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Firm Profile


Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • Universitätsring 10
  • Vienna
  • Vienna
  • Austria
  • A-1010

Firm profile submitted by DORDA

Managing Partners: Felix Hörlsberger, Axel Anderl, Martin Brodey
Number of partners: 21
Number of lawyers: 85
Of counsel: 6
Languages: German, English, Hungarian, Italian, Russian, Spanish, French, Greek, Farsi, Japanese, Romanian

DORDA is a leading Austrian law firm that specialises in corporate, civil and commercial law and international business transactions. The firm is renowned for quick, thorough and reliable legal services, both domestically and internationally.

Clients of the firm include major and mid-size domestic and multinational companies in all business sectors, banks, insurance companies, service providers and governmental entities.

For projects in Central and Eastern Europe, DORDA employs a successful ‘Best Friends’ strategy where it works in close co-operation with the top law firms in each country in the region. All of the firms that participate in DORDA’s ‘Best Friends’ network share the same high standards and provide in-depth regional expertise.

Practice Areas:
■ Banking & Finance
■ Capital Markets
■ Central & Eastern Europe
■ Commercial
■ Competition & Antitrust
■ Corporate/M&A
■ Data Protection
■ Dispute Resolution
■ Employment
■ Energy
■ Immigration
■ Insurance
■ IT, IP & Media
■ Life Sciences
■ Private Client
■ Public Law
■ Real Estate
■ Restructuring & Insolvency
■ Tax

Core practice areas include M&A, corporate, tax, banking and finance, capital markets, competition and antitrust, real estate, employment, insurance, arbitration and litigation, trusts and estates, IP and IT, administrative and procurement law, restructuring and insolvency and advising private clients.

Banking & Finance:
DORDA advises domestic and international banks, funds, corporates and public entities on all matters relating to finance and banking. The firm assists clients in financial transactions, regulatory matters and bank contract law issues.

Capital Markets:
DORDA advises domestic and international investment banks, issuers and investors on all matters relating to stock exchange and capital markets law. Key services cover a broad area, including private placements, public offerings, structured and high-yield debt issuances.

Competition & Antitrust:
Services range from the representation of clients in merger control and antitrust proceedings before Austrian and European authorities, the drafting and negotiation of customised agreements involving competition law issues to the development of antitrust compliance programmes.

For many years, corporate law and M&A have been central to DORDA’s activities. The firm’s experts have wide experience in advising on all aspects of private and public corporate transactions (vendor- and buyer-side M&A projects) and complex corporate restructurings.

Dispute Resolution:
The firm offers comprehensive advice and representation in both domestic and international civil litigation and arbitration proceedings. The firm’s experts regularly act as party counsel or arbitrator in corporate disputes and disputes relating to CEE countries. They advise private persons as well as domestic businesses, international groups, (foreign) authorities and governments in complex high-volume disputes.

Practice extends to all aspects of labour law; representing the interests of either employer or employee. Services range from employment contracts, termination of employment, restructuring and outsourcing, to incentive schemes, stock option plans and pension benefits. Services also include litigation, arbitration and mediation.

The firm’s experts regularly act as counsel for multinational corporations and their employees as well as selected private clients in all legal matters related to relocation to and from Austria. Rather than confining themselves to filing application packages, they develop comprehensive relocation scenarios and personally guide clients through each implementation step to reduce the strains associated with relocating to Austria to a minimum.

Experts provide professional advice on every aspect of both domestic and international insurance law for insurances, brokers or agents, companies and institutions. The firm assists clients in regulatory matters and all legal issues in connection with insurance policies as well as in associated bank and tax law issues.

IT & IP:
The firm provides comprehensive advice on all kinds of IT and IP issues. The practice has a strong record in e-commerce and software law, but also covers standard IP, unfair competition and data protection matters. The team has also advised on several complex outsourcing projects.

Life Sciences:
DORDA advises numerous international pharmaceutical producers, biotech companies, medical product companies and hospitals on all questions of pharmaceutical, medical product and health law. DORDA is the only Austrian member of the Biolegis law firm network.

The firm’s experts provide advice on all public law matters. They act as representatives in proceedings before the Austrian Constitutional and Administrative Courts, and before the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights. In the field of public procurement law, the team has extensive experience in advising both tender and contracting authorities.

Real Estate:
The firm provides comprehensive advice on real estate investments of any kind and size. Clients receive advice on acquisition and sale of real estate, privatisation of real estate portfolios, corporate and private leases and real estate development projects.

Restructuring & Insolvency:
The firm provides comprehensive crisis and insolvency advice. Clients in this practice area include foreign and domestic banks, financial institutions, investors and insurance companies. The firm assists them in the field of financial restructuring and in the acquisition of companies from bankrupt estates and in reorganising or restructuring such companies to avoid insolvency proceedings.

This department is outstanding in the Austrian legal market, comprising experienced individuals, several of whom are certified tax advisors. The tax team ensures that tax benefits are optimised when structuring transactions in coordination with other practice groups, such as M&A, banking or real estate.