Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In Europe, Middle East and Africa, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for seven consecutive years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
Click here for more details

Austria > Public procurement > Law firm and leading lawyer rankings


Index of tables

  1. Public procurement
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1
    • Johannes Schnitzer - SCHNITZER Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Who Represents Who

Find out which law firms are representing which Public procurement clients in Austria using The Legal 500's new comprehensive database of law firm/client relationships. Instantly search over 925,000 relationships, including over 83,000 Fortune 500, 46,000 FTSE350 and 13,000 DAX 30 relationships globally. Access is free for in-house lawyers, and by subscription for law firms. For more information, contact


Having widened its regional reach by opening a second office in St. Pölten in May 2018, Schramm Öhler Rechtsanwälte continues to attract praise for its broad public procurement expertise, which is frequently drawn upon by contracting and public authorities. With particular know-how in the IT, healthcare and transport sectors, Georg Zellhofer is advising the University of Vienna on the procurement of a new HR-IT system, and, in other work, Gregor Stickler assisted Tiwag Tiroler Wasserkraft with the procurement of framework agreements for services for the implementation of approximately 250,000 electronic smart meters. In September 2018, Christian Eder joined from Graf & Pitkowitz and strengthened the team's data protection offering. Johannes Schramm and Matthias Öhler are also noted.

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG routinely acts for contracting authorities and bidders in public tender and procurement review proceedings. Manfred Essletzbichler, who jointly heads the team with Sebastian Oberzaucher and Silvia Fessl, acted for Porr in review proceedings before the Federal Administrative Court concerning the Brenner Basistunnel infrastructure project, and a consortium of construction specialists received advice on a tender procedure by Asfinag for construction works pertaining to the Karawanks tunnel, connecting Austria with Slovenia. Wolfgang Lauchner was appointed counsel in May 2018.

CMS assists with public tender procedures and PPP projects and has particular expertise in the infrastructure, construction, waste, life sciences and healthcare sectors alongside the transport and technology industries. In recent work, Thomas Hamerl and team head Bernt Elsner assisted Porr with the procurement procedure for the PPP project Berresgasse Campus. Robert Keisler is another key contact.

DSC Doralt Seist Csoklich Rechtsanwälte GmbH's team acts for public authorities and bidders in tender procedures and PPP projects. Practice head Oliver Sturm assisted the municipalities of Frauental and Preding and the town of Deutschlandsberg with the structuring of a PPP project and with procurement procedures for waste management services, and advised the Austrian central bank Oesterreichische Nationalbank on procurement proceedings for a digital document storage system.

Eisenberger & Herzog is well versed in acting for public contracting entities and bidders in various stages of national and EU-wide tenders, including review proceedings with a focus on infrastructure and energy sector work. Ulrike Sehrschön and Wilhelm Offenbeck are the practice co-heads.

In August 2018, Stephan Heid, former founding partner of the now dissolved firm Heid Schiefer Rechsanwälte OG, established Heid und Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH. Other key individuals include environmental law expert Berthold Lindner, who joined from Haslinger/Nagele & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH and strengthens the firm's infrastructure and construction sector capabilities, IT and telecoms sectors specialist Kathrin Hornbanger, who previously worked independently, and Daniel Deutschmann.

Frequently handling life sciences and energy sector work, KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH utilises its strong construction law expertise to specialise in public procurement work at this intersection, advising bidders and contracting authorities on public tenders, appeal proceedings and PPP projects. Team head Katharina Trettnak-Hahnl advised Wiener Netze on procurement law matters pertaining to electricity and natural gas distribution systems.

In August 2018, the now dissolved public procurement boutique Heid Schiefer Rechsanwälte OG, split into two separate entities. Martin Schiefer now operates under Schiefer Rechtsanwälte GmbH and provides its clients, mainly bidders, with access to a digital procurement platform that includes assistance with data protection and compliance matters.

At Breitenfeld Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KG, the team is led by Michael Breitenfeld and has a strong profile for energy, waste management, healthcare and transport sector work, acting for contracting authorities and bidders in tender and review procedures.

Advising on PPP projects and related public procurement matters including review proceedings and compliance issues is a central pillar of Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners' practice, which is led by Michael Hecht. Clients include the City of Vienna, Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft and Vienna Hospital Association. Rudolf Christian Pekar is another key member of the team.

Advising public sector clients and bidders on tender procedures for major infrastructure - and PPP projects in particular - is Haslinger/Nagele & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH's core area of expertise. The team is also increasingly active in European-wide tenders and related advisory work. Martin Oder is the main contact.

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm)'s 'highly experienced and reliable' team has a strong presence in Upper Austria and advises public authorities on the full spectrum of public procurement law including tender and review procedures, PPP projects and contentious matters. Team head Hanno Liebmann is advising Asfinag on public procurement matters pertaining to the redevelopment of the Arlberg tunnel. Edwin Scharf made salary partner in October 2017.

Schwartz und Huber-Medek Rechtsanwälte OEG focuses on work for contracting authorities but also assists bidders with the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious public procurement law. Walter Schwartz is the key contact. ORF and Wiener Wohnen are clients.

Binder Grösswang's public procurement team is led by Johannes Barbist and is part of the firm's regulatory practice, which works in close co-operation with its corporate and M&A groups. It assists companies and service providers with general public procurement law matters, review proceedings, tender documentations and tender proceedings.

Cerha Hempel handles various contentious and non-contentious public procurement law matters for predominately contracting authorities such as the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy and Wien Energie but also acts for bidders including Traumatologische Gemeinschaft Burgenland. Irene Welser heads the team, which includes Michaela Siegwart, who made partner in January 2019.

With notable experience in energy, healthcare and life sciences-related work, Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH assists tenderers and contracting parties with general public procurement law matters and PPPs. Team head Bernhard Müller assisted OMV with the implementation of a new global tender strategy, and advised GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals on procurement matters pertaining to its tender of FSME vaccines.

As an integral part of the firm's regulatory practice, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's public procurement law team assists contracting authorities and international companies with public tenders and various contentious and non-contentious matters. Team head Stephan Denk routinely advises Fresenius Medical Care Austria on its Austrian tender projects concerning dialysis devices.

SCHNITZER Rechtsanwälte GmbH is particularly active in assisting bidders with bid protests as well as handling tender preparation and compliance work. Johannes Schnitzer acted for Zimmer Biomet in arbitration proceedings over alleged discriminatory tender specifications.

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) works in close co-operation with its public law team, which is led by Christian Schmelz, and routinely advises on EU-wide tenders, general public procurement law matters and challenging contract award decisions. Counsel Johannes Stalzer is the main contact.

Interview with...

Law firm partners and practice heads explain how their firms are adapting to clients' changing needs

International Law Firm Networks

International comparative guides

Giving the in-house community greater insight to the law and regulations in different jurisdictions.

Select Practice Area

GC Powerlist -

International Law Firm Networks

Press releases

The latest news direct from law firms. If you would like to submit press releases for your firm, send an email request to

Legal Developments in Austria

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to

    Good things come to those who wait? Finally, the main implementing regulation for the Austrian Law on Network and Information System Security ( Netz- und Informationssystemsicherheitsgesetz , " NISG ") was published last week. It serves primarily to define which companies are actually affected by the NISG. Now it is getting serious for the operators of " essential services ". What does that mean?
    - Dorda

    Black Friday is unquestionable one of the most profitable and busiest days of the year for retail, particularly online. Worldwide almost all online store do offer sales or special promotions on Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Already after this practice has established online, a trademark for " BLACK FRIDAY " was registered in Germany back in 2013. In 2016 a Chinese company acquired the trademark and then filed in 2017 for its extension to Austria. Based on the registered trademark, it granted exclusive rights to an Austrian company, which licensed usage rights to various partner stores against remuneration. Further, an exclusive " Black Friday-Cooperation Program " was established. Non-partners who used the event name or trademark were prosecuted and requested to either pay a license fee or refrain from running Black Friday promotions. Some followed the request and entered into license agreements. Some, however, did challenge the validity of the trademark. Finally, respective proceedings to check the actual protection of the trademark were initiated. Austrian courts now held that the trademark " BLACK FRIDAY " is not protected in Austria .
    - Dorda

    On 5th December 2018, the Austrian data protection authority ( Datenschutzbehörde , "DSB") issued a decision (DSB-D123.270/0009-DSB/2018) on data subject's right to data deletion according to Art 17 GDPR. In a nutshell, the DSB accepted consistent anonymisation as a valid alternative to physical and technical deletion. Beside the clear statement that anonymous data is not subject to the GDPR, the DSB provided detailed information on (technical) requirements of anonymisation methods:
    - Dorda
  • Consent or pay – a valid scheme under the GDPR?

    Media companies throughout Europe struggle with a difficult economic environment: Shrinking sales figures for print products, the digitalisation and consumer demand force publishers to offer their content also on the internet. However, generating money for online publications is not quite easy as – at least in Austria – online subscription against renumeration has not been well accepted by customers. This partially has its root in the lack of suitable micropayment means in the past and users thus getting acquainted to online information being offered for free. Thus, publishers have instead focused on financing their platforms by online marketing activities such as placement of banners. Nowadays such digital advertisement is usually targeted to the specific user. For this purpose, cookies are stored on the user's computer upon his first visit of the website, which then collect data about his location, technical equipment used and online behaviour. This finally allows to display specific, user targeted advertisements. However, such cookies may cause issues with applicable consent requirements under the telecommunication and data protection regulations:
    - Dorda
  • fwp expands know-how thanks to new junior partner

    Vienna, March 2019. Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner GmbH (fwp) adds valuable competence and expertise to the team by welcoming Pavel Bachleda in its midst as a new attorney-at-law and junior partner.
  • fwp helps find a new mega arena location

    fwp helps find a new mega arena location

    Processing operations subject to the requirement of a data protection impact assessment.
    - Dorda
  • Rien ne va plus!

    - Dorda
  • DORDA advises on the acquisition of Austrian office properties Denk Drei

    Stefan Artner , Partner and Head of the Real Estate Practice Group, and real estate attorney Klaus Pfeiffer of DORDA advised Austrian Real Estate Development GmbH ( ARE , a subsidiary of Bundesimmobilien-Gesellschaft, the Austrian privatization agency) on the acquisition of the Denk Drei office properties from IC Development . The successful closing of the forward purchase transaction took place on April 30, 2018. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.
    - Dorda
  • Austrian "White List"

    Exceptions from the OBLIGATION TO CARRY OUT A data protection impact assessment
    - Dorda

Press Releases in Austria

The latest news direct from law firms. If you would like to submit press releases for your firm, send an email request to
  • fwp extends its expertise by appointing a new junior partner from its own ranks

    Vienna, September 2018. Motivated and energetic - this is how the new junior partner of Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner (fwp) presents himself. One of Austria’s leading law firms acclaims Clemens Gabriel’s new status as attorney-at-law registered since 19 September 2018.
  • fwp strengthens areas of competence by appointing a new junior partner from its own ranks.

    Vienna, September 2018. Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner (fwp) adds valuable competence and expertise to the team by promoting Michael Froner to junior partner.
  • Slovakia: Schoenherr advises AlbĂ©a on the acquisition of Scandolara Slovakia

    Schoenherr Bratislava has advised the Albéa group ("Albéa") on the acquisition of 100 % of the shares in SCANDOLARA TUB-EST, s.r.o. ("Scandolara"), a Slovak subsidiary of the Italian Scandolara Group, which produces laminate tubes. read more...
  • Schoenherr assists Republic of Austria in offer to HETA-creditors

    On Friday, 2 September 2016, the Austrian Finance Minister has given the green light to finance a public offer by Kärntner Ausgleichszahlungs-Fonds (KAF) to HETA creditors pursuant to § 2a of the Austrian Financial Market Stability Act. The offer will implement the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) concluded in May 2016 between the Austrian Minister of Finance and a significant number of creditors of debt instruments issued by HETA ASSET RESOLUTION AG (HETA) that are subject to a regional law deficiency guarantee. The offer will be published by KAF on Tuesday, 6 September 2016.  read more...
  • Austria: Schoenherr advises banking consortium on issuance of EUR 500 million mortgage covered bond

    Schoenherr advised an international banking consortium comprising Commerzbank Ak-tiengesellschaft (technical lead), Barclays Bank plc, Crédit Agricole CIB and CaixaBank SA as Joint Lead Managers on the successful issuance of a EUR 500 million fixed-rate mortgage covered bond ( Pfandbrief ) by Vienna-based Erste Group Bank AG (closing date: 9 September 2015). The bond was placed with institutional investors and listed on the Second Regulated Market of the Vienna Stock Exchange.  read more...
  • Austria: JUVE confirms Schoenherr's leading role in Austrian legal market and among corporate/M&A pr

    JUVE, the premier German-language legal business publication, ranks Schoenherr as the  leading law firm in Austria  and recognises the firm's Corporate/M&A practice for being at the very  apex of the country's transactional practitioners . In the newly-released 2015 edition of its annual 150-page handbook on corporate law firms in Austria, JUVE identifies Schoenherr as having generated the highest revenues among the country’s 15 largest law firms, thanks not least to Schoenherr's advisory role in a large selection of the headline transactions and restructurings during 2014/15.  read more...
  • Austria: Schoenherr advises Allianz Capital Partners on its first acquisition of wind parks in Austr

    Schoenherr advised Allianz Capital Partners (ACP) on its acquisition of four wind parks in the Austrian state of Lower Austria from ImWind, one of the country’s largest wind farm operators, with a portfolio of 320 MW in operation. read more...
  • Austria: Schoenherr advises UNION Investment on prominent real estate transactions in Vienna

    Schoenherr has advised UNION Investment Real Estate GmbH, one of Europe's leading property investment management companies, on several prominent real estate acquisitions that the Hamburg-based group has made in Vienna. In addition to space2move, Schoenherr has also advised UNION Investment. read more...
  • Austria: Schoenherr advises Cimpress on its acquisition of Austria's

    Schoenherr advised Cimpress N.V., a world leader in mass customization, on its acquisition of, one of the leading web-to-print businesses in Austria. The transaction, which was announced on 18 March 2015, closed on 17 April 2015 following the successful achievement of various closing conditions including Austrian antitrust clearance. The acquisition supports Cimpress’ strategy of building a software-enabled operational platform that aggregates and optimizes the supply chain and production of mass customized products such as signage, printing, apparel and promotional products. read more...
  • CEE: Schoenherr named Leading Law Firm in South East Europe by Chambers

    Schoenherr has been recognized as " South East Europe Law Firm of the Year " (2015) by the renowned legal publisher Chambers and Partners . Schoenherr lawyers Monica Cojocaru (partner; Bucharest), Miloš Laković (partner, Moravčević, Vojnović & partneri OAD in cooperation with Schoenherr; Belgrade) and Marko Prušnik (partner; Ljubljana) accepted the award on behalf of the firm at the Chambers Europe Awards event held this past Friday evening at Amsterdam’s Hotel Okura. read more...