Chambers Europe 2020

RANKED DEPARTEMENTS:

Real Estate: Construction – Austria (Band 1)

What the team is known for Leading construction team drawing on its abilities in public law to advise on PPPs, infrastructure projects and project development. Also highly active in construction litigation as well as real estate and lease disputes. Primarily acts for construction companies and investors but also houses architects and engineers among its clientele.

Strengths Clients deem the firm to be "real experts in Austria."

Work highlights Represented AY-KA Bau in two different proceedings regarding assertion of claims against principals amounting to a combined value of EUR17.5 million.

Notable practitioners

Georg Karasek advises on construction, public procurement and architects law and also frequently represents clients in construction disputes. Clients are impressed with his standing in the market, stating: "He is one of the best experts in Austria and an authority. If you turn up with Karasek, people know you are represented well."

 

Dispute Resolution – Austria (Band 4)

What the team is known for Active in both domestic and international cases, with recognised experience in real estate litigation. Supports clients in loan repayment and liability lawsuits, as well as in enforcement proceedings. Further expertise handling conflicts in construction and infrastructure projects. Clients include those from the media, energy and banking sectors.

Strengths One client describes the team as "motivated, flexible and powerful."

Another interviewee notes: "They are quick, to the point and give relevant information."

Notable practitioners

The "very  prominent construction litigator" Georg Karasek is recognised by commentators for his experience handling real estate and construction conflicts. He offers further strength in architects' law.

Thomas Frad handles damages claims in real estate and construction projects, as well as advising on alleged defective products cases. He offers further strength in loan repayment and liability disputes. One client describes him as a "good litigator who quickly captures the problem and keeps track even in complicated procedures."

 Public Law: Public Procurement/PPP – Austria (Band 2)

What the team is known for Well-respected public procurement team, known for providing advice to bidders, but also benefits from experience representing public contracting authorities. First-class expertise in construction makes it well placed to advise on procurement matters in this area. Also stands out for its work in energy sector procurement, with increasing activity in the hospitality sector.

Strengths One client emphasises the support they received from the firm, stating they are "very happy with the quality of the work."

Work highlights Represented Vienna Volkstheater in the award procedure concerning its general renovation.

Notable practitioners

Clients endorse Katharina Trettnak-Hahnl as "highly pragmatic and efficient," adding: "She always finds a way to get matters done smoothly and quickly." She frequently advises clients on tenders for constructions and renovations, offering support on procurement processes from start to finish. Further assists clients with utility project tenders.

Intellectual Property – Austria (Band 4)

What the team is known for Offers strength in trade mark and copyright mandates. Acts for clients on a broad range of matters, including portfolio administration, know-how protection and personality rights, with further experience handling anti-piracy, licensing and unfair advertising matters. Regularly provides representation in application, opposition and cancellation proceedings. Acts for domestic and regional companies as well as high-profile multinational corporations.

Strengths An interviewee especially appreciates that the team offers clients a "pleasant, personal and trusting atmosphere."

Work highlights Represented an individual Austrian producer of pumpkin seed oil against Landwirtschaftskammer Steiermark before the CJEU in trade mark cancellation proceedings related to issues of genuine use of a mark and protected geographical indication.

Notable practitioners

Highly regarded practitioner Barbara Kuchar has an active practice covering IP advisory and disputes for both domestic and multinational clients. She is experienced in trade mark, patent and advertising mandates. She frequently represents claimants and defendants in proceedings. Clients especially praise her reliability and "deep understanding of economic connections and requirements."

Intellectual Property – Global (Band 4)

What the team is known for Offers strength in trade mark and copyright mandates. Acts for clients on a broad range of matters, including portfolio administration, know-how protection and personality rights, with further experience handling anti-piracy, licensing and unfair advertising matters. Regularly provides representation in application, opposition and cancellation proceedings. Acts for domestic and regional companies as well as high-profile multinational corporations.

Notable practitioners

Highly regarded practitioner Barbara Kuchar has an active practice covering IP advisory and disputes for both domestic and multinational clients. She is experienced in trade mark, patent and advertising mandates. She frequently represents claimants and defendants in proceedings. Clients especially praise her reliability and "deep understanding of economic connections and requirements."

 

RANKED LAWYERS 

Dispute Resolution: Litigation

Thomas Frad (Band 3)

Thomas Frad handles damages claims in real estate and construction projects, as well as advising on alleged defective products cases. He offers further strength in loan repayment and liability disputes. One client describes him as a "good litigator who quickly captures the problem and keeps track even in complicated procedures."

Georg Karasek (Band 3)

The "very  prominent construction litigator" Georg Karasek is recognised by commentators for his experience handling real estate and construction conflicts. He offers further strength in architects' law.

Employment

Anna Mertinz (Band 4)

Anna Mertinz is highlighted by one impressed client for her expertise in labour law and data protection matters. She acts for both employers and employees on contentious and advisory mandates, with strength advising on workforce transfers and terminations.

Intellectual Property

Barbara Kuchar (Band 2) 

Highly regarded practitioner Barbara Kuchar has an active practice covering IP advisory and disputes for both domestic and multinational clients. She is experienced in trade mark, patent and advertising mandates. She frequently represents claimants and defendants in proceedings. Clients especially praise her reliability and "deep understanding of economic connections and requirements." 

 

Public Law: Public Procurement/PPP

Katharina Trettnak-Hahnl (Band 2) 

Clients endorse Katharina Trettnak-Hahnl as "highly pragmatic and efficient," adding: "She always finds a way to get matters done smoothly and quickly." She frequently advises clients on tenders for constructions and renovations, offering support on procurement processes from start to finish. Further assists clients with utility project tenders. 

Real Estate: Construction

Georg Karasek (Band 1) 

Georg Karasek advises on construction, public procurement and architects law and also frequently represents clients in construction disputes. Clients are impressed with his standing in the market, stating: "He is one of the best experts in Austria and an authority. If you turn up with Karasek, people know you are represented well." Tax