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In the first instalment of our new forward-looking content and event series for 2020: "The Future of Investing", we explore current and impactful developments in technology, business, and the law. We invite you to browse our content and reach out to us with your own ideas and questions. At Wolf Theiss, we understand that meeting the needs of our clients includes preparing for the changes of tomorrow.

The Future of Series 2020

The digital estate – planning for the modern age

We all own more and more intangible assets, particularly in the context of the digital age. While a traditional estate may contain an apartment, a car, a boat, and many movable assets, a modern estate also consists of various digital assets, which one might not immediately think about. read more / by Niklas Schmidt

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Are trading platforms for crypto assets regulated in Austria?

While the topics of: (a) how crypto assets are qualified; and (b) their issuance under applicable capital markets and financial regulatory aspects have been discussed both by regulators and legal scholars, the legal assessment and regulatory classification of trading platforms for crypto assets is rather limited. read more / by Christine Siegl

CJEU: Why AirBnB is not Uber

The "Country of Origin" principle pursuant to the e-commerce directive precludes the application of french access restrictions for real estate agents on AirBnB.

In its recent ruling, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that the intermediation service offered by Airbnb Ireland is an "information society service" (C-390/18). As a win for the company, Airbnb therefore can avail itself of the so-called "country of origin" principle according to the E-Commerce Directive (Directive 2000/31/EC). read more / by Roland Marko & Iris Riepan

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Disruption and the Law: Are legislators too slow to respond to digital trends?

Sometimes called the Fourth Industrial Revolution, digitalization has already reached almost every aspect of our lives. Starting with a smart alarm clock that tracks your sleep cycle, you can then track your morning run while streaming music. New business models and innovations have increased the complexity and scale of the global economy, prompting legislators to take action. But are legislators and regulators capable of dealing effectively with the digital revolution? read more / by Kathrin Shahroozi

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