Mag iur Bernd Rajal > Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) > Vienna, Austria > Lawyer Profile

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Bernd Rajal is a partner at Schoenherr in Vienna where he heads the firm’s regulatory practice group.


Bernd’s practice focuses on energy (electricity, oil & gas), environment and natural resources (EIA, water law, waste management law, forestry law, air protection, environmental liability and remediation issues, etc.). He represents clients in power plant permitting proceedings. Bernd is advisor to energy utilities, financial investors, network operators and energy traders. He also represents energy utilities in EIA and other plant approval proceedings. Bernd reularly advises on major energy infrastructure projects such as gas pipelines (Nabucco, Southstream), high voltage power lines and heating lines. With Schoenherr representing various governmental departments (e.g. the Austrian Ministry of Environment), Bernd is also involved in legislative procedures making proposals for the amendment of environmental and energy law provisions. He regularly advises the European Commission in energy/regulatory matters. Bernd is an expert in providing transactional (M&A) advice in the field of energy and environmental law.


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)

A projects heavyweight, Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) has significant expertise assisting with motorways, wind farms and hydropower plants. The practice also assists its high-end clients with other energy technology and renewables projects. ‘Fantastic energy lawyer’ Bernd Rajal acts as firm-wide head of the department, with Christian Schmelz in charge of planning and environment, Günther Leissler leading the tech regulation group and counsel Johannes Stalzer responsible for public procurement. Clients include national and international corporations, municipalities, provinces and government authorities.

Austria > Administrative law and public sector

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) provides a diverse range of public law services ranging from energy and transport to technology and gaming. A key focus lies on environment and climate change matters, for instance in the shape of planning and permitting, nature protection law and waste management. Bernd Rajal acts as firm-wide department head, with Christian Schmelz in charge of the subgroup planning and environment. Rajal advises both public and private entities on trade and foreign investment law, whereas Schmelz excels at construction and energy law. Associate Benjamin Schlatter handles both the regulatory aspects of environmental law and administrative proceedings.