Public procurement in Austria

Schiefer Rechtsanwälte GmbH

With five offices across Austria, Schiefer Rechtsanwälte GmbH has a strong presence in the procurement area, supporting contracting authorities at all stages of procurement projects. The firm is often sought after for matters relating to transport and infrastructure as well as innovative procurements with telecoms, IT and healthcare constituting additional strong points. Martin Schiefer is specialised in areas such as digitisation, healthcare and construction, and Gabriele Kondert has extensive expertise in transport services, vehicle procurement, civil engineering and leasing finance projects. Rudolf Pekar joined the team in January 2022 from Schiefer Rechtsanwälte GmbH.

Other key lawyers:

Rudolf Pekar

Key clients

Österreichische Agentur für Ernährungssicherheit (AGES)

Österreichische Gesundheitskasse (ÖGK)

Sozialversicherungsanstalt der Selbständigen (SVS)

City of Vienna

ÖBB Infrastruktur

Salzburg AG für Energie, Verkehr und Kommunikation

Salzburger Regionalstadtbahnen

Wirschaftskammer Steiermark

Arbeiterkammer Wien

Arbeiterkammer Oberösterreich

Niederösterreichische Landesregierung

Steiermärkische Krankenanstaltengesellschaft (KAGes)

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)

OÖ Verkehrsverbund-Organisations GmbH Nfg. & Co KG (OÖVV)

Provincial Government of Styria

SVD Büromanagement GmbH

Krankenhaus Spittal/Drau

LIB Landesimmobilien Burgenland GmbH

EuroSkills 2020 GmbH

Federal Ministry Republic of Austria Digital and Economic Affairs

Holding Graz

Steiermarkbahn und Bus GmbH

Steiermärkische Landesbahnen

Gesundheitsfonds Steiermark

Vereinigte Bühnen Wien

Wiener Gesundheitsverbund (WiGev)

Bundesrechenzentrum (BRZ)

Austrian Gas Grid Management AG (AGGM)

Universität Wien

Municipality Leonding

Austrian Development Agency

ZAMG Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik

LASK Linzer Atheltik-Sport-Klub

Municipality Wels

Pensionsversicherungsanstalt (PVA)

Technische Universität Graz

Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien

BIK Breitbandinitative Kärnten

Allgemeine Unfallversicherungsanstalt (AUVA)

Work highlights

  • Advised Allgemeine Unfallversicherungsanstalt (AUVA) on the demolition and new construction of the “Trauma- und Rehabilitationszentrum Wien” and new construction of the “Unfallkrankenhaus Klagenfurt”.
  • Advised BIK Breitbandinitiative Kärnten on the search for investors and operators for the expansion and operation of the broadband network in “Görtschitztal”, with particular regard to the provisions of state aid law.
  • Advised IT-Services der Sozialversicherung GmbH (ISTV) on the procurement of a digital healthcare consultation programme, aimed at enabling doctor’s appointments remotely.

Schramm Öhler Rechtsanwälte

Constituting one of the biggest public procurement teams on the market, Schramm Öhler Rechtsanwälte is well equipped to assist governmental bodies, public corporations and international companies with all matters related to public procurement. PPP projects, lifecycle models, framework agreements and outsourcing are among the areas the team advises on. Johannes Schramm, Matthias Öhler, Georg Zellhofer, Gregor Stickler, Andreas Gföhler, Hannes Pesendorfer, Christian Gruber and Michael Weiner  are the practice heads.

Testimonials

‘The team is always friendly, available for any questions you might have and is also available for urgent request at very short notice.’

‘Our main contact Mag. Weiner has proven his topic-related expertise on many different occasions. Besides the professional aspect, he is always friendly, helpful, reliable and humorous. He is a top contact person, regarding professional and human aspects.’

‘Big advice and a sense of real concern for the details of the practical process (which is rare in detail!) For that the advice / feedback is excellent!’

‘Dr. Zellhofer: quick understanding, great experience!!!.’

‘The team is highly professional, has a short reaction time and covers other areas of law too. Additionally you can expect direct contact to the lawyers.’

‘The individuals have a high level of expertise, a highly professional way of working and are also flexible.

‘Christian Gruber is not only extremely competent and friendly, we can also rely upon a prompt response to our requests.’

Key clients

Österreichische Postbus AG

ÖBB-Personenverkehr AG

Climate and Energy Fund

University of Vienna

ACOmarket GmbH

Wiener Linien GmbH & Co KG

Österreichische Bibliothekenverbund und Service GmbH

Austrian National Library

Federal Ministry of Labour

Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research

Bundestheater-Holding GmbH

Silicon Austria Labs GmbH

Carinthia University of Applied Sciences

Stadtwerke Bregenz GmbH

Wirtschaft-Standort Vorarlberg GmbH

Bundesagentur für Betreuungs- und Unterstützungsleistungen GmbH

Lower Austrian Economic Chamber

Lower Austrian energy and environment agency GmbH (eNu)

Medical University of Graz

via donau – Österreichische Wasserstraßen-Gesellschaft mbH

Kärtner Beteiligungsverwaltung

Federal province of Upper Austria

Austrian General Pension Insurance Authority (PVA)

Federal province of Lower Austria

Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection (BMSGPK)

Styrian Hospitals Limited Liability Company (Steiermärkische Krankenanstalten-gesellschaft m.b.H. (KAGes))

Gesundheit Österreich GmbH

Ecoplus. The Business Agency of Lower Austria

Lower Austrian Healthcare Agency (NÖ Landesgesundheitagentur)

University of Applied Sciences of Vienna

Museum of the City of Vienna

Wiener Stadthalle Betriebs- und Veranstaltungsgesellschaft m.b.H.

ÖGK – Österreichische Gesundheitskasse

Franziskus Spital GmbH

Fonds Gesundes Österreich

Red Cross Austria, regional association Lower Austria

Federal Ministry of Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK)

Wolf Theiss

Wolf Theiss‘s public procurement practice advises on large-scale tenders on both contractor and bidder sides for clients in sectors such as construction, IT, public transport and real estate. The team maintains close relations with other practice groups including regulatory and IP/IT, which allows it offer seamless advice to international and domestic clients. Manfred Essletzbichler leads the practice and is well versed in structuring and conducting tenders and supply contracts. Sebastian Oberzaucher and Silvia Fessl are co-heads with comprehensive experience in public procurement matters.

Practice head(s):

Manfred Essletzbichler; Sebastian Oberzaucher; Silvia Fessl

Testimonials

‘The Wolf Theiss team is very responsive, they allocate best professionals to work on our projects. Other than that, I would like to mention how result oriented the team members are, all we need is to communicate them our goal and objectives, the rest of the work will be reliably done.’

‘We know Manfred Essletzbichler not only as an innovative and professional lawyer but also as a strong team leader that takes control over the whole working process of his team and takes responsibility. Manfred is always aware of even smallest details of our projects and certainly has a hands-on mentality. I am very happy about our co-operation and would with no doubt recommend Manfred as the best procurement lawyer in Austria.’

‘Sebastian Oberzaucher has very deep knowledge of the Austrian procurement law, which we could witness during our work process. He is innovative, can quickly adapt to changes that take place now and then. He is a strong leader and a great professional. As for his personal characteristics, he is a person who can step in your shoes and this is very important for us to know that a lawyer knows everything about the client’s needs.’

‘Two things I want to point out in particular are 1. the speed and 2. the quality of their support.’

‘Manfred Essletzbichler – exceptional knowledge in procurement law.’

‘It is very much appreciated that there is a large and diverse team, professionals with extraordinary knowledge and broad expertise. We work with them in the field of art where they have exceptional insights and feeling for the necessity of discretion.’

‘I have worked with Silvia Fessl. She has outstanding legal skills and her ability to think out of the box is exceptional. Silvia Fessl is able to find fast and creative solutions and has outstanding market knowledge regarding art and culture. She is able to communicate legal problems in a way that makes them understandable for non-jurists.’

‘We asked for legal support for requests for quotation for federal procurement law projects. The team had experience in exactly what we needed. We received valuable information already at the opening presentation. The billing is exact and the documentation for it transparent.’

Key clients

Verkehrsverbund Ost-Region (VOR) GmbH

KELAG Group

Vienna Airport (Flughafen Wien AG)

Lifebrain S.r.l. and its Austrian affiliates

Government of Lower Austria (Amt der Niederösterreichischen Landesregierung)

Meridiam SAS

FM-Plus Facility Management GmbH

Abfallwirtschaftsverband Liezen

City of Waidhofen

University of Vienna

FH Wiener Neustadt Betriebs GmbH

Österreichische Gesundheitskasse

Austrian Federal Railways (Österreichische Bundesbahnen)

Schutzgebietsverwaltung Wildnisgebiet Dürrenstein

NÖ Landesgesundheitsagentur

Wiener Gesundheitsverbund (Vienna Hospital Association)

Wiener Gesundheitsverbund Projektentwicklungs- und Baumanagement GmbH

Ing. Hans Bodner Baugesellschaft mbH & Co KG

Nestlé Österreich GmbH

Bonaventura Infrastruktur GmbH

Vereinigte Bühnen Wien GmbH

SVD Büromanagement GmbH

Bracco Österreich GmbH

Cardinal Health Austria 504 GmbH

Global Blue Austria GmbH

Avia Partner SAS

Demner, Merlicek & Bergmann Werbegesellschaft mbH

Albertina

KHM-Museumsverband

Museum für angewandte Kunst

Schloß Schönbrunn Kultur- und Betriebsges.m.b.H.

Belvedere

Wiener Wohnen Kundenservice GmbH

Bauunternehmung GRANIT Gesellschaft m.b.H.

City council of Vienna

PORR Group

ÖSTU-Stettin Hoch- und Tiefbau GmbH

Delta Baumanagement GmbH

Schneidereit GmbH

HOCHTIEF Infrastructure GmbH

Fairtiq

CargoMon Systems GmbH

Meona GmbH

Diehl Metering GesmbH

Johann Mödlagl GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising the Vienna Hospital Association on all aspects of the investment and restructuring programme of all Vienna hospitals (all hospital and health care infrastructure by the City of Vienna) over the next five years.
  • Advised Verkehrsbund Ost-Region (VOR) GmbH on numerous matters regarding the reorganisation of the ordering regime for (subsidised) public passenger transport services as well as advise on ‘Intelligent Transport Systems’ and elaboration of a general rule based on the PSO-Regulation.
  • Advising numerous renowned cultural institutions and museum operating companies in connection with e.g. tender procedures for worldwide art transport; Europe-wide negotiated procedure concerning the procurement of general planning services for the implementation of the project ‘Imperial Apartments, Sisi Museum, Silver Chamber – extension of showrooms’; advising the Albertina Museum with regard to a tender procedure concerning security services and others.

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH

A leading practice in the public procurement sphere, CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH advises clients on the full spectrum of procurement procedures and related litigation, with particular strengths in the healthcare and infrastructure sectors. National and large cross-border PPP projects form part of the team’s portfolio. Construction, TMT, transport, and waste management are other areas where the firm is routinely active. Bernt Elsner is the global head of the CMS public procurement practice group and has longstanding experience in matters including tender proceedings, procurement litigation and compliance. Robert Keisler and Thomas Hamerl are also noted for their expertise in this area.

Practice head(s):

Bernt Elsner

Other key lawyers:

Robert Keisler; Thomas Hamerl

Testimonials

‘Very competent in public procurement law and administrative law.’

‘Robert Keisler is a very competent lawyer with high experience in administrative proceedings as well as public procurement procedures.’

‘The law firm covers all essential areas of economic law that a company needs and is also active worldwide through its network, so you can work on a one-stop-shop principle.’

‘Dr Bernt Elsner: has been known for decades as a proven expert in public procurement law from the client’s as well as from the contractor’s side. Due to his many years of experience, he is able to summarise and prepare even the most complex issues related to public procurement law in combination with technical and commercial questions in the shortest possible time. Always available, reliable and helpful!’

Key clients

Alstom Transport Deutschland

Münze Österreich

Österreich Werbung

Swietelsky Tunnelbau

Plasser & Theurer

Statistik Austria

Strabag AG

nöGIG

Leyrer + Graf

Porr Beteiligungen

hospitals Projektentwicklungsges.m.b.H

Total Firestop

Upnano

Sanifair / Tank & Rast

ELL European Locomotive Leasing

Gebrüder Haider

Medizinische Universität Wien (Medical University of Vienna)

VNext

Work highlights

  • Representing Alstom Transport Deutschland GmbH in several procedures concerning a frame agreement for the design, manufacture and supply of double-deck electric multiple units.
  • Advising Austrian Statistics on an open public tender for the provision of data for the calculation of house, apartment and land price indices and successfully carrying out this procedure.
  • Advising Austrian Mint on an open tender to award a frame agreement concerning legal services.

DSC Doralt Seist Csoklich Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Advising tenderers and public authorities on tender procedures and PPP-projects is the main focus of DSC Doralt Seist Csoklich Rechtsanwälte GmbH’s construction and public procurement practice group. Architectural competitions and flexible framework agreements are also part of the firm’s portfolio, and its expertise in this space extends to cross-border procurement procedures. Practice head Oliver Sturm is specialised in PPP projects and construction-related matters. Dominik Zimm was promoted to partner in July 2021 and is well versed in start-up friendly procurement methods and e-tendering.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Sturm

Other key lawyers:

Dominik Zimm

Testimonials

‘Our DSC collaboration proved to be very competent, flexible in the availability and swift in the response. Their billing is fair and correct.’

‘We have been serviced and supported by Dr. Dominik Zimm: he is a most competent, diligent and committed professional who provided very useful legal advice orally and in writing. It was very easy to work with and he showed high empathy for our issues. The requested products he provided were most helpful.’

‘After the first interviews about the intended procurement a really complete and very advanced proposal for the various required documents was put on the table. This sped up the process of the preparation for the RFP significantly.’

‘Dominik Zimm masters all the legal aspects of public procurement with astonishing ease.’

‘The team is performing on an extremely high level and offers excellent knowledge in the wide range of law.’

‘Dr. Zimm offers always the highest possibility of operational readiness to find solutions for any problem. He has excellent communication skills and a high passion for his job. It is always a great pleasure to collaborate with him! Therefore I will recommend DSC and especially Dr. Zimm in any case!’

‘High level of training for all employees. Fast and reliable.’

‘Dominik Zimm is very obliging. Takes time for his customers and discussing all possibilities. He is particularly friendly and available at any time. His specialist knowledge is particularly high and his commitment is outstanding.’

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)

CASH MANAGEMENT AUSTRIA logistics for cash management and transport coordination LLC (GELDSERVICE AUSTRIA Logistik für Wertgestionierung und Transportkoordination G.m.b.H.)

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).
  • Advised the Vienna Association of Hospitals on the Europe-wide negotiated procurement procedure regarding framework agreements in three lots with three different tenderers per lot regarding business consulting services and accompanying services.

E+H Rechtsanwälte GmbH

The public procurement practice at E+H Eisenberger + Herzog is ‘highly professional and experienced’ with ‘deep knowledge in a wide scope of legal areas’ and ‘creative in terms of designing innovative legal models'. The team is particularly specialised in the infrastructure, energy and utilities sectors, as well as in the procurement of complex services. Ulrike Sehrschön leads the team, advising contracting authorities and bidders on matters including tender proceedings before review bodies. Associate Stefanie Vonbank focuses on public procurement matters in the healthcare, energy, and infrastructure space.

Practice head(s):

Ulrike Sehrschön

Other key lawyers:

Stefanie Vonbank

Testimonials

‘Ulrike Sehrschön is super fast, competent and practice-/solution-oriented.’

‘Acting fast and absolutely professional.’

‘Deeply diving into the issue.’

‘Ulrike Sehrschön is one of the best attorneys in the Austrian market when it comes to public procurement. She knows every relevant decision and provides not only legal, but also strategic advice. Apart from Ms Sehrschön her associate Stefanie Vonbank is noteworthy.’

‘Ms Vonbank: She is very sharp and grasps the client’s legal needs quickly.

‘Highly professional and experienced, deep knowledge in wide scope of legal areas, creative in terms of designing innovative legal models.’

‘Highly professional and experienced, deep knowledge in a wide scope of legal areas.’

Key clients

Vienna Economic Chamber (Wirtschaftskammer Wien – WKW)

Bildungsplattform der Wirtschaftskammer Österreich GmbH

Austrian Academy of Sciences (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften – ÖAW)

COFAG – Covid-19-Finanzierungsagentur des Bundes GmbH

Elektroaltgeräte Koordinierungsstelle Austria GmbH

via donau – Österreichische Wasserstraßen-Gesellschaft mbH

Work highlights

  • Advised the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften – ÖAW) on multiple procurement procedures regarding the acquisition of highly specialised research equipment.
  • Advising the Vienna Economic Chamber (Wirtschaftskammer Wien – WKW) on procurement procedures regarding the renovation of the headquarters of its Economic Promotion & Development Institute (WIFI).
  • Advised Bildungsplattform der WKÖ Österreich GmbH on procurement procedures regarding the implementation of a large-scale virtual learning platform for all companies in Austria.

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners‘ strength in public procurement lies in structuring joint ventures between public bodies and private entities as well as PPP projects. The firm is also active in the areas of procurement-related compliance and innovative procurement procedures, with a focus on the core areas of healthcare, architecture and civil engineering, real estate developments and infrastructure projects. Practice head Michael Hecht  has extensive experience of advising domestic and international companies and public authorities on public procurement matters.

Practice head(s):

Michael Hecht

Key clients

Province of Lower Austria

Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft m.b.H.

City of Vienna

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. fwp’s role included structuring and conducting the procurement procedure as well as drafting all documents and agreements.

FSM Rechtsanwälte

FSM Rechtsanwälte advises clients from the supply, services and construction sectors on tenders and other procurement-related issues. The firm is further known for its use of legal tech tools for automating the processing of tender documents or contracts. Karlheinz Moick constitutes one half of the practice lead with specialisations in award procedures and public tenders in the area of innovations. Fellow co-head Sebastian Feuchtmüller has a particular focus on construction projects and electricity network operators. He has also recently been involved in Covid-19-related procurement matters.

Practice head(s):

Karlheinz Moick; Sebastian Feuchtmüller

Key clients

Wiener Stadthalle Betriebs- und Veranstaltungsgesellschaft m.b.H.

BABEG Kärntner Betriebsansiedelungs- und Beteiligungsgesellschaft m.b.H.

Republic of Austria – Parliament

Vienna Healthcare Association

Wiener Gesundheitsverbund Projektentwicklungs- und Baumangement GmbH

Federal Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology

Austrian Health Insurance Fond

Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbh

Foundation for Economic Education

Austria Wirtschaftsservice Gesellschaft mbH

ISTmobil GmbH

Austrian Energy Agency

Federal Research and Training Center for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape

Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Research

Work highlights

  • Advised the Republic of Austria – Parliament on the award of services in the upper threshold range in connection with the relaunch of the entire web presence of the parliament.
  • 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 concerning tenders.
  • Advising the Federal Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology in the design of the EAG in compliance with public procurement law within the framework of the legislative process. Also responsible for the handling of the tendering procedure for the commissioning of the future EAG processing agency.

Cerha Hempel

Public entities and infrastructure providers often turn to Cerha Hempel for questions relating to the procurement of infrastructure projects. The firm has registered a growth in workload on the bidder side in recent years as well as in bid rigging and self-purification cases. Public law litigation at both a national and EU level and advising the medical sector are additional strengths of the team, which is led by Georg Konrad, Stefan Huber and Michaela Siegwart.

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”)

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)

Staytuned

Work highlights

  • Advised Wien Energie on the impact of Covid-19 related questions of ongoing and planned tenders.
  • Advised 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 (and maintenance, if applicable) of trains for various Austrian railways.

KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH

KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH's public procurement practice is ‘extremely diligent and clear in its advice’ as well as ‘customer- and solution-oriented’. The firm focuses on the construction, IT, energy, healthcare, services, consulting and advisory services industries, and the cultural sector. Katharina Trettnak-Hahnl heads the team and has extensive experience in advising on public procurement procedures. Mats Schröder is also heavily involved in the firm’s procurement practice.

Practice head(s):

Katharina Trettnak-Hahnl

Other key lawyers:

Mats Schröder

Testimonials

‘Practical and business driven approach; competitive fees.’

‘We really appreciate the KWR team. Not only the partners but also the employees are extremely competent and service-oriented. KWR is worth every euro.’

‘Dr. Katharina Trettnak-Hahnl is an extremely competent lawyer. She is always available to us and answers within a short time. Her expertise is very valuable to us. We have completed some projects with her to our complete satisfaction.’

‘Expertise, reliability, professional.’

‘Dr. Trettnak-Hahnl and her team are extremely diligent and quick in their work, and always offer a solution even for the most tricky procurement related tasks.’

‘The quality of work is exceptionally good – many deliverables are ready to use with only minor amendments needed, this is extremely client-friendly.’

‘I have particularly appreciated how quick and client friendly their work ethics are. At the same time they are extremely diligent and clear in their advise. This makes them an always reliable partner and trusted advisor.’

‘Katharina Trettnak-Hahnl is a pleasure to work with, cooperative workstyle, at eye level, powerfully eloquent and always solution-oriented. Mats Schröder is a young lawyer with high potential with good soft skills and manners, well trained and with great capacity,’

Key clients

Wiener Linien GmbH & Co KG

Energy IT Service GmbH

EDA EnergiewirtschaftlicherDatenaustausch GmbH

B&F Wien – Bestattung und Friedhöfe GmbH

Friedhöfe Wien GmbH

Wiener Stadtwerke GmbH

Wiener Netze GmbH

Wien Energie GmbH

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

Land Burgenland (Amt der Burgenländischen Landesregierung)

Land Niederösterreich (Amt der Niederösterreichischen Landesregierung)

Meissl Architects ZT GmbH

Montanuniversität Leoben

Materials Center Leoben Forschung GmbH

HOSPESGrundstückverwaltungsgesellschaft m.b.H.

Wolfgang Traussner Bau GmbH

Felbermayr Bau GmbH & Co KG

FCP – Fritsch, Chiari & Partner ZT GmbH

FCC Austria Abfall Service AG

Nationalfonds der Republik Österreich für Opfer des Nationalsozialismus

Work highlights

  • Carried out and accompanied the tender procedure (covering the entire EU)  for EDA Energiewirtschaftlicher Datenaustausch GmbH/ Energy IT Service GmbH as the advisor to the awarding body.
  • Represented Felbermayr in two review proceedings before the Salzburg Administrative Court.
  • Advised the BVAEB on a tender procedure regarding the refurbishment of a large office building (inner-city object).

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm)

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) advises clients, particularly those from the region of Upper Austria, on the whole range of public procurement related matters. Covid-19, public health, road safety, and transport are some of the topics that have featured in its recent workload. Hanno Liebmann leads the team and has specialist knowledge of transport law and infrastructure projects. 2021 saw three partner promotions in the practice: Edwin Scharf, Jana Seywald and Stella Zankl.

Practice head(s):

Hanno Liebmann

Other key lawyers:

Edwin Scharf; Jana Seywald; Stella Zankl

Testimonials

‘The team always tries to achieve the best for the client. Should somebody not be able to precisely clarify a topic, further specialists are called in so that there is never any legal risk for the client.’

 

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

Salzburg AG für Energie, Verkehr und Telekommunikation

Ardex Baustoff GmbH

ASFiNAG – Autobahnen- und Schnellstraßen- Finanzierungs-AG

Ärztekammer für Oberösterreich

Fawo GmbH

Business Upper Austria

Work highlights

  • Advising on tenders for the set-up and operation of antigen testing and vaccination lines in the whole of Upper Austria.
  • Advising on the procurement of 70 hybrid tram-train vehicles.
  • Advising one of Austria’s largest hospitals on the first tenders for construction of a new €220m children’s hospital unit.

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) accompanies clients from the preparation through to execution of tenders, and is sought after by public bodes and companies from sectors including life sciences, gaming, and the export industry, among others. The firm excels in providing seamless advice in cooperation with other practice groups including M&A, real estate, and IP. The representation of clients before public review and appeal authorities in regards to procurement matters is also part of the team’s service portfolio. Counsel Johannes Stalzer heads the practice and is regularly sought after for his experience in cross-border infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Johannes Stalzer

Testimonials

‘Schoenherr has been a leading law firm in Austrian for decades and can advise on almost any legal aspects in Austria and abroad to a very high quality.’

‘Working with Johannes Stalzer and his team is refreshingly uncomplicated and efficient.’

‘They cover the full spectrum of areas of law and work interactively.’

‘Johannes Stalzer understands the problem immediately and works out a solution very efficiently.’

‘Good know-how and feeling of public procurement sector.’

‘Flexible, know-how, pragmatic approach.’

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 electricity market reform projects in Georgia and Uzbekistan.
  • Advising the Vienna Technical Museum on all aspects of an EU-wide tender for the re-design and construction of new exhibition areas.

Binder Grösswang

Situated in the wider regulatory practice group at Binder Grösswang, the public procurement team advises private companies, service providers, contracting authorities and public companies on contentious and non-contentious matters. The department often works with large international law firms in cross-border issues and is well versed in representing non-EEA investors in public procurement proceedings. Practice head Johannes Barbist has notable strength handling matters in the energy, transport, life sciences, and services industries.

Practice head(s):

Johannes Barbist

Testimonials

‘Johannes Barbist we were very impressed and satisfied.’

‘Mr. Barbist was attentive and flexible, he quickly understood the situation we were in and provided pertinent and knowledgeable legal counselling and assistance. We were very happy with the dialogue and assistance we received.’

‘Breadth and depth of practice areas covered within the firm.’

‘Highly responsive and constructive. Johannes Barbist – strong on regulatory, public procurement, state aid and FDI.’

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Life sciences and healthcare are the main focus points of DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH's public procurement practice. In this space, the firm advises on issues including vaccine tenders and healthcare IT contracts. Additionally, defence and security and procurements to enhance cybersecurity are other strengths of the team headed by Bernhard Müller.

Practice head(s):

Bernhard Müller

Testimonials

‘Long term relationship with the client which means Dorda knows our products, our former litigation and cases in tenders and is able to serve well our needs.’

‘Excellent legal advice, reliable and detailed assessment. Law firm is able to reflect our long-term relationship in billing.’

‘Mr Bernhard Müller for public procurement – always reactive and very approachable, able to explain law in a way business can understand.’

Key clients

AGFA Healthcare

AMZ Arbeitsmedizinisches Zentrum für Industrie, Handel & Gewerbe GmbH

Arbeitsgemeinschaft “Nichtsesshaftenhilfe”

bioMérieux Austria

DIF Capital Partners

DIF Infrastructure IV (DIF IV)

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

G4S

HAGRO -Ventilation and Air-Conditioning Technology

PremiQaMedGroup

Work highlights

  • Represented the best bidder G4S in a review procedure concerning the guarding of all official buildings in the province of Lower Austria.
  • Represented AMZ in the public procurement law declaratory and review proceedings before the Vorarlberg Regional Administrative Court, concerning the performance of Covid-19 tests.
  • Advised DIF Capital Partners on its divestment of shares/interests held in an Austrian PPP project with two hospitals in Vienna.

KPMG Law in Austria

KPMG Law in Austria’s team has a particular focus on tender award and review procedures within public procurement, with companies from the healthcare, IT and infrastructure sectors accounting for its key clients. The practice has also recently acted for an increasing number of businesses in the railway industry. Franz Josef Arztmann heads the public sector practice group and has extensive experience in advising contracting authorities and tenderers.

Practice head(s):

Frank Josef Arztmann

Other key lawyers:

Stefan Niederstrasser

Key clients

Schieneninfrastruktur-Dienstleistungsgesellschaft (SCHIG mbH)

Work highlights

  • Advised SCHIG mbH on a complex tender procedure for auditing services in connection with the control of compensation amounts agreed in public service contracts for transport services as well as in a tender procedure for IT programming services regarding special databases for rail transport services.

bpv Hügel

With a presence in Brussels, the procurement practice at bpv Hügel can seamlessly advise on national and EU-related procurement cases. The firm is specialised in disputes before administrative authorities and administrative courts, thus regularly representing clients in review proceedings. Christian Schneider leads the team, with Florian Neumayr and Christian Macho also additional key contacts in the department.

Practice head(s):

Christian Schneider

Other key lawyers:

Florian Neumayr; Christian Macho

Key clients

Marktgemeinde Maria Enzersdorf

Arthrex

Pulmetall

Otis

Kostmann

Work highlights

  • Advised Pulmetall with regard to several complex procurement matters that raised, inter alia, the novel question of law to what extent old assignments may constitute a reason for exclusion from current proceedings.
  • Continuous advice with regard to all important procurement matters of Otis Austria.