Legal 500 2010

Banking & Finance

“...The firm advised a Swiss private equity fund in the refinancing of an Austrian hotel and event project, as well as acting for one of Germany and Austria’s largest financial services provider on regulatory requirements for equity capital.”

Central and Eastern Europe

“Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH has a great reputation across the whole of the CEE, especially for its expertise in the real estate sector. Highlights included advising a project developer on the €200m construction of a wind park in Bulgaria, and advising the seller in the sale of the largest malls in Sofia.”

Corporate and M&A

“Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH is outstanding in its ability to handle M&A and corporate work that has an international element. 2009, for example, saw the group advise a Brazilian mining company on the acquisition of another global mining company in a high-value deal. As well as a rise in debt restructuring levels, the firm continued to advise on CEE-based deals, such as acting for the English supplier of special construction products in the acquisition of shares in a Czech and Slovak company. Team leader Gerold Wietrzyk comes highly recommended,...”

Dispute resolution

“Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH is excellent in construction disputes, a specialist area for the firm. The team is led by Thomas Frad, who advised on issues involving a contractor in the building of a refinery in Romania, and a dispute against the landlord in connection with the construction of a power plant in the Burgenland. ….Georg Karasek is recommended for his expertise in arbitration.”

EU and Competition

“Jörg Zehetner at Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH is recommended for advising on a number of competition cases, and is able in cartel, abuse of dominant market position and unfair competition matters.”

IT and telecommunications

„Jörg Zehetner leads Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH’s IT team. Key work in 2009 included advising an Austrian Bank on software solutions.”

Intellectual property and media

“Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH’s IP group is recommended for advising on data protection issues and competent contentious work. Jörg Zehetner heads the group.”

Private client

“Thomas Frad is the name of note at Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH for private client work, and is recommended for private foundation and inheritance law matters. Other work for the team included acting for a former CEO of a bank in severance claims against a former employee, and advising the founders of private foundations on succession and tax issues, valued at €150m.”

Public procurement

“Public procurement is a strong area for Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH, and its leading practitioners, Georg Karasek and Katharina Hahnl, are well thought of. The group attracts some enviable mandates from clients such as federal ministries, construction companies and public bodies. 2009 saw the team handle a high proportion of energy-related work, including acting for a leading energy supplier in several plant projects.”

Real estate

“Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH offers an exceptional real estate department that specialises in construction law. The team is led by the impressive Georg Karasek, and features leading practitioners Thomas Frad, Otto Dietrich and Wolfgang Müller. Work handled is varied and often high-profile, including advising a real estate developer on the biggest building project of the year in Prague, and acting for several different players, including planning agencies, construction and installation companies, on the airport Skylink project. The group is rated for its experience across the CEE.”


“Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH’s Gerold Wietrzyk is rated for experience in tax driven structures, and has advised on the organisation of a number of companies.”