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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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