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Robert Keisler

Partner
Attorney-at-law for public commercial law

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz
Rechtsanwälte GmbH
Gauermanngasse 2
1010 Vienna
Austria
Languages German, English, Italian

Specialisation in public commercial law

Robert Keisler is an attorney-at-law for public commercial law. He is a partner at CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz and a member of the Public Procurement Law, Competition Law and Public Law Team.

Industries

Robert Keisler’s areas of expertise include advising and representing contractors and principals from a wide variety of industries, both nationally and internationally, in the areas of public procurement law and regulatory law. He also has many years of experience in various areas of competition law, including merger control and antitrust law.

Publications and articles

Robert Keisler is the author of numerous specialist books and publications.

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Relevant experience

  • Advising a leading Austrian waste collection and treatment company on procurement aspects applicable to Austrian municipalities.
  • Ongoing consulting and representation of an Austrian tourism organisation in matters of procurement and regulatory law, carrying out procurement procedures.
  • Advising and representing the Förderungsverein der Primärbanken (association for the promotion of regional banks) and its members in various regulatory issues regarding financial institutions for the past 15 years.
  • Advising a leading international restaurant chain on regulatory matters.
  • Advising and representing a leading Austrian direct mail distribution company on regulatory matters.
  • Advising and representing banks before the Federal Administrative Court concerning tasks of the Austrian financial market authority FMA.
  • Advising a foreign investor bidding in the sale of a portfolio of wind farms and PV plants in Austria by Austrian Raiffeisen Leasing; advising the Czech Republic and Slovakia on contracts for the design, supply, construction and maintenance of wind mills, grid connection and related infrastructure.
  • Advising and representing Münze Österreich on a procurement litigation matter concerning a tender on integrated security and building management.
  • Providing legal advice to the Republic of Austria (Parliament) in the course of the project “Sanierung Parlament – Restoration of the Austrian Parliament”.
  • Ongoing advice for and representation of an internationally leading medical devices company in issues of procurement law.
  • Advising on a landmark decision regarding the applicability of the Austrian Procurement Act for private hospitals.
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Memberships & Roles

  • Austrian Bar Association
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Education

  • 1999 - International Business Administration and Law, University of Vienna
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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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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.
01/12/2021
CMS Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment Con­tact Card
World-class pub­lic pro­cure­ment spe­cial­ists The qual­ity of pub­lic ser­vices is in­creas­ingly de­term­ined by world-class skills in pub­lic pro­cure­ment. The pro­cure­ment re­gime ap­plies not only to the pub­lic...
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.
05/10/2020
CMS sup­ports OeNB as it sets course for fu­ture-proof pay­ments in Aus­tria
Over the past one and a half years, to­geth­er with Pay­ment Ser­vices Aus­tria (PSA), the Oes­ter­reichis­che Na­tion­al­bank (OeNB) (the Aus­tri­an Cent­ral Bank) has laid the found­a­tion for mod­ern­ising the pro­cessing...
30/07/2020
CMS em­ploy­ment law team pub­lishes a num­ber of new leg­al titles on cur­rent...
From the Corona Hand­book, through a de­tailed ana­lys­is of part-time dis­crim­in­a­tion in col­lect­ive agree­ments, to a prac­tic­al com­ment­ary on the pro­ced­ur­al law of the la­bour and so­cial courts (ASGG): the...
27/05/2020
Get fin­an­cial sup­port from the state
Loss in in­come un­der the Aus­tri­an Epi­dem­ics Act Many com­pan­ies com­plain that the emer­gency aid from hard­ship funds, short-time work and bridging loans is too low, comes too late and is as­so­ci­ated with...
14/05/2020
In­solv­en­cies in the con­struc­tion in­dustry as a res­ult of COV­ID-19
The COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic is lead­ing to ma­jor eco­nom­ic chal­lenges world­wide. In Aus­tria, too, com­pan­ies in key sec­tors such as the con­struc­tion in­dustry have been strongly af­fected by the crisis. Many com­pan­ies...
10/04/2020
Im­pact of COV­ID-19 on Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment
The COV­ID-19 crisis is hav­ing a ser­i­ous im­pact on the eco­nomy and busi­nesses. In these cir­cum­stances, pub­lic pro­cure­ment can be of even great­er im­port­ance than usu­al and vari­ous ques­tions arise, such...
01/04/2020
Guid­ance for pub­lic pro­cure­ment pro­ced­ures in Aus­tria dur­ing the COV­ID-19...
Spe­cif­ic amend­ments to the leg­al pro­vi­sions re­gard­ing pub­lic pro­cure­ment law have not been is­sued yet.1 Nev­er­the­less, the cur­rent situ­ation af­fects pub­lic pro­cure­ment. On­go­ing pub­lic pro­cure­ment pro­ced­ures...
30/03/2020
Se­cur­ing your com­pany's li­quid­ity
The COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic is lead­ing to drastic leg­al and eco­nom­ic re­stric­tions world­wide. In Aus­tria too, com­pan­ies are con­fron­ted with forced plant clos­ures and delays (up to al­most com­plete stand­still)...
23/03/2020
In­ter­rup­tion and sus­pen­sion of pro­ced­ur­al and sub­stant­ive time lim­its
In­ter­rup­tion and sus­pen­sion of pro­ced­ur­al and sub­stant­ive time lim­its As of: 8 April 2020The Fed­er­al Act on Pro­vi­sion­al Meas­ures to Pre­vent the Spread­ing of COV­ID-19 (COV­ID-19 Meas­ures Act) has been...
23/03/2020
Pro­ced­ur­al and sub­stant­ive in­ter­rup­tion and sus­pen­sion of time lim­its
On Monday, 16th March 2020, the Fed­er­al Act on pro­vi­sion­al meas­ures to pre­vent the dis­sem­in­a­tion of COV­ID-19 (COV­ID-19-Meas­ures Act) came in­to ef­fect in Aus­tria. The Fed­er­al Min­istry of Justice sub­sequently...