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Law Firm for Public Law in Austria

Law firm for public law

The regulatory framework for companies is becoming increasingly restrictive. We offer our clients a broad range of advisory services to help them make the best possible use of the room for manoeuvre that remains. This includes all aspects of public law – in particular:

  • Trade Law,
  • Antitrust law,
  • Environmental law,
  • Waste law, water law, forestry law,
  • Regional planning and public building law,
  • The law covering foreign nationals, citizenship,
  • Foreign trade law,
  • Postal Market Law, 
  • Public procurement law,
  • Representation before authorities and courts,
  • Representation before the Constitutional and Administrative Courts,
  • Representation before European bodies, and
  • Business administration law.

Mastering all the requirements of European commercial law and public law with the right contact partner

Despite the internal market having been implemented across the European area, many factual and legal questions need to be resolved prior to taking up a commercial activity. Whether a business activity is a “regulated trade” or even a “sensitive regulated trade”, whether the cross-border activity is just temporary or permanent, whether establishing a subsidiary, a branch office, or just a representative office – you can benefit from our lawyers’ long-standing expertise in business law.

Comprehensive advice on having projects in Austria green-lit

We also advise and represent your company concerning the approval, modification, and conveyance of operating facilities, environmental and planning law issues, and regulatory framework conditions. CMS has successfully assisted in gaining approval for operating facilities and infrastructure projects such as:

  • Complex remedial strategies for contaminated sites and
  • Environmentally sensitive transactions.

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Our attorneys-at-law for public law


För­der­man­age­ment – Städte & Gemeinden als Fördernehmer und Fördergeber
Zielgruppe Bürge­meister:innen, Amtsleit­er:innen, Fin­an­z­direk­t­or:innen, Mit­arbeit­er:innen der Fin­an­zver­wal­tung, Ab­teilungsleit­er:innen und Mit­arbeit­er:innen, die mit der Bearbeitung und Abwicklung von Förderungen in der Rolle als Fördernehmer oder Förderstelle betraut sind. Ziel In den letzten Jahren entwickelte sich das Beihilfenrecht zu einem zentralen Rechtsgebiet für Gemeinden und Städte, das zahlreiche Aspekte ihrer Tätigkeiten berührt (zB Betrieb von gemeindeeigenen Unternehmen, Gründung von Joint Ventures, Verkauf von Liegenschaften, Bewerbung um Förderungen, Durchführung von gemeindeeigenen Förder­pro­gram­men). Durch die zahlreichen Leitlinien und Bekanntmachungen der EU-Kommission und die umfangreiche Rechtsprechung des Europäischen Gerichtshof ist es (auch) für Gemeinden und Städte eine Herausforderung, den Überblick über die jeweiligen rechtlichen Rah­men­bedin­gun­gen zu behalten. Die Einhaltung des Beihilfenrechts ist aber entscheidend, weil bei rechtswidrig gewährten Beihilfen neben einem Imageschaden auch zivilrechtliche Rechtsfolgen drohen. Ziel dieses Seminars ist, dass die Teilnehmer:innen bei­hil­fen­recht­lich relevante Sachverhalte erkennen und einen „Werkzeugkof­fer“ zum rechtskonformen Umgang mit dem Beihilfenrecht erhalten. Pro­grammschwer­punkte Erkennen von bei­hil­ferel­ev­anten Sachverhalten: Wann müssen die Alarmglocken schril­len?Prin­zip des mark­twirtschaft­lich handelnden Wirtschafts­beteiligten - die öffentliche Hand als Wirtschafts­beteiligterAusstat­tung und Betrieb von gemeindeeigenen Unternehmen: Worauf ist aus bei­hil­fen­recht­lich­er Sicht zu achten?Planung von bei­hil­ferel­ev­anten Maßnahmen: Wie kann die Erfüllung des Bei­hil­fent­at­be­st­ands vermieden werden?Wenn die Erfüllung des Bei­hil­fent­at­be­st­ands nicht vermieden werden kann: Ist die De-minimis Verordnung oder die Allgemeine Grup­pen­fre­is­tel­lungs­ver­or­d­nung auf die Maßnahme anwendbar?Update zu den Novellen der De-minimis Verordnung und der Allgemeinen Grup­pen­fre­is­tel­lungs­ver­or­d­nun­gExkurs: Dienstleistungen im allgemeinen wirtschaftlichen InteresseExkurs: Forschungs­för­der­ung­Mon­it­or­ing und Prüfung bei Bei­hil­fen­pro­gram­men­Prax­iser­fahrung: Do‘s & Dont‘s bei Förder­pro­gram­men­No­ti­fika­tions­ver­fahren­Fol­gen einer rechtswidrig gewährten Beihilfe Methodik Input der Vortragenden, Diskussion & Er­fahrung­saustausch, Eingehen auf Fragen und Prob­lem­s­tel­lungen aus der Praxis Teil­nehmer:innen.
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