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TMC - Technology, Media & Communications

Austria

Constant innovation and continuous technological change steadily alter the business environment. Conventional business structures dissolve, new business models arise. Innovation is key, but you need to overcome significant regulatory and commercial hurdles.

For the past two decades, our team of over 100 specialist partners in 42 countries has been exposed to every risk and challenge you face in the TMC sector such as IP infringements or anti-trust issues. This means we understand the industries in which you transact including telecommunications, technology, sourcing, sports and media as well as data protection and are able to develop innovative solutions for you.

Technological convergence coupled with the rapid spread of new technologies has opened up a wealth of opportunities in your industry and you must move swiftly to capitalise on them. To stay ahead of the competition, you need to spot and pre-empt legal difficulties before they arise. From M&A to investment and financing, from tax to licensing and product liability, from intellectual property to employment and environmental issues, from network sharing to outsourcing, our multi-disciplinary teams can support you.

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    Blockchain & Smart Contracts

    Blockchain-Technologie und Smart Contracts ermöglichen sowohl in Österreich als auch international neuartige und spannende Geschäftsmodelle. Auf diese rasante technologische Entwicklung der letzten Jahre sind etliche Rechtsordnungen – so auch die österreichische –  allerdings noch nicht eingestellt. Der Einsatz disruptiver Blockchain-Technologie ist daher nach wie vor mit einer Vielzahl an rechtlichen Fragestellungen aus unterschiedlichen Bereichen verbunden. Der rechtlich unbegleitete Einsatz bringt gleichwohl ein erhebliches Risikopotenzial für Ihr Unternehmen mit sich, insbesondere im Finanzsektor sowie bei der Verarbeitung personenbezogener Daten.

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    Data Protection Law

    In today's business world, the idea of not using data applications on a daily basis is impossible to imagine, while at the same time, companies are operating in the increasingly sensitive area of privacy and personal rights. Getting things wrong in this area can result in significant penalties. But it needn't come to that: We can support and advise you in detail on the needs and requirements of electronic data processing and assist you in the development of business models that are compliant with data protection laws. In doing so, you can benefit from the many years' experience we have advising and representing international clients from a broad range of different industries.

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    IT-Law

    Information technology is developing at lightning speed, at the same time, the field of IT law has developed at a similar pace. One of the key drivers of success for your company is arguably a highly-complex, customised software system which has to run without a glitch, since system errors can have massive financial implications. In addition to watertight liability and guarantee clauses, the content of IT contracts must be clear, with all the details covered, to avoid potential disputes after the fact. With their solid technical expertise, this is exactly what our legal team specialises in.

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    Media Law

    The rapid expansion in the media field, especially new media, often leads to conflicting interpretations of media law. Whether you need advice on the “unbundling of rights” with regard to the utilisation of new media content (IPTV, video on demand, near video on demand, streaming or live streaming), or on how to deal with internet piracy, we can advise across the full range of media law.

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    Sports Law

    The commercialisation and professionalisation of sport has made questions of sports law increasingly more relevant. For you - as an individual athlete or an association, agency, sports company, club or media company - it is becoming increasingly difficult to protect or enforce your rights and interests without outside help.

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