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KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Work Department

Real Estate Law, Construction Law, Architectural Law, Representation before courts and arbitration tribunals, Copyright Law




Paul Schmidinger started as an associate at KWR in 2007 in Georg Karasek’s team. He has therefore been intensively involved in construction and real estate law issues for more than 15 years. In doing so, he benefited in particular from the very close cooperation with Georg Karasek and his extensive and long-​standing experience in this field. His involvement in major projects, such as the Skylink construction project and the construction of the new campus of the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, also enabled Paul Schmidinger to quickly build up a very comprehensive and broad range of experience in construction and real estate law.

After passing the bar exam with distinction, Paul Schmidinger was hired as a lawyer at KWR in 2010. Paul Schmidinger then expanded his consulting focus to include real estate law issues. In 2013, he was appointed partner and took over the management of KWR’s real estate team.

Since then, his advisory focus has been, on the one hand, on real estate law, with a particular focus on assisting institutional investors, conducting legal due diligence reviews, and executing real estate transactions, and, on the other hand, on construction law. In this area, Paul Schmidinger has specialized, inter alia, in project-​related advice to clients in the public sector and has since been able to provide legal support for a number of well-​known major projects. Paul Schmidinger has particular expertise in the drafting and negotiation of construction and consultancy contracts, as well as in providing legal advice during construction and in dealing with warranty and damages issues in the construction sector.

In addition to providing legal advice, Paul Schmidinger is also a regular lecturer on construction and real estate law issues.

Prior to joining KWR, Paul Schmidinger worked as a legal advisor in the Office of the Secretary of State for the Arts and Media between 2003 and 2006, which is also the origin of his interest in copyright issues.


German, English


Universität Wien (Mag. iur. 2002 und Dr. iur. 2006)

Lawyer Rankings

Austria > Real estate

Best known for its strong construction practice, KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH is well equipped to assist with real estate matters at this intersection such as project development-related work including associated disputes. Much of this has recently come from the residential sector but the team also covers other asset classes. Key contacts include Paul Schmidinger (large-scale infrastructure projects and real estate transactions), Jan Philipp Schifko (international real estate projects and transactions), who both made partner in December 2020, and Clemens Berlakovits, who handles a wide range of real estate and construction law work. Clients include institutional investors and developers.

Austria > Construction

Thanks to its full-service construction and real estate law offering, KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH is a regular fixture on major construction, civil engineering and PPP projects across Austria, handling the entire lifecycle of such projects, including associated disputes. This broad offering is reflected in an equally broad client base including construction, real estate and project management companies as well as investors, architects and engineering consultants. Clemens Berlakovits, whose expertise extends to architectural law, is a key contact for the two last-mentioned client groups, while Paul Schmidinger is routinely involved in large-scale infrastructure projects and has recently also been advising on large-scale projects in the health and education sectors. Jan Philipp Schifko, who made partner in December 2020, is another key member of the team and has a focus on international projects. Name partner Georg Karasek handles the full range of contentious and non-contentious construction law.