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Austria: Energy Analysis 2015

The current crises in Eastern Europe could have an adverse risk on the Austrian economy if Russia cuts off oil and gas. At present, there is an increased focus on renewables to limit dependency on imported fossil fuels. We single out 11 lawyers in this chapter. 

Beurle–Oberndorfer–Mitterlehner garners two listings. Klaus Oberndorfer is an “expert” on electricity law and also advises on other energy and corporate law matters. Paul Oberndorfer is recognised as a “specialist” in energy law in Austria with particular expertise in the regulatory aspects of the market.

Two lawyers are also recommended at Sattler & Schanda. Reinhard Schanda is a “font of knowledge” on energy law. He is also a “talented arbitrator” and is “highly sought after”. He is joined by Angela Heffermann, who is recommended for her “practical and sound advice”.

At Fiebinger Polak Leon & Partners, head of the energy department Peter Polak is “sensational”. He possesses “in-depth expertise” and “commercial acumen”.

Thomas Starlinger at Starlinger Mayer Rechtsanwälte specialises in energy law advising on regulatory and industry questions. He regularly represents clients before national regulatory authorities and the European Commission, and is “very bright and articulate”.

Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte’s Thomas Rabl specialises in the areas of energy law, climate protection and renewables energies. He is “diligent” and “effective”.

bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte is represented by Christian Schneider, a regulatory lawyer specialising in energy law, internal market law and state aid. He is a “leading authority” in the sector and is lauded for his “strong technical skills”.

Martin Stempkowski at Haslinger Nagele Partner has a broad practice encompassing vast experience in energy matters and is considered a “frontrunner” in the sector.

Schoenherr Rechtsanwälte’s Bernd Rajal advises clients on regulatory matters relating to the energy sector, with a particular focus on oil, gas and electricity matters. He is a “revered practitioner” who applies a “meticulous approach” to his work.

Stephan Denk in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Vienna office has a particular interest in energy and procurement matters. He is a “great solution-finder” and “tactician”.

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