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Vanessa Horaceck

Associate

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

Field of activity

Vanessa Horaceck is an associate specialising primarily in the field of competition law.

Previous professional experience / training

Vanessa Horaceck studied law at the University of Vienna and is currently working on her doctoral thesis on the issue of the treatment of antitrust violations in the Unfair Competition Act. During her studies she completed internships in two renowned business law firms in Vienna and the Foreign Trade Centre of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce in Lisbon. Before joining CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz, she worked as a university assistant at the Institute for Corporate and Commercial Law at the University of Vienna and as a trainee at the Council of the European Union in Brussels.

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Education

  • 2014 - Faculty of Law, University of Vienna
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Expertise

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.
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.
19/03/2021
Un­fair trad­ing prac­tices in the ag­ri­cul­tur­al and food sup­ply chain
Com­pan­ies act­ing in the food sup­ply chain for 2021 should re­vise their sup­ply agree­ments and har­mon­ise their busi­ness prac­tices with the new na­tion­al laws im­ple­ment­ing Dir­ect­ive (EU) 2019/633 on un­fair trad­ing prac­tices in B2B re­la­tion­ships in the ag­ri­cul­tur­al and food sup­ply chain. The un­fair trad­ing prac­tices (so-called UT­Ps) scheme must be trans­posed to na­tion­al le­gis­la­tions by 1 May 2021. WHAT? The UT­Ps scheme seeks to com­bat B2B prac­tices in the ag­ri­cul­tur­al and food sup­ply chain that grossly de­vi­ate from good com­mer­cial con­duct, are con­trary to good faith and fair deal­ing, and are uni­lat­er­ally im­posed by one trad­ing part­ner on an­oth­er. In short, the in­ten­tion of the rules is to shield ag­ri­cul­tur­al pro­du­cers or any nat­ur­al or leg­al per­son selling ag­ri­cul­tur­al and food products from UT­Ps. The Dir­ect­ive en­vis­ages that na­tion­al laws will ap­point com­pet­ent au­thor­it­ies to en­force the UTP rules. WHO? The rules are not auto­mat­ic­ally ap­plic­able to all sup­pli­er-buy­er re­la­tion­ships. The rules ap­ply when there is a sig­ni­fic­ant im­bal­ance in ne­go­ti­ation power, which is as­sessed by com­par­ing the an­nu­al turnovers of the parties. HOW? Pre­cau­tion­ary meas­ures for de­term­in­ing busi­ness re­la­tion­ship con­di­tions must be ap­plied since na­tion­al laws have a wide dis­cre­tion in de­fin­ing the UT­Ps, provided that at least those spe­cified in the Dir­ect­ive are in­cluded. The list of UT­Ps is di­vided in­to prac­tices that are al­ways for­bid­den (e.g., pay­ment peri­ods longer than 30 or 60 days (de­pend­ing on the type of products), uni­lat­er­ally chan­ging cer­tain terms of a sup­ply agree­ment, etc.) and those for­bid­den de­pend­ing on the cir­cum­stances (e.g., re­quir­ing the sup­pli­er to bear the costs of dis­counts or ad­vert­ising, or to ac­cept back un­sold products without the ob­lig­a­tion of the buy­er to pay for them or for their dis­pos­al).
18/12/2020
CMS Ad­vises A1 Telekom Aus­tria on Ac­quis­i­tion of NTT Aus­tria’s Alc­a­tel-Lu­cent...
10/11/2020
The Mer­ger Con­trol Re­view I El­ev­enth Edi­tion
The Aus­tri­an mer­ger con­trol re­gime is set out in Part I, Chapter 3 of the Aus­tri­an Car­tel Act 2005 (KartG). The turnover thresholds that trig­ger a mer­ger fil­ing re­quire­ment in Aus­tria are among the low­est...