Chambers Europe 2021
What the team is known for: Outstanding boutique with an exceptional coverage of procurement law, predominantly acting for contracting authorities. Particular expertise in tender procedures regarding large construction, IT and transport projects at state and federal level, often involving a European component. Further noted for its work on green mobility, smart cities and general framework agreements. Also assists with award and open procedures pertaining to broadcasting networks, educational services and facility management. Client roster includes federal ministries, public funds, municipal entities and the Austrian parliament.
Strengths: One client explains: „Schramm Öhler is a highly professional full-service law firm, offering huge operational experience and a face-to-face advisory service. Schramm Öhler offers profound knowledge of international legal affairs and is involved in numerous international jurisdictions. This helps us a lot in finding practicable solutions to meet demands,“ before concluding: „In my view, the services of Schramm Öhler are absolutely perfect.“
Fully satisfied with the firm’s performance, one client states:
„My overall impression of Schramm Öhler is very good. The team gave all of our deadlines its full commitment and offered a very innovative approach to solving problems. Additionally, the team is always available by telephone and short-notice appointments are possible at all times,“
„The firm stands out compared to others and I have to say I am very pleased. Dealing with Schramm Öhler really made my work life easier.“
Work highlights: Advised Pensionsversicherungsanstalt on the procurement of a large new IT infrastructure.
Georg Zellhofer is recognised for his work for municipal and federal contracting authorities on procurement matters including large IT, telecommunications and transport projects. He also advises on total contractor services for construction projects. One interviewee applauds: „He is very active in the procurement field and a solid lawyer.“
Strong practitioner Gregor Stickler regularly advises clients from the public sector on a range of procurement issues including tender procedures for broadcasting networks, management services and building renovation.
Excellent lawyer Johannes Schramm regularly advises contracting authorities and bidders on large infrastructure and transport projects. He offers further expertise in tender procedures regarding management services and revitalisation plans. Remarking upon his excellent advice to authorities, one interviewee comments: „Johannes Schramm is very knowledgeable about procurement law. He is very good.“
Matthias Öhler is an exceptional practitioner who advises mostly contracting authorities on the full range of procurement proceedings including tender and award procedures. One client enthuses: „He is not only a legal luminary but he is an enrichment to any difficult procurement proceedings due to his calm approach.“
Chambers Europe 2020
What the team is known for: Exceptional boutique firm with an outstanding track record in public procurement. Advises on tender procedures, particularly representing publicly owned companies and contracting authorities on state and federal levels. Highly active in the fields of healthcare, housing and higher education. Regularly advises clients on a range of infrastructure projects including railway, bus and tram networks. Also demonstrates expertise in the area of IT procurement projects.
Strengths: One satisfied client enthuses:
„They are very client-oriented and handle all cases with the highest diligence.“
Another client underlines the team’s attentiveness, flagging up its „very quick response times to any legal matter,“ as well as their „outstanding competence.“
Work highlights: Acted for PwC Germany on the EUR5 billion procurement regarding the operation of the German truck tolling system.
Georg Zellhofer enters the rankings following his increased activity in the market. He is acknowledged for his work in the transport sector, where he advises a number of municipalities and public bodies.
Gregor Stickler is frequently instructed on PPP and public procurement mandates in the healthcare, construction and education sectors. Universities, insurers and hospitals are among his clients.
Deemed „one of the pioneers“ by market observers, Johannes Schramm is an authority on public procurement in Austria. He regularly advises public bodies on framework agreements and procurement matters encompassing transport and construction. He offers further expertise on large renovation projects in the public sector.
Matthias Öhler is an outstanding practitioner with a vast amount of experience in assisting municipalities and public sector entities with procurement and tender procedures. His collaborative manner is praised among market commentators, one deeming him „a great lawyer to work with.“
Chambers Europe 2019
Exceptional boutique firm with an outstanding track record in public procurement. Advises on tender procedures, particularly representing publicly owned companies and contracting authorities on state and federal levels.
Highly active in the fields of healthcare, housing, transportation and higher education. Also demonstrates expertise in the area of IT procurement projects.
Interviewees praise the team’s efficiency and precision. One client enthuses: „Their strength is that they are very precise, very reliable and super fast. When we need something urgent, they are always there for us and the co-operation is really exceptional.“ Another commentator concurs: „You can always rely on the fact that the answer will be good and address what is important.“ The team also draws praise from interviewees for its „great strategic understanding in the area of procurement law and its rapid response times.“
Gregor Stickler has a particular aptitude for procurement projects in the construction and healthcare sectors, where he represents contracting authorities and public bodies. Clients particularly value his negotiation skills, reporting: „He negotiates wonderfully, can express himself unbelievably well orally, and he writes in a lovely and clear way, in an understandable form of written legal German.“ Clients also add: „He can also work out the interests of the other side and find solutions quickly.“
Regarded as a „proven expert in public procurement law,“
Johannes Schramm is a towering figure in the Austrian market, regularly advising public bodies. One interviewee enthuses: „He is the ideal lawyer – an absolute expert, enormously conscientious, always contactable and endowed with a wonderful sense of humour.“ He assisted the Austrian Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection with procurement procedures regarding equality projects and audit services.
Matthias Öhler advises on the full spectrum of procurement law topics, often acting for municipal and national public sector clients on tendering matters. He assists with matters in the transportation, engineering and technology sectors. He is valued by clients for his „calm and relaxed“ manner.
Georg Zellhofer has also been ranked as „recognised practitioner“.
Chambers Europe 2018
Exceptional niche firm with an outstanding track record in public procurement. Advises on both domestic and cross-border tender procedures. Client base consists of publicly owned companies and contracting authorities on state and federal levels. Highly active in the fields of healthcare, housing, transportation and higher education.
Clients particularly value the team’s experience, with one stating:
„The lawyers have a vast knowledge of the relevant legal provisions and current jurisprudence.“
Sources also praise the lawyers „overall working style, explaining that they „give concrete legal advice and are able to think strategically.“
Chambers Europe 2017
Exceptional niche firm with an outstanding track record in public procurement. Advises on both domestic and cross-border tender procedures. Client base consists of publicly owned companies and contracting authorities. Has a distinct focus on the healthcare, IT and transportation sectors. Also increasingly active in PPP projects.
Sources highlight quick and practical advice.
„The team is super-reliable,“ they say, adding that the lawyers are also „extremely diligent“,
and that „we always get responses in time, even if something is very urgent, and their statements are always well reasoned and very helpful.“
„The advice the firm offers doesn’t just cover legal expertise but also business understanding and market knowledge“, observes one client, going on to say that
„The team has many experts in procurement law and all members of the firm are extremely committed and helpful.“
Chambers Europe 2016
The team enjoys a fantastic reputation for advising tenders on public procurement work. Developing presence on infrastructure projects and in work for state-owned corporations, and maintains a strong footprint in the energy and IT sectors.
Johannes Schramm is one of the biggest names in the country for public procurement law.