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Wolf Theiss

Public Law

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What the team is known for

Leading procurement practice advising a diverse clientele from the private and public sectors on large tender procedures especially for construction projects. Further expertise in complex tender procedures for worldwide art transport, payroll accounting services, IT and software development as well as airport facilities. Strength in acting for clients in contentious review proceedings in front of the Federal Administrative Court. Also assists with the procurement of novel partnership agreements such as the 'Innovation Partnership' programme. Additionally handles a broad range of environmental and planning matters, with specialisation in EIA and planning procedures for large real estate, energy and transport construction projects. Acts for clients in contentious proceedings regarding the shared use of telecommunications infrastructure, treatment of waste products and nature conservation laws. Frequently mandated by clients from the healthcare, technology, insurance and banking sectors for regulatory and administrative matters. Expertise encompasses FDI restrictions and export law violations, telecommunications and energy regulation, as well as insurance regulation. Also assists with the implications of COVID-19 restrictions and immigration law. Further known for acting for clients in contentious court proceedings pertaining to administrative and constitutional issues.


One client enthuses: "Wolf Theiss has very high competence. The team works accurately and always on time. Wolf Theiss supports us with a large team - in the case of the absence of one lawyer another is supporting you immediately with the same quality," further explaining: "Due the fact that the team is very stable they know everything about your company and, as such, you don't have to explain everything from the beginning if you need assistance from another team member."

Reflecting on the firm's excellent communication channels with authorities, one client says: "Our overall impression of Wolf Theiss is absolutely positive. All services were delivered quickly and in the best quality."

Work highlights

Advised Österreichische Gesundheitskasse on the tender for a total contractor for the construction of new hospital buildings.

Notable practitioners

Kurt Retter is well respected in the market for his work on the full range of public law including FDI restrictions and administrative and regulatory aspects pertaining to the insurance and energy sectors. He is very experienced in handling contentious court proceedings, regularly acting for clients in the highest courts. One client recalls: "We have good experiences with Kurt Retter - he's the constitutional law expert for us."

Pre-eminent practitioner Manfred Essletzbichler advises a diverse clientele on a wide range of procurement matters for large construction and transport projects. He also regularly acts for clients in contentious review proceedings. Highlighting his excellent business knowledge, one client elaborates: "He is not just a pure lawyer but a pragmatic one. He can distinguish between critical and less critical questions."

Sebastian Oberzaucher regularly advises major public institutions on a variety of procurement issues pertaining to the healthcare, transport and education sectors. He also assists bidders with tendering and award procedures.

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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.


Fuchs, Klara

Hwezda, Johann

Kind, Martin

Lauchner, Wolfgang

Makarius, Ingrid

Marboe, Philipp J.

Strahberger, Harald




City of Vienna

Government of Lower Austria

IT-Services der Sozialversicherung GmbH


Merck, Sharp & Dohme Corp.

NÖ Landeskliniken-Holding

ÖBB - Austrian Railways

ORF - Austrian Public Broadcasting Company

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


Verkehrsverbund Ost-Region (VOR)

VGH Insurance

Vienna International Airport

Wiener Gesundheitsverbund (Vienna Hospital Association)

Wiener Wohnen Kundenservice


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



Travel & Leisure


Public Law

Wolf Theiss


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Public Law: General

Kurt Retter
Band 2

Public Law: Public Procurement/PPP

Manfred Essletzbichler
Band 1
Sebastian Oberzaucher
Band 4