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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.

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