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With Kathrin Hornbanger, the international law firm Baker McKenzie gets on board one of Austria's most renowned lawyers. As of April 1, the experienced procurement expert will head Baker McKenzie's new practice for procurement law and public law. Her most important task during the first months will be to navigate the public sector suppliers through the Corona crisis to enable them to continue providing their vital public services.

Founding team member of the Federal Procurement Agency

Born in Carinthia, Kathrin Hornbanger studied law in Salzburg and Vienna, and wrote her diploma thesis in Paris. Writing her dissertation in procurement and European law, she graduated with honors in 1997. With her MBL studies at the University of St. Gallen and her master thesis on "the award of concessions in the EU", she stayed true to her focus on European law and procurement law. She served as a teacher at the Department of European Law at the University of Vienna for many years.

Kathrin Hornbanger worked with the European Commission in Brussels (Public Procurement) and with the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg. She spent most of her time as a trainee lawyer (Konzipient) with the law firm Cerha in Belgium, where she already headed the Brussels office.

After passing the bar exam with honors, Kathrin Hornbanger worked with the law firm Schönherr, focusing on procurement law and public law. As of 2001, she was part of the founding team of the Austrian Federal Procurement Agency in her function as holder of a special statutory authority (Prokurist) and head of the legal department. The Agency bundles purchasing activities in the public sector.

Thereafter, Kathrin Hornbanger established her own law firm in 2005, where she has, until recently, successfully advised domestic and non-domestic clients in public tenders. Last year, she started a cooperation with Heid & Partner.

Full service in procurement law and public law

"Joining Baker McKenzie provides me with the best possible conditions to align my expertise in procurement and European law with my international experience, and to draw on a top organization. The Corona crisis, in particular, demonstrates how international the public sector supply chains have become and which strategic challenges this entails for companies. Moreover, there is an urgent need for filtered and topic-specific information and points of contact as well as for carefully adjusted lobbying," Kathrin Hornbanger says.

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