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Public Law: Planning and Environment — Austria


Eisenberger & Herzog - Public Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Georg Eisenberger, Ulrike Sehrschön and Wilhelm Offenbeck

What the team is known for Highly respected firm with a flourishing public law practice. Well regarded for its work on the environmental aspects of power generation plants. Advances in the rankings in recognition of its increasing prominence in procurement and PPP mandates, with particular notability in road and railway transportation and utilities infrastructure. Also represents clients in contentious cases. Advises on EU-wide tenders.

Strengths Clients note the team's client-friendly approach, saying that it "works in a very client-oriented way, is very fast and efficient, but at the same time maintains a high level of quality."

Work highlights Supported WDS Wärmedirektservice in a EU-wide tender for the construction of a large heat storage plant.

Assisted Verband der Österreichischen Kleinwasserkraftwerke with the implementation of the EU's water framework directive.

Significant clients Koralm, Styria Media Group, Holding Graz-Kommunale Dienstleistungen, HYPO NOE Leasing, ÖBB Infrastruktur.

Notable practitioners

Ulrike Sehrschön is a greatly respected authority in public procurement matters, with an especially pronounced reputation for her work in the utilities sector. Clients praise her expertise and also note that she "responded quickly to all questions." She represented ÖBB Infrastruktur in procurement review proceedings before the Federal Administrative Court.

Georg Eisenberger is a notable figure in environmental proceedings, frequently visible in prominent cases. He recently acted as lead counsel to Cassco Group/A H Projektentwicklung on environmental issues surrounding the Rehrlplatz construction project, including EIA procedures.

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Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners - Public Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Michael Hecht

What the team is known for Strong environmental law group, widely respected for its experience and varied client base. Excels in energy and waste law matters as well as zoning law. Increasing prominence in other public law fields such as public procurement, including related disputes. Principally acts on behalf of public bodies and local and regional governments.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's "pragmatic and goal-oriented way of working," observing that the lawyers offer "quick answers to questions." Another client notes its "clarity and reliability."

Work highlights Advised via donau - Österreichische Wasserstraßen-Gesellschaft on all environmental, conservation and water law issues arising from its hydro-engineering project on the Danube.

Acted for 6B47 Real Estate Investors on procurement, zoning and EIA issues surrounding the Julius-Tandler-Platz development.

Significant clients Vienna Hospital Association, City of Feldkirch, ÖBB Infrastruktur, WIPARK Garagen.

Notable practitioners

Market sources describe Michael Hecht as "one of the go-to guys" in the environmental and planning law area. He is highly accomplished in zoning and EIA matters, with particular knowledge of regulatory environmental issues in rail and road infrastructure. He advised numerous real estate developers on zoning issues pertaining to several major development projects in Vienna, including Danube Flats, TrIIIple and Wildgarten Quartier.

Department profile by Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners

For years we have maintained a special focus on infrastructure projects. We have successfully handled both motorway and railway projects, and provided valuable support for large-scale construction projects such as shopping centres, offices and residential buildings and hydro projects. Expertise and experience in real estate and construction law as well as in financing and public procurement law have made us Austria's market leader in infrastructure law. We also advise Austria's authorities on public procurement procedures as well as bidders participating in contract award procedures. Core components of our advice in this area are the recognition of defects in tender documents and reacting to new developments in on-going procedures as soon as possible, as this allows for appropriate and effective measures to be taken and thus ensures the best possible outcome.

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Since 2010 fwp has been the sole Austrian member of the leading global referral network TerraLex and has actively participated in TerraLex’s business initiatives and meetings. This has resulted in a plethora of referrals both from our firm to TerraLex and from TerraLex member firms to fwp. The emphasis fwp places on cross-border work also is highlighted by our long-standing membership in the Association of European Lawyers (AEL), which provides a strong platform for pan-European cross-border transactions and legal advice in particular in competition law matters with several leading firms being members of AEL.


Haslinger Nagele & Partner - Public Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Wilhelm Bergthaler and Martin Oder
- 7 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading public law team held in high regard by peers and clients. Boasts a thriving environmental practice and also regularly advises on high-value public procurement tenders. Experienced in matters relating to the transport, IT and healthcare sectors. Offering includes support in tender procedures and related litigation.

Strengths The team maintains a leading reputation for its know-how and clients praise its "straightforward advice."

Work highlights Represented Wiener Lokalbahnen in the procurement tender process for acquiring up to 27 trains for Vienna-Baden line.

Advised T-Mobile Austria on public tender proceedings.

Significant clients voestalpine, Novartis, ASFINAG, Austrian Power Grid, Saubermacher Dienstleistungs.

Notable practitioners

Wilhelm Bergthaler is praised for his "comprehensive expertise in all areas of environmental law, his understanding of complex technical issues and the economic needs of our company," a client reports. He is a leading name for environmental projects, including energy and emissions issues. He recently acted as lead counsel to W&P Zement on all civil, criminal and administrative proceedings surrounding the HCB pollution scandal.

Martin Oder is a prominent authority in matters of public procurement, offering first-class support to contracting authorities and bidders in high-value tender procedures. Recent projects include assisting Wiener Linien with the procurement of up to 150 city buses, worth EUR100 million. He is described as a "really great lawyer" in his field by market sources.

Wolfgang Berger receives praise from clients and peers for his distinguished planning and environment work practice. His key areas of activity include UVP (environmental compatibility test) programmes, waste management law and environmental protection as well as related planning and licensing matters. He also represents clients in court.

Martin Stempkowski is regularly instructed on high-value procurement proceedings, including IT outsourcing and water-related projects. Clients include both government entities and international corporates. He advised a municipal waste water association in Lower Austria on the procurement proceedings for a new waste water treatment plant, valued at EUR10 million.

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Niederhuber & Partner GmbH - Public Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of the department: Martin Niederhuber

What the team is known for Enters the rankings this year as a result of highly positive feedback on its work in environmental issues. Acts for both public and private clients on UVP and EIA mandates. Also offers planning advice, particularly in the context of energy and infrastructure projects.

Notable practitioners

Martin Niederhuber is a highly respected environmental public law expert who is "very present" in the market, according to sources. He is particularly well versed in EIAs, especially in the context of industrial construction. He also handles a number of emissions cases and waste law issues.

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Onz, Onz, Kraemmer, Hüttler - Public Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Christian Onz

What the team is known for Stellar planning and environmental law boutique with an enviable reputation in the market. Especially acclaimed for environmental impact assessment work. Also excels in waste management issues, including site remediation processes, as well as water supply and sewage treatment schemes.

Strengths Market sources unanimously confirm that the firm is "very good in environmental law."

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Christian Onz provides many years' experience of handling environmental concerns and is identified by commentators as one of the best market experts for all matters pertaining to environmental law.

Michael Mendel is regularly visible as an adviser in planning and environment projects, and is described as "a very good lawyer" in this field. He often assists with environmental issues arising from construction projects.

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Schoenherr - Public Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Christian Schmelz and Johannes Stalzer
- 2 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Pre-eminent planning and environment team with strong links to the firm's offices within the CEE region. Project-related environmental work is a key focus. Most prominent in environmental impact assessment (EIA) and UVP proceedings, where it advises on such projects as the construction of transport infrastructure, medical institutions and renewable energy plants. Well versed in water rights and conservation issues. Diverse client roster includes state-owned and private companies.

Strengths Clients praise its wide expertise and strong communication skills. "The whole Schoenherr team is extremely co-operative and helpful," says one client, with another extolling the team's "broad expertise."

Clients emphasise the commitment and the offering of "proactive and forward-looking" advice.

Work highlights Advised Vienna International Airport on environmental issues surrounding the construction of a third runway, including comprehensive EIA proceedings. The project is valued at EUR2 billion.

Assisted Red Bull with environmental issues concerning the Red Bull Ring motorsport circuit.

Significant clients ASFINAG, TIWAG-Tiroler Wasserkraft, Laakirchen Papier, ORF, OMV.

Notable practitioners

Christian Schmelz is a top-level planning and environmental law expert and a leading lawyer in relation to EIA procedures. Clients praise his "well-founded, calm and reliable approach." He advised the Austrian Chamber of Commerce on amendments to legislation including the EIA, water and energy efficiency regulations.

Johannes Stalzer is a known name in public procurement projects, acting on national and cross-border tender procedures and PPP projects. Clients praise his "high level of technical competence." He advised Albertina regarding its EU-wide tender proceedings for the provision of security services.

Department profile by Schoenherr

Schoenherr’s regulatory expertise and longstanding experience is recognised as the standard-bearer of regulatory-related advice. By providing a wide-ranging and consistently reliable service, the regulatory practice group, consisting of more than 20 lawyers, has successfully advised leading players in the infrastructure, energy (electricity, oil, gas), waste, pulp, paper, mining, steel, automotive, glass, food, utilities, entertainment, pharmacy and research sectors.

The team also advises stakeholders and public authorities on current legislation and implementation of EU Directives. The practice group’s expertise guarantees comprehensive first-rate legal advice in all matters of constitutional and administrative law, particularly regarding environmental, energy, life sciences, privacy and telecommunications law, as well as privatisations, public private partnerships and public procurement.


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Schoenherr is a leading full-service law firm providing local and international companies stellar advice that is straight to the point. With 14 offices and 4 country desks Schoenherr has a firm footprint in Central and Eastern Europe. Our lawyers are recognised leaders in their specialised areas and have a track record of getting deals done with a can-do, solution-oriented approach. Quality, flexibility, innovation and practical problem-solving in complex commercial mandates are at the core of our philosophy. 

Schoenherr has offices, country desks and permanent cooperation partners in Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, and Ukraine

Schoenherr is in compliance with the respective local legal standards and conduct rules in all countries where it is active; therefore, the local firm name may vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.




Schwartz Huber-Medek & Partner Rechtsanwälte OG - Public Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Katharina Huber-Medek and Walter Schwartz

What the team is known for Compact public law offering with a solid and long-standing reputation. Receives recognition for its work in planning and environmental law. Particularly distinguished for its work on mandates involving mining and waste management. Also covers water law, environmental remediation and emissions law.

Strengths Sources confirm the team's strong reputation in the area of practice and the quality of its lawyers.

Notable practitioners

Katharina Huber-Medek is recognised for her strong work on behalf of project developers in waste management issues. Her other areas of experience include water and zoning law, EIAs and conservation law.

Walter Schwartz is noted for his representation of contracting authorities in tender proceedings. Experts observe that he is "very active and successful" in this field.

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Wolf Theiss - Public Law

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Kurt Retter and Manfred Essletzbichler

What the team is known for Excellent team advising bidders as well as public authorities on large-scale, high-value tender procedures. Also represents clients in related disputes. Key sectors for procurement activity include IT, transportation and healthcare. Additionally, handles both contentious and non-contentious environmental matters, with particular knowledge of large construction projects and EIA issues. Assists with regulatory matters. Offers strong coverage in the CEE region.

Strengths Clients value the "technical expertise and pragmatic approach to solutions" offered by the team.

The team is highlighted for its commitment to clients and its "fast communication."

Work highlights Assisted Brandpower with energy queries and environmental issues surrounding its development of three wind parks.

Acted for the government of Lower Austria on several tender procedures relating to the development of the former state hospital area in Wiener Neustadt.

Significant clients Wiener Zeitung, Vienna International Airport, Google, SPAR, PORR.

Notable practitioners

Manfred Essletzbichler is a market-leading procurement lawyer who also has significant experience of construction matters. He regularly advises on large-scale tender procedures, including advising ÖBB on the acquisition of up to 200 electric cargo locomotives.

Sebastian Oberzaucher is a widely acknowledged procurement lawyer, increasingly visible as an adviser to public bodies on tender procedures. He offers particular experience in procurement proceedings in the medical and healthcare sector. His mandates of late include assisting the Vienna Hospital Association with various tender procedures.

Senior associate Wolfram Schachinger is an increasingly visible name in the field of environmental law, frequently advising on zoning and environmental issues arising in renewable energy, farming and waste management projects. Clients appreciate his clear explanation of the legal situation and say he is "always reachable and highly committed." He assisted Gebrüder Haider Bauunternehmung with EIA issues surrounding the construction of a hydroelectric power plant.

Department profile by Wolf Theiss

Public Law

Businesses are facing ever increasing economic regulatory requirements at European and local levels and often require sector-specific compliance advice. Our regulatory team advises clients across the CEE/ SEE region on the varying and complex regulatory frameworks affecting their businesses and helps them prepare for future sector-specific compliance requirements.

Our team members have specialized expertise in a variety of sectors, including life sciences & healthcare, banking, data protection, insurance, waste management, gambling, infrastructure, telecoms, energy and utilities. Clients benefit from the team’s regional and industry-specific expertise and local regulatory knowledge which help them meet their specific compliance requirements.

Public Procurement

Our team assists both public and private contracting parties to ensure compliance with procurement rules while minimizing risks. We are frequently retained by public bodies and utilities operators to prepare and carry out tender procedures. We also advise private bidders by ensuring the compliance of their bid, negotiating with contracting authorities, and challenging unfair tender provisions and award decisions.

Our services include: advising contracting authorities as full service provider, strategic tender planning, drafting tender documents, acting as awarding entity, maintaining comprehensive and audit-proof documentation, tender review proceedings, advising bidders in tender procedures and compliance.


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With offices in 13 countries in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe and 3 regional desks, Wolf Theiss is ideally positioned to handle regional as well as local regulatory and procurement work.

Our Reach

Our Austrian regulatory and procurement lawyers can rely on the support of specialists (industry and legal) on the ground in all countries where we have offices: Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine. In addition, our regional desks cover Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro.

Our Advantage

We truly operate as a single firm. This enables us to always assign the best team of lawyers in accordance with the specific needs of a client. Each of our offices works on transactions that rank among the most significant in their markets so our clients can rely on unified high quality work. Our lawyers have years of experience of working together on cross-border transactions. Our clients have one point of contact.

Our Work

As an example, our procurement team regularly advises international companies participating in Austrian tenders and assists them in fulfilling the complex formal requirements in order to submit bids fully complaint with the tender documents and the Austrian regulatory framework.

Our regulatory team has extensive experience in advising energy traders on setting up their businesses on the Austrian electricity and gas market and acting as service agents for foreign clients vis-à-vis Austrian regulators (E-Control), advising insurance companies which offer their products on a cross-border basis, and advising manufacturing companies regarding Environmental Impact Assessments in multiple jurisdictions.

A further example is our advice to a leading energy company in relation to the envisaged construction and operation of a cross-border high voltage line between a power plant located in Austria and a power plant located in Slovenia, with the aim of simplifying supply lines and grid connections. Our work included advice on the legal framework applicable in Austria and Slovenia in relation to energy law aspects, as well as construction law aspects of the envisaged construction. The envisaged construction provides for an innovative cross-border power connection between Austria and Slovenia. The Slovenian energy legislation has recently been amended and provides for some (unintentional) deviation from the EU legislation.




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Wilhelm Bergthaler

Haslinger Nagele & Partner

From the Chambers Europe guide

Wilhelm Bergthaler is praised for his "comprehensive expertise in all areas of environmental law, his understanding of complex technical issues and the economic needs of our company," a client reports. He is a leading name for environmental projects, including energy and emissions issues. He recently acted as lead counsel to W&P Zement on all civil, criminal and administrative proceedings surrounding the HCB pollution scandal.

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Onz, Onz, Kraemmer, Hüttler

From the Chambers Europe guide

Founding partner Christian Onz provides many years' experience of handling environmental concerns and is identified by commentators as one of the best market experts for all matters pertaining to environmental law.

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Christian Schmelz

Schoenherr

From the Chambers Europe guide

Christian Schmelz is a top-level planning and environmental law expert and a leading lawyer in relation to EIA procedures. Clients praise his "well-founded, calm and reliable approach." He advised the Austrian Chamber of Commerce on amendments to legislation including the EIA, water and energy efficiency regulations.

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Haslinger Nagele & Partner

From the Chambers Europe guide

Wolfgang Berger receives praise from clients and peers for his distinguished planning and environment work practice. His key areas of activity include UVP (environmental compatibility test) programmes, waste management law and environmental protection as well as related planning and licensing matters. He also represents clients in court.

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Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Market sources describe Michael Hecht as "one of the go-to guys" in the environmental and planning law area. He is highly accomplished in zoning and EIA matters, with particular knowledge of regulatory environmental issues in rail and road infrastructure. He advised numerous real estate developers on zoning issues pertaining to several major development projects in Vienna, including Danube Flats, TrIIIple and Wildgarten Quartier.

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Martin Niederhuber

Niederhuber & Partner GmbH

From the Chambers Europe guide

Martin Niederhuber is a highly respected environmental public law expert who is "very present" in the market, according to sources. He is particularly well versed in EIAs, especially in the context of industrial construction. He also handles a number of emissions cases and waste law issues.

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Breitenecker, Kolbitsch and Vana

From the Chambers Europe guide

Heinrich Vana of Breitenecker, Kolbitsch and Vana is a well-established name who is widely recognised for his work on behalf of NGOs and neighbours, typically in opposition proceedings to planned development. Commentators describe him as "the best lawyer in Austria" in relation to such cases. He focuses on environmental issues in the planning context.

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Dieter Altenburger

Jarolim Flitsch

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dieter Altenburger of Jarolim Flitsch is a notable name in planning-related environmental law cases and chiefly acts for public bodies in planning and environmental assessments.

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Georg Eisenberger

Eisenberger & Herzog

From the Chambers Europe guide

Georg Eisenberger is a notable figure in environmental proceedings, frequently visible in prominent cases. He recently acted as lead counsel to Cassco Group/A H Projektentwicklung on environmental issues surrounding the Rehrlplatz construction project, including EIA procedures.

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Katharina Huber-Medek

Schwartz Huber-Medek & Partner Rechtsanwälte OG

From the Chambers Europe guide

Katharina Huber-Medek is recognised for her strong work on behalf of project developers in waste management issues. Her other areas of experience include water and zoning law, EIAs and conservation law.

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Onz, Onz, Kraemmer, Hüttler

From the Chambers Europe guide

Michael Mendel is regularly visible as an adviser in planning and environment projects, and is described as "a very good lawyer" in this field. He often assists with environmental issues arising from construction projects.

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Markus Nußbaumer

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm)

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Markus Nußbaumer heads the planning and environment team at Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm), and is known for his work in EIA proceedings in particular. He recently assisted Schönkirchner Kies - Kiesgewinnungs- und -verwertungsgesellschaft with an EIA approval procedure for the expansion of a sand and gravel quarry in Schönkirchen-Reyersdorf.

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Christian Schneider

bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Europe guide

Christian Schneider of bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte OG is a well-known adviser on environmental matters, in particular when it comes to energy-related mandates.

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Stefanie Werinos-Sydow

Werinos-Sydow & Nehajova Rechtsanwälte OG

From the Chambers Europe guide

Stefanie Werinos-Sydow of Werinos-Sydow & Nehajova Rechtsanwälte OG is a well-recognised name in planning and environmental law matters. Sources speak of her as a "fast-working and very responsive lawyer" who "impresses with creative solutions." She handles work relating to zoning issues, UVP matters and chemical regulations.

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Associates to watch

Wolfram Schachinger

Wolf Theiss

From the Chambers Europe guide

Senior associate Wolfram Schachinger is an increasingly visible name in the field of environmental law, frequently advising on zoning and environmental issues arising in renewable energy, farming and waste management projects. Clients appreciate his clear explanation of the legal situation and say he is "always reachable and highly committed." He assisted Gebrüder Haider Bauunternehmung with EIA issues surrounding the construction of a hydroelectric power plant.

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