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Ranking & Awards

Antitrust, employment law, energy law – we are regularly in the leading field of relevant rankings here. Leading international legal reference works, in particular the two most important publishers for European-wide registries, “The Legal 500” and “Chambers and Partners”, but also JUVE etc., regularly make recommendations for the excellent advice and support provided by our lawyers.

Here are the latest ratings:

Employment Law

Chambers: Ranking Band 1, Employment Law, Edition 2018:
“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.”  Link

Chambers: Ranking Band 1, Employment Law, Edition 2017
Chambers: Ranking Band 1, Employment Law, Edition 2016

Legal 500: Ranking Band 1, Employment Law, Edition 2018:
The law firm “assists a wide range of national and international clients with contentious and non-contentious employment matters including works council negotiations, reorganisations, bonus schemes, working hours and pension law issues.”

The Legal 500 Hall of Fame:
HonProf Dr Georg Schima has been highlighted in The Legal 500 Hall of Fame in the field of Employment for his constant praise by clients for continued excellence. The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In Europe, Middle East and Africa, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for seven consecutive years. Link

Legal 500 Leading Individual 2016:
Georg Schima is named Leading Individual 2016

JUVE: Ranking Band 1, Arbeitsrecht  2018:
„Die häufig empfohlene Arbeitsrechtspraxis um den renommierten Schima spaltet sich derzeit von ihrer ehemaligen Einheit ab und fusioniert mit der Kanzlei Starlinger Mayer. ….. Für Verstärkung sorgte kurze Zeit darauf Dr. Natalie Hahn, die nach nur einem Jahr bei Schönherr als Salary-Partnerin zu ihrem ehemaligen Arbeitgeber KSW zurückkehrte. Zuletzt begleitete das breit aufgestellte Team mehrere Restrukturierungen für österreichische und internationale Konzerne. Dabei war es nicht nur für ihre Stammmandanten wie ÖBB und Dell tätig, sondern konnte bspw. Johnson & Johnson über die projektbezogene Arbeit hinaus für die dauerhafte arbeitsrechtliche Beratung gewinnen.
Stärken: Renommierter, akquisestarker Namenspartner; Prozesse.
Häufig empfohlen: Prof. Dr. Georg Schima („sehr guter Prozessanwalt für Vorstände“, „stark in der Vertretung von Führungspersönlichkeiten auf beiden Seiten“, Wettbewerber)
Kanzleitätigkeit: Praxis mit umf. arbeitsrechtl. Beratung u. Prozesstätigkeit, vielfach in komplexen Projekten, Spezial- u. Leitthemen. Außerdem Vertretung von Organmitgliedern, Führungskräften u. ltd. Angestellten. Pensionsrecht, Bonussysteme (v.a. bei Banken), Datenschutz.“ Link

Antitrust Law

JUVE Handbook Antitrust Law 2018:
“In the past three years, the team led by antitrust law expert Christian Mayer has been very good at guiding clients through difficult cartel cases, including the Thai company Sri Trang in its defense of cartel fines, as well as complex merger applications to the EU Commission and the Austrian authorities. The law firm now has a much larger team and is currently teaming up with Prof. Dr. Georg Schima’s team, which is predominantly involved in employment law.
Strengths: Know-how especially at the interface to energy law.
Often recommended: Christian Mayer (“makes with his team intangible”, client)
Focus: merger control and antitrust litigation, including arbitration; Industry focus in the energy sector … “

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Competition / EU

Chambers: Ranking Band 3 Competition/EU, Edition 2018:
“Christian Mayer of Starlinger Mayer Rechtsanwälte GmbH is “very helpful and co-operative,” and clients also appreciate that he is able to “go beyond the legal questions and find appropriate paths to solutions.” He recently advised Kurier Zeitungsverlag und Druckerei on merger control and other competition law matters related to the acquisition of Schau-TV. He also acts on antitrust matters and has a particularly strong reputation for his work in the media, energy and tourism sectors.

Chambers: Ranking Band 4, Competition/EU, Edition 2017
Chambers: Competition/EU, Edition 2016: Christian Mayer highlighted as “Up and Coming”

Legal 500 EU and Competition 2017:
Christian Mayer emphasised as Next Generation Lawyer
“Starlinger Mayer Rechtsanwälte GmbH’s ‘well connected’ team provides an ‘impressive service level’ as well as ‘quick responses’ and acts for a number of energy, infrastructure and media sector players. ‘Ambitious and solution-oriented’ team head Christian Mayer, who has ‘vast experience in dealing with the Austrian competition authorities’ and ‘is able to find the needle in a haystack when setting up a defence strategy’, advised KURIER Zeitungsverlag und Druckerei Gesellschaft on competition law issues pertaining to its acquisition of Schau-TV. Moritz am Ende is recommended.“

Banking / Finance

Chambers: Ranking Band 4, Banking and Finance, Edition 2018:
“Stephan Schmalzl advises international financial services providers, investment funds and insurance companies, including in contentious matters. “He is not only looking at the legal aspects of any issues, but also does his best to understand and challenge the financial implications,” a client says. Stephan pursues a hands-on approach and has a clear focus on client oriented solutions. He is a senior finance lawyer with more than 17 years of experience in large and complex transactions and a strong track record and broad experience in a wide array of finance transactions such as project finance, corporate and M&A finance (incl. private equity financing structures), as well as banking litigation.”