Regulatory

That economic regulatory requirements locally and across Europe are increasing is clear. What isn't always so clear is exactly how they will affect your sector. With our knowledge of regulations throughout CEE/SEE, we are equipped to advise you on the varying and complex regulatory frameworks that impact your business. But sometimes, just knowing the status quo isn't enough; we strive to anticipate the compliance requirements of the future, sector by sector, so that you can react and plan accordingly.

We are specialised in a broad variety of sectors, including construction, life sciences, banking and finance, insurance, public transport, waste management, infrastructure, telecoms, energy and utilities. You benefit from our industry-specific expertise and local regulatory knowledge so that you can determine and meet your specific compliance requirements.

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Kurt
Retter
Partner
T. +43 1 51510 5240
F. +43 1 51510 665240
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Austria
Areas of Specialisation

Environment, Planning & Zoning

The provisions of environmental law are only increasing in complexity and application, which means that you have to take extra care in planning your energy, infrastructure and commercial projects. National and EU laws and regulations overlap, preventing you from getting a clear picture of what it is you need to do for your project to be successful. Our experts advise on EIA proceedings, plant law, water law, spatial planning, zoning and construction law and waste legislation so you can plan for success.

TMT, Data Protection & Data Privacy

We know the challenges facing technology, media and telecom companies. As laws on privacy and data security grow more complex, businesses are confronted with ever more regulations on their databases, online systems and other sensitive information. How do you reconcile this with your reliance on electronic systems? In addition to regulatory advice in TMT-related matters, we advise clients on general data protection issues and potential data security breaches. We can help you design and implant data applications, outsource IT services, transfer personal data group-wide, create notification procedures for data applications, and prepare and receive authorisation of data applications from the authorities.

Licensing, Permits & Support Schemes

We assist clients in obtaining the licences and permits required under general business rules or special rules relating to specific industries. If you need help in meeting notification requirements specific to your sector, our team can help. For example: in the energy sector, we have helped clients acquire licensing for electricity and gas trading and environmental permits. In the gaming industry, we have helped clients with licensing for poker rooms and online gambling.

Compliance

We help your business comply with regulatory requirements under national and EU law. We are there to help you plan for the future of your business with creative and customised programmes that manage risk and ensure compliance with the latest developments in the law. And speaking of "creative": the Wolf Theiss subsidiary Responsible Business Solutions ("RBS") recently launched "SecuReveal", an online-based whistleblower system which can be integrated into Compliance Management Systems (CMS).

Energy & Utilities

The kind of advice we give fits the needs you have. We provide clients with tailored advice on specific requirements in the infrastructure, energy and utilities sectors. We have played a leading role in driving important energy projects throughout CEE/SEE for more than a decade, helping multinational corporations and project sponsors to conceptualise, develop and finance large-scale project developments. The result of this collaboration is the growing strength of the region's competitive position among global emerging market economies.

Gambling Law

Clients in the gambling industry across the CEE/SEE region turn to us for insight into the various legal frameworks that affect their daily work and long-term success. Not only are we well-versed in this field, we also work hard to become equally knowledgeable about our clients' individual business needs. We believe that this is the key to providing practical advice that helps a client meet its commercial objectives. Our excellent contacts with public authorities allow us to couple legal expertise with a ‘practical touch’, creating solutions that work in the real world.

Private Clients

We serve Austrian and international clients throughout the CEE/SEE region on a wide variety of high-value matters, helping high net worth individuals and their families to grow their business and wealth.  Along with other teams such as Corporate/M&A, Real Estate, Tax and Dispute Resolution, we offer a wide variety of services to private clients, including advice on family-owned and closely held businesses and advice on immigration and citizenship matters dealing with relocation.

Life Sciences

Life sciences businesses face a number of hurdles to their success: compliance with anti-corruption rules, industry guidelines on medicinal products and medical devices, trade and data protection law, and the implementation of clinical trial and research contracts. Our experience in all these legal areas and more gives our attorneys the edge in understanding the unique economic, regulatory, market and political climates in which life sciences companies operate.


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