1st Row: Alexander Gruber, LL.M. (winner, Master's thesis category ), Alice Pohl, LL.M. (winner, Master's thesis category), Florian Schweighofer, LL.B. (winner, undergraduate dissertation), Dr. Manfred Mann-Kommenda, MSc. (winner, PhD thesis)
2nd Row: Peter Wittmann (Facultas), Univ.-Prof. Dr. Erich Vranes, LL.M. (WU Vienna), Univ.-Prof. Dr. Georg Kodek, LL.M. (WU Vienna), MMag. Peter Oswald (CEO Europe & International, Mondi Group), Dr. Clemens Hasenauer, LL.M. (CHSH Managing Partner), Univ.-Prof. DDr. Peter Lewisch (CHSH Senior Attorney).
For the eighth consecutive year, CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati has – in cooperation with the business law programme at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien) – awarded prizes to those students who have written the best dissertations on the subjects of law and commercial law.
The official award ceremony for the CHSH Best Thesis Award – the LAWard 2016, which has a total prize fund of EUR 4,000 – was held on Tuesday 17 January 2017 in the conference rooms of CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati.
CHSH had the pleasure of welcoming special guest speaker MMag. Peter Oswald, CEO of the Europe & International Division of the Mondi Group.
As an international corporate law firm, CHSH aims to support high-quality education and practical legal training and to support those students and graduates who have shown themselves to be particularly gifted and talented individuals. The winners of this year's LAWard were selected by a panel of judges headed by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Georg Kodek, LL.M. (Civil and Corporate Law, Vienna University of Economics and Business) and Dr. Clemens Hasenauer, LL.M. (CHSH Managing Partner) together with Univ.-Prof. Dr. Erich Vranes, LL.M. and Univ.-Prof. DDr. Peter Lewisch (attorney at CHSH).
The winners of the LAWard 2016 are: Dr. Manfred Mann-Kommenda, MSc. for his PhD thesis, Alice Pohl, LL.M. (WU) and Alexander Gruber, LL.M. (WU) in the Master's thesis category and Florian Schweighofer for his undergraduate dissertation. "The jury was very impressed by the high quality of all the winning entries and the way in which the subjects were treated. We're pleased to present the LAWard 2016 to the winners in recognition of their excellent work", said Managing Partner Dr. Clemens Hasenauer who heads the Corporate Transactions Department at CHSH.
Panel discussion on current economic developments
After paying tribute to the prizewinners during his citation, MMag. Peter Oswald gave a keynote speech addressing the question: "Where does Europe stand politically and economically?"
During the subsequent panel discussion, current economic and legal issues in this regard were debated before a distinguished audience by a panel consisting of MMag. Peter Oswald, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Georg Kodek, LL.M. (Honorary Counsellor of the Supreme Court), Univ.-Prof. DDr. Peter Lewisch and Dr. Clemens Hasenauer, LL.M.