GCR 100 - 15th Edition

bpv Huegel

04 December 2014

Austria

The practice at bpv Hügel prides itself not only on the quantity but the quality of its work – practice head Astrid Ablasser-Neuhuber says the team takes on the most “difficult and complex” competition cases in the region. Who’s Who Legal nominee Ablasser-Neuhuber draws praise across the board for her work, while fellow nominee Florian Neumayr is a highly respected litigator. The firm has the only Austrian competition practice with a fully integrated litigation team, acting for defendants in numerous proceedings to fend off injunctions, damage claims and other motions by private and organisational claimants.

The firm frequently takes on work that extends outside Austria to reflect broader EU concerns. Notably, the team are currently acting for EconGas in the European Commission’s investigation of the energy sector, and for voestalpine Austria Draht GmbH in its appeal against a Commission cartel decision to the General Court. Ablasser-Neuhuber is also acting for Logwin and DSV/ABX Logistics in cartel proceedings involving more than 40 freight companies before both Austria’s Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice.

On the national side, the firm is taking on work for BP Europa in proceedings before the cartel court relating to an alleged abuse of dominance of the five largest suppliers of liquefied petroleum gas. Neumayr meanwhile acted for lift-maker Otis in Austrian merger proceedings regarding the acquisition of rival Jeitler-Fida Aufzüge. The deal received unconditional clearance in Phase II – a rare occurrence in Austria. The team has also been working for commodities company Raiffeisen Ware in numerous merger proceedings before the European Commission – notably in the creation of the country’s largest apple juice company – and in the wholesale fuel markets.

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