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Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)

Work Department

Regulatory practice group




Bernd Rajal is a partner at Schoenherr in Vienna. 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 > Projects and energy

(Next Generation Partners)

Bernd RajalSchoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) has ‘an extremely competent and broad team in all the necessary specialist areas for the evaluation and implementation of projects in the energy sector‘. The group is particularly focused on environmental and climate change law, as well as planning and permitting procedures. The trio leading the team comprises Bernd Rajal, Christian Schmelz, and counsel Johannes Stalzer, who focuses on public procurement matters. In team news, Christoph Cudlik was promoted to counsel in August 2022.

Austria > Public procurement

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)‘s full service team ‘has deep knowledge of applicable EU rules and regulations and is well equipped to advise on cross-border transactions‘; a standout practitioner in this regard is Johannes Stalzer, who heads up the team together with Bernd Rajal and Christian Schmelz. The offering sits within the firm’s wider regulatory group, and on the regulatory side the work includes assisting with the design of a regulatory framework for promoting renewable projects in Austria and Europe. The group is also well versed in environmental and climate change law, as well as planning and permitting procedures.

Austria > Administrative law and public sector

Environmental and climate change law are the key areas of focus for Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte), with environmental impact assessments being a key part of the firm’s offering. The firm regularly advises infrastructure and renewable energy developers in relation to obtaining the necessary construction permits from public bodies, and has also supported technology companies involved in developing self-driving cars, AI products and drones. The practice group is led by a four-part team consisting of Bernd Rajal, Christian Schmelz, Günther Leissler and Johannes Stalzer and also includes counsel Benjamin Schlatter.