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Dieter Zandler

Partner
Attorney-at-law

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz
Rechtsanwälte GmbH
Gauermanngasse 2
1010 Vienna
Austria
Languages German, English, French
Competition & EU

Specialisation in competition law & EU

Dieter Zandler is a lawyer specialising in European and Austrian competition law, foreign direct investment control and corporate law/M&A
He represents national and international companies, especially in cartel (fine), merger control and abuse of dominance proceedings before Austrian competition authorities, the European Commission and in court. He also advises his clients on antitrust compliance and antitrust damages claims as well as on foreign direct investment control.

Industries

Dieter Zandler represents companies from various sectors, including finance (especially banking and insurance), private equity, energy, packaging, consumer goods, services, IT, telecommunications, media, chemicals, engineering, food and life sciences. 

Lecturing activities

Dieter Zandler regularly provides courses and trainings, focusing on antitrust compliance and the competition law aspects of distribution contracts and distribution systems. For several years, he is also a guest lecturer at the University of Vienna in the field of distribution (antitrust) law in the courses of Univ. Prof. RA Dr. Johannes Reich-Rohrwig.

Ranking

  • Legal500 Austria - EU & Competition: Next Generation Partner (2020, 2021, 2022) 
  • Ranked lawyer Chambers Europe Competition/European Law – Austria (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)
  • JUVE-Ranking Antitrust Law in JUVE Magazine for Business Lawyers in Austria November/December 2020: Often recommended.
  • JUVE-Ranking Antitrust Law in JUVE Magazine for Business Lawyers in Austria November/December 2018: Often recommended.
  • JUVE-Ranking Antitrust Law in JUVE Magazine for Business Lawyers in Austria November/December 2016: Highly recommended.
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Dieter Zandler is always a pleasure to work with. Very experienced and well connected to colleagues in the other CMS offices. 24/7 availability and very responsive. Exceptional legal service.

Legal 500 (2022)

"His expertise in Austrian and EU antitrust and competition law has always been accurate and practicable. His team has worked together excellently."

Legal 500 (2021)

"Dieter Zandler provides very reliable advice and convinces with detailed and in-depth result down to the last point."

Legal 500 (2021)

"Dieter Zandler has a great deal of experience in the field of antitrust and competition law. We see him as a perfectionist taking care of every detail and offering top-notch advice always on time and on a wide range of antitrust issues."

Legal 500 (2021)

"He has outstanding legal knowledge and has a profound insight and expertise in the legal market in CEE. He delivers clear analysis and strategies which we follow without exception."

Chambers Europe Competition/European Law (2021)

Memberships & Roles

  • Vienna Bar Association
  • Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht
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Publications

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Education

  • 2011 - Admission to the Bar
  • 2006 - Master of Laws, Central European University (Budapest/New York)
  • 2006 - Visiting Exchange Student J.D. Programme, Emory University School of Law (Atlanta)
  • 2002 - Mag. iur., University of Salzburg
  • 2005 - Dr. iur, University of Salzburg
  • 2005 - Erasmus, ELTE AJK (Budapest)
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Corporate/M&A

Specialisation corporate law/M&A

Dieter Zandler is an attorney-at-law for corporate law/M&A and competition law & EU. In the area of M&A, he specialises in public M&A and private equity transactions.

Industries

Dieter Zandler has many years of experience in Austrian takeover law and has assisted clients in a number of ground-breaking proceedings before the Austrian Takeover Commission, in particular with regard to the pricing of takeover bids and the review of the violation of the obligation to make an offer by jointly acting legal entities.

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Memberships & Roles

  • Vienna Bar Association
  • Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht
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Publications

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Education

  • 2011 - Admission to the Bar
  • 2006 - Master of Laws, Central European University (Budapest/New York)
  • 2006 - Visiting Exchange Student J.D. Programme, Emory University School of Law (Atlanta)
  • 2002 - Mag. iur., University of Salzburg 
  • 2005 - Dr. iur, University of Salzburg
  • 2005 - Erasmus, ELTE AJK (Budapest)
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12/05/2022
10 key as­pects of the re­vised EU com­pet­i­tion law in the field of dis­tri­bu­tion...
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 next twelve years. The new VBER/VGL in­tro­duce sev

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01/08/2022
The Dom­in­ance and Mono­pol­ies Re­view: Aus­tria
The Aus­tri­an com­pet­i­tion team has provided a com­pre­hens­ive re­view of the most re­cent de­vel­op­ments in the field of ab­use of dom­in­ance in Aus­tria as part of the 10th edi­tion of the Dom­in­ance and Mono­pol­ies Re­view. In this chapter Bernt Els­ner, Part­ner and Head of Aus­tria and CEE Com­pet­i­tion PAG,  Di­eter Zand­ler, Co-Head of the Aus­tri­an com­pet­i­tion prac­tice group, and Vanessa Hor­aceck, As­so­ci­ate in the Aus­tri­an com­pet­i­tion prac­tice group cov­er the dis­tinct char­ac­ter­ist­ics of Aus­tri­an an­ti­trust law and provide an over­view of the most prom­in­ent cases in the past years. Read­ers can fa­mil­i­ar­ise them­selves with the re­cent prac­tice of the Aus­tri­an FCA and courts in the field of ab­use of a dom­in­ant mar­ket po­s­i­tion, as for ex­ample in the OGH’s rul­ing against Peugeot Aus­tria GmbH or the case against Mer­ck Sharp & Dohme GmbH, who al­legedly ab­used a dom­in­ant po­s­i­tion through their pred­at­ory pri­cing of a drug used to treat brain tu­mours. Also worth read­ing is an over­view of the most im­port­ant fi­nal de­cisions in ab­use pro­ceed­ings be­fore the Aus­tri­an car­tel courts in re­cent years, most of which were ini­ti­ated by private plaintiffs.The en­tire art­icle is avail­able here. Our CMS ex­perts will be happy to an­swer any ques­tions on this top­ic.
08/07/2022
Pack­aging spe­cial­ist AL­PLA ex­pands in Po­land - CMS ad­vises on cross-bor­der...
With the sup­port of CMS, the AL­PLApharma di­vi­sion fur­ther ex­pands its po­s­i­tion in Cent­ral and East­ern Europe by tak­ing over APON.The in­ter­na­tion­ally act­ive pack­aging com­pany AL­PLA is strength­en­ing the pres­ence of its phar­ma­ceut­ic­al di­vi­sion in Cent­ral and East­ern Europe (CEE) fol­low­ing the ac­quis­i­tion of the Pol­ish com­pany APON. APON was foun­ded in 1985 as a fam­ily busi­ness. Today, around 45 em­ploy­ees pro­duce plastic pack­aging for the phar­ma­ceut­ic­al in­dustry at the Żyrardów site near Warsaw. Among oth­er things, APON man­u­fac­tures primary pack­aging for medi­cines in ac­cord­ance with ISO 15378 un­der clean room con­di­tions. With a staff of around 22,100 at 177 loc­a­tions in 45 coun­tries world­wide, AL­PLA is one of the lead­ing com­pan­ies in the sphere of plastic pack­aging and re­cyc­ling.Al­ex­an­der Rakosi, Part­ner and M&A ex­pert at CMS Vi­enna, is pleased about the clos­ing of the trans­ac­tion: “We are very proud that we have been able to con­tin­ue sup­port­ing the suc­cess­ful AL­PLA Group in the course of its in­ter­na­tion­al ex­pan­sion, this time in the phar­ma­ceut­ic­al sec­tor; re­ly­ing on our in­ter­na­tion­al net­work and our prac­tice groups fully in­teg­rated across na­tion­al bor­ders, we are in a po­s­i­tion to of­fer our cli­ents a cus­tom­ised pack­age of ef­fi­cient, high qual­ity leg­al and trans­ac­tion­al cross-bor­der ad­vice.”The in­ter­na­tion­al CMS team was led by Al­ex­an­der Rakosi. Mar­ie-Christine Lidl, Anna Hiegel­sper­ger and Di­eter Zand­ler from CMS Vi­enna were on the team as well. The team of ex­perts from CMS Warsaw was made up of Błażej Za­gór­ski, Joanna Bia­loskor­ska, Kinga Mo­gil­nicka, Aleksandra Da­lecka, To­masz Pio­trowski, Michał Ser­wa, Ma­ciej Ole­jnik, Ag­nieszka Górecka, Marta Trę­backa, Katar­zyna Łoś, Ma­ciej An­drze­jew­ski and Ka­ro­lina Ter­ech.
31/03/2022
CMS ad­vises Siemens Aus­tria on sale of Aus­tri­an fa­cil­ity man­age­ment busi­ness
Aple­ona ac­quires Siemens Ge­bäu­de­m­an­age­ment und -Ser­vices (SGS). CMS Vi­enna provides com­pre­hens­ive leg­al sup­port to Siemens Aus­tria.   Siemens Aus­tria has agreed to sell Siemens Ge­bäu­de­m­an­age­ment & -Ser­vices G.m.b.H. (SGS) to Aple­ona. The clos­ing of the trans­ac­tion is ex­pec­ted in the third quarter of the fin­an­cial year and is sub­ject to cus­tom­ary an­ti­trust ap­provals. Both com­pan­ies have main­tained a good and close re­la­tion­ship for years. SGS will be fur­ther strengthened by join­ing forces with Aple­ona, res­ult­ing in an ex­pan­ded and im­proved range of ser­vices.   Siemens Aus­tria is be­ing leg­ally ad­vised and sup­por­ted by the Vi­en­nese law firm CMS Reich-Rohr­wig Hainz un­der the lead­er­ship of Al­ex­an­der Rakosi, part­ner in the Cor­por­ate/M&A de­part­ment. The core CMS team fur­ther con­sists of M&A ex­perts Flori­an May­er, Mar­ie-Christine Lidl, Anna Hiegel­sper­ger and Mat­thi­as Emich. Sibylle Novak and Al­ex­an­der Hier­mann deal with tax law is­sues, An­drea Potz, and Jens Winter as­sist on la­bour law top­ics and Bernt Els­ner and Mar­lene Wim­mer-Nistel­ber­ger ad­vise on com­pet­i­tion law. Ad­di­tion­al sup­port dur­ing the course of the trans­ac­tion came from Daniela Ka­rol­lus-Bru­ner, Robert Keisler, Di­eter Zand­ler and Clem­ens Gross­may­er.   Al­ex­an­der Rakosi is pleased with the suc­cess­ful deal sign­ing: “We are proud to be able to sup­port Siemens on this pro­ject with a cross-de­part­ment­al team and con­trib­ute to fur­ther en­trench­ing Siemens as a fo­cused tech­no­logy com­pany in Aus­tria.”   Siemens Ge­bäu­de­m­an­age­ment & -Ser­vices ¬G.m.b.H., based in Vi­enna, is a suc­cess­ful man­u­fac­turer-in­de­pend­ent full-ser­vice pro­vider in the tech­nic­al build­ing¬ man­age­ment¬ sec­tor with around 260 em­ploy­ees. Its cus­tom­ers in­clude in­sti­tu­tions from the health care, cul­ture and edu­ca­tion, trade and lo­gist­ics sec­tors, as well as renowned com­mer­cial en­ter­prises. In the last busi­ness year, it achieved a turnover of around 75 mil­lion euros.
10/03/2022
The Private Com­pet­i­tion En­force­ment Re­view I Aus­tria Chapter
Fif­teenth Edi­tion
23/02/2022
CMS and KP­MG Leg­al Ad­vise on Grein­er’s Sale of Ex­tru­sion Di­vi­sion to Nim­bus
CMS has ad­vised Grein­er on the sale of its ex­tru­sion di­vi­sion, in­clud­ing op­er­a­tion­al as­sets in Aus­tria and the Czech Re­pub­lic, to Nim­bus. KP­MG Leg­al ad­vised Nim­bus.Grein­er is an Aus­tri­an plastics and foam spe­cial­ist com­pany.
23/02/2022
CMS and KP­MG Leg­al Ad­vise on Grein­er’s Sale of Ex­tru­sion Di­vi­sion to Nim­bus
CMS has ad­vised Grein­er on the sale of its ex­tru­sion di­vi­sion, in­clud­ing op­er­a­tion­al as­sets in Aus­tria and the Czech Re­pub­lic, to Nim­bus. KP­MG Leg­al ad­vised Nim­bus.Grein­er is an Aus­tri­an plastics and foam spe­cial­ist com­pany.
03/02/2022
CMS ad­vises Mayr-Mel­nhof Holz Hold­ing Group on ac­quis­i­tion of Swedish saw­mill...
With the sup­port of CMS Aus­tria, Mayr-Mel­nhof Holz is con­tinu­ing its suc­cess­ful course of ex­pan­sion. Shortly be­fore the end of the year, the tra­di­tion­al Aus­tri­an com­pany signed a con­tract to take over the Swedish saw­mill group Ber­gk­v­ist Sil­jan. In the 2022 fin­an­cial year, the com­pany will thus achieve sales of more than EUR 1 bil­lion for the first time in its 170-year his­tory.With this ac­quis­i­tion, Mayr-Mel­nhof Holz, one of the lead­ing com­pan­ies in the European saw­mill and wood pro­cessing in­dustry, is ex­pand­ing its pro­duc­tion ca­pa­city by around 50 per­cent to more than 5.0 mil­lion solids cu­bic metres of sawn tim­ber per year.The clos­ing of the trans­ac­tion took place on 1 Feb­ru­ary 2022. The parties agreed not to dis­close the fin­an­cial de­tails of the trans­ac­tion.“We are very pleased that we were able to suc­cess­fully as­sist the Mayr-Mel­nhof Holz Group with this im­port­ant step in its ex­pan­sion. The short peri­od of time over which this trans­ac­tion was ne­go­ti­ated and con­trac­tu­ally agreed was ex­cep­tion­al,” said Rain­er Wachter, Co-Head of Cor­por­ate Trans­ac­tions at CMS Aus­tria.The CMS team con­sisted of part­ner Rain­er Wachter (lead), part­ner Oliv­er Wern­er (M&A, W&I In­sur­ance) and lead as­so­ci­ate Marco Sel­en­ic. As­so­ci­ate Mat­thi­as Emich from the cor­por­ate team provided sup­port. CMS’s com­pet­i­tion law work was handled by part­ner Di­eter Zand­ler with sup­port from as­so­ci­ates Vanessa Hor­aceck and Arno Scharf. Swedish law firm Wis­trand Ad­vokat­byrå (Lead Part­ner Robert Kullgren) as­sisted CMS and Mayr-Mel­nhof Holz.Sus­tain­ab­il­ity in fo­cus­Mayr-Mel­nhof Holz is one of a large num­ber of CMS cli­ents who place the is­sue of sus­tain­ab­il­ity at the centre of their busi­ness activ­it­ies. For ex­ample, the com­pany ob­tains its raw wood ex­clus­ively from sus­tain­ably man­aged forests. With the ac­quis­i­tion, the ex­ist­ing saw­mills in Leo­ben (Aus­tria), Paskov (Czech Re­pub­lic) and Efimovskij (Rus­sia) have now been joined by three new sites in cent­ral Sweden.
02/02/2022
An in­ter­na­tion­al ex­pert team from CMS ad­vises Grein­er AG on the suc­cess­ful...
Shortly be­fore the be­gin­ning of the year, CMS Aus­tria sup­por­ted the Aus­tri­an plastics and foam spe­cial­ist Grein­er AG on the suc­cess­ful sale of its ex­tru­sion di­vi­sion, in­clud­ing the as­so­ci­ated op­er­a­tion­al real es­tate in Nußbach, Up­per Aus­tria, and Trhové Sv­iny, Czech Re­pub­lic. On 21 Decem­ber 2021, the Ger­man Fed­er­al Car­tel Of­fice ap­proved the sale of the Aus­tri­an- based Grein­er Ex­tru­sion Group (GEG) to the Dutch-Ger­man in­vest­ment com­pany Nim­bus – the ma­jor­ity own­er, amongst oth­er things, of bat­ten­feld-cin­cin­nati, one of CEG’s com­pet­it­ors with sub­si­di­ar­ies in Ger­many, Aus­tria, the USA and China. The now af­fil­i­ated com­pan­ies in­tend to ex­ploit syn­er­gies in pur­chas­ing, at least. Oth­er­wise, both en­tit­ies will re­main in­de­pend­ent com­pan­ies with their or­gan­isa­tion­al struc­tures and mar­ket pres­ence. As part of the trans­ac­tion, the ex­perts of the CMS ad­vis­ory team, led by Al­ex­an­der Rakosi, Flori­an May­er and Anna Hiegel­sper­ger, had to nav­ig­ate nu­mer­ous com­plex leg­al top­ics on trans­ac­tion-re­lated as­pects as well as in the areas of real es­tate law and an­ti­trust/com­pet­i­tion law. The in­ter­na­tion­ally ex­per­i­enced team of ex­perts at CMS Aus­tria also in­cluded Di­eter Zand­ler (an­ti­trust law), Vanessa Hor­aceck (com­pet­i­tion law), Hans Le­der­er (trade­mark law), Jo­hannes Hysek (real es­tate law), Mar­i­ella Ka­poun (real es­tate), Sibylle Novak (in­ter­na­tion­al tax law), Thomas As­pal­ter (tax law), Cor­ne­lia Kreuth (M&A), Chris­toph Birner (fin­an­cing) and Al­ex­an­dros Hant­asch (cor­por­ate trans­ac­tions). In ad­di­tion, the Aus­tri­an ad­vis­ory team was also sup­por­ted by col­leagues from oth­er CMS of­fices. The in­ter­na­tion­al CMS team con­sisted of Stepan Hav­ranek (CZ), Eva Bryn­dova (CZ), Mi­chael Mun­zinger (PRC), Lei Shi (PRC), Dipesh Santilale (UK), Sabby Ken­zie (UK), Mar­gaux Deuchler (F), Thomas Hains (F), Blazej Zagor­ski (PL) and Marta Os­owska-Buba (PL). Lead part­ner Al­ex­an­der Rakosi hap­pily notes: “In­ter­na­tion­al trans­ac­tions bring multi-fa­ceted chal­lenges. We are glad to have been able to provide com­pre­hens­ive leg­al ad­vice to the Grein­er Group from pro­ject kick-off to its suc­cess­ful clos­ing across all coun­tries.”
06/10/2021
Sus­tain­able in­vest­ment at AL­PLA: CMS ad­vises on a joint ven­ture in Ro­mania...
In or­der to fur­ther ex­pand its re­cyc­ling activ­it­ies, AL­PLA, an in­ter­na­tion­ally act­ive spe­cial­ist in in­nov­at­ive plastic pack­aging solu­tions, is found­ing a joint ven­ture to­geth­er with the Ro­mani­an com­pany Eco­help SRL and the Swiss com­pany United Poly­mer Trad­ing AG. AL­PLA was again ad­vised by an in­ter­na­tion­al CMS team led by part­ner Al­ex­an­der Rakosi in Vi­enna. AL­PLA has more than 25 years of ex­per­i­ence in the field of re­cyc­ling and its own re­cyc­ling plants con­trib­ute to a func­tion­ing ma­ter­i­al cycle. The con­struc­tion of a fur­ther re­cyc­ling plant in Tar­gu Mures, Ro­mania, is an­oth­er im­port­ant step in this dir­ec­tion: 15,000 tonnes of post-con­sumer re­cycled PET will be pro­duced there an­nu­ally. This will then be used to pro­duce new pre­forms and bottles.   The three part­ner com­pan­ies are in­vest­ing equally in the plant, with a com­bined total of EUR 7.5 mil­lion. Im­port­antly, AL­PLA, Eco­help, and UPT will all con­trib­ute their own spe­cial ex­pert­ise to the joint ven­ture “PET Re­cyc­ling Team Tar­gu Mures” and cre­ate new jobs at the joint site. Sub­ject to ap­prov­al by the com­pet­i­tion au­thor­it­ies, pro­duc­tion is sched­uled to start as early as the middle of next year.   “AL­PLA pur­sues a clear and con­sist­ent course when it comes to sus­tain­ab­il­ity and cir­cu­lar eco­nomy. We are very pleased that we are able to sup­port our long-stand­ing cli­ent on this path and ap­pre­ci­ate the trust in our leg­al ad­vice and ex­pert­ise ,” says Al­ex­an­der Rakosi, Part­ner at CMS Aus­tria.   The core team com­prised lead part­ner Al­ex­an­der Rakosi and at­tor­ney Georg Gut­fleisch (Cor­por­ate/M&A) with part­ner Di­eter Zand­ler and as­so­ci­ate Vanessa Hor­aceck (both Com­pet­i­tion Law) ad­vising on com­pet­i­tion law mat­ters. In ad­di­tion, the fol­low­ing CMS law­yers were part of the cross-bor­der ad­vis­ory team in Ro­mania: Man­aging Part­ner Horea Popes­cu, Claudia Nagy, Cos­min Cretu, Mi­hai Jiganie-Serb­an and Cristina Ci­omos.
13/09/2021
Ma­jor changes to Aus­tri­an Com­pet­i­tion Law
The Aus­tri­an Car­tel and Com­pet­i­tion Law Amend­ment Act 2021 (“KaWeR­ÄG 2021”) fi­nally entered in­to force on 10 Septem­ber 2021.[1] The KaWeR­ÄG 2021 im­ple­ments the ECN+ Dir­ect­ive[2] and aims to ad­apt...
02/09/2021
AL­PLA con­tin­ues to ex­pand: CMS ad­vises on ac­quis­i­tion of pack­aging man­u­fac­turer...
The in­ter­na­tion­ally act­ive spe­cial­ist in re­cyc­ling and pack­aging solu­tions AL­PLA is adding to its already broad product port­fo­lio. AL­PLA was ad­vised by CMS again on its re­cent ac­quis­i­tion of Wolf Plastics Group.
23/07/2021
The Dom­in­ance and Mono­pol­ies Re­view: Aus­tria
An Aus­tri­an com­pet­i­tion team of ex­perts Di­eter Zand­ler, Co-Head of the Aus­tri­an com­pet­i­tion prac­tice group, and Vanessa Hor­aceck, As­so­ci­ate in the Aus­tri­an com­pet­i­tion prac­tice group, to­geth­er with Bernt Els­ner, Part­ner and Head of Aus­tria and CEE Com­pet­i­tion PAG, have provided a com­pre­hens­ive re­view of the most re­cent de­vel­op­ments in the field of ab­use of dom­in­ance in Aus­tria as part of the 9th edi­tion of the Dom­in­ance & Mono­pol­ies Re­view.  In their chapter for Aus­tria, they re­flect not only on ap­plic­able Aus­tri­an le­gis­la­tion, but also out­line the most prom­in­ent cases in the past years, thereby provid­ing guid­ance in the re­cent prac­tice of the Aus­tri­an FCA and courts in the field of ab­use of a dom­in­ant mar­ket po­s­i­tion. You may also find an in­ter­est­ing over­view of the most im­port­ant fine de­cisions in the ab­use of dom­in­ance cases be­fore the Aus­tri­an car­tel courts in re­cent years.  The en­tire art­icle is avail­able on the link be­low. If you have any ques­tions for our ex­perts, their con­tact is provided at the bot­tom of the page.