Firm Profile > KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH > Vienna, Austria

KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Austria > Construction Tier 1

With a superb reputation for construction law, KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH is routinely involved in major construction, civil engineering, infrastructure and PPP projects across Austria, providing clients with full-service project development advice including related public procurement and real estate issues. This is particularly attractive for construction companies and investors while architects and engineers also instruct the team for contractual and contentious matters. Clemens Berlakovits is a key figure for architects and engineers and co-heads the team with Georg Karasek, who handles the full range of contentious and non-contentious construction work, and Paul Schmidinger, who is a key contact for major real estate projects, most notably in the public sector. Jan Philipp Schifko, who made partner in December 2020, has a strong focus on construction-related litigation and arbitration but also provides non-contentious advice on construction projects and real estate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Georg Karasek; Clemens Berlakovits; Paul Schmidinger

Other key lawyers:


‘Excellent competence in all matters regarding construction and contractual agreements. Experts in all necessary fields. Number one in Austria and Central Europe!’

‘Clemens Berlakovits is the guy for all legal matters regarding construction but also knows who is who in the legal community.’

Key clients

SMB Group

ARGE GP Parlament

Bridge Group


VALET Grundstücksverwaltungs GmbH

HOSPES-Grundstücksverwaltungs GmbH

Handler Group


Implenia Group

AY-KA Bau GmbH

Immovate Group


Haring Group

WertInvest Group

Austria > Public procurement Tier 3

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

Austria > Real estate Tier 3

KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH's prominence in the construction law space translates into a steady flow of real estate mandates at this intersection, most notably project development-related work, but the team also provides assistance with transactions, rental and lease agreements as well as landlord and tenant disputes. Real estate transactions specialist Paul Schmidinger heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Paul Schmidinger


‘We have been advised by Jan Schifko on a complex real estate development in Austria. Jan has proven to be a very knowledgeable and skilled negotiator.’

Key clients

WT 80 Group


Handler Immobilien

International Campus

CAIM Holding / Added Value

Haring Group

Austria > Data privacy and data protection Tier 4

At KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH, the core focus is on GDPR implementation assistance and GDPR compliance. Anna Mertinz, who also heads the firm's employment team and therefore has deep knowledge of the protection of employee data, jointly heads the group with Barbara Kuchar. The latter has a strong IP background and assists clients with data breaches.

Practice head(s):

Anna Mertinz; Barbara Kuchar

Key clients

Estee Lauder Cosmetics Ges.mbH

Coca-Cola HBC

Handler Holding GmbH

Rohde & Schwarz Österreich GesmbH


Willis Towers Watson Austria GmbH

De’ Longhi Kenwood GmbH

Edizon Innovation GmbH

Ivellio-Vellin IT Services

Austria > Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 4

KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH utilises its strong construction law expertise to specialise in sector-specific litigation, including compensation and warranty claims. Practice head Thomas Frad is also routinely called upon to handle aviation sector work.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Frad

Key clients

Laudamotion GmbH



Implenia Group


Austria > Intellectual property Tier 4

Soft IP, strategic prosecution work and contentious trade mark matters are the pillars of the IP practice at KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH. Department head Barbara Kuchar has vast litigation experience and is also well versed in designs, patents and the protection of trade secrets. The client roster includes household names from a wide array of industries including consumer goods and pharmaceuticals.

Practice head(s):

Barbara Kuchar


‘The cooperation with the team was a pleasant experience, effective and constructive.’

‘The solution-oriented and very competent Barbara Kuchar has exceptional skills in the field of trademark matters. She has tremendous experience in the courtroom and is able to prepare her clients very well for the various situations in a lawsuit.’

‘Very hands-on, top quality at affordable cost, lots of experience in the wide field of IP law.’

‘Barbara Kuchar is a seasoned expert in all matters of IP law and unfair competition law. She is extremely competent, creative and precise in all she does. Her prompt feedback on complex problems is impressive.’

Key clients

Intersport Austria GmbH

Reckitt Benckiser


De’ Longhi Kenwood

Herbert von Karajan Centrum Music Productions GesmbH

Edizon Innovation GmbH

Kingstone Capital Holding AG

Ivellio-Vellin IT services GmbH

Lena Hoschek

cargo-partner GmbH

Wiener Netze GmbH

Neumeister Hydraulik GmbH

Julie & Grace GmbH

Laudamotion, Ryan Air

Austria > Employment Tier 5

KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH is a key names for clients based in Germany and has notable industry sector expertise in retail and services, as well as expertise in matters at the intersection of employment and data protection law. Anna Mertinz is able to draw on her previous in-house experience to advise on all aspects of individual and collective labour law.

Practice head(s):

Anna Mertinz


‘The team is very responsive and always delivers quickly, but also thoroughly.’

‘Anna Mertinz worked a good amount of time in-house. Hence she has perfect knowledge of how a company client works and her advice is always very useful.’

Key clients

Laudamotion GmbH, subsidiary of Ryanair

Theysohn Extrusionstechnik GmbH

Markas GmbH

Rohde & Schwarz Österreich GesmbH

Lindner Group

Estee Lauder Cosmetics GesmbH

Coca-Cola HBC Austria GmbH

ROI Management Consulting AG

Kraftanlagen München GmbH

Towers Watson Austria GmbH

KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH is one of the leading law firms in Austria with a strong focus on all areas of business law. KWR advises well-known national and international clients in all fields of Austrian, European, and international business law. KWR – lawyers boast a strong academic background and have gained extensive work experience in renowned law firms, as well as in the private sector, both in Austria and abroad, before joining KWR. KWR´s international network of hand-picked lawyers and practices allows KWR to provide competent legal advice exactly where its needed, thus benefitting from KWR´s ‘no barriers’​ working culture. KWR works and cooperates closely with Austrian and foreign academic institutions and all KWR – lawyers regularly contribute to leading law journals. The thorough understanding of the newest developments in academic doctrine, in addition to our experitise in the legal profession, enables KWR to offer its clients innovative solutions in developing new and highly specialized business areas. KWR is proud to offer innovative solutions and excellent legal representation.

Department Name Email Telephone
Dispute Resolution Thomas Frad
Construction Georg Karasek
Construction, Real Estate Clemens Berlakovits
Real Estate, Construction Paul Schmidinger
Corporate M&A, Competition Jörg Zehetner
Corporate M&A Thomas Haberer
Energy Thomas Rabl
IP, Data Protection Barbara Kuchar
Employment, Data Protection Anna Mertinz
Public Procurement Katharina Trettnak-Hahnl
Construction, Real Estate Jan Philipp Schifko
Tax, Corporate M&A Gerold Wietrzyk
Photo Name Position Profile
Mag iur Clemens M. Berlakovits  photo Mag iur Clemens M. Berlakovits Partner
 Merve Cetin  photo Merve Cetin Attorney at Law
Mag iur Arno Cichocki  photo Mag iur Arno Cichocki Attorney at Law
Dr iur Elisabeth Fischer photo Dr iur Elisabeth Fischer Attorney at Law
Dr iur Thomas Frad photo Dr iur Thomas Frad Managing Partner
 Alexander Höller, LL.M.  photo Alexander Höller, LL.M. Attorney at Law
Dr iur Thomas Haberer photo Dr iur Thomas Haberer Partner
 Thomas Haselberger  photo Thomas Haselberger Attorney at Law
Dr Andreas Herrmann  photo Dr Andreas Herrmann Attoreny at Law
Dr iur Georg Karasek photo Dr iur Georg Karasek Partner
Mag iur Barbara Kuchar photo Mag iur Barbara Kuchar Partner
Dr iur Anna Mertinz  photo Dr iur Anna Mertinz Partner
Mag Sarina Illo Ortner  photo Mag Sarina Illo Ortner Attorney at Law
Dr iur Thomas Rabl  photo Dr iur Thomas Rabl Partner
 Julian Ring  photo Julian Ring Attorney at Law
Mag Jan Philipp Schifko photo Mag Jan Philipp Schifko Partner
Dr iur Paul Schmidinger photo Dr iur Paul Schmidinger Partner
 Mats Schröder, LL.M.  photo Mats Schröder, LL.M. Attorney at Law
Dr iur Katharina Trettnak-Hahnl photo Dr iur Katharina Trettnak-Hahnl Partner
Mag Raphael Valenta  photo Mag Raphael Valenta Attorney at Law
Dr Vinzenz Waldhof  photo Dr Vinzenz Waldhof Attoreny at Law
Dr iur Gerold Wietrzyk photo Dr iur Gerold Wietrzyk Partner
 Jörg Zehetner  photo Jörg Zehetner Partner
 Nicolas Zenz, LL.M.  photo Nicolas Zenz, LL.M. Attoreny at Law
Number of Lawyers : 41
At this office : 40
Commercial Law Group (CLG)
PANGEA NET (International Network of Independent Law Firms)
Other offices : Sofia

KWR is a law firm, where diversity and equal opportunities have really a great significance.

The advancement of women is a matter close to our hearts and we are particularly proud that of our eleven partners, three are women and all have children.

It is important for us that we specifically support women in their professional development and that is why we place a special focus on our female associates and attorney at laws in our Job Enlargement Program.

In addition, we have individualized models at our disposal in order to meet the different needs of our female colleagues.

Through the office in Sofia (KWR-BG) and the CEE/SEE-Desks in the Vienna office, KWR is able to offer comprehensive legal advice in more than 9 countries of the CEE/SEE-region. Thus KWR operates as a hub for national and international clients – both regarding entering the market or with (pre-) existing activities on site.

The relevant expertise and knowledge of the regional conditions are indispensable for legal advice in CEE/SEE. Therefore, KWR offers CEE/SEE Desks, managed by lawyers with regional backgrounds of the areas concerned. To guarantee the ideal legal service, KWR works closely with partner firms in CEE/SEE, operating as a central hub for KWR-Clients. Hence, KWR is able to offer innovative solutions and excellent legal representation in CEE/SEE as well, benefiting from short communication channels and smooth processes.

Through our worldwide network of top business law firms, we also offer optimum cross-​border advice in all areas of national and international business law. We are a member of Pangea, the renowned international law firm network, which means that we are in constant exchange with law firms from all over the world.