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Public Law: Planning and Environment — Austria


Eisenberger & Herzog - Public Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly respected firm with a flourishing public law practice based in Graz and Vienna. Handles the planning and environmental aspects of energy and public infrastructure projects. Additionally advises on public procurement and PPP mandates, with particular expertise in the construction, transportation and utilities fields. Represents clients in contentious cases.

Strengths Market observers note the geographical coverage of the planning and environment team, describing it as "the go-to firm for environmental law in Styria."

Work highlights Advised Holding Graz on a tender for the preliminary planning of an urban renovation and the superstructure of a new tram project.

Notable practitioners

Ulrike Sehrschön represents Austrian public and private clients in procurement procedures, on both the contractor and bidder sides, regularly advising on EU-wide tenders and projects. One client appreciates her sincere working style: "She handles both big and small projects capably and is very trustworthy."

Georg Eisenberger advises private and public entities on urban development and hydropower plant projects, as well as EIAs and environmental regulatory compliance.

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Public Law

Our practice group “Public Law” offers all-encompassing advice in the fields of public commercial law. It focuses on environmental law and energy law. As for corporations from the energy sector in particular, our public law experts work on an interdisciplinary basis with our practice groups Corporate, Finance and Procurement. Our fields of expertise are constitutional law, large administrative proceedings, business settlement, commercial law, construction law, local and inter-regional planning, world heritage, water legislation, mineral raw material legislation and mining law, environmental law, environmental impact assessments („ecotests“), telecommunications law, state aids, European law, energy law, privatisations, counselling of regional authorities, healthcare, financial market law, infrastructure law (rail / road / power lines).

















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Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners - Public Law Department

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What the team is known for Strong environmental law group, widely respected for its experience and comprehensive expertise. Excels in energy and waste law matters, as well as construction and 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, as well as real estate investors and developers.

Strengths The team's dedication is lauded, with one client saying: "There is a high level of identification with the lawyers' projects and tasks, and they are also goal-oriented."

The team's diligence and working style are also cited as strengths: "The prepared documents are extremely well put together."

Work highlights Represented the City of Vienna in a dispute before the Austrian Constitutional Court regarding the proposed construction of a third runway at Vienna International Airport.

Advised 6B47 Real Estate Investors on regulatory requirements, EIAs, zoning and public procurement law issues concerning a planned real estate development project at Julius-Tandler-Platz in Vienna.

Notable practitioners

Michael Hecht is well regarded for his environmental, planning and regulatory expertise, with a particular focus on large-scale real estate projects in and around Vienna. He also advises governmental authorities and state-owned enterprises on infrastructure and procurement issues. Highlights include assisting JTP 3 Alpha with numerous issues arising from a development project at Julius-Tandler-Platz, including EIAs and zoning, engineering, construction and railway law matters. One satisfied client declares: "In projects where you don't easily get permits - where you know there are environmental concerns by the public and NGOs - you turn to Michael Hecht."

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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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Haslinger Nagele & Partner - Public Law Department

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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 and related litigation. Has further expertise in constitutional and administrative law issues. Considerable experience in the transportation, IT and healthcare sectors.

Strengths The team is described by observers as "really top-notch" in environmental issues.

Further market commentators state that the firm "has a strong environmental team and a strong procurement team."

Work highlights Advised Abfallwirtschaftsverband Graz-Umgebung as contracting authority on a procurement project for waste management services in Styria, including the carrying out of four procurement procedures in parallel.

Defended W&P Zement in civil, administrative and criminal proceedings in the so-called HCB-Skandal, pertaining to alleged pollution of neighbouring land and agricultural areas through the incineration of hazardous waste.

Notable practitioners

Wilhelm Bergthaler is an eminent figure in the environmental law field, where he has a wealth of experience. He is particularly well versed in contentious cases, and offers further expertise in administrative law and regulatory matters. Highlights include representing voestalpine Stahl in several civil and administrative disputes, including defence of claims by environmental NGOs for misrepresentation and issues arising from the legal qualification of steel slag. One client explains: "He is very experienced in environmental issues and dealing with big cases. I would highly recommend him."

Martin Oder is a leading figure in the public procurement field. He mainly advises contracting authorities and bidders on procurement procedures for large-scale projects for in the transportation, healthcare and TMT sectors. He assisted Wiener Linien with tender procedures for underground carriages for the new U5 and U2 lines in Vienna's underground rail system. A market observer notes: "He produces very polished work. I only have praise for him."

Wolfgang Berger is a highly respected environmental law practitioner. He advises infrastructure organisations as well as energy and waste management companies on environmental impact assessment (EIA) procedures and regulatory matters. Notable mandates include assisting Lakeside Science & Technology Park with its expansion of a technology and industrial park in Klagenfurt and licensing issues. He also has experience representing clients in administrative proceedings before court.

Martin Stempkowski is experienced in public procurement projects in the IT, infrastructure and construction sectors. He advised the municipal waste water association of the city of Korneuburg and surrounding municipalities on a procurement procedure for a new waste water treatment plant. His practice also covers competition law.

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Niederhuber & Partner GmbH - Public Law Department

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What the team is known for Environmental law team, reputed for its expertise in planning permits, often advising clients from the electricity industry. Also attracts praise for its strength in sports facility construction projects, including ski resort infrastructure. Acts for both public and private sector clients on UVP and EIA mandates.

Strengths Market observers describe the boutique as "one of the biggest environmental firms in Austria."

Notable practitioners

Martin Niederhuber is highly respected for his environmental law expertise in planning and permitting issues, and is active on waste management, infrastructure and nature conservation law matters. One market observer states: "You encounter him a lot in permitting issues."

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Onz, Onz, Kraemmer, Hüttler - Public Law Department

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What the team is known for Stellar planning and environmental law boutique with an exceptional reputation in the market. Especially acclaimed for EIA matters, and noted for its work on power grid network projects. Also excels in waste management issues, including site remediation processes, as well as water supply and sewage treatment schemes.

Strengths A commentator describes the boutique as "an excellent environmental firm."

Another market observer asserts: "I value them highly in environmental law."

Notable practitioners

Christian Onz is a highly acclaimed public law practitioner and regarded as a pioneer in environmental law.

Michael Mendel is known for his environmental and planning work. He is particularly noted for his expertise in issues concerning energy and power grid, as well as construction and zoning law matters.

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Schoenherr - Public Law Department

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What the team is known for Pre-eminent planning and environment team with strong links to the firm's offices within the CEE region. Key focus on environmental law issues, where the team is most prominent in EIA proceedings and environmental disputes arising from renewable energy, healthcare, infrastructure and public transportation projects. Also well versed in water rights law and nature conservation issues. Highly acclaimed general public law practice boasts expertise in administrative and constitutional law. Diverse client roster includes state-owned and private companies.

Strengths Clients especially value the team's bench strength, with one source explaining: "If required, additional resources can be made available at very short notice in order to fulfil even very extensive tasks within the shortest possible deadlines."

Another client reveals: "Especially when the law changes or constitutional law is required, we go with Schoenherr."

Work highlights Represented Vienna International Airport and the State of Lower Austria in numerous appeal proceedings before the Supreme Administrative Court and the Constitutional Court of Austria regarding the proposed construction of a third runway at the airport.

Advised the Austrian Chamber of Commerce on environmental regulatory issues, including amendments to several environmental law acts in Austria.

Notable practitioners

Christian Schmelz is renowned for his proficiency in regulatory, administrative and constitutional law, as well as environmental and planning issues. He advises clients on the realisation of large-scale construction projects, administrative approvals and issues arising from changes to regulations. He is particularly active for private companies from the infrastructure, energy and healthcare sectors and additionally advises state-owned enterprises. He assisted ASFINAG with a variety of environmental and planning questions pertaining to the planned construction of several major international motorways. One client asserts: "He understands how to bring into balance the environmental demands and those of our company."

Johannes Stalzer acts for both bidders and contracting authorities on national and Europe-wide procurement procedures. He is present in a range of sectors, including life sciences, energy and construction.

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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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Schwartz Huber-Medek & Partner Rechtsanwälte OG - Public Law Department

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What the team is known for Compact public law offering with a strong and long-standing reputation. Receives recognition for its work in planning and environmental law, including EIAs for construction projects in both urban and non-residential areas. Particularly distinguished for its work on mandates involving mining and waste management. Also covers water law, environmental remediation and emissions law.

Notable practitioners

Walter Schwartz advances in the rankings thanks to positive feedback on his procurement law practice. He provides comprehensive advice to both bidders and contractors on procurement and review procedures. His expertise covers a range of industries, such as the gaming, pharmaceutical and public transport sectors. A market observer describes him as "very successful."

Katharina Huber-Medek assists with planning and construction permits and environmental law, and is particularly acknowledged for her experience advising on waste management issues. One client appreciates her working style, saying: "She is very straightforward, to the point and provides you with good results."

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Wolf Theiss - Public Law Department

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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. Demonstrates strong expertise in regulatory matters, advising clients from the insurance, energy and financial services sectors. Offers strong coverage in the CEE region.

Strengths One client praises the work ethic, saying: "The team showed outstanding commitment to our matters and was seemingly available day and night."

Another client summarises: "We were successfully guided through the procedure; everything was very well structured and technically sound."

Work highlights Advised ÖBB Rail Cargo Austria and ÖBB Personenverkehr on respective procurement procedures worth a combined EUR1.76 billion regarding the purchase of cargo locomotives and rolling stock for international passenger transportation.

Assisted Austrian Power Grid with various issues such as EIAs, water law, nature conservation law and high-voltage licensing arising from the planned renewal of a 110 km high-voltage power line in Upper Austria.

Notable practitioners

Outstanding procurement expert Manfred Essletzbichler routinely advises public and private sector clients on both bidder and contractor sides on healthcare, transportation and construction projects. He represented a bidding consortium led by PORR in a tender procedure and subsequent review proceedings regarding the transalpine construction project Brenner Basistunnel Nord. Satisfied clients underline his "formidable business understanding and know-how."

Kurt Retter is highly regarded for his expertise in regulatory, constitutional and administrative law matters, where he advises clients from a plethora of sectors, including energy, transportation and financial services. He also regularly represents both private and public entities in contentious cases, and represented certain companies of VGH Versicherungen in several court proceedings as creditors of HETA Asset Resolution following the non-acceptance of an offer to repurchase subordinated debt. Sources appreciate that he is "an amicable person, very good to work with and able to convince people in discussions."

Sebastian Oberzaucher is active for contracting authorities and bidders, with a focus on procurement procedures in the medical devices, media, transportation and construction areas. He assisted NÖ Landeskliniken-Holding with several tender and review procedures, including the purchase of heart valves for all hospitals of Lower Austria. Sources describe him as "responsive, timely, straightforward and a real fighter in court."

Wolfram Schachinger is valued by clients and market observers for his skills in environmental matters. He has particular expertise in EIAs concerning a variety of projects, including the construction of intensive livestock farms, power grids and waste disposal sites. Of late, he has advised Log4Real on a potential EIA arising from the planned Industrial Campus Vienna East project near Vienna International Airport. A client notes: "For us, his proactive work, the sound technical knowledge and his detailed knowledge of our industry were the biggest assets."

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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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Band 1

Wilhelm Bergthaler

Haslinger Nagele & Partner

From the Chambers Europe guide

Wilhelm Bergthaler is an eminent figure in the environmental law field, where he has a wealth of experience. He is particularly well versed in contentious cases, and offers further expertise in administrative law and regulatory matters. Highlights include representing voestalpine Stahl in several civil and administrative disputes, including defence of claims by environmental NGOs for misrepresentation and issues arising from the legal qualification of steel slag. One client explains: "He is very experienced in environmental issues and dealing with big cases. I would highly recommend him."

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Onz, Onz, Kraemmer, Hüttler

From the Chambers Europe guide

Christian Onz is a highly acclaimed public law practitioner and regarded as a pioneer in environmental law.

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Christian Schmelz

Schoenherr

From the Chambers Europe guide

Christian Schmelz is renowned for his proficiency in regulatory, administrative and constitutional law, as well as environmental and planning issues. He advises clients on the realisation of large-scale construction projects, administrative approvals and issues arising from changes to regulations. He is particularly active for private companies from the infrastructure, energy and healthcare sectors and additionally advises state-owned enterprises. He assisted ASFINAG with a variety of environmental and planning questions pertaining to the planned construction of several major international motorways. One client asserts: "He understands how to bring into balance the environmental demands and those of our company."

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Band 2

Haslinger Nagele & Partner

From the Chambers Europe guide

Wolfgang Berger is a highly respected environmental law practitioner. He advises infrastructure organisations as well as energy and waste management companies on environmental impact assessment (EIA) procedures and regulatory matters. Notable mandates include assisting Lakeside Science & Technology Park with its expansion of a technology and industrial park in Klagenfurt and licensing issues. He also has experience representing clients in administrative proceedings before court.

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Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Michael Hecht is well regarded for his environmental, planning and regulatory expertise, with a particular focus on large-scale real estate projects in and around Vienna. He also advises governmental authorities and state-owned enterprises on infrastructure and procurement issues. Highlights include assisting JTP 3 Alpha with numerous issues arising from a development project at Julius-Tandler-Platz, including EIAs and zoning, engineering, construction and railway law matters. One satisfied client declares: "In projects where you don't easily get permits - where you know there are environmental concerns by the public and NGOs - you turn to Michael Hecht."

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Band 2

Martin Niederhuber

Niederhuber & Partner GmbH

From the Chambers Europe guide

Martin Niederhuber is highly respected for his environmental law expertise in planning and permitting issues, and is active on waste management, infrastructure and nature conservation law matters. One market observer states: "You encounter him a lot in permitting issues."

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Band 3

Dieter Altenburger

Jarolim Flitsch

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dieter Altenburger of Jarolim Flitsch is an environmental law practitioner recognised for his expertise in infrastructure matters. He also has a particular focus on the aviation sector.

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Band 3

Georg Eisenberger

Eisenberger & Herzog

From the Chambers Europe guide

Georg Eisenberger advises private and public entities on urban development and hydropower plant projects, as well as EIAs and environmental regulatory compliance.

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Katharina Huber-Medek

Schwartz Huber-Medek & Partner Rechtsanwälte OG

From the Chambers Europe guide

Katharina Huber-Medek assists with planning and construction permits and environmental law, and is particularly acknowledged for her experience advising on waste management issues. One client appreciates her working style, saying: "She is very straightforward, to the point and provides you with good results."

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Band 3

Onz, Onz, Kraemmer, Hüttler

From the Chambers Europe guide

Michael Mendel is known for his environmental and planning work. He is particularly noted for his expertise in issues concerning energy and power grid, as well as construction and zoning law matters.

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Band 3

Markus Nußbaumer

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Markus Nußbaumer of Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) assists with planning and land use matters, including strategic environmental assessments. He advised gravel and concrete plant ASAMER Kies- und Betonwerke on an expansion and the dismantling of its original location, which included handling the EIA approval procedure.

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Christian Schneider

bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Europe guide

Christian Schneider is reputed for his expertise in administrative and constitutional law, and also has a strong track record in planning and environmental mandates, as well as energy regulation. He has experience representing public and private sector clients before authorities and court. One client values his skills in court: "I've seen him negotiate before the High Court and he was very strong."

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Band 3

Breitenecker, Kolbitsch and Vana

From the Chambers Europe guide

Heinrich Vana of Breitenecker, Kolbitsch and Vana is well known for his advice and mediation activities pertaining to environmental law matters. He also acts for citizens' associations and NGOs.

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Band 3

Stefanie Werinos-Sydow

Werinos-Sydow & Nehajova Rechtsanwälte OG

From the Chambers Europe guide

Stefanie Werinos-Sydow of Werinos-Sydow & Nehajova Rechtsanwälte OG advises clients on EIs and water law, as well as the planning aspects of real estate construction projects. She acted for Teubl Group on spatial planning, administrative and construction law issues arising from two real estate projects in Styria. One source notes that she "not only points out problems but also identifies solutions, while keeping an eye on the economic interests of her client."

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Wolfram Schachinger

Wolf Theiss

From the Chambers Europe guide

Wolfram Schachinger is valued by clients and market observers for his skills in environmental matters. He has particular expertise in EIAs concerning a variety of projects, including the construction of intensive livestock farms, power grids and waste disposal sites. Of late, he has advised Log4Real on a potential EIA arising from the planned Industrial Campus Vienna East project near Vienna International Airport. A client notes: "For us, his proactive work, the sound technical knowledge and his detailed knowledge of our industry were the biggest assets."

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