bpv Huegel has one of the premier competition groups in Austria. It is among the largest and best regarded, having been awarded top-tier and Band 1 positions in the major rankings (Chambers & Partners, JUVE, and Legal 500) for more than two decades running.
With offices in Vienna and Brussels, bpv Huegel offers expertise in both Austrian and European practice. The firm advises companies on a full spectrum of competition matters, including antitrust and abuse of market dominance proceedings, cartel raids and proceedings, merger control, structuring of joint ventures and cross-border transactions, follow-on private damages claims, state aid, internal investigations and compliance, as well as general antitrust counselling. Its roster of blue-chip clients includes some of the largest companies in Austria and multinationals from around the world.
bpv Huegel’s presence and expertise extend across Europe. The firm’s Brussels office offers direct access to European institutions. Its affiliation with bpv LEGAL offices in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania provides clients with seamless cross-border service in the CEE on competition issues, including multi-jurisdictional merger filings.
bpv Huegel has an experienced team of antitrust specialists, each individually recognised by their peers and the major rankings. The competition department is headed by Astrid Ablasser-Neuhuber, who has two decades of expertise in all aspects of competition practice before the Austrian and European competition authorities and in proceedings before the European Courts. Florian Neumayr, a co-managing partner of the firm, heads the antitrust litigation group and specialises in dispute resolution and private enforcement matters before Austrian and European courts, tribunals, and authorities. He also is co-head of the entire competition group. Gerhard Fussenegger is a co-managing partner of the Brussels office, where he offers a direct point of contact to the European institutions on all varieties of antitrust and merger control matters. Christian Schneider, a holder of a venia legendi for constitutional and administrative law and the related fields of European law at the University of Vienna, head of the EU and regulatory group at bpv Huegel, specialises in State aid, regulatory, and general EU law matters, providing for seamless service in matters that overlap with competition issues.