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KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Austria > Construction Tier 1

Benefitting from a strong reputation in the Austrian market, and a ‘detailed knowledge of all contractual issues regarding construction’ KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH has a strong track record in the construction sector. The group offers clients a full service which covers a variety of construction projects. The quartet Georg Karasek, Clemens Berlakovits, Paul Schmidinger and Jan Philipp Schifko lead the team, and the latter’s ‘incredible workload‘ involves both litigious and non-litigious construction work as well as real estate business law matters. Schifko is commended for providing ‘advice with business value.’ Elsewhere, Berlakovits complements his construction law knowledge with public procurement law and architecture law knowledge.

Practice head(s):

Georg Karasek; Clemens Berlakovits; Paul Schmidinger; Jan Philipp Schifko

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Herrmann; Vinzenz Waldhof; Julian Ring


‘For me, legal competence in construction matters is the most important factor and they display this.’

‘Their legal knowledge in construction matters is very good and could rarely be found in other law firms. Clemens Berlakovits and Vinzenz Waldhof always tried very hard to adhere to our ideas, wishes and special requirements into a contract immediately. There were many constructive discussions and explanations of our intentions, but they always managed to carry out everything to our full satisfaction.’

‘KWR has excellent, detailed knowledge of all contractual issues regarding construction. They act quickly and have quick response times. They also have an excellent reputation in the market.’

‘Clemens Berlakovits is our main contact and is excellent in his field. He has high social and legal competence in all relevant fields. His team is there to assist with all issues. He knows when to solve a specific problem in court or when it is better to negotiate outside the courtroom.’

‘Their knowledge of construction law is superb. Very practical approach to both in out-of-court counselling and in court disputes.’

‘Jan Schifko is a great lawyer. He has an incredible workload but he is always reachable and finds the best solution in a legal but also in a business sense.’

‘Jan Schifko gives great advice with business value. and sees the bigger picture. Julian Ring is an up and coming attorney.’

‘They have a good understanding of construction technology and a very high level of competence regarding construction law.’

Key clients

Wirtschaftsagentur Wien

Donau Busterminal Realisierungs GmbH

Salvi Weber Schenker Architekten

Caritas Wien

Gemeinnütziger Wohnbauträger Alpenland

Gemeinnütziger Wohnbauträger ÖSW

Umdasch Group

G.E.D. Wohnbau GmbH

Schüller Gruppe


Unger Stahlbau Ges.m.b.H.

AMFT – Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Hersteller von Metall-Fenster/Türen/Tore/Fassaden


Vasko + Partner

Jabornegg & Pálffy Architekten


BIG Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft m.b.H.

Esterhazy Betriebe GmbH

Schrack Technik GmbH

Handler Group

Work highlights

  • Representing the real estate developer, PSC Errichtungsgesellschaft m.b.H. (part of the Raab&Raab Group) in civil proceedings at the commercial court of Vienna regarding the construction project TABA Tower.
  • Advising Wirtschaftsagentur Wien. Ein Fonds der Stadt Wien. on the construction of a new laboratory building.
  • Advising and representing the Implenia AG/ Implenia Bau GmbH in relation to litigation, contractual negotiations and other construction-related matters.

Austria > Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

‘Collaboration is seamless’ at KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH, and the group are particular experts in privacy and trade secrets law. Co-heading up the team are Anna Mertinz and Barbara Kuchar, who have significant cross-practice expertise. Mertinz leads the firm’s employment practice and often works on cases with an overlap between employment law and data protection law. IP practice head Kuchar handles matters which involve the implementation IP, trade secrets and data protection measures.

Practice head(s):

Anna Mertinz; Barbara Kuchar


‘Collaboration is seamless in terms of the timely manner in which assistance is provided. They go the extra mile to cover all bases before proceedings.’

‘Anna Mertinz was always available, putting in the extra work to consider even the smallest detail, and providing solutions. The foresight and understanding of all the possible occurrences was excellent. As a group, they close all the legal loop holes and provide counsel and advice in a way that makes you feel supported.’

Key clients

DIALOG Bildungs- und Beratungsinstitut GmbH

myneva Austria GmbH

engcon Austria GmbH

Chiesi Pharmaceuticals GmbH

Teoxane Deutschland GmbH

Coca-Cola HBC Austria GmbH

Lauda (subsidiary of Ryanair)

Mister Spex AG


Nemo Healthcare BV

System 7 group

TIAN/Venuss Bewusst GmbH

International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE)

Rohde & Schwarz Österreich GesmbH

MAHLE Filtersysteme Austria GmbH


Familie & Beruf Management GmbH

Diversity Think Tank Consulting GmbH

Arbeitswelten Consulting

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Austria Bio Garantie GmbH / agroVet GmbH

De’ Longhi Kenwood GmbH

Edizon Innovation GmbH

Ivellio-Vellin IT Services

Willis Towers Watson Austria GmbH

Work highlights

  • Supported myneva in the introduction of several highly complex tech tools in the area of employee data protection and were called in due to our outstanding expertise in both data protection and employment law as well as our deep technical knowledge of IT-related matters.
  • Assisted Coca-Cola HBC Austria GmbH with developing a complete data protection concept and to support its implementation.
  • Assisted Familie & Beruf Management GmbH with the development of a complete data protection concept.

Austria > Intellectual property Tier 3

KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH assists clients with a range of IP work, including the drafting of licence, acquisition and joint venture agreements, while also taking on IP litigation. In the contentious space, the firm covers patent, copyright and trade mark protection and infringement cases, in addition to unfair competition matters and related trade secrets issues. Strategic IP work is a further pillar of the practice group, where it advises on the management of trade mark portfolios for clients. Barbara Kuchar leads the team, advising across the full spectrum of copyright, patent and trade mark matters.

Practice head(s):

Barbara Kuchar


‘Barbara Kuchar represented us in a very complicated dispute. In addition to extensive specialist knowledge, we were particularly impressed by the tactical approach and the extreme accuracy of our legal team.’

‘The KWR team consists of different core areas. This means that we were competently looked after in various legal areas.’

‘Our contact is Barbara Kuchar – she is not only available during normal office hours, but even during the holiday season, the accessibility and intensity of the research was and is excellent.’

Key clients

The Ritz Hotel Limited

Heidi Chocolat

Intersport Austria

De’ Longhi Kenwood

cargo-partner brand rights GmbH

Reckitt Benckiser



Earcandy Entertainment GmbH

Neurosocks GmbH

Work highlights

  • Represented Ryanair in court proceedings regarding the admissibility of certain clauses in terms and conditions.
  • Successfully defended an advertising claim used by the client, a large producer of hygiene and health products, on all of its product packaging.
  • Advised a client in the luxury goods sector about the new legal situation and the necessary changes to be implemented when operating its web-shop in light of upcoming changes to the law governing online marketplaces.

Austria > Public procurement Tier 3

KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH fields a number of specialists in the public procurement field. Specifically, practice head Katharina Trettnak-Hahnl is an expert in procurement and state aid law and procedures, and is also noted for her expertise in contractual issues. Trettnak-Hahnl is ably supported by Mats Schröder, who is especially skilled in business law as well as procurement law, and is therefore a key contact for clients looking for business-focused advice.

Practice head(s):

Katharina Trettnak-Hahnl

Other key lawyers:


‘Exceptional core knowledge and abilities in public procurement and construction contracting issues. Solution-oriented, exceptional availability, and leading expertise in Austria regarding public procurement.’

‘Katharina Trettnak-Hahnl is an expert with exceptional knowledge and procurement law skills. She demonstrates expertise, understanding and flexibility.’

Key clients

Wirtschaftsagentur Wien. Ein Fonds der Stadt Wien.

Landeszahnärztekammer für Wien

BEST – Bioenergy and Sustainable Technologies GmbH

Energy IT Service GmbH

EDA EnergiewirtschaftlicherDatenaustausch GmbH

B&F Wien – Bestattung und Friedhöfe GmbH

Friedhöfe Wien GmbH

Österreichische Galerie Belvedere

Wiener Stadtwerke GmbH

Wiener Netze GmbH

Wien Energie GmbH

COVID-19 Finanzierungsagentur des Bundes GmbH (COFAG)

Österreichische Beteiligungs AG (ÖBAG)

Wien 3420 Aspern Development AG

Wien 3420 Umwelt und Baulog GmbH

Verein „Österreichs E-Wirtschaft“

Versicherungsanstalt öffentlich Bediensteter, Eisenbahnen und Bergbau (BVAEB)

Wiener Linien GmbH & Co KG

Celebi Ground Services Austria GmbH

Nipro Medical Austria GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising Wirtschaftsagentur Wien, as the awarding authority, on a 2-stage negotiation procedure with prior announcement in the upper threshold range.
  • Advising Versicherungsanstalt öffentlich Bediensteter, Eisenbahnen und Bergbau, as the awarding authority, on a 2-stage negotiation procedure with prior announcement in the upper threshold range.
  • Advising the Province of Burgenland on the possible implementation of an award procedure in the upper threshold range concerning the conclusion of framework agreements relating to further education and training measures.

Austria > Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 4

KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH is well placed to handle complex construction, infrastructure, energy and real estate disputes across multiple jurisdictions. Thomas Frad heads the team with a particularly strong focus on construction and aviation litigation. Georg Karasek is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Frad

Other key lawyers:

Georg Karasek; Clemens Berlakovits; Jan Philipp Schifko; Paul Schmidinger; Elisabeth Fischer


‘Perfect match for our needs – always recognise what we really want.’

‘High quality of service and good atmosphere.’

‘Their knowledge is superb. Very practical approach in court disputes. Their motions are second to none.’

‘Jan Philipp Schifko is a great lawyer. His motions and negotiation skills stand out.’

‘A very dedicated and proactive team which is able to work across many disciplines.’

‘Thomas Frad a highly skilled lawyer and negotiator who is always available on short notice if needed.’

‘Broad knowledge in diverse areas, reliable, far-sighted, realistic, high legal competence.’

Key clients

VI Engineers

FPF Immobilien

Österreichisches Siedlungswerk

Mativ Construction

KIR Group

SFL Group



Handler Group

Implenia Group



Heidenbauer Group


WertInvest Group

Family branch of a noble family

Aircraft manufacturer with production plants in Austria, Canada and China

Joint Venture KMP Ingenieure and Marc Mimram Architectes Paris

Work highlights

  • Representing a well-known family in a lawsuit against another branch of the family for the release of a valuable painting of historical significance.
  • Representing a general contractor in two lawsuits against a developer for termination of the contract due to an alleged delay.
  • Representing SFL Group (under insolvency administration) in various disputes, including representation of a consortium and assertion of warranty and damage claims.

Austria > Employment Tier 4

KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH provides legal and strategic support with the full range of employment law, HR and personnel policy issues to a notable client roster, with a focus on sales organisations, construction and production companies, airlines and healthcare providers. Anna Mertinz leads the practice, and has particular expertise in both individual and collective employment law, data protection and transfer of business issues.

Practice head(s):

Anna Mertinz

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Held; Maximilian Donath


‘Pragmatism combined with legal excellence.’

‘Anna Mertinz is very skilled and has a business-oriented approach.’


Key clients


Knorr Bremse

Garant Bau GmbH

Dialog Bildungs- und Beratungsinstitut GmbH


Chiesi Pharmaceuticals GmbH


TIAN Gourmet Restaurants

Coca Cola

Samsonite Europe NV

myneva Austria GmbH


Nemo Healthcare

Futrue GmbH


Towers Watson

Handler Holding

Familie & Beruf Management

Rohde & Schwarz

Estée Lauder Cosmetics Ges.mbH

Diversity Think Tank Consulting GmbH

Bio Austria

Assa Abloy

Mister Spex

Diamond Aircraft

Markas GmbH

Lindner Group KG

ÖSTU-STETTIN Hoch- und Tiefbau GmbH

System 7

Work highlights

  • Advising Laudamotion on all individual and collective legal matters relating to employment law.
  • Advising myneva on employment issues including new service contracts, working time models, employee data protection, works council management and new remuneration systems.
  • Advising Coca-Cola HBC on various employment law and data protection law matters.

Austria > Real estate Tier 4

KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH demonstrates a breadth of expertise in real estate, from initial public law issues all the way through to acquisition or sale, including project structuring, planning, contract drafting and defect management. Paul Schmidinger and Jan Philipp Schifko jointly lead the team. Schmidinger is often supported on large-scale real estate projects by Andreas Herrmann, whose varied client base includes private clients and large technology companies.

Practice head(s):

Paul Schmidinger; Jan Philipp Schifko

Other key lawyers:


‘Always supportive and they try to be available as much as possible for the client’s demands. Extremely experienced and very efficient.’

‘The whole process is excellent.’

‘Jan Philipp Schifko and his team are always present. The knowledge and the style of work are quite unique.’

Key clients

Wirtschaftsraum Amstetten GmbH

Wirtschaftsagentur Wien

3 SI Immogroup


LRP Projekte GmbH

FPF Immobilien

Lions CPRE

BIG Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft m.b.H.

Pretia GmbH

ROX Group


Handler Group

WT 80 Group


CAIM Holding/ ORCADO Group

Haring Group

Mooons Group



Caritas Wien

Work highlights

  • Advised the City of Amstetten on the urban development of over 47,000 square metres of central real estate objects.
  • Advising Wirtschaftsagentur Wien on the development of a new laboratory building in Vienna.
  • Assisted ORCADO/Haring Group with the development and sale of a residential project in Vienna’s 21st district, comprising over 200 apartments.

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.

Dispute Resolution Thomas
Construction Georg
Construction, Real Estate Clemens
Real Estate, Construction Paul
Corporate M&A, Competition Jörg
Corporate M&A Thomas
Energy Thomas
IP, Data Protection Barbara
Employment, Data Protection Anna
Public Procurement Katharina
Construction, Real Estate Jan Philipp
Tax, Corporate M&A Gerold
Number of Lawyers : 43
At this office : 41
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 twelve 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 established a special women’s initiative, KWR+Women, in 2022. We regularly organise events, also with external partners such as the women’s network Die Paragraphinnen, to provide our female lawyers with different insights and perspectives and to give them the opportunity to exchange ideas with outstanding role models.

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.

In addition, KWR has also been a member of the well-known L&E Global network since March 2022.