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Austria: Product Liability Defence Analysis 2015

Product liability remains an active field in Austria and sources have reported a steady year. The Supreme Court recently imposed a product monitoring duty under the Product Liability Act by stating that in the case of serial production, the producer must decide whether each batch created complies with acceptable standards. This may open the door to more legal advisory work as producers navigate what could be a more onerous environment. In this chapter, two product liability defence specialists are selected.

Austria: Private Funds Analysis 2015

Current trends in the private equity market include equity only deals, secondary transactions, bank driven auction processes, bolt-on acquisitions and market consolidation. The regulatory environment is also active for lawyers due to further need of clarification following the implementation of the AIFMD. Six lawyers are recommended in this chapter. 

Austria: Private Client Analysis 2015

Debate surrounding inheritance tax reform continues as Austria’s governing coalition partners delivered differing proposals on how to fund tax cuts in late 2014. While the centre-left SPO wants to revive inheritance taxes and impose a special levy on millionaires to help pay for lower income tax rates, the centre-right OVP opposes any new levies; at present no compromise has been found. The 12 private client practitioners listed below are watching closely for any changes and how these might affect their clients.  

Austria: Patents Analysis 2015

Austria has an active patent litigation scene and was the first country in the European Union to ratify the Unified Patent Court (UPC). Most recently, it was announced that Austria will establish a local division of the UPC in Vienna, which was welcome news to patent lawyers who argue it will improve the legal protection in Austria and prevent a brain drain. The jurisdiction will not start before 2017. In this developing area of law, six lawyers are singled out. 

Austria: Mediation Analysis 2015

Austria is a pioneering centre for mediation law and practice; in 2004 it enacted the first mediation act in Europe. We list seven leading lights in this chapter. 

Austria: M&A and Governance Analysis 2015

M&A activity remains volatile and has yet to return to pre-crisis levels. Activity in 2014 has largely been driven by consolidation or work-outs in the banking and industrial sectors. The following 21 practitioners are considered the leading experts in the sector. 

Austria: Litigation Analysis 2015

One of the highest-profile cases in Austria in 2014 related to an online privacy challenge against Facebook brought by Austrian citizen Max Schrems. Schrems has filed a proposed “class action” lawsuit in a Vienna court despite Austria having no official class action law. In this sector, we identify 24 litigators. 

Austria: Life Sciences Analysis 2015

Austria has built a strong reputation in life sciences and medical technology. The jurisdiction is home to a growing number of global companies, dynamic start-ups and respected universities, creating a myriad of opportunities for domestic and international firms advising in the area. As the sector’s growth in specific areas such as biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and medical devices becomes increasingly central to Austria’s economy, it is likely that competition among law firms will increase. Our research highlights 12 leading individuals.

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