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Barnert Egermann Illigasch

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Number of partners: 4
Number of lawyers: 15
Languages: English, German

Firm Overview:
BARNERT EGERMANN ILLIGASCH is a full-service Austrian law firm with specific strengths in corporate/M&A, banking and finance, competition law and employment law. BARNERT EGERMANN ILLIGASCH was founded in 2004. Since then, the lawyers of the firm have grown a substantial and diversified client base and have made their name in the legal and business communities, being consistently ranked in the highest tiers in the fields they are active in.

Main Areas of Practice:

Banking & Finance:
■ Counsel to an Austrian utility as borrower with regard to a € 715 million syndicated guarantee facility for an international environmental project and a € 400 million syndicated revolving facility
■ Counsel to three Austrian banks as mandated lead arrangers with regard to a € 200 million club facility for an Austrian gambling group
■ Counsel to two of the largest Austrian banks as mandated lead arrangers with regard to a € 225 million club facility for an Austrian aerospace solutions provider
■ Counsel to an Austrian utility holding with regard to a € 70 million EIB loan
■ Advising a financial and strategic investment company in their ongoing derivatives activities under GMRA, GMLS and ISDA Master Agreements with major international investment banks (e.g., Citi, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and Natixis)
Contact: Alexander Illigasch
Tel: +43 1 513 80 08-60
Email: [email protected]

■ Counsel to the largest European media group with regard to the sale of Austria’s largest magazine publishing group
■ Counsel to all sellers with regard to a $ 485 million sale of a life science company to a global health-care company
■ Counsel to the largest shareholder of one of Austria’s major publicly listed real estate companies with regard to the sale of the entire shareholding
■ Counsel to the Austrian motorway infrastructure and financing company, Austrian Federal Railways, Austrian Automobile Club, several public transport operators and other parties with regard to a joint venture regarding the Austrian-wide electronic traffic routing system
■ Counsel to various utilities in M&A transactions with regard to a total of > € 10 billion
Key Clients: EVN, Wien Energie, Bertelsmann/Gruner + Jahr, ASFINAG
Contact: Michael Barnert
Tel: +43 1 513 80 08-52
Email: [email protected]

Competition/European Law:
■ Representation of an international freight forwarding group in cartel proceedings before the Austrian Cartel Court and the European Court of Justice (Case C-681/11, Schenker)
■ Various merger control proceedings, including a reference to the European Court of Justice (Case C-248/16, Austria Asphalt), for of one of Austria’s largest construction companies
■ Austrian counsel to a hotel booking platform in the pan-European investigations into parity clauses used in contracts with accommodations. Advising companies in several industries (e.g., logistics, construction, food & beverages) on competition compliance issues
■ Representation of an art house cinema in civil proceedings brought by a competitor regarding allegedly illegal state aid
Key Clients: PORR, Gebrüder Weiss
Contact: Isabella Hartung
Tel: +43 1 513 80 08-56
Email: [email protected]

Dispute Resolution:
■ Counsel to a media group with regard to a multi-party ad hoc arbitration
■ Counsel to a media group in an ICC arbitration
■ Counsel in various DIS arbitrations relating to corporate disputes
Contact: Clemens Egermann / Michael Barnert
Tel: +43 1 513 80 08-52
Email: [email protected] / [email protected]

■ Continual representation before civil courts and advice to renowned national and international businesses, including Kromberg & Schubert, EVN, Rittal and Gebrüder Weiss, in all areas of employment law
■ Structuring of group-wide company benefits, compensation systems and reward programs (executive and non-executive)
■ Advice on mobility strategies and assisting with employee assignments as well as domestic and cross-border transfer of employees
■ Advice in cross-border M&A transactions, including downsizing and remuneration changes
Key Clients: Kromberg & Schubert, EVN, Ritta