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In brief

Most European countries have already implemented the EU Whistleblower Directive into national laws. Now, companies across Europe are challenged to implement a whistleblowing system in their subsidiaries, that fully complies with the new national whistleblowing laws. Failure to do so may have highly unpleasant implications for companies, their directors and their employees.


In order to tackle such risks, many companies are currently conducting a pan-European “gap analysis.” Such analysis identifies any local shortcomings companies may have regarding the internal implementation of the new national whistleblowing standards.

We have in-depth experience in conducting such gap analysis and are happy to assist in implementing a legally compliant whistleblowing framework for all of your EU subsidiaries.

If you are interested in such a gap analysis, direct your attention to the information sheet.

Should you be interested in an exchange on this topic, it would be our pleasure to discuss.

Author

Dr. Lukas Feiler, SSCP, CIPP/E, has more than eight years of experience in IP/IT and is a partner and head of the IP and IT team at Baker McKenzie Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG in Vienna. He is a lecturer for data protection law at the University of Vienna Law School and for IT compliance at the University of Applied Science Wiener Neustadt. Prior to joining the Firm, Lukas was an associate at the Austrian headquarter of an international law firm, vice director at the European Center for E-Commerce and Internet Law, and an intern at the European Commission, DG Information Society & Media. Having worked at IT companies in Vienna, Leeds, and New York, he has experience as a system and network administrator. In April 2014, Lukas has been named as Cyber Security Lawyer of the Year for Austria in the 2014 Finance Monthly Law Awards. In 2011, he received the Jus-Top-League Award from Die Presse and the Academy for Law, Taxes & Business as one of the five most promising up-and-coming lawyers.

Author

Philipp Maier is partner and head of the Baker McKenzie Employment Law Practice Group in Vienna. He joined Baker McKenzie Austria in 2009 as associate of the employment law practice group. Prior to that Philipp worked for several years in the employment law department of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and in the litigation department of Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwälte. He also completed an internship at Aichelin Heat Treatment Systems (Detroit, USA).

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Alexander Petsche is managing partner at Baker McKenzie Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG in Vienna. He worked with Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Löber as a trainee lawyer before transferring to Wolf Theiss, where he practiced until 2004. Alexander also has experience working for Draxler & Partner from 1997 to 1998. In addition to his practice, Alexander regularly lectures on professional negotiations at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. He has authored about 80 publications.

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