Niclas Schmiedmaier

National Committee: 
Position: 
Supporting Member

Educated lawyer with Master Degrees from two Universities with a strong
HR background, used to work in international and multicultural
environments, highly flexible, trained to integrate successfully in teams
and new structures, highly motivated and equipped with necessary social
skills to lead teams and departments successfully. Working experience in
international companies and institutions, mainly in leading positions in the
areas arts management, HR, legal, business development, and general
management, used to take on responsibilities.
Developed successfully international art projects, such as cultural
exchange, arts platform base-level in Vienna. Successful implementation
of HR and Legal departments in various industries
Created service orientated HR teams and organizations
Introduced new organizational structures
Team leader at reorganization projects
Successful development of networks for business development
1998
Notre Dame University
London Law Centre
Master of Laws
Master Thesis in international Copyright Law; courses in International
Business Associations, Multinational Enterprises, Uniform Commercial
Code, i.e.
1994
University of Vienna
Faculty of Law
Master of Laws
1986
Bundesgymnasium Klagenfurt
Austria
Bachelor of Natural Sciences
Legal Education
Career Profile
1998, 1999
William Peter Kosmas
Attorney at Law, adm. N.Y., London law office
1998, 1999
Wolf Theiss & Partners
Attorneys at Law, Vienna
1994, 1996 and 1998
Court clerk internship (part-time)
since 2009
BNS Management Consulting Ltd.
Partner

Founder of an Business and Management consultancy for arts and
business consultancy. Various projects such as for e.g. law-firm, Lansky,
Ganzger + partner, Austrian Azerbaijani Chamber of Commerce, art space
„base-level“, etc. Further projects in Tourism.
bns-consulting focuses on Arts consulting, business development,
counseling in implementation of new organizational structures, company
restructuring, start-up‘s. Conceptional project work in Arts and Culture;
e.g. cooperation with Kunst Haus Wien, Coop Himmelb(l)au, Lord
Consulting.
Development of international exhibitions, such as Kazakhstan Multimedia
Arts. Creation of international Arts exchange with Azerbaijani, American,
British, German, etc. Artist.
Project development involved in planning and budgeting of museum
concepts (Sound of Music Museum, Salzburg; Gabala Music Festival,
Azerbaijan; Baku- European Capital of Culture).
2006, 2009
Century Casinos, Inc., international Casino operator operating in US,
Canada, South Africa, Czech Republic, Poland and on international Cruise
liners
Managing Director, Senior Legal Adviser, HR Manager
Responsible for strategic HR and all legal issues within the group of
companies, focused on M&A, business development and strategic HR
projects on group level, international reorganization, Business
Development in the UK. Compliance Officer regarding the listing at the
Vienna Stock Exchange. Country Manager UK.
Achievements: Development of strategic HR structures, and the group
legal department, setting up all necessary procedures for VSE (Vienna
Stock Exchange) and FMA (Austrian Financial Market Authorities)
compliance, development of contract standards, finalizing internal and
external Due Diligence procedures, M&A project to acquire 33,3% of
Casino Poland, etc. Successful participation in tender procedures in
cooperation with international architects and hotel operators
Major involvement in: HR structures, overall company employment
standards, group organization, restructuring, etc. Successful development
of business networks in the UK for future casino tender procedures
2004, 2005
Stumpf Aktiengesellschaft, a company focused on property
development, handling building projects like the Millenniums City in
Vienna, an approx. 350 mio Euro project
Head Legal Counsel , Recruiting Personnel
Responsible for the development of the legal department and the internal
legal and HR services
Achievements: Development of a group legal department, establishing
internal procedures for bidding procedures and general terms and
conditions, claim management, reducing successfully the number of court
claims, structuring the HR department, etc.
2002, 2003
Eybl International AG, producing interior parts for the automotive
industry, approx. 3,500 employees, 350 Mio. Euro turn-over; affiliated
companies within Central Europe; the company was listed at the Prime
Market of the Vienna Stock Exchange
Head of Personnel and Legal Department, Managing Director
Eybl Austria GmbH
In charge for the restructuring procedures of the organization,
establishing the group HR-Department (approx. 3,500 employees), the
recruiting process, and HR-Controlling; member of the strategic planning
board; Head of the Austrian HR Department, (approx. 700 Employees);
Head of the group Legal Department
Achievements: Development of a group HR and legal department, setting
up all necessary procedures for personnel controlling, personnel
development and recruiting, development of contract standards, finalizing
internal and external Due Diligence procedures, M&A project
Successful development of: HR structures, personnel reporting and
controlling, recruiting standards and procedures, overall company
employment standards, group organization, restructuring, etc.
2000 - 2002
Webfreetv.com Multimedia Dienstleistungs AG Vienna;
Stock listed company, affiliated companies in Austria and Germany
Head Personnel and Legal Adviser, interim. CFO
Leading the finance-, personnel- and legal department of an Austrian
Internet start-up company in the entertainment industry
Achievements: Development of a group HR and legal department, internal
and external Due Diligence projects, Compliance Officer towards the
Vienna Stock Exchange and the Austrian Financial Market Authorities
Successful development of: HR structures, overall company employment
standards, group organization, restructuring, etc.
1999
MAGNA Non-Automotive Group Europe
Assistant to the board
Various tasks in the field of business law and business administration,
project development
Projects
1994 to 1997
University of Music and Dramatic Arts, Vienna
Vice-Managing Director
Arts management and business administration of all artistic and
administrative departments; organisation of two theaters, concert halls,
university buildings, internal and external representation of the University.
Budget controlling and legal advice for the artistic departments; In-house-
lawyer dealing with Intellectual Property law, Copyright, Civil law, public
procurement, rent and lease agreements, Negotiation and drafting of
contracts.
2002 - 2004
WCF - World Cultural Forum
Project Manager
Leading the project team to establish the business concept of an new and
unique NGO, both based on the idea and founded by the Ford Foundation
NY.(Business Plan by McKinsey&Company)
2002
TMF- Trust Management Financing
Establishing the legal department of the Austrian Branch of TMF
International, an international Trust and Management Company, located in
28 offices in 22 countries, employing more than 700 employees
Working Experience
during study time
Language skills
Seminars
Personal Interests
1999
WDR - Westdeutscher Rundfunk (Western German Broadcasting
Station)
Special Co-ordinator
Consulting the reorganization process of the WDR orchestras; personnel
and legal issues and business administration
1996
Walderdorf, Eiselsberg, Natlacen, Cancola & Partner, Vienna,
Attorneys of Law
Drafting of legal commentaries about the Austrian Company Law,
Austrian and European Banking Law
1992
LIFE Management Nora Frey Consulting GmbH
Assistant for Ms Frey, office and event organization
1989 - 1991
Ratio Management- und PersonalberatungsGesmbH
Headhunting, company research, office organization
1987 to 1989
ÖVP - Austrian Peoples Party, Head Office Vienna, Dep. Organization
Co-ordination and organization of events and political campaigns
English:
Toefl Test 1996
International House London 1996, English for Lawyers
University Vienna 1995, English for Lawyers
Spanish:
Instituto Cervantes Vienna 1995
Latin America Institute 1996, 1997
Intellectual Property Law, Data Protection Law, Media Law
Law of European Union, Austrian Stock Exchange Laws
Controlling, Business Administration, Outsourcing
Project Management, Negotiation training
Dance, Theatre, Classical Music, Literature, Fine Arts

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