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Austria Public Law
Band 1

3 Ranked Lawyers


Provided 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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Public Law: Public Procurement/PPP - Austria
Band 1
What the team is known for

Wolf Theiss houses an excellent public law department with expertise across procurement, planning and environmental as well as constitutional and administrative law. The team is renowned for its strength in large-scale nationwide procurements and tender procedures, especially in relation to transportation, infrastructure and healthcare sectors. Tender framework agreements and review proceedings are equally handled by the firm. Furthermore, Wolf Theiss offers strength in energy, telecommunication and gambling regulations with a particular skill set in mandates across the CEE. Similarly, the firm advises on constitutional and administrative proceedings and handles FDI restrictions. Clients further benefit from Wolf Theiss' strength in planning and environmental mandates including planning approval and permit procedures for construction and energy development projects. EIAs and mining and nature conservation law also fall within the firm's comprehensive offering.


"They provide very good advice and understanding of the regulatory regime and the legal developments and are always very responsive offering good outlines for the client," appreciates a source.

Work highlights

Advised KELAG-Kärntner Elektrizitäts-Aktiengesellschaft on the procurement of various sales channels.

Notable practitioners

Excellent practitioner Manfred Essletzbichler is widely appreciated by contracting authorities and large private companies for his strength in complex procurement proceedings and tender procedures often in relation to energy, transport and construction projects.

Kurt Retter is well placed to advise on a plethora of public law mandates ranging from administrative proceedings to energy and telecommunications regulation and FDI restrictions. Sources describe Kurt Retter as "very helpful and knowledgeable."

Sebastian Oberzaucher often assists contracting authorities with procurement mandates including large tender framework agreements across the healthcare, transport and infrastructure sectors.

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Kurt Retter
Kurt Retter
Band 2
Public Law: Public Procurement/PPP

Manfred Essletzbichler
Manfred Essletzbichler
Band 1
Sebastian Oberzaucher
Sebastian Oberzaucher
Band 4


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Dominik Koenig

Harald Strahberger

Ingrid Makarius

Johann Hwezda

Klara Fuchs

Martin Kind

Philipp J. Marboe

Silvia Feßl

Wolfgang Lauchner


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City of Vienna

Government of Lower Austria

IT-Services der Sozialversicherung GmbH


Merck, Sharp & Dohme Corp.

NÖ Landesgesundheitsagentur

ORF - Austrian Public Broadcasting Company


VGH Insurance

Verkehrsverbund Ost-Region (VOR)

Vienna International Airport

Wiener Gesundheitsverbund (Vienna Hospital Association)

Wiener Wohnen Kundenservice

ÖBB - Austrian Railways

ÖSTU-Stettin Hoch- und Tiefbau Gesellschaft m.b.H.


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Aerospace & Defence

Art & Culture


Construction & Materials

Consumer Product Manufacturing


Financial Services

Food & Beverage Producers



Industrial Engineering



Mining & Metals


Private Clients

Real Estate


Software & Computer Services

Technology, Hardware & Electronics



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