Schoenherr has advised Kronberg International on the acquisition of Mall Varna EAD from Raiffeisen Bank International AG. Deloitte Legal advised RBI on the deal, which closed in Q2, 2017. The purchase price was not disclosed.
Leroy si Asociatii has advised the French group Lactalis on its successful acquisition of Romania's Covalact S.A. dairy producer, from the SigmaBleyzer private equity firm. Schoenherr advised the sellers on the deal.
Schoenherr has advised real estate investment company Deka Immobilien on its acquisition of DC Tower 1 in Vienna, the tallest hotel and office building in Austria, from a UniCredit Bank Austria AG subsidiary. Sixty percent of the shares will be allocated to the Deka-ImmobilienGlobal portfolio and forty percent to the Deka-ImmobilienEuropa portfolio. Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner advised UniCredit on the deal. Closing took place on July 6, 2017 and the purchase price was not disclosed.
Schoenherr has advised Telekom Slovenije d.d. on the settlement of its contractual ties with IZI mobil d.d. ("IZI mobil").
Schoenherr has achieved an important victory on behalf of Vienna International Airport (VIE) and the province of Lower Austria in a case regarding the construction of a third runway at the airport.
In The Corner Office we invite Managing Partners at law firms from across the region to share information about their careers, management styles, and strategies. The question this time around: Is your personal practice more or less the one you anticipated when you finished law school, or did it change somehow in the interim?
When asked about the Buzz in Austria, Thomas Kulnigg, Partner at Schoenherr, says that M&A activity has significantly increased, with 2016 being one of the top 10 years in deal volume since 1988, and he says that 2017 is "well on its way." What Kulnigg is currently excited about, beside the typical Corporate/M&A work, is the start-up work his team is doing.
Schoenherr has advised AG Foods Group and Cooperatief Avallon MBO U.A. on settlement of minority shareholders' disputes and on a subsequent management buyout.
Bojovic & Partners has advised the Poseidon Group, a British property investment, development, and management company, on the structuring of its co-investment partnership in the Capitol Park Sombor retail park project with Mitiska REIM, which was advised by Schoenherr.
Schoenherr has advised Erste Group Bank AG on the financing of the leveraged buyout of Austrian sensor technology manufacturer Frauscher Sensortechnik GmbH by New York-based Greenbriar Equity Group LLC. MNKS acted as Luxembourg counsel for Erste Group, and Frauscher Sensortechnik and Greenbriar were advised by Binder Groesswang and Stibbe, respectively.
Business is good in Bulgaria at the moment, according to Ilko Stoyanov, Partner at Schoenherr in Sofia. He draws particular attention to the real estate market — especially the shopping mall segment, which has seen four Sofia malls change owners already this year. Stoyanov isn’t able to pinpoint a particular reason for the boom, but notes that two of the malls (The Mall and the Serdika Center) are expected to be sold to a "sizeable investor” — New Europe Property Investments. The price of real estate has increased in 2017, according to Stoyanov, “reaching levels close to before the financial crisis."
Schoenherr is representing Cubic (London) Limited and core shareholders including San Gabriel Privatstiftung and T.R. Privatstiftung on the sale of their controlling stake in C-Quadrat Investment AG to the Chinese conglomerate HNA Group (Hong Kong) Co., Limited. C-Quadrat is an independent asset manager listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange.
We are living in a digital age. The Snowden case has placed certain aspects of personal data processing and related threats in the spotlight. The ripple effects have been seen far beyond the USA, and Bulgaria has also been affected by discussions on how personal data is used. However, personal data protection is a post factum topic when problems and questions arise. Many Bulgarians have heard about personal data, but few are interested in finding out more. The protection of personal data is, generally, not taken seriously.
Since the publication of Regulation No. 2016/679 of the European Parliament and Council on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (GDPR), it is certain that the regulatory framework of data handling and personal data protection will significantly change.