Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation in Austria

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH's full-service arbitration practice is co-led by Veit Öhlberger, who handles a wide range of disputes with a specialism in agency, trade and distribution-related matters, and Florian Kremslehner, who, alongside Öhlberger is an experienced arbitrator, and regularly acts in banking and finance-related work and disputes at the intersection with white-collar criminal law. As another key member of the team, counsel Gunnar Pickl is best known for his expertise in handling disputes arising from construction and energy projects alongside commercial liability insurance matters. This broad offering is reflected in the team's wide-ranging client base, which includes banks, national and international corporates - many of which stem from the construction and manufacturing sectors - and private clients.

Practice head(s):

Veit Öhlberger; Florian Kremslehner

Other key lawyers:

Christian Dorda; Gunnar Pickl

Testimonials

‘Knowledgeable dispute resolution team; orientated to provide practical solutions. Fast work pace and flexibility.’

‘Excellent team, good cross-topic support, excellent international network, hands-on approach, understands customer needs, flexibility.’

The entire team was able to provide clear and very pragmatic advice.

Transparent billing. Communication via different channels including F2F meetings, conference calls. Full availability of team members when ad-hoc advice was required.

‘Tier 1 in Austria. Comparable to international counsel.’

‘We worked with Gunnar Pickl, who was professional, charming, competent and responsive. You could not ask for anything more.’

Veit Öhlberger: my go-to option for complex cases in an Austrian nexus.

Veit Öhlberger: understands customer needs, hands-on practical approach, excellent to work with, high competence and international experience.

Veit Öhlberger: my go-to option for complex cases in an Austrian nexus.

Veit Öhlberger is extremely dedicated and thorough.

‘The firm was recommended by a client, and we worked with them on a local matter which went very smoothly and successfully. The international arbitration skills were good and they were lovely people to work with. The team appeared to get on very well, and also got on very well with us.’

Key clients

BAWAG P.S.K.

CAME Holding

SAZKA Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for BAWAG P.S.K. in two ad-hoc arbitration proceedings against the claimant Österreichische Post AG pertaining to a cooperation agreement concerning the provision of financial services by Post on behalf of BAWAG P.S.K.
  • Represented SAZKA GROUP A.S. (Czech Republic) and CAME HOLDING GMBH in an ICC arbitration against NOVOMATIC AG (Austria), one of Austria’s largest gambling companies, in proceedings over shareholder agreement breaches.

KNOETZL HAUGENEDER NETAL

KNOETZL HAUGENEDER NETAL's arbitration practice is led by Florian Haugeneder, who acts as counsel and arbitrator, and handles international commercial arbitration, construction arbitration, investment protection and arbitration-related court proceedings. While Haugeneder has a focus on construction, engineering and energy sector disputes, the team acts for an array of industries and represents its clients in proceedings under the rules of the major arbitral institutions, including DIS, ICC, ICSID, KCAB, LCIA, SCC and VIAC, as well as in international and domestic ad-hoc arbitration such as UNCITRAL. Commercial arbitration expert and experienced mediation counsel Natascha Tunkel was promoted to the partnership in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Florian Haugeneder

Other key lawyers:

Patrizia Netal; Emmanuel Kaufman; Natascha Tunkel

Testimonials

‘This is a firm exclusively focusing on litigation and arbitration, and they have hit the nail with this specialisation, they are key experts in this field and are top in litigation and arbitration in Austria. They know the rules of the game, can give perfect guidance and advice and we have received great results when we mandated them.’

‘Knoetzl is one of the best dispute resolution boutiques in Austria. The team is highly professional and committed to the interests of its clients.’

‘We felt that we are in good hands right from the start and very much appreciate the professional, precise and structured working method of the law firm. The experiences of the lawyers in the field of arbitration are very valuable. Suggestions of our in-house legal department were always taken into account.’

‘Go-to lawyers, hands-on, no frills service.’

‘Our lawyers Patrizia Netal and Florian Haugeneder are not only outstanding experts in arbitration but also eager to gain all kind of knowledge in the field of the company which could be relevant for the case. This is and was very helpful.’

‘Great team spirit, highly-skilled and experienced counsel, in particular in international arbitration matters (Patrizia Netal and Florian Haugeneder in particular); a pleasure to work with.’

‘Patrizia Netal and Florian Haugeneder are real fighters in the hearing/ courtroom, excellent pleading and cross-examination skills.’

‘Patrizia Netal is a dynamic presence. Florian Haugeneder is excellent and approachable.’

‘Patrizia Netal is a very talented arbitration practitioner with the great ability to find good solutions for disputes to be resolved. Florian Haugeneder is a very efficient party representative defending the positions of his clients.’

Key clients

Casinos Austria AG (CASAG)

Casinos Austria International GmbH (CAI)

Österreichische Staatsdruckerei GmbH (Austrian State Printing House)

Work highlights

  • Advising Casinos Austria International GmbH (CAI) and Casinos Austria AG (CASAG) in an investment arbitration against the Argentine Republic pertaining to the illegitimate expropriation of their gaming business.

Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich

Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich is a respected player in the market and noted for its national and international arbitration capabilities; the latter have recently been expanded following the merger with the US-UK-Australian firm Floyd Zadkovich in September 2020. Led by party counsel and arbitrator Gerold Zeiler, the team has a strong profile for investment arbitrations, where it frequently acts for states, alongside construction and energy sector disputes, which are part of Lisa Beisteiner's key areas of expertise. International commercial and investment arbitration specialist Alfred Siwy is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Gerold Zeiler

Other key lawyers:

Alfred Siwy; Lisa Beisteiner

Testimonials

The international arbitration team of Zeiler is unique in a way that it can provide superb services but in a more cost-efficient manner, because they operate as a boutique law firm and the services are provided by a smaller team composed of one partner and one or two other lawyers that dedicate their time to the client’s case.

The practice is very efficient; allocates its resources to the needs of the case, they tend to work in smaller teams which significantly reduces the amounts billed to the client.

Alfred Siwy with whom we work very frequently is an exceptional lawyer who has an ability to see the core of the dispute, his arguments are always very well thought through and structured. He is always on time and his advice is always very rational and practical. He knows how to present the case to the tribunal and has great advocacy skills.

Key clients

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Czech Republic

Cerha Hempel

Cerha Hempel's multi-disciplinary team is led by arbitrator and party counsel Irene Welser and has recently been particularly active in construction and engineering sector disputes over distribution matters, contractor relationships and post-M&A issues, among others. It is well versed in handling proceedings under various rules such as VIAC, ICC and UNCITRAL as well as ad-hoc proceedings. Of counsel Benedikt Spiegelfeld predominately acts as arbitrator.

Practice head(s):

Irene Welser

Other key lawyers:

Benedikt Spiegelfeld

Testimonials

‘Accurate, responsive, proactive and very knowledgeable. Partner is always directly and constantly involved in the case and always available to talk with.’

Key clients

MACON A.B.

Work highlights

  • Representing MACON A.B., a Swedish manufacturer of refractory materials, in a VIAC proceeding against the Russian owner of a steel mill; the dispute concerns a refurbishment project.

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) has a significant emphasis on international arbitration, most notably in the investor-state and commercial space, spanning various jurisdictions and arbitral institutions. The firm's focus on investment and commercial arbitration received a further boost with the promotion of specialists Leon Kopecký and Victoria Pernt to partner and counsel, respectively.  Christoph Lindinger heads the practice and also acts as arbitrator.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Lindinger

Other key lawyers:

Leon Kopecký; Victoria Pernt

Testimonials

‘Extremely competent and to the point, very experienced and reliable.’

‘The team is very proactive and able to promptly identify new challenges and risks deriving either from the legal environment (e.g. jurisprudence, new laws) or market trends, which it is keen to overcome with innovative solutions.

‘Altogether this is a great team. Excellent communication and very good to work with.’

‘Schoenherr is our go-firm for commercial and international disputes. They currently represent us in a complex litigation in the banking sector and ICSID arbitration.’

This team has brilliant lawyers that fight tirelessly for their clients. I love their proactive approach and drive to win. They develop their strategy carefully, analyse every single option before making a move. This applies to both corporate and dispute resolution matters. I attended two ICSID hearings and I was impressed with their presentation and cross-examination skills. I have never seen a team of lawyers that puts that much effort into a case and cooperates so smoothly.

‘Christoph Lindinger has a significant amount of experience which really shines through in his advice. He is smart and totally on point commercially.’

‘Leon Kopecky is a quick-witted and smart lawyer, who can process a huge amount of information quickly and cut right to the heart of the issues.’

‘Leon Kopecky is able to bring complex cases to the point. He is very efficient and quick in answering any questions. He is very experienced in arbitration cases in our region.’

Leon Kopecky was in charge of the experts and witnesses, including my testimony and the cross-examination of witnesses and experts. Leon is a tremendous advocate, and I have never seen anyone handle witnesses with so much ease and politeness, yet firmly and with determination. It is a pleasure to watch Leon perform.

‘We highlight Leon Kopecky 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. We were especially impressed with his performance at the hearing in Paris, where Mr Kopecky showed skills far superior to those of the opposing counsel. We also want to highlight Victoria Pernt, who is admitted both in Austria and the USA, and combines this to a level of international advocacy that is simply impressive.’

‘Leon Kopecky is a stand-out lawyer. Very impressed with his approach.’

‘I work with Christoph Lindinger, Leon Kopecky and Victoria Pernt. This team gets the job done.’

Victoria Pernt was involved in preparing the hearing (and me for it) and I was very impressed by her skills. Although she is young, she is extremely skilled, confident, and I would not have wanted to go into the hearing without her.

Christoph Lindinger was the lead speaker, he did the opening statements in the arbitration courtroom in Paris. He was perfectly prepared and his performance was excellent. He comes across as a senior statesman and people listen to him.

‘Christoph Lindinger has a significant amount of experience which really shines through in his advice. He is smart and totally on point commercially.’

‘Small highly motivated team. Friendly also which helps with the dynamics.’

‘Easy to be reached and deal with, huge availability, concrete experience and deep knowledge of banking products/ services.’

Key clients

Raiffeisen Bank International

RBA – Raiffeisenbank Hrvatska

Vítkovice Power Engineering a.s.

APG/SGA, Société Générale d’Affichage SA

JCDecaux S.A.

Funke Medien Group

Kansai Paint Ltd.

Tele2

Dardafon.net LLC

Mera Investment Fund Limited

Thales Austria GmbH

ARE Austrian Real Estate Development GmbH

Gewista-Werbegesellschaft m.b.H

Work highlights

  • Advised Mera Investment Fund Limited on its investment dispute with Serbia and secured a jurisdictional ruling on the notion of corporate seat.
  • Advised Dardafon.net LLC (Z-Mobile) on its second ICC commercial arbitration against Kosovo Telekom, after securing a complete victory in its first arbitration in 2017.
  • Advised outdoor advertiser JCDecaux S.A. on its investment dispute with the Czech Republic.

Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte

Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte handles the full spectrum of commercial and corporate arbitration, including post-award and enforcement situations. Recently this included post-M&A, shareholder and investor-state disputes as well as construction-related proceedings and disputes arising from international commercial contracts. Team head Nikolaus Vavrovsky regularly acts as arbitrator. Anne-Karin Grill is now with AKG ADVISORY Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH.

Practice head(s):

Nikolaus Vavrovsky

Other key lawyers:

Dieter Heine

Testimonials

‘This is a boutique firm with a very good arbitration team.’

‘VHM is a very visible firm with interesting clients and cases. They benefit from cross-sector experience.’

‘Over the last decade, Vavrovsky Heine Marth has built a great reputation for complex commercial disputes, in particular in international arbitration.’

There are many excellent lawyers in the team, having good managing skills for complex disputes. Besides arbitration, they also have a strong litigation team.

‘Young team with excellent practitioners with international experience and exposure.’

‘Love working with them – very practical, business-minded and no waste of time.’

‘Vavrovsky Heine Marth offers a flourishing, well-respected international arbitration practice. The team led by Nikolaus Vavrovsky consists of highly competent lawyers. In addition to their vast legal understanding and great entrepreneurial thinking, they also foster the professional exchange and have extremely strong ties to the arbitration community. The team is tightly knit and known for its strategic sophistication, assertiveness, pronounced service orientation and dedication to its clients.’

‘Vavrovsky Heine Marth fields an exceptional dispute resolution practice. They have accompanied us in a highly complex dispute over its various stages.’

‘Being an experienced arbitrator himself, Nikolaus Vavrovsky knows exactly what he is doing as counsel in international settings. Nothing rattles him. Even the most complex issues or the tightest time lines are handled with utmost thoroughness and perfect tactic. He is an excellent advocate and grand strategist. Nikolaus is highly proactive, eloquent, efficient and utterly business-oriented. He is strong in proceedings, persuasive in negotiations and absolutely dedicated to accommodate his clients.’

‘Nikolaus Vavrovsky: very collegial, to the point in his area of practice (arbitration), competent activity as arbitrator.’

‘Nikolas Vavrosky stands out as arbitrator.’

‘Nikolaus Vavrovsky heads the team. He is very well respected in the market, highly connected and – I speak from personal experience – a great person to work with, either as co-arbitrator or opposing counsel (we had both scenarios on a number of occasions).’

‘Nikolaus Vavrovsky is an excellent arbitration practitioner with great international experience.’

‘Nikolaus Vavrovsky has a great standing as arbitration counsel and arbitrator. I can recommend him enthusiastically.’

In particular, Nikolaus Vavrovsky is very calm under pressure, a great lawyer and always stays firm on the case but polite and correct on a personal level, which makes a good impression on arbitral tribunals. He has very strong common sense and – from the experience I have had with him – sees immediately the decisive points of a case. He is well recognised and liked in Austria’s arbitration community. In addition, he publishes a lot and is known for his academic skills.

‘Nikolaus Vavrovsky – on top of his cases.’

Key clients

Raiffeisenbank International AG et al (Austria)

Siemens AG Österreich

Taxi 40100 Taxifunkzentrale GmbH

Work highlights

  • Representing a group of Austrian banks led by Raiffeisen Bank International AG in an investor-state arbitration against the Republic of Croatia following the country’s retroactive 2015 decision to convert loans denominated in Swiss francs to euros.
  • Representing Taxi 40100 Taxifunkzentrale GmbH in unfair competition proceedings against UEBER.
  • Acted as co-arbitrator in an ICC arbitration seated in London in a dispute between two CEE telecoms giants.

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

Known for its strong cross-border capabilities, Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG is notably active in the CEE and SEE region, handling proceedings under the ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC, LCIA, VIAC, CCIR, CAS, DIS and Swiss rules. Representing construction and energy sector clients is a particular area of expertise - and part of team head Stefan Riegler's skill set - but the practice's client portfolio also includes private clients and players from various other sectors. Counsel Venus Valentina Wong is noted for her expertise handling Greater China-related matters and also provides assistance with the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards, an area the team has recently been particularly active in.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Riegler

Other key lawyers:

Venus Valentina Wong; Thomas Anderl

Baker McKenzie Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG

With a focus on CEE and SEE, Baker McKenzie Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG regularly represents clients in post-M&A arbitration, disputes pertaining to construction projects and in investor-state proceedings. Clients include public sector bodies, investors, investment funds, banks and corporates. Filip Boras, who represents clients in international arbitration proceedings before all major institutions and in ad-hoc tribunals, jointly heads the practice with experienced arbitrator and mediator Alexander Petsche.

Practice head(s):

Filip Boras; Alexander Petsche

Testimonials

‘Young, very proactive, responsive team with exceptional experience in dispute resolution. They provide clients with the highest standard of professional services for a reasonable price.’

‘We have worked with various international law firms in arbitration proceedings, acting as co-counsels, experts and advisors on Albanian law. But, our experience with Baker McKenzie has been fascinating, even unique so to say, and that seems to be more due to the fact that we worked as one close team. The level of communication, strategic thinking, confidence, sophistication and responsiveness of Baker lawyers have been amazing and paramount for the win of the case.’

‘They have a really strong dispute resolution and arbitration team with experience in a wide range of industries and all sorts of disputes. They are able to offer a team which is diverse, including experts from the US and across the entire planet, so that the advice and strategy in disputes is most suited and tailored to any client’s needs.’

‘The individuals I had the privilege of working with probably stand out through their goal-oriented approach and a high focus on the clients needs, including the final result. Their efficient use of the firm’s global experience, with a focus on cost-efficiency, differentiates the practice from their competitors, especially in the region of SE Europe (through their Austrian office). These qualities are mainly embedded in one of the partners, Filip Boras. Being always available to the client, Mr. Boras especially stands out with his capability to swiftly understand even the most complex problems of a particular industry, adapting his legal knowledge and experience, as well as the resources of the team, to provide a best possible solution for the client.’

‘I predominantly work with Filip Boras. He has great professional expertise in complex dispute resolution. He is an agile, fully client-oriented lawyer. Filip is able to recognise clients’ interests in a very short time and to provide personalised legal services.’

‘Practice is led by Filip Boras, who is an extraordinarily skilled and practical attorney in the field of arbitration.’

‘Filip Boras, head of the practice, is an outstanding lawyer in the field of arbitration.’

‘I have worked with Filip Boras a lot. He is an innovative, dynamic, creative lawyer. He stands out with his ideas, leadership and skills when it comes to driving the dispute, setting the strategy, thinking multiple steps ahead. He is a very reliable and safe choice in dispute resolution and as arbitration practitioner, but an arbitrator as well.’

‘We have recently worked with Filip Boras. Filip has impressed us with his expertise in complex arbitration matters. He is also highly motivated and hard-working. Filip also has a very good network and connections throughout the Balkan region, which makes him a perfect choice for multi-jurisdictional disputes involving Balkan states.’

‘Filip Boras, a skilled counsel, highly intelligent, astute, persuasive, patient and outgoing. Strong ability to build trust and keep the team focused and confident. Certainly, an asset for Baker.’

‘I would say that a landmark feature of this practice is a unique combination of both their vast global experience and a strong local background and legal know-how which give local clients value-for-money advice and assistance. This is also a crucial advantage compared to other firms which I had the pleasure of working with.’

Key clients

Municipality of Vlora

Georg Gavrilović/Gavrilović d.o.o.

Work highlights

  • Defending 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.
  • Represented the Austrian investor Georg Gavrilović and the meat processing group Gavrilović d.o.o. in the first ICSID proceeding against the Republic of Croatia; the claim was filed under the Austria-Croatia bilateral investment treaty.

Binder Grösswang

Binder Grösswang works in close cooperation with various other practice groups and handles both arbitrator and counsel mandates, while Ingeborg Edel is also adept at mediation. The team's work spans various sectors including automotive, construction, engineering and IT and also includes assistance with the enforcement of arbitral awards. Dispute resolution team head Christian Klausegger has a focus on litigation but also acts as counsel and arbitrator.

Practice head(s):

Christian Klausegger

Other key lawyers:

Michael Kutschera; Ingeborg Edel

Testimonials

‘Robust professional team of lawyers, possibility to solve broad numbers of legal questions in one place.’

‘Excellent dispute resolution team, very high professional standard, hands-on mentality with a strong strategic and commercial focus.’

‘Personal approach, lawyers in this company are our guides in Austrian law.’

‘The team has a unique “sound” of easy and open communication which implies respect and understanding for the client. It radiates competence and a sense of reliance, safety, hope and relief that finally your problem is duly taken care of. One can feel the big engine even at its slow and quiet cycles.’

‘Highly valuable and professional advice.’

‘We have worked mainly with Michael Kutschera and Ingeborg Edel. They have the talent of forecasting the counter moves of the opponent and taking the proper preemptive measures – like playing chess.’

‘The team at BG is at the very top of their game – particularly when it comes to any financial or banking matters. Christian Klausegger is incredibly knowledgeable; has fantastic judgment, and is a real pleasure to work with.’

‘Christian Klausegger is a pleasure to work with, has a firm handle on the most complex cross-border cases, and can distil complicated matters of law into succinct summaries that clients love.’

‘Partner provided great job (fast reaction, valuable support and very high professional advice)!!’

Key clients

Renault

Liebherr

Springer

KIA

Lenzing AG

Work highlights

  • Representing a Brazilian producer of pulp and paper in litigation and arbitration.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Konrad & Partners

Konrad & Partners has international arbitration and investment protection at its core and is well placed to handle counsel and arbitrator instructions. Founding and managing partner Christian Konrad, who regularly acts as arbitrator, represents clients in a wide range of commercial and corporate disputes, most notably those pertaining to energy, construction and infrastructure projects as well as failed investments. Philipp Peters regularly provides assistance with disputes involving international delivery and supply contracts, among other issues.

AKG ADVISORY Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Founded in summer 2020 by former Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte partner Anne-Karin Grill, dispute resolution boutique AKG ADVISORY Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH acts for clients in commercial and corporate arbitration and mediation, while another specialism lies in investor-state arbitration. Clients from various sectors, including energy, construction and manufacturing, retain Grill to act as counsel, arbitrator and mediator.

Practice head(s):

Anne-Karin Grill

Testimonials

‘This firm provides excellent service to clients, namely in terms of clarity of services, attentive approach and strategic planning for the entire case. Flexibility in reaction to new developments, thorough analysis and communication with clients are key assets of this firm.’

‘AKG’s team is enthusiastic and dynamic, attentive to detail, quick to react and very creative.’

‘AKG ADVISORY has a team led by an experienced principal who is focused on arbitration, litigation and mediation. The team is able to work in English, German and French in all aspects of international arbitration and litigation. This makes them quite unique in their market.’

‘When we select outside counsel to support us in dispute resolution processes, we look for specialist know-how, advocacy skills, and personality. Anne-Karin Grill combines all of the above.’

‘As an individual, Anne-Karin Grill has proven that she is at the very top of the dispute resolution segment in Austria. Her new venture, AKG ADVISORY, reflects her professional spirit, her international outlook, and her unrelenting spirit. When you look for excellent legal advice, both in terms of substance and procedure, this is where you will find it.’

‘Anne-Karin Grill has a serious track-record in international dispute resolution. She is a top professional. She clearly has what it takes and her energy is splendid. So far, we have only worked with her as counsel, but I am aware that she is also sitting as arbitrator and as mediator on international cases. I believe that when your lawyer knows what it feels like to be on the “other side”, that can only be an advantage. What I value about Anne-Karin Grill is that she’s completely unpretentious. She’s a pleasure to work with.’

‘Anne-Karin Grill is not only an excellent arbitration practitioner but also a leading commercial mediator with the specific skills required for successful mediations.’

‘Anne-Karin Grill’s calmness, patience, and extremely clear communication is outstanding. In addition, her encyclopaedic knowledge of case law and practical experience in mediation and arbitration are at the highest level.’

‘The team from AKG Advisory has a very structured and open approach to address all problems. With her very friendly way of discussing different issues, Anne-Karin Grill was able to solve all problems in a timely manner.’

‘Mrs. Grill has a very friendly and competent way to address different problems. She was able to capture both sides and make me feel comfortable.’

‘The ability and skill of our mediator, Anne-Karin Grill was exceptional. Her ability to conduct a bilingual (English/German) mediation was a key factor in choosing her for our mediation. However, she brought a level of experience and competence that was very useful to the process.’

‘Ms. Grill brought a degree of confidence and competence to the process that engaged the participants and made all participants feel that they were valued.’

‘I regularly work with Anne-Karin Grill who is an outstanding lawyer and a great advocate. She is my go-to contact for contentious legal matters in Austria and is always available, no matter how busy she is. She is probably one of the greatest legal minds of the country and knows both the legal and business aspects of the matters she handles very well. Her communication and organisational skills in the context of the performance of her legal work are stellar.’

‘Anne-Karin Grill is among the best arbitration practitioners in Austria. In our work with her, Anne-Karin has demonstrated perfect mastery of the Austrian arbitration law and knowledge of all ins and outs of arbitration proceedings.’

‘I recommend AKG ADVISORY as a new specialist dispute resolution boutique on the Austrian market. During the past year, we have been working with founder Anne-Karin Grill on two international cases that require legal skill and procedural tactics. She has guided us through an Arb-Med-Arb procedure under the VIAC Rules and supported us in proceedings before the Austrian Supreme Court in connection with the challenge of an arbitrator. Ms Grill is pleasant to work with and a reliable partner. The advice we receive from her and her team always keeps our company’s best interests in mind. As an individual, Anne-Karin Grill has proven to be a responsive and personally involved legal advisor.’

Baier Rechtsanwälte

Handling arbitrator and counsel mandates with a focus on the CEE/ SEE region, Baier Rechtsanwälte's team is co-led by Anton Baier and Erhard Böhm, who are both experienced in construction and corporate law and, in Böhm's case, also in telecoms and insurance law. This sector focus is reflected in the team's client base.

Practice head(s):

Anton Baier; Erhard Böhm

Work highlights

  • Represented the investors STRABAG SE, Raiffeisen Centrobank AG and Syrena Immobilien Holding AG in an investment dispute with Poland.

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH handles domestic and international arbitration across various arbitral bodies and has recently been particularly active in contractual and post-M&A disputes. Experienced arbitrator Johannes Reich-Rohrwig and dispute resolution team head Daniela Karollus-Bruner, who, among other matters, is well versed in handling insurance-related work, are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Johannes Reich-Rohrwig; Daniela Karollus-Bruner

Key clients

Strabag

Work highlights

  • 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.

Graf & Pitkowitz

Graf & Pitkowitz's team is led by Nikolaus Pitkowitz, who is praised for his arbitrator and counsel capabilities.

Hauser Partners Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Hauser Partners Rechtsanwälte GmbH's team is jointly led by managing partner Wulf Gordian Hauser, who is routinely retained to act as sole arbitrator, chairman and counsel in proceedings before various arbitral institutions, and junior partner Peter Blaschke, who predominately acts as party counsel. Much of its national and international work pertains to contractual, construction-related and post-M&A disputes.

Practice head(s):

Wulf Gordian Hauser; Peter Blaschke

Testimonials

‘We have been working with Hauser Partners on M&A transactions as well as arbitration disputes. In every aspect Wulf Gordian Hauser and his associates showed the highest level of professionalism and legal expertise. Above that, Hauser Partners has an excellent understanding of the business drivers of the dispute.’

‘Wulf Hauser is an exceptional attorney; the depth of his knowledge is unique and he brings excellent strategic approaches. Mr Hauser is also a very decent man which is paired with his exceptional professional knowledge – a very seldom combination.’

Key clients

Geoffrey Hoguet

Work highlights

  • Acting as counsel for Geoffrey Hoguet, heir of the Austrian Rothschild family, in proceedings against the City of Vienna concerning a foundation which was aryanized by the Nazis and transferred to the City of Vienna.
  • Retained by a large group of minority shareholders in proceedings pertaining to a squeeze-out; this concerned the price to be paid by the majority shareholder to the squeezed-out minority.

PLATTE disputes.solutions

Martin Platte at the eponymous firm PLATTE disputes.solutions is well equipped to guide clients through commercial arbitration proceedings, most notably those arising from post-M&A scenarios, shareholder relationships and the sale of goods. Platte acts as counsel and arbitrator.

Practice head(s):

Martin Platte

Testimonials

‘Competence, balanced judgement.’

‘This is the go-to firm for clients who cannot or do not want to opt for the big law firms in Austria. The small but powerful practice is known for its exceptional legal expertise, strong business acumen and profound experience in international arbitration. Due to its closely-knit structure it succeeds in expertly addressing the specifics of each case most accurately. Although it is a small unit, the firm can easily compete with the “big ones” in expertise but leaves them behind in dedication and service orientation.’

‘I had Martin Platte as a co-arbitrator in a ICC case and I found him excellent.’

‘Martin Platte is the leading individual in this law firm, and he is a very astute lawyer and an excellent arbitrator.’

‘It’s a pleasure to work with Martin Platte. While he can be firm in his views, he always treats the views of other colleagues with respect.’

‘In my view, Martin Platte is an excellent and dedicated lawyer. I believe that he really cares.’

‘Martin Platte is an experienced arbitrator and very apt at handling complex counsel cases.’

‘Martin Platte brings to bear years of experience in dispute resolution both in Austria and internationally, to provide a service which is focused, commercial and very effective. It goes without saying that he is an excellent lawyer in all respects and clearly very well regarded in the Austrian market.’

‘Martin has a burgeoning practice as an arbitrator and mediator which is derived from his great skill and also his demeanour: he inspires confidence in people and is well liked by all.’

‘Martin Platte is a first rate and highly experienced arbitration counsel and well-respected arbitrator. He is an extremely capable practitioner who quickly gets to the heart of a dispute and exactly knows what a case needs. As counsel he does a terrific job presenting a case with concision, gravitas and persuasion. As arbitrator he has vast authority and is known for his exceptional analytical skills, high efficiency and for effectively addressing issues. On a personal note, he is a highly valued colleague who is respectful, considered and an absolute pleasure to work with.’

‘Martin is very pragmatic and straight-to-the point as a co-arbitrator.’

Key clients

Hiscox

Moebelix GmbH

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm)

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) has a strong presence in Upper Austria, which leads to regular instructions concerning important regional sectors including engineering, automotive and construction, but the team is equally well placed to handle cross-border disputes with a focus on CEE and Asia as well as mandates from various other industries. The team, which is led by litigation and arbitration specialist Markus Fellner, has recently been particularly active handling various contractual issues.

Practice head(s):

Markus Fellner

Key clients

Steyr Motors Co., Ltd.

KSJ Pharmatech Pty Lt.

ARGE Klenk & Meder GmbH und Schmied-Fellmann Gesellschaft m.b.H.

Klenk & Meder GmbH (Renngasse)

CIETAC Arbitration Centre

Bilfinger Bohr- und Rohrtechnik GmbH and HDI Global SE

Work highlights

  • Representing Bilfinger Bohr- und Rohrtechnik GmbH and HDI Global SE in VIAC arbitration proceedings against its subsidiary TÜV Austria Services GmbH; the dispute arose from a major explosion affecting Austria’s main gas pipeline.
  • Acting for the claimant Steyr Motors Co., Ltd. in Zurich-seated ICC arbitration proceedings against a German company; the client is claiming compensation following the supply of defective generators.
  • Advising ARGE Klenk & Meder GmbH and Schmied-Fellmann Gesellschaft m.b.H. on potentially contentious elements arising from its involvement in the redevelopment of Terminal 2 Vienna International Airport.