Legal 500, 2021

Construction - Tier 1

With a superb reputation for construction law, KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH is routinely involved in major construction, civil engineering, infrastructure and PPP projects across Austria, providing clients with full-service project development advice including related public procurement and real estate issues. This is particularly attractive for construction companies and investors while architects and engineers also instruct the team for contractual and contentious matters. Clemens Berlakovits is a key figure for architects and engineers and co-heads the team with Georg Karasek, who handles the full range of contentious and non-contentious construction work, and Paul Schmidinger, who is a key contact for major real estate projects, most notably in the public sector. Jan Philipp Schifko, who made partner in December 2020, has a strong focus on construction-related litigation and arbitration but also provides non-contentious advice on construction projects and real estate transactions.

Leading Individual

Georg Karasek

Next Generation Partners

Clemens Berlakovits

Jan Philipp Schifko


‘Excellent competence in all matters regarding construction and contractual agreements. Experts in all necessary fields. Number one in Austria and Central Europe!’

‘Clemens Berlakovits is the guy for all legal matters regarding construction but also knows who is who in the legal community.’

Public Procurement - Tier 3

KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH provides legal advice before and during tender procedures as well as support in PPPs and representation before procurement review bodies. Clients usually stem from the construction, health, energy, finance and planning sectors. The practice is headed by Katharina Trettnak-Hahnl, who advises both contractors and public sector clients and has additional capabilities in state aid and public law.

Real Estate - Tier 3

KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH's prominence in the construction law space translates into a steady flow of real estate mandates at this intersection, most notably project development-related work, but the team also provides assistance with transactions, rental and lease agreements as well as landlord and tenant disputes. Real estate transactions specialist Paul Schmidinger heads the practice.


‘We have been advised by Jan Schifko on a complex real estate development in Austria. Jan has proven to be a very knowledgeable and skilled negotiator.’

Data Protection - Tier 4

At KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH, the core focus is on GDPR implementation assistance and GDPR compliance. Anna Mertinz, who also heads the firm's employment team and therefore has deep knowledge of the protection of employee data, jointly heads the group with Barbara Kuchar. The latter has a strong IP background and assists clients with data breaches.

Dispute Resolution - Tier 4

KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH utilises its strong construction law expertise to specialise in sector-specific litigation, including compensation and warranty claims. Practice head Thomas Frad is also routinely called upon to handle aviation sector work.

IP - Tier 4

Soft IP, strategic prosecution work and contentious trade mark matters are the pillars of the IP practice at KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH. Department head Barbara Kuchar has vast litigation experience and is also well versed in designs, patents and the protection of trade secrets. The client roster includes household names from a wide array of industries including consumer goods and pharmaceuticals.


‘The cooperation with the team was a pleasant experience, effective and constructive.’

‘The solution-oriented and very competent Barbara Kuchar has exceptional skills in the field of trademark matters. She has tremendous experience in the courtroom and is able to prepare her clients very well for the various situations in a lawsuit.’

‘Very hands-on, top quality at affordable cost, lots of experience in the wide field of IP law.’

‘Barbara Kuchar is a seasoned expert in all matters of IP law and unfair competition law. She is extremely competent, creative and precise in all she does. Her prompt feedback on complex problems is impressive.’

Employment - Tier 5

KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH is a key names for clients based in Germany and has notable industry sector expertise in retail and services, as well as expertise in matters at the intersection of employment and data protection law. Anna Mertinz is able to draw on her previous in-house experience to advise on all aspects of individual and collective labour law.


‘The team is very responsive and always delivers quickly, but also thoroughly.’

‘Anna Mertinz worked a good amount of time in-house. Hence she has perfect knowledge of how a company client works and her advice is always very useful.’