Legal 500 2013

Banking and finance

“At Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH, head of department Jörg Zehetner represented former board members of a major domestic bank in proceedings relating to interest rate swaps.”

Central and Eastern Europe

“Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH has strength in Bulgarian work, with both an office in Sofia and a desk in Vienna focused on the country. Nikolay Belokonski is the contact.”

Corporate and M&A

“Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH has a team of eight partners working on corporate matters. Gerold Wietrzyk recently advised a domestic client on an issuance of corporate bonds amounting to more than €400m.”

Dispute resolution

“Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH has strength in both arbitration and litigation. In a busy year, it represented a producer of electrical equipment in a €4m dispute with a retailer; acted in an ICC arbitration between a German company and a Romanian municipality; and advised the former management board of Grundig AG. Thomas Frad leads the practice.”

EU and Competition

“Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH continues to advise Hutchison 3G on merger proceedings before the EU. It also worked on the distribution of emission certificates for the latest round of EU emissions trading. Jörg Zehetner and Thomas Rabl lead the team.”


“Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH advises on individual and collective labour law, and acts for a number of multinationals including a mobile network operator and pharmaceutical companies.”

IT and telecommunications

“In 2012, Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH advised on several international trade mark and data protection issues, led by head of department Arno Cichocki.”

Intellectual property and media

“Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH is active in media copyright law, and also advises on data protection. Arno Cichocki represents several publishing houses on IP matters.”

Public procurement

“Katharina Trettnak-Hahnl is Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH’s lead procurement lawyer, and recently assisted a federal state, a waste management company and several pharmaceutical companies on tender procedures. The firm also advised an energy supplier on the construction of a €100m-plus power plant.”

Real estate and construction

“Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH is the preeminent law firm for construction work in Austria, evidenced by its role as permanent counsel to 15 of the 30 major construction companies in the country. Georg Karasek remains the go-to lawyer for construction matters and is supported by a strong team of 13 fee-earners, including Paul Schmidinger and Thomas Frad. The practice’s recent work includes advising a real estate company on the purchase and development of 200,000 sq m of land (one of the largest developments in Europe); and advising on projects for the construction of a university campus and a major hospital in Vienna.”


“Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH advises mid-size and large companies on tax-driven structures. Gerold Wietrzyk is a certified tax adviser.”