Dr. jur. Wolfgang Breyer

Specialist lawyer in construction and architectural law


Listed in Who's Who Construction Germany 2024
Legal 500 "Leading names in construction law" 2016-2024
One of the "leading senior partners in construction law" - JUVE 2016 to 2024
Listed as one of the leading partners in private construction law
Best Lawyers (2013-2024)
JUVE Awards 2016 - Law Firm of the Year for Private Construction Law
Wirtschaftswoche 2024 "Top Lawyer" private construction law
Chambers & Partners - Europe/Germany: Construction Law (2014-2020)
FOCUS Magazine Top Law Firms in Germany (2017-2024)
Law firms in Germany (2014)


Dr. Wolfgang Breyer is a leading German and International Construction lawyer and founder of Breyer Rechtsanwälte – one of the only the specialist construction law firms with offices located across Europe (Germany, Austria and Romania). As Managing Partner, Dr. Breyer has been a pioneer in bringing together the civil and common law jurisdictions to solve complex legal problems and he is acknowledged as one of the world’s most experienced International Construction lawyers with particular expertise in international construction contracts (FIDIC, PPC, et al.).
Dr. Breyer’s experience is far-reaching when it comes to advising most of Germany’s largest contractors on construction and infrastructure projects worldwide. Furthermore, he has advised employers and engineers globally on countless projects throughout all phases of development from project inception to claims management. Dr. Breyer also has an impeccable reputation for representing clients in contentious matters, such as in international arbitration and adjudication proceedings – he is an experienced (and often recommended) adjudicator and arbitrator for both German and international construction disputes (under ICC, DIS, FIDIC Dispute Resolution Boards, LCIA, UNCITRAL and other arbitration regimes).
Dr. Breyer also has more than two decades of experience providing construction risk management advice to German and international clients. He is a leader in providing “on-time, on-budget” construction project management consulting advice.
As a Professor of Law and thought-leader in the international construction space, Dr. Breyer has been at the forefront of bringing together the different systems from around the globe on construction law. He established the masters program in “International Construction: Law and Practice” at the University of Stuttgart (MBE), where he is also a regular lecturer. Additionally, he is a lecturer for the Civil law module of the top-ranked international construction law masters program at King’s College in London. Dr. Breyer’s influence as a practitioner and thought-leader extends further as the Chairman of both the Anglo-German Construction Law Platform (AGCLP) and International Construction Law Association (ICLA).
Internationally known as a FIDIC expert, Breyer has performed countless in-house seminars, sharing his extensive practical and theoretical knowledge of FIDIC standard-form contracts with international construction and engineering firms around the world. Dr. Breyer regularly contributes to leading Construction Law publications and seminars worldwide.
He speaks German and English.

Specialist Qualification in Construction & Architectural Law
Doctorate of Law (Dr. jur.), Eberhard-Karls University (Tübingen)
German Legal Studies, Eberhard-Karls University (Tübingen)
Registered European Lawyer in Vienna - Munich Chamber of Lawyers


Expert in International and German construction contracts (in particular FIDIC, PPC, VOB)
Leader in International construction arbitration and litigation (ICC, DIS, LCIA, UNCITRAL and all other arbitration rules)
Extensive representation in International adjudication and disputes resolution board under FIDIC contracts
Construction risk management advice - providing On-Time | On-budget consulting advice

Research Activity

Academic/Lecturing Activities (current):
Lecturer, International Construction Law program, Peking University Law School (China)
Established (and Practice Director) of Masters Program, “International Construction: Law and Practice“ (MBE) at the University of Stuttgart (Germany)
Founding member and Chairman of International Construction Law Association (ICLA)
Founding member and Chairman of Anglo-German Construction Law Platform (AGCLP)
Lecturer, Construction Law program, King´s College London (United Kingdom)
Alliancing Steering Group member (previously, ACA PPC/TPC Steering Group)
Academic/Lecturing Activities (previous):
Program “International Construction Law“ (MLS/LL.M.) at the University of Vienna (Austria)
2005 - 2009: Lecturer at the University of Vienna
Lecturer in Heidelberg´s and Freiburg´s Repetitorium


"How Does Collaborative Procurement Operate in Germany?", Chapter in "Collaborative Construction Procurement and Improved Value", David Mosey, Wiley Blackwell, 2019 (English publication)
“Global Construction Law“, Author, Informa, to be released 2017 (English publication)
Supplementary to “Delay and Disruption in Construction Contracts“, contributor, Sweet & Maxwell 2015 (English publication)
“International construction contract law - FIDIC“, Handbook in Construction Contract Law and Construction Liability Law, MANZsche Verlags- und Universitätsbuchhandlung, 2012 (German publication)
“Construction Company Handbook“, Editor, Vieweg Verlag (Wiesbaden, Germany)

Journals and Articles (latest examples):

"What do the words mean: Different approaches to the interpretation of contracts", The International Construction Law Review, Volume 36, Part 2, April 2019, p. 172 et sq., together with Júlio César Bueno, Brian Gaudet and Shy Jackson
“Money the lifeblood of Construction“: Securing Payment under German Law“, Construction Law Journal, 2015
“Comparison of treatment of claims for extension of time and compensation under FIDIC Red Book Form according to Civil Law and Common Law jurisdictions“, Society of Construction Law, 2013
“Fair and Reasonable: the Determination of Prices for Variations in FIDIC Contracts“, Construction Law Journal, Issue 1, 2013
“FIDIC Red Book: The issue of the enforceability of “appealed“ DAB decisions“, Zeitschrift für das Recht des Bauwesens, October 2012 (German journal)
“Claiming and Determining Prolongations Costs under German Law“, Society of Construction Law, Paper No. D138, August 2012
“Introduction to International Construction Contract Law - FIDIC“, Zeitschrift für das Recht des Bauwesens, 4/2012 (German journal)
“Defects Liability after the Contract has been Terminated by the Contractor“, International Construction Law Review, Volume 28, Part 3, July 2011
“Legal consequences of variations of execution deadlines tendered in the letter of award“, Vergaberecht 2006, together with Burdinski (German journal)
“A proposal for dealing with Client orders during the Construction Period“, Baurecht 2006, 1222 et sq. (German journal)
“§ 641 Abs. 2 BGB - Durchgriffsfälligkeit oder Durchgriffszahlungspflicht“, Baurecht 2004, 1066, together with Bohn (German journal)
“Legal issues in monitoring quality during the construction process“, Baurecht 2004, 401 et sq., together with Neyheusel (German journal)
“Quality control during the construction process - Technical implementation and legal classification“, VDI Jahreszeitschrift, Jahrbuch 2003, Bautechnik, together with Haide (German journal)
“Once again: The effectiveness of requesting a guarantee at first request in General Terms and Conditions in Construction Contracts“, Baurecht 2001, 1192, together with Zwecker (German journal)
“Effect of a new BGH jurisdiction on the capacity to be a party of the civil-law partnership on the special jurisdiction in cases for payment“, Baurecht 2001, 705, together with Zwecker (German journal)
“Remuneration of other services according to § 1 Nr. 4 S. 2 VOB/B“, Baurecht 1999, 320 (German journal)
“A common bad habit? Necessary content required for an affidavit in the taking of evidence“, Baurecht 1999, 320 (German journal)