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Employment — Austria


CMS - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Market-leading practice providing expert advice on all aspects of public and private labour law. Has particular know-how in the area of pension law, medical labour law, and public service law for privatised companies. Active representing clients before courts and authorities as well as negotiating with works councils and trade unions. Broad client base that encompasses a range of sectors, including education, financial services, healthcare, telecommunications and charities.

Strengths Clients particularly highlight the lawyers for their "humanity," which is seen as a key attribute in employment law, and add that "it helps to know that I can talk to the lawyers on a human level."

Market commentators describe the firm as the "strongest team in Vienna" and enthuse that it is the "best and broadest employment law team."

Work highlights Represented Burgtheater in a case against the former director and vice-director concerning the executive's duty of care.

Advised Siemens on redundancy programmes and social plans.

Notable practitioners

Bernhard Hainz is highly esteemed for his work on pensions-related issues. He has an excellent reputation for assisting clients with negotiating collective agreements and social plans with trade unions. Hainz frequently represents companies in litigation cases brought by workers' councils and employees.

Christoph Wolf is renowned for his specialism in judicial labour law matters, frequently representing clients before the Austrian courts. Wolf is also highly regarded for extra-judicial employment matters, such as social plans, employment agreements and temporary agency work, as well as restructuring measures. Clients enthuse that he has "a creative mind to find solutions," while another client praises Wolf's "high quality advice" and describes him as "approachable and available."

"You always have the impression that he would do anything for his clients," is how one market commentator summarises Jens Winter. He particularly specialises in collective employment law, transfer of employees and company pension law.

About the Team (content provided by CMS)

We are not only Austria’s largest, but also the leading law firm in all fields of individual and collective labour law. Our areas of expertise include, in particular, the works constitution and all matters related to collective regulations as well as European labour law. Moreover, we specialise in pension fund law and the special labour regulations applicable to former state-owned companies.

We have been active in labour law for over 30 years, not only providing our clients with legal advice but also representing them in court (including the CJEU) and before public authorities. We also advise and support you in negotiations with unions and works councils. Our expertise in labour law extends far beyond Austria’s borders and encompasses a wide variety of different sectors. We provide guidance and support to banks, insurance companies and businesses in the industrial, telecommunications and service sectors as well as to health institutions and universities.

The main focus of our activities is on advising clients on the establishment and termination of employment contracts, on negotiating and concluding collective bargaining agreements and works agreements between employers and works councils, and on providing advice on labour law issues related to changes in working conditions and all aspects of employee data protection law. We also advise you on all labour law aspects of business transactions, restructurings and reorganisations.

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Kunz Schima Wallentin Rechtsanwälte GmbH - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Outstanding employment practice with one of the largest teams in Austria. Particular strength lies in employment litigation, with expertise in cases regarding pensions, benefits and social security. Also specialises in business restructurings, working time law, works council relations and collective bargaining issues. Attracts high-profile clients from a range of sectors, including the public sector, healthcare, telecommunications, IT, transportation and retail.

Strengths Praising the practice for its "excellent knowledge" in employment matters, one client goes on to endorse its superlative "flexibility and availability."

Sources also note the strength of the employment department at Kunz Schima Wallentin, noting that there is "no doubt" that it is a market-leading practice.

Work highlights Represented Energie Burgenland as plaintiff in a damages case concerning two former executive board members who were charged with corruption and embezzlement.

Acted for ÖBB on a number of employment law disputes, including dismissals, working time cases and disciplinary code matters.

Notable practitioners

Georg Schima is an experienced litigator and as one market source summarises, is "one of the key labour law representatives in the Austrian employment market." He is particularly active in employment law litigation, assisting with compliance, unfair dismissal and criminal cases.

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Wolf Theiss - Employment Department

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What the team is known for Wide international reach makes Wolf Theiss one of the best-equipped teams to handle large-scale matters across multiple jurisdictions. Meets current market demand by offering restructuring services both in Austria and across the CEE/SEE region. Particular expertise advising clients from the banking sector on compliance with new remuneration guidelines. Often assists with the transfer of employees, working time issues and contentious dismissals. Also has a number of clients from the retail and technology sectors.

Strengths One impressed client remarks that "from my personal experience, I would give Wolf Theiss the highest ranking possible."

Another client affirms that the team's ability to "transfer legal knowledge into practical advice is its greatest strength."

Work highlights Advised Vorarlberger Landes- und Hypothekenbank on its remuneration policy.

Represented Wittur Austria in litigation proceedings connected to the dismissal of a works council member.

Notable practitioners

As well as having an outstanding academic reputation in employment law, Ralf Peschek is noted by his clients for being "very hands-on, pragmatic and down to earth, based on decades of experience." He frequently advises clients on restructurings as well as the employment law aspects of expanding their business. He is also well regarded for employee leasing and transfer mandates.

Matthias Unterrieder is praised by one satisfied client for his "strong knowledge of labour law and creative solutions to problems," and is further described as a "good team leader for cross-border projects." He is also well regarded for assisting with employee terminations and working hours questions.

Associate-to-watch Walter Pöschl is praised by clients for his "excellent knowledge" and his ability to "translate the legalese for us, he's very understandable." He advises clients on health and safety issues, remuneration schemes and allegations of abuse of statutory rights.

About the Team (content provided by Wolf Theiss)

We provide our clients with advice on the entire pectrum of employment issues their companies might face from employment contracts and executive agreements, pensions, benefits, restructuring plans and dismissal procedures, to litigation and representation before governmental authorities. Our clients rely on us for our hands-on expertise and our ability to offer fully integrated services that support both their commercial operations and long-term business goals.

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Burgstaller & Preyer - Employment Department

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What the team is known for Prestigious boutique firm with a solid reputation for litigation. Known for representing corporate employers in court, and is especially recommended for its representation of executives and top-level management as both plaintiffs and defendants. Has a diverse clientele drawn from sectors including financial services, pharmaceutical and telecommunications.

Strengths Known in the market for being a "very good employment boutique," Burgstaller & Preyer continues to be well renowned for its specialism in this area.

Notable practitioners

According to one impressed client, Gerald Burgstaller is an "incredibly experienced lawyer" who represents executives and managers in employment law disputes, particularly concerning unfair dismissals.

Helmut Preyer is recognised as one of the names that "really stands out" in this market for his skills and experience. He is highly regarded for representing senior directors.

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MOSATI Rechtsanwälte - Employment Department

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What the team is known for Established employment boutique specialising in all aspects of labour law and social security law. Areas of expertise include employment contracts, leasing, remuneration, working hours, equal treatment, restructuring, employment litigation and company pensions. Attracts high-profile clients from different industry sectors. Knowledgeable in both Austrian and international employment law. Represents clients in employment litigation before courts and government authorities.

Strengths One client enthuses that "the advice given is very pragmatic and down to earth; the kind of business-oriented advice that we are looking for."

The practice is also well reputed in the wider market, and market commentators remark that it is a "niche boutique firm" with "a strong employment focus."

Notable practitioners

One impressed client praises Andreas Tinhofer for his ability to "break down a complex legal case and find a simple solution," going on to remark that "he thinks in an entrepreneurial way and gives me business-relevant solutions, which is invaluable." He advises on social and employment law matters, including pension mandates and employee leasing.

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Baker McKenzie - Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG - Employment Department

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What the team is known for Global firm particularly known for handling the employment aspects of restructurings across a range of sectors, including life sciences, retail, construction, technology and finance. Also advises on post-merger integrations and trade union negotiations. Acts on large-scale, cross-border projects and benefits from collaboration with the firm's strong corporate team. Active in employment litigation, representing employers in a variety of disputes. Additional expertise in bonus schemes, working hours, immigration, pension plans and collective bargaining agreements.

Strengths The team is known by sources for its strong client base and ability to "take on complex and difficult work."

Clients highlight the firm's speed in handling matters, praising the "quick answers and responsiveness."

Work highlights Represented Gibson Brands in a cross-border case against a former director, which involved a secondment structure across multiple jurisdictions.

Advised Andritz on a range of employment issues, from litigation to employee remuneration, transfer and termination.

Notable practitioners

The "impressive"Philipp Maier delivers "pragmatic solutions for the client," and is also praised for his "thoughtful advice." He advises on collective bargaining agreements, working time issues and restructuring.

Simone Liebmann-Slatin specialises in contract negotiations, benefits and compensation systems and transfer of employees. She can also be called upon for her knowledge of employment contracts and negotiations with works councils.

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BINDER GRÖSSWANG Rechtsanwälte GmbH - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Established employment team notable for its strong client base across a range of sectors. Acts on restructuring and transactional matters, which are effectively supported by its prominent M&A team. In-depth experience advising on dismissals and pension schemes, as well as employment agreements and works council topics. Well versed in cross-border matters and high-profile litigation cases. Expertise in working time flexibility, the relocation of workforce resources, personnel lease and outsourcing.

Strengths Clients describe the team as "very co-operative and efficient" and appreciate that the lawyers "are very short and precise in their answers." Clients also report that the lawyers are "very knowledgeable" in employment law and social security law.

Another client highlights the firm's collaborative approach, saying that "they give us the impression of being really interested in our business and have developed a good understanding of our needs." The same client also "really appreciates that they proactively inform us about new developments."

Work highlights Assisted Vivienne Westwood with the adaptation of UK employment contracts for store managers in Austria.

Advised Brocade Communications on a range of employment matters as it re-entered the market, including collective bargaining agreements, minimum salary agreements and terminations.

Notable practitioners

Horst Lukanec is known for his expertise in international restructuring, complex collective employment law matters, and executive contracts and compensation. Recently, he advised MAN Truck & Bus on the drafting of new managing director employment agreements in both Austria and Germany. Clients describe him as "very responsive, efficient and knowledgeable."

Angelika Pallwein-Prettner specialises in employment litigation, working time schemes, and data protection matters. She provides ongoing employment advice on collective bargaining agreements and employee terminations to several notable clients, including Asics Austria and Starbucks. Clients report that "she is very good in explaining difficult legal topics to non-lawyers."

About the Team (content provided by BINDER GRÖSSWANG Rechtsanwälte GmbH)

Employment and labour law issues increasingly constitute an  important field of work of Binder Grösswang. We offer comprehensive advice to national and international clients with regard to all aspects of labour and employment law. Due to our background, many of our clients are international companies. They benefit from the extraordinary commitment of our team, our proactive, practical approach and solutionorientated legal advice that is tailored to the individual needs of our clients.

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Advice on business relocations or shutdowns, business transfers and reduction in workforce, advice regarding all aspects of the relationship between employer and the workforce, advice regarding drafting and terminating management contracts, employment litigation, advice on the establishment and termination of employment relationships and support in all matters of  constitutional labour law and in relation to works councils and unions as well as aspects of data protection law in connection with the employment relationship, employment law advice regarding national and international restructuring (SE establishments,  cross-border mergers) and M&A transactions, conducting of employment law due diligences

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CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Knowledgeable in all aspects of employment law, with particular expertise in collective bargaining agreements. Attracts clients from a variety of sectors, including travel, transportation, retail, technology and financial services. Works closely with its strong M&A department on the employment aspects of transactions. Expertise extends to data protection and compliance issues, as well as pension and salary schemes, social plans and working hours arrangements.

Strengths One client cites "availability and responsiveness" as two of the team's strengths, while another highlights its "pragmatic approach."

Another client has a "very good impression" of the team and believes that it "achieves something for us as a company," adding t6hat "we received huge support from them."

Work highlights Advised U City on the employment aspects of its cross-border acquisition of a portfolio of hotels in Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland and Romania.

Represented Honeywell in negotiations for collective bargaining agreements and shop agreements.

Notable practitioners

Julian Feichtinger is best known for his work in employment litigation, restructuring and contracts. One source describes him as "very knowledgeable and extremely nice to work with." Clients are also quick to praise his dedication, describing him as "somebody who wants to understand your situation and the context," and observing that "you just have this feeling that he cares about what he delivers."

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DORDA - Employment Department

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What the team is known for Solid department offering a comprehensive range of employment law services to both employers and employees. An extensive network facilitates the team's ability to handle matters throughout the CEE region. Assists with contract drafting, mass dismissals, restructuring, incentive schemes and pensions, alongside working hours and collective bargaining topics. Advises clients on new regulations against wage and social dumping.

Strengths Clients praise the team for having a "good insight and understanding" of their work culture, and describe the service as "efficient, responsive and pragmatic."

Another client highlights the firm's "quick responses and sharp and effective summary of problems and solutions."

Work highlights Represented Fujifilm Europe in a series of employment law disputes against former employees in front of the Vienna Court for Labour & Social Affairs and the Regional Court of Steyr.

Advised several group companies within the GE Healthcare Group on working time, employee compensation and plant agreements.

Notable practitioners

Known for his particularly "strong ties to the arts scene and media,"Thomas Angermair offers niche expertise in the market. Angermair advises clients on drafting contracts and represents them in works council negotiations and employment litigation. He recently acted for Wiener Symphoniker on complex negotiations with the trade union regarding an amendment to their collective bargaining agreement. Interviewees describe him as "very responsive, quick and very precise."

About the Team (content provided by DORDA)

DORDA offers professional advice on every aspect of labour law, representing the interests of either employer or employee. Employers and senior executives often seek our advice. We assist our clients in all legal matters associated with human resources management.

Our services include:

  • Employment contracts, including contracts for senior executives and members of the managing board
  • Termination of employment, plant closures and mass lay-offs
  • Advice on the sale of businesses, restructuring, outsourcing and privatisations
  • Labour law related due diligence reviews
  • Stock option plans and incentive schemes
  • Pension schemes, individual pension agreements
  • Employee protection, working time issues
  • Factory agreements, social plans and collective bargaining agreements
  • Litigation, representation in labour court proceedings
  • Arbitration concerning labour law disputes, mediation

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Dr Helmut Engelbrecht Rechtsanwälte - Employment Department

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What the team is known for Boutique practice with an exclusive focus on employment law. Strong firm for Austrian employment matters, with vast experience representing clients in court proceedings and negotiations. Acts for companies and senior management on pensions issues, contract mandates and new employment regulations.

Strengths One client is satisfied that "we always received what we needed: we were able to get detailed answers and they were good at meeting deadlines, even at short notice," and goes on to observe that "they worked well as a team."

Another client values "the reliability and fast response times" of the team.

Work highlights Advised a company from the electrical and electronic industry on the implementation of a law recently introduced to prevent wage and social dumping.

Acted for an international bank on company pension entitlements in connection with compensation offers.

Notable practitioners

Helmut Engelbrecht has expertise in all areas of labour law, assisting clients with both advisory and contentious mandates. One client states that he "has always impressed us with his expertise and speed," and another describes his "knowledge of labour law in the private and public sector" as "outstanding."

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FREIMÜLLER / OBEREDER / PILZ RECHTSANWÄLT_INNEN GMBH - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Esteemed domestic offering with a respected market presence and a focus on court litigation, acting on behalf of employees and work councils. Also advises on social law and data protection issues. Has a strong focus on the employment law implications of new technologies.

Strengths A "well-known name" for litigation, FREIMÜLLER / OBEREDER / PILZ maintains a solid reputation in the wider market.

Notable practitioners

Having a "strong reputation for contentious work,"Alois Obereder is particularly known for his dedicated representation of employees and unions, with commentators describing him as "an excellent employee representative." He advises clients on employee leasing, contracts and employment law agreements.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Employment Department

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What the team is known for Globally integrated practice known for its international client base and strategic cross-border work. Expertise in structural advisory matters, such as executive appointments and terminations, company pensions and employee working hours. Top-tier M&A department supports the team's transactional activities. Offers non-contentious employment advice as well as support in key litigation proceedings, including discrimination claims and works council disputes.

Strengths The team is particularly highlighted by market commentators for its work on the employment law aspects of transactions.

Work highlights Advised CA Technologies on the post-acquisition integration elements of the client's acquisition of the Automic Group.

Represented Otto Bock Healthcare in negotiations with employees during the merger with Otto Bock Vermögensverwaltung.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Karin Buzanich-Sommeregger is noted for being a "very reliable" practitioner who "does a particularly good job as a negotiator in the bigger-profile cases." She offers notable expertise in employment issues in restructuring projects, post-acquisition integrations and pensions matters.

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Schoenherr - Employment Department

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What the team is known for Expertise in both contentious and non-contentious employment law. Advises on restructurings, collective agreements and public sector labour issues. International reach allows the practice to handle cross-border employment issues, especially regarding the posting and transfer of employees. Also supported by the firm's M&A team for transaction-related employment issues.

Strengths One client particularly praises the practice for its "global expertise" and "customer orientation," in particular the fact that the team is "quick at responding and good at getting back to us."

Another client appreciates the "good experts on their team."

Work highlights Advised Audi on the secondment of Austrian employees to China by a personnel supplier, which involved complex work supply agreements.

Assisted International Forest Products with a complex, cross-border employment law dispute in Austria that involved Turkish jurisdiction.

Notable practitioners

Stefan Kühteubl has a strong focus on international employment law and employment in the public sector, and is also experienced in employment issues related to M&A transactions. He is well regarded by clients who describe him as "verybright, experienced and practical" and value his "excellent communication skills" and ability to "explain the content to people who are not experts in law."

About the Team (content provided by Schoenherr)

Our labour & employment team covers 12 jurisdictions in CEE and advises on all aspects of employment law from the beginning through to the end of the employment relationship, for both contentious and non-contentious matters. It focuses on employment issues arising in the course of mergers and acquisitions, transfer of undertakings, workforce and management restructuring, domestic and cross-border transfer of employees, cross-border postings of employees, restructuring of businesses, downsizing and closure of production lines, employment tribunal litigation, workforce restructuring and related negotiations with employees, their representatives and trade unions, as well as general non-contentious employment advice.


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Gerlach Rechtsanwälte - Employment Department

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What the team is known for Specialised boutique employment firm assisting international companies with establishing business in Austria, as well as Austrian companies branching out into international markets. Advises clients on a range of employment issues, such as drafting contracts and restructurings. Offers strength in employment litigation and the employment aspects of social security regulations and company law. Also known for its expertise in pension-related issues.

Strengths The team is praised for its "great support, expertise in negotiating documents and deep knowledge," which helps to ensure good results for its clients.

Notable practitioners

Praised by clients as an "outstanding lawyer,"Roland Gerlach is also renowned in the wider market for being an "impressive negotiator." He is particularly well reputed for acting for employees and trade unions, with sources reporting that he is "always very good when it comes to big and complicated cases against major companies." A client singles Gerlach out as a "specialist in pension schemes." He also advises on management contracts.

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Rechtsanwaltskanzlei Gahleitner - Employment Department

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What the team is known for Boutique with an exclusive focus on representing employees. Extensive expertise in employment litigation, acting on both collective and individual employment law matters. Advises on a range of employment issues, including contracts, restructuring, equal treatment, personnel leasing, pensions, working time arrangements and remuneration agreements.

Strengths Sources regard the firm as one of the "best-known firms for employee representations."

Another commentator also highlights the practice's employment specialism and experience as its strongest assets.

Notable practitioners

Sieglinde Gahleitner is widely considered by sources in the wider market to be an "outstanding" practitioner, who splits her time between heading her practice and acting as a judge in the Constitutional Court. One source describes her as a "very strong litigator" who is "one of the standouts" in this market, adding that "she belongs at the top." She frequently acts on restructurings and the drafting of contracts for managers.

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Gerald Burgstaller

Burgstaller & Preyer

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to one impressed client, Gerald Burgstaller is an "incredibly experienced lawyer" who represents executives and managers in employment law disputes, particularly concerning unfair dismissals.

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Sieglinde Gahleitner

Rechtsanwaltskanzlei Gahleitner

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sieglinde Gahleitner is widely considered by sources in the wider market to be an "outstanding" practitioner, who splits her time between heading her practice and acting as a judge in the Constitutional Court. One source describes her as a "very strong litigator" who is "one of the standouts" in this market, adding that "she belongs at the top." She frequently acts on restructurings and the drafting of contracts for managers.

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Gerlach Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Europe guide

Praised by clients as an "outstanding lawyer,"Roland Gerlach is also renowned in the wider market for being an "impressive negotiator." He is particularly well reputed for acting for employees and trade unions, with sources reporting that he is "always very good when it comes to big and complicated cases against major companies." A client singles Gerlach out as a "specialist in pension schemes." He also advises on management contracts.

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CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Bernhard Hainz is highly esteemed for his work on pensions-related issues. He has an excellent reputation for assisting clients with negotiating collective agreements and social plans with trade unions. Hainz frequently represents companies in litigation cases brought by workers' councils and employees.

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FREIMÜLLER / OBEREDER / PILZ RECHTSANWÄLT_INNEN GMBH

From the Chambers Europe guide

Having a "strong reputation for contentious work,"Alois Obereder is particularly known for his dedicated representation of employees and unions, with commentators describing him as "an excellent employee representative." He advises clients on employee leasing, contracts and employment law agreements.

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Wolf Theiss

From the Chambers Europe guide

As well as having an outstanding academic reputation in employment law, Ralf Peschek is noted by his clients for being "very hands-on, pragmatic and down to earth, based on decades of experience." He frequently advises clients on restructurings as well as the employment law aspects of expanding their business. He is also well regarded for employee leasing and transfer mandates.

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Burgstaller & Preyer

From the Chambers Europe guide

Helmut Preyer is recognised as one of the names that "really stands out" in this market for his skills and experience. He is highly regarded for representing senior directors.

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Kunz Schima Wallentin Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Europe guide

Georg Schima is an experienced litigator and as one market source summarises, is "one of the key labour law representatives in the Austrian employment market." He is particularly active in employment law litigation, assisting with compliance, unfair dismissal and criminal cases.

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MOSATI Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Europe guide

One impressed client praises Andreas Tinhofer for his ability to "break down a complex legal case and find a simple solution," going on to remark that "he thinks in an entrepreneurial way and gives me business-relevant solutions, which is invaluable." He advises on social and employment law matters, including pension mandates and employee leasing.

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CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Christoph Wolf is renowned for his specialism in judicial labour law matters, frequently representing clients before the Austrian courts. Wolf is also highly regarded for extra-judicial employment matters, such as social plans, employment agreements and temporary agency work, as well as restructuring measures. Clients enthuse that he has "a creative mind to find solutions," while another client praises Wolf's "high quality advice" and describes him as "approachable and available."

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DORDA

From the Chambers Europe guide

Known for his particularly "strong ties to the arts scene and media,"Thomas Angermair offers niche expertise in the market. Angermair advises clients on drafting contracts and represents them in works council negotiations and employment litigation. He recently acted for Wiener Symphoniker on complex negotiations with the trade union regarding an amendment to their collective bargaining agreement. Interviewees describe him as "very responsive, quick and very precise."

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Barnert Egermann Illigasch

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clemens Egermann of Barnert Egermann Illigasch has experience in all areas of employment law, advising both domestic and international clients on Austrian legislation. He often represents both employers and employees in labour law disputes. One client describes him as "very open, intelligent and straightforward," adding that "he is a perfect partner in that regard."

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Helmut Engelbrecht

Dr Helmut Engelbrecht Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Europe guide

Helmut Engelbrecht has expertise in all areas of labour law, assisting clients with both advisory and contentious mandates. One client states that he "has always impressed us with his expertise and speed," and another describes his "knowledge of labour law in the private and public sector" as "outstanding."

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Julian Feichtinger

CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati

From the Chambers Europe guide

Julian Feichtinger is best known for his work in employment litigation, restructuring and contracts. One source describes him as "very knowledgeable and extremely nice to work with." Clients are also quick to praise his dedication, describing him as "somebody who wants to understand your situation and the context," and observing that "you just have this feeling that he cares about what he delivers."

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Greindl Köck Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Europe guide

Stefan Köck joined Greindl Köck Rechtsanwälte GmbH at the end of 2017. He advises clients on employment law matters, with a particular focus on pensions and benefits issues. He also assists with the employment law aspects of corporate transactions.

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Schoenherr

From the Chambers Europe guide

Stefan Kühteubl has a strong focus on international employment law and employment in the public sector, and is also experienced in employment issues related to M&A transactions. He is well regarded by clients who describe him as "verybright, experienced and practical" and value his "excellent communication skills" and ability to "explain the content to people who are not experts in law."

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Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Europe guide

One client praises Franz Marhold of Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwälte GmbH for being "very grounded" and describes him as a "good litigator" who is "very flexible, always reachable and an uncomplicated communicator." Marhold is well regarded for his work on employee terminations, collective agreements and transfer of business mandates.

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Matthias Unterrieder

Wolf Theiss

From the Chambers Europe guide

Matthias Unterrieder is praised by one satisfied client for his "strong knowledge of labour law and creative solutions to problems," and is further described as a "good team leader for cross-border projects." He is also well regarded for assisting with employee terminations and working hours questions.

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Celar Senoner Weber-Wilfert

From the Chambers Europe guide

Michael Celar of Celar Senoner Weber-Wilfert continues to be recognised for his specialism in labour law and social law, and is known for both his advisory and litigation work. He advises on both collective and individual employment law.

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BINDER GRÖSSWANG Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Europe guide

Horst Lukanec is known for his expertise in international restructuring, complex collective employment law matters, and executive contracts and compensation. Recently, he advised MAN Truck & Bus on the drafting of new managing director employment agreements in both Austria and Germany. Clients describe him as "very responsive, efficient and knowledgeable."

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Baker McKenzie - Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG

From the Chambers Europe guide

The "impressive"Philipp Maier delivers "pragmatic solutions for the client," and is also praised for his "thoughtful advice." He advises on collective bargaining agreements, working time issues and restructuring.

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Angelika Pallwein-Prettner

BINDER GRÖSSWANG Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Europe guide

Angelika Pallwein-Prettner specialises in employment litigation, working time schemes, and data protection matters. She provides ongoing employment advice on collective bargaining agreements and employee terminations to several notable clients, including Asics Austria and Starbucks. Clients report that "she is very good in explaining difficult legal topics to non-lawyers."

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Graf & Pitkowitz Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jakob Widner of Graf & Pitkowitz Rechtsanwälte GmbH is highly valued by his clients, who affirm that he is "very practical and has a lot of knowledge," going on to attest that "he understands our needs and what we are looking for." He represents both employers and employees in contentious dismissal cases.

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Karin Buzanich-Sommeregger

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of department Karin Buzanich-Sommeregger is noted for being a "very reliable" practitioner who "does a particularly good job as a negotiator in the bigger-profile cases." She offers notable expertise in employment issues in restructuring projects, post-acquisition integrations and pensions matters.

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Band 4

Eisenberger & Herzog

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jana Eichmeyer of Eisenberger & Herzog is valued by clients for being "pragmatic and reliable," as well as being "always available and quick in her response times." Eichmeyer assists clients with restructuring, employment contracts and transfer of undertaking. She also represents clients in employment law litigation.

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Band 4

Zandl: Grundei

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andreas Grundei of Zandl: Grundei has a solid reputation in the wider market as a lawyer who is "very good at what he is doing." He has a particular focus on social security law matters.

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GARGER SPALLINGER HUGER Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Europe guide

Martin Huger joined GARGER SPALLINGER HUGER Rechtsanwälte in September 2017. He assists with social security law mandates and represents parties in employment litigation. Clients highlight him for his "pragmatic approach and excellent knowledge."

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BIRKNER KINNER Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Europe guide

Wolfgang Kinner of BIRKNER KINNER Rechtsanwälte is praised by his clients for being "very calm, very precise and to the point, and super pragmatic." Clients also add that he "knows how to deal with difficult employment cases." He has a particular focus on restructuring but also represents companies in disputes concerning unfair dismissal claims.

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Alexandra Knell

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to sources, sole practitioner Alexandra Knell"is very pleasant and knows what she's talking about." She advises on employment law contracts, as well as on the cross-border transfer of employees. Knell also acts on the employment law aspects of corporate transactions and restructurings.

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Hans Georg Laimer

zeiler.partners Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Europe guide

Hans Georg Laimer of zeiler.partners Rechtsanwälte GmbH enjoys a good reputation in the wider market, and as one interviewee notes, he is an "extremely nice, knowledgeable person; he's very strong in the market." Laimer represents clients in employment law disputes concerning unfair dismissal and salary classifications.

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Simone Liebmann-Slatin

Baker McKenzie - Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG

From the Chambers Europe guide

Simone Liebmann-Slatin specialises in contract negotiations, benefits and compensation systems and transfer of employees. She can also be called upon for her knowledge of employment contracts and negotiations with works councils.

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Dietrich, Majoros & Walzel

From the Chambers Europe guide

Thomas Majoros of Dietrich, Majoros & Walzel is known as a "very good and trusted lawyer" in the market. He focuses on bullying in the workplace and employment law in the gig and cloud-based economies.

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KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Europe guide

Anna Mertinz of KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH is valued by her clients, who describe her as a "reliable lawyer who gives extremely strong support very quickly" and highlight her excellent "business acumen and negotiation skills." She advises on employee leasing, terminations and working time matters.

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Stolitzka & Partner Rechtsanwälte OG (a member of Eversheds Sutherland)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Silva Palzer of Stolitzka & Partner Rechtsanwälte OG (a member of Eversheds Sutherland) is an expert in all aspects of employment law, and in the HR elements of M&A deals in particular. She is praised by one client for being "highly experienced" and providing "answers that show us the exact way to handle specific matters."

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CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

"You always have the impression that he would do anything for his clients," is how one market commentator summarises Jens Winter. He particularly specialises in collective employment law, transfer of employees and company pension law.

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Up and Coming

Patzak Fidi Unger Jungwirth Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Europe guide

Branco Jungwirth of Patzak Fidi Unger Jungwirth Rechtsanwälte is described by peers as a "solid litigator" who frequently acts for employees in contentious cases. Interviewees also highlight his strength in negotiations, reporting that "his representation skills are why we chose him" and adding: "He is focused on strengthening the interests of his clients."

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Up and Coming

Prchal Rechtsanwalts GmbH

From the Chambers Europe guide

Robert Prchal of Prchal Rechtsanwalts GmbH is recognised for being "pragmatic, competent and not afraid of litigation." Another client describes how they were impressed with his "know-how and effectiveness." Prchal assists with social insurance schemes, termination appeals and restructurings.

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Associates to watch

Wolf Theiss

From the Chambers Europe guide

Associate-to-watch Walter Pöschl is praised by clients for his "excellent knowledge" and his ability to "translate the legalese for us, he's very understandable." He advises clients on health and safety issues, remuneration schemes and allegations of abuse of statutory rights.

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