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International law firm for the commercial sector

Companies as well as large corporations and SMEs deal with a complex and highly regulated market environment every day. In addition, contracts with international customers and business partners entail risks and uncertainties that are difficult to assess. While ensuring compliance with all relevant legislation and drafting sound contracts is time-consuming and costly, shortcomings in these areas entail significant liability and reputational risks, often leading to litigation.

Our global commercial practice advises companies on all types of business-critical domestic and international commercial issues and provides comprehensive, straightforward and timely legal advice in order to assist you with the implementation of all your business projects at the national and international level. We are committed to solving your problems efficiently allowing you to focus on your core business.

Our commercial law experts have excellent professional knowledge and many years of experience in drafting and negotiating commercial contracts as well as in commercial litigation. They also have extensive industry knowledge and financial understanding of your business sectors.

Commercial-relevant legal areas and sectors

We offer expertise in the following areas of law:

•    Product liability
•    Consumer protection law
•    E-Commerce law
•    Commercial agency law 
•    Data protection law
•    Warranty claims and claims for damages
•    Commercial law
•    Medical devices law
•    Franchise law
•    Start-up advice

Our commercial lawyers are fully committed to the needs of our clients and the way their businesses work. We advise in the following sectors:

•    Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMC)
•    Production 
•    Real estate and construction industry
•    Domestic and international trade
•    Financial Services
•    Energy
•    Hotel industry
•    Lifesciences
•    Advertising, marketing and promotions
•    E-commerc, online trade
•    Logistics

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Whether it concerns the (re)structuring of your purchasing and sales structure, drafting and/or adaptating your General Terms and Conditions of Business (GTC), or legal disputes both in and out of court in the area of commercial law - our commercial law experts will provide you with comprehensive support and thrive to achieving the best solutions for your business.

In addition, our webinars, newsletters and e-alerts keep you up to date with all legal developments in the area relevant to your business. 

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26 April 2021
European Com­mis­sion pro­poses first leg­al frame­work on AI
Over the last two years, the EU has paved the way for a uni­form leg­al frame­work for the de­vel­op­ment, mar­ket­ing and use of AI that con­forms with Uni­on val­ues. As a res­ult, on 21 April 2021 the European...
12 April 2021
EU Di­git­al Ser­vices Act gives new leg­al frame­work for plat­form eco­nomy
The European Com­mis­sion has is­sued the draft pro­pos­al for the Reg­u­la­tion on a Single Mar­ket for Di­git­al Ser­vices (Di­git­al Ser­vices Act or DSA), which cre­ates a new leg­al frame­work for di­git­al ser­vices...
06 April 2021
EU is­sues draft of Di­git­al Mar­kets Act aimed at cre­at­ing a new and fair...
The European Com­mis­sion has pub­lished a draft pro­pos­al for a new com­pet­i­tion law frame­work for large on­line plat­forms, called the Di­git­al Mar­kets Act (DMA). The Com­mis­sion pro­posed the DMA due to the...
01 April 2021
Up­date on the Re­new­able En­ergy Ex­pan­sion Act
In March 2021, the gov­ern­ment presen­ted its fi­nal ver­sion of the Re­new­able En­ergy Ex­pan­sion Act (Erneuerbar­en-Aus­bau-Ge­setz, "REEA") aimed at re­shap­ing the Aus­tri­an leg­al frame­work on re­new­able en­ergy...
29 March 2021
EDPS & EDPB re­lease joint opin­ion on the Data Gov­ernance Act
On 10 March 2021, the EDPB and the EDPS re­leased their joint opin­ion on the Data Gov­ernance Act (DGA), the European Com­mis­sion’s Pro­pos­al for a Reg­u­la­tion on European data gov­ernance. The DGA is an...
26 March 2021
Bid rig­ging in pro­cure­ment pro­ced­ures
The European Com­mis­sion (“Com­mis­sion”) has pub­lished a No­tice about deal­ing with agree­ments aimed at dis­tort­ing com­pet­i­tion. The Com­mi­s­ion­s' "No­tice on tools to fight col­lu­sion in pub­lic pro­cure­ment...
26 March 2021
Oil & Gas / Ship­ping – The Ever Giv­en
The Suez Canal opened in 1869. Along with the Panama Canal, it is one of the most im­port­ant mari­time “short­cuts” ever built. Today, the canal is 193km (120 miles) long and is one of the busiest wa­ter­ways...
24 March 2021
EDPB Guidelines on Vir­tu­al Voice As­sist­ants
The European Data Pro­tec­tion Board (EDPB) pub­lished its draft Guidelines 02/2021 on Vir­tu­al Voice As­sist­ants (VVAs), which are soft­ware ser­vices that take voice as an in­put, identi­fy and ex­ecute a com­mand...
22 March 2021
Com­mu­nic­a­tion plat­forms face new ob­lig­a­tions and high fines in Aus­tria
As part of a reg­u­lat­ory pack­age against hate speech on the In­ter­net, Aus­tria in­tro­duced new ob­lig­a­tions for com­mu­nic­a­tion plat­forms. These new rules ap­ply to do­mest­ic and for­eign plat­forms alike and non-com­pli­ance...
19 March 2021
Un­fair trad­ing prac­tices in the ag­ri­cul­tur­al and food sup­ply chain
Com­pan­ies act­ing in the food sup­ply chain for 2021 should re­vise their sup­ply agree­ments and har­mon­ise their busi­ness prac­tices with the new na­tion­al laws im­ple­ment­ing Dir­ect­ive (EU) 2019/633 on un­fair trad­ing prac­tices in B2B re­la­tion­ships in the ag­ri­cul­tur­al and food sup­ply chain. The un­fair trad­ing prac­tices (so-called UT­Ps) scheme must be trans­posed to na­tion­al le­gis­la­tions by 1 May 2021. WHAT? The UT­Ps scheme seeks to com­bat B2B prac­tices in the ag­ri­cul­tur­al and food sup­ply chain that grossly de­vi­ate from good com­mer­cial con­duct, are con­trary to good faith and fair deal­ing, and are uni­lat­er­ally im­posed by one trad­ing part­ner on an­oth­er. In short, the in­ten­tion of the rules is to shield ag­ri­cul­tur­al pro­du­cers or any nat­ur­al or leg­al per­son selling ag­ri­cul­tur­al and food products from UT­Ps. The Dir­ect­ive en­vis­ages that na­tion­al laws will ap­point com­pet­ent au­thor­it­ies to en­force the UTP rules. WHO? The rules are not auto­mat­ic­ally ap­plic­able to all sup­pli­er-buy­er re­la­tion­ships. The rules ap­ply when there is a sig­ni­fic­ant im­bal­ance in ne­go­ti­ation power, which is as­sessed by com­par­ing the an­nu­al turnovers of the parties. HOW? Pre­cau­tion­ary meas­ures for de­term­in­ing busi­ness re­la­tion­ship con­di­tions must be ap­plied since na­tion­al laws have a wide dis­cre­tion in de­fin­ing the UT­Ps, provided that at least those spe­cified in the Dir­ect­ive are in­cluded. The list of UT­Ps is di­vided in­to prac­tices that are al­ways for­bid­den (e.g., pay­ment peri­ods longer than 30 or 60 days (de­pend­ing on the type of products), uni­lat­er­ally chan­ging cer­tain terms of a sup­ply agree­ment, etc.) and those for­bid­den de­pend­ing on the cir­cum­stances (e.g., re­quir­ing the sup­pli­er to bear the costs of dis­counts or ad­vert­ising, or to ac­cept back un­sold products without the ob­lig­a­tion of the buy­er to pay for them or for their dis­pos­al).
19 March 2021
EDPB is­sues guidelines on Con­nec­ted Cars
After a pub­lic con­sulta­tion pro­ced­ure, the European Data Pro­tec­tion Board (EDPB) ad­op­ted and pub­lished the fi­nal ver­sion of Guidelines 01/2020 on the pro­cessing of per­son­al data in the con­text of con­nec­ted...
09 March 2021
New com­pet­i­tion tools for di­git­al mar­kets – Ger­man com­pet­i­tion law vs....
After the new Ger­man com­pet­i­tion law came in­to ef­fect in Janu­ary 2021, ma­jor di­git­al plat­forms are now af­fected by art­icle 19a of the Ger­man Com­pet­i­tion Act. Un­der art­icle 19a, the Ger­man com­pet­i­tion...