Dieter Hauck specialises in all aspects of Austrian and European competition law, including merger control, advice and defence in cartel and antitrust matters, litigation in cartel and civil courts, matters of abuse of a dominant market position. Austrian and European Cartel law during the last years have seen an increasing activity of authorities and rising fines, in many cases based on leniency-applications (“Whistle-Blowers”) becoming increasingly important since having been introduced in Austria only in 2006. Also damage claims in civil courts following convictions by cartel authorities have become a high profile issue in Austria, accompanied by the Commissions White Book and proposed amendments to national law. Dieter Hauck has been and is active in the banking, petroleum, pharmaceutical and social security, as well as most recently in the elevator industry. He represents companies and public bodies in cases before the Austrian and European authorities including the Austrian Federal Cartel Authority (“Bundeswettbewerbsbehörde”), the Austrian Cartel Court, the European Commission, the European Court of First Instance and the European Court of Justice. A further field of expertise is general EC and public procurement law, which has become very lively in recent years due to Austrian and European legislation. In all these matters sound legal and tactical advice – in and out-of court - for Dieter Hauck are as essential as a solution oriented direct approach, effective case management and quick reactions to challenging situations. E.g. in leniency cases or public procurement appeals, days if not hours may of essential importance to the outcome of the case.
After earning his law degree at the University of Vienna in 1989 and completing a postgraduate course for international studies in 1990, Dieter Hauck has practised as a lawyer and been a partner of Preslmayr since May 1995. He is a member of the Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht eV (Cartel Law Academic Society) in Austria, of the Austrian Bar and speaks German and fluently English.
His publications in competition law include regular contributions to http://www.internationallawoffice.com/
, articles on the new Austrian merger control system (ecolex 2005, 705), the exemption of Austrian social security systems from cartel law (ecolex 2004, 724) and comments on the European Commission's antitrust decision against Austrian banks (ecolex 2002, 564). In most of these articles Dieter Hauck derives his knowledge from his personal involvement in the cases. However, more often than not parties are quite reluctant to have cartel cases commented by their lawyers in scientific publications.