GCR 100 - 10th Edition

bpv Hügel

08 February 2010

bpv Hügel is part of the bpv network that spans several central and eastern European countries. In other countries, the firm has a “best friends” referral system with local practices. Astrid Ablasser-Neuhuber, head of Hügel’s competition team, says that Austrian clients appreciate the benefit of a “one-stop shop” for merger filings and other competition matters.

Eight of bpv Hügel’s 30 lawyers are antitrust specialists. Its team, which is based in Vienna and Brussels, comprises two equity partners, two non-equity partners, two senior associates, two associates and one of counsel.

Ablasser-Neuhuber is a Who’s Who nominee, while partner Florian Neumayr is highly regarded by rivals. René Plank, who joined the firm as counsel in 2007, is a former lead case handler from DG Comp.

bpv Hügel has a significant client base in the energy industries. While it’s unable to disclose many of the specific cases it’s currently working on, OMV - Austria’s largest company - and BP Austria are among its clients.

The firm is representing Voestalpine, Austria’s largest steel company, in the European Commission’s cartel investigation of the pre-stressed steel industry. It’s also advising Telekom Austria on numerous dominance proceedings concerning the Austrian broadband, fixed and mobile telecommunications market. It is representing the company in “fine proceedings” before the Austrian Cartel Court.

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