Legal 500, 2019
Tier 1 - Leading individuals: Georg Karasek
Next generation lawyer: Clemens Berlakovits
The ‘very professional’ and ‘highly specialised’ team at KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH provides ‘very competent advice’ to construction companies and property developers throughout the life cycle of construction projects, from the project development and public procurement stages to representation in construction disputes. Clemens Berlakovits, ‘an excellent lawyer who is very competent and knows the construction business well’, heads the construction department with Georg Karasek, and was promoted to partner in October 2017. He was involved in the drafting of the general contractor contracts for the high-rise Marina Tower project, and is advising Implenia, a leading European construction company, on the construction of the Semmering Base Tunnel. Karasek has ‘huge knowledge of construction law’ and provides ‘very clear’ advice; he is assisting SFL, a leading Austrian facades and equipment construction company, with various major construction projects, including the Science Tower in Graz. Jan Philipp Schifko, who works alongside Karasek and Berlakovits on many of their mandates, was promoted to junior partner in September 2017.
Commercial, corporate and M&A
Tier 6 - KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH handles the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious corporate and M&A work for national and international clients. Gerold Wietrzyk and Thomas Haberer advised private foundation Wunderer on the sale of its 100% stake in Egston Holding to the American Pulse Electronics Group, and acted as local counsel for the Saudi Arabian Amiantit Company on setting up the joint venture Amiblu with Austrian company Wietersdorfer Group. Jörg Zehetner is another name to note.
Dispute resolution: commercial litigation
Tier 4 - KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH's construction law prominence translates into a steady flow of sector-specific contentious mandates but the team also acts for clients from other industries. Practice head Thomas Frad recently represented a construction company in two court proceedings against a property developer over the termination of a contract and subsequent payment issues.
Tier 5 - The ‘most knowledgeable’ IP team at KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH has substantial proficiency in the contentious space, specifically in trade mark, design, patents and unfair competition matters. On the non-contentious front, in addition to advising on IP-related licence and acquisition agreements, the firm assists international clients with the management and positioning of large trade mark portfolios. Praised for her ‘to-the-point’ advice, ‘always outstanding’ Barbara Kuchar leads the team, and successfully acted for a pumpkin seed oil producer in trade mark cancellation proceedings before the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.
Tier 2 - Frequently handling life sciences and energy sector work, KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH utilises its strong construction law expertise to specialise in public procurement work at this intersection, advising bidders and contracting authorities on public tenders, appeal proceedings and PPP projects. Team head Katharina Trettnak-Hahnladvised Wiener Netze on procurement law matters pertaining to electricity and natural gas distribution Systems.
Tier 5 - Paul Schmidinger's 'thorough' team at KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH is built upon the strength of its construction law practice, leading to particular cross-disciplinary expertise and mandates pertaining to various development projects. Advising on real estate transactions is another key element of the practice.