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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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02/08/2022
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Part 4 - Ex­pec­ted im­pact of the EU Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence Reg­u­la­tion, the meta­verse as a work­place In our first art­icle, we ex­amined the nature of the meta­verse, the shared vir­tu­al world. The emer­gence...
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19/07/2022
Leg­al is­sues in the meta­verse / Part 2 - Trade­marks and copy­right, NFTs...
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13/06/2022
Up­dated CMS Ex­pert Guide to Trade Secrets
From pat­ents to pro­grammes, designs to data, your most valu­able busi­ness as­sets can be the things you can’t put un­der lock and key. But what leg­al re­course do you have to pro­tect these in­tan­gible as­sets...
10/06/2022
CMS Ex­pert Guide on rising raw ma­ter­i­al prices in Aus­tria
1. Have spe­cif­ic le­gis­lat­ive or reg­u­lat­ory pro­vi­sions been ad­op­ted by the Gov­ern­ment in re­la­tion to the in­crease in the price of raw ma­ter­i­als? Neither the Aus­tri­an Par­lia­ment nor the Fed­er­al Gov­ern­ment...
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07/06/2022
Trade secret laws and reg­u­la­tions in Aus­tria
Gen­er­al 1. Has the Dir­ect­ive (EU) 2016/943 of the European Par­lia­ment and of the Coun­cil of 8 June 2016 on the pro­tec­tion of un­dis­closed know-how and busi­ness in­form­a­tion (trade secrets) against their...
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26/05/2022
Schrems II: Re­ac­tions to the judge­ment and the su­per­vis­ory au­thor­it­ies'...
“Schrems II”: Opin­ions of the su­per­vis­ory au­thor­it­ies on Schrems II and re­com­mend­a­tions on the im­ple­ment­a­tion of the judge­ment in in­ter­na­tion­al data trans­fers On 16 Ju­ly 2020, the Court of Justice...
12/05/2022
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The new Ver­tic­al Block Ex­emp­tion Reg­u­la­tion (VBER) and the new ac­com­pa­ny­ing Ver­tic­al Guidelines (VGL) were pub­lished on 10 May 2022. The new VBER will enter in­to force on 1 June 2022 and ap­ply for the...
29/03/2022
Where’s my “NFT” gone? Po­ten­tial pit­falls of NFT own­er­ship
NFTs have re­ceived a lot of at­ten­tion in the last year, so much so that Collins Dic­tion­ary named “NFT” their word of the year for 2021. But it is worth not­ing that own­er­ship of an NFT of­ten ul­ti­mately...
11/03/2022
EU Opin­ion on the Pro­posed Product Safety Reg­u­la­tion
The European Com­mis­sion has put for­ward a pro­pos­al for a new re­freshed Reg­u­la­tion on product safety in line with the New Con­sumer Agenda (the “Pro­posed Reg­u­la­tion”). If passed in its cur­rent form...
01/12/2021
E-sig­na­tures in fin­ance and NPL trans­ac­tions in Aus­tria
1. E-con­tract­ing, e-state­ments and e-sig­na­tures in bank­ing & fin­ance trans­ac­tion con­tracts and leg­al state­ments 1.1 Which are the typ­ic­al doc­u­ments (con­tracts, leg­al state­ments, etc.) where writ­ten...
26/11/2021
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1. Are there any spe­cif­ic leg­al re­quire­ments in re­spect of pay­ment terms? Yes. The pro­vi­sions of the EU Dir­ect­ive 2011/7/EU on com­bat­ing late pay­ments in com­mer­cial trans­ac­tions have been im­ple­men­ted...