Projects and energy in Austria
With a superb reputation for infrastructure and energy sector work, Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) is regularly involved in the market's most significant projects and routinely provides assistance with environmental impact assessments and various infrastructure and energy-related permitting issues. The team is advising Vienna International Airport and the state of Lower Austria on the construction of the third runway at the airport, and assisted Asfinag with various environmental and permitting issues pertaining to the construction of several major motorways. In the energy space, Christian Schmelz's team advised Tiwag Tiroler Wasserkraft on the construction and operation of two large hydro-pump power storage plants and three large-scale river power plants in Tyrol. Bernd Rajal and counsel Johannes Stalzer are also recommended.
Working in close co-operation with other departments such as public procurement, real estate and construction, CMS' public procurement head Bernt Elsner advised Strabag and its joint venture partner Salini Impregilo on various matters pertaining to the construction of the main section of the Brenner tunnel, a 55km railway tunnel between Austria and Italy, and head of infrastructure and projects Thomas Hamerl is advising the regional government of Lower Austria on the development of a broadband glass fibre network. Johannes Trenkwalder is the main contact for energy sector work.
At Eisenberger & Herzog, the team works in close conjunction with its regulatory, M&A and finance practices leading to particular expertise at this cross-section. Key contact for energy and infrastructure transactional work Marco Steiner advised an Austrian municipality on matters concerning the operation and sale of a biomass power plant to a regional company, and Tatjana Dworak, who heads the public law team in Klagenfurt, represented several wind farm operators in Carinthia in administrative proceedings. Public procurement team head Ulrike Sehrschön is another key contact.
With a superb reputation for energy sector work, Schima Mayer Starlinger Rechtsanwälte GmbH covers the whole spectrum of electricity and gas regulatory matters including state aid and competition law as well as contentious issues. Team head Thomas Starlinger is highly regarded in the market and supported by Moritz Am Ende; both 'provide accurate and speedy answers'.
Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG has a strong profile for national and cross-border project finance work but is also well equipped to guide clients through the full life cycle of infrastructure and energy projects. 'Very experienced' public procurement experts Manfred Essletzbichler and Sebastian Oberzaucher are assisting the Austrian Development Agency with construction contracts for a flood protection infrastructure project in Serbia. Andreas Schmid heads the team, which was strengthened by the arrival of senior associate Stefan Lampert from KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH in February 2018. Wolfram Schachinger was promoted to counsel in May 2018.
Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG's strength lies in advising financial institutions and energy companies on regulatory, energy and competition law matters including disputes. The group is led by competition practice head Andreas Traugott and works in close co-operation with the firm's Berlin office.
Taking a multi-disciplinary approach, Binder Grösswang regularly combines its corporate, finance, real estate, regulatory and contentious capabilities to advise clients on energy and infrastructure projects. In recent work, the team advised Erste Bank and the European Investment Bank on the financing, construction and operation of three Austrian wind farms. Johannes Barbist heads the team.
Cerha Hempel frequently draws on the expertise of its finance, corporate, M&A, public procurement and real estate teams to advise on energy, infrastructure and electronic tolling projects. Georg Konrad and Johannes Aehrenthal are assisting Vienna International Airport with various infrastructure projects, and Clemens Hasenauer provides regular advice to the Central European Gas Hub on various regulatory and energy law matters. Thomas Trettnak is another key member of the team.
DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach's 'knowledgeable and dedicated' team has a strong focus on international energy development work with particular geographical emphasis on the Middle East, SSE and Africa, while also handling local work, and typically acts for governments and private investors. In recent work, the group advised UniCredit Bank Austria on the financing of a wind farm in Parndorf, Burgenland. The 'tenacious' Andreas Gunst is the main contact for energy sector work and Jasna Zwitter-Tehovnik is the name to note for infrastructure-related matters.
Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH handles the full spectrum of transactional and regulatory energy and natural resources matters, while also handling infrastructure work. Of counsel Elisabeth König advised Spanish utilities company Gas Natural Fenosa on various regulatory and transactional matters pertaining to its entry into the Austrian market. Bernhard Müller and Heinrich Kühnert jointly head the team. OMV and Klima- und Energiefonds are also clients.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
With a focus on contentious and non-contentious energy sector work, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer acts for several key industry players, including national and international energy and mining companies, lenders and sponsors as well as public sector bodies. In the contentious space, the team acted as lead counsel to EVN in ICSID arbitration proceedings against Bulgaria over electricity pricing issues based on the Energy Charter and the Austria-Bulgaria bilateral investment treaty. Stephan Denk, Farid Sigari-Majd and Willibald Plesser are the key contacts.