Partner, Head of Practice Group Environmental Public Regulatory

Christian F. Schneider specialises in public economic law, energy law, telecommunication law, environmental law, procurement law and European law (in particular internal market and State aid). He is a Partner and head of Public Economic Law. In addition to his activities in Vienna, he is also active for the Brussels office.

Christian F. Schneider has been advising and representing inter alia national and international undertakings from the energy, telecommunication and waste management industry as well as national, regional and local government institutions and associations.

Selected mandates include:

  • Advice and representation of numerous prominent Austrian energy undertakings
  • Advice and representation of a leading Austrian telecom provider in the field of telecom regulation
  • Advice and representation of a large waste management company in the field of environmental law
  • Exemption of electricity generation in Austria from procurement law
  • Advice and representation of a foreign postal service provider in the fields of European postal la wand EU State aid law
  • Advice to local and regional government institutions in the fields of construction law, planning la wand EU State aid law
  • Advice to regional government institution relating to the award of licenses for slot machines
  • Advice to a statutory professional representative body relating to constitutional and EU law issues of the market access regime


  • Vienna Bar Association
  • Austrian Commission of Jurists
  • Association of German Tutors of Constitutional Law
  • Austrian Association for European Law
  • Work group “Transportation Law” at the Austrian Society for Traffic and Transportation Sciences

Teaching activities and lectures
Christian F. Schneider teaches public economic law and telecommunication law at Vienna University and is a regular speaker on topics concerning public economic law and EU law; he is also an examiner for Constitutional Law at Vienna University.

Rankings and Awards
Rankings and lawyers directories mention Christian F. Schneider inter alia as follows:

  • In 2020 Christian was honoured in London by the International Law Office and Lexology with the Client Choice Award in the category “Energy & Natural Resources” for Austria.
  • In 2018, he was Lawyer of the Year for regulatory law in Austria in the Handelsblatt Ranking, and in the 2019 Handelsblatt Ranking, he was recommended in the four categories energy law, European law, public economic law and regulatory law.
  • He is No 6 in the Category Public Economic Law in the Trend-Ranking 2019 of Austrian lawyers (Trend is a leading Austrian business magazine, and the ranking is based on peer-to-peer-recommendations by other lawyers).
  • In the current Legal 500-Ranking for Austria, he is one out of seven mentioned „leading individuals“ in the category „Administrative Law and Public Sector“.
  • Ranking in Chambers in the categories „Public Law: General – Austria“ and „Public Law: Planning and Environment – Austria“.
  • Ranking in Who’s Who Legal in the categories Energy, State Aid, Public Procurement.

Education and professional background
Christian F. Schneider earned a doctor degree in law at Vienna University in 1996 and a doctor degree in business administration at Vienna University of Economics and Business in 2001. From 1995 to 2000 he was assistant professor at the Institute for Constitutional and Administrative Law at Vienna University, since 2001 he has been attorney-at-law and since 2004 Partner at bpv Hügel. In 2013 he was awarded the right to teach Constitutional Law and Administrative Law and the related fields of European Law for a two volume post-doctoral thesis on the Regulatory Law in the Network Industries by Vienna University (“Habilitation”).

German, English, French

Christian F. Schneider is author of numerous publications, in particular on public economic law and European law, post-doctoral thesis „Regulatory Law of the Network Industries“.

Selected publications include:

  • Regulatory Law of the Network Industries, Vol. I and II, 2013
  • Legal question of the tendering of licenses granted through an act of public authority, ZfV 2014, 647
  • Commentary to Art 63 bis 66 TFEU (free movement of capital) in Mayer/Stöger (ed.), EUV/AEUV (TEU/TFEU), 2011
  • Compliance in Public Law, in: Napokoj (ed.), Minimising Risk through Corporate Compliance, 2010
  • The new (Austrian) Postal Market Act, ÖZW 2010, 2

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