CERHA HEMPEL

Competition/European Law Department

Austria
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What the team is known for Comprehensive practice offering national and EU advice on all types of competition matters. Renowned for handling internal investigations and cartel cases, providing clients with support during investigations by the Austrian Competition Authority and subsequent proceedings. Also represents clients before the European courts and in merger control and state aid proceedings. Strong capabilities in abuse of dominance cases, as well as compliance mandates, recently representing parties in bid-rigging investigations. Particularly active in the telecoms, energy and technology sectors, representing a mixture of international and domestic clients.

Strengths One client enthuses: "CHSH always impresses me with the professionalism and pragmatism they show in assignments," and adds: "Given this high level of service and their enduring commitment, I consider the value for money high."

Another source praises the team for being "extremely precise and helpful in managing highly complicated transactions with very strict timelines."

Work highlights Advised OMV on merger clearance for its acquisition of joint control over the e-mobility service provider SMATRICS.

Notable practitioners

Bernhard Kofler-Senoner is valued by his clients for his "very focused and targeted advice," and they add that he "takes into account the commercial considerations." He has notable experience with merger control proceedings and abuse of dominance issues. He represented hali and Svoboda Büromöbel in merger control proceedings and pre-notification talks with the Austrian Federal Competition Authority and the Federal Cartel Prosecutor.

Hans Kristoferitsch typically advises clients on internal investigations and state aid matters. His clients value him for his "outstanding expertise and very good communication skills," as well as for "working extremely conscientiously, precisely and fast." He advised the Republic of Austria on state aid rules relating to an infrastructure aid case involving Vienna's congress centre.

Clients value Michael Mayer because he "works well with the client, gets to grips with the problem quickly and comes up with good solutions," making the client "feel well advised." His expertise includes merger control and compliance issues.