Chambers Europe 2019

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 litigation, mediation and arbitration. Also active in project management and development, with particular experience in residential development projects, as well as transport infrastructure projects. Primarily works for construction companies and banks but also represents contractors. Collaborates with the firm's public law department to advise on construction tenders.

Strengths: Clients regard the team as a force to be reckoned with in construction disputes, with one saying:

"The lawyers have comprehensive knowledge of construction law issues, a good reputation and are therefore feared opponents of other lawyers."

Another client praises the team's "expertise, comprehensive support and availability."

Work highlights:
Represented SFL Group in a dispute with the SIGNA Group in connection with the Wohnen + Hotel Belvedere project.

Notable practitioners:
Georg Karasek is recognised as an outstanding practitioner in the field of construction law, where he is viewed by market sources as "the leading figure." He is also reputed for his project-related advice. Karasek predominantly acts for banks and contractors.

 

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, private individuals 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 as well as in cross-border disputes.

Strengths:
Clients recommend the firm, stating: "We are happy with the team and we find their work very convincing. We would work with them again."
Another client states: "I am very satisfied with the quality and service."


Notable practitioners:
The "well reputed" Georg Karasek advises on disputes relating to construction, real estate and architect law.

Thomas Frad is best known for assisting with construction disputes, including damages and warranty claims. Clients say: "He has a fast grasp in complex matters and a good technical understanding. We enjoy working with him." 

 

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

What the team is known for:
Well-respected public procurement team, known for providing advice to bidders, but also benefits from experience representing public contracting authorities. 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.

Work highlights:
Represented the Vienna Volkstheater in an award procedure for a renovation project, including the preparation of tender documents.

Notable practitioners:
Katharina Trettnak-Hahnl advises bidders and contracting authorities on procurement procedures in a range of sectors, including energy, infrastructure and construction. Clients appreciate that she is "very clear about what's possible and what isn't, so you are able to assess all the disadvantages and advantages of everything, and she will show the risks of every option." 

 

Intellectual Property – Austria (Band 4)

What the team is known for:
Offers strength in trade mark and copyright mandates. Acts for clients on a broad range of IP matters, including know-how protection and personality rights, with further experience handling anti-piracy, licensing and unfair advertising matters.

Strengths:
One client reports that the team is "very strong and has a remarkable reputation both for contentious and non-contentious matters" in the IP sphere and adds: "The client service is excellent."

Notable practitioners:
Barbara Kuchar is admired by one commentator for her "deep understanding of the client’s needs," and is noted by commentators for her unfair competition work. She also offers advice on the protection of know-how and trade secrets, as well as on advertising law. 

 

Ranked Lawyers 

Dispute Resolution: Litigation

Thomas Frad (Band 3)

Thomas Frad is best known for assisting with construction disputes, including damages and warranty claims. Clients say: "He has a fast grasp in complex matters and a good technical understanding. We enjoy working with him."

Georg Karasek (Band 3)

The "well reputed" Georg Karasek  advises on disputes relating to construction, real estate and architect law.

 

Employment

Anna Mertinz (Band 4)

Anna Mertinz of KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH acts for a number of prominent household names in employment issues, including temporary employment, remuneration and data protection matters. She also assists with restructuring and termination mandates. One market commentator underlines her "hands-on and pragmatic" approach.

Intellectual Property

Barbara Kuchar (Band 2) 

Barbara Kuchar is admired by one commentator for her "deep understanding of the client’s needs," and is noted by commentators for her unfair competition work. She also offers advice on the protection of know-how and trade secrets, as well as on advertising law.

 

 

Public Law: Public Procurement/PPP

Katharina Trettnak-Hahnl (Band 2) 

Katharina Trettnak-Hahnl advises bidders and contracting authorities on procurement procedures in a range of sectors, including energy, infrastructure and construction. Clients appreciate that she is "very clear about what's possible and what isn't, so you are able to assess all the disadvantages and advantages of everything, and she will show the risks of every option."

 

Real Estate: Construction

Georg Karasek (Band 1) 

Georg Karasek is recognised as an outstanding practitioner in the field of construction law, where he is viewed by market sources as "the leading figure." He is also reputed for his project-related advice. Karasek predominantly acts for banks and contractors.

Tax

Gerold Wietrzyk (Band 4) 

Gerold Wietrzyk of KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH offers experience in corporate tax law. One client praises his approach and knowledge, stating: "He shone through his expertise."