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AKG ADVISORY Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

AKG ADVISORY is a highly-specialized boutique firm based in Vienna, Austria. Focused on providing domestic and cross-border mediation, arbitration, and litigation advice, the firm has a proven track record of successfully resolving complex and sensitive commercial and investor-state disputes.

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Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation in Austria

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH

In addition to the firm's full-service offering, which allows DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH's arbitration group to handle matters at various intersections, it is well placed to cover party counsel as well as arbitrator mandates. This set-up is reflected in the team's leadership with Florian Kremslehner routinely acting as arbitrator and Veit Öhlberger regularly handling party counsel work. Öhlberger is best known for his expertise in trade and distribution disputes, while handling construction, banking and finance-related work alongside corporate arbitration constitute other key elements of the practice. Counsel Gunnar Pickl is a key contact for construction sector disputes.

Other key lawyers:

Gunnar Pickl; Christian Dorda


‘Veit Öhlberger is the go-to-guy for distribution law disputes in Austria and beyond.’

‘Veit Öhlberger has a great presence in the courtroom and navigates through tough procedural questions seamlessly. He is an active listener and able to reconcile different views in an elegant manner.’

‘For disputes in Austria, Dorda is an excellent partner with experienced and highly qualified lawyers, who build the right strategy together with the client to pursue a claim or defend the client against claims in arbitration or state courts.’

‘The lawyers of Dorda are well connected in Austria’s legal world, have extensive experience in arbitration (also as arbitrators) and can advise on all areas of dispute resolution including mediation. We are most satisfied.’

‘Great team work. Very responsive.’

‘Veit Öhlberger impressed me in particular. He is always to the point and provides strategic advice.’

‘The availability and response to enquiries in a short time are above average. In addition, Gunnar Pickl and his team impress with an extraordinary level of expertise and experience.’

‘In addition to their outstanding expertise, Gunnar Pickl and his team have a trusting, sympathetic and human manner.’

Key clients

Francesco Becchetti

Work highlights

  • Representing Italian entrepreneurs in enforcement proceedings against the Republic of Albania, granting the clients damages of about €110m.


Dispute resolution boutique KNOETZL HAUGENEDER NETAL receives a steady stream of mandates from national and international corporations, who appreciate the team's wide-ranging sector expertise, most notably in energy, construction and manufacturing, and in associated commercial, contractual and corporate disputes. Department head Florian Haugeneder is noted for his experience in counsel and arbitrator work but has recently been particularly active in the latter. His team includes Natascha Tunkel, who has a specialism in life sciences, energy, engineering and IP-related matters. Emmanuel Kaufman left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Florian Haugeneder


‘The entire team was always fully up-to-date on all the issues. Response times were fast.’

‘An excellent arbitration boutique.’

‘Patrizia Netal and Florian Haugeneder were deeply involved and knowledgeable on the details of the case, while also providing excellent advice on the broad perspective. They have excellent knowledge of the construction sector and dispute resolution procedures.’

‘Knoetzl has become important in size, while managing to remain a “boutique” firm, highly specialised in litigation and arbitration. With these characteristics and focus, Knoetzl is perhaps unique in the country.’

‘Florian Haugeneder has a true sense of responsibility for his clients and their interests. He is also an excellent team leader and dynamic dispute “manager”. He understands the big picture and economic context of disputes.

‘The firm has the unique approach of exclusively doing dispute resolution and is top of the class in this field. A very dedicated team with different specialisations, which seems to communicate very well (I perceive no internal competition but fruitful dialogue). It is helpful that they master technology very efficiently.’

‘Fantastic arbitration practice, extensive experience in international arbitration cases, very good court-room presence (in particular Florian Haugeneder and Patrizia Netal), excellent team player in cross-border cases. We have been working with them for several years in a number of cases and are very happy with the cooperation.’

‘One of Knoetzl’s biggest assets is their professional network. Their profound knowledge about the arbitration landscape is key for us as their clients to make decisions and develop strategies together. Knoetzl’s team always acts as partner not just as legal advisor or representative. This behaviour is beneficial in terms of building strong relationships between lawyers and clients. It is finally the basis of success.’

‘Knoetzl’s individuals are extremely client-focused. In each case they first spend a significant amount of time with their client to listen and understand the matter brought to them. Based on this factual information they start developing a concept of defence in which they actively integrate their client. We appreciate this strategic approach very much because it helps us keeping track of proceedings and potentially reconsider our approach in case of need.’

Key clients

Casinos Austria AG (CASAG)

Casinos Austria International GmbH (CAI)

Österreichische Staatsdruckerei GmbH

Work highlights

  • Representing Casinos Austria in an ICISD investment arbitration against the Argentine Republic arising out of the expropriation of its gaming business in Argentina.

Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich

Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich is a regular fixture on national and international arbitration under ICC, UNCITRAL, LCIA, AAA, DIS and VIAC rules as well as on disputes arising from bilateral investment treaties, most notably ICSID arbitrations. Due to this wide-ranging expertise, the team and practice head Gerold Zeiler in particular receive regular nominations to sit as arbitrator. Much of its work stems from the energy and construction sectors, for which Lisa Beisteiner is a key contact alongside Zeiler. Alfred Siwy, another key name for international commercial and investment arbitration, also handles court proceedings. In March 2021, Markus Schifferl left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Gerold Zeiler

Other key lawyers:

Alfred Siwy; Lisa Beisteiner


‘Very strong international arbitration focus; some excellent partners primarily Lisa Beisteiner and Gerold Zeiler.’

‘Lisa Beisteiner and Gerold Zeiler are one of the best dispute lawyers you will find.’

‘Outstanding in energy arbitrations with a group of dedicated individuals. They build the strongest possible case for their clients by working with selected industry experts and take their advice very seriously.’

‘Dedicated and very smart individuals with an excellent understanding of how arbitrations work.’

‘Lisa Beisteiner is a very smart and talented lawyer with deep insights into energy law. Lisa works closely with supporting experts and takes their advice seriously to build the strongest possible case for her clients. And if all of that isn’t enough, she is very friendly and great to work with.’

Key clients

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Czech Republic

Work highlights

  • Representation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in an investment arbitration under the ICSID Convention against EGS following the privatisation of a power plant.
  • Representation of a global leader in packaging and paper in a dispute pertaining to a share purchase agreement against a corporation in Korea under ICC rules seated in Singapore.
  • Representation of a leading European energy company in a contract adjustment dispute pertaining to the supply of natural gas.

Cerha Hempel

Irene Welser heads the team at Cerha Hempel and has recently been particularly active as party-appointed (co-)arbitrator but the team is also well versed in party counsel work. Recent mandates include various national and cross-border commercial and contractual disputes including those pertaining to power plants as well as infrastructure and construction projects.

Practice head(s):

Irene Welser

Other key lawyers:

Holger Bielesz


‘CHSH has in-depth knowledge of arbitration and broad practical experience in international proceedings. Both help to effectively navigate through all arbitration processes. Apart from this, we experienced awareness of problematic legal issues plus solution-oriented work to approach and solve them.’

‘Close liaison with clients, understanding of client’s internal structures and work style, fast and efficient in case of emergencies while not losing track of details, listens to client’s concerns.’

Key clients


Work highlights

  • Representing MACON A.B., a Swedish manufacturer of refractory materials, in a VIAC proceeding against the Russian owner of a steel mill pertaining to a refurbishment project of a rotary kiln.

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)

Due to its strong presence in the CEE region, Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) is routinely called upon in cross-border arbitrations with a specialism in commercial and investor-state disputes under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties. Clients are typically drawn from the financial, energy and real estate sectors but its portfolio also includes players from the pharmaceutical, IT and media industries. Dispute resolution team head Christoph Lindinger also sits as arbitrator; his practice includes Leon Kopecký, who frequently takes the lead on investment arbitration and commercial arbitration alike.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Lindinger

Other key lawyers:

Leon Kopecký; Victoria Pernt


‘Schönherr is known for its tremendous expertise and excellent lawyers in Vienna and all over CEE, so they were a natural choice. The manner in which Schönherr advised us, and the excellent result which they secured, shows the top quality of their service. We praise Schönherr for precision, speed and ability to think internationally. We consider Schönherr to be one of the best in the market when it comes to international arbitration, and we were proven right when Schoenherr won an ICSID award for us with damages, costs and interest.’ 

‘We highlight Leon Kopecký for his knowledge of international investment law and international arbitration. He is extremely clever, a strong communicator, and was always there for us when we needed him. In a word: a brilliant arbitration lawyer. Mr Kopecký showed skills far superior to those of the opposing counsel.’

‘We want to highlight Victoria Pernt, who is a admitted both in Austria and the USA, and combines this to a level of international advocacy that is simply impressive. Her recent promotion to counsel, at a very young age, is the best proof of this and well deserved.’

‘Excellent team work within the arbitration/ dispute team. Focus on the result – which tends to be positive for their clients.’

‘Leon Kopecký and Christoph Lindinger are excellent advocates.’

‘The Schönherr arbitration practice has a profound knowledge of the subject matter and the procedure, is very experienced and able to think outside the box.’

‘We have worked extensively with Christoph Lindinger. He is highly qualified, almost always available and provides very good legal services.’

‘Leon Kopecký was the lead partner on our arbitrations. I think that he is one of the best and brightest arbitration lawyers of his generation. He has a brilliant mind and outperforms much more senior lawyers at hearings. Leon immediately understands the problem and quickly comes up with the best possible solution. I also wholeheartedly recommend Victoria Pernt. She successfully co-managed the team from the start of the arbitration to the hearing. She is a gifted advocate, a strong leader and a brilliant counsel. Victoria is a true arbitration star. I feel in good hands with her.’’

Key clients

AOP Orphan Pharmaceuticals AG Austria

50+ European renewable energy investors

APG SGA SA and Alma Quattro Beograd

JCDecaux S.A.

Funke Group (Funke Medien NRW GmbH, NKZ Austria-Beteiligungs GmbH, Austria Medien GmbH)

Raiffeisen Bank International

Dardafon.net LLC (Z-Mobile)

RBA – Raiffeisenbank Austria

Work highlights

  • Represented the Austrian pharmaceutical company AOP Orphan Pharmaceuticals in a €2bn ICC arbitration against PharmaEssentia Corporation (Taiwan) pertaining to a licence agreement.
  • Representing JCDecaux SA (France) in ICSID proceedings against the Czech Republic under the France-Czech Republic bilateral investment treaty.
  • Representing APG|SGA (Switzerland) and its Serbian subsidiary Alma Quattro in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Serbia under the Switzerland-Serbia BIT pertaining to a public concession agreement.

Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte

Team head Nikolaus Vavrovsky at Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte receives regular (co-)arbitrator mandates across various sectors, most notably infrastructure, construction and real estate, but the team is also experienced in national and international party counsel work. The latter has recently included competition law, corporate, contractual and construction-related disputes. The last-mentioned segment is a particular area of expertise for the team due to the firm's strong real estate and construction offering.

Practice head(s):

Nikolaus Vavrovsky

Other key lawyers:

Dieter Heine; Florian Stefan


‘Nikolaus Vavrovsky managed to build up a very high reputation in international arbitration within a comparatively short period of time.’

‘Nikolaus Vavrovsky has become a very significant player in the Austrian (international) arbitration industry. Justifiably so, because he is a very balanced, diligent, well prepared and skilled arbitrator.’

‘The firm is among the few entities that offers high-end support in mediation proceedings. The team follows a holistic, integrated approach that enables them to always suggest the best fit for their clients. Their impressive legal expertise is paired with outstanding economic thinking, they are always professional and absolutely dedicated. Their answers are clear and on point. Further key strengths are their foresight and solution-oriented approach.

‘My contacts are absolutely dedicated and proactive. In mediation, I completely trust Dieter Heine, who continues to exceed my expectations in legal knowledge, market understanding and creativity. In addition to being a strong litigator, he is a master communicator, who approaches matters constructively and is able to create common ground in negotiations and mediations. To us he has always been a valuable and reliable partner, who sees the bigger picture.

‘Vavrovsky Heine Marth has a dynamic, extremely focused team of internationally experienced, very commercial and hard-working professionals. They are exceptionally talented in handling international cases, their work is flawless even in highly complex circumstances.’

‘Nikolaus Vavrovsky has been involved in countless international cases and knows his business inside out. He is a gifted strategist, steers disputes efficiently in the right direction for his clients and has a brilliant performance in oral hearings. He can calm down heated situations like no one else and is incredibly committed to his clients.

‘The lawyers have excellent skills and are familiar with the specifics of an arbitration process. They are structured, strongly outcome-focused and great in case strategy.’

‘Florian Stefan is a talented and very analytical arbitration lawyer with a great lookout in complex matters. He is sharp, has a vast understanding of the legal and economic context and is able to proficiently identify successful strategies for handling a dispute.’

Key clients

eVision automotive AUT GmbH

HANO d.o.o. (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

QBC Immobilien GmbH & Co Zeta KG et al

Wiener Komfortwohnungen GmbH

Raiffeisenbank International AG et al (Austria)

Taxi 40100 Taxifunkzentrale GmbH

Work highlights

  • Representing a group of Austrian banks led by Raiffeisenbank International in a long-running investor-state arbitration against the Republic of Croatia pertaining to the conversion of loans from Swiss francs to Euros.
  • Advising Taxi 40100 Taxifunkzentrale GmbH in a mediation with Uber arising from new passenger transport regulations that came into force in 2021.
  • Advising a major Austrian high-tech engineering and manufacturing company in an international arbitration under CISG rules against a leading aviation industry supplier.

Wolf Theiss

Wolf Theiss has cross-border work at its heart with a particular focus on the CEE and SEE regions. Counsel Venus Valentina Wong extends this geographical focus with expertise in acting for parties from Greater China, while counsel Emmanuel Kaufman, who returned to the firm in September 2021 from KNOETZL HAUGENEDER NETAL, is a key contact for disputes involving Hispanic parties. Kaufman has a focus on construction arbitration, which is an area of particular expertise for the team and is routinely led by Thomas Anderl. Other key sectors include manufacturing, infrastructure, engineering and energy, which corresponds with team head Stefan Riegler‘s sector focus. The practice handles arbitrator and party counsel mandates and is well versed in the major arbitration rules as well as in ad-hoc arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Riegler


‘Stefan Riegler: Always very dedicated to the case, responsive and on top of the facts. Very smart lawyer.’

‘In the complicated arbitration procedure the team lead by Stefan Riegler showed generally a very good level of expertise, knowledge, availability and engagement to the case.

‘Stefan Riegler has shown a great level of experience, knowledge, cooperation and all other aspects that are required for successful and effective management of the complicated arbitration procedures.’

‘Very responsive, high level of expertise down to the junior associates.’

‘Stefan Riegler, Valentina Wong and Alexander Zollner are stellar practitioners, who can navigate through very complex and fact-heavy proceedings with high social competence and legal skills.’

‘Stefan Riegler does not only give proper legal advice but on top of that tries to understand the commercial point of view in order to develop a negotiation strategy combining legal and commercial aspects.’

‘The team was very thorough and ensured that we met all of the technical requirements. They were also easy to work with despite the difference in time zones and able to help me understand the nuances of arbitration in Austria.’ 

‘Always made time for a call and explained the different nuances in the law. Were practical in planning our defence and tactics. Helped to arrange a beneficial solution to a difficult problem.’ 

Key clients


Unger Stahlbau

Haslinger Stahlbau

Work highlights

  • Representing Unger Stahlbau Ges.m.b.H. and Haslinger Stahlbau GmbH (jointly working as ARGE Stahlbau ESW2020) in ICC arbitration proceedings against VOESTALPINE pertaining to structural steelwork in the stainless steel plant in Kapfenberg.

Baker McKenzie Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG

Baker McKenzie Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG's arbitration practice received a boost with the arrival of counsel Désirée Prantl from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in January 2021. She routinely handles M&A disputes and disputes arising from the termination of supply contracts in the energy sector, which complements the team's expertise in restructuring-related and corporate proceedings alongside arbitration pertaining to (plant) construction projects. Filip Boras, who is qualified in Austria and New York and represents clients in international arbitration proceedings before all major institutions and ad-hoc tribunals, jointly heads the practice with Alexander Petsche, who is a key contact for construction and infrastructure project-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Filip Boras; Alexander Petsche

Other key lawyers:

Désirée Prantl


‘Excellent market presence, responsiveness, ability to best use the extensive Baker network to deliver value and results.’

‘Filip Boras clearly is a star. Excellent communicator, entirely at home with civil and common law systems.’

‘The firm’s arbitration practice group not only boasts excellent counsel but also has excellent know-how about external experts for arbitrations. The team can handle cases that are governed by other jurisdictions by adding counsel from other Baker offices.’

‘Filip Boras excels at breaking down the most complex factual and legal issues persuasively and effectively for the arbitral tribunal. He is persuasive and convincing without being unnecessarily aggressive.’

‘We are very happy that we have decided to choose Baker McKenzie as our counsel in our dispute. Their team is very flexible, has a very pro-client and hands-on approach that was indeed needed in our case.’

‘It is very hard to highlight certain individuals, as a whole team was working excellently in our case but Filip Boras was exceptional during oral hearing.’

‘We have been working closely with this practice for the last three years in connection with an ICC arbitration case. We ought to say that this practice is one of the most efficient and reliable we have come across in the arbitration domain. The strategic approach set since the start of the proceedings has been paramount to the success achieved. The use of advanced digital tools made the navigation into the complex files of the case easier.’

‘They are methodical, flexible and focused. It is not only excellent work but also fun to work with them. Filip Boras is a distinguished practitioner with strong reasoning skills and admirable ability to perform in hearings.’

Key clients

Municipality of Vlora

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended the Albanian Municipality of Vlora in an ICC arbitration initiated by an operator of parking payment systems following the early termination of a concession agreement.

Binder Grösswang

Binder Grösswang's close cross-practice cooperation allows the arbitration group to handle a wide range of disputes, which has recently included disputes pertaining to warranty claims, construction contracts, distribution agreements and infrastructure projects. It is also well placed to handle arbitrator mandates and assist with the enforcement of arbitral awards. Christian Klausegger heads the practice and, while also handling arbitration, is best known for his litigation capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Christian Klausegger

Other key lawyers:

Ingeborg Edel; Michael Kutschera


‘Excellent team led by Christian Klausegger; definitely one of the market leaders in litigation, but also highly recommended in arbitration. Easy to work with, also in co-counsel constellations.’

‘Christian Klausegger – I experienced him as a party appointed arbitrator in a very complex construction arbitration related to steel work supply for a Serbian mining project. Extremely well prepared, knowing the facts of the case just as good as the parties and undisputably a great lawyer.’

‘Ingeborg Edel: Superb lawyer, quick-witted, responsive and very likeable.

‘Valuable and professional advice in a short time and very business-oriented.’

‘Smart individual people in any situation, very well prepared on the subject matter requested, highly qualified and professional individuals.’

‘Business acumen; capable of representing in a high-profile and high-value arbitration; ability to quickly understand the business and various technical aspects dealt with in the arbitration.’

‘Michael Kutschera and Ingeborg Edel have the ability to develop and implement a case strategy.’

‘The biggest advantages of Binder Grösswang for our company is the broad and professional team of lawyers, who cover almost all spheres of applicable law. Simply when we have any question/ problem concerning Austrian law we have one point we can discuss it with.’

Key clients





Lenzing AG

Austrian Federal Railways

Work highlights

  • Continuing to support the Brazilian producer of pulp Eldorado Group in connection with an ICC arbitration in Brazil over a failed share deal.

Pitkowitz & Partners

In summer 2021, dispute resolution experts Nikolaus Pitkowitz and Roxanne De Jesus left Graf & Pitkowitz, now GRAF ISOLA, to found Pitkowitz & Partners, which is known for its wide-ranging litigation and arbitration capabilities. While Pitkowitz stands out for his regular appointments as (co-)arbitrator, de Jesus mostly acts as party counsel. Its work spans various sectors but the team has recently been most active in the telecommunications, IT, construction, energy space.


Nikolaus Pitkowitz is the vice president of the Vienna International Arbitration Centre and is probably the most internationally minded of the arbitration practitioners based in Vienna. He has particularly strong ties to arbitration practitioners both in the United States and Asia. He is a favourite choice as an arbitrator, and is also quite effective as an oral advocate when doing counsel work. He knows how to get to the point of an argument, and he is effective at explaining complicated issues.

Strong international arbitration practice now centred in a boutique firm.

Mr. Pitkowitz is an experienced arbitrator, who enjoys a very good reputation on the arbitration market. Independence, legal knowledge and service orientation are qualities I would put forward.’

I have high esteem for Nikolaus Pitkowitz because of his pleasant manner, which combines precision and innovative thinking.’

Roxanne de Jesus is tireless in the pursuit of her client’s interests and highly intelligent.

Roxanne de Jesus is a very good cross examiner. I have seen Roxanne cross-examines in a major international arbitration and they take no prisoners – really impressive particularly given their civil jurisdiction backgrounds.

An excellent team. Extremely hardworking. P&P will leave no stone unturned in ensuring they do everything they can to put their client in the driving seat. They know what they are doing and they do it very well.

Key clients

Calunius Capital LLP.

Integral-Montage Anlagen- und Rohrtechnik GmbH

Facebook Ireland Limited

Alperton Capital

Yahoo! (Verizon EMEA)


Kinve Solar Power

Regus Group (IWG Management (Austria) GmbH)General


Work highlights

  • Representing Integral-Montage Anlagen- und Rohrtechnik Gesellschaft m.b.H., a major Austrian pipeline and plant construction company, in a London seated ICC arbitration.
  • Advising Alperton Capital and its shareholders as lead counsel on a cross-border dispute pertaining to Alperton’s shares in companies owning drill ships including an ICC arbitration seated in New York.
  • Representing Kinve Solar Power Co. Limited in multijurisdictional litigation and arbitration proceedings pending in Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, China and Italy pertaining to a joint venture dispute with a business partner.

AKG ADVISORY Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Dispute resolution boutique AKG ADVISORY Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH is led by founding partner and experienced arbitrator and mediator Anne-Karin Grill. The team is however equally well versed in handling party counsel mandates and has recently been particularly active in commercial and corporate law arbitration proceedings in the energy and construction space.

Practice head(s):

Anne-Karin Grill


We like the flexibility in the firm’s approach and the lawyers’ “out of the box” attitude (which obviously builds on a very strong command of the law, both procedural and material). In particular, we benefit from Anne-Karin Grill’s industry knowledge. This aspect strikes us as increasingly valuable when we get drawn into legal disputes.’

‘Our business is not limited to Austria and we appreciate lawyers, who have an international outlook as well. With AKG ADVISORY we get just that.

In attorney-client relationships, we look for partnerships that are not only transactional. Besides the obvious requirements of legal qualification and experience, personality also plays a big part. The professionals at AKG ADVISORY are straightforward, committed and easy to work with. AKG ADVISORY stands for the kind of professionalism that we expect and that just makes our lives easier.

Anne-Karin Grill is our main point of contact and she has proven that she is on top of her game. She truly is an international dispute resolution pro. We value her advice not only in terms of process design and procedural tactics. She’s an outstanding lawyer, who feels at home in more than just one jurisdiction.’

‘Anne-Karin has accompanied us in informal negotiation settings (mediation) and in highly-contentious conflict situations (arbitration). She never seems out of place and has a natural instinct when it comes to recommending smart procedural choices. It simply feels good to have Anne-Karin on our team.

Anne-Karin Grill: Friendly, clever and nice to work with.

The team delivers excellent quality of work in short response times.

Anne-Karin Grill has extensive experience in arbitration proceedings. She is a dynamic and highly motivated practitioner with meticulous attention to details.

Baier Rechtsanwälte

With arbitrators Anton Baier and Erhard BöhmBaier Rechtsanwälte's team is best known for its regular (co-)arbitrator appointments, most notably in construction and insurance disputes, but is also experienced in party counsel work. Gregor Grubhofer, who co-heads the practice with Baier and Böhm, is another key contact.


‘Excellent knowledge of Austrian arbitration law and practice.’

‘Gregor Grubhofer is an outstanding lawyer. Excellent tactician and superb research skills.’

Key clients


Raiffeisen Centrobank AG, Austria

Syrena Immobilien Holding AG, Austria

Work highlights

  • Representing STRABAG SE, Raiffeisen Centrobank AG and Syrena Immobilien Holding AG as the claimants in proceedings based on the Austria-Poland bilateral investment treaty and pertaining to an expropriation of a real estate complex in Poland.

bpv Hügel

bpv Hügel's arbitration practice received a significant boost with the arrival of experienced party counsel and arbitrator Markus Schifferl from Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich in March 2021; he now jointly heads the practice with competition law expert Florian Neumayr. The team stands out for its extensive engineering and energy sector client base.


Markus Schifferl is an outstanding arbitration practitioner.

Markus Schifferl is extremely diligent and precise. He has a deep understanding of the law while at the same time being creative in its application.

Key clients

BP Europe SE








Work highlights

  • Representing an oil and gas multinational in an ICC arbitration against a pipeline operator over long-term capacity contracts.
  • Representing an Italian gas trader in an ad-hoc arbitration and price revision case pertaining to gas storage against a large German energy company.
  • Representing a chemical engineering company as claimant against a large CEE energy company in a VIAC arbitration pertaining to IP rights and licensing fees of a chemical process developed by the client and used by the opponent.

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH's arbitration capabilities are twofold with co-head Daniela Karollus-Bruner as the main contact for party counsel mandates and co-head Johannes Reich-Rohrwig receiving regular arbitrator nominations in post-M&A proceedings and disputes over the termination of contracts and agreements. Much of its recent party counsel work pertains to construction projects and construction contracts respectively.

Key clients


Work highlights

  • Advising and representing Strabag and the joint venture partner in arbitration proceedings following the termination of a construction contract in Bosnia as well as in (parallel) state court interim relief proceedings against the drawing of bank guarantees.

Hauser Partners Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Hauser Partners Rechtsanwälte GmbH's team is led by experienced arbitrator and party counsel Wulf Gordian Hauser. Recent work includes disputes over share purchase, construction and consulting agreements as well as those involving fraud claims. Former co-head Peter Blaschke left the firm in July 2021.

Practice head(s):

Wulf Gordian Hauser


‘Hauser Partners have vast experience in arbitration law. Their attention to detail, their expertise and experience are unique.’

‘Dr Hauser: sharp, smart, experienced, tactically and strategically highly skilled. Very polite and friendly at the same time.’

Key clients


Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC)

Mr. Geoffrey Hoguet, heir of the Austrian Rothschild family

Work highlights

  • Acting as counsel for Geoffrey Hoguet, heir of the Austrian Rothschild family, in proceedings against the City of Vienna pertaining to a foundation, which was aryanised by the Nazis and transferred to the City of Vienna.
  • Acting for a large group of minority shareholders in proceedings pertaining to a squeeze-out and the price payable by the majority shareholder.

PLATTE disputes.solutions

Martin Platte at the eponymous PLATTE disputes.solutions is rated for his expertise in commercial and corporate arbitration and regularly sits as arbitrator, mostly in VIAC and ICC proceedings, but also handles party counsel mandates. In May 2021, Philipp Schwarz was promoted to partner, underlining the team's capabilities in IP and IT-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Martin Platte

Other key lawyers:

Philipp Schwarz; Antonia Cermak


‘Martin Platte has been working for large full-service law firms before he established his own business. The result is a small law firm that comes with a service that does not stand behind the bigger law firms.’

‘Martin Platte is a very distinguished, well spoken, diligent and prudent arbitrator, very easy to work with. It does not come as a surprise that he is a popular choice in the Austrian arbitration industry.’ 

‘Martin Platte’s team is very hands-on, combining substance with efficiency, which appears to become quite rare these days.’

‘Martin Platte has both academic knowledge and practical experience. He is a stellar arbitrator and among the best counsels in the market. He is not only a knowledgeable lawyer but also a brilliant strategist, open to creative solutions.’

‘Martin has a razor sharp mind and calm demeanour.’

‘Martin is a very capable arbitrator and particularly well suited for international cases.’

‘Martin Platte is a well respected and highly knowledgeable individual practitioner in the field of international dispute resolution. While he is based in Vienna, he is regularly involved in substantial arbitration matters internationally. He is measured and balanced and a very popular arbitrator. I will unreservedly recommend him.’

‘Outstanding and effective.’

Key clients


Moebelix GmbH

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm)

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) has a strong presence in Upper Austria and consequently receives regular mandates from some of the biggest players in the region with particular experience in engineering, manufacturing and construction sector work. As well as acting as party counsel, team head Markus Fellner also sits as arbitrator and handles litigation.

Practice head(s):

Markus Fellner

Other key lawyers:

Ria Kucera; Nina Pichler


They can accommodate the client’s needs and look for a better solution.

Cooperative and the advice is good.

I appreciated the extra attention the team is giving me to keep me up-to-date. The team seems to work together seamlessly.

Very dedicated team, i.e. when advantageous to my case, they don’t hesitate to submit briefs in the middle of the night (due to the time difference between Vienna and the place of arbitration). I am very happy with the results.

Markus Fellner was recommended to me as being highly knowledgeable and dedicated and I have the same experience. I fully trust his judgement and value his particularly meticulous conduct of international proceedings. His attention to detail is pivotal for this particular case.

The team members I worked with have given prior info and can accommodate the client needs to talk and understand the issues and look for a better solution.

The team always strives to achieve the best for the client.

If a subject cannot be clarified completely by the lawyer in charge, other specialists are called in so that there is never a legal risk for the client.

Key clients

Bilfinger Bohr- und Rohrtechnik GmbH and HDI Global SE

Daniel Grenzner, Heaven Seven GmbH, Heaven Seven Swiss AG

KSJ Pharmatech Pty Lt., Australia

Klenk & Meder

Work highlights

  • Representing Bilfinger Bohr- und Rohrtechnik GmbH and HDI Global SE in VIAC proceedings against its subsidiary in a dispute pertaining to a major explosion at the Baumgarten natural gas station.
  • Acting for the Austrian and Swiss sellers of meditation devices, Daniel Grenzner, Heaven Seven GmbH and Heaven Seven Swiss AG, in Los Angeles-based ICDR proceedings against the manufacturer Lovetuner pertaining to an alleged confidentiality agreement between the client and the manufacturer.
  • Advising KSJ Pharmatech, an Australian pharmaceutical company, on potential ICC proceedings against the Austrian pharma company Montavit following the termination of an exclusive distribution agreement governing Australia and New Zealand.