Local Lounge Vienna

With over 1.8 million inhabitants, the metropolis on the Danube is the sixth largest city in the European Union. Vienna is appreciated by companies not only as an international congress and conference venue, but also as the seat of more than 30 international organisations, the city continues to play an important role in diplomacy.


The Lounge Vienna offers an optimal environment for the dialogue between companies, executives, consultants and science – international and interdisciplinary.

Head of Lounge Vienna

Gerald Schachner

Gerald Schachner is an experienced tax lawyer and partner at the international law firm bvp Hügel. Prior to joining bvp Hügel in 2010, his consulting positions took him to Arthur Andersen, Deloitte & Touche and Herbst Vavrovsky Kinsky Attorneys at Law in Vienna. In current rankings of various lawyer directories, Gerald Schachner is frequently recommended in tax law and for restructurings.

In addition to his consulting activities, Gerald Schachner is the author of publications on tax law and, amongt others, works on the Austrian chapter “Tax Controversy” of GTDT, the Austrian M&A Chapter of the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD) and the Austrian chapter “Transfer Pricing” of Lexology.


What awaits you in the Lounge Vienna

The Local Lounge Vienna takes place in the Hotel, wich is one of the most luxurious hotels in Vienna, has a long historical tradition of welcoming state guests and is a meeting place for history and culture. In a relaxed atmosphere, the participants have the opportunity to be inspired by the lectures at the evening events, to make new contacts and to cultivate relationships with professional colleagues.


You can expect cross-legal lecture evenings in the tension between science, state and economy as well as lively discussions on internationally relevant topics among experts. In exclusive discussion groups, participants learn first-hand about the necessary background and analysis for understanding complex legal processes and economic interrelationships. The Local Lounge Vienna thus offers an excellent framework for networking, inter-professional exchange of experience and lateral thinking.

Theme evening on 01.07.2020 - Energy industry

Energy for Future | Where is the economy heading?

  • Time:5:45 p.m. until approximately 10:30 p.m.
  • Location:Hotel Imperial (Festival Hall)
  •  Kärntner Ring 16, A-1015 Vienna, Austria
  • Moderation:Gerald Schachner, Head of Lounge Vienna

Energy industry challenges for Austria and Europe

Univ.-Professor Dr. Werner Hoffmann
Head of the Institute for Strategic Management, WU Vienna


Conversion of the Austrian energy system

Dr. Leonhard Schitter, M.A.
Chief Executive Officer Salzburg AG and President of Austria Energy


Energy system transformation: a demand without alternatives in times of climate crisis

Univ.-Professorin Dr. Angela Kallhoff 
Chair of Ethics, University of Vienna

Comments from practice

Julia Friebel
General Counsel at OMV, Vienna

17.09.2019 - World trade

De-Globalization | Risks in the real economy

  • Time:5:45 p.m. until approximately 10:30 p.m.
  • Location:Hotel Imperial (Salon Imperial)
  •  Kärntner Ring 16, A-1015 Vienna, Austria
  • Moderation:Mag. Gerald Schachner, Head of Lounge Vienna

Economic risks in the context of de-globalisation

Univ.-Professor Dr. Jesus Crespo Cuaresma
Head of the Institute for Macroeconomics, WU Vienna


Development of the current global economy

Stefan Bruckbauer
Chief Economist of UniCredit Bank Austria


Foreign investment and investment controls

Univ.-Professor Dr. Christoph Herrmann  
Professor of European Law, European and International Business Law, University of Passau, Germany


Comments from practice

Thomas A. Schultheiss
Vice President and General Counsel – Europe at Magna International

20.03.2019 - Liability and Ethics

Legal and social responsibility in business practice

  • Time:5:45 p.m. until approximately 10:30 p.m.
  • Location:Hotel Imperial (Salon Imperial)
  •  Kärntner Ring 16, A-1015 Vienna, Austria
  • Moderation:Mag. Gerald Schachner, Head of Lounge Vienna

Corporate Digital Responsibility

Univ.-Professor Dr. Heribert M. Anzinger
Chair of Business and Tax Law, University of Ulm


Management liability

Univ.-Professor Mag. Dr. Ulrich Torggler
Institute for Corporate and Commercial Law, University of Vienna


Leadership Compass Ethics

Univ.-Professor Dr. Andreas Suchanek  
Chair of Business and Corporate Ethics, HHL Leipzig


Comments from practice

Dr. Sebastian Biedenkopf
General Counsel at Bosch GmbH

13.09.2018 - Digitization

Digitalization and agility in legal and tax departments

  • Time:5:45 p.m. until approximately 10:30 p.m.
  • Location:Hotel Sacher (Marmorsaal)
  •  Philharmoniker Straße 4, A-1010 Vienna, Austria
  • Moderation:Mag. Gerald Schachner, Head of Lounge Vienna

Production management of the future and industry 4.0

Univ.-Professor Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Ing. Sebastian Schlund 
Head of the Research Unit Human Centered Cyber Physical Production and Assembly Systems, Vienna University of Technology


Changes in industrial legal services

Univ.-Professor Dr. Stephan Breidenbach
Professor for Civil Law, Civil Procedure Law and International Business Law at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)


Comments from practice

Thomas Thomasberger  
Head of the CEE tax department at Siemens AG (Austria)


Mag. Gernot Thanner, LL.M. (NYU)
Head of the legal department of IBM (Austria) and IBM Legal Support in the area of cybersecurity in EMEA