Chambers Europe 2017

Ranked Firms:

Real Estate: Construction – Austria (Band 1)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Georg Karasek and Paul Schmidinger
- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Leading construction team that continues to dominate the market. First-rate team for construction disputes, covering both litigation and arbitration. Also active in project management and development, with particular experience in luxury residential development projects. Best known for its work on behalf of construction companies and banks while also representing contractors. 

Strengths Clients applaud the team's experience and responsiveness. Interviewees note its "very good technical knowledge," adding that the lawyers are "available and always get back to you."

Notable practitioners  

Georg Karasek is one of the top players in the construction law market. He provides exceptional support in construction disputes and high-value property development projects. His clients include financial institutions, insurance providers, public contractors and construction companies.

 

Dispute Resolution – Austria (Band 4)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Thomas Frad

What the team is known for Especially recognised for its experience in advising on construction conflicts. Acts for contractors, shareholders and investors on construction-related damages and compensation disputes. Additionally instructed by banks and insurance companies. Also represents clients before local courts and in arbitration cases.

Strengths Clients say that "KWR stands out for its well-founded and swift problem-solving skills."

The team is noted for its good relationships with the clients, with sources agreeing that "it's a very pleasant co-operation," adding: "We get on personally very well."

Notable practitioners  

Georg Karasek is singled out for his expertise in construction disputes and his strong knowledge of the domestic market. He frequently represents contractors and construction companies in property development conflicts. "He is very good and well known," a source agrees.

Thomas Frad is praised by clients for his combination of technical know-how and business acumen. Sources state that he "gives very practical support" and also that he is "very good in negotiations; he's very well prepared and good at reacting to new things." He acts for construction companies, engineering firms, insurance providers and shareholders.

 

Public Law: Public Procurement/PPP – Austria (Band 2)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Katharina Trettnak-Hahnl and Thomas Rabl
- 3 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-respected public procurement team, best known for providing advice to bidders. First-class expertise in construction makes it well placed to advise on procurement matters in this area. Also stands out for its activity in healthcare and energy sector procurement. Increasingly visible in related contentious proceedings, including criminal investigations.

Work highlights Represented a number of tendering parties in procurement proceedings for medical equipment.

Significant clients Versicherungsanstalt öffentlich Bediensteter, Wiener Netze.

Notable practitioners  

Katharina Trettnak-Hahnl is widely esteemed for her public procurement work, in particular when it comes to related disputes. She is also well respected for her knowledge of utilities procurement. Clients note her "problem-solving skills." She advises both bidders and contracting authorities. 

 

Intellectual Property – Austria (Recognised Practitioner)

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

 

RANKED LAWYERS

 

Real Estate (Band 1) → Georg Karasek

"Georg Karasek is one of the top players in the construction law market. He provides exceptional support in construction disputes and high-value property development projects. His clients include financial institutions, insurance providers, public contractors and construction companies."

 

Dispute Resolution (Band 2 and 3)

 

→ Georg Karasek (Band 2)

Georg Karasek is singled out for his expertise in construction disputes and his strong knowledge of the domestic market. He frequently represents contractors and construction companies in property development conflicts.

"He is very good and well known," a source agrees.

→ Thomas Frad (Band 3)

Thomas Frad is praised by clients for his combination of technical know-how and business acumen. Sources state that he "gives very practical support" and also that he is "very good in negotiations; he's very well prepared and good at reacting to new things." He acts for construction companies, engineering firms, insurance providers and shareholders.

 "very good in negotiations; he's very well prepared and good at reacting to new things."

 

 

Employment (Up and Coming) → Anna Mertinz

Anna Mertinz of KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH enters the rankings this year, with sources describing her as a "highly dedicated" practitioner who "invests a huge amount of energy in her job. She is always motivated to do everything to the highest level and is extremely precise in terms of her research and her work." She assisted Estée Lauder with a range of employment law matters, including contracts, terminations and flexible working hours for parents.

"...She is always motivated to do everything to the highest level and is extremely precise..."

 

 

 

Intellectual Property (Band 2) → Barbara Kuchar

Clients highlight Barbara Kuchar of KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH for her "ability to listen" and her capacity to relate legal matters in comprehensible terms. She is known for her trade mark work. She advised LVMH on a cross-border trade mark protection matter concerning its wines. She is head of the firm's IP team.

 "...capacity to relate legal matters in comprehensible terms..."

 

Public Law (Band 2) → Katharina Trettnak-Hahnl

Katharina Trettnak-Hahnl is widely esteemed for her public procurement work, in particular when it comes to related disputes. She is also well respected for her knowledge of utilities procurement. Clients note her "problem-solving skills." She advises both bidders and contracting authorities.

 "problem-solving skills."

 

 

Tax (Band 4) → Gerold Wietrzyk

Gerold Wietrzyk of KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH is experienced in advising on the tax features of corporate undertakings. He is also active in tax litigation, including criminal tax law.