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Compliance Lawyers

The scope of regulatory requirements, anti-corruption legislation and codes of conduct is growing and becoming more complex. For you (whether you are on the board, in senior management or a rank and file employee) and equally for your company, the economic consequences of breaches in any of these areas can be extremely far-reaching. We advise both large concerns and small to mid-sized enterprises (SME's) in the design of compliance programmes, primarily to prevent the occurrence of breaches and to minimise the legal consequences if they should occur.

Working with CMS means working with a partner who always keeps the big picture in mind, yet works side by side with you when it comes to the details of different situations: we will always be at your side during major crisis situations, yet equally, our goal is to design a successful, efficient and customised compliance programme which is closely aligned with the day-to-day needs of your business.

In times of crisis, the key first step is to establish the facts. We can support you with forensic investigations, in fact we frequently lead such investigations, often in collaboration with the members of a forensic audit team. Once the facts are established, we present management with the potential legal consequences (in terms of civil, corporate, labour or criminal law).

A key feature in the design of any effective compliance programme is that it is closely tailored to the specific nature of your business, i.e. it should not try to be all-encompassing, nor should it be too narrow, plus it should incorporate an international perspective.

We are familiar with the main legal areas to be addressed by compliance programmes: anti-corruption legislation, employment laws, international trade and export laws, data protection, corporate law, industrial property rights, capital markets, anti-trust laws, medical and pharmaceutical products, product liability, taxation, criminal law, company transactions, environmental law, public procurement and competition law.

You can benefit from our extensive experience with international anti-corruption legislation, in particular with the USA (FCPA) and the UK (UK Bribery Act). The consideration of international anti-corruption legislation is particularly relevant for companies with international operations and, working in many cases in tandem with other offices in the international CMS network, we can advise you on compliance issues as they relate to international regulations.

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Bernt Elsner
Part­ner
Head of the CMS Public Procurement Group
Austria, Vienna
Bernt Elsner is Head of the CMS Public Procurement Group. In this position, he leads an international team of more than 100 specialist lawyers. Further, he leads the Austrian teams for public ...
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Peter Šimo
Man­aging Part­ner
Slovakia, Bratislava
Peter Šimo is Managing Partner of CMS in Bratislava. He is head of Banking & Finance and German Desk in Bratislava and is a member of the international transaction team. He has a track record of ...
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Rainer Wachter
Part­ner
Austria, Vienna
Rainer Wachter is a distinguished expert in cross-border M&A transactions, compliance issues and capital markets. He gained eight years of international experience in New York, London and Frankfurt...
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Christoph Wolf
Part­ner
Austria, Vienna
Christoph Wolf is a partner at CMS and heads the employment and pensions team together with Bernhard Hainz. For over 15 years he has been particularly advising companies with respect to judicial and...
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Dieter Zandler
Part­ner
Austria, Vienna
Dieter Zandler joined CMS Vienna in 2007. He specialises in European and Austrian antitrust law, representing international and Austrian clients especially in cartel (fine), merger control and abuse...
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Johannes Reich-Rohrwig
Part­ner
Austria, Vienna
Johannes Reich-Rohrwig is one of the leading attorneys in Austria in the fields of corporate and commercial law including contentious trusts and probate law. In this position, he is entrusted with...
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Alexander Rakosi
Part­ner
Austria, Vienna
Alexander Rakosi is a partner at CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz and on the transactions team in the Vienna office. He advises well-known private equity investors and also founders in the areas of M&A and...
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Sibylle Novak
Part­ner
Austria, Vienna
Sibylle Novak has been a partner at CMS since 2008 and is an expert in national and international tax law. She is among the very few law experts in Austria who are admitted to the bar (since 2006)...
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Martin Zuffer
Part­ner
Austria, Vienna
Martin Zuffer is a partner at CMS and head of the team for banking and capital markets law. He advises leading corporations, banks and financial institutions in the fields of transactions as well as...
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Egon Engin-Deniz
Part­ner
Austria, Vienna
Dr Egon Engin-Deniz is a partner in the firm and has been with CMS since 1991. He leads the intellectual property and media teams at CMS in Vienna. For several years he was IP practice head of the...