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Arbitration and mediation

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  1. Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation
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Dorda’s sizeable team, including a number of arbitrators, is ‘excellent’ at handling corporate and commercial disputes such as arbitration proceedings on co-operation, distribution and trade agreements. The team is headed by the recommended Florian Kremslehner and also includes Gunnar Pickl, who was promoted to counsel in 2017. Christoph Stippl left the firm in 2017 to take a career break.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer stands out for its commercial and investment treaty dispute expertise, routinely acting for major industry players and financial institutions across the CEE and SEE regions. In co-operation with the firm’s Frankfurt office, the team acted as lead counsel for EVN in ICSID arbitration proceedings against the Bulgarian state with regards to the Austria-Bulgaria bilateral investment treaty following Bulgaria’s application of a regulatory framework for electricity pricing. Counsel Moritz Keller heads the team, which includes the highly regarded Günther Horvath.

Wolf Theiss’ ‘strong’ team is experienced in investment arbitrations and corporate and commercial disputes involving construction, energy and telecommunication sector players across the CEE and SEE region. After joining from Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG in November 2017, Stefan Riegler now heads the team, which includes ‘knowledgeable, diligent and very diplomatic’ counsel Venus Valentina Wong.

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG is a regular fixture in arbitration proceedings pertaining to investor-state and post-M&A disputes as well as energy and banking sector conflicts. Filip Boras represented the Austrian investor Georg Gavrilovic and the eponymous Croatian meat processing group in an ICSID proceeding against the Republic of Croatia pertaining to ownership rights. Alexander Petsche heads the team, while former co-head Stefan Riegler joined Wolf Theiss in November 2017.

CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati has a strong profile for post-merger disputes and arbitration proceedings in the construction and energy sectors. Irene Welser, who heads the team and also acts as an arbitrator, represented a company in the power plant construction industry in two ICC arbitrations pertaining to a consortium agreement. Benedikt Spiegelfeld is another key individual and Susanne Molitoris was appointed senior counsel in October 2017.

Knoetzl’s ‘committed and knowledgeable’ team is recognised for its broad offering, handling investment arbitrations alongside commercial, corporate and construction disputes. Emmanuel Kaufman and the ‘outstandingFlorian Haugeneder represented Casinos Austria International in an ICSID investment arbitration against the Argentine Republic pertaining to a gaming licence. In a separate matter, Haugeneder acted for the Austrian State Printing House in an ICC arbitration against the Republic of Kosovo pertaining to the termination of a long-term supply contract. The ‘very organisedPatrizia Netal is recommended.

The ‘very responsive’ team at zeiler.partners Rechtsanwälte GmbH is particularly rated for its expertise in energy sector disputes and investment arbitrations, which leads to a regular flow of arbitrator appointments under VIAC, ICC and UNCITRAL rules. Key individuals include ‘fantastic court room performer’ Gerold Zeiler, the ‘very smart’ Lisa Beisteiner, who is also ‘pleasant to work with’, and the recommended Alfred Siwy.

Baier Rechtsanwälte’s team has strong arbitrator and arbitration counsel capabilities, acting in commercial and investment as well as construction and energy disputes with particular expertise in the CEE and CIS countries. Key individuals include ‘grand seigneurAnton Baier, the ‘friendly and well organisedMarko Szucsich, the ‘helpful, dedicated and well-respected’ Erhard Böhm and the ‘very responsiveGregor Grubhofer.

Binder Grösswang’s ‘very knowledgeable and professional’ team handles a wide range of commercial and insurance coverage disputes. Key individuals include Michael Kutschera and team head Christian Klausegger.

Graf & Pitkowitz has notable experience in representing energy sectors players, financial institutions and private clients in various commercial and corporate disputes, including post-M&A, contract and financial transaction conflicts. Nikolaus Pitkowitz heads the team.

Having the ability to think internationally’, Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)’s ‘down-to-earth and hard-working’ team frequently acts in investor-state and commercial arbitration. Team head Christoph Lindinger represented the Austrian investor Kunsttrans and its Serbian subsidiary Kunstrans d.o.o. Beograd in ICSID investment arbitration proceedings against the Republic of Serbia. ‘Skilled communicator’ Anne-Karin Grill is praised for her ‘good working spirit’ and ‘great mediation skills’.

Handling construction sector arbitration is a key element of CMS’ practice, which also acts in shareholder and corporate disputes. Johannes Reich-Rohrwig and Daniela Karollus-Bruner are the key contacts.

At Hauser Partners Rechtsanwälte GmbH, Wulf Gordian Hauser acts as arbitrator, tribunal chairman and party counsel. Recently, he handled a dispute over a long-term gas contract and a conflict pertaining to a share purchase agreement.

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) handles post-M&A and commercial disputes: in a recent highlight, ‘strong’ team head Markus Fellner represented SGS Industrial Services in ICC arbitration proceedings against a Chilean subsidiary of Andritz pertaining to outstanding payment obligations. Edwin Scharf made salary partner in October 2017.

Torggler Rechtsanwälte GmbH’s Hellwig Torggler routinely acts as arbitrator and chairman of arbitration tribunals.

Acting as counsel and arbitrator, Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte’s ‘professional’ team is ‘very skilled and experienced’ and is particularly active in disputes arising from M&A transactions, infrastructure projects, international finance as well as sales and distribution agreements. ‘Brilliant arbitrator’ and ‘fine strategist’ Nikolaus Vavrovsky heads the team.


Commercial litigation

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  3. Next generation lawyers

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Binder Grösswang’s ‘strategic, reliable and responsive’ team ‘enjoys a remarkable reputation at Austrian courts’ and acts for clients across a range of industries with a specialism in the financial sector, where it frequently represents financial institutions in proceedings against investors. Stefan Albiez represented a number of German banks, including IKB Deutsche Industriebank and Deutsche Hypothekenbank, in claw-back proceedings against several investors, who had invested in closed-end funds, and defended Erste Bank Group against class-actions and mass claims brought by investors pertaining to the insolvency of Alpine. The recommended Christian Klausegger heads the team, which includes the ‘quick and focused’ Ingeborg Edel.

Commended for its wide-ranging expertise, Dorda is particularly known for its strong investor and insurance defence practice and is also adept at advising on white-collar crime aspects. Felix Hörlsberger defended AIG in a D&O coverage dispute against two former directors of a financial institution. In different work, team head Florian Kremslehner represented Arenaria, a cultural event planning agency and entity of the Esterhazy group, as plaintiff in a dispute against the Austrian state Burgenland over state funding for cultural events.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer represents a strong roster of domestic and international clients including large financial institutions and corporations in a wide range of high-profile corporate and commercial disputes. As another area of expertise, the team advises clients on follow-on cartel claims including disputes following investigations and antitrust class actions. Thomas Kustor heads the team.

Apart from its strong commercial and corporate litigation capabilities, CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati is well versed in handling insurance and unfair competition disputes and routinely acts for construction, infrastructure and energy sector players alongside food and drug companies. Team head Irene Welser defended SPAR in unfair competition proceedings against claims brought by Shopping City Seiersberg pertaining to alleged incorrect investment prospectus information. In a separate matter, she defended ASFiNAG against a warranty and damages claim brought by Hyder Consulting with regards to faulty bridge work.

CMS has a depth of experience in commercial and corporate litigation alongside construction and insurance-related disputes. Co-heads Johannes Reich-Rohrwig and Daniela Karollus-Bruner represented Austrian Airlines as plaintiff in a damages claim concerning a payment of capital increase. Other work includes investment and financial damage disputes as well as construction and post-M&A litigation.

Knoetzl’s team ‘works in flawless synchronisation’ and is a regular fixture in large-scale disputes, acting for a broad national and international client base consisting of financial institutions, energy sector players, manufacturers and pharmaceuticals, among others. With particular strength at the intersection of civil litigation and criminal law, the team is noted for its asset tracing capabilities and frequently represents clients in warranty and damage claims, product liability proceedings and banking, antitrust and corporate litigation. ‘Impressive’ practice head Bettina Knoetzl and senior associate Judith Schacherreiter are recommended and Katrin Hanschitz is another key member of the team.

With substantial expertise in representing financial institutions and manufacturers, the team at Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) handles a wide range of domestic and international commercial litigation alongside antitrust and unfair competition proceedings. Team head Christoph Lindinger continues to represent Kone in cartel proceedings before the Austrian Cartel Court and in subsequent litigation for damages before the Austrian Trade Court.

Wolf Theiss’ ‘highly respected’ team is well equipped to guide clients through a wide range of commercial litigation and frequently acts for financial services providers, pharmaceuticals, IT and telecom sector players and manufacturers: in a recent highlight, the ‘very experienced and highly professional’ Eva Spiegel defended an Austrian bank against class action proceedings initiated by the Austrian consumer protection agency. Clemens Trauttenberg heads the team, which also includes the ‘smart, thorough and well-preparedHolger Bielesz and the ‘very dedicated and committed’ Valerie Hohenberg, who was elevated to the partnership in 2017. Stefan Riegler joined from Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG.

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG frequently acts in commercial, corporate and antitrust litigation. As an example for the latter, the team represented Schindler Elevator in several antitrust proceedings, in which various private and public entities brought forward damages claims for antitrust violations. Alexander Petsche heads the group; Stefan Riegler joined Wolf Theiss.

Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH combines its corporate, banking, capital markets and white-collar crime expertise to represent clients, including a large number of financial services providers, before the FMA and civil courts. Team head Christian Lenz is noted for his ‘thorough preparation and ability to efficiently handle large and complex matters, which allows clients to confidently rely on him in long and complicated disputes’. Other key individuals include Ernst Brandl and Christopher Schrank.

With a ‘good reputation in banking litigation’, DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach’s ‘very engaged, well-connected and responsive’ team frequently represents financial services providers but also acts for corporate clients in commercial and corporate disputes. The ‘excellentDavid Christian Bauer, who is ‘vigorous in defending his clients’ interests’, and ‘reliable and responsive’ team head Claudine Vartian continue to represent UniCredit Bank Austria in litigation pertaining to the Bernard Madoff funds. Armin Hendrich made partner in May 2017.

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners provides ‘reliable and quick responses’ to a wide range of corporate clients and banks, representing them in disputes over mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, financing, capital markets transactions, class actions and employment-related litigation. Gregor Schett heads the team, which includes ‘very well-connected’ and ‘tough negotiatorMarkus Fellner.

Graf & Pitkowitz’s ‘goal-oriented team’ ‘always goes the extra mile for the client’ and represents financial institutions, pharmaceuticals and clients from the energy and IT sectors, among others, in various commercial disputes. Team head Nikolaus Pitkowitz has ‘impressive strategic skills’.

KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH deals with a wide range of commercial and corporate litigation but also handles construction and real estate disputes. Team head Thomas Frad acted for a utility company in a dispute over construction damages and represented a landlord as plaintiff against a foreign state in a dispute pertaining to a lease agreement.

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) provides ‘well-founded responses’ and represents clients in various commercial, corporate, IP, employment and construction-related disputes. Hanno Liebmann represented the construction company Implenia in two claim management proceedings with subcontractors pertaining to the construction of the new Vienna University of Economics and Business. ‘Focused’ practice head Markus Fellner ‘always keeps an eye on important details’; Edwin Scharf made salary partner in October 2017.

Ready to tackle new areas’, Taylor Wessing Austria focuses on cross-border litigation, regularly working in conjunction with the firm’s IP and IT, real estate and corporate departments. IP experts Martin Prohaska-Marchried and Dieter Natlacen represented Sky Österreich Fernsehen in an IP-related dispute against austro mechana. Wolfgang Kapek ‘thinks outside the box’.

Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte’s ‘very efficient, attentive and client-oriented’ team ‘delivers good results’ in a wide range of commercial disputes, which frequently include banking, insurance and corporate aspects. ‘Clever and strong litigator and straightforward communicator’ Dieter Heine, who ‘evaluates situations accurately’ and is ‘a pleasure to work with’, defended Manfred Raab, owner of Raab & Raab, against damages claims brought by Semsem Liegenschaftsverwertung pertaining to a real estate property acquisition. Other key individuals include ‘extremely dedicated insurance litigator’ Philipp Strasser and the ‘commercially minded, practical and constructive’ Nikolaus Vavrovsky.

Acting for a strong roster of blue-chips, bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte GmbH’s caseload includes contractual disputes, takeover defence and private enforcement mandates while the team is also adept at handling product liability, construction and competition-related litigation. Recent work includes defending BP Europa against compensation claims pertaining to the termination of an operator agreement which were brought by a former petrol station operator. Florian Neumayr is the main contact.

Brauneis Klauser Prändl Rechtsanwälte GmbH’s litigation group ‘delivers on time’ and is led by Alexander Klauser, who continues to represent the Austrian consumer protection organisation in a number of contentious matters. Other work includes representing financial institutions, pharmaceutical industry players and individuals in a wide range of commercial and corporate litigation including asset tracing. Bernhard Girsch is another key individual.

DSC Doralt Seist Csoklich Rechtsanwälte GmbH’s team acts for a number of financial institutions, including Raiffeisen Bank International, UniCredit Bank Austria and Erste Bank der österreichischen Sparkassen, in corporate and banking-related disputes. Peter Csoklich and Raimund Bollenberger are the main contacts.

Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte’s ‘very competent, reliable and knowledgeable’ team ‘always tries very hard to find the best solution’ and has commercial construction and real estate sector disputes at its core. ‘Very well-prepared’ team head Clemens Freisinger defended archiguards, a group of architects and civil engineers, against alleged construction and planning deficiencies brought by its clients.

Lansky, Ganzger + Partner (LGP)’s ‘flexible’ team has ‘good knowledge of the gaming industry’ and represents clients, such as the publisher Verlagsgruppe NEWS, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology and BAWAG P.S.K., in a wide range of commercial litigation alongside employment, banking, IP and antitrust disputes. Gerald Ganzger and Julia Andras are the main contacts.

PHH Rechtsanwälte is experienced in handling commercial, corporate, construction and shareholder disputes, while also having capabilities in unfair competition litigation. Stefan Prochaska represented the lessor Med-11 Gesundheitszentrum in a lease agreement dispute with a lessee. Mathias Preuschl heads the team.

petsche pollak attorneys at law is ‘strong at the intersection of civil litigation and criminal law’ and is well versed in handling a wide range of contentious commercial matters, such as engineering, construction and product liability disputes as well as automotive industry-related conflicts, often with cross-border elements. The recommended Simone Petsche-Demmel represented the plaintiff KAEFER in a construction litigation against Cofely Gebäudetechnik. Andreas Pollak is another key member of the team.


White-collar crime (including fraud)

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CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati’s ‘outstanding’ team is a respected player in the market, representing companies and individuals in criminal proceedings and internal investigations, while also providing clients with compliance advice and handling leniency applications. Peter Lewisch, who is noted for his ‘unparalleled knowledge of criminal law’ and co-heads the team with Hans Kristoferitsch, acted for a client in criminal proceedings pertaining to market manipulation and embezzlement allegations. Stefan Huber is another key member of the team.

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG has ‘excellent business acumen’ and a strong profile for representing corporations, board members and directors in criminal investigations and proceedings; handling SEC disclosures, self-reporting and compliance matters constitute other key elements of the practice. Team head Georg Krakow is ‘very knowledgeable’ and ‘gives excellent advice’.

Routinely working in conjunction with the firm’s dispute resolution team, Dorda’s ‘strong’ practice defends individuals against allegations of embezzlement, bribery, corruption and tax evasion and handles internal investigations and compliance matters. The ‘sensibleFlorian Kremslehner continues to advise Immofinanz on criminal investigations against former board members including Karl Petrikovics. Thomas Voppichler, formerly a senior associate with the firm, joined KNOETZL as counsel in 2018.

As part of the firm’s dispute resolution department, Wolf Theiss’ team handles a wide range of white-collar crime work including fraud, corruption, asset recovery and cybercrime cases as well as internal investigations and compliance. Clemens Trauttenberg heads the team, which includes ‘asset tracing expert’ and newly promoted partner Valerie Hohenberg. Clients include Atrium European Real Estate, the Austrian National Bank and the Austrian state of Lower Austria.

Binder Grösswang focuses on white-collar crime work in the banking, finance and capital markets sectors and is well versed in handling embezzlement and industrial espionage matters for a number of Austrian and foreign banks as well as international corporations. ‘Efficient’ team head Stefan Albiez represented the fashion company Balmain in criminal proceedings against two Austria-based fraudsters following the hacking of the client’s accounting department, and continues to act for Erste Group Bank in a criminal case pertaining to Alpine’s insolvency. Christian Klausegger is another key member of the team.

It’s a pleasure to work withBrandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH’s team, which increased its bench strength in 2017 by welcoming the ‘very experienced’ Volkert Sackmann from his previous position at the Public prosecutor’s offices. The practice is noted for its defence capabilities in the banking, capital markets and gaming sectors, where it acts for individuals and companies, but also handles internal investigations. ‘Very accurate’ team head Christopher Schrank defended Novomatic’s former chief executive against bribery allegations.

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach has substantial experience in representing management personnel, financial institutions and companies in internal investigations and criminal proceedings and also handles compliance work. Thomas Kralik defended the former Austrian politician Peter Westenthaler against bribery allegations brought by the gambling company Novomatic and, in a separate matter, advised Wiener Wohnen on fraud matters. Claudine Vartian heads the team.

Handling internal investigations and compliance work constitute key elements of Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)’s practice which also defends companies and individuals in criminal proceedings. Team head Wolfgang Höller is ‘pragmatic’ and praised for his ‘outstanding negotiation skills’, while ‘very responsive’ counsel Klara Kiehl is rated for her experience in handling cross-border criminal investigations. Counsel Heidemarie Paulitsch left the firm to found Paulitsch Law.

Knoetzl assists international funds and financial institutions, real estate and energy sector players as well as individuals with criminal investigations, tax fraud and tax evasion proceedings and defends them against money-laundering and price fixing allegations. The ‘experienced, responsive and diligentBettina Knoetzl co-heads the team with Tim Pfister. Counsel Thomas Voppichler was a new arrival in 2018 from Dorda.

Kollmann, Wolm Rechtsanwälte defends individuals and companies against a wide range of criminal allegations such as embezzlement, corruption and bribery. Lukas Kollmann is the key contact.

PHH Rechtsanwälte’s ‘very responsive, quick and professional’ team assists individuals and companies with criminal proceedings and investigations. ‘Bright’ team head Mathias Preuschl, who is noted for his ‘thorough risk assessments’ and is ‘eager to fight the case for his clients’, defended the medical equipment supplier Odelga against bribery allegations in a number of criminal proceedings in Austria and Germany, and, in different work, defended an international business man against bribery and corruption allegations. Stefan Prochaska is another key member of the team.

petsche pollak attorneys at lawresponds quickly’ and focuses on criminal defence work, acting in embezzlement, fraud and bribery proceedings and also assists clients with internal investigations and compliance issues. Former prosecutor, ‘sharp legal mind’ and team co-head Andreas Pollak, who ‘knows exactly how to guide clients through criminal proceedings’, assisted the Austrian Development Agency with a whistleblowing system. Co-head Simone Petsche-Demmel is another key member of the team.

Soyer Kier Stuefer has a fine reputation in criminal defence work, representing clients before domestic and international courts, while also providing compliance advice. Richard Soyer and Roland Kier are the key contacts.

Norbert Wess at wkk law is known for his expertise in handling commercial criminal law work, frequently pertaining to corruption allegations, internal investigations and compliance matters.


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    Vienna, September 2018. Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner (fwp) adds valuable competence and expertise to the team by promoting Michael Froner to junior partner.
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