Legal 500, 2018


Tier 1 - Leading Individuals: Georg Karasek

KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH's ‘very professional’ and ‘strong’ team covers the full range of contentious and non-contentious construction law work including public procurement and real estate matters. Clients include construction and energy companies, real estate developers, investors and contractors as well as financial institutions. Handling both litigation and arbitration, the team is well versed in acting for claimants and defendants alike. ‘Excellent’ team head Georg Karasek and of counsel Bernhard Raschauer, who joined the team from the University of Vienna in January 2017, acted for Vienna International Airport on contentious matters pertaining to its third runway project.

Commercial, corporate and M&A

Tier 7 - KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH acts for a number of mid-sized companies on contentious and non-contentious transactional and general corporate and commercial matters. In recent highlights, practice co-head Gerold Wietrzyk advised Egston Holding on restructuring matters as well as the acquisition of the Kurt Springer company and assisted Nokia Austria with the cross-border merger with its Finnish parent company. Co-head Jörg Zehetner provided general commercial advice to Wohnbau-Investitionsbank.


Dispute resolution: commercial litigation

Tier 3 - KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH deals with a wide range of commercial and corporate litigation but also handles construction and real estate disputes. Team head Thomas Frad acted for a utility company in a dispute over construction damages and represented a landlord as plaintiff against a foreign state in a dispute pertaining to a lease agreement.


Real estate

Tier 5 - KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH frequently advises on residential and office property transactions. Paul Schmidinger heads the team.


Intellectual Property

Tier 5 - KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH’s ‘fast, solution-oriented and knowledgeable’ team provides wide-ranging IP advice with particular expertise in trade marks, unfair competition and patent litigation. ‘Reliable and diplomatic’ team head Barbara Kuchar assisted Reckitt Benckiser with the administration of its Austrian trade marks, and handled trade mark cancellations for another client..


Public Procurement

Tier 2 - KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH acts for bidders and is best known for its expertise in construction-related tenders, while healthcare and energy sector work constitute other significant elements of the practice. Recommended team head Katharina Trettnak-Hahnl advised a tenderer on public procurement proceedings for medical equipment, and assisted a client with tender proceedings pertaining to the construction of a geriatric centre.