Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation in Austria

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH

DORDA Rechtsanwaelte GmbH's arbitration and mediation department is regarded as 'an international arbitration stronghold and without any doubt among the best Austrian firms'. Clients in the banking and finance, construction and insurance sectors frequently instruct the team in commercial disputes relating to agency and distribution issues, post-M&A and joint ventures. Veit Öhlberger and Florian Kremslehner, who 'are undoubtedly two heavyweights in the field', jointly run the practice group, which also includes counsel Gunnar Pickl. Team members, including Christian Dorda, also act as arbitrators.

Practice head(s):

Veit Öhlberger; Florian Kremslehner

Testimonials

Dorda is an international arbitration stronghold and without any doubt among the best Austrian firms.’

This firm compares to others through its highly qualified, down-to-earth arbitration practitioners. They are just simply a pleasure to work with.

Very well educated, extremely experienced in their special field, very smart and quick thinking intelligent with high social competence as well as strategic in every action.

Diverse team, good internal communication between teams, fast & good quality responses as well as straight to the point.

Gunnar Pickl – well-connected in the arbitration community. Takes ownership of a case. Easy to work with.

Veit Öhlberger – straight to the point, practical approach, willing to commit to possible solutions rather than just sticking to legal wording/no risk approach. Excellent general knowledge of contract law & international law and fair cost approach.

Veit Öhlberger runs proceedings with a steady hand. He is very attentive, diligent and well prepared.

Ulrich Kopetzki is a great addition to the team and brings a wealth of experience from his tenure at the ICC Secretariat. He is “the” rising star among Austrian arbitration practitioners and very knowledgeable.

Key clients

OMV

KKCG/Sazka Group

Sandvik Group

MIBA Group

BAWAG

Work highlights

  • Represented Bawag in two ad-hoc arbitration proceedings against Österreichische Post as claimant.

KNOETZL HAUGENEDER NETAL

Praised by clients as 'very experienced in international arbitration', KNOETZL HAUGENEDER NETAL's workload includes international commercial arbitration, investment protection and arbitration-related court proceedings for clients throughout the CEE region. The group's broad sector expertise spans the construction, energy, banking and finance, hospitality, automotive, IT and telecoms, aviation, healthcare and pharmaceuticals industries. Name partner Florian Haugeneder leads the team, which includes counsel Natascha Tunkel, who acts as counsel, arbitrator and mediator; Emmanuel Kaufman, who focuses on the construction sector; Patrizia Netal, who handles international commercial arbitration; and Bettina Knoetzl.

Practice head(s):

Florian Haugeneder

Testimonials

This firm is strictly focused on dispute resolution (litigation and arbitration) and does a great job and has lots of experience. You receive first class service, and are in very capable hands.

The Knoetzl team is a highly specialised dispute resolution team which gained high recognition in the market very quickly. Main attributes are “thorough and complete” and still “fast and efficient”.’

Very experienced in international arbitration cases, very pragmatic and focused approach, great cross-examination skills (in particular Florian Haugeneder and Patrizia Netal). Also excellent international network.

Broad and deep knowledge of commercial arbitration.  Multi-lingual and capable of operating effectively in different legal systems.  Efficient and cost-effective.

Bettina Knoetzl – vast experience of litigation, very dedicated, very knowledgeable, never loses oversight, a great mind, also for putting things into perspective and keeping things at a rational level.

Florian Haugeneder – excellent arbitrator, gets to the point without much beating around the bush, very focused and can apply his experience very well.

Florian Haugeneder’s excellent and speedy appreciation of the technical aspects of the dispute put our case on the right track from the outset. Patrizia Netal provided valuable guidance based on her deep knowledge of international arbitration procedures.

Patrizia Netal is a highly skilled arbitration counsel with impressive experience as an arbitrator. Florian Haugeneder is a well-known name in the international arbitration community drawing from a vast experience in the field.

Natascha Tunkel proved she goes well above and beyond for her clients. Constantly available, whether to advise or simply lend an ear and bring comfort when the “jitters” set in, a common occurrence to parties in acrimonious and lengthy litigation. I can only assume she is on the verge of making partner as her skill set is superb, her client handling top notch, and ability to manage client expectations tried and tested. A star lawyer from a client’s perspective – approachable, dependable, a tough fighter and able to call the shots.

Key clients

Casinos Austria AG

Casinos Austria International GmbH

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

Praised for being 'unrivalled in terms of capabilities in Austria and CEE', Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG acts for clients in post-M&A, telecoms and construction disputes as well as investment arbitration proceedings, with notable expertise in the energy, construction, infrastructure and telecoms sectors. Stefan Riegler leads the team, which fields counsel Venus Valentina Wong, who is proficient in international arbitration and arbitration-related cross-border litigation.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Riegler

Testimonials

Unrivalled in terms of capabilities in Austria and CEE, very convenient one-stop-shop for multi-jurisdictional cases.

Venus Valentina Wong is very smart, efficient and dedicated.

Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich

Highly regarded dispute resolution boutique zeiler.partners Rechtsanwälte GmbH focuses on national and international arbitration proceedings with notable expertise in disputes under ICC, UNCITRAL, DIS and VIAC rules; it also acts in investment treaty arbitration proceedings and commercial disputes in the energy sector. Name partner Gerold Zeiler leads the practice, which counts 'the smart, approachable and easy to work with' Alfred Siwy and 'very intelligent' Lisa Beisteiner as noteworthy practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Gerold Zeiler

Testimonials

In my view what makes this practice unique is their attention to client’s needs and good evaluation of the team size each matter should have. They do not overstaff their matters and the main partner really pays attention to your case. They are also very knowledgeable in the area of dispute settlement which can save tons of money in a sense that they do not have to research every issue, because they know it very well from other matters handled for other clients. I think it is one of the best boutique law firms in central Europe dedicated to dispute resolution and can provide better service than a big law firm lacking in any know-how in the area, which makes it cost-effective for clients, because their rates are very reasonable.

High responsiveness and very fast familiarisation with new legal topics.

Zeiler.partners is one of about three specialised go-to arbitration boutiques in Austria. They have an excellent track record and excellent partners being heavily involved in the case work. That is part of their success.

Great example of open mindset and power of preparation.

Alfred Siwy – he is very smart, approachable and easy to work with. He is very good in hearings, keeps his calm and has a very rational approach to issues. He does not spend time thinking too much about minor details, but always sees the bigger picture and looks at cases this way. He is always on time with any work product asked from him which makes him different from some competitors. He pays close attention to all documents on file and therefore it is very easy to rely on his advice.

Lisa Beisteiner – very intelligent; her opening statement in a recent arbitration impressed me very much. Alfred Siwy – superb counsel. Markus Schifferl – works down to the very last detail.

Lisa Beisteiner is probably the most prominent younger arbitrator in Austria. A quick look into the VIAC list of current cases shows that Lisa is probably more often selected than anyone else. For a good reason. She is just superb – very diligent and knowledgeable. 10 years from now, she will be one of the superstars in Austria. Gerold Zeiler is the grand seigneur of Zeiler.partners having seen almost everything in arbitration and being unusually interested to understand every detail of a case. One of the best arbitrators you will find in the world. Markus Schifferl and Alfred Siwy have both different specialisations yet being both strong.

Lisa Beisteiner – quick, detailed and hard worker. Ability to structure complex situation quickly. Markus Schifferl – using his experience full speed, adapts to situations very quick and loves work hard. Thomas Hebrst – structured and analytical. Has all the skills for this work.

Key clients

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Czech Republic

Work highlights

  • Representing the Czech Republic in an investment arbitration under PCA (Permanent Court of Arbitration) rules, against a Dutch investor.
  • Representing Bosnia and Herzegovina in an investment arbitration under the ICSID Convention against EGS regarding the privatisation of a power plant.
  • Representing the Czech Republic in an investment arbitration under the UNCITRAL rules against a UK company in the healthcare sector.

Binder Grösswang

Binder Grösswang's arbitration and mediation practice group specialises in international commercial disputes relating to contracts and supply chain issues for engineering and utilities companies, under various set of arbitration rules including VIAC, ICC, DIS and SCC rules. Christian Klausegger, who is 'well-known for his arbitration work', is the practice head and regularly sits as arbitrator, as does Michael Kutschera, while Ingeborg Edel, who is 'a new name to watch', represented car importers in a large number of mediation and conciliation proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Christian Klausegger

Testimonials

The dispute resolution team of Binder Grösswang distinguishes itself by its strategic thinking and its proactivity. They are not just providing analysis and handling the case. Part of their approach is to think of ways how to best support the client and the concrete topic, for example by creating decision trees to be used by the client in the dispute before litigation.

Professional organisation and team ready to support at any time, with excellent and valuable advice at short notice.

The Binder Grösswang arbitration team has an extremely strong background in litigation, probably being the most successful litigation team in Austria. In the last years they have focused more strongly on arbitration, with great success. This comes a no surprise as Binder Grösswang has an extremely strong client base, especially in the banking, finance and insurance sector.

We have been impressed and attracted by their style of communication where patience, respect and understanding of the foreign client play a major role. These features are like pilot lights which make the client “land at their airport” and help overcome the usual cultural gap. After that one cannot help feel their confidence and expertise in Austrian/ICC arbitration. Binder Grösswang have just produced a stunning victory in an ICC arbitration case which exceeded the best client’s expectations. We also note that almost all Binder Grässwang’s predictions for the various steps of that arbitration procedure have come true – which is most reassuring for the client and helps him emancipate from the natural litigation stress.

Christian Klausegger and Elisabeth Tretthahn-Wolski act as a team complementing each other perfectly. Their cooperation enables them to be very responsive, create a deep insight into the case and understand the crucial points quickly. Their knowledge of the IT industry is outstanding. What makes them outstanding is their way of working together with the client and the in-house counsel: They rather have a “being part of the client” than a “lawyer/adviser client” attitude, meaning they really manage the case with proactivity, follow-up, keeping “the pot boiling” which creates real added value for the in-house counsel.’

Christian Klausegger is one of the three top-rated litigators in Austria, who has made a successful move into arbitration. His good standing in the arbitration market is best shown by the fact that he was elected as president of the Austrian Arbitration Association. He is very intelligent, a very good and knowledgeable jurist, diligent also with details and very hardworking. Michael Kutschera is well known for his arbitration work. My experience with him is that he is a pragmatic arbitrator and a safe-hand in this position. Ingeborg Edel is a new name to watch. She is a hard-working lawyer with a good future in the arbitration market in Austria.

Michael Kutschera, Ingeborg Edel and Anna Foerstel are simply brilliant. At very complex and not so complex issues they operate with the ease of virtuosos but with maximum concentration, skill and harmony. Their generous patience and kindness make the client feel most welcome in the process of seeking justice. This is complimented by their most reasonable billing practices. The long term benefit of the success of these three lawyers is that foreign parties are reassured and encouraged to make international business with Austria since one can always rely on the justice champions from Binder Grösswang.

Key clients

Renault

Liebherr

Springer

KIA

Lenzing AG

Work highlights

  • Represented a worldwide leading producer of pulp in an arbitration in Brazil.
  • Successfully represented a Bulgarian ammunition manufacturer in an ICC arbitration.
  • Acted for a client in a post-M&A dispute.

Cerha Hempel

Cerha Hempel's arbitration department combines academic experience with an integrated approach drawing on the expertise of other practice groups. The group acts as counsel and arbitrators under various sets of arbitration rules including ICC, Vienna and UNCITRAL rules. The team, under Irene Welser's leadership, is instructed in post-M&A disputes, construction arbitration cases, warranty and damage law and administrative law matters. Of counsel Benedikt Spiegelfeld also contributes to the practice.

Practice head(s):

Irene Welser

Testimonials

Long standing experience and academic background.

Key clients

Macon A.B.

Bartholet Maschinenbau AG

Work highlights

  • Represented Macon, a Swedish manufacturer, in VIAC proceeding against a Russian-owned steel production mill.
  • Represented Bartholet Maschinenbau, a Swiss cable car producer, in a dispute against fellow members of a consortium and a Bosnian ski-lift operator.
  • Represented one of the respondents in an arbitral dispute concerning the refurbishment of a power plant in Eastern Europe.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte

Acting as sole and co-arbitrators and counsel in national and international proceedings, the team at Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte focuses on the full range of commercial arbitration matters, particularly proceedings arising from M&A transactions, financial transactions and infrastructure projects. Investor-state dispute settlements remain another key area of expertise, with the team also being instructed in commercial mediation and conciliation cases. 'Gifted communicator and brilliant negotiator' Nikolaus Vavrovsky and 'go-to mediation specialist' Anne-Karin Grill jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Nikolaus Vavrovsky; Anne-Karin Grill

Testimonials

VHM has a strong positioning in dispute resolution in Austria and abroad. The firm provides tailor-made support and this is what our business requires. We particularly appreciate the way the lawyers combine different methods of dispute resolution (litigation, arbitration and mediation). We also appreciate their awareness and flexibility as regards time and cost efficiency. The team is very responsive and the partners are personally involved. They are top-ranked practitioners and they have very good links to international dispute resolution circles. This adds extra credibility to their track-record.

The team is particularly well-versed in handling legally and technically complex matters by offering out of the box, tailor made services in international disputes. The highly competent, experienced and astute legal staff continue to deliver valuable strategic advice and secure favourable results. Excelling in service quality, they are committed throughout a case and are absolutely client oriented.

Firm with a good reputation in the market. The firm is about to become an interesting alternative to other firms in the field of Arbitration. 

Nikolaus Vavrovsky is a leading practitioner in international arbitration. Because of his vast experience, distinct economic thinking and success-oriented approach, his advice is always to the point. He is at home in the international arena, a creative strategic thinker, always thoroughly prepared and meticulous in taking on an issue. In addition, Nikolaus is a gifted communicator and brilliant negotiator who is always available to his clients.’

Anne Grill: Very active in ADR; my “go-to” mediation specialist, where she – in my opinion – leads the Austrian market.

Anne-Karin Grill. She is smart, constructive and a great communicator. Also, she convinces with precise legal analysis and a tactical mind. I appreciate her personal engagement in advancing our business interests. In mediation, I feel that she has put us in the driver’s seat and this is great. She is extremely professional with our opponents and this has helped prepare the ground for meaningful negotiations. I understand that she regularly acts as arbitrator/mediator herself and this is reflected in the way she runs cases as counsel. This is really an asset! We were able to build a great working relationship within the shortest time.’

Nikolaus Vavrovsky and Anne-Karin Grill are both a safe pair of hands.’

Florian Stefan is a talented arbitration counsel and refined conflict manager, accomplished and strategically sophisticated in cross border matters. He provides excellent legal services based on his efficiency, great analytical skills and vast economic know-how. Seeing the whole picture, Florian together with Nikolaus stand firm in controversies as well as in negotiations where their impressive communication skills help to identify common grounds.

Key clients

PicRights GmbH (Switzerland)

Work highlights

  • Acting for a group of Austrian banks in an investor-state arbitration against the Republic of Croatia.
  • Co-counsel for a global investment fund in high-stakes setting-aside proceedings before the Austrian Supreme Court.
  • Counsel in an international commercial arbitration regarding a dispute among shareholders of a large-scale tourism project in Croatia.

Baier Rechtsanwälte

With a strong focus on the CEE/SEE region, Baier Rechtsanwälte routinely represents domestic and international clients as arbitration counsel in investment, commercial, construction and energy disputes. Routinely active as arbitrators, Anton Baier, who 'provides much appreciated strategic considerations and insights' and Erhard Böhm jointly lead the practice, while Gregor Grubhofer is responsible for the Turkish desk and Marko Szucsich for the Croatian and Russian desk.

Practice head(s):

Anton Baier; Erhard Böhm

Testimonials

Baier Partners have a very high standard with regard to arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution mechanisms such as mediation, which positively influence their daily work and their interaction with the client. The firm provides a close and very professional service. We very much appreciate the firm as its work goes far beyond excellent legal advice, but includes long-term strategic thoughts and business considerations. The results are always delivered in good time and in a consistent and outstanding quality.

Clear, to-the-point and helpful assistance in national and international Arbitration Proceedings. Dedicated and experienced lawyers with hands-on mentality and substantial professional experience.

Anton Baier – long-term experience in and excellent knowledge of international investment and commercial arbitration; provides much appreciated strategic considerations and insights.

Amelie Huber-Starlinger – excellent in-depth knowledge and thorough deliberations, provides the legal foundations of submissions in search of the best solutions for the client, very diligent which is also true for the other members of the team. As commercial mediator she brings new solutions to the discussion and establishes a very approachable way of communication.

Erhard Böhm – long term experience in and excellent knowledge of international investment and commercial arbitration; enjoys excellent international contacts.

Gregor Grubhofer – always prepared to engage in fine legal details to overcome objections in support of and fight for the client.

Key clients

Austria Rail Engineering

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG has a strong regional SEE focus and handles post-M&A disputes under the VIAC,  DIS and Swiss Rules; it also acts in disputes arising out of financial distress as well as investor-state matters. Dual-qualified (Austria and New York) Filip Boras and 'fantastic strategist' Alexander Petsche jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Filip Boras; Alexander Petsche

Testimonials

Perfect combination of expertise in legal & compliance topics.

Legal skills specifically in matters of compliance above the average.

Alexander Petsche is a fantastic strategist and a real leader you would like to have representing you in bet-the-company situations.

Alexander Petsche – excellent legal and social skills and qualities.

Alexander Petsche – excellent and experienced, reachable, pragmatic approach and open communication.

Key clients

Gavrilović

Municipality of Vlora (Albania)

Nautica Point

HIL Limited / CK Birla Group

Work highlights

  • Representing Austrian investor Georg Gavrilović and Croatian meat processing group Gavrilović in the first ICSID proceeding against the Republic of Croatia.
  • Representing Naveen Aggarwal and Neete Gupta (Indian Investors) and their New Delhi-based chemicals company in a treaty claim against Bosnia and Herzegovina, alleging they were fraudulently induced to take part in an insurance privatisation.
  • Defending the Albanian Municipality of Vlora in an ICC arbitration initiated by an operator of parking payment systems after the early termination of a concession agreement.

Graf & Pitkowitz

Graf & Pitkowitz's arbitration team acts for clients in the engineering, medical and the media sectors, handling national and international arbitration proceedings. The term, under name partner Nikolaus Pitkowitz's leadership, also has particular expertise in the enforcement of arbitral awards and has seen an increase in instructions from China-based entities in matters relating to the Austrian market.

Practice head(s):

Nikolaus Pitkowitz

Testimonials

The team is very experienced in both arbitration, litigation, and enforcement (execution) proceedings. They are well versed in the law and, at the same time, very practical. The client in this case is short in budget so GPP tailored their fee arrangements to work within the means of the client.

Great understanding of client needs, great commercial acumen, seamless team working, sensible charging structures and intellectual rigour. 

Nikolaus Pitkowitz and his team are technically strong and provide practical advice on the substantive issues and procedural requirements. The team is responsive and are well able to manage complex pieces of litigation and communicate with various stakeholders.

Nikolaus Pitkowitz is one of the foremost legal expert in the Austrian arbitration scene. Yet he maintains a very hands-on attitude and personally devoted much time and attention on this case. The case involved arbitration, litigation, enforcement, and criminal proceedings. Nikolaus Pitkowitz’s extensive knowledge in all legal factors in Austria helped us to face the challenges. An attorney named Roxanne de Jesus at the team is also exceptional. On top of handling the Austrian legal matters, she coordinated the Bulgarian and German proceedings. Her communication skills are a key in the case’s progress.

Nikolaus Pitkowitz is a charismatic leader bringing intellectual rigour and insight.

Key clients

McArthurGlen

Calunius Capital LLP.

Integral-Montage Anlagen- und Rohrtechnik Gesellschaft m.b.H.

Facebook Ireland Limited

Yahoo!

General Dynamics

Kinve Solar Power

BAB Bankas Snoras

IWG Management (Austria) GmbH (Regus Group)

Work highlights

  • Representing a client in all lease matters including lease-related disputes for the its stores in Austria.
  • Advising a leading third-party funder on a multi-million-scale commercial litigation funding.
  • Representing a major Austrian pipeline and plant construction company in an ICC arbitration.

Konrad & Partners

Konrad & Partners has international commercial arbitration and international investment arbitration at its core with wide-ranging industry knowledge across the construction, engineering, post-M&A, telecoms, IP.  insurance and reinsurance sectors. Christian Konrad and Philipp Peters lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Christian Konrad; Philipp Peters

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm)

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm)'s arbitration caseload entails technical construction and post-M&A mandates. Drawing on the support of firms and offices across Asia and CEE, the team is also involved in a substantial amount of cross-border cases, particularly on jurisdictional issues. The sectors covered span the engineering, automotive, insurance and real estate industries. Alice Meissner, who specialises in China-related disputes and is regarded as leader for Chinese arbitration matters , made partner in April 2019. Markus Fellner leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Markus Fellner

Key clients

HDI Global SE

HALE Handels-, Leasing- und Dienstleistungs GmbH

Resch & Frisch Holding GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising leading Upper Austrian glass manufacturer, HALE Handels-, Leasing- und Dienstleistungs on the potential commencement of arbitration proceedings arising from the reconstruction of a church destroyed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)'s arbitration practice is well-versed at handling national and international commercial disputes across numerous industry sectors including the pharmaceuticals, automotive, telecoms, oil and gas, construction and engineering industries under various arbitral rules including ICC, VIAC and DIS rules. Another area of expertise includes investment arbitration cases. Christoph Lindinger leads the team, which fields newly promoted partner Leon Kopecký.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Lindinger

Testimonials

This team is unencumbered by history so are innovative in their thinking and approach to cases.

The team is very young and dynamic, whereby this does not come at the cost of quality or experience.

Great attitude to the market and great professionals.

Leon Kopecky has a refreshing view on cases.’

Especially Leon Kopecky stands out as a very fast brain, easily connecting the economic and legal threads without needing ample discussion around a topic. Good and efficient, just as today business is trying to set itself up.

The main stand out professional is Leon Kopecky from the Vienna team. He gets to grips with the issues and is able to present on behalf of his client effectively.

Key clients

Zelena N.V. and Energo-Zelena d.o.o. (owned by GreenWorx Holding)

Kunsttrans Holding GmbH

Mera Investment Fund Limited

Croatian National Bank and the Republic of Croatia

State of Montenegro

Republic of Moldova

Work highlights

  • Represented Zelena and Energo-Zelena (owned by GreenWorx Holding) in a €42m costs investment arbitration under the ICSID Rules against the Republic of Serbia.
  • Successfully acted for Austrian fine arts company Kunsttrans in a very complex international law dispute with Serbia, securing an award of damages, interest, and costs.
  • Represented Mera Investment Fund Limited in a high-profile, several hundred million Euro ICSID investment arbitration against the Republic of Serbia.

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH's arbitration and mediation practice acts in the banking and finance, construction, energy, engineering, technology, automotive, media and communication sectors. The group's workload entails representing clients in domestic and international arbitration proceedings, cross-border investor-state disputes and issues arising from commercial transactions. The team, under the joint leadership of Johannes Reich-Rohrwig and Daniela Karollus-Bruner, is proficient in all major arbitral rules.

Practice head(s):

Johannes Reich-Rohrwig; Daniela Karollus-Bruner

Key clients

STRABAG

Work highlights

  • Represented Strabag and its joint venture partner in arbitration proceedings following the termination of a construction contract in Bosnia as well as (parallel) state court interim relief proceedings against the drawing of bank guarantees.
  • Representing a client against a claim for damages and repayment of advances received in arbitration proceedings.

Hauser Partners Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Wulf Gordian Hauser, who leads Hauser Partners Rechtsanwälte GmbH's arbitration team with Peter Blaschke, acts as sole arbitrator, chairman of the arbitral tribunal, party appointed arbitrator and counsel. The team is involved in commercial arbitration proceedings and ICC arbitration proceedings involving fraud claims.

Practice head(s):

Wulf Gordian Hauser; Peter Blaschke

Testimonials

The team at Hauser Partners brings exceptional knowledge and insight to all matters. Collaboration, creativity and professionalism aptly characterise all aspects of their practice. Tremendous understanding of cross-border considerations.

Specialised boutique law firm with a strong focus on dispute resolution in complex cross-boarder commercial matters (next to a specialisation in cross-boarder M&A). Great in understanding the business drivers of the dispute and devising strategy and arguments. Also excellent in working productively with subject matter experts and foreign law counsel. Very good at working through large amounts of data.

Wulf Hauser is a model attorney. His presence on any team delivers insight and unique depth of knowledge to a project. He is a true thought leader as well as an inspiration to those with whom he collaborates. Other practitioners learn from working with Wulf Hauser.

Wulf Gordian Hauser as senior partner is clearly the brain and the driver of the team, well supported by his partner Peter Blaschke. For Wulf, his experience of several decades in international M&A and international arbitration (both as counsel and as arbitrator) sets him apart even from larger law firms.

Wulf Gordian Hauser – integrity; rapid and uncomplicated productivity at work; very good culture of dialogue and discussion; creative and original solutions!

Key clients

ICC

Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC)

3 Verulam Buildings

Mag. Martin Platte, LL.M. (London) Rechtsanwalt has commercial arbitration at its core, specifically in relation to post-M&A matters, shareholder disputes and issues arising from the sale of goods. Practice head Martin Platte routinely acts as an arbitrator.

Practice head(s):

Martin Platte

Testimonials

In my expierence, Martin Platte always takes a well-considered approach and acts in a very thorough manner.’

Martin Platte is an excellent arbitration practitioner that – despite the comparatively small size of his firm – handles quite impressive cases in this practice. Martin Platte is an often sought after arbitrator; not only because he benefits from being conflict free on many occasions, but in particular because he provides excellent services. I experienced him as opposing counsel in an arbitration, where he provided excellent work.

Martin Platte is a rising star, yet already very experienced, in the field of international arbitration. His boutique law firm has definitely made its standing in the market.

Martin Platte is an excellent arbitrator, always on top of the case and well structured. He certainly brings all the skills needed for a shining career. As a counsel, he convinces with strategic farsightedness and is always hard working.

Key clients

Hiscox

Moebelix GmbH