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Austrian Economic Legal Issues and Insolvencies

Blue Chip Energy Filed for Insolvency

The solar cell producer has abandoned production today. Asian investors are said to be interested in an acquisition of the Burgenland-based company.

July 21, 2011

voestalpine Sues EU Over Plans for Carbon Emissions

The Austrian steel company and four German competitors filed a lawsuit against the EU. They argue that CO2 emission targets are unrealistic and unachievable.

July 21, 2011

House Searches at A-Tec’s Management

Serious allegations have been made against Board Members of the Austrian conglomerate which is currently negotiating with potential investors. Eight houses have been searched.

July 20, 2011

A-Tec: Kovats Wants to Stay on Board

CEO Mirko Kovats does not want to give up control over the Austrian conglomerate. He is trying to push through a sale to his favorite bidder which would give him a role in the group.

July 15, 2011

Bankruptcy Judge Stops Production at Kneissl

The Austrian ski manufacturer continues the search for an investor. Production has been stopped by the judge in the bankruptcy proceedings.

July 14, 2011

A-Tec Received Binding Offers from Investors

Investors will need at least € 210m in order to fulfill the payout plan. Up to five potential buyers were still interested in an acquisition.

July 1, 2011

Slight Decline in Company Insolvencies

Private insolvencies are on the rise, while the number of companies filing for bankruptcy is falling moderately.

June 28, 2011

Five Investors Still Interested in A-Tec

A-Tec boss Mirko Kovats has to find a buyer for his insolvent group by June 30. Investors will need at least € 225m in order to fulfill the payout plan.

June 24, 2011

Constitutional Court Cancels Starting Date of New Capital Gains Tax

The Court has no objections to the new capital gains tax itself. Only the starting date for automatic collection by the banks was declared unconstitutional.

June 24, 2011

Bilfinger Berger to Acquire Subsidiary of AE&E

The Czech subsidiary of the insolvent plant manufacturer will become part of the German construction group Bilfinger Berger.

June 20, 2011

Atrium and Meinl Bank Agree to Stop All Legal Proceedings

The American-Israeli real estate fund and the Austrian bank reached a settlement agreement on the dismissal of all claims between them.

June 17, 2011

Record Loss for A-Tec in 2010

The insolvent company reported a loss of € 585m. Nonetheless, CEO Kovats sees a positive development and remains optimistic.

June 15, 2011

No Money from Al Jaber: Restructuring of Kneissl Has Failed

The last attempt to rescue the Tyrolian ski manufacturer has failed as majority owner Al Jaber has not transferred the € 2.1m necessary to continue business. The company will be liquidated.

June 15, 2011

AUA: Broken Al-Jaber-Deal Has Consequences

One former and one current board member of the airline were sentenced to penalty payments for not having provided information to the shareholders.

June 9, 2011

Swedish Investor Buys Insolvent JoWood

The Austrian computer game producer will resume business after its acquisition. A payout plan ratio for the creditors has not yet been determined.

June 6, 2011

Kneissl: Creditors Accept Restructuring Plans

Al Jaber has to pay € 2m into an escrow account before June 15. Otherwise, the Tyrolian company will be liquidated.

June 1, 2011

Penta Investments Interested in A-Tec

Time is pressing. A decision has to be made by the end of June.

May 27, 2011

Crisis Not the Cause of Most Bankruptcies

The majority of last year’s insolvencies had company-internal reasons and was not directly related to the economic crisis.

May 19, 2011

Signs of Recovery at A-Tec

The insolvent company showed a satisfactory development in all divisions in the first quarter.

May 13, 2011

A-Tec Restructuring Plan Confirmed

With a quota of 47%, the restructuring plan of the insolvent A-Tec was confirmed.

May 12, 2011

A-Tec: Coal Power Plant Will Not Be Converted

The insolvent company pulls back from its request to convert the Styrian power plant Voitsberg III. The total investment would have amounted to € 100m.

May 4, 2011

Erste Group Wins Lawsuit in Sweden

In a legal dispute over shares in a Swedish bank worth € 225m, the position of the Austrian Erste Group was able to prevail.

April 21, 2011

Bizarre Allegations of Meinl against Atrium

The ongoing conflict between the Austrian bank and the US-Israeli real estate fund shows new and unusual facets.

February 16, 2011

Accusations against Hypo Group in Slovenia

The Austrian bank is under investigation because of suspicious real estate and financial transactions.

February 15, 2011

Serious Allegations Against Former AUA CEO

Sheikh Mohamed Al Jaber, who wanted to take over Austrian Airlines in 2008, considers himself to have been seriously deceived by the former management and raises accusations.

February 10, 2011

A-Tec: Bad News from China

Because of a joint venture gone insolvent in China in 2008, there are unpaid claims for about € 15m against the Austrian A-Tec.

February 8, 2011

Atrium Terminates Trust Agreements with Meinl

The US-American/Israeli fund Atrium terminates trust agreements with the Austrian Meinl Bank AG under the 2003 and 2005 bonds due to “important reasons”.

February 3, 2011

Austria's Credit Industry Appeals to the Constitutional Court

The price gains tax introduced as of January 1, 2011 encounters legal resistance. The Banking Division of the Chamber of Commerce announced a complaint of unconstitutionality.

February 2, 2011

AvW Trial: Eight Years in Prison

An 8 years imprisonment sentence was imposed on the founder and CEO of AvW Group, Wolfgang Auer-Welsbach,

February 1, 2011

Skylink: Judicial Investigations are Presently being Conducted

The final report of the Audit Court on the Vienna International Airport Skylink project has been submitted. Criticism is devastating. Criminal investigations are starting.

February 1, 2011

Atrium: "Meinl Exploited its Position as a Trustee”

After the repayment of the convertible bond to the Austrian Meinl Bank, the real estate funds considers the calling as "blatant unlawfulness."

February 1, 2011

Meinl Bank to Cancel Previously Scheduled Bondholder Meeting

According to Atrium, a US/Israeli real estate company, circumstances causing a cross-default event do not subsist anymore.

January 29, 2011

Meinl Bank Continues to Claim Default of Atrium

Meinl Bank: „Atrium zahlt Meinl Bank states: "Contrary to their own announcement Atrium is not paying back the 10.75% convertible bond". Cross default risk remains upright

January 28, 2011

Atrium Repays Convertible Bond to Meinl

The American-Israeli real estate fund Atrium repays the 10.75% 2008 convertible bond to the Austrian Meinl Bank.

January 25, 2011

Ruttenstorfer Fine Confirmed

The fine imposed to the CEO of Austrian OMV, Wolfgang Ruttenstorfer, for market manipulation, remains standing.

January 22, 2011

Atrium Intends to Clarify Purported Event of Default

After the statement of the Austrian Meinl Bank to sue the real estate fund Atrium because of a “default of payment”, Atrium announces its point of view.

January 22, 2011

Meinl Bank: New Attacks Against Atrium

The dispute between the Austrian bank and the American-Israeli real estate fund is getting fiercer. Meinl is calling a bond.

January 21, 2011

Tax Treaty between Austria and Germany

Austria and Germany sign a revision protocol on double taxation agreements to implement the OECD standards of transparency and effective exchange of information.

January 19, 2011

Bank Taxes: „Job Cuts or Price Increase”

According to Michael Ikrath, bank representative of the “Sparkassen”, the new charges for Austrian banks are the highest in Europe.

January 17, 2011

Auer-Welsbach Pleads Not Guilty

The former CEO of the Austrian AvW stays by his actions on the first day of his trial.

January 12, 2011

AvW: Big Lawsuit because of Investment Fraud

One of the largest proceedings in Austrian economic history is being conducted against the former financial services provider AvW.

January 10, 2011

JoWood Sues Former Shareholder

Vienna Stock Exchange listed JoWooD Entertainment AG today filed a law suit demanding payment of an amount of € 2.36m plus interest.

January 5, 2011

MEL: Demand for Higher Quota against Meinl

A lawyer representing the investors calls for an increase of the quota on the occasion of the compromise between Meinl Bank and former MEL investors from 35% to 70%.

January 5, 2011

Atrium Reacts Sharply to Meinl´s Lawsuit

Atrium European Real Estate Ltd comments the recent lawsuit by Meinl Bank: “A desperate response.”

December 31, 2010

Meinl Starts New Actions against Atrium

The exchange of blows between Meinl Bank and Atrium is getting more violent. Meinl Bank is presently filing a claim before the Arbitration Court of the Economic Chamber.

December 29, 2010

Meinl Bank Shows Losses

Due to the elimination of investments, Meinl Bank slips into the red zone. The loss amounts to € 37m.

December 28, 2010

Foundations: Greater Legal Certainty for Founders

A new amendment to Austrian private foundations law allows more clarity for private founders.

December 22, 2010

Meinl against Atrium: Up to 7,000 Lawsuits

The Austrian bank files lawsuits against the successor company of her former real-estate funds MEL.

December 20, 2010

Controversies About S&T Personnel

The chairman of the Vienna-based IT services provider, Thomas Streimelweger sues the supervisory board because of his dismissal, which he allegedly offered.

December 16, 2010

OMV CEO: Insider-process on January27

While the trial date for the CEO of OMV has already been set, many leading personalities express their trust in an open letter.

December 2, 2010