Construction in Austria

KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH

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.

Practice head(s):

Georg Karasek; Clemens Berlakovits; Paul Schmidinger

Other key lawyers:

Jan Philipp Schifko

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

SMB Group

ARGE GP Parlament

Bridge Group

IMFARR Group

VALET Grundstücksverwaltungs GmbH

HOSPES-Grundstücksverwaltungs GmbH

Handler Group

SFL-Group

Implenia Group

AY-KA Bau GmbH

Immovate Group

Breitenender-Gruppe

Haring Group

WertInvest Group

Work highlights

  • Advising the joint venture of AXIS and Jabornegg & Palffy Architects (ARGE GP Parlament), commissioned with the renovation of the Austrian national parliament, on claims for an increase in remuneration and time extension.
  • Representation of the architect of a shopping centre built in Slovenia, ATP, in disputes pertaining to construction damages.
  • Representing SFL Kft (member of SFL group) in an arbitration proceeding against an international engineering company over remuneration claims arising from a mining project in Serbia.

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG has carved out a strong practice advising prominent construction companies on major national and international construction and infrastructure projects in the CEE and SEE region. Its cross-border capabilities are based on its close cooperation with various offices across the network while clients also benefit from the practice’s ability to call on colleagues from various other departments, most notably public procurement, litigation and arbitration. The latter translates into a steady flow of contentious mandates pertaining to, among other issues, construction defects, expenditure overruns and payment claims. This combined approach is also reflected in team head Wolfgang Müller’s expertise, which spans contentious and non-contentious construction and development law. Thomas Anderl covers a similarly broad spectrum and has a deep understanding of FIDIC contracts and Building Information Modelling (BIM). Senior associate Hannah Schaflinger, who is well versed in construction contract law, litigation and construction insurance law, provides additional support.

Practice head(s):

Wolfgang Müller; Thomas Anderl

Other key lawyers:

Hannah Schaflinger

Testimonials

‘High clarity and very high level of expertise; able to answer complex legal questions in the relevant legal area; excellent speed in answering our request (meeting the given timelines).’

‘The team creates an atmosphere based on trust, personal relations and open collaboration and provides added value for our company. What we especially value is their understanding and integration of the business perspective (e.g. potential effects on the business) in the considerations and legal explanations.’

‘Extensive specialist knowledge, extensive experience, fast response times.’

‘Very short response times and extensive practical experience which they also use to the benefit of customers.’

‘Good collaboration. Well organised team.’

‘What I like most about Wolf Theiss’ role as an advisor is strategy. This is more than pure legal advice.’

‘Extremely professional support. In-depth analysis, understandable translation of complex legal content.’

‘Personal care, friendly, eloquent, courteous and very reliable.’

‘Highly flexible and competent team with strong resources.’

‘High legal in-depth knowledge. Almost permanent availability.’

‘From the client’s perspective, it can be said that we have always found the cooperation with the construction team at Wolf Theiss consistently positive and felt well advised in every way.’

The team works together very well and is quick and detailed in answering our enquiries or dealing with spontaneous new requirements.

‘Thomas Anderl is our go-to-lawyer for construction issues. He is not only a lawyer but also a construction engineer. This gives him the opportunity to quickly touch base and build trust with technicians and engineers. His team always performs on time and delivers tailor-made solutions.’

‘The construction team of Wolf Theiss combines legal know-how, technical understanding and a practical hands-on approach. I think the size of their team with about 8 or 9 lawyers who deal 100% of their time with construction issues is quite remarkable. They are, thus, in a position to quickly handle even larger and complex cases on short notice. From what I have seen from them, they always aim for a practical and amicable solution.’

‘Wolf Theiss has one of the largest construction teams in Austria. This manpower makes them exceptionally strong, they are quick and solution-oriented. Additionally, all of their construction lawyers have a different specialisation, what makes them, in my view, also the best construction practice in Austria. They enjoy a great reputation in this field and I can only confirm this reputation. We regularly work with one of their partners, Thomas Anderl, who is based in Vienna and co-leads the firm-wide construction team.’

‘We regularly work with Thomas Anderl. He is both a construction engineer (with plenty of years’ of experience in the construction business) and a lawyer which makes him the perfect fit for us. He is reliable, quick and heads a smart team. I personally like his analytical ability which makes him a really strong force in this field.’

‘Thomas Anderl provides very valuable support for our company.  He is accessible and available, has an excellent back-up system in place, answers our requests and provides competent legal advice for our matters.’

‘Thomas Anderl is our go-to-lawyer for construction issues. He is not only a lawyer but also a construction engineer. This gives him the opportunity to quickly touch base and build trust with technicians and engineers. His team always performs on time and delivers tailor-made solutions.’

‘Thomas Anderl: high knowledge especially because of his double profession (master-builder AND lawyer). Because of this, he has a double perspective on the clients’ problems and is able to evaluate personally the core of the technical problem in combination with the legal possibilities.’

Specific stand-out partner: Wolfgang Müller.

Key clients

PORR Bau GmbH

BeMo Tunnelling GmbH

STRABAG AG

Marti Group

Boehringer Ingelheim RCV GmbH & Co KG

DYWIDAG Dyckerhoff & Widmann Gesellschaft m.b.H

Implenia Baugesellschaft m.b.H

Bernegger GmbH

Ing. Hans Bodner Baugesellschaft mbH & Co KG

G. Hinteregger & Söhne Baugesellschaft m.b.H

HABAU Hoch- und Tiefbaugesellschaft m.b.H.

Doppelmayr Immobilien GmbH

Alu König Stahl

ÖSTU-STETTIN Hoch- und Tiefbau GmbH

Art-Invest

Zinglbau GmbH

Steiner-Bau GmbH

Lenzing AG

CA Immobilien GmbH

Swietelsky BaugesmbH

GLS Bau und Montage GmbH

Mercury Engineering Unlimited Company

Work highlights

  • Representing the international joint venture of construction companies working on the construction lot H51 Pfons-Brenner of the Brenner Base Tunnel, ARGE H 51, in a dispute over claims for additional costs arising from contractual failures.
  • Advising Boehringer Ingelheim RCV GmbH & Co KG, a global research-based pharmaceutical company, on all legal matters pertaining to the construction of new and/or the refurbishment of existing production and research facilities in Austria.
  • Representing PORR Bau GmbH in ICC arbitration proceedings against CNADNR (the Romanian National Company for Roads Infrastructure Administration SA) arising from a FIDIC-contract.

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH is well equipped to guide clients through a wide range of construction law matters pertaining to projects in the hotel, residential, commercial, logistics, energy and infrastructure sectors. Handling hotel sector work constitutes a particular area of expertise, which translates into regular instructions from hotel operators and owners on various urban planning, property and transactional matters. While most of its work arises from the development and refurbishment of various projects, the team is also routinely called upon by investment and development companies to advise on the purchase and sale of such projects. This segment is part of team head Nikolaus Weselik’s workload; he covers a wide range of national and international construction and real estate law alongside associated litigation.

Practice head(s):

Nikolaus Weselik

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Hamerl

Key clients

Swarco Group

Central European University (CEU)

Projektgemeinschaft Brenner Basistunnel Nord

Niederösterreichische Glasfaserinfrastrukturgesellschaft (nöGIG)

Tridonic GmbH & Co KG

Mountain Hotel GmbH

G+H Isolierung

Securikett Ulrich & Horn GmbH

RFL Lachinger GmbH

Norpexal Gruppe

Fröhlich & Locher und Partner Ziviltechnikergesellschaft mbH

PORR

NMPB Architekten ZT GmbH

ECOwind GmbH

ENCAVIS Asset Management

Elvedi

Securikett Ulrich & Horn GmbH

NMPB Architekten ZT GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising the Central European University (CEU) on the multimillion-euro refurbishment of its new headquarters in Vienna.
  • Providing the Swarco Group with advice on construction contracts for the construction of an industrial plant in Lower Austria.
  • Ongoing advice  to Projektgemeinschaft Brenner Basistunnel Nord (Amberg Engineering, Lombardi, müller + hereth, Obermeyer, hpbm) on all construction matters pertaining to the Brenner Base Tunnel, Austria’s largest construction project.

Müller Partner Rechtsanwälte

Müller Partner Rechtsanwälte has a strong reputation advising contractors and building services companies on large-scale structural, civil engineering and infrastructure projects. While co-head Katharina Müller routinely handles construction contracts alongside compensation and damage claims, co-head Bernhard Kall is the key contact for matters at the intersection with public procurement. Both team heads are well versed in handling disputes arising from construction process interruptions and planning deficiencies. Recently, the team, and Müller in particular, has carved out a strong niche in pharmaceutical sector work.

Practice head(s):

Katharina Müller; Bernhard Kall

Testimonials

‘Cooperative; covers all legal needs in the construction business.’

‘Katharina Mueller: solution-oriented, highly empathic, creative, super qualified in various business fields, perfect counterpart for strategic discussions.’

‘The practice includes not only the legal capabilities, it considers all project management issues to reach the target.’

Cerha Hempel

Cerha Hempel’s cross-departmental cooperation enables the firm’s construction practice to assist domestic and international clients, including investment funds, retailers, engineering companies and project developers, with a wide range of construction-related matters, including associated public procurement, transactions and disputes. Much of its work pertains to real estate development projects and involves contentious issues, which are handled in conjunction with colleagues from the litigation and arbitration practices. Team head Peter Vcelouch has particular experience of planning and construction contracts alongside construction-related dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Peter Vcelouch

Other key lawyers:

Manfred Ton

Key clients

LIDL Österreich

Flughafen Wien AG

SES Spar European Shopping Centers

Value One

COSI Hospitality

AVEST Immobilien

VALORE Immobilien

Aberdeen Standard Investments

SPAR Austria

Interspar

TANN Magyarország Kft.

Ingenos Gobiet

Work highlights

  • Advised Lidl Österreich on various matters, including Covid-19-related issues, zoning law, filing applications to the Austrian land register and construction disputes.
  • Advised Vienna International Airport on various planning and construction contracts.
  • Advised new client COSI Hospitality GmbH on the successful completion of its first hotel project in Vienna in June 2020.

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)

Working in close conjunction with the firm’s real estate and regulatory teams, Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)’s construction practice is well placed to provide assistance with construction and infrastructure projects including related litigation and arbitration as well as associated transactions. Team head Peter Madl routinely acts in the transactional sphere, advising international investors and investment funds on the acquisition of project developments and redevelopments, while also providing assistance with various construction contracts, construction litigation and matters at the intersection with real estate. Constantin Benes, who focuses on contentious and non-contentious construction matters pertaining to industrial units as well as on the development of housing and office projects, was made partner in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Peter Madl

Other key lawyers:

Constantin Benes

Testimonials

‘Outstanding market knowledge.’

‘Constant reachability, full reliability and tenacity in negotiations performed even during the Covid period.’

‘The construction law team offers great service with a profound understanding of the client’s needs. It provides state-of-the-art legal advice in the most efficient way.’

‘The lawyers we work with are characterised by a high qualification, long-term experience and deep understanding for the client’s needs. They seek for the best solution for the client, which means that not the billing, but the solution matters.’

‘Personal commitment, professional, competence.’

‘Constantin Benes has outstanding knowledge in construction law and provides a hands-on, in-depth approach to every question arising during a construction period.’

‘Constantin Benes has very good knowledge of the industry. Offers prompt and workable solutions for all our legal issues. Highly recommended.’

‘Constantin Benes provides very accurate, highly valuable and most importantly workable solutions for rather complex legal issues. His experience and knowledge in the field of property development is very profound. Highly recommended.

Key clients

ASFINAG

Zellstoff Pöls AG

Unger Unternehmensgruppe

Project Rhesi

Vienna International Airport

Clariant AG

Bank Austria Real Invest Immobilien-Kapitalanlage GmbH

TIWAG

Wiener Linien

6B47

Bauconsult Group

Deutsche Vermögensberatung Aktiengesellschaft DVAG / Pannonia Grundstücksverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH

Hallmann

WINEGG Group

DWS Grundbesitz GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising Unger Gruppe on three ongoing projects: the redevelopment of a prime location at Austria’s Wörthersee; the acquisition and redevelopment of four plots projected to house 400 apartments at Vienna’s Nordbahnhof-district; and the acquisition of a plot in Graz including the development of approximately 380 apartments.
  • Advising Pannonia Grundstücksverwaltungs GmbH on the extension of a holiday resort in Burgenland, Austria.
  • Advising GBI AG on the purchase, development and sale of a student house and a hotel at the Graz railway station, and of two student houses in Vienna.

Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte

Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte is best known for its construction law work at the intersection with real estate and M&A, translating into a steady flow of contentious and non-contentious mandates involving construction law aspects arising from real estate developments and construction projects. Clients include real estate developers, investors and construction companies, who also retain the practice led by Daniela Pitzek to assist with associated disputes. These are frequently handled in conjunction with the firm’s dispute resolution team and Nikolaus Vavrovsky in particular. Pitzek’s expertise reflects the team’s combined construction and real estate law approach.

Practice head(s):

Daniela Pitzek

Other key lawyers:

Nikolaus Vavrovsky

Testimonials

‘The VHM team is highly motivated; the services are not only focused on one person, younger team members are also very skilled.’

‘High commitment; top availability; fair pricing; high resilience when there are hard cases or timing is challenging.’

‘Vavrovsky Heine Marth has a strong presence in construction law where they advise clients on all real estate development and project-related issues. Always connecting the dots, the team unites excellent legal know-how and market understanding and follows a pronounced pragmatic and hands-on approach. As a client, you know that they provide seamless services at the highest level and that you can trust their outstanding instincts and on-point advice.

‘Vavrovsky Heine Marth has an excellent track record with us. Their offering covers the full spectrum of real estate and construction matters. I have personally worked with them for years and have always been more than satisfied with their services. Comprehensive legal expertise, an ability to understand our company and business needs and utmost personal dedication make them unique. I feel safe working with them.’

‘Vavrovsky Heine Marth offers the whole spectrum of real estate and construction-related legal services. Especially in real estate development, they are unrivalled and truly saddle-fast in complex matters. The team consists of extremely sharp and highly skilled professionals who are responsive to our business needs and proactively tackle any challenges. They always handle matters with utmost professionalism, focus on what is important and simply get things done. Their work style is highly efficient and utterly service-oriented with impressive response times and personal partner attention.’

‘What makes VHM law special is that this law firm joins you as a partner.’

‘The team provides excellent services, and gives clear and on-point advice in any given construction issue including dispute resolution and conflict management. I am impressed with the depth of expertise of the team. They know their law and the market inside out and continue to break new grounds for their clients. No matter how small a detail or how complex a matter, I can rely on them to track any issue and handle everything with utmost proficiency and reliability. In addition, the firm sets itself apart from the market in personal dedication, partner availability and short response times.’

‘The team excels in service orientation, their efficiency, commitment and responsiveness are remarkable. Their analyses and proposals are fully practice-oriented and tailor-made for our business. Clients always come first.’

‘Daniela Pitzek is a highly skilled professional and a brilliant real estate expert with extensive legal know-how and impressive commercial instincts. She is also very pleasant to work with.’

Daniela Pitzek continues to exceed my expectations with her highly analytical and efficient way of approaching matters. Her legal analysis and tactical advice are impeccable. No matter how complex an issue, she will find a solution that matches her clients.

Daniela Pitzek knows the development and construction business like the back of her hand. Drawing from years of experience, she will find a solution to any problem. In addition to her great expertise, she knows how to sort out and smoothly handle even the most complex matter. Her meticulous analytical approach and detail orientation together with her calm and great coordination skills make her a great lawyer.

‘Nikolaus Vavrovsky is a highly distinguished expert in and out of court with tremendous expertise in litigation, arbitration and negotiations. He is a dependable partner with great foresight and vast business acumen. At the same time, he is also an outstanding real estate specialist and very knowledgeable in corporate law issues. In negotiations he eloquently identifies feasible solutions and proves to have exquisite communication skills.’

‘Nikolaus Vavrovsky is an impressive lawyer, utmost capable with extensive legal expertise and comprehensive commercial judgement. He provides immaculate services, always showing extraordinary foresight. As counsel, he is exceptionally dedicated to his clients, in court he has an amazing presence, assertive and eloquent. Foremost, he is a brilliant strategist, providing best-in-class advice.’

‘Our first choice professional has been and always will be Nikolaus Vavrovsky. He is a tremendous counsel with extraordinary business instincts, strong in representing his clients.’

Key clients

Bank Austria Real Invest Immobilien Kapitalanlage GmbH

BUWOG AG

ERSTE Immobilien KAG

fourreal GmbH

Ing. Hans Bodner Baugesellschaft mbH & Co KG

Land Niederösterreich (Federal State of Lower Austria)

LLB Immo Kapitalanlagegesellschaft m.b.H. (Liechtensteinische Landesbank)

Manfred Raab and Raab&Raab Group

ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG

Stix + Partner Immobilien GmbH

UBM Development Österreich GmbH

Siemens AG Österreich

Work highlights

  • Advising the construction company Ing. Hans Bodner Baugesellschaft mbH & Co KG on the bidding process for the redevelopment of the former Linz Tobacco Factory (Tabakfabrik Linz) as well as on the project development.
  • Advising Bank Austria Real Invest Immobilien Kapitalanlage GmbH on several construction law disputes with an international construction corporation.
  • Advising UBM Development Österreich GmbH on several marquee development projects in Vienna.