Thomas Starlinger is founding partner of Schima Mayer Starlinger attorneys-at-law. Thomas Starlinger advises and represents domestic and foreign companies in all facets of energy law. In addition to regulatory and energy issues these include, in particular, arbitration proceedings, price revisions and proceedings before national regulatory authorities and the EU Commission. Further focal points of his work are public and real estate law. After his legal education at the University of Vienna Thomas Starlinger began his career as law clerk with the Austrian Supreme Administrative Court before joining the General State Attorney’s office. He then spent 20 years with the OMV Group, initially in the central legal department, where he provided legal advice to all corporate divisions both at national and international level (eg in Canada and Pakistan). In the course of establishing a holding structure in the OMV group, he became head of the legal department of OMV Erdgas GmbH. From 2003 to 2007 he was Chief Executive Officer of AGGM Austrian Gas Grid Grid Management AG, the independent distribution system operator of most of Austria’s high pressure gas distribution grid, and, from 2004 until 2007, he chaired the committee on legal affairs of the Association of Gas and District Heating Supply Companies (Fachverband der Gas- und Wärmeversorgungsunternehmungen). When moving into private practice, Thomas Starlinger became head of the energy law team at a leading Austrian law firm specialized in business and commercial law and subsequently founded Starlinger Mayer attorneys-at-law. In Autumn 2018 Starlinger Mayer attorneys-at-law merged with Schima attorneys at-law to establish Schima Mayer Starlinger attorneys-at-law (www.sms.law ).