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Infrastructure

Veteran specialists for handling complex projects

Full-service legal support throughout project life cycle

The secret to successful infrastructure projects is planning, and we work with you long before the first shovel hits the dirt. We work where public authorities, private investment and finance intersect, and help you negotiate the complex legal, regulatory, financing and construction issues that arise in infrastructure projects or in public-private partnerships.

When you think Wolf Theiss, think cross-border. We can provide you with a single point of contact for any project in the CEE/SEE region. Our aim is to build a true partnership with you throughout the project life cycle: From project structuring to securing project financing, drafting and negotiating construction and other agreements, public procurement issues, and acquiring or disposing of an existing project. Your industry and business goals determine the team and strategy we implement.

What others say about us

“Respected international firm with a strong presence in the market. Frequently advises construction and project companies on concession agreements and PPP projects. Also assists financial institutions with regulatory and compliance advice in connection with projects. Additional expertise in representing clients in projects-related disputes.”

– Chambers Europe

What makes our team the best law firm for you?

Our regional, integrated firm offers distinct advantages, spanning the full spectrum of legal services.

  • An established international law firm with 60+ years of experience in Austria and CEE/SEE
  • A fully integrated, single team of 340 locally-qualified lawyers in 13 countries and offices
  • Collaboration and innovation across multidisciplinary teams and offices
  • Excellent client satisfaction – responsive, client-oriented, and consistent
  • Experience with complex and cross-border matters covering the full spectrum of legal services
  • Knowledge and expertise to add value to deals across industries

Also advising financial institutions on compliance and regulatory issues

Development & structuring

You have an infrastructure project? We partner with you and your business to advise on any kind of infrastructure project (green- or brownfield) from conception to success. We can advise you during the whole life cycle; from contract review and negotiation through the completion and warranty phase. This also includes structuring advice, public procurement issues, PPP/concession contracts, management and development agreements, tax benefits, environmental reviews, permitting and compliance matters and cross-border investment issues.

Construction contracts & related agreements

Our team can advise you on drafting construction, general contractor and subcontractor agreements, Guaranteed Maximum Price and general planner agreements, as well as general terms and conditions for constructors and manufacturers. Our team has experience with all commercial agreements specific to your industry. This includes EPC/O&M contracts, PPP/concession contracts, and supply and off-take agreements, and we can also help you with shipping, logistics, agency, distribution, sales, outsourcing and offshoring arrangements, too.

Litigation & arbitration

It’s sometimes impossible to avoid lawsuits over infrastructure projects. Claims for securing evidence, (additional) compensation, defects and damage claims, contractual penalties, disputes on geological and other risks and claims under securities: we have experience in litigating or arbitrating all these and more. Our direct knowledge and industry experience helps us to identify risks and opportunities so we can develop the litigation or arbitration strategy you need to win.

Regulatory & environmental law

We advise you on all environmental, permitting and licensing issues dealing with the construction and operation of infrastructure assets, including unbundling aspects and compliance with market rules. Our project specialist lawyers’ contacts with relevant authorities and regulators become your strengths as we guide you through the labyrinth of administrative proceedings. Learn more about our Regulatory & Administrative Law and our Environmental & Planning law practices.

Project finance

Each project calls for a customised financing solution. We can help you look into anything from traditional LMA acquisition and project finance structures, to different forms of structured finance and debt restructuring techniques such as project bonds, monetisation of revenue streams, securitisations, and derivatives products. Learn more about our Banking & Finance practice.

Public procurement

Whether you are a contracting authority or a bidder in a large-scale infrastructure project, we help ensure that your business or organisation complies with all procurement rules. Contracting authorities frequently trust as a full-service provider through all stages of an infrastructure project: from tenders for architectural work to procuring project management and controlling services, planning services, construction and infrastructural works to tendering technical and infrastructural facility management services. You are a bidder? We advise on securing the compliance of your bid, negotiate with contracting authorities, and, if necessary, challenge unfair tender provisions and award decisions. Learn more about our Public Procurement practice.

Disposals & acquisitions

We can assist you in getting the most value of your asset while avoiding unnecessary due diligence. You can rely on our advice for structuring issues, due diligence, drafting, negotiating and implementing sales/acquisition agreements and related pre-closing and post-closing restructuring work, as well as all aspects of takeover, merger control and securities laws; so you can focus on getting your project off the ground.

Get in touch

When you need an international team with extensive experience, Wolf Theiss is your right partner to support your business goals through profound legal practice.