Chambers Europe 2021
Real Estate: Construction - Tier 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. Frequently mandated to advise on significant construction contracts by sector leaders and investors. Also highly active in construction litigation as well as real estate and lease disputes. Primarily acts for construction companies and investors but can also boast architects and engineers among its clientele.
Strengths One client reports: "It is a very competent law firm that reacts fast and is well known in the market."
Public Law: Public Procurement - Tier 2
What the team is known for Respected team which advises bidders as well as contracting authorities on a multiplicity of procurement matters. Particular expertise in tendering processes and review proceedings regarding construction projects throughout Austria including large urban developments, wind farms, motorways, hospitals and flood protection. Assists with procurement issues pertaining to building expansions, medical devices and airport ground services. Also supports public authorities with COVID-19-related procurement mandates and framework agreements. Further expertise in PPP projects which makes the firm well equipped to deal with a broad spectrum of cases for clients from the public, construction and healthcare sectors.
Strengths A client observes: "The team is very precise, always to the point, prudent and fast." Another client says: "The firm proved to be a reliable partner with a lot of know-how."
Dispute Resolution - Tier 4
What the team is known for Active in both domestic and international cases. 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. Also handles challenges of arbitral awards.
Strengths Sources observe that they are "particularly strong for construction arbitration and litigation."
Intellectual Property - Tier 4
What the team is known for Best known for its work on advertising and marketing mandates. Also assists with trade mark and copyright matters. Further strengths include distribution issues such as unfair competition, licensing, e-commerce issues and trade secrets.
Strengths One interviewee describes the team as "well connected to the local scene, with good insight, and very passionate with a high degree of motivation."
Real Estate: Construction
Georg Karasek - Band 1
Georg Karasek is a leading practitioner in the Austrian construction and real estate market, with significant expertise in construction disputes and public procurement. He has a formidable reputation and is frequently mandated by major construction companies and architects. Clients praise him as "one of the best experts in Austria."
Public Law: Public Procurement
Katharina Trettnak-Hahnl - Band 2
Katharina Trettnak-Hahnl offers excellent advice to clients from the bidding and contracting sides on the full spectrum of procurement law regarding large construction and energy projects throughout Austria. She has particular expertise in tendering and review procedures and regularly accompanies procurement processes from start to finish. One client comments: "She is very professional and efficient."
Barbara Kuchar - Band 2
Barbara Kuchar advises on trade mark matters including cancellations, infringements and prosecutions. She also assists with matters pertaining to copyright and licensing. One interviewee said: "She is both very pragmatic in non-contentious matters and very tough in litigation. I have not hesitated in the past to recommend her to others."
Anna Mertinz - Band 4
Anna Mertinz is known for her advisory work on employment issues, assisting with matters such as contracts, deployment of employees and collective bargaining. One interviewee states: "She is extremely responsive, has high technical expertise and has really fast reaction times."
Thomas Frad - Band 3
Thomas Frad is highlighted for his expertise in construction matters. He also handles liability and loan-related litigation as well as insurance claims. According to clients he is "competent, reliable and practice-oriented."
Georg Karasek - Band 4
„Highly active in real estate disputes, Georg Karasek is noted for being "very strong on the construction side."