Public procurement in Austria

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH assists public and private entities throughout the full life cycle of public procurement up to related litigation. The group is also particularly adept at handling PPPs in infrastructure and healthcare industries and also handles cross-border projects and tender procedures. Bernt Elsner and his team deploy a procurement portal for clients to carry out tendering processes electronically, an initiative that has come in particularly handy during Covid-19. Elsner often advises contracting authorities and also has experience of compliance issues. Robert Keisler adds competition law expertise to the team and Thomas Hamerl is a key name for energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Bernt Elsner

Other key lawyers:

Robert Keisler; Thomas Hamerl

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge in the respective fields (public tendering).’

‘Very professional and knowledgeable lawyers who had an excellent understanding of all procedures and all legal matters.’

‘Bernt Elsner is highly qualified and knowledgeable in all public procurement matters. But further to that, he has an excellent understanding of legal procedures.’

‘Great partner and associate cooperation. They can listen to the customers’ needs and are extremely empathetic.’

Key clients

Swietelsky Tunnelbau

Plasser & Theurer

Münze Österreich

Statistics Austria

Strabag AG, Salini Impregilo S.p.A.

nöGIG

Leyrer + Graf

Porr Beteiligungen

hospitals Projektentwicklungsges.m.b.H

Österreichisches Rotes Kreuz

Total Firestop

Upnano

Sanifair / Tank & Rast

ELL European Locomotive Leasing

Gebrüder Haider/Habau/Porr

Österreich Werbung

Medizinische Universität Wien (Medical University of Vienna)

Work highlights

  • Advising Austrian Mint on the tender for a frame agreement concerning international transport and logistic services.
  • Advising P.M.P. on the tender for the maintenance and procurement of firefighting equipment for the Republic of Austria.
  • Representing Medical University of Vienna as a contracting authority in review proceedings concerning a delivery contract for hospital equipment.

Schramm Öhler Rechtsanwälte

Boutique firm Schramm Öhler Rechtsanwälte remains at the forefront of public procurement law and grew further in 2020 with the opening of two new branches in Eisenstadt and Feldkirch, and the appointment of four new partners: Andreas Gföhler, Hannes Pesendorfer, Christian Gruber and Michael Weiner. The team excels at covering the full range of public procurement, particularly on the side of contracting parties. Johannes SchrammMatthias ÖhlerGeorg Zellhofer and Gregor Stickler are the other key names.

Practice head(s):

Johannes Schramm; Matthias Öhler; Georg Zellhofer; Gregor Stickler; Andreas Gföhler; Hannes Pesendorfer; Christian Gruber; Michael Weiner

Testimonials

‘The whole team is taking over ownership of their tasks but also demanding feedback from the client to the things done. We had three public tenders in parallel, and they the practice never lost track of a single task. Very impressive and very good price/quality ratio.’

‘The whole team was fantastic.’

‘Excellent, specially tailored procurement documents and suggestions; great care and effort taken to the specifics of the case.’

‘Mr Weiner not only brings with him a broad understanding of the technical aspects and practices in IT-procurement but also excels in preparing individual suggestions on a case-by-case basis. ’

‘The firm’s strength is that it takes a lot of time to explain the procedure and the options available. You also get the feeling that there is a very high level of know-how.’

‘It was a pleasure to work with Mag. Gruber. His commitment was admirable.’

‘Technically extremely competent, helpful people who support and help you even at short notice!’

‘The team is very competent and proactive in communication.’

‘Dr. Zellhofer is highly motivated to come to solutions which fit to our requirements.’

‘Legal competence coupled with the good basic knowledge of the ITK sector.’

‘Apart from the fact that we appreciate the high quality of their advice, all team members we had to deal with so far are reliable and congenial persons to work with. This holds especially true for our main contact person Christian Gruber.’

‘The team offered us an efficient and pragmatic approach to solve our problems.’

‘The individuals always offered constructive solutions without any negligence of juridical problems.’

‘Mr. Stickler is an outstanding expert in the field of public procurement law. He is very efficient in detecting client’s needs and approachable and practical when outlining his legal solutions.

‘Very good availability of partners and associates; fast, uncomplicated and correct communication; great ability to deal with foreign topics and to acquire skills in the field; the work is supported by great personal commitment of the persons involved, whether associates or partners; very competent legal support in all phases of the tender process – from beginning to closing the deal. ’

‘Partner Gregor Stickler got involved on an exceptionally frequent basis, always taking care about progress of the project and also always there to help take final decisions. He gave a lot of support to my team before closing the tender process and does a tremendously good job negotiating with tender participants.’

‘Very good team, can establish a good understanding for technical requirements of needed products.’

‘Good knowledge in telco business models fast and reliable work, even over weekends.’

‘Georg Zellhofer helps us a lot with his extensive knowledge of IT-related procurements. We value his availability, accuracy and the high quality of his work.’

‘The firm stands out for its comprehensive knowledge of public procurement law. Due to their more than 20 years of experience, they have solutions also for complex issues and always give us the best advice.’

‘Georg Zellhofer is very approachable and understands our business, not just the law.’

‘The team was well informed, acted in total accordance with all other players. The communication is always trustful, fast and even with humour.’

‘Hannes Pesendorfer is a calm, level-headed, smart partner with extremely well-founded knowledge and the willingness to listen carefully to the client. He has been with us for years and all procedures have been completed to our absolute satisfaction.’

Key clients

ÖBB-Postbus GmbH

ÖBB-Personenverkehr AG

via donau – Österreichische Wasserstraßen-Gesellschaft mbH

Climate and Energy Fund

Pension Insurance Institution

Vienna Chamber of Labour

University of Vienna

Wiener Linien GmbH & Co KG

Museum of the city of Vienna

Wiener Stadthalle Betriebs- und Veranstaltungs-gesellschaft m.b.H.

Medical University of Graz

Federal Ministry of Labour, Family and Youth

Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection

Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research

University of Applied Sciences of Vienna

Hospital Authority of Lower Austria (NÖ Landesgesundheitsagentur)

Ecoplus. The Business Agency of Lower Austria

Gesundheit Österreich GmbH

ADA – Austrian Development Agency

Austrian Workers’ Compensation Board for insurance against occupational accidents

E-Control

Lower Austrian Economic Chamber

Federal province of Lower Austria

Styrian Hospitals Limited Liability Company (Steiermärkische Krankena

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG is a popular choice for assistance with large tenders, both on the side of contracting authorities and bidders. In recent years, the firm has also expanded its niche knowledge to include the museum sector. The department is led by Manfred Essletzbichler, Sebastian Oberzaucher and Silvia Fessl. Essletzbichler excels in energy as well as infrastructure, transport, IT and health sector tenders. IT and health are also core areas for Oberzaucher, and Feßl adds PPP, architectural competitions and planning procedure expertise.

Practice head(s):

Manfred Essletzbichler; Sebastian Oberzaucher; Silvia Fessl

Testimonials

‘We are extremely happy with Wolf Theiss.’

‘I would recommend Manfred Essletzbichler as the top lawyer in procurement for anybody who is working in this field. His decades of experience, his dedication and seemingly unlimited energy make him clearly stand out. He has a brilliant legal mind and is one of the smartest and most efficient lawyers I have ever encountered. He is extremely quick in grasping the essential points of any given matter and never loses sight of details. Furthermore, he is exceptionally responsive and always available for his clients.’

‘Sebastian Oberzaucher is an excellent strategist with outstanding legal expertise. I am impressed with his communication skills and his ability to break down the most complex legal matters, spot potential risks and find practicable solutions. I would not hesitate to put him in charge of any project. In addition, he is an excellent negotiator and practically unbeatable in court.’

‘I would highly recommend Silvia Feßl. She is a top expert in all public procurement as well as real estate-related matters. She specializes in the intersection of procurement, real estate and construction and has an impressive track record which clearly sets her apart from competitors. Given her sharp legal mind, her ability to find innovative approaches and her dedication to her clients, I always feel in safe hands with her. ’

‘Manfred Essletzbichler is extremely firm in his field of experience.’

‘We have worked with Wolf Theiss’ procurement practice and administrative law for many years and are more than happy with their team. Every single lawyer in the team is eminently qualified and efficient. We greatly appreciate their clear and on-point advice and their responsiveness. What in-house peers should know about the team is that they have in-depth sector-specific knowledge in any field and are able to grasp the essential needs of your business in no time. They also have a very sizeable team so that you always feel well taken care of as a client and can quickly build up a productive business relationship. In our view, the Wolf Theiss procurement team is without doubt the best choice in the Austrian market.’

‘Manfred Essletzbichler really stands out as one of the top procurement lawyers in Austria. His experience, his sharp legal mind and his knowledge of the market are practically unrivalled. He combines extreme precision with incredible speed and tactical skills. We have never been disappointed in trusting his judgement, and we would not hesitate to recommend him highly to anyone seeking procurement advice.’

‘Sebastian Oberzaucher belongs to the very few procurement lawyers in Austria who can take the lead on the most complex projects that include a multitude of legal fields. He has been one of the top experts on public procurement matters for years, and we are extremely impressed with his commitment and foresight. He brings a combination of experience, skill and enthusiasm to the table that make it a pleasure to work with him. ’

‘Big public procurement group with high expertise and sufficient resources.’

‘Manfred Essletzbichler: great experience, very well connected to the relevant public procurement players in Austria, always provides pragmatic solutions.’

Key clients

Verkehrsverbund Ost-Region (VOR) GmbH

Wiener Wohnen Kundenservice GmbH

Wiener Krankenanstaltenverbund / Wiener Gesundheitsverbund (Vienna Hospital Association)

Amt der Niederösterreichischen Landesregierung (Government of Lower Austria)

NÖ Landeskliniken-Holding

Albertina

KHM-Museumsverband

Museum für angewandte Kunst

Belvedere

KELAG Group

Delta Projektconsult GmbH

Vereinigte Bühnen Wien GmbH

University of Vienna

Flughafen Wien AG / Vienna International Airport (VIA)

Bauunternehmung GRANIT Gesellschaft m.b.H.

Schutzgebietsverwaltung Wildnisgebiet Dürrenstein

PORR Bau GmbH

ÖSTU-Stettin Hoch- und Tiefbau Gesellschaft m.b.H.

Work highlights

  • Advised Verkehrsverbund Ost-Region on numerous matters regarding the reorganisation of the ordering regime for (subsidised) public passenger transport services.
  • Advised Wiener Krankenanstaltenverbund / Wiener Gesundheitsverbund on the tendering of multi-party framework agreements for general planning services, for (construction) project management services, for local construction supervision services and for project controlling / consulting services regarding the investment and restructuring programme of all Vienna hospitals over the next five years.
  • Advising several renowned museums and museum operating companies on tender procedures for worldwide art transport.

DSC Doralt Seist Csoklich Rechtsanwälte GmbH

The group at DSC Doralt Seist Csoklich Rechtsanwälte GmbH acts on both sides of tender procedures and PPP projects, and has substantial experience of the construction, transport, public services and health care sectors. The team also handles architectural competitions and accompanying projects and has experience of flexible framework agreements. Oliver Sturm is particularly knowledgeable of the technical aspects of infrastructure and PPP projects. He receives key support from the 'fiercely intelligent' Dominik Zimm, who regularly acts for contracting authorities in the public health and public services space.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Sturm

Other key lawyers:

Dominik Zimm

Testimonials

‘In particular, I would like to mention Dr. Dominik Zimm. He carries out every aspect of his work to the highest possible standard.’

‘The strength of the team was bundled via a single interface to the customer.’

‘Dominik Zimm showed an exceptional accumulated expertise introduced to the project via precisely selected text modules. He also showed fierce intelligence in grasping the technical requirements and in translating them into the correct formal documents. The performance of Dominik Zimm can hardly be topped.’

‘The uniqueness is that there is support at the highest level. The strength of the employees is given in their technical professionalism. Compared to other companies, the topics are dealt with quickly.’

‘Flexibility, quick implementation and the best advice.’

‘The firm covers a wide array of services and can answer almost all legal questions with competent and experienced partners, who give advice quickly.’

‘Competence, experience, aware of issues, great collaboration and economic aspects are taken in to account.’

‘Outstanding support and consultancy in public procurement.’

Key clients

Vienna Public Transport (Wiener Linien GmbH & Co KG)

Austrian National Bank (Österreichische Nationalbank)

Federal State of Salzburg (Land Salzburg)

Federal State of Lower Austria (Land Niederösterreich)

University of Vienna (Universität Wien)

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (Universität für Bodenkultur Wien)

Voestalpine Metal Forming GmbH (voestalpine Krems Finaltechnik GmbH)

Rosenbauer Österreich Gesellschaft m.b.H.

Vienna Association of Hospitals (Wiener Gesundheitsverbund)

Ministry of Finance (Bundesministerium für Finanzen)

Vienna Business Agency (Wirtschaftsagentur Wien)

Environment Agency Austria (Umweltbundesamt)

City of Vienna – Housing Company (Stadt Wien – Wiener Wohnen)

Vienna Dialysis-Center (Wiener Dialysezentrum)

Work highlights

  • Advising the Vienna Public Transport Company on the procurement procedures regarding the construction works for the extension of the U2 and U5 subway lines in Vienna.
  • Advising the Federal State of Salzburg on several procurement procedures regarding the construction of a new headquarters of the Federal State of Salzburg in the City of Salzburg (architectural competition, project management support, accompanying control).
  • Assisting the Vienna General Hospital with the procurement procedure regarding the general planning services for a new research centre.

E+H Eisenberger + Herzog

Matters relating to industrial infrastructure, energy and utilities, and the procurement of services are the three pillars of the public procurement department at E+H Eisenberger + HerzogUlrike Sehrschön advises clients from highly regulated sectors on tender proceedings including enforcement before public authorities and judicial bodies, and Tatjana Katalan-Dworak  is an expert in road and railway construction, zoning, mining, and environmental law; the duo head the team.

Practice head(s):

Ulrike Sehrschön

Other key lawyers:

Tatjana Katalan-Dworak

Work highlights

  • Advising Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften on the public procurement aspects and tendering process for several projects.
  • Advised Martkgemeinde Perchtoldsdorf on awarding a service contract to provide technical facility management for two locations of the Marktgemeinde Perchtoldsdorf.

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners acts for bidders and contracting authorities alike and has a core focus on PPP procurement advice. A key specialism is the structuring of joint ventures between public bodies and private entities. Healthcare, architecture, real estate, civil engineering and infrastructure sectors are at the centre of the practice, which is jointly headed by Michael Hecht and Rudolf Christian Pekar. The former is a key name for PPPs, whereas the latter structures and conducts procurement projects including innovative and green procurement procedures.

Practice head(s):

Michael Hecht; Rudolf Christian Pekar

Key clients

Province of Lower Austria

Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft m.b.H.

Work highlights

  • Advised Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft m.b.H. (“BIG”) on the structuring of one of the first innovation partnerships in Austria.
  • Advised the Province of Lower Austria on the procurement of complex service contracts in connection with strategic environmental audit procedures.

FSM Rechtsanwälte

FSM Rechtsanwälte has a strong understanding of public procurement, impressing clients with its 'very modern working approach' which includes the automated processing of contract drafts and tender documents utilising legal tech tools. Award procedures with a focus on innovation are Karlheinz Moick's main strength. He jointly heads the team with Sebastian Feuchtmüller, who specialises in construction and electricity procurement. The firm is particularly sought after by contracting authorities, especially in the public health sector.

Practice head(s):

Karlheinz Moick; Sebastian Feuchtmüller

Testimonials

‘Sebastian Feuchtmüller and Karlheinz Moick are exceptional practitioners in the field. Confronted with unordinary challenges in the field of public procurement, they deliver excellent solutions.’

‘A strong team, full of energy and enthusiasm with a great combination of experience, intellect and pragmatism. FSM goes the extra mile.’

‘The team demonstrates a unique combination of knowledge and soft skills. Committed to the delivery of a quality product, on time, with reduced requirements for redrafting.’

‘FSM has a very modern working approach. The team delivers fast and creative solutions and also has a deep understanding of the activities of our organization.’

‘Dr. Moick is an outstanding specialist in public procurement law. He takes in-house specifics perfectly into account and uses these for the legal procedure. Outstanding experience as a lawyer, contractor and specially as a procurer. Therefore, it is our first address for procurement law in Austria.’

‘Karlheinz Moick is an excellent, highly competent and very flexible partner in the development and processing of public tenders, especially in a potential field of contractors that is known to be difficult. With his personality it was always a pleasure to work with him.’

‘Sebastian Feuchtmüller is a fantastic lawyer. He has a deep and up-to-date knowledge of public procurement law and never hesitates to roll his sleeves up.’

‘Karlheinz Moick reacts quickly and provides highly qualified advice. He has extensive experience in dealing with public clients. Working with him is very rewarding.’

Key clients

Federal Ministry for Education Science and Research (BMBWF)

Wiener Gesundheitsverbund (formerly Wiener Krankenanstaltenverbund or short KAV)

Österreichische Gesundheitskasse (ÖGK)

Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft (FFG)

Austrian Research Centre for Forests (Bundesforschungs- und Ausbildungszentrum für Wald) (BFW)

City of Wiener Neustadt

Austrian Energy Agency (AEA)

Berufliche Bildungs- und Rehabilitationszentrum Gruppe (BBRZ)

PRO COR Medizinische Rehabilitation GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising the Wiener Gesundheitsverbund on various public procurement law matters, in particular by collecting data for subsequent public procurement procedures, comprehensive support in the handling of public procurement procedures and representation in court proceedings.
  • Supporting BMBWF in various cases in connection with the examination of the admissibility under public procurement law and the contractual implementation of public-public cooperation between federal states and other public legal entities.
  • Assisting FFG with all questions concerning public procurement law, in particular by preparing tender documents and handling public procurement procedures.

Schiefer Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Schiefer Rechtsanwälte GmbH fields a highly specialised public procurement team, where every key member is dedicated to a specific kind of tender proceeding. Martin Schiefer is notable for advice on building construction and civil engineering; Gabriele Kondert is focused on rescue services, civil protection, supply and service contracts; work in the energy and telecoms sectors is a strength of Ralf BlahaAlexandra Mensdorff-Pouilly handles work relating to the healthcare, marketing and PR industries; and Katja Schreibmayer's specialisms include healthcare as well as transport tenders. The firm operates five different branches throughout Austria to provide national and regional services.

Practice head(s):

Martin Schiefer; Gabriele Kondert; Ralf Blaha; Alexandra Mensdorff-Pouilly; Katja Schreibmayer

Testimonials

‘Deep experts in laws regarding tender procedures combined with a very good market understanding. Covering a broad range of industry segments’

Key clients

Österreichische Agentur für Ernährungssicherheit (AGES)

Österreichische Gesundheitskasse (ÖGK)

Stadt Wien MA01

ÖBB Infrastruktur

Salzburg AG

Salzburger Regionalstadtbahnen

Wirschaftskammer Steiermark

Arbeiterkammer Steiermark

Arbeiterkammer Wien

Arbeiterkammer Oberösterreich

Niederösterreichische Landesregierung

Steiermärkische Krankenanstaltengesellschaft (KAGes)

Sozialversicherungsanstalt der Selbständigen (SVS)

Salzkammergutbahn GmbH

Bau ID

Linz AG

Provincial Government of Lower Austria

Niederösterreichische Landesgesundheitsagentur

Wiener Wohnen Kundenservice

Verkehrsverbund Steiermark

Verkehrsverbund Ost-Region (VOR)

Wiener Linien

Dachverband der Österreichischen Sozialversicherungsträger

IT-Services der Sozialversicherung GmbH

Carinthian Provincial Government

Energie-Control Austria für die Regulierung der Elektrizitäts- und Erdgaswirtschaft (E-Control)

Burgenländische Krankenanstalten-Ges.m.b.H. (KRAGES)

Kärntner Landeskrankenanstal

Work highlights

  • Supporting Salzburger Regionalstadtbahn Projektgesellschaft mbH in finding a planner and tendering geological investigations for the extension of the Salzburg local railway to Hallein.
  • Advised Niederösterreichische Landesgesundheitsagentur on a structural reform for the establishment of a state health agency including operating companies.

Cerha Hempel

Clients from the IT, medical and infrastructure industries count on Cerha Hempel to handle public procurement matters, both for bidders and for contracting authorities. Georg Konrad is particularly active in the transportation sector; Stefan Huber has a core focus on work relating to the a higher education space; and Michaela Siegwart is a key name for utility procurement.

Practice head(s):

Georg Konrad; Stefan Huber; Michaela Siegwart

Key clients

Wien Energie

CeMM – Forschungszentrum für molekulare Medizin GmbH

Vienna Business University

Austrian Power Grid AG (“APG”)

Vienna International Airport

Airport Klagenfurt

Coloplast

IST Austria

Consortium D-TOLL (Atlantia S.p.A., Kapsch TrafficCom AG, Autostrade Tech S.p.A.)

Stadler Rail Management AG

dentsu X GmbH

Traumatologische Gemeinschaft Burgenland

Österreichische Hochschülerinnen- und Hochschülerschaft (Austrian Union of Students)

Work highlights

  • Advised Wien Energie on the impact of Covid-19-related questions to ongoing and planned tenders.
  • Advised the D-Toll consortium on the tender procedures regarding the sale of the shares in Toll Collect GmbH and conclusion of a new operating agreement between the Federal Republic of Germany and Toll Collect GmbH.
  • Advising companies of the Switzerland-based Stadler group on tender procedures regarding the development, manufacturing and delivery of trains for various Austrian railways.

Heid und Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Heid und Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH's founding partner Stephan Heid handles construction, healthcare and mobility tenders, among other work.

KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH

KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH provides legal advice before and during tender procedures as well as support in PPPs and representation before procurement review bodies. Clients usually stem from the construction, health, energy, finance and planning sectors. The practice is headed by Katharina Trettnak-Hahnl, who advises both contractors and public sector clients and has additional capabilities in state aid and public law.

Practice head(s):

Katharina Trettnak-Hahnl

Key clients

COVID-19 Finanzierungsagentur des Bundes GmbH (COFAG)

Wien 3420 Aspern Development AG

Verein „Österreichs E-Wirtschaft“

Versicherungsanstalt öffentlich Bediensteter, Eisenbahnen und Bergbau (BVAEB)

Celebi Ground Services Austria GmbH

FACILITYCOMFORT Energie- und Gebäudemanagement GmbH

Nipro Medical Austria GmbH

Hasenöhrl Bau GmbH

Wiener Netze GmbH

Wien Energie GmbH

Land Burgenland

Land Niederösterreich

Meissl Architects ZT GmbH

Montanuniversität Leoben

Materials Center Leoben Forschung GmbH

HOSPESGrundstückverwaltungsgesellschaft m.b.H.

Wiener Stadtwerke GmbH

Work highlights

  • Provided procurement law advice in the phase of the Austrian lockdown and the operational start of COFAG, providing financial support during Covid-19.
  • Advised Verein “Österreichs E-Wirtschaft” on a tender for the development of an interface adaptor for smart meters.
  • Advised Wien 3420 Aspern Development AG on awards for road design and landscape planning.

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm)

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) acts for a number of clients from Upper Austria and is retained to guide companies through the full life cycle of public procurement and tender procedures. Department lead Hanno Liebmann and his team have developed a procurement platform to facilitate the processing of most public procurement matters. Areas of expertise include transport and particularly railway law.

Practice head(s):

Hanno Liebmann

Other key lawyers:

Edwin Scharf

Testimonials

‘The members of SCWP always perform their work in first class manner, just in time and with reliable results. I feel confident in the firms expertise and work performed.’

‘Hanno Liebmann is precise in his advice and never losing the practical connections and needs of their client. He notably understands representing his clients positions in his oral pleadings.’

Key clients

Federal State of Upper Austria

Federal State of Salzburg

Bundespensionskasse AG

Schiene OÖ GmbH

Oö. Theater und Orchester GmbH

Elin GmbH

Oberösterreichische Gesundheitsholding GmbH

Kepler Universitätsklinikum GmbH

Soravia Group and Soravia Equity GmbH

Energie AG Oberösterreich Tech Services GmbH

Xenocs SAS

Work highlights

  • Advising the Federal State of Salzburg and Schiene OÖ GmbH on the procurement of new rolling stock for future use in the region’s rail network.
  • Assisting the Federal State of Upper Austria and state-owned railway company with the public procurement aspects of the development and operation of regional railway lines in Upper Austria.
  • Advising Bundespensionskasse AG on public procurement issues arising from real estate investments.

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)

Representing bidders as well as contracting authorities, Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) is able to undertake both the preparation of tender applications and the execution of tender procedures. Counsel Johannes Stalzer shares responsibility for the department with Christian Schmelz, who also heads the firm's regulatory practice. Schmelz has considerable understanding of EU-wide and cross-border tender procedures, for instance with regard to infrastructure or outsourcing projects.

Practice head(s):

Christian Schmelz; Johannes Stalzer

Testimonials

‘Highly efficient and competent team.’

‘Johannes Stalzer is a highly experienced, extremely committed and efficient advisor with the ability to relate public procurement law to legal and non-legal staff likewise. Johannes Stalzer’s no-nonsense and down-to-earth approach was highly appreciated.’

‘Mr Stalzer and his colleagues provided thorough and diligent work. This was done within the deadline and was complete. Their knowledge of Austrian Public Procurement Law is of a high level and they have a good insight in the EU Directives.’

‘It is unique how quickly and competent this practice reacts to individual demands.’

‘Super high competence and engagement, combined with a lot of experience in their individual areas.’

‘Personal contacts are very stable.’

‘Personal contacts are easy to contact at any time. Identification with customer problems is very high.’

‘The team is extremely experienced in public procurement matters, very responsive and business-oriented.’

‘We mainly work with Johannes Stalzer. He is one of the leading lawyers in Austria for public procurement matters. He is very trustful and very much appreciated amongst experts working for other law firms.’

Key clients

WienIT

Albertina

Technisches Museum Wien

Thales Austria GmbH

TIWAG Tiroler Wasserkraft AG

Neue Heimat Tirol

Wiener Netze GmbH

Bundesrechenzentrum GmbH

Wiener Krankenanstaltenverbund (Vienna Hospital Association)

EBRD

Work highlights

  • Advising EBRD on concession / tender proceedings for building and operating a 50MW solar power plant in Georgia.
  • Advising the Vienna Technical Museum (“Technisches Museum Wien”) on an EU-wide competitive procedure for the re-design and construction of several new exhibition areas at the Technisches Museum Wien.
  • Advising the Austrian Federal Computing Centre (Bundesrechenzentrum GmbH) -BRZ on an EU-wide competitive procedure relating to the conclusion of a framework agreement for an installation.

Binder Grösswang

Part of the firm's wider regulatory group, Binder Grösswang's public procurement team assists public and private companies, for instance in relation to M&A transactions and projects. Department head Johannes Barbist has a solid track record acting for energy and transport clients. Senior associate Regina Kröll is also active.

Practice head(s):

Johannes Barbist

Other key lawyers:

Regina Kröll

Work highlights

  • Advised a major railway infrastructure and logistics company on various M&A transactions and projects in regard to competition law, public procurement law, state aid law and public administrative law.
  • Advised a state entity on the specific public procurement regime for public passenger transport services by rail and by road.
  • Advised a German IT company on the provision of software-based public transportation solutions in Austria.

Breitenfeld Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KG

Public procurement law is a core offering of the team at Breitenfeld Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KGMichael Breitenfeld is the name to note.

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH

The life sciences and healthcare sectors are at the forefront of DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH's public procurement practice, which counts manufacturers of pharmaceutical products and medical devices among its core clients. Healthcare IT expert Bernhard Müller heads both the firm's public law and specifically the public procurement practice; he is also active in the defence and security space.

Practice head(s):

Bernhard Müller

Other key lawyers:

Dominik Widl

Testimonials

‘Very short reaction time. Always practical advice.’

Key clients

AGFA Healthcare

Arbeitsgemeinschaft “Nichtsesshaftenhilfe”

bioMérieux Austria

GE Healthcare

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

G4S

HAGRO -Ventilation and Air-Conditioning Technology

Menzies Aviation

OMV Exploration & Production Austria

PremiQaMedGroup

Work highlights

  • Representing GSK in a review procedure concerning the tender for a pneumococcal vaccine.
  • Advised Menzies on a Europe-wide tendering procedure for the award of ground-handling services at Vienna International Airport in Schwechat.
  • Advised G4S on the tender for the provision of security services in all courts in Austria and in a review procedure concerning the security of all official buildings in the province of Lower Austria.

Haslinger/Nagele & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Haslinger/Nagele & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH assists parties on both side of the table in tender proceedings, particularly when it comes to PPPs. Martin Oder is the name to note.

KPMG Law in Austria

In late 2019, KPMG Law in Austria established a public procurement practice with the arrival of Franz Josef Arztmann from Baker McKenzie Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG. The group has a focus on tender award and review procedures in the healthcare, infrastructure and railway sectors.

Practice head(s):

Franz Josef Arztmann

Testimonials

‘From the very beginning the KPMG Law team was able to identify the critical points in this case and how to benefit from them in our favour and how to avoid the points, which were not in our favour.’

‘Franz-Josef Arztmann provides hands-on experience and pragmatic, individual solutions. He can be reached very easily for quick advice.’

‘Dr. Arztmann communicated accurately and always in a prompt manner. If necessary even late at night.’

Key clients

Schieneninfrastruktur-Dienstleistungsgesellschaft (SCHIG mbH)

Nationalpark Hohe Tauern

Work highlights

  • Advised SCHIG mbH on a tender procedure for subjective quality management services.
  • Acting for Nationalpark Hohe Tauern in numerous procurement procedures for a new permanent exhibition (“House of the Ibex”) in Heiligenblut.
  • Advised the SCHIG mbH on a tender procedure for cleaning services for its business premises.

Schwartz und Huber-Medek Rechtsanwälte OEG

Public procurement is one of the focal points of public business law firm Schwartz und Huber-Medek Rechtsanwälte OEG. Walter Schwartz handles tender proceedings for both bidders and contracting authorities.