Bernd Rajal is a partner with Schoenherr in Vienna where he is a member of the firm’s Regulatory Practice Group. He is also a Co-Head of Schoenherr’s Energy Group. Bernd’s practice focuses on energy and environmental law. He advises and represents a wide range of energy utilities in relation to power plant permits (e.g. large-scale HPPs, wind farms). Bernd is regularly involved in major energy infrastructure projects all over Europe (Southstream gas pipeline, Nabucco gas pipeline, heating pipelines, gas storage, hydro pump storage) and advises clients of all sectors and industries (utilities, financial investors, network operators, traders) on a large spectrum of energy regulatory issues. He regularly provides transactional advice in the field of energy and environmental law. He advised the European Commission on the status of the transposition of the RES Directive in EU Member States. With Schoenherr representing various governmental departments (e.g. the Austrian Ministry of Environment), he is also involved in legislative procedures making proposals for the amendment of environmental and energy law provisions. Bernd is author of various legal articles in the field of energy and environmental law.