Chambers Europe 2013

Corporate/M&A

“This team advises a principally Austrian clientele on various corporate matters, including shareholders' agreements and the establishment of corporations. The firm has a focus on construction and energy work. It has close working relationships with Turkish and Bulgarian lawyers, to benefit clients doing business in those jurisdictions. The team's language skills are a bonus to CIS clients.

Gerold Wietrzyk is the key contact for the practice.”


Dispute Resolution

“This five-partner group has an excellent standing in construction litigation and arbitration, and also handles disputes in other sectors. Recent work has included two ICC proceedings concerning a real estate project in Poland, in which it acted for the purchaser, and representing minority shareholders against the majority shareholder of a non-listed public company.

Georg Karasek is "the number one for construction litigation," confirm peers. His outstanding reputation in this niche area is without equal in Austria. He is also the main contact for the firm's Turkey desk. Department head Thomas Frad wins warm praise from impressed peers, who note his skills in litigation. Frad specialises in construction matters. He acts as both litigator and arbitrator.”


Public Procurement

“While this firm has traditionally focused on advising the bidder side, it is now increasingly representing contracting authorities. It is noted for its strength in the construction sector. Typical clients include construction companies, universities, municipalities, energy suppliers and pharmaceutical companies.

Department head Katharina Trettnak-Hahnl has a great reputation for her work in the procurement sector.”


Real Estate

“KWR is the premier name in Austria for construction work, with a notable presence in other real estate matters as well. It represents a large proportion of the construction companies in the country and is particularly prominent in dispute resolution, acting for consortia as well as contractors. It recently assisted a client with a large building project in Prague and advised a developer on the construction of a new hotel building in Vienna. It also acted as arbitrator in a dispute over the billing for a construction project in Italy.

Georg Karasek "definitely leads in construction" according to interviewees, who also rate his prowess in litigation. He lectures and publishes on construction and contract law.”


Tax

“Gerold Wietrzyk of KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH is a well-known name in the market. His practice is focused on the tax aspects of corporate transactions.”


White Collar Crime

“KWR remains a fixture in the white-collar crime landscape. Working closely with the dispute resolution and corporate groups, the team is best known for its representation of CEOs and board members. It handles a variety of matters, including compliance, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and market manipulation. The lawyers also have much experience in extradition cases.

Wolfgang Brandstetter "has both style and substance" as a criminal defence attorney, according to sources. Interviewees describe him as "one of the most eminent defence lawyers and an outstanding name."


Intelleactual Proberty and media

Barbara Kuchar „is a very good negotiator, who gets straight to the point“