Wolf Theiss

Regulatory & Administrative Law

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

You can rely on us for a variety of administrative law issues, including such diverse subject matters as EU law as well as constitutional law, environmental law, energy law, data protection, insurance supervisory, transport, gaming, decision-making requirements of public entities when entering into derivative trades or other financial transactions, or sanctions, to name just a few. Our expertise includes dealing with public and regulatory administrative authorities as well as courts on a local, national and international level. Apart from public law litigation, we can advise you in relation to public law issues (such as licensing and permitting) in various fields, ensuring your compliance not only with local or international law, but also with relevant industry standards.

Whatever your sector - energy and infrastructure, railroads, healthcare, medicinal products and medical devices, gaming, telecom or public transport – we have experience of advising clients in your industry; thereby acquiring understanding of the particularities and needs of exactly your field.

Kurt Retter
T. +43 1 51510 5240
F. +43 1 51510 665240
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna
Anna Rizova
T. +359 2 8613 700
F. +359 2 8620 370
55 Nikola Vaptsarov Blvd.
1407 Sofia
Areas of Specialisation

Environment, Planning and Zoning

Considering environmental issues at an early stage of transaction planning is essential to save time, money and nerves. The provisions of environmental law play an increasingly important role in corporate acquisitions, as well as in the planning and implementation of energy and infrastructure projects, project development and commercial and industrial plant permitting, and are crucial for their rapid and efficient implementation. A multitude of national and European laws and regulations makes it increasingly difficult to obtain a clear and comprehensive picture of the legal requirements. Through their years of experience in this field, our environmental law specialists are ideally equipped to filter out and handle the relevant questions for you. Learn more about our Environmental & Planning Law practice.

Licensing, Permits and Support Schemes

Overwhelmed by knowing which licence or permit you need? We can assist in obtaining the licences and permits required under general business rules or special rules relating to specific industries and in meeting specific notification requirements, such as in the energy sector (e.g. licensing of electricity and gas trading and environmental permits, as well as with respect to energy regulations), the granting of plant-related permits under environmental laws, and in the gaming industry (e.g. licensing, operation of poker rooms and online gambling).
Learn more about our Energy & Natural Resources practice.


Knowing the ins and outs of all regulatory requirements under national and EU law isn't easy. We can help ensure that your business is compliant in all ways, and also help develop and implement compliance programmes to manage future risk.

International Trade and Sanctions Law

With the current shifting economic and political landscape, businesses increasingly face international trade restrictions, and failure to pay attention to this complex legal area can have serious consequences. For many years, we have been supporting clients in their international trade relations and cross-border M&A. Whether you are faced with trade regulations, export control or trade sanctions – with our experience and global connections, we can help you run your international business smoothly and avoid potential risks.

Energy and Utilities

You operate in the infrastructure, energy or utilities sector? We can support you with specialised advice on your specific sector requirements. You benefit from our experience in driving important energy projects throughout CEE/SEE for more than a decade, helping multinational corporations and project sponsors to conceptualize, develop and finance large-scale project developments that have continuously helped to improve the CEE/SEE region's strong competitive position within the global emerging market economies. Learn more about our Energy & Natural Resources practice.


If you are in the gambling industry we can advise you across the CEE/SEE region on the legal frameworks that affect your daily work and long-term success. You don't only benefit from our general experience in the field; we also work hard to become equally knowledgeable about your individual business needs. We believe this is the key to providing practical advice that helps you meet your commercial objectives. You also benefit from our excellent contacts with public authorities which allow us to couple legal expertise with a ‘practical touch’, creating solutions that work for you in the real world.

Insurance Law

With direct experience in the insurance sector, you can rely on a team which is a market leader in the CEE/SEE region. You benefit from our strong relationships with regulatory bodies, local insurance business associations and market players across the region. Whether you are a national or international company, we can advise you on all types of insurance law, whereby our top priority is finding the strategy best suited to help you. Learn more about our Financial Institutions practice.

Life Sciences

If you are a business in the Life Science industry we can support on all legal aspects, from compliance with anti-corruption rules and industry guidelines, to medicinal products, medical devices, trade and data protection law as well on the implementation of clinical trial and research contracts. You benefit from our long experience in different legal areas relevant to the Life Science sector; meaning we understand the unique economic, regulatory, market and political climate in which you operate. Learn more about our Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals & Life Science practice.

TMT, Data Protection and Data Privacy

TMT-related advice is one of our strengths. In addition to regulatory advice in TMT-related matters, we advise you on general data protection issues and potential data security breaches. You can also rely on us for advice on the design and implementation of data applications, outsourcing of IT services, group-wide transfer of personal data, notification procedures of data applications and preparation and authorisation of data applications with the authorities.

Private Clients

We help local and international high-net worth individuals and their families throughout the CEE/SEE region on a wide variety of high-value matters; helping them to grow their business and wealth. We can also assist you with a wide variety of services, including advice regarding family-owned and closely held businesses and advice on immigration and citizenship matters following relocation. Learn more about our Private Clients practice.

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Wien, 30. Oktober 2019 – Wolf Theiss berät die Österreichische Bundesbahnen – Holding Aktiengesellschaft (ÖBB) und ihre Logistik-Tochter Q Logistics...

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Wien, 11. Oktober 2019 – Über 100 Teilnehmer wohnten gestern Abend der Kick-off-Veranstaltung des Wolf Theiss BREXIT Desk bei. Die Experten...

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss gründet Brexit Desk und holt mit Anton Fischer einen ausgewiesenen UK-Rechtsexperten an Bord

Wien, 12. September 2019 – Der auf Initiative von Wolf Theiss Partner Christian Hoenig ins Leben gerufene Brexit Desk soll Licht ins Dunkel der...

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss advised Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces on its acquisition of Technistone

Vienna/Prague, 28 August 2019 - Wolf Theiss acted as legal counsel to Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces on its acquisition of Technistone, a world-leading...

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss berät ASFINAG bei der Begebung einer EUR 600.000.000 Anleihe

Wien, 11. Juli 2019 – Die ASFINAG setzt bei der Begebung von EUR 600.000.000 0,1% Schuldverschreibungen 2019 – 2029 auf die Expertise von Wolf Theiss.

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss supports Duravant, a Portfolio Company of Warburg Pincus, in the Acquisition of Motion06

Vienna, June 6 2019 – Duravant, a global manufacturer of food processing machines, material handling equipment and packaging machines and a portfolio...

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss advises Takeda Group with its Acquisition of Plasmapunkt Favoriten and Donaustadt

Vienna, 16 April 2019 – Wolf Theiss has advised the Takeda Group with its acquisition of the plasma donation center Plasmapunkt Favoriten and...

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss berät Borealis bei der Akquisition von Ecoplast

Wien, 20. Juli 2018 – Wolf Theiss hat Borealis, einen führenden Anbieter innovativer Lösungen in den Bereichen Polyolefine, Basischemikalien und...

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss Advises TF Silesia on the Purchase of SEFAKO Stake

Warsaw, 21 March 2018 – Wolf Theiss has advised the Polish state-owned company Towarzystwo Finansowe "Silesia" sp. z o.o. on the acquisition of the...

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss Supports Young Lawyers’ Career Development

Warsaw, 14 March 2018 – Members of the Wolf Theiss Warsaw team attended the Law Career Fair (Prawnicze Targi Praktyk i Pracy) on March 13, presenting...

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss Forum Sees Polish Proptech Growth Accelerating

Warsaw, 09 March 2018 – Polish companies providing digital technology for the real estate industry are set for rapid growth, as they benefit from...

Newssquare  Umwelt- und Baurechtsexperte Stefan Lampert verstärkt Wolf Theiss im öffentlichen Wirtschaftsrecht

Wien, 23.2.2018 – Österreichs größte Anwaltssozietät Wolf Theiss baut das Beratungsangebot der Praxisgruppe Öffentliches Wirtschaftsrecht weiter aus....


Vienna, December 22 2017 – Wolf Theiss has advised mobile operator T-Mobile on the acquisition of UPC Austria. Liberty Global plc, the largest...


Vienna, 3 May 2017 – Wolf Theiss has advised Kyoto-based Nidec, one of the leading manufacturers of electric motors, components and accessories, in...


Wien/London, 21. April 2017 - Wolf Theiss wurde bei der Verleihung der 2017 International Financial Law Review European Awards mit dem Preis...

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss berät HETA-Gläubiger im Zusammenhang mit dem neuerlichen Angebot

Wien, 06.09.2016 – Heute wurde das neuerliche (verbesserte) Angebot des Kärntner Ausgleichszahlungs-Fonds an die HETA-Gläubiger veröffentlicht. Eine...

Newssquare  Wolf Theiss advises on acquisition of Scitec Nutrition

Budapest, 30 August 2016 – Wolf Theiss has advised Ascendis Health, a South African publicly listed health and care brands company, in their...


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Client Alerts / Newsletters

Newssquare  Poland: Launch of the Ultimate Beneficiary Owner Register as of 13 October

The Polish Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorist Financing Act dated 1 March 2018 ("AML Act") introduced the Central Ultimate Beneficial Owner...

Newssquare  Poland: Administrative Proceedings are becoming digitalized

On May 31, a new legal institution in Polish procedural law came into force. The main goal of the modifications is to further digitalize proceedings....

Newssquare  New Provisions for the Screening of Foreign Direct Investments in Austria

The Austrian Foreign Trade Act (AußWG 2011) contains provisions requiring ex ante approval for certain foreign direct investments ("FDI") in Austria....

Newssquare  Brexit - Amendments to the Bulgarian Immigration Law

As part of the Bulgarian government’s measures to prepare for Brexit, a Bill for amendment to the Foreigners in the Republic of Bulgaria Act ("the...

Newssquare  Serbia: Companies to register UBOs by 31 January

On 31 December 2018, the Central Register of Ultimate Beneficial Owners ("Central Register") has been established with the Serbian Business Register...

Newssquare  AML in Bulgaria: New Deadlines

On 8th of January 2019 the Rules for Implementation of the Anti-Money Laundering Act (in Bulgarian: Правилник за прилагане на Закона за мерките срещу...

Newssquare  Increase of Minimum Salary in Romania

Starting 1 January 2019, the minimum gross salary in Romania will increase to RON 2,080 (approx. EUR 430), while the minimum gross salary for...

Newssquare  English – Japanese Newsletter: The Continuing Case for Investment in Poland

Many of the Polish government's actions during the first half of its four-year term have put the country in the headlines around the world. Concerns...

Newssquare  Bulgarian Public Procurement Law Changes - Will the Procurement Procedures be Fastforwarded?

A new approach to speed-up appealing procedures and prevent bad faith appeals has been proposed by the Bulgarian government and adopted by the...

Newssquare  New law to implement the GDPR measures in Romania was adopted by the Parliament

On 27 June 2018 the legislative proposal for implementing the GDPR measures in Romania was adopted by the Romanian Parliament. The draft has recently...

Newssquare  Proposed Screening of Foreign Direct Investments to Hungary

The new Hungarian Government has submitted its draft act setting out the rules to enable screening of foreign acquisitions of certain Hungarian...

Newssquare  Serbia: Register Of Ultimate Beneficial Owners

On 25 May 2018 the Parliament of the Republic of Serbia adopted the anticipated Law on the Central Register of Ultimate Beneficial Owners (the "Law")....

Newssquare  The Major Changes brought to the Romanian Public Procurment Legislation by Government Emergency Ordinance No. 45/2018

On 4 June 2018, the Romanian Official Gazette published Government Emergency Ordinance, which had been approved since 24 May 2018 ("GEO 45/2018"),...

Newssquare  Latest Amendment to the National Court Register Act

The latest amendment to the National Court Register Act ("Act") introduces many changes that will significantly affect its functioning and obligations...

Newssquare  The Impact of the New Tax Evasion Regulations on Escrow Agreements

To counteract tax evasion, Polish authorities have recently introduced legislation (the Act) and digital systems allowing tax authorities to analyze...

Newssquare  Romanian Law Implementing The GDPR Has Been Submitted To The Senate

On March 14, 2018 the Romanian law for implementing measures on EU Regulation no. 2016/679 on the protection of individual rights with regard to the...

Newssquare  Bulgaria Joins The EU 'AMLD IV Implementation' Club

Yesterday, the Bulgarian Parliament adopted the Anti-Money Laundering Act (in Bulgarian: Закон за мерките срещу изпирането на пари). The Act...

Newssquare  The Polish Personal Data Protection Act Is Closer To Completion

On Monday, January 15th, 2018, in the Column Hall of the Polish Parliament, the Ministry of Digitalization organized a meeting to summarize the public...

Newssquare  Amendments to the Procurement Laws entered into Force on 22 December 2017

On 22 December 2017, the Romanian Government published in the Romanian Official Gazette no. 1022 the Government Emergency Ordinance no. 107/2017 ("GEO...

Newssquare  Expected Developments In The Pension System

Introduction Of Employee Capital Plans


In July 2016 the Polish Minister of Finance proposed the Capital Development Program; a comprehensive plan...

Newssquare  The New Security of Gas Supply Regulation on the Horizon - The View of Austria, Bulgaria and Slovenia

On 16 February 2016, the European Commission officially presented the new Energy Security Package, which aims at increasing the role of the EC in the...

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