Chambers Europe 2011
This firm is known troughout Austria for its strength in construction, but it is also the seat of a strong corporate and M&A practice group that is increasingly noted for its transactional work in the region. The firm has recently handled interesting work in the mining and natural resources sector, acting on behalf of a Brazialian mining company on its acquistion of another international mining company; i also assisted Russian airline S7 with its participation in a tender procedure for the purchase of ÖIAG's shares in Austrian Airlines. The firm is more than internationally conversant, with its Vienna team including Turkish and Bulgarian lawyers to advise Austrian clients operationg in those countries and to handle inbound work from Turkish and Bulgarian companies.
Sources Say: "KWR is an up-and-coming firm, building a great practice in M&A."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Helen Pelzmann combines expertise in corporate and employment law, and is a key contact for clients.
Dispute Resolution: Litigation
Sources extol this firm's expertise within the field of construction-related dispute resolution, calling it a "leading player" in this area. Construction sector work constitutes the majority of the firm's caseload, thoigh it has also generated a significant disputes practice in ohter commercial fields. In addition to numerous construction arbitrations and litigations, recent highlights for the group include representing Gletscherbahnen Kaprun in 99 proceedings arising from a train accident in Austria. Georg Karasek is the firm's leading light and widely praised for his expertise on disputes relating to large-scale construction projects.
KWR Karasek Wietrzyk is renowned on the Austrian market for its expertise in construction law and related litigation. The firm has advised on serveral large-scale construction projects for consortiums, and represented clients in a number of high-profile litigations. The firm is also active in the transactional market, advising a purchaser on a EUR 300 million transaction. Georg Karasek is head of the department, and seen by many as "the leading construction lawyer in Austria, with an incredible reputation and a vast experience." He is retained as permanent counsel by many of the country's largest companies.
Gerold Wietrzyk of KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH is dual-qualified and specialised in tax-driven restructuring. He bombines his knowledge of taxation and corporate law to produce "very high-quality work", say sources.