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4 ranked lawyersBand 1AustriaEurope 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Outstanding law firm with strong expertise in administrative, constitutional, and environmental and planning law, acting for prestigious clients from the energy, technology and transport sectors. Regularly advises on novel constitutional and administrative challenges including compensation for COVID-19 restrictions and the permissibility of loot boxes in video games. Also assists with smoking ban violations, labelling law, broadcast regulation and auditing law pertaining to public company bankruptcy. Known for its work on market entries for e-commerce and shared mobility. Offers particular expertise in representing clients in contentious proceedings in front of Austria's highest constitutional and administrative courts. Highly acclaimed for its strong expertise in environmental and planning law, with a particular focus on often cross-border EIA for large airport, infrastructure and energy construction projects. Advises on planning procedures for the construction of energy plants including high voltage lines, biomass, photovoltaic and wind energy. Further expertise encompasses waste management and green mobility throughout protected nature areas as well as clean-ups of industrial sites following closure. Excellent cross-border capabilities due its large network throughout Europe and in particular CEE.


Endorsing the team and its strong cross-border capabilities, one interviewee enthuses: "Schoenherr's public law group continues to impress us with its high quality of work and leading expertise in the whole range of public law. The strength provided by its breadth and full service is impressive and still improving," before concluding: "Schoenherr has an exemplary public law group and remains the most prominent name in the Austrian market for us."

One client comments: "Our case was very complex and we had to navigate different stages with multiple authorities and challenges from the other side. Schoenherr was always thinking beyond the horizon."

Work highlights

Advised Wiener Stadtwerke on compensation for financial losses resulting from the COVID-19 curfew restriction.

Notable practitioners

Bernd Rajal enters the rankings due to his regular advice for public and private sector clients on a broad spectrum of public law including licensing law, autonomous driving and broadcast tax law. He is especially active in contentious constitutional and administrative proceedings regarding issues such as compensation for COVID-19 restrictions. Reflecting on his strong expertise in energy-related matters, one client highlights: "He is highly professional, thorough and experienced. It is a pleasure to work with him."

Leading lawyer Christian Schmelz advises a diverse clientele on a broad range of public law including the rollout of 5G networks, pharmaceutical law and e-scooter regulation. He offers further expertise in environmental and planning law particularly regarding EIAs pertaining to large construction projects. Highlighting his academic contributions and involvement in environmental lawmaking, one client enthuses: "Christian offers great expertise. He is easygoing but very focused and accurate, and finds a solution even if it looks very bad."

Johannes Stalzer is well known for advising both bidders and contracting authorities on procurement issues including tender and award procedures regarding large IT and construction projects. He also offers expertise in EU-wide procedures and contentious court proceedings.

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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.


Allianz Europe Partners


Energie Burgenland AG

Energiepark Bruck/Leitha

EXAA Energy Exchange Austria

ImWind Group

Lindt & Sprüngli


Ökoenergie Group

ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation)

Österreichische Bundesforste AG

Püspök Group


Schustermann & Borenstein

The Austrian Chamber of Commerce (WKO)

TIWAG - Tiroler Wasserkraft AG

Under Armour


VERBUND Renewable Power GmbH (VRP)

Vienna International Airport (Flughafen Wien AG)

WEB Windenergie AG

Wien Energie, EVN AG

wind & energy GmbG

Windkraft Simonsfeld AG


Automobiles & Parts



Construction & Materials


Forestry & Paper


Health Care

Industrial Engineering



Mining & Metals

Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences

Real Estate


Software & Computer Services


Technology, Hardware & Electronics



Travel & Leisure


Public Law



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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.


Public Law: General

Bernd Rajal
Band 3
Christian Schmelz
Band 1

Public Law: Planning and Environment

Christian Schmelz
Band 1

Public Law: Public Procurement/PPP

Johannes Stalzer
Band 4