Legal 500 2014

Central and Eastern Europe

Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH has expertise in Bulgaria, with an office in Sofia and a Bulgaria desk in Vienna.

Corporate and M&A

Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH acted for Benteler-SGL on the acquisition of Fischer Composite Technology. Another client is the former management board of Grundig. Gerold Wietrzyk and Jörg Zehetner are the contacts.

Dispute resolution

Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH is ‘very strong in construction litigation’. Practice head Thomas Frad is representing Gletscherbahnen Kaprun in proceedings arising from a train accident in 2000; and energy expert Thomas Rabl is advising an electricity supplier in proceedings against a domestic distribution system operator.

EU and Competition

Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH continues to represent Hutchison 3G in EU merger control proceedings, and advises Austrian companies in the energy sector regarding antitrust compliance and dawn raids. Jörg Zehetner is recommended.

IT and telecommunications

At Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH, Thomas Rabl advises domestic and international companies on data protection matters, and is also notable for his energy expertise, advising companies in the sector on matters such as the use of data obtained from smart meters.

Intellectual property and media

Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH’s IP practice focuses on the purchase, sale and defence of industrial brands and designs. Arno Cichocki’s clients include an e-mobility provider, a publishing house, a leading printing group and several start-ups.

Public procurement

Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH’s public procurement practice is led by the ‘outstanding’ and ‘successful’ Katharina Trettnak-Hahnl, and focuses on the construction sector. It is currently advising a municipality and ministry in a tender procedure for the operation and observation of an immigration detention centre PPP project.

Real estate and construction

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Leading Individuals: Georg Karasek
Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH remains ‘at the forefront of construction law’, despite the loss of Wolfgang Müller to Wolf Theiss. Highlights included acting for companies connected with the Skylink project in a dispute with Vienna International Airport, and representing a well-known architect in a dispute concerning a Viennese hotel. The team also advised Sofitel Stephansdom. Practice head Georg Karasek is ‘a leader in the field’. Paul Schmidinger was promoted to partner.