GCR 100 - 13th Edition

BPV Hügel Rechtsanwälte

05 December 2012


Partner and Who’s Who Legal nominee Astrid Ablasser-Neuhuber leads the competition team at bpv Hügel, which includes six partners, two senior associates, one associate and one counsel.

The firm is justifiably proud of its strong cartel defence practice, both before the European Commission and the national courts and authorities. The competition team has a directly integrated antitrust litigation department led by Florian Neumayr. Most of the work it does is on the defence side, although it also has some major complainant work in its current portfolio.

It is advising EconGas, an affiliate of Austria’s OMV group, in the European Commission’s investigation of the energy sector. It is also representing Logwin and DSV/ABX Logistics in one of Austria’s largest national cartel proceedings involving more than 40 freight companies before the Austrian Supreme Court and now before the European Court of Justice.

Merger work is also high on the agenda: the firm represented RWA before the European Commission regarding a joint venture with rival Agrana to form the largest apple juice concentrate producer in Europe (and the second largest in the world) with Agrana. The firm obtained clearance in Phase I.

The Vienna team also advised long-time client Eaton Corporation on its acquisition of Istanbul-based hose manufacturer Polimer Kauçuk.

The firm is part of a wider central and eastern European network, and it benefits from a “best friends” referral system in other jurisdictions, allowing the firm to offer clients a “one-stop shop” for merger filings and other competition matters.

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