Thanks to its full-service construction and real estate law offering, KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH is a regular fixture on major construction, civil engineering and PPP projects across Austria, handling the entire lifecycle of such projects, including associated disputes. This broad offering is reflected in an equally broad client base including construction, real estate and project management companies as well as investors, architects and engineering consultants. Clemens Berlakovits, whose expertise extends to architectural law, is a key contact for the two last-mentioned client groups, while Paul Schmidinger is routinely involved in large-scale infrastructure projects and has recently also been advising on large-scale projects in the health and education sectors. Jan Philipp Schifko, who made partner in December 2020, is another key member of the team and has a focus on international projects. Name partner Georg Karasek handles the full range of contentious and non-contentious construction law.
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‘Efficiency, friendliness, professionalism and accessibility.’
‘Paul Schmidinger is super fast, competent and practice and solution-oriented.’
‘Clemens Berlakovits impresses with his professional competence and his willingness to find solutions immediately. We have often had the experience with other lawyers that primarily point out the problems but no constructive proposal for a solution is made.’
‘For us, it was above all the competence in construction law and other areas of law, which are often involved. The broad spectrum of the firm covers all of this.’
‘Complex issues can be dealt with in a comprehensive and profound manner. The team is extremely solution-oriented and flexible and appointments can be made at relatively short notice if necessary.’
Basaltwerk Pauliberg GmbH
Esterhazy Betriebe GmbH
Schrack Technik GmbH
Joint Venture KMP Ingenieure and Marc Mimram Architectes Paris
Trevi SpA / Trevi-Group
Land Niederösterreich (Leasing Gesellschaften Valet + Hospes)
Burtscher-Durig ZT GmbH
Implenia AG/Implenia Bau GmbH
Neumayer Projektmanagement GmbH
Dr. Jelitzka & Partner Immobilien GmbH (JP Immobilien)
- Assisted Burtscher-Durig ZT GmbH with the negotiation of general planning contracts for the construction of a new provincial service centre.
- Advising Implenia AG/ Implenia Bau GmbH on various disputes and proceedings pertaining to various construction projects in Austria and Slovakia.
- Advising Basaltwerk Pauliberg GmbH on the drafting and negotiation of several contracts pertaining to the modernisation of the basalt mine and plant at Pauliberg.
Wolf Theiss‘s close cooperation with its offices across the CEE and SEE region makes it an attractive partner for construction companies, joint ventures, project developers and employers requiring assistance with large-scale national and cross-border construction and infrastructure projects, while its cross-practice cooperation also enables the team to provide associated public procurement and real estate advice alongside litigation and arbitration support. This combined approach is also reflected in Wolfgang Müller‘s expertise, which spans contentious and non-contentious construction and development law. He jointly heads the practice with Thomas Anderl, who covers an equally broad spectrum and has substantial expertise in FIDIC contracts and, together with Michael Müller (counsel since May 2021), is among the key contacts for Building Information Modelling (BIM). Senior associate Hannah Schaflinger has a specialism in construction litigation and construction insurance law.
‘Excellent knowledge and competency across all team members. Business-driven approach, open mindset, reachable, able to provide solutions under high time pressure, ability to provide excellent support and strategic guidance. Focus on risk areas and not afraid to speak up if potential risk factors are identified.’
‘Thomas Anderl has a broad legal expertise in construction and contract law and the competency to describe and explain complex legal matters in a language that is understandable for upper management and technicians. His sharp mind always finds solutions for complex situations and he always offers solution-oriented legal advice. His excellent communication and social skills and technical knowledge are a very valuable resource, which brings added value for his clients. And he is always available for his clients and provides pragmatic supports even in tense and crisis situations.’
‘Our cooperation with the construction team of Wolf Theiss is based on great trust and works smoothly in every respect. They not only have a broad legal knowledge in the construction sector but also a deep understanding of the technical side of our business. We can always rely on their hands-on experience and their track record in handling construction and infrastructure topics. Their network is really remarkable and extremely useful when dealing with our matters.’
‘Our contacts and advisors within the team are Wolfgang Müller and Michael Müller. Both of them are very structured and absolutely present on the market. Wolfgang Müller is a leading person and not only an excellent lawyer, he also has a technical education and job experience, so his technical understanding is essential and helpful when handling issues with both legal and technical aspects. Michael Müller has a very good reputation in the construction business, his communication skills and personality are very helpful in difficult situations, either during preparation of the case in-house or during the proceedings. We are totally satisfied with them and are looking forward to our further cooperation.’
‘Perfect coverage of all relevant disciplines with respect to construction contractual issues.’
‘Individuals have sufficient technical background to understand the topics easily; this in combination with very competent and experienced legal experts enables us to work on the issues in a very focused way.’
‘The firm is always keen to help and deliver services in accordance with the client’s expectations. Instructions are understood and therefore no surprises show up at billing stage.’
‘Thomas Anderl is an exceptionally trustworthy partner for his clients. Work is always delivered on time by Thomas and his associate.’
PORR Bau GmbH
BeMo Tunnelling GmbH
VAMED Standortentwicklung und Engineering GmbH
Boehringer Ingelheim RCV GmbH & Co KG
DYWIDAG Dyckerhoff & Widmann Gesellschaft m.b.H
Implenia Baugesellschaft m.b.H
Ing. Hans Bodner Baugesellschaft mbH & Co KG
G. Hinteregger & Söhne Baugesellschaft m.b.H
HABAU Hoch- und Tiefbaugesellschaft m.b.H.
Doppelmayr Seilbahnen GmbH
Alu König Stahl
ÖSTU-STETTIN Hoch- und Tiefbau GmbH
Art-Invest YesZinglbau GmbH
Alubau Puhlmann GmbH & Co KG
Lenzing AG NoCA Immobilien GmbH
Swietelsky AG NoGLS Bau und Montage GmbH
Mercury Engineering Unlimited Company
HOCHTIEF Infrastructure GmbH
- Advising Unger Stahlbau Ges.m.b.H. and Haslinger Stahlbau GmbH (jointly working as ARGE Stahlbau ESW2020) in an arbitration proceeding against VOESTALPINE pertaining to structural steelwork in the stainless steel plant in Kapfenberg.
- Representing ARGE H51, a joint venture of construction companies working on the Brenner Base Tunnel’s H51Pfons-Brenner building site, in a lawsuit over contractual omissions and in defence against claims.
- Advising Boehringer Ingelheim RCV GmbH & Co KG on all legal issues pertaining to the construction of a new production facility for the industrial mass production of biopharmaceuticals based on cell cultures in Vienna (LSCC project).
CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH handles the full remit of construction law, including associated real estate and public law matters, and is equally well placed to guide clients through sector-specific disputes. Its contentious work covers litigation and arbitration and is underpinned by team head Nikolaus Weselik's additional experience as an arbitrator. In the non-contentious space, the team routinely advises developers, investors, employers and construction companies on construction contracts and various project development-related issues as well as subsequent real estate transactions. While hotel sector work constitutes an area of particular expertise, translating into regular instructions from hotel operators and owners, the team has also been active in various other sectors including residential, logistics, retail, telecoms, infrastructure and energy. Thomas Hamerl is the key contact for infrastructure projects and PPPs.
Other key lawyers:
‘CMS Austria certainly is highly regarded for construction-related legal advice. Apart from their knowledge of the different contractual standards, they have good expertise across a wide variety of industries and countries.’
‘Thomas Hamerl is calm, solution-oriented and knowledgeable.’
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Central European University (CEU)
Projektgemeinschaft Brenner Basistunnel Nord
FRÖHLICH & LOCHER und Partner Ziviltechnikergesellschaft mbH
Securikett Ulrich & Horn GmbH
NMPB Architekten ZT GmbH
Hochtief Construction Austria GmbH
- Advising the bidding consortium consisting of PORR and Siemens on the procurement procedure for the design, construction, financing and facility management of two newly built schools in Vienna.
- Advising the Central European University on the refurbishment of its new headquarters in Vienna.
- Advising an international real estate investor on the construction of a large student residence in Vienna.
Müller Partner Rechtsanwälte
Müller Partner Rechtsanwälte has carved out a strong practice advising project developers, real estate companies, contractors and building services companies on large-scale structural, civil engineering and infrastructure projects with a niche in pharmaceutical sector work and pipework construction. Its expertise in this space covers both contentious as well as non-contentious construction law with Katharina Müller as a key contact for both. She routinely provides assistance with construction contracts alongside disputes arising from construction projects such as compensation and damage claims and jointly heads the practice with public procurement specialist Bernhard Kall.
‘Katharina Müller is a proven expert in construction law, the team led by Bernhard Kall and Christoph Gaar complement this unit perfectly.’
‘Katharina Müller is extremely confident in negotiations and is very good at convincing the opponents of her point of view. Even in confused situations, she loosens the mood in order to achieve an optimal negotiation result. Legally, all employees are very well versed and form perfect teams to deal with the cause.’
‘Due to its size, Müller Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH is very well positioned for complex and large projects, especially large infrastructure projects. In addition to the very experienced Katharina Müller, there are other experienced but also young lawyers in the team. As a client, we are usually served by a team of experienced and young lawyers.’
‘The founder of the firm, Katharina Müller, is outstanding. She has a lot of experience in this field and through her numerous publications she is also very well recognised in the professional world.’
‘As a new and young lawyer, Mathias Ilg is to be highlighted. Despite his short time as a lawyer, he is already doing a very good job.’
‘Perfect know-how in construction law; business and solution orientation.’
‘Katharina Müller: Super experienced, solution-oriented, a perfect partner for finding proper solutions.’
ARE Austrian Real Estate GmbH
BeMo Tunnelling GmbH
Caliqua Anlagentechnik GmbH
LSG Building Solutions GmbH
Markus Stolz GmbH & Co KG
TGA Baumanagement GmbH
Elektro- und Sicherheitstechnische Anlagen Wolf Bau von Niederspannungsanlagen GmbH
Laki Epületszobrasz Zrt.
Bacon Gebäudetechnik GmbH
DI Anton Hofstätter Gesellschaft m.b.H,
ALLPLAN Gesellschaft m.b.H.
EMC elektromanagement & construction GmbH
Ing. Emmerich Csernohorsky GmbH
EAG Elektroanlagenbau GmbH
VA TECH WABAG GmbH
- Acted for EAG ElektroanlagenbauGmbH in a dispute with a general contractor arising from construction disruptions and subsequent additional costs.
Cerha Hempel's cross-practice approach translates into regular mandates that, alongside construction law expertise, also require a deep understanding of real estate, public and corporate law alongside public procurement and dispute resolution. Based on this setup, the team is able to handle all aspects pertaining to real estate developments; recently this has mostly been in the residential and retail space. Team head Peter Vcelouch reflects this approach and assists clients, including construction companies, investors, retailers and real estate developers, with matters at the intersection between construction and real estate law as well as with associated litigation and arbitration.
Other key lawyers:
‘Peter Vcelouch was a very valuable support because he has not only excellent knowledge of the legal aspects involved but has also outstanding skills as a negotiator even under difficult circumstances.’
‘Peter Vcelouch stands firm also under pressure and does his utmost to support his client.’
Flughafen Wien AG
SES Spar European Shopping Centers
thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG
Aberdeen Standard Investments
- Advising thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG on a large-scale industrial construction project in the south of Austria.
- Advising numa group GmbH on its expansion into the Austrian hospitality market.
- Advising Lidl Österreich on an ongoing basis; this includes advice on several real estate development projects, real estate acquisitions pertaining to new shop locations in Austria and several construction law issues.
Benefitting from the firm's strong real estate and regulatory practices, Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)'s construction law group regularly gets called upon by construction companies, developers, investors and operators to assist with various project developments, most notably in the residential and infrastructure space, and refurbishment projects. Alongside construction contracts and construction disputes, instructions typically include planning, zoning, permitting and transactional matters. Real estate and construction law expert Peter Madl, Constantin Benes, who has a focus on industrial facilities alongside the development of housing and office projects, and planning and environment law specialist Christian Schmelz are the key contacts.
‘The team led by Constantin Benes excels in both in-depth knowledge and fast response to every topic related to construction law.’
‘From construction contracts for large-scale developments to small-scale warranty management issues, each case is dealt with the same amount of proficiency and commitment.’
‘Constantin Benes has a vast knowledge and a practice-oriented approach and thus is of great help during the development phase of a real estate project.’
‘Flexibility in terms of billing, always immediate response on legal requests, very supportive and very accurate problem-focused legal advice. They are great when it comes to finding solutions for problems.’
‘Constantin Benes is always very supportive. We really appreciate his profound legal knowledge, especially in the field of company law and construction, and his capability to think out of the box and provide very good and practical solutions for any kind of legal issue that may arise in the course of our business.’
Autobahnen- u Schnellstraßen-Finanzierungs-AG (ASFINAG)
Zellstoff Pöls AG
Vienna International Airport
Bank Austria Real Invest Immobilien-Kapitalanlage GmbH
TIWAG Tiroler Wasserkraft AG
Deutsche Vermögensberatung Aktiengesellschaft DVAG / Pannonia Grundstücksverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH
DWS Grundbesitz GmbH
Invester United Benefits
Pannonia Grundstücksverwaltungs GmbH
Scherübel’s Söhne GmbH
- Advising Unger Unternehmensgruppe on the acquisition of a prime location in Graz for the development of a residential complex with approximately 400 apartments.
- Advised institutional investor Bank Austria Real Invest Immobilien-Kapitalanlage GmbH on the construction of a development for 300 apartments and a commercial and outside area, a nursery school and 310 parking lots.
- Advised Bauconsult Energy on the development of a new low-energy residential building that will be 100% self-sustaining, generating power using geothermal and photovoltaic energy.