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Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)
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Work Department

Regulatory practice group




Bernd Rajal is a partner at Schoenherr in Vienna and heads the firm’s regulatory practice group. Bernd’s practice focuses on EU energy regulation and energy infrastructure. With Schoenherr representing various governmental departments, he is also involved in legislative procedures making proposals for the amendment of environmental and energy law provisions. Bernd regularly advises on unbundling and corporate governance issues in the network industries throughout AT and CEE.


German, English


University of Vienna, Vienna/Austria (Mag.iur. 2001)
Faculté des Affaires Internationales, Le Havre/France (2000)

Lawyer Rankings

Austria > Administrative law and public sector

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) fields a team of environmental experts and also exhibits proficiency across product compliance, gaming, pharma and public transport-related mandates. Noted by clients for offering a ‘full service on all aspects of public law’, the firm is especially recommended for its experience with environmental impact assessments, permission procedures, public procurement, and regulatory issues in the tech sector. Christian Schmelz heads the planning & environment team and is described as ‘the leading expert in his field’, while Bernd Rajal leads the firm’s public law group and Günther Leissler heads up the data protection & privacy group. Johannes Stalzer leads on public procurement matters, while Benjamin Schlatter‘s focus areas are environment, energy and tech.

Austria > Projects and energy

(Leading individuals)

Bernd RajalSchoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)

With ‘huge experience’ in handling complex projects, Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) is frequently instructed on energy generation projects requiring special permits and environmental impact assessments, having assisted with such matters in connection with several major renewable energy projects. The team also advises clients on applying for project tenders and represents clients in appeals following unsuccessful bids, while acting for successful bidders in procurement matters. Leading the team is the trio of Bernd Rajal, who assists with administrative, energy and environmental law issues, planning and environmental specialist Christian Schmelz, and Johannes Stalzer, who focuses on public procurement matters. Christoph Cudlik is noted for his administrative and constitutional law work, with a particular niche in climate change and planning law.