagrebtower" office complex from CA Immo
Schoenherr successfully advised S IMMO AG on the acquisition of the "Zagrebtower" office complex from CA Immobilien Anlagen AG (CA Immo). The complex in Zagreb has a total rental space of approx. 26,000m² and was built in 2007.
Czech Republic: Schoenherr advises KB SmartSolutions, a.s. on the strategic entry and acquisition of a stake in Platební instituce Roger a.s.
Schoenherr advised KB SmartSolutions, s.r.o. ("KB Smart Solutions"), a subsidiary of Komerční banka, a.s. focusing on collaborating with innovative fintech companies and start-ups, on the strategic entry and acquisition of an almost 25 % share in Platební instituce Roger a.s., which connects investors with companies that suffer from long invoice maturities.
Austria: Schoenherr advises listed AddLife on its acquisition of DACH Medical Group
Schoenherr, together with Advokatfirman Delphi, advised AddLife, a Swedish Medtech company listed on the Nasdaq Nordic Exchange, Stockholm, on the acquisition of all shares in the DACH Medical Group Holding AG. The transaction agreement was signed on 1 October 2020.
Bulgaria: Schoenherr advises Enery on the acquisition and refinancing of the biggest solar park in Bulgaria
Schoenherr led Austrian renewable energy producer Enery to the completion of its acquisition of the largest photovoltaic park in Bulgaria.
Another promotion at Schoenherr: Matthias Pressler becomes Counsel
Matthias Pressler, member of Schoenherr's banking, finance and capital markets practice in Vienna, was promoted to counsel as of 1 October 2020. Pressler joined Schoenherr in 2015, and is an expert in financial services regulation, covering both transactional work as well as contentious and non-contentious regulatory advisory matters and administrative (criminal) proceedings.
Austria: Schoenherr advises Bitpanda on its USD 52 million Series A financing round
Schoenherr advised Austrian fintech Bitpanda, on the largest European Series A financing round in 2020 led by Valar Ventures, and including other fintech investors such as Speedinvest. The funding secures USD 52 million to further drive Bitpanda's expansion.
Romania: Schoenherr advises OMV Petrom on strategic partnership with Auchan to open 400 MyAuchan proximity stores in Petrom filling stations
Schoenherr Romania advised OMV Petrom on all legal matters regarding the extension of an existing partnership with Auchan Retail Romania, to open 400 MyAuchan proximity stores in Petrom filling stations over the next five years. Depending on the square meterage of the station, up to 2,500 products will be available on the shelves of MyAuchan proximity stores, allowing Petrom customers to do their grocery shopping while fuelling their cars.
Bulgaria: Schoenherr advised major multinational banks on a EUR 90m syndicated credit facility to leading Bulgarian agribusiness company Oliva
Schoenherr advised BNP PARIBAS (Suisse) S.A. ("BNP") as a facility agent and lender; Citibank NA, London Branch as a lender; and Black Sea Trade and Development Bank as a lender, on the Bulgarian legal aspects of a EUR 90m syndicated credit facility extended to Oliva AD ("Oliva") and Buildcom EOOD ("Buildcom"), as well as on the establishment of a Bulgarian security package for the facility.
Austria: Schoenherr gains transaction specialist Michael Magerl in expansion of its Linz office
Schoenherr continues to expand its presence in Upper Austria by bringing in Michael Magerl as Office Managing Partner for the office in Linz as of 1 September 2020. Magerl is a transaction specialist with many years of experience in the Upper Austrian market.
Bulgaria: Schoenherr advises United Group on EUR 1.2 bln acquisition of Vivacom
Schoenherr has closed United Group's EUR 1.2 bln acquisition of Vivacom (Bulgarian Telecommunications Company EAD), the largest telecoms operator in Bulgaria. Signed in November 2019, this was the largest deal in Bulgaria in 2019 both in terms of value and size of the assets.
Austria: Schoenherr further strengthens dispute resolution practice and promotes Victoria Pernt to counsel
Schoenherr has further strengthened its dispute resolution practice by promoting arbitration expert Victoria Pernt to counsel as of 1 August 2020. Pernt joined Schoenherr in 2015 and has a stellar track record in commercial and investment arbitrations.
Austria: Schoenherr advises Auer-Blaschke on the registration of the first ever pattern trademark in Austria
Schönherr hat die Auer-Blaschke GmbH & Co KG erfolgreich bei der Eintragung ihres neuen AUER Markendesigns als Mustermarke beim Österreichischen Patentamt beraten und vertreten.
Austria: Schoenherr advises UNIQA on successful placement of EUR 600m senior and EUR 200m tier 2 green notes
Schoenherr advised UNIQA Insurance Group AG, one of the leading insurance groups in Austria and CEE, on its EUR 800m in aggregate notes issuances that closed on 9 July 2020.
Austria: Schoenherr advises HETA on the sale of HETA Slovenia to MK Group
Schoenherr has advised HETA ASSET RESOLUTION AG ("HETA") on the sale of its direct and indirect shareholdings in the Slovenian subsidiaries HETA Asset Resolution d.o.o., TCK d.o.o., and TCV d.o.o. (together "HETA Slovenia"), and a non-performing loan portfolio consisting of loan receivables against Slovenian resident borrowers ("Loan Portfolio"), to three purchasing entities ultimately belonging to the multi-industry conglomerate, the MK Group.
Österreich: Schönherr erreicht für TIWAG finalen Durchbruch beim Vorhaben "Speicherkraftwerk Kühtai"
Schönherr hat für die TIWAG-Tiroler Wasserkraft AG ("TIWAG") die letzte rechtliche Hürde auf dem Weg zur Umsetzung des Vorhabens "Speicherkraftwerk Kühtai" genommen: Nachdem der Verfassungsgerichtshof (VfGH) bereits im September 2019 die Behandlung des Rechtsmittels einer Bürgerinitiative abgelehnt hat, wurden mit der nun zugestellten Entscheidung des Verwaltungsgerichtshofs (VwGH) auch die letzten Rechtsmittel von Projektgegnern gegen die Genehmigung dieses Vorhabens zurückgewiesen.
Schönherr berät Union Investment beim Erwerb einer Grazer Wohnanlage
Schönherr hat die Union Investment Real Estate GmbH erfolgreich beim Erwerb einer projektierten Wohnanlage für immofonds 1 im Grazer Lendviertel beraten. Als Verkäufer und Entwickler des Neubauprojekts fungierte die IMMOLA-Gruppe.
Schoenherr advises European Commission on legislative options for upgrading European gas markets
Schoenherr (as leader of a consortium of European law firms) has conducted a comprehensive study on the regulatory and administrative requirements for entry and trade on the gas wholesale market in the EU for the European Commission, Directorate General Energy (DG ENER).
Österreich: Schönherr berät Invester United Benefits beim Verkauf des Wohnbauprojekts "Wohngarten" an ZBI Zentral Boden Immobilien Gruppe
Schönherr hat eine weitere Immobilien-Großtransaktion begleitet: Die Praxisgruppe Real Estate & Construction beriet Invester United Benefits beim Verkauf eines der aktuell größten Wohnbauprojekte in Wien.
CEE: Schoenherr wins four Deal of the Year awards from CEE Legal Matters
Schoenherr has won the Deal of the Year Award for Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, and North Macedonia at this year's CEE Deal of the Year Awards organised by the regional legal industry journal CEE Legal Matters.
Austria: Schoenherr advises Neuraxpharm on the acquisition of Easypharm
Schoenherr advised Neuraxpharm, a portfolio company of Apax partners, on the acquisition of Austrian consumer healthcare company Easypharm OTC GmbH. The deal was closed on 20 January 2020
Moldova: Schoenherr advises Fintur on the divestment of Moldcell to CG Cell Technologies DA
Schoenherr advised Fintur Holdings B.V., wholly-owned by listed Swedish telephone company Telia Company AB, on the divestment of its 100 % holding of Moldcell S.A., to CG Cell Technologies DAC for USD 31.5 million.
Schoenherr advises Kommunalkredit Austria AG on Czech and Slovak acquisition financing to Enery Development
Schoenherr advised Kommunalkredit Austria AG as arranger and original lender, on the Czech and Slovak acquisition financing provided to Enery Development for the acquisition of six 21 MW solar power plants in the Czech Republic and two 4 MW solar power plants in the Slovak Republic, from Czech fund Green Horizon Renewables.
Austria/Czech Republic/Hungary: Schoenherr advises Covivio on the purchase of luxury hotels
Schoenherr, in close cooperation with BonelliErede, advised Covivio, a European real estate operator, on its acquisition of eight luxury hotels from Värde Partners, a leading global alternative investment firm, at the agreed amount of EUR 573 million.
12 February 2020
Austria/CEE: Schoenherr advises UNIQA on the acquisition of AXA subsidiaries in Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia for EUR 1bln
Once again, Schoenherr has advised on a billion-euro transaction in the CEE region: An international Schoenherr team assisted UNIQA on the acquisition of AXA subsidiaries in the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia for a purchase price of around EUR 1bln.
Austria: Schoenherr advises bsurance on its Series-A financing
Schoenherr has advised Austrian insurtech start-up bsurance on its Series-A financing round. The investment totals EUR 4 million and was provided by UNIQA Ventures GmbH and an additional investor.
Schoenherr advises UniCredit Bank Austria on the establishment of UniCredit's Social Impact Banking initiative in Austria
Schoenherr advised UniCredit Bank Austria on all legal aspects concerning the establishment of UniCredit Group's Social Impact Banking initiative in Austria.
Building certification for hotel projects: focus of Schoenherr, GBI, and Christie & Co New Year's reception
Am 15. Jänner fand der gemeinsame Neujahrsempfang von Schönherr Rechtsanwälte, GBI-Projektentwicklungs Ges.m.b.H. und Christie & Co statt. Im Zentrum des gemeinsamen Abends standen die Themen Hotelprojektentwicklung und Gebäudezertifizierung.
Austria: Lawyer vs. Robot: Is there a future without human lawyers?
On 10 December, experts from both legal practice and academia spent the evening at the "Lawyer vs. Robot: A lost cause?" event which is part of the event series TECHNOLOGYLEGAL, a collaboration between Professor Christian Piska from the University of Vienna, and Christian Schmelz, partner at Schoenherr Vienna.
Third year in a row: Schoenherr again named Austrian leading M&A Legal Adviser by Mergermarket
On 4 December, Schoenherr received the "Austria M&A Legal Adviser of the Year" award from Mergermarket, a leading independent international M&A intelligence service.
Fifth Schoenherr Construction Conference: Digitalisation brings more transparency to the construction industry
The Schoenherr Construction Conference took place for the fifth consecutive year on 29 November in Vienna. The conference was initiated in 2015 by the Schoenherr real estate & construction team.
Austria: Schoenherr advises European Investment Bank on EGFF-financing transaction with Bitmovin
Schoenherr, together with law firm Duane Morris LLP, advised the European Investment Bank (EIB) on their EGFF-financing transaction with the Austrian start-up Bitmovin.
Czech Republic: Schoenherr advises Facebook on the acquisition of Czech company Beat Games s.r.o.
Schoenherr advised Facebook, Inc. and Facebook Technologies, LLC on the acquisition of Czech games studio, Beat Games s.r.o., which developed and continues to upgrade the hit virtual reality game Beat Saber as well as other games developed by the company.
Second Tech Night @ Schoenherr: Digital adaptability as a prerequisite for success
Am 21. November fand die zweite "Tech Night @ Schönherr" statt. Die von der Schönherr Technology & Digitalisation Gruppe ins Leben gerufene Eventreihe befasst sich mit rechtlichen Rahmenbedingungen und Herausforderungen im Kontext aktueller digitaler und technologischer Entwicklungen.
Schönherr berät den Vorstand der ÖBB-Holding beim Verkauf seiner Logistiktochter Q Logistics
Schönherr hat den Vorstand der Österreichische Bundesbahnen-Holding Aktiengesellschaft (ÖBB-Holding) beim Verkauf ihrer Logistiktochter Q Logistics GmbH beraten.
Schoenherr advises Black Toro Capital, the owner of the Spanish motorcycle manufacturer GasGas on a joint venture with KTM
Schoenherr, together with the Spanish law firm Pastor & M.Monche Abogados, have advised the owner of the Spanish motorcycle manufacturer GasGas, Black Toro Capital, on a joint venture with the Upper Austrian motorcycle specialist KTM Industries AG.
Schoenherr digitally founds LLC for the first time in Austria
Am 8. Oktober 2019 haben Schönherr Rechtsanwälte GmbH und die Notare MMag. Dr. Philipp Nierlich LL.M. und Dr. Christoph Pfaffenberger vom Notariat NHP - Notare Huppmann, Poindl, Pfaffenberger, Nierlich erstmals in Österreich eine GmbH auf digitalem Weg gegründet.
Schoenherr advises Horizon Capital on its exit from Purcari Wineries, a leading wine producer in CEE
Schoenherr advised Horizon Capital, the management company of Emerging Europe Growth Fund II L.P. ("EEGF II"), on the fund's exit from Purcari Wineries Plc ("Purcari"). EEGF indirectly held a 22.7 % stake in Purcari.
Schoenherr advises Greenbridge Partners on the acquisition of the Romanian furniture producer Rus Savitar and its retail arm Casa Rusu
Schoenherr Romania advised Greenbridge Partners on the acquisition of a 75 % stake in Rus Savitar and its retail arm Casa Rusu.
Schoenherr advises Immofinanz on its acquisition of 5 retail shopping parks in Slovenia
Schoenherr Slovenia advised Immofinanz AG on the purchase of a real estate portfolio consisting of five shopping centers ("QCenters") from Centrice Real Estate.
Schoenherr advises Spanish manufacturer Torrot on delivery of electric scooters and related technology to ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab
Schoenherr Prague advised Spanish manufacturer Torrot Electric Europa, S.A. ("Torrot") on the delivery of complex technology solutions for scooter sharing (including also electric scooters, advanced IT technologies and IT services) to ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab s.r.o. ("ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab"), which will use them for its new e-scooter sharing service BeRider in Prague.
Schoenherr advises Apax Partners on the acquisition of a majority stake in ADCO Group
Schoenherr Czech Republic and Poland acted as a collateral advisor to Apax Partners, the global private equity advisory firm managing Apax Funds ("Apax") on the acquisition of a majority stake in the ADCO Group, the global market leader in the mobile sanitary unit sector.
Austria: Schoenherr advises owners of Hotel Weismayr on a lease with Selina
Schoenherr advised the Tscherne family, owner of the famous Hotel Weismayr in Bad Gastein, Austria on the negotiation and conclusion of a 20-year lease with hospitality group Selina.
Czech Republic: Schoenherr advises Bausparkasse Schwäbisch Hall on the sale of its 45% stake in Českomoravská stavební spořitelna to ČSOB
Schoenherr Czech Republic advised Bausparkasse Schwäbisch Hall ("BSH") on the sale of its 45 % stake in the Czech building savings bank Českomoravská stavební spořitelna, a.s. ("ČMSS"), to the Czech division of the KBC Group Československá obchodní banka, a.s. ("ČSOB") for a purchase price of EUR 240 million. As a result of this transaction, ČSOB became the sole shareholder of ČMSS.
Austria: Schoenherr advises SynerGIS on the sale of its GIS and FM software development business to AED-SICAD
Schoenherr has advised the shareholders of the Synergis Informationssysteme GmbH ("SynerGIS") on the sale of its GIS (geographic information systems) and FM (facility management) software development business to AED-SICAD GmbH ("AED-SICAD").
Czech Republic: Schoenherr advises BNP PARIBAS on EUR 345m SNOP Dunois S.A. acquisition financing
Schoenherr Czech Republic advised BNP PARIBAS ("BNPP") on the EUR 345m term and revolving facilities agreement for Financiere SNOP Dunois S.A. in relation to its acquisition of manufacturing facilities from Tower International, Inc. Schoenherr acted as local counsel to BNPP.
Croatia/CEE: Schoenherr advises Tele2 on EUR 220m sale of its Croatian business to United Group
Schoenherr has advised the Swedish telecommunications group Tele2 AB ("Tele2") on the sale of its Croatian business to United Group, a leading telecoms and media provider in South East Europe, for an enterprise value of EUR 220m
Schoenherr represents Austrian Core Shareholders on re-acquisition of majority shareholding in C-Quadrat from HNA Group
Schoenherr has advised and represented an investment company controlled by San Gabriel Privatstiftung and the C-Quadrat management board member Cristobal Mendez de Vigo, on the re-acquisition of a controlling participation in Cubic (London) Limited ("Cubic"), and thus indirectly in C-Quadrat Investment AG ("C-Quadrat"), from HNA Group (International) Asset Management Co., Limited, Hong Kong ("HNA"). The Jebsen Group, an investment company based in Hong Kong, will hold a minority participation.
Czech Republic: Schoenherr advises PORTIVA Private Equity a.s. on the acquisition of a 50% share in EAG SE
Schoenherr Czech Republic advised PORTIVA Private Equity a.s. ("PORTIVA") on the acquisition of a 50% share in EAG SE ("EAG"), which through its subsidiary CARVAGOCOM s.r.o. will operate an innovative platform to be used for buying, selling and renting of cars and other related services.
Austria: Schoenherr advises KTB Investment & Securities and KTB Asset Management on the acquisition of the T-Center
Schoenherr has advised South Korean investment fund KTB Investment & Securities and KTB Asset Management on the indirect acquisition of the T-Center, one of the largest and most famous office buildings in Vienna, from GENO Saturn Tower/T-Center Immobilienbeteiligungsholding GmbH & Co.OG and BEGO - ZWP GmbH.
Tech Night @ Schönherr: Fintech-Kooperationen sind die Zukunft der Banken
Am 8. Mai fand die erste Technology Night @ Schönherr statt. Der Abend hielt für interessierte Zuhörer Keynotes und Panel-Diskussionen zu trending Tech-Themen bereit.
Schoenherr wins three CEE Deal of the Year Awards for Austria, Bulgaria and Montenegro from CEE Legal Matters
Schoenherr received the CEE Deal of the Year Award for Austria, Bulgaria and Montenegro from the regional legal industry journal CEE Legal Matters.
Third runway Vienna International Airport: Schoenherr succeeds at High Administrative Court, confirming the permit
Schoenherr has successfully advised Vienna International Airport (VIE) and the province of Lower Austria in the approval procedures for the construction of the third runway at Vienna International Airport.
Austria/CEE: Schoenherr advises Bain Capital on the sale of a stake in the Wittur Group to the Canadian pension fund PSP Investments
Schoenherr advised Private Equity Group Bain Capital on the sale, by a Bain Capital controlled company, of a 32 percent stake in the Wittur Group to an investment company of the Canadian Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments).
Austria: Schoenherr advises UniCredit Bank Austria AG and Erste Bank der oesterreichischen Sparkassen AG on sale of majority stake in ÖHT to OeKB
Schoenherr has advised UniCredit Bank Austria AG and Erste Bank der oesterreichischen Sparkassen AG on the sale of their combined 68.75% stake in Österreichische Hotel- und Tourismusbank Gesellschaft m.b.H (ÖHT) (a specialist bank established in the tourism and leisure industry as a financing and development institution) to Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG (OeKB).
Schoenherr registers first ever certification mark for Styria vitalis' "Grüner Teller"
Schoenherr advised the Styrian association Styria vitalis on the registration of its quality seal "Grüner Teller", Austria's first registered certification mark.
Schoenherr announces new firm-wide heads of banking, finance & capital markets and real estate practice groups
Schoenherr promotes Sebastian Gutiu (managing partner, Romania) and Matei Florea (partner, Romania) to new firm-wide heads for real estate, and banking, finance & capital markets, respectively.
Poland/CEE: Schoenherr boosts dispute resolution practice with arbitration and litigation heavyweights
Schoenherr is expanding its CEE wide dispute resolution practice by adding a team of three arbitration and litigation lawyers to its Warsaw office.
Romania: Schoenherr Bucharest wins two Client Choice Awards 2019
Schoenherr Bucharest received two Client Choice Awards from the International Law Office ("ILO") and Lexology. Georgiana Badescu (partner, Bucharest, competition) won the exclusive award for Romania in the competition & antitrust category, and Emeric Domokos-Hancu (partner, Bucharest, dispute resolution and insolvency & restructuring) was recognised as exclusive winner for Romania in the insolvency & restructuring category.
Bulgaria: Schoenherr advises Woodside Energy on a farm-out agreement with Shell International
Schoenherr has advised Woodside Energy, Australia ("Woodside") on the farm-out agreement with Shell International Exploration and Development Italia S.p.A., concerning Block Khan Kubrat 1-14 in the Black Sea.
Austria: Schoenherr advises Israeli company Playtika on acquisition of Austrian Mobile Games Developer Supertreat
Schoenherr has advised Playtika Ltd. on the acquisition of Supertreat GmbH, the developer of the mobile game "Solitaire – Grand Harvest" ("Solitare – Goldene Ernte").
Slovenia: Schoenherr advises Group Salins on the acquisition of Soltis
Schoenherr Slovenia has advised the French group of companies Groupe Salins ("Salins"), a pan-European salt producer and distributor, on the acquisition of the company Soltis d.o.o. ("Soltis"), a local distributor of salt products
Czech Republic: Schoenherr advises Finnish company Caverion on the disposal of its Czech subsidiary to a company in the ČEZ Group
Schoenherr Czech Republic advised Finnish company Caverion Emerging Markets Oy ("Caverion") on the disposal of its Czech subsidiary Caverion Česká Republika s.r.o. to KART spol. s r.o., a member of the ČEZ Group.
Czech Republic / Slovakia: Schoenherr advises Mast-Jägermeister SE on the acquisition of Rémy Cointreau distribution subsidiaries in the Czech Republic and Slovakia
Schoenherr advised Mast-Jägermeister SE ("Jägermeister") on the acquisition of Rémy Cointreau's distribution subsidiaries in the Czech Republic (Rémy Cointreau Czech Republic s.r.o.) and Slovakia (REMY COINTREAU SLOVAKIA s. r. o.), from their French shareholders Rémy Cointreau S.A. and Rémy Cointreau Services SAS ("Rémy Cointreau"). The deal is subject to regulatory approvals.
13 December 2018
Austria: Schoenherr advises Wieland Ventures on acquisition of stake in UrbanGold
Schoenherr has advised Wieland Ventures GmbH (Wieland) on the acquisition of a 22.1 % stake in UrbanGold GmbH (UrbanGold), an innovative start-up that developed a technology to recycle valuable metals from electrical and electronic waste.
Austria: Schoenherr named Austrian M&A Legal Adviser 2018 by Mergermarket
Schoenherr received the "Austria M&A Legal Adviser of the Year" award from Mergermarket, a leading independent international M&A intelligence service. It is the fourth time Schoenherr's performance has been recognised by Mergermarket following top rankings in 2014, 2015 and 2017.
Austria/CEE: Schoenherr advises AddLife on acquisition of Biomedica Group
Schoenherr has advised NASDAQ Stockholm listed AddLife AB (publ) ("AddLife"), on the acquisition of Austrian life sciences company Biomedica Medizinprodukte GmbH ("Biomedica").
Austria/CEE: Schoenherr establishes sector group for Healthcare & Life Sciences
Schoenherr has established a new Healthcare & Life Sciences group to provide more comprehensive advice to clients active in the healthcare sector.
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Austria: Schoenherr advises listed German Aves One AG on financing of NACCO/CIT acquisition
Schoenherr, acting as lead counsel for the financing, successfully advised Aves One AG ("Aves") on the financing of the acquisition of the NACCO/CIT Group.
Austria/SEE: Schoenherr advises immigon and VR-Leasing on sale of VB-Leasing International
Schoenherr has advised German VR-Leasing AG ("VR-Leasing"), a leasing subsidiary of DZ Bank, and Austrian immigon portfolioabbau ag ("immigon"), the wind down company of the former Österreichische Volksbanken-Aktiengesellschaft, on the sale of VB-Leasing International to a consortium of partners consisting of APS, a leading CEE/SEE distressed debt investment advisor and manager, Nomura, the Asia-headquartered financial services group, and Balbec Capital, a global private investment firm.
08 October 2018
CEE: Schoenherr advises on sale of United Group by KKR to BC Partners
Schoenherr has advised on the sale of a majority stake in United Group, the leading media and communication services provider across South East Europe, by KKR to funds advised by BC Partners.
Austria: Schoenherr advises listed German Aves One AG on a EUR 155 million senior facility refinancing
Schoenherr successfully advised Aves One AG ("Aves One") on its EUR 155m senior facility refinancing by entering into a new facility agreement with significantly improved commercial terms arranged by a consortium of leading German banks.
Austria: Schoenherr advises crowdinvesting company CONDA on first-ever digitalisation of shares via blockchain in Austria
Schoenherr and CONDA AG ("CONDA") have succeeded in digitalising the shares of the joint stock company and enabled registered shares to be managed via blockchain technology.
21 August 2018
Poland: Schoenherr advises insurer VIG on Atrium Tower acquisition in Warsaw
Schoenherr's real estate team in Warsaw advised VIG Fund, a real estate investment company of Vienna Insurance Group ("VIG") on the acquisition of the Atrium Tower office building in the central business district of the Polish capital. Built in 1997 as one of the first modern office projects, Atrium Tower is a highlight construction in Warsaw's business district.
Schoenherr CEE experts advise Telenor on sale of regional assets to PPF Group
Schoenherr advised Norwegian mobile operator Telenor ASA ("Telenor") on the sale of its Central and Eastern European assets to the CEE private investment firm PPF Group for a consideration of EUR 2.8bln.
Schönherr-Arbeitsrechtspraxis: "Paket zur Arbeitszeitflexibilisierung macht Gleitzeit unattraktiver"
"Unternehmen sollten sich jedenfalls überlegen, ob sie die Angebote der Arbeitszeitflexibilisierung in Erwägung ziehen. Es kann zu einer finanziellen Mehrbelastung führen.", so eröffnete Partner Stefan Kühteubl eine überaus gut besuchte Schönherr-Informationsveranstaltung zum neuen Arbeitszeitgesetz.
Schoenherr advises NOVOMATIC on sale of majority stake in I-NEW Unified Solutions
Schoenherr has advised NOVOMATIC AG ("NOVOMATIC"), one of the world's largest producers and operators of gaming technologies, on the sale of 76.81 % in I-NEW Unified Mobile Solutions AG ("I-NEW"), a local telecommunications software and hardware firm, to CYAN AG ("CYAN").
Schoenherr advises Endeit Capital in largest Austrian start-up financing round in 2018
Schoenherr is harnessing its start-up and venture capital expertise by advising Dutch capital investment firm Endeit Capital in a EUR 50 million Series C financing round for Austrian tour booking platform TourRadar.
Austria: Schoenherr advises Starwood Capital on the acquisition of a core shareholding of 26% in CA Immo
Schoenherr has advised Starwood Capital Group ("Starwood") on the acquisition of a core shareholding in VSE listed CA Immobilien Anlagen AG ("CA Immo") from VSE listed Immofinanz AG ("Immofinanz").
With Schoenherr, Moldova averts lion's share of US investors' claims in ICSID arbitration
On 28 June 2018, an ICSID Tribunal composed of Prof Philippe Sands, QC (President), The Hon Yves Fortier CC, QC (Claimants' appointee), and Prof Dr Rolf Knieper (Moldova's appointee) dismissed the bulk of damages claimed by a group of US investors against the Republic of Moldova under the state's bilateral investment treaty with the USA.
Austria: Schoenherr supports KIKA/Leiner on sale to SIGNA
Schoenherr has supported the KIKA/Leiner Group to stave off looming insolvency proceedings and has thus enabled the successful sale of the furniture retail group to SIGNA Group.
Schoenherr CEE team awarded for Deal of the Year in Austria
Schoenherr was honoured by the regional legal industry journal CEE Legal Matters with the Austrian award during the inaugural edition of the Deal of the Year Awards Ceremony held on 6 June 2018 in Prague.
Schoenherr advises UniCredit on strategic Bancassurance partnerships with Allianz and Generali in CEE
Schoenherr has advised the UniCredit Group on establishing two exclusive strategic partnerships with Allianz and Generali for the distribution of insurance products for individuals and small-businesses in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia announced on 5 June 2018 (see here)
Schoenherr advises EVO Payments on strategic payments partnership with MONETA Money Bank
Schoenherr's financial services team in Prague advised EVO Payments International ("EVO") on the creation of a long-term strategic alliance with MONETA Money Bank ("MONETA") for payment acceptance services to the bank's retail customers.
Austria: Schoenherr represents Austrian Core Shareholders on sale of majority shareholding in listed C-QUADRAT to HNA
Schoenherr has advised and represented the core shareholders of Cubic (London) Limited ("Cubic"), including San Gabriel Privatstiftung, and T.R. Privatstiftung, as indirect controlling stockholders in C-QUADRAT Investment AG ("C-QUADRAT"), on the sale of the majority shareholding in Cubic, and thus C-QUADRAT, to the HNA Group (International) Asset Management Co., Limited, Hong Kong ("HNA"). HNA is part of the HNA Group, a leading Chinese diversified industrial group. C-QUADRAT is an independent asset management company listed on the Vienna stock exchange.
Austria: Schoenherr boosts its insurance practice with industry expert Marguerita Sedrati-Müller
Schoenherr's insurance law practice group is bolstering its capabilities by welcoming attorney at law Marguerita Sedrati-Müller to the team starting April 2018.
Austria: Schoenherr advises German real estate investor on acquisition of residential properties in Vienna's third district
Schoenherr's real estate transaction team in Vienna has advised German property investor Art-Invest Real Estate ("Art-Invest") on the acquisition of 390 apartments, which will be part of "The Ensemble" development project in Vienna's coveted third district.
Austria: Schoenherr leads Vienna Airport to success in third runway proceedings: Federal Administrative Court gives green light
Schoenherr has secured a significant victory for the Vienna International Airport ("VIE") and the province of Lower Austria in the proceedings for the third runway at the airport.
Schoenherr advises Slovenian ENI subsidiary on acquisition of Mestni Plinovodi
Schoenherr has advised Adriaplin d.o.o. ("Adriaplin"), the Slovenian subsidiary of Eni S.p.A., on the acquisition of Mestni Plinovodi d.o.o. ("Mestni Plinovodi"), a local natural gas distribution network operator and gas supplier, from a consortium of sellers consisting of gas distributors Ireti and ACSM-AGAM from Italy and Istrabenz Plini from Slovenia.
Schoenherr advises specialty chemicals company Synthomer on acquisition of BASF SBR production site in Austria
Schoenherr advised British specialty chemicals company Synthomer plc ("Synthomer") on its acquisition of the BASF SE ("BASF") paper coating dispersions business in Austria for a purchase price of EUR 30m.
AT/CZ: Schoenherr strengthens teams in Vienna and Prague with two new contract partner promotions
Schoenherr is announcing the promotion of Austria IP lawyer Michael Woller and Czech corporate/M&A expert Vladimír Čížek to contract partner.
Austria: Schoenherr successfully steers KIKA/Leiner away from financial distress
Schoenherr has supported the Austrian furniture retail group KIKA/Leiner to stabilise in the face of looming liquidity problems stemming from a crisis at shareholder level.
Austria: Schoenherr advises Liechtensteinische Landesbank on the acquisition of Semper Constantia Privatbank
Schoenherr has advised Zürich listed Liechtensteinische Landesbank AG ("LLB") on the acquisition of Semper Constantia Privatbank AG ("Semper Constantia"), Vienna.
Schönherr berät SALESIANER MIETTEX beim Erwerb der insolventen Wozabal-Gruppe
Schönherr hat die SALESIANER MIETTEX GmbH ("SALESIANER MIETTEX") beim Erwerb der insolventen oberösterreichischen Wozabal-Unternehmensgruppe, sowie bei der Akquisitionsfinanzierung beraten.
Schönherr berät B&C bei Gewährung einer Hybridkapital-Linie an Semperit AG Holding
Schönherr hat die B&C Holding GmbH ("B&C") bei der Gewährung einer Hybridkapital-Linie an die börsenotierte Semperit AG Holding ("Semperit") von bis zu EUR 150 Mio beraten.
Schoenherr named leading M&A legal adviser in Austria by Mergermarket for the third time
Schoenherr was named "Austrian M&A Legal Adviser of the Year" by the leading business intelligence provider Mergermarket at the European M&A Awards 2017 Gala.
Schoenherr advises Deutsche Private Equity on acquisition of Euro-Druckservice
Schoenherr advised Deutsche Private Equity Management III ("DPE") on its acquisition of leaflet printing business Euro-Druckservice ("EDS") from a consortium of three company shareholders.
Schoenherr advises VC firm Endeit Capital on EUR 9m financing round
Schoenherr is leveraging its start-up and venture capital expertise by advising Dutch capital investment firm Endeit Capital as lead investor in a EUR 9m Series B financing round for Austrian tour booking platform TourRadar.
Schoenherr advises on EU-Turkey Customs Union case
Schoenherr has successfully advised the association of Turkish freight forwarders ("UND") and Istanbul Lojistik ("IL") on an EU law infringement case against Hungary, which requires Turkish freight forwarding companies to obtain a transit permit for transporting goods across its territory.
Austria: Schoenherr advises Accuron Technologies, Singapore, on acquisition of mechatronic systemtechnik
Schoenherr has advised Accuron Technologies Limited ("Accuron Group"), owned by Temasek Holdings, Singapore, on the acquisition of mechatronic systemtechnik GmbH ("mechatronic systemtechnik") from Danube Equity, a Voest Alpine group company and Fidura, a German private equity fund. The closing of the transaction took place on 16 October 2017.
Austria: Schoenherr advises Atos on acquisition of Siemens Convergence Creators
Schoenherr has advised French IT service provider Atos SE ("Atos") on the planned acquisition of Siemens Convergence Creators GmbH ("CVC"). The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.
Romania: Schoenherr wins three awards from leading financial journal Ziarul Financiar
Schoenherr si Asociatii was honoured by Romania's leading financial journal Ziarul Financiar with three awards during the eight edition of the Business Lawyers' Gala organised by the newspaper on 27 September in Bucharest.
Austria: Schoenherr advises BK Invest on acquisition of cloud-based customer dialogue solutions atms
Schoenherr advised BK Invest GmbH ("BK Invest") on the acquisition of atms Telefon- und Marketing Services GmbH ("atms"), which also includes sms.at mobile internet services GmbH ("sms.at"), from German company dtms GmbH. The parties have agreed not to disclose the financial terms of the transaction.
Austria/CEE: Schoenherr supports weXelerate and innovators in the region
Schoenherr has partnered with weXelerate, the largest start-up & innovation hub in Central Europe, as an active supporter and channel partner. On Monday 26 September the weXelerate on-boarding week begins for 55 promising international start-ups that will start developing their ideas in the innovation centre of the Nouvel Tower in Vienna.
Austria: Schoenherr advises Valora Group on acquisition of food service company BackWerk
Schoenherr has advised Swiss listed Valora Group ("Valora") on all Austrian aspects of the acquisition of German-based food service company BackWerk from the Swedish financial investor EQT.
Austria: Schoenherr advises Schweighofer Group on sale of Schweighofer Fiber to TowerBrook Capital Partners
Schoenherr has advised Schweighofer Group on the sale of Schweighofer Fiber GmbH ("Schweighofer Fiber"), to private equity group TowerBrook Capital Partners L.P., London/New York ("TowerBrook Capital Partners").
11 September 2017
Turkey: Schoenherr advises Greiner Packaging on acquisition of Turkish TEKNİK PLASTİK GREİNER AMBALAJ
Schoenherr has advised the Austrian company Greiner Packaging International GmbH ("Greiner") on the acquisition of all shares in TEKNİK PLASTİK GREİNER AMBALAJ SANAYİ VE TİCARET ANONİM ŞİRKETİ ("TEKNİK PLASTİK GREİNER AMBALAJ"), one of Turkey's leading packaging and labelling companies.
Austria: Schoenherr advises Deka Immobilien on acquisition of two office buildings in Vienna
Schoenherr advised real estate investment company Deka Immobilien on the acquisition of two office buildings in Vienna, "Hoch Zwei" and "Plus Zwei", from S IMMO AG. The purchase price was EUR 235m and closing took place today, 31 August 2017.
Austria/Poland: Schoenherr advises KPS Capital Partners, New York, USA on acquisition of DexKo Global
Schoenherr advised US asset manager KPS Capital Partners, LP, New York, USA ("KPS") on the acquisition of DexKo Global's ("DexKo") production facilities in Austria and Poland, from private equity investment firm Sterling Group L.P.
Bulgaria: Schoenherr advises Bulgarian Eagle airline on AOC Certification
Schoenherr advised Bulgarian Eagle airline, the ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance) carrier, recently founded by the Germania Group, on its expansion into Bulgaria.
Austria: Schoenherr advises French Groupe PSA on acquisition of General Motors' Austrian Opel automotive operation
Schoenherr has advised PSA Peugeot Citroën SA ("Groupe PSA") on the acquisition of General Motors' ("GM") Opel Austrian subsidiary and Opel manufacturing site in Vienna.
Österreich: Schönherr erreicht für TIWAG entscheidenden Etappensieg bei Umsetzung des Bauvorhabens "Speicherkraftwerk Kühtai"
Schönherr hat für die TIWAG-Tiroler Wasserkraft AG ("TIWAG") einen wichtigen Erfolg auf dem Weg zur Umsetzung des Vorhabens "Speicherkraftwerk Kühtai" erreicht: Das Bundesverwaltungsgericht ("BVwG") hat das Vorhaben unter Vorschreibung zusätzlicher Maßnahmen rechtskräftig genehmigt.
Austria: Schoenherr advises Tele2 on the sale of Tele2 Austria to Hutchison/Drei
Schoenherr has advised Swedish telecommunications group Tele2 on the sale of its subsidiary Tele2 Austria to mobile company Hutchison Drei Austria GmbH ("Drei") for an enterprise value of EUR 95m. The transaction is expected to occur following approval by the Austrian competition authority.
Österreich: Schönherr berät EVN bei Verkauf ihrer Pensionskasse an VBV-Gruppe
Schönherr hat die börsennotierte EVN AG ("EVN") beim Verkauf ihrer betrieblichen Pensionskasse, der EVN Pensionskasse AG ("EVN Pensionskasse"), an die VBV-Betriebliche Altersvorsorge AG ("VBV") beraten.
Bulgaria: Schoenherr advises Kronberg International on acquisition of Mall Varna
Schoenherr advised Kronberg International on the acquisition of Mall Varna EAD from Raiffeisen Bank International AG. Closing took place in Q2 2017 and the parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.
Schoenherr advises Deka Immobilien on the acquisition of the tallest hotel and office building in Austria
Schoenherr has advised real estate investment company Deka Immobilien on the acquisition of DC Tower 1 in Vienna, the tallest hotel and office building in Austria, from a UniCredit Bank Austria AG subsidiary.
Schoenherr advises Telekom Slovenije on settlement with IZI mobil
Schoenherr has advised TELEKOM SLOVENIJE, d.d. ("Telekom Slovenije") on the settlement of its contractual ties with IZI mobil d.d. ("IZI mobil"). Schoenherr provided due diligence work, transaction support and competition law advice.
Schoenherr leads Vienna Airport to victory in hearing about third runway: Constitutional Court repeals Federal Administrative Court decision
Schoenherr has achieved an important victory on behalf of Vienna International Airport ("VIE") and the province of Lower Austria in the case regarding the construction of a third runway at the airport.
Romania: Schoenherr advises IULIUS Group and Atterbury Europe on joint venture for real estate development
Schoenherr advised IULIUS Group ("IULIUS"), the developer and operator of the IULIUS network of shopping malls, and property investor Atterbury Europe B.V. ("Atterbury Europe") on the establishment of a joint financial fund with equal participation shares for the operation of four malls, the mixed-use urban regeneration project Openville Timisoara, and the future development of similar projects in Romania.
Czech Republic/Hungary/Poland/Slovakia: Schoenherr advises AG FOODS and Coöperatief Avallon on settlement of minority shareholders' disputes and management buyout
Schoenherr advised AG FOODS Group ("AG FOODS") and Coöperatief Avallon MBO U.A. ("Coöperatief Avallon") on the settlement of minority shareholders' disputes and on a subsequent management buyout.
Austria: Schoenherr advises Erste Group on Frauscher Sensortechnik leveraged buyout financing
Schoenherr has advised Erste Group Bank AG ("Erste Group"), one of the leading financial service providers in Central and Eastern Europe, on the financing of the leveraged buyout of Austrian sensor technology manufacturer Frauscher Sensortechnik GmbH ("Frauscher Sensortechnik") by New York-based Greenbriar Equity Group LLC ("Greenbriar").
Austria: Schoenherr named "Austrian Law Firm of the Year" and awarded for "European Restructuring Deal: HETA" by IFLR
Schoenherr was named "Austrian Law Firm of the Year" by renowned legal publisher International Financial Law Review ("IFLR") at the IFLR European Awards Ceremony held in London on 20 April.
Austria: Schoenherr advises on first Austrian Equity Capital Markets transaction in 2017
Schoenherr has advised publicly traded, global sugar, starch and fruit processor AGRANA Beteiligungsverwaltungs-Aktiengesellschaft ("AGRANA") as issuer on its successful rights offering of 1,420,204 new shares, combined with a secondary offering of 500,000 existing AGRANA shares held by Südzucker AG, one of AGRANA's core shareholders.
This is the first equity capital market ("ECM") transaction in the Austrian market in 2017, and the first deal of its kind in Austria following the entry into force of the European Market Abuse Regulation. The transaction had an overall deal volume of approximately EUR 192m.