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.
Competition law is one of bpv Hügel's major practice areas and the firm's team of specialized lawyers, located in Vienna and Brussels, is amongst the largest and most experienced in Austria. The Brussels office of bpv Hügel serves as a perfect interface with the European institutions.
bpv Hügel advises and represents companies on all questions of Austrian and European antitrust and merger control law. In this regard the team has built up a considerable track record by handling many of the most important antitrust and merger control cases in recent years in Austria.
This includes inter alia representation and defence in antitrust and abuse of market dominance proceedings before the Austrian and European competition authorities, covering assistance in the case of dawn raids, development of defence strategies for possible antitrust claims, labour law suits and claims for damages, advice and representation in merger control proceedings, structuring of joint ventures and other forms of cooperation and sales agreements.
Due to the firm's cooperation with the bpv LEGAL offices in CEE – themselves also ranked as firms specialised in competition law – as well as with specialized firms across Europe, bpv Hügel is able to provide a seamless cross-border service with regard to the entire range of competition law issues arising in the jurisdictions relevant to a particular transaction. Additionally, this network enables bpv Hügel to perform multinational merger filings.