Legal 500, 2020


Tier 1

The construction team at KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH acts for an impressive client base, handling a range of high-profile construction matters. The practice is jointly led by Georg Karasek, Clemens Berlakovits and Paul Schmidinger. Recent work highlights include advising Valet Grundstücksverwaltung on matters regarding the construction of a important hospital in Austria; representing SFL technologies KFT in an arbitration matter against an international mining group regarding claims for additional remuneration; and providing ongoing advice to the SFL Group. Jan Philipp Schifko is also noted.

Leading individual: Georg Karasek
Next generation lawyer: Clemens Berlakovits
Rising star:  Jan Philipp Schifko

Data privacy and data protection

Tier 4

'Solution-oriented lawyer' Anna Mertinz, who is particularly recommended for her 'very good knowledge of data protection law', jointly heads the 'very competent, pragmatic' team at KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH with Barbara Kuchar. The team provides 'to the point' advice on GDPR implementation and compliance issues for longstanding clients including Estée Lauder Cosmetics and Coca-Cola. Other work includes advising on questions of personal privacy rights and adjustment of agreements in light of GDPR.

‘Fast, solution-oriented, uncomplicated.‘
‘I appreciate Anna Mertinz as a competent, solution-oriented lawyer who responds and acts quickly.‘
‘Very competent, pragmatic, available if the matter is urgent.‘
‘Anna Mertinz – legal advice to the point, pleasant cooperation and very good knowledge of data protection law.‘

Dispute resolution: commercial litigation

Tier 4

KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH's commercial litigation practice is best known for its construction disputes expertise, particularly litigation proceedings, insurance, compensations and warranty. Thomas Frad leads the team.


Tier 5

KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH's practice focuses on non-contentious work but successfully ran a claim against works council elections. Clients include Coca-Cola and Estée Lauder. The firm advises on mass redundancies and transfer of businesses, wage and social dumping and working time matters, as well as assisting with cross-border posting of employees for clients such as Lindner Group. Practice head Anna Mertinz also heads the data protection team, bringing a specialism in employee data protection and GDPR issues.

‘Deep expertise in labour law; very practical approach to solve complex problems for customers. Anna Mertinz is a highly professional expert in her field; she always gives practical advice and focuses on the concrete need. Very good speaker for labour law events.’

Intellectual Property


KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH's three-partner team counts high-profile companies among its clients and maintains a broad practice, covering unfair competition, trade secrets and patent infringement. On the contentious side, practice head Barbara Kuchar successfully represented a client before the European Court of Justice in a trade mark cancellation claim. Non-contentious work includes licensing, acquisition and joint venture agreements, as well as running trade mark portfolios.

Public Procurement

Tier 2

KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH offers a wide array of public procurement services ranging from legal supervision of tendering procedures, grant counselling and tender preparations to legal support of public-private partnerships, appeal filing and representation before procurement review bodies. The department, which is led by Katharina Trettnak-Hahnl, has expertise in construction, health- and planning-related matters, frequently advising at the intersection of public procurement and building law. Mats Schröder combines his public procurement practice with knowledge of public and private business law.

‘Very responsive to our requests and highly pragmatic in finding solutions to our problems.’

Real Estate

Tier 4

KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH provides cross-disciplinary expertise due to its strong connection to the firm's construction law practice. Paul Schmidinger advised on several property sales for private clients. Clemens Berlakovits acted for Handler Immobilien-Group on the acquisition and development of a shopping centre in Maria Enzersdorf, and a residential development project in Vienna’s 5th district.