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Arbitration and mediation

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  1. Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation
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Florian Kremslehner’s ‘top-notch’ team at Dorda has ‘robust international arbitration experience’ and is well known for handling corporate and transactional disputes. The ‘excellentChristoph Stippl is regularly involved in construction arbitrations.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer gives ‘high quality and in-depth advice’. The team frequently acts in disputes involving financial institutions but also routinely handles energy and regulatory arbitration proceedings. Günther Horvath heads the practice, which acts for key clients such as Siemens, EVN and PORR.

Wolf Theiss increased its bench strength by adding ‘very smart and diligent’ counsel Venus Valentina Wong from Torggler Rechtsanwälte GmbH and ‘very focused’ consultant Ceyda Akbal Schwimann, who joined from Specht & Partner. Clemens Trauttenberg heads the ‘very good’ team, which acted for Raiffeisen Bank International and TEERAG-ASDAG (which is now part of PORR).

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG has ‘great expertise in corporate and post-M&A disputes’. Among other matters, the team represented the investor Georg Gavrilović and his meat processing group, Gavrilović, in an ICSID proceeding against the Republic of Croatia. Stefan Riegler and Alexander Petsche are the key contacts.

CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati is particularly well regarded for its strength in construction and post-merger disputes. Benedikt Spiegelfeld represented Shangri-La International Hotel Management in arbitration proceedings pertaining to the delayed completion of a hotel in Vienna. Irene Welser heads the practice.

With commercial and investment arbitration at its core, zeiler.partners Rechtsanwälte GmbHfocuses on the main issues without wasting time’. The ‘calm, efficient and focused’ Gerold Zeiler heads the team, which includes recent arrival Markus Schifferl, who joined from Torggler Rechtsanwälte GmbH.

With a focus on Central and Eastern Europe, Baier Rechtsanwälte is involved in a number of corporate and construction-related arbitration proceedings. Anton Baier and Erhard Böhm are recommended.

Binder Grösswang’s ‘strong’ team acts for clients across a range of industries, including energy, financial services, construction and manufacturers such as Renault. Christian Klausegger heads the practice, which includes the ‘diligent and knowledgeable’ Michael Kutschera.

Graf & Pitkowitz’s ‘concise and strong’ team focuses on corporate arbitrations, such as issues arising from M&A and joint ventures. Practice head Nikolaus Pitkowitz is ‘smart and creative’.

Knoetzl’s ‘strategic’ team is led by the ‘very experienced and intelligentFlorian Haugeneder, who represented the Austrian State Printing House under ICC rules in a supply contract dispute with the Republic of Kosovo. Patrizia Netal is ‘result-oriented’. Counsel Tobias Schaffner joined from Zurich-based Baldi & Caratsch.

Schoenherr’s ‘solution-driven’ team has a strong profile for commercial and investment arbitration. Christoph Lindinger represented Dardafon.net in an ICC arbitration pertaining to its services agreement with the state-owned Kosovo Telecom. Anne-Karin Grill is ‘a skilled and attentive negotiator’.

Torggler Rechtsanwälte GmbH primarily represents its clients in commercial arbitration and main contact Hellwig Torggler frequently acts as arbitrator and chairman of arbitration tribunals.

CMS draws its clients from a variety of sectors, including the construction, infrastructure, energy and financial services industries. Johannes Reich-Rohrwig and Daniela Karollus-Bruner are the key contacts.

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach is experienced in representing energy and infrastructure clients in post-merger and contract disputes, but also in finance disputes. Claudine Vartian is the main contact along with senior of counsel Maria Theresa Trofaier, who joined the team from an in-house post.

The team at Hauser Partners Rechtsanwälte GmbH is led by the ‘very experiencedWulf Gordian Hauser, who acted as arbitrator in an ICC proceeding on long-term gas contracts.

KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH has a strong focus on construction-driven disputes but also handles corporate arbitrations. Team head Thomas Frad represented a construction company in a proceeding against the investor.

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners frequently represents its clients, including SGS Industrial Services and Resch & Frisch, in corporate disputes. Practice head Markus Fellner is ‘very efficient and devoted’.

The ‘professional and skilled’ team at Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte has been handling several banking and finance disputes, as well as commercial arbitration. The ‘reliable and sharp-minded’ Nikolaus Vavrovsky also acts as an arbitrator.


Commercial litigation

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  1. Dispute resolution: commercial litigation
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Binder Grösswangalways thinks one step ahead’ and has a strong practice representing financial institutions as well as clients in the IT, automotive manufacturing, transport and utilities sectors. Christian Klausegger heads the practice, which represented several HETA Asset Resolution creditors in their claims amounting to 5bn against the wind-down company and the Austrian state of Carinthia. Stefan Albiez is ‘a smart and strategic negotiator’.

Dorda has substantial expertise in defending investors and insurance companies. Recently, Felix Hörlsberger defended AIG American International in a coverage dispute under a D&O policy. Florian Kremslehner heads the team, which also acts for clients such as BAWAG and Immofinanz.

The ‘highly skilled and responsive’ Thomas Kustor heads Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s team, which handles a diverse mix of contentious matters, including defending clients against mass claims, and regularly acts for large international corporations and financial institutions.

CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawatialways provides a clear strategy’ and is particularly active in infrastructure, construction and post-M&A disputes, as well as high-value inheritance cases. The ‘outstanding’ Irene Welser heads the team, which represents several government-related entities, including Asfinag and Vienna International Airport, insurance companies and private clients.

CMS is particularly experienced in handling construction, liability, investment and financial damage disputes. Daniela Karollus-Bruner and Johannes Reich-Rohrwig jointly head the team.

Noted for its ‘pragmatic approach’, Schoenherr has been defending several financial institutions against a variety of claims, including class actions. Christoph Lindinger heads the practice, which recently represented Kone in cartel proceedings before the Austrian Cartel Court and in subsequent litigation for damages before the Austrian Trade Court.

Wolf Theiss’ ‘very good and highly professional’ team has carved out a strong practice acting for clients in the financial services, pharmaceuticals, IT and telecoms industries. Holger Bielesz represented 20 HETA Asset Resolution creditors before the Austrian Financial Market Authority (FMA). Practice head Clemens Trauttenberg is ‘very skilled and experienced’.

The ‘successful’ team at Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG has ‘great expertise in corporate and post-M&A disputes’ and also handles energy, banking and antitrust litigation. Alexander Petsche co-heads the team with Stefan Riegler, who acted for Schindler, the Swiss elevator and escalator manufacturer, in a number of civil antitrust cases.

With a strong focus on banking and capital markets litigation, Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbHalways keeps an eye on risks and considers all economic aspects’. Christian Lenz heads the team, which acted for Raiffeisen-Bezirksbank Klagenfurt, among others.

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach regularly acts for clients in the financial services industry, including UniCredit Bank Austria. Key contact Claudine Vartian is experienced in antitrust litigation.

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners is best known for representing financial institutions in finance, capital market and employment-related disputes. ‘Tough and experienced’ litigator Gregor Schett heads the team.

With a specialism in the financial services and TMT industries, Graf & Pitkowitz handles many data protection, IP and debt recovery or other financial loss cases. Nikolaus Pitkowitz is the main contact.

KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH’s core focus is on construction-based disputes, including damage and compensation claims. Practice head Thomas Frad is ‘a good negotiator’.

Knoetzl’s ‘very professional and well prepared’ team is led by ‘very smart negotiator and top-notch litigatorBettina Knoetzl and has notable strength in dealing with corporate and civil litigation at the intersection of criminal law. Clients include Bayer and Atrium European Real Estate. IP, unfair competition and labour disputes expert Teresa Bogensberger and counsel Tobias Schaffner joined from Stolitzka & Partner Rechtsanwälte OG (a member of Eversheds Sutherland) and Zurich-based Baldi & Caratsch, respectively.

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners handles cases in a fashion which is laudably ‘to the point’, according to clients. Recently promoted partner Paul Haider represented Swiss company Implenia in two construction cases against subcontractors. The ‘bright and committed’ Markus Fellner heads the practice.

Wolfgang Kapek heads the ‘pragmatic and fast’ team at Taylor Wessing Austria, which regularly handles insolvency-related disputes and cases pertaining to damage caused to buildings and artwork. The group has substantial experience in cross-border litigation.

Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte’s ‘young, energetic’ team ‘rolls up its sleeves to achieve the best result for its clients’. Clients include a number of insurance, media and energy companies. ‘Skilled negotiator’ Dieter Heine and the ‘strategic’ Nikolaus Vavrovsky are co-heads of the practice and Philipp Strasser has ‘excellent market knowledge’.

bkp Rechtsanwälte’s ‘committed and responsive’ team is headed by Alexander Klauser, who acted for the consumer protection organisation Verein für Konsumenteninformation in a number of contentious matters. The practice also represents financial institutions, individuals and a pharmaceuticals industry player.

Benn-Ibler Rechtsanwälte GmbH is experienced in securities litigation and corporate disputes. Ivo Deskovic and Peter Solt are the key contacts.

Doralt Seist Csolkich Rechtsanwalts Partnerschaft often acts in corporate and banking-related disputes, representing clients such as UniCredit Bank Austria and Vienna Insurance Group. Peter Csoklich and Raimund Bollenberger are the main contacts.

The ‘reliable’ team at Graf Patsch Taucher Rechtsanwälte predominantly acts in corporate, construction and planning-related disputes. Wolfgang Graf is the main contact.

Lansky, Ganzger + Partner (LGP) provides ‘immediate responses’ and handles a diverse mix of contentious matters, including employment and competition disputes. Julia Andras is the main contact. Helena Marko left the firm to found MARKO.LAW.

Mathias Preuschl heads the ‘efficient and focused’ team at PHH Rechtsanwälte, which regularly acts for corporations, banks and individuals in claim enforcements, construction and real estate disputes. Stefan Prochaska is recommended.

The ‘highly professional and flexible’ team at petsche pollak attorneys at law is frequently involved in cross-border matters, often including white-collar criminal aspects. The key contacts are ‘strong’ partner Simone Petsche-Demmel and the ‘very competent’ Andreas Pollak.

Great litigator’ and practice head Gerald Gries at Siemer-Siegl-Füreder & Partner, Rechtsanwältealways gets to the point’. Recent cases include IP and copyright litigation, as well as several investment adviser liability cases.

Georg Röhsner heads the team at Stolitzka & Partner Rechtsanwälte OG (a member of Eversheds Sutherland), which is particularly experienced in dealing with IT, IP, real estate and construction matters, and also handles medical malpractice cases. Teresa Bogensberger joined Knoetzl.

Kathrin Weber heads the practice at Torggler Rechtsanwälte GmbH, which has been defending employers in termination of employment disputes brought by former managing directors. Other work includes handling corporate litigation.


White-collar crime (including fraud)

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  1. Dispute resolution: white-collar crime (including fraud)
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CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati is ‘very experienced’ in representing individuals and companies in investigative proceedings while also handling compliance matters and leniency applications. Practice co-heads Peter Lewisch and Hans Kristoferitsch acted for Wiener Stadtwerke and its subsidiary Wien Energie in an internal investigation of fraud and corruption allegations.

Much of Wolf Theiss’ work pertains to internal investigations, compliance work and asset tracing. The team headed by Clemens Trauttenberg, who has an ‘astute way of dissecting complex issues’, often acts for financial institutions, insurance companies and large companies, including Austrian Nationalbank, Wiener Städtische Versicherung and C.A.T. Oil.

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG has a strong practice conducting criminal investigations, frequently pertaining to corruption and fraud. Georg Krakow’s team is also experienced in advising on compliance matters and self-disclosures.

Binder Grösswangalways thinks one step ahead and provides swift and accurate advice’. ‘Strategic and smart negotiator’ Stefan Albiez heads the team, which frequently acts for players in the financial services sector. He represented Erste Group Bank in a criminal case pertaining to Alpine’s insolvency. Areas of expertise include fraud, corruption, industrial espionage and criminal investigations.

Dorda’s ‘very good’ team provides ‘clear and quick advice’ on cases including international asset forfeiture, tax evasion, bribery, fraud, embezzlement and money laundering. ‘Reliable and fast’ practice head Florian Kremslehner represented Immofinanz in a criminal investigation. Felix Hörlsberger is ‘outstanding’. Former practice co-head Julia Mair left the firm.

Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH often acts for management personnel and its strength lies in dealing with criminal cases involving banking, corporate and capital markets issues. Christopher Schrank heads the practice.

Claudine Vartian heads DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach’s team, which frequently defends individuals in breach of trust and fraud allegation proceedings. The practice augmented its bench strength by adding Thomas Kralik, who was previously an independent practitioner.

Schoenherr’s ‘pragmatic’ team has a focus on internal investigations and compliance matters, in addition to which it frequently provides risk analyses and handles infringement cases. Clients include Wiener Privatbank and Loomis Österreich. Wolfgang Höller is the main contact. Former team head Heidemarie Paulitsch left the firm in November 2016 to practise independently.

Bettina Knoetzl heads the ‘very professional and motivated’ team at Knoetzl, which defends its clients against corruption claims and during criminal investigations. Clients include an international manufacturer and a construction company.

Kollmann, Wolm Rechtsanwälte is ‘outstanding in defending individuals’ against embezzlement, corruption and bribery allegations but also acts for companies. Practice head Lukas Kollmann ‘always thinks one step ahead’.

PHH Rechtsanwälte predominantly acts for individuals in money laundering, fraud, bribery and tax-related cases but also represents corporate clients. ‘Experienced litigatorMathias Preuschl and the ‘knowledgeableStefan Prochaska are the key figures.

petsche pollak attorneys at law has a ‘good’ team which is experienced in criminal defence work, including embezzlement, fraud and bribery cases, but also handles industrial espionage and whistleblowing matters. The ‘quick-minded’ Simone Petsche-Demmel and the ‘forward-thinking’ Andreas Pollak are the practice co-heads.


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