Legal 500 2011

Legal 500 2011

 

Central and Eastern Europe

"Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH has a sturdy reputation for its CEE work, particularly in real estate matters. The firm benefits from an office in Bulgaria, and in 2010 advised on the construction of one of the largest shopping malls in Sofia."

Corporate and M&A

"Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH has a particular focus on advising Brazilian and CEE clients on corporate and M&A work with an Austrian element. The firm also has good experience advising on the tax implications of M&A transactions. Team head Gerold Wietrzyk comes highly recommended,..."

Dispute resolution

"Thomas Frad leads the team at Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH, which is known for its excellent work in construction disputes particularly across Eastern Europe."

EU and Competition

"At Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH, Jörg Zehetner and Thomas Rabl lead a practice with good experience in cartel litigation and compliance. The team has developed a niche white-collar practice, and has particular expertise in conducting dawn raids."

Employment

"Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH is rated for its experience in employment issues resulting from corporate transactions."

IT and telecommunications

"Paul Schmidinger heads the team at Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH, which has experience advising on software licences and data protection matters."

Intellectual property and media

"Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH's IP group is recommended for data protection issues and contentious work. Paul Schmidinger heads the group, which advised textile manufacturerer Palmers in serveral trade mark licensing matters."

Private client

"Thomas Frad leads the team at Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH, which advised several private clients in connection with public building proceedings."

Public procurement

"Katharina Trettnak-Hahnl leads the well-regarded practice at Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH, which has represented federal ministries and construction companies on a wide range of procurement projects. The firm has particular experience advising on major tunnelling projects."

Real estate

"Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH has an excellent reputation for its real estate work, particularly in construction law on the contractor side. Georg Karasek leads the 13-lawyer team, which has an impressive roster of construction clients, particularly in the tunnelling sector. The team also adives a number of top-notch property investors including Henderson Global and Euro Property Fund. The practice is recommended for its expertise in CEE matters."

Tax

"Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH is seen as one of the stronger mid-sized firms for tax adivce, and had a busy year advising on tax-driven restructurings. Gerold Wietrzyk, a certified tax adviser, is recommended."

 

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Legal 500 2009 Recommended law firms and lawyers

 

Banking and Finance

Otto Dietrich’s team at Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH is strong in structured finance issues. 2008 saw the team advise on the banking regulatory issues involved in the acquisition of Hypo Alpe Adria International Bank. Gerold Wietrzyk and David Christian Bauer are recommended.

Capital Markets

According to clients, Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH offer ‘competence, enthusiasm, effort, and diligence’. Gerold Wietrzyk and Otto Dietrich are recommended for advising companies on securities issues, and regulatory issues relating to IPOs and SPOs.

Central and Eastern Europe

Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH offers ‘ competence and enthusiasm’, and extended its CEE reach over the past year by opening a new office in Bulgaria. Otto Dietrich is recommended for advising an Austrian client on one of the biggest foreign investments in Bulgaria.

Corporate and M&A

Gerold Wietrzyk and Helen Pelzmann lead Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH’s corporate and M&A team, which attracts some enviable clients. 2008 highlights included advising on some significant restructuring work for names such as Ernst & Young, and Sun Micro Systems. As one happy client put it, ‘ we have used others before, but there is really no comparison’.

Dispute Resolution

Thomas Frad leads the Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH disputes team, which has a great track record in construction issues. The group also features Georg Karasek, Wolfgang Müller, Jörg Zehetner, Thomas Rabl, David Christian Bauer and Wolfgang Brandstetter, and enjoys a client base made up of leading names in the engineering and real estate sector.

EU and competition

Jörg Zehetner leads Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH’s EU and competition offering. 2008 saw the team advise on numerous competition cases , and act for a mobile phone company in a significant European merger case.

Employment

Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH has a wide-ranging employment offering. The team, led by Helen Pelzmann, has experience advising on contracts, collective agreements, pensions, and pre and post-M&A structuring.

Intellectual property and media

Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH’s Georg Karasek, David Christian Bauer, Thomas Frad and Jörg Zehetner are all recommended for their IP know-how. Over the past year the firm has advised on the merger of three collecting societies to form one of Austria’s biggest, and has acted on the protection of software solutions for an Austrian Bank.

IT and telecommunications

Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH has an effective, integrated IP and IT team, which over the past 12 months has handled some weighty work. This includes advising the Austrian federal economic chamber on Euro 2008 and its trade marks and copyrights. Georg Karasek, David Christian Bauer, and Jörg Zehetner are all recommended for their experience in this field.

Private Client

Thomas Frad at Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH is rated for his private client expertise, particularly in inheritance planning, foundations and trusts. 2008 highlights included advising the former CEO of a leading bank in severance claims against former employers. David Christian Bauer is also recommended for advising on private foundation issues.

Public Procurement

Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH’s Katharina Hahnl is recognised for specialising in public procurement, and attracts a number of good clients, including public service authorities, municipalities, energy companies and the Austrian federal agency.

Real estate

Clients are delighted with the service provided by Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH, describing partners as ‘ the best in their field, especially for construction-related issues. Having used others before, there is simply no comparison’. Elsewhere the firm is described as ‘ especially strong on the contentious side’. The firm fields a very large team, which goes from strength to strength with each year that passes. 2008 highlights include advising Euro Property Fund on the biggest construction project in the

CzechRepublic, and acting for investors in a dispute against the EBRD in connection with the re-tracing of a trans-national crude oil-pipeline. Wolfgang Müller, Georg Karasek and Katharina Hahnl are all recommended.

Tax

At Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH, Gerold Wietrzyk is a certified tax advisor and has experience advising medium and large-sized companies on tax-driven structures. 2008 saw the team act on the post-acquisition tax structuring of AMAG.