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  1. Public procurement
  2. Leading individuals
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Leading individuals

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    • Manfred Essletzbichler - Wolf Theiss
    • Stephan Heid - Heid Schiefer RechtsanwĂ€lte OG
    • Martin Oder - Haslinger/Nagele & Partner RechtsanwĂ€lte GmbH
    • Martin Schiefer - Heid Schiefer RechtsanwĂ€lte OG
    • Johannes Schramm - Schramm Öhler RechtsanwĂ€lte

Next generation lawyers

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A heavyweight in the public procurement arena, Heid Schiefer RechtsanwÀlte OG predominantly acts for contracting authorities but also for bidders across a range of sectors including healthcare, TMT and infrastructure, and is recognised for its deep e-procurement expertise. The team assisted a number of Austrian states with procurement procedures for smart metering infrastructure and smart metering information systems. Other clients include the City of Vienna, Energie Steiermark and the Medical Chamber Vienna. Martin Schiefer and Stephan Heid are the main contacts and highly recommended.

The ‘highly professional and strategic’ team at Schramm Öhler RechtsanwĂ€lte provides ‘tailor-made solutions within tight deadlines’ and mainly acts for contracting authorities and publicly owned companies with particular expertise in the IT, healthcare and transport sectors. The group advised the Federal Ministry of the Interior and the Austrian state Lower Austria on procurement procedures pertaining to the establishment of nationwide emergency control and communication systems. Key individuals include Georg Zellhofer, who provides ‘top-notch advice’ and is praised for his ‘strong technical background’, the ‘outstanding’ Johannes Schramm, the ‘strategic, diligent and smart’ Gregor Stickler and the ‘extremely reliable’ Matthias Öhler.

Providing ‘high-quality services’, Wolf Theiss acts for contracting authorities and bidders in public tender procedures and procurement review proceedings. Sebastian Oberzaucher represented Wiener Zeitung Digitale Publikationen in two-staged tender procedures pertaining to the purchase of a distribution licence for an e-procurement platform, while the ‘very smart and professional’ Manfred Essletzbichler and the ‘hard-working’ Silvia Fessl advised the provincial government of Lower Austria on tender procedures for insurance services, among others.

Acting across various sectors, including infrastructure, construction, healthcare and technology, CMS’ ‘very professional’ practice assists clients with public tender procedures, PPPs and related litigation. Team head Bernt Elsner assisted construction company PORR Beteiligungen und Management with the procurement procedure of the PPP GTNMS Stammersdorf school campus project, while, in the healthcare sector, the team advised the medical technology company ArjoHuntleigh on various medical equipment procurement procedures.

DSC Doralt Seist Csoklich RechtsanwĂ€lte GmbH’s ‘professional’ team has a strong profile for PPP projects as well as procurement procedures and acts for public authorities and tenderers. ‘Pragmatic’ team head Oliver Sturm advised the federal state government of Salzburg on PPP project matters and on procurement procedures for the construction and operation of a public school.

Noted for its expertise in advising clients on national and EU-wide tenders, Eisenberger & Herzog recently assisted WDS WĂ€rmedirektservice der Energie Graz with an EU-wide tender invitation for the construction of a large heat storage plant. Additionally to its energy sector expertise, the team also has a strong reputation for infrastructure sector projects. Holding Graz - Kommunale Dienstleistungen is among the group’s key clients. Wilhelm Offenbeck and the recommended Ulrike Sehrschön jointly head the practice.

KWR Karasek Wietrzyk RechtsanwÀlte 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.

Breitenfeld RechtsanwÀlte GmbH & Co KG is best known for its bidder-side work and has a strong sector focus on energy, waste management, healthcare and transport. Michael Breitenfeld is the main contact.

Acting for tenderers and contracting entities, Dorda is also active in PPPs and has a particular focus on energy, healthcare and construction sector work. Team head Bernhard MĂŒller continues to advise the Climate and Energy Fund on the structuring of a PPP with various Austrian communities and the implementation of state aid schemes, while also assisting OMV with a new global tender strategy.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer assists bidding contracting authorities and international companies with public tenders, general procurement law matters and the implementation of tender strategies. Team head Stephan Denk advised the Austrian Library Network and Service OBVSG alongside 15 other public scientific institutions on tender procedures for a new IT-library network system, and assisted a number of Austrian universities with the implementation of a new tender strategy.

Haslinger/Nagele & Partner RechtsanwÀlte GmbH acts for public sector clients and bidders in public procurement procedures including related litigation and has specialist expertise in infrastructure projects, particularly PPP mandates. Martin Oder is recommended.

SHMP Schwartz Huber-Medek Pallitsch RechtsanwÀlte OG covers a wide range of procurement law and is particularly active for contracting authorities. Walter Schwartz is the main contact.

‘Praised for its 360 degree understanding of domestic and international procurement law’, Schnitzer RechtsanwĂ€lte GmbH deals with anti-corruption and fraud prevention in public procurement as well as bid protests. The ‘excellent’ Johannes Schnitzer, who ‘understands the needs of his clients’, represented a consortium consisting of Swietelsky Baugesellschaft and e-compact in challenging the decision made by the City of Vienna to cancel its tender procedure; the client had submitted the best offer for.

Binder Grösswang provides companies and service providers with advice on public tender procedures and assists them with document preparations, the administration and transfer of awarded contracts and also handles review proceedings and litigation. Team head Johannes Barbist is ‘reliable’ and noted for his ‘good relationship with public authorities’.

Advising contracting authorities and bidders in the utility, healthcare, transport and higher education sectors constitute significant elements of CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati’s practice which is led by Irene Welser. The team assisted Coloplast with the bidding documentation work for a tender on the supply of medical devices. Michaela Siegwart was promoted to the partnership in January 2019.

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners handles a wide range of PPP and public procurement matters and has particular expertise in infrastructure and healthcare projects. Team head Michael Hecht advised Graz Airport on various procurement law issues including procurement review procedures.

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm)’s ‘knowledgeable and reliable’ team assists clients with the preparation and review of tender documents and represents them before procurement control authorities and in civil proceedings. Team head Hanno Liebmann advised ASFiNAG on procurement law matters pertaining to renovation works carried out for the Arlberg tunnel.

Working in close co-operation with the regulatory department, the team at Schoenherr (Schönherr RechtsanwÀlte) is co-led by Christian Schmelz and counsel Johannes Stalzer and has a specialism in assisting clients with EU-wide tenders and also provides general public procurement advice.

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