BREYER | RECHTSANWÄLTE
Year after Year, this firm succeeds in expanding and diversifying its client base. Once a traditional advisor for general contractors, it is now well established on the commissioning side. Breyer is also active outside the construction sector, e.g. for WMF.
At the same time, project developers in particular are engaging the firm at earlier phases of the planning process, which means Breyer is increasingly providing advice on strategic and structural questions. The Frankfurt office is also developing well: founded in 2014, it now boasts high-level clients and a growing staff. Another strategic win.
Breyer is more active in international construction projects than its rivals. From subways to production plants, the firm is working on several large projects in the Gulf region. Respect for its “extremely good international connections” is palpable in the market. The expertise of name partner Dr Wolfgang Breyer is also excellent in “partnering”, an alternative implementation method for construction plans, similar to Building Information Modeling. The firm has an optimal structure for this new development. If Breyer manages to raise the profile of other attorneys in addition to Breyer, whom competitors praise as a “strong negotiation partner”, there will be no stopping this outfit.
Dr Wolfgang Breyer
(„extremely good international connections”, competitor, “pleasant negotiating partner”, competitor)
Dr Michael Burdinski
(“very good construction lawyer”, competitor)
Leading partners in Construction (age 50 and under)
Comment: A respected firm in construction law that recently expanded its client portfolio. Breyer is increasingly active at the early stages of planning and development for project developers. Its activity is no longer limited to construction issues, but also covers strategic and structural aspects. Clients also benefit from the firm’s high level of competence in alternative methods of project implementation. Breyer recently gained a number of well-known clients from outside the construction industry on the contracting side (e.g. WMF). Name partner Breyer is the face of the firm’s increasing international activity, which has impressed competitors. The team gained new clients in the Gulf region, this time for a construction of a production plant. The firm has also responded to demand with new hires such as construction law partner Gero Wähner from local Frankfurt outfit Buhlmann & Kollegen.
Development potential: The new Frankfurt office opening in 2014 was a good move. It has expanded business and raised the firm’s reputation throughout Germany. It is still the case, however, that the Stuttgart partners are the most visible in the market.
Recommended: Dr Wolfgang Breyer (extremely good international connections”, competitor, “pleasant negotiating partner”, competitor), Dr Michael Burdinski (“very good construction lawyer”, competitor).
Practice: All-round construction advice and litigation. Architect’s law. Project advice (esp. for commissioners, often large scale). Increasingly international client base. Occasional advice on commercial rent law, real estate, public procurement. (6 partners, 10 associates, plus offices in Vienna and Bucharest)
- WMF on restructuring of logistics branch and property contracts;
- Heilbronn national garden show for contracting body incl. public procurement
- PPG Architectural Coatings on construction of factory building in Saudi Arabia;
- litigation for Ulm university hospital
- litigation for TÜV Süd.
Best Lawyers International 2016
Dr. Breyer and Dr. Burdinski have again been awarded Leading Lawyers in the field of Construction Law by Best Lawyers (8th edition 2016).
JUVE Handbuch 2015/2016
Comment: This respected firm in construction law has built on its dynamic development of last year. By opening an office in Frankfurt, the Stuttgart-based firm expanded its client base and its existing relationships.
Traditionally focused on general contractors, the firm is increasingly active on the side of contracting bodies. Although individual conflicts of interest may arise, the firm has won over some well-known clients, such as an auto manufacturer regarding worldwide projects. This instruction also demonstrates the firm’s growing international activity. The firm is already represented in the Gulf region, where an instruction in Dubai recently led to follow-on work. Breyer also joined the Global Construction Infrastructure Legal Alliance in June, a network for international construction firms. This has not escaped the notice of competitors: “A very good and highly active firm,” said one. Thanks to the firm’s successful expansion throughout Germany, lawyers in addition to the well-known Breyer have an opportunity to raise their profiles in the market.
Development potential: The firm is putting out feelers toward asset management, which is increasingly in demand from real estate developers. This could be a strategically important step toward establishing a position on the contracting and investor side.
Recommended: Dr. Wolfgang Breyer (“a very good construction lawyer and pleasant negotiation partner”, competitor).
Practice: All-round construction advice, also litigation. Architects’ law. Project advice, esp. to contractors on large projects. Occasional advice on commercial rent law, real estate, public procurement. Client base is increasingly international. (6 partners, 8 associates, plus offices in Vienna and Bucharest)
Clients: WMF on restructuring logistics branch and property contracts; Heilbronn national garden show for contracting body incl. public procurement; auto manufacturer on several global projects; planner on a subway in Doha; Tüv Süd in litigation.
Best Lawyers 2015
Dr. Wolfgang Breyer and Dr. Michael Burdinski have been awarded as two of the 40 Leading Experts in the field „Construction law in Germany“.
Best Lawyers – an American legal specialist publisher – annually awards the Top-Lawyers of the World. The Best Lawyers ranking of the Best German Lawyers has been published in July 2015 in “Handelsblatt” (German commercial journal).
Chambers & Partners, Europe 2015
Clients praise Wolfgang Breyer of Breyer Rechtsanwälte for his `elexibility and availability in urgent situations.` His practice covers architectural and engineering law as well as international construction matters. Breyer is particularly well regarded in the Stuttgart area.
This Stuttgart-based firm, which is respected for its private construction practice, has carved out a position nationwide and opened an office in Frankfurt to drive further growth in international work.
Breyer often accompanies its clients overseas, e.g. in Dubai, and it won the pitch for the restoration of the Austrian parliament. Breyer also widened its client base and generated follow-on work from first-time instructions. Breyer’s Stuttgart team raised its headcount in reaction to the growth in work. In Munich, the firm welcomed two former Kapellmann partners who had worked in their own firm for some years.
By launching an office in Frankfurt the firm demonstrated that it no longer operates solely in south Germany. To raise its visibility, Breyer should not focus entirely on international efforts, but instead look to improve its profile across Germany.
All-round advice on construction projects, also litigation. Architects’ law. Project advice mainly to construction companies, esp. contractors, frequently large projects. Increasingly international instructions. Occasionally commercial rent law, real estate, public procurement. (6 partners, 11 associates; plus offices in Vienna and Bucharest)
Advice to contracting body concerning Bundesgartenschau Heilbronn incl. public procurement; planner on subway batch in Doha; litigation for Tüv Süd; project company on extension of Neue Messe Stuttgart.
Best Lawyers 2014
Dr. Wolfgang Breyer has been awarded as two of the 40 Leading Experts in the field „Construction law in Germany“.
Chambers & Partners, Europe 2014
Wolfgang Breyer of Breyer Rechtsanwälte has a particularly strong reputation in Stuttgart, where he recently advised Züblin on the EUR300 million construction of an underground railway station as part of the high-profile Stuttgart 21 development. Clients say: `If there is a mistake on the other side, he is quick to take advantage.`