Chambers Europe 2018

Ranked Departements:

Real Estate: Construction – Austria (Band 1)

What the team is known for:  Leading construction team best known for its significant strength in construction disputes, covering both litigation and arbitration. Also active in project management and development, with particular experience in luxury residential development projects. Primarily works for construction companies and banks but also represents contractors. Recently broadened its skills in public and environmental law, following a lateral hire.

Strength: Clients greatly appreciate working with the team and praise its dedication to quality. One states:

"I believe the co-operation is perfect, we have been content with them from the beginning," while others describe how it has been "outstanding for many years."

 

Market sources also appreciate the lawyers' negotiation skills and add:

"I found them professional, persistent, and they presented good arguments."

 

Notable practitioners

Georg Karasek is known as a leading lawyer in construction law, advising on all project stages including public procurement and architects' law. One client enthuses:

"He was outstanding; a highly specialised lawyer who responded quickly and gave excellent advice."

 

Dispute Resolution – Austria (Band 4)

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. Represents clients before local courts and in arbitration cases.

Strengths:  Sources highlight the team as a strong choice for construction disputes and note the team's

"solution-oriented work."

 

Notable practitioners :

Thomas Frad is recognised as a litigator who focuses on construction disputes and also acts as an arbitrator in disputes concerning the construction sector. "He doesn't beat around the bush," a source says, adding that he clearly describes "the paths one can take."

Georg Karasek enjoys strong recognition among peers and clients in construction-related litigation, frequently representing contractors and construction companies in property development conflicts. A source says he is "certainly a very good choice" and he is noted for his long-standing experience in the field.

 

 

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

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 administrative law as well as environmental issues.

 Strengths:  One client sums up

"There is a telepathic understanding between the lawyers, so they are very able to respond to clients' needs."

 

Clients emphasise the team's efficient communication, with one source explaining: "Enquiries are always answered promptly and in a clearly understandable and accurate manner."

Work highlights  Assisted Wiener Netze with the drafting of a framework agreement and procurement law issues regarding the EUR140 million Smart Campus construction project.

Represented Vienna International Airport in proceedings before the Constitutional and Administrative Courts regarding the planned building of a third runway.

Notable practitioners

Katharina Trettnak-Hahnl is well known for her expertise in procurement procedures in the real estate, construction, infrastructure and energy sectors. She advised BVA Versicherungsanstalt öffentlich Bediensteter on planning and construction issues relating to the renovation and modernisation of Rehabilitationszentrum Austria in Bad Schallerbach. She is valued for her client-oriented approach, with one source explaining:

"She responds well to special demands from the client and always finds solutions that are in the interest of the client."

 

 

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

 

 

Dispute Resolution: Litigation

Thomas Frad (Band 3)

Thomas Frad is recognised as a litigator who focuses on construction disputes and also acts as an arbitrator in disputes concerning the construction sector. "He doesn't beat around the bush," a source says, adding that he clearly describes "the paths one can take."

Georg Karasek (Band 3)

Georg Karasek Enjoys strong recognition among peers and clients in construction-related litigation, frequently representing contractors and construction companies in property development conflicts. A source says he is "certainly a very good choice" and he is noted for his long-standing experience in the field.

 

 

Employment

Anna Mertinz (Band 4)

     Anna Mertinz of KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH is valued by her clients, who describe her as a "reliable lawyer who gives extremely strong support very quickly" and highlight her excellent "business acumen and negotiation skills." She advises on employee leasing, terminations and working time matters.

 

 

 

Intellectual Property

Barbara Kuchar (Band 2)

 

Barbara Kuchar of KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH is held in high esteem by her peers for her broad IP expertise, with a particular focus on trade mark and related litigation. She is also engaged in design work. Clients particularly praise her "technical knowledge, commercial awareness, effectiveness and client service." She recently advised Amazon Europe Core on central trade marks and the trade name use rights in Austria.

 

 

 

Public Law: Public Procurement/PPP

Katharina Trettnak-Hahnl (Band 2)

 

Katharina Trettnak-Hahnl is well known for her expertise in procurement procedures in the real estate, construction, infrastructure and energy sectors. She advised BVA Versicherungsanstalt öffentlich Bediensteter on planning and construction issues relating to the renovation and modernisation of Rehabilitationszentrum Austria in Bad Schallerbach. She is valued for her client-oriented approach, with one source explaining: "She responds well to special demands from the client and always finds solutions that are in the interest of the client."

 

 

Real Estate: Construction

Georg Karasek (Band 1)

 

Georg Karasek is known as a leading lawyer in construction law, advising on all project stages including public procurement and architects' law. One client enthuses: "He was outstanding; a highly specialised lawyer who responded quickly and gave excellent advice."

 

 

Tax

Gerold Wietrzyk (Band 4)

 

Gerold Wietrzyk of KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH is particularly known for his involvement in transactional tax matters and tax structuring issues. He often represents clients in audits, criminal tax cases, investigations and Litigation.