Dispute resolution: commercial litigation in Austria

Binder Grösswang

Binder Grösswang's cooperation with other practice groups enables the team to handle large-scale litigation including private enforcement proceedings and class actions. The practice, which is led by litigation and arbitration expert Christian Klausegger, acts across various sectors including financial, real estate, construction, IT and manufacturing and has recently represented financial institutions, corporates and high-net-worth individuals in, among others, trade mark, post-M&A and Covid-19-related construction and contractor disputes as well as associated criminal proceedings. Stefan Albiez is a key contact for matters at the intersection with white-collar crime, while Ingeborg Edel is particularly active in cross-border disputes. Elisabeth Tretthahn-Wolski is another key member of the team and is well versed in warranty and liability claims and the enforcement of IP rights.

Practice head(s):

Christian Klausegger

Other key lawyers:

Stefan Albiez; Ingeborg Edel; Elisabeth Tretthahn-Wolski

Testimonials

‘Very good and sensible senior partner – looks at the case very pragmatically; good negotiator.’

‘The team is very engaging and reliable, accommodating to our needs.’

‘Highly competent, available and most importantly, they deliver.’

‘The dispute resolution team is not only very responsive but follows up the case proactively. They are very quick in understanding the problem and getting into the case and provide excellent support in dispute resolution proofing strategic thinking capabilities. They work as a team and work with the in-house counsel and thus provide an absolute efficient and goal-oriented service.’

‘We have been working with this law firm for several years. During that period, we got to know their commercial litigation and dispute resolution practice. Their practice is marked by professionalism, competence and individual approach to each problem. All the time there is a feeling that the client comes first.’

‘We appreciate that the attorneys of Binder Grösswang are personally involved in all legal matters they handle for us, they pay attention to every detail and are always very flexible in finding solutions for our legal problems.’

‘Great problem-solving skills, high availability and reliability throughout the case. Pragmatic approach and strong focus on economically reasonable solutions. A pleasure to work with.’

‘Our main point of contact is Christian Klausegger who is a proven expert in the dispute area. He has a lot of specific IT knowledge which makes it easy to connect him directly to technical people and engineers who are usually relevant for the success of litigations. He is very pragmatic, responsive and well connected in the Austrian market. Still, he has also the relevant experience to manage international disputes. He also manages to grow a team which applies the same standards of work as he does.’

‘Ingeborg Edel, the partner I worked with is an extremely competent person. The level of her professionalism is amazing. Constructive conversations were conducted on a daily basis. She is open to new ideas and vigorously advocates her arguments.’

‘Elisabeth Tretthahn-Wolski: great person, excellent in commercial litigation, preparation of litigation at its best.’

‘Stefan Albiez: great courtroom presence, wonderful briefs, a great litigator.’

‘Stefan Albiez is always available and ready to discuss matters in depth. We particularly value his commercial knowledge, hands-on approach and great problem-solving skills.’

‘Stefan Albiez is always available for discussion, very professional and goes the extra mile. We always felt to be in good hands.’

‘Ingeborg Edel: great person, excellent in commercial litigation, really fast with delivery.’

Key clients

City of Vienna

Province of Carinthia

Province of Upper Austria

Russian Federation

Unicredit Bank Austria

Erste Bank

Renault

KIA

NOKIA

Commerzbank

Lenzing

Liebherr

Work highlights

  • Representing the Province of Upper Austria, the City of Vienna as well as various other large real estate owners in major private enforcement proceedings claiming multimillion-euros in damages suffered by the claimants due to the escalator and elevator cartel.
  • Successfully represented the Russian Federation in a dispute over the rights to the trade marks Stolichnaya and Moskovskaya (Russian vodka).
  • Successfully represented ÖBB -Infrastruktur AG in disputes with contractors of multiple construction sites throughout Austria which arose due to the legislation passed in reaction to the Covid-19 pandemic.

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH is routinely called upon by banks, insurance companies and corporates to assist with banking and finance sector disputes, including misinformation and criminal matters, insurance conflicts and various commercial and contractual matters. Stephan Steinhofer is the key contact for commercial litigation, while Felix Hörlsberger heads up the insurance defence group. Dispute resolution team head Florian Kremslehner handles a wide range of civil and criminal matters.

Practice head(s):

Florian Kremslehner

Other key lawyers:

Felix Hörlsberger; Stephan Steinhofer

Testimonials

‘Experts of every field are involved at critical stages, whilst the contact person in charge takes care of the client all the way through!’

Around-the-clock commitment, especially for short notice deadlines and requests!

‘High analytical skills, delivers quality on time, exceeding expectations.’

‘Dorda are very good and they have the additional benefit of having a senior ex-judge in-house who can assess the quality and persuasiveness of pleadings, which is valuable when these are being prepared at short notice, under considerable time pressure. We worked very well together.’

Key clients

Brush Holding Ltd (formerly FKI Ltd), Melrose

BAWAG P.S.K.

Chubb

Jung, DMS & Cie.

Sequa

Swiss Re

FWU Life Insurance Austria, FWU Life Insurance Lux SA

Work highlights

  • Acting for BAWAG P.S.K. in proceedings against the City of Linz following a derivative swap in 2007, which resulted in a financial loss for the client.
  • Representing Chubb as D&O insurer of FACC AG in a D&O case following FACC suffering from a fake-president-incident. The company incurred a loss of €53m by forwarding funds based on emails allegedly sent by the company’s CEO.
  • Representing subsidiaries of Sequa Corporation – mandated also by AIG Europe Ltd as liability insurer – in a dispute arising from a major fire in Austria.

KNOETZL HAUGENEDER NETAL

Dispute resolution boutique KNOETZL HAUGENEDER NETAL has a strong profile for matters at the intersection between commercial litigation and white-collar criminal law, which also constitutes team head Bettina Knoetzl's key area of expertise, and spans various sectors such as construction, finance, energy, gaming, automotive and pharmaceutical. Valentina Spatz, who was promoted to partner in February 2020 alongside Judith Schacherreiter and Natascha Tunkel, is a key contact for construction litigation. Sacherreiter and Tunkel handle a wide range of commercial litigation including asset tracing. Katrin Hanschitz is frequently called upon to assist with disputes pertaining to M&A and finance transactions.

Practice head(s):

Bettina Knoetzl

Other key lawyers:

Katrin Hanschitz; Tim Pfister; Valentina Spatz; Judith Schacherreiter; Natascha Tunkel

Testimonials

‘Bettina Knoetzl is my first point of reference for commercial and general litigation work in Austria. She is a top-class lawyer with vast experience in complicated litigation cases. She is always prompt with time limits, always responsive and always provides detailed and accurate advice. Her skills in case management and analysis are amazing. In a recent case that we have instructed Knoetzl, Bettina was working together with her partner Katrin Hanschitz which I found to be very efficient with a very good knowledge of the law.’

‘Bettina Knoetzl: exceptional high integrity, emotional support during complex disputes.’

Key clients

Schaden

Facebook

Work highlights

  • Acted for Heinz Schaden, former mayor of Salzburg, in a number of proceedings pertaining to swap transactions.

Cerha Hempel

Cerha Hempel acts for national and international clients, including private trusts and individuals, across various industries in corporate and shareholder disputes, insolvency and restructuring-related proceedings, banking and trust disputes, and contentious insurance and liability matters. Litigator and arbitrator Irene Welser heads the firm's contentious business department, which increased its bench strength in January 2020 with the arrival of Holger Bielesz from Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG. He is well versed in litigation and arbitration as well as matters at the intersection with white-collar criminal law, including compliance and investigations.

Practice head(s):

Irene Welser

Other key lawyers:

Holger Bielesz; Michaela Siegwart

Testimonials

‘Top professionals with valuable expertise in their field and at the same time very thoughtful towards their clients.’

‘I am very pleased with the services of Cerha Hempel especially their commercial litigation team around Irene Welser and Holger Bielesz. They proved to be “die hard” litigation lawyers, with special emphasis on complicated cases around software, intellectual property and shareholder disputes.’

‘High(est) quality service in all litigation-fields. High practical relevance. Excellent communication.’

The team is highly motivated and reliable. The litigation team provides its clients with high-quality output, hands-on mentality and is very experienced in handling difficult matters.

‘Irene Welser: top-notch expertise and super fast response times, always exceptionally friendly and helpful.’

‘I’ve had the pleasure to work with Irene Welser. She is a very straightforward person, holding a clear value for reliability and responsibility. This results in a very efficient use of time as well as the fact that she knows exactly who she is working with and therefore is able to choose the right partner for the legal case at hand.’

‘I appreciate the cooperation with Irene Welser and her team. Irene Welser is a specialist in her field. She has incredible knowledge. Her advice is pragmatic and practice-oriented.’

I am very fond of Holger Bielesz, who time and time again proved, that going the extra mile as a lawyer means putting in the night oil, understanding matters on a deeper level and fighting tooth and nail over any opponents advance. I believe, a team’s overall strength is defined by the way its people’s strengths tie together, so the work of Holger Bielesz forms the basis for Irene Welser’s strategies hitting their targets nearly every time and with calculated risk.’

‘Holger Bielesz: high practical understanding, excellent focused approach.’

‘Michaela Siegwart: outstanding performance, excellent focused approach.’

‘All members involved are always up to date regarding each and everyone’s area of expertise. Outstanding and rarely witnessed is the fact that opposite opinions are not only tolerated but also desired, which ensures to view a problem from many different angles – the foundation for growth and innovation.’

‘First and foremost I have to point out the wittingly sharp and decisive head of the litigation team, Irene Welser, her ability to distil complicated matters down to the core and plan a compelling litigation strategy on top of her understanding finds no equal on the Viennese lawyer scene. This is only topped by her sensitivity for the soft side of the opponents, her sharp written pleadings and her longstanding excellent network of judges which overall translates into a real edge over any other law firm I have ever worked with.’

Key clients

SPAR AG/ASPIAG Management AG

Tilmar Hansen (founder of New Yorker)

Immovate Management GmbH

Οlympic Holidays SA-NEPTUNE HOTELS; MEDITOURS SA-Hotel Caravia Beach; AKTI KRITIS-CRETA BEACH

HERVIS Sport- und Modegesellschaft m.b.H.

Wiener Linien GmbH & Co KG

SmartStream Technologies Limited

UNIQA Versicherungen

ASFINAG

PORR Group

ÖBB –Infrastruktur AG

McDonald’s GmbH

DIE ERSTE Leasing Immobilienverwaltungs- und vermietungsgesellschaft m.b.H.

Apleona HSG GmbH

SES Spar European Shopping Centers GmbH

Hey Communications & Production GmbH

INTERSPAR Gesellschaft m.b.H.

Mona Naturprodukte GmbH

Work highlights

  • Acted for SPAR in a shareholder dispute concerning SPAR’s 32% share in dm drogerie markt GmbH.
  • Representing Tilmar Hansen, founder of the NEW YORKER Group, in a landlord and tenant dispute.
  • Representing long-term client UNIQA in various contentious proceedings.

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH's contentious work spans various sectors including transport, financial services, manufacturing, construction and retail and an equally broad array of contentious matters. Typically, these include contractual disputes, claims for warranties and damages as well as corporate and post-M&A disputes. This offering also reflects Daniela Karollus-Bruner's expertise; she heads the practice and handles both litigation and arbitration. Johannes Reich-Rohrwig, who is another key individual in the team, is recognised for his commercial and corporate law expertise and routinely handles associated disputes. He frequently acts for private clients.

Practice head(s):

Daniela Karollus-Bruner

Other key lawyers:

Johannes Reich-Rohrwig

Key clients

Austrian Airlines

Work highlights

  • Representing Austrian Airlines in several litigation cases including a lawsuit regarding the payment of capital increase.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)

Benefiting from its extensive network of offices in the CEE and SEE region, Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) receives regular instructions with cross-border elements from national and international clients. Its recent work includes financial investment and mass consumer litigation, post-M&A and contractual disputes alongside claims for damages, among other matters. The team is also experienced in handling class actions in the insurance and energy sectors. Arbitrator and litigator Christoph Lindinger jointly heads the practice with Andreas Natterer, who has particular expertise in the healthcare and life sciences sector, most notably in associated product liability and unfair competition claims.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Lindinger; Andreas Natterer

Other key lawyers:

Wolfgang Höller

Testimonials

‘The team is flexible and accessible; offers a great level of service. It works hard, efficient and is well organised.

‘The Schoenherr Austria litigation team is a close knit team which balances strong legal technical expertise with commercial sensibility. Great team to work with: good strategic thinkers, good attention to detail as well as client interests, and great communication.’

‘The team works very professionally, always brings out the best for the client – with an innovative approach. Compared to other law firms, the team is solution-oriented and business-friendly.’

‘The litigation team has great legal knowledge and stands out with its track record. They get their job done successfully. Their overall level of service is excellent.’

‘Good cooperation within the team.’

‘Andreas Natterer – qualified and experienced. Gets to the crux of the matter quickly.’

Key clients

Raiffeisen Bank International

Funke Medien Group

UBER BV

Facebook Ireland Ltd

KONE

Mondelez

Danone

Verband der Versicherungsunternehmen Österreichs – VVO

Work highlights

  • Representing Facebook Ireland Ltd in proceedings pertaining to allegations of unlawful data processing brought by data protection activist Maximilian Schrems.
  • Representing UBER in unfair commercial practice proceedings brought by the Viennese taxi operator Taxi 40100.
  • Representing various Austrian insurance providers in mass claims against consumers requesting payment after cancellation of their life insurance policies.

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

Working in close junction with various other practice areas and offices across its network enables Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG to handle a wide range of disputes, most notably financial services and banking litigation, insolvency-related disputes, corporate and shareholder disputes alongside contentious product liability and competition law matters. Stefan Riegler heads the dispute resolution practice and is experienced in litigation and arbitration with a focus on energy, construction and infrastructure sector work. In December 2019, litigation and white-collar criminal law expert Holger Bielesz joined Cerha Hempel.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Riegler

Other key lawyers:

Valerie Hohenberg; Eva Spiegel; Clemens Trauttenberg

Testimonials

‘It is a top-quality team, from partners down, that is knowledgeable, pragmatic and very approachable. Its advice is fast, sharp and to the point, and 24/7 availability is the norm to expect from Wolf Theiss.’

‘Eva Spiegel goes the extra mile to ensure the client is always aware what is going on before it happens.’

‘Eva Spiegel is the ideal partner to have as a client.’

Key clients

National Bank Trust

KA Finanz

Cevdet Caner

T-Mobile

Erste Bank

Work highlights

  • Acting for an international consulting company in proceedings pertaining to the insolvency of one of its clients, who alleged that the client provided incorrect advice.
  • Advising the Austrian bank KA Finanz on pursuing claims that arose from unlawful deals with structured credit products and credit default swaps which contributed to the financial collapse and the nationalisation of the bank.
  • Advising a Russian retail bank in a civil claim for compensation of damages against an Austrian financial institution.

Baker McKenzie Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG

Baker McKenzie Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG's dispute resolution team is typically retained by clients in financial distress or other business-critical scenarios such as restructuring and insolvency but it also provides regular assistance with private enforcement, post-M&A and compliance-related disputes, including those with white-collar criminal law aspects. Team head Alexander Petsche is experienced in handling disputes arising from construction and infrastructure projects. Arbitrator Filip Boras is another key member of the team and also represents clients in litigation.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Petsche

Other key lawyers:

Filip Boras

Key clients

FCC Construcción S.A.

Schindler Elevator and Escalator Group

MBI & Partners U.K. Ltd. and affiliated JJW hotel companies

Work highlights

  • Representing FCC Construcción S.A. in various court proceedings, such as in a dispute pertaining to the insolvency of the Alpine Group; a civil proceeding pertaining to alleged claims against the insolvency administrator of Alpine Bau; as well as in in three bondholder claims.
  • Defending Schindler Elevator and Escalator Group against private enforcement claims in Austrian and European courts.
  • Representing MBI & Partners U.K. Ltd. and affiliated JJW hotel companies in 13 proceedings before Austrian courts pertaining to a failed luxury hotel project in Vienna and the sale of a premium shopping centre in Vienna.

bpv Hügel

bpv Hügel regularly acts for clients from the construction and industrial and sectors in national and cross-border disputes, most notably pertaining to contractual and shareholder issues and competition law. Florian Neumayr is particularly experienced in private enforcement and represents clients before state courts and arbitration tribunals. Markus Schifferl was a new arrival in March 2021; he jointly heads the team with Neumayr.

Practice head(s):

Florian Neumayr; Markus Schifferl

Other key lawyers:

Florian Plattner

Testimonials

‘bpv Hügel’s advice is always straight to the point; the partners and associates are highly experienced in their respective fields which makes the collaborations very easy and pleasant.’

‘Highly motivated team, very responsive, has interest and understanding of our business.’

‘Florian Neumayr is a key figure in Austrian and EU competition law; his advice is highly valued and his litigation experience is outstanding.’

‘Florian Neumayr has excellent knowledge, thinks in broader ways and comes up with creative and new ideas; highly motivated.’

Key clients

Arthrex

Immofinanz

BP Europe SE

Valneva SE

WKBG

Pulmetall

Work highlights

  • Defending pulmetall in a commercial dispute pertaining to a consortium the client led and entered into to obtain a large public works contract.
  • Regular defence of BP Europe SE against claims brought by former petrol station operators.

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach is best known for handling national and multi-jurisdictional proceedings in the financial services sector, where the team typically acts for banks, while its client portfolio also includes companies from various other sectors including insurance, manufacturing and construction. Claudine Vartian heads the practice and is experienced in handling mass-litigation, antitrust law litigation and white-collar criminal law matters.

Practice head(s):

Claudine Vartian

Other key lawyers:

David Christian Bauer; Andreas Daxberger

Testimonials

‘Highly professional and competent, very trustworthy.’

Key clients

UniCredit Bank Austria AG

Mondelez

Work highlights

  • Representing Mondelez in ongoing litigation before the Cartel Court regarding the alleged abuse of market dominant position as well as forbidden price agreements.
  • Acting for UniCredit Bank Austria in a multimillion-euro litigation pertaining to the Madoff investment scandal; the team currently advises on over 20 proceedings, including five mass-claims.

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners has an interdisciplinary approach, enabling the team to handle a wide range of contentious matters with a specialism in corporate and financial disputes, including those involving investments as well as regulatory and criminal elements. This set of expertise is particularly attractive for banks, which make up a large portion of the team's client portfolio, but the group also receives regular instructions from corporates from a number of industries, most notably retail, manufacturing and real estate. Gregor Schett and Markus Fellner jointly head the practice and are both known for their banking sector expertise.

Practice head(s):

Gregor Schett; Markus Fellner

Testimonials

‘I work with Gregor Schett and his team on a regular basis with regard to complaints brought by authorities and legal disputes arising out of business relationships with suppliers, clients and service providers. I always find the proposals of a very high quality, thought through – not only legally but also strategically and economically. Usually we do what has been proposed as this is usually the best solution. If not, we might have forgotten to add some decisive facts.’

‘I can recommend the work of Gregor Schett very much.’

Key clients

Steinhoff Group

Steinhoff Europe AG

UniCredit Bank Austria AG

Raiffeisenlandesbank Niederösterreich-Wien

BAWAG P.S.K.

Work highlights

  • Representing Steinhoff Group against companies of Dr. Andreas Seifert in two separate loan and conversion proceedings before the Commercial Court of Vienna arising from a terminated joint venture.
  • Acting for Steinhoff Europe AG in Commercial Court proceedings with Lifestyle Brands Investment Holding GmbH following the client’s request for the repayment of a loan granted by Steinhoff Europe AG to Lifestyle.
  • Advising UniCredit Bank Austria on the enforcement of its minority rights resulting from its position as shareholder of the institutions forming the 3Banken Gruppe.

Pitkowitz & Partners

Founding partner Nikolaus Pitkowitz heads up the dispute resolution practice at Pitkowitz & Partners and is well versed handling national and cross-border litigation and arbitration.

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm)

With a strong presence in Upper Austria, Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) is routinely retained to assist with disputes in sectors with particular regional significance such as construction, engineering and manufacturing but the team has recently also handled mandates from the retail and automotive sectors, among others. Litigation and arbitration expert Markus Fellner heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Markus Fellner

Testimonials

‘In my opinion, the excellent competence lies in the rapid processing and the well-founded, precise legal processing for the client. You always feel understood with regard to the problem. The focus is on the client and their problem.’

‘Very well organised firm.’

‘The team represented by Markus Fellner is characterised by competent, fact-based, quick processing and appropriate legal interpretation as well as precise assessment of success. Especially the technical terms and problems are not a problem and are very well taken into account and included in the evaluation.’

‘They are friendly and co-operative.’

‘The team I’ve worked with is immensely hardworking and dedicated to advancing their client’s case. They’re great to collaborate with on cross-border matters, as they seek to use their own domestic legislation and court rules imaginatively and creatively, but at the same time they anticipate the impact which that can have on us. Bright, sparky individuals with lots of ideas.’

‘I appreciate the expertise, operational readiness, ambition and solution orientation of Markus Fellner.’

‘We have worked with Markus Fellner and he is good at understanding the needs and he is flexible with the timings which is good for us.’

Markus Fellner is knowledgeable and has informed us upfront, which has allowed us to weigh our options. I would definitely recommend him to others.

‘Markus Fellner is an excellent lawyer, very diligent, reasonable and effective. I have worked with him on a number of occasions in differing settings.’

‘Markus Fellner is intellectually rigorous but with great agility and creativity in formulating and implementing litigation strategies. Always looks for different angles and how best to exploit the opponent’s weaknesses.’

‘I wish to mention Markus Fellner – a very bright lawyer, experienced in arbitration. Focused and dedicated to the tasks given. A man of great integrity.’

Key clients

HDI Global SE (former HDI-Gerling Industrie Versicherung AG), HDI Versicherung AG (Prague) and Siemens s.r.o.

KTM AG / Pierer Mobility AG (formerly KTM Industries AG)

Dm drogeriemarkt

LSW GmbH and HLSW GmbH

Universitätszahnklinik GmbH

Bilfinger Bohr- und Rohrtechnik GmbH and HDI Global SE

Klenk & Meder GmbH

Implenia Bau GmbH

Work highlights

  • Representing LSW GmbH and HLSW GmbH in two litigation proceedings against entities of the Steinhoff Group over the transfer of shares and credit liability against an Austrian holiday company and its direct shareholder.
  • Representing KTM AG in three competition proceedings which progressed all the way to the Austrian Supreme Court.
  • Acting for dm drogerie markt Verwaltungsgesellschaft m.b.H. in multiple proceedings over a dispute with another shareholder.

Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte

Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte's broad dispute resolution practice is particularly rated for its strength in unfair competition law, IP, media law and real estate disputes as well as insurance litigation where Philipp Strasser is the key contact. He jointly heads the practice with litigator and arbitrator Nikolaus Vavrovsky and Dieter Heine, whose personal focus reflects the team's key areas of expertise and is shared by associate Nina Sterzl, who provides regular assistance with unfair competition, trade mark, IP, IT and media law matters.

Practice head(s):

Nikolaus Vavrovsky; Dieter Heine; Philipp Strasser

Other key lawyers:

Nina Sterzl

Testimonials

‘The team is enormously competent, always comes prepared, and is constantly thinking ahead. Following a multi-dimensional approach, they draw from all available methods of conflict prevention and solution. This is how they always come up with tailor-made proposals that are thought through and fit the clients.’

‘The firm does undoubtedly live up to its stellar reputation in competition law and competition litigation. The team consists of extremely bright professionals led by highly knowledgeable partners. They combine unique expertise and unrivaled breadth of experience. What sets them apart is their determination for their clients. Their suggestions are always on point and show immense foresight, solutions are found in co-operation with the client to best fit the overall legal and economic situation. They also display incredible finesse in cross-border matters.’

‘The team is experienced in handling any dispute no matter how large or complex. They unite unrivalled depth of legal expertise with utmost commercial understanding. Their work is immaculate, they are absolutely knowledgeable, efficient and dedicated to their clients.’

‘In dispute resolution, Vavrovsky Heine Marth master all conventional and alternative methods. They are extremely strong in high-stakes commercial disputes where they have proven to be a reliable counsel, quick on their feet, following a holistic approach when targeting issues. The team is extremely knowledgeable, responsive, business-savvy, and unites impressive strength in depth. Great emphasis is put on service orientation, they always have their clients’ back.’

‘VHM, for us represented by Philipp Strasser and his team, offers outstanding insurance law and insurance as well as corporate litigation expertise. Philipp Strasser has built an absolutely professional and sharp-minded team with exceptional talents. Their legal expertise is extraordinary, their understanding of the insurance industry and, consequently, their clients.’

‘Philipp Strasser is a formidable advisor, refined strategist and profound litigator, tirelessly advocating on behalf of his clients. His vast expertise in insurance and corporate law, especially in financial and specialty lines (D&O, E&O), makes him our first choice on the market. Philipp Strasser has a powerful presence in and out of court, is determined and proactive. Always meticulously prepared and preparing us, he holds the reins firmly in his hands at all times while supporting us to keep the big picture in sight including not only the legal but also the potential economic and business political consequences . His assessments are analytical and realistic, his recommendations to the point. I trust his legal and strategic advice.’

‘Dieter Heine and Philip Strasser are very good litigation lawyers. Philipp specialises in insurance litigation and is one of the best lawyers on the market in this regard; he has also a very good team working on his side.’

‘I have worked with Dieter Heine for years. His legal know-how and business acumen, his understanding of the market as well as his great personal dedication make him an absolutely spectacular practitioner. He is a master strategist and tactician, a preeminent counsel with a formidable presence in and out of court. No matter how complex the technical, legal or economic issues, he approaches matters with utmost detail orientation and his advice is always on target.’

‘Nikolaus Vavrovsky has been our main contact for years. He is a capable attorney, a refined strategist and strong litigator with impressive communications skills. He has the experience and expertise to deal with the most complex matters, especially because of his outstanding knowledge of our business environment. Understanding the court process very well and having an eye for details, he is strong in litigation and has an assertive presence in negotiations, setting a reliable framework for consensual solutions, where possible. He puts his client at ease.’

‘Nikolaus Vavrovsky is particularly strong in real estate and construction-related disputes. I especially appreciate his ability to integrate the various dispute resolution disciplines.’

Key clients

Angst + Pfister AG

Arno Hirschvogl Steuerberatungs GmbH

Bank Austria Real Invest Immobilien Kapitalanlage GmbH

echo medienhaus ges.m.b.h.

KSG Austria GmbH

HBI-Bundesholding AG (HBI-BH) and its subsidiaries

HOGAST Einkaufsgenossenschaft f.d. Hotel- und Gastgewerbe reg.Gen.m.b.H.

immigon portfolioabbau ag

LVMH Group (LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton)

Manfred Raab and Raab&Raab Group

medlog Medizinische Logistik und Service GmbH

Moser Holding AG

ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG

Regin Pekuysal

Salzburger Festspiele

Siemens AG Österreich

Sonepar Österreich GmbH

Strauss Immobilien Treuhand GmbH

Strong Ges.m.b.H. and subsidiaries

Superfly Radio GmbH

Taxi 40100 Taxifunkzentrale GmbH

VB Real Estate Eins GmbH

Wiener Sportstätten Betriebsgesellschaft m.b.H

Work highlights

  • Acting for Salzburger Festspiele in a dispute with the international ticket sale platform viagogo over fraudulent ticket sales.
  • Acting for an international blue-chip insurer in a wide range of matters, including D&O insurance litigation matters.
  • Counsel to an investment holding of a major international retailer group in an international dispute over the premature cancellation of an intra-group loan.

Aigner Lehner Zuschin Rechtsanwälte

Aigner Lehner Zuschin Rechtsanwälte has a fine reputation for investor protection law and associated disputes, acting for institutional and private investors in disputes over failed investments. Founding partner Lukas Aigner is a key contact in this space and is well versed in handling disputes pertaining to financial derivatives and hedge fund structures. He jointly heads the practice with real estate and construction sector expert Johannes Lehner.

Practice head(s):

Lukas Aigner; Johannes Lehner

Other key lawyers:

Georg Zuschin

Testimonials

‘I always appreciate the friendly and efficient responsiveness of the Aigner team to my requests. Over the last twelve years I had in several cases – some of them in court – the opportunity to evaluate and assess their strengths in supporting me.’

‘Very focused on each client, always looking for special solutions, perseverance in each case, short answer time.’

‘Very reliable.’

‘I highly appreciate Aigner Lehner Zuschin + Partner for its great professional competence, goal-oriented approach and many years of experience in the field of commercial litigation. The latest developments in case law and the status of other pending proceedings are presented comprehensively but understandably, strengths and weaknesses of the legal position are shown in a very clear manner. Prudent legal caution is applied, also with regard to the client’s litigation risk. I also liked the initiative in processing and reviewing the facts of the case. As a result of this not only the legal thinking but also the professional understanding of the subject matter of the case is excellent.’

‘All team members I worked with are very dedicated to their clients. Johannes Lehner combines his outstanding litigation expertise with strong knowledge in real estate law and strong government know-how. He takes personal care of the cases in all aspects. Lukas Aigner is well known in Austria.’

‘Johannes Lehner is very competent and helpful.’

‘Johannes Lehner: digs deep when handling cases, innovative approaches for litigation.’

‘Lukas Aigner: founder of the chambers, but still accessible for every customer and very well informed about the cases.’

Key clients

CA Immobilien Anlagen AG

Magistrat der Landeshauptstadt Linz

LASK GmbH

Metahof Errichtungsgesellschaft mbH & Nikolaiplatz 5 Verwaltung GmbH

Magistrat der Landeshauptstadt St. Pölten

Stadt Wiener Neustadt

Work highlights

  • Acted for CA Immobilien Anlagen AG in civil law claims pertaining to the best bidder process concerning the privatisation of the federal cooperative property companies (BUWOG) in 2004.
  • Representing the City of Linz in litigation against Austrian Bank BAWAG P.S.K; the dispute pertains to a failed OTC swap-transaction linked to foreign currency, which resulted in a €640m loss for the City of Linz.
  • Acted for a group of Wienwert investors in several disputes with former trustees following Wienwert’s bankruptcy in 2018.

BRANDL TALOS Attorneys at law

BRANDL TALOS Attorneys at law is best known for its work representing banks and other financial services providers in financial and regulatory disputes, including proceedings against consumer protection associations, while representing international gaming and betting operators constitutes another key area of expertise. Ernst Brandl, who left the partnership at the end of 2020 and now acts as of counsel, jointly heads the practice with Christian Lenz, who specialises in capital markets, banking and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Christian Lenz; Ernst Brandl

Brauneis Klauser Prändl Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Brauneis Klauser Prändl Rechtsanwälte GmbH has a strong profile for consumer protection work while also handling IP, insolvency-related, contractual and shareholder disputes, among others. Key contacts include Alexander Klauser, who is well versed in insolvency-related matters and consumer litigation, Bernhard Girsch, who is experienced in distribution contracts and associated disputes, and real estate sector expert Gerald Otto.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Klauser; Bernhard Girsch; Gerald Otto

Testimonials

‘Alexander Klauser is the senior and founding partner of bkp. We have been working with him for over twenty years. He is an excellent litigator and a creative mind. He is very dedicated to consumer protection, which is rare among commercial lawyers.’

‘Bkp has dedicated a large and great team to defend their clients.’

‘Gerald Otto: the up-and-coming, young litigator easily outperforms many of his peers.’

DSC Doralt Seist Csoklich Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Most of DSC Doralt Seist Csoklich Rechtsanwälte GmbH's clients stem from the banking and finance sector, which is not least due to Markus Kellner's expertise in this area. Banks typically retain the team to assist with investor claims alongside disputes over loan agreements and financial products, while construction and manufacturing companies, among others, also instruct the practice in disputes over supply chain and contractor issues and payment-related matters. Peter Csoklich is another key contact and is experienced in both litigation and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Peter Csoklich; Markus Kellner

Testimonials

‘DSC has a broad academic team, which is very active in publishing in legal magazines. They are traditionally strong in banking litigation.’

‘This law firm specialises in banking law and continuously comments on OGH decisions in legal journals. For this reason, the law firm is always up-to-date with the latest case law. Changes to the law and case law are explained in detail at free events.’

‘All briefs are structured in an exemplary manner and include current quotations from judicature and teaching. An intensive exchange of information takes place prior to court hearings. Witnesses are very well prepared for the negotiation situation. The law firm has an excellent technical infrastructure for participating in court hearings via Zoom.’

‘Flexible, knowledgeable, good mix between academic background and practice/ industry knowledge.’

‘Markus Kellner stands out for his in-depth-knowledge.’

‘Markus Kellner: “despite” academic backgrounds very hands-on and solution-driven; outstanding expertise in civil law and banking-related matters; extremely responsive and proactive.’

Key clients

DB Schenker, DHL and other leading international logistics companies, such as Grass GmbH (member of Würth-Group)

Raiffeisen Bank International AG, Vienna

UniCredit Bank Austria AG, Vienna

Vienna Insurance Group

Work highlights

  • Defending UniCredit Bank Austria AG in several lawsuits filed by a large number of investors claiming for damages; the claims pertain to two bonds issued by an Austrian construction company.

E+H Eisenberger + Herzog

E+H Eisenberger + Herzog's litigation work includes infrastructure and construction project-related disputes, real estate disputes and contentious financial and contractual matters. Jana Eichmeyer heads the dispute resolution and employment practices and frequently handles contentious matters at this intersection.

Practice head(s):

Jana Eichmeyer

Other key lawyers:

Mario Spanyi

Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH

Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH is adept at handling public and banking sector-related work as well as representing individuals in manager liability proceedings. This offering reflects team head Stephan Lenzhofer's key areas of expertise. Other recent work stems from the construction, manufacturing and pharmaceutical sectors.

Practice head(s):

Stephan Lenzhofer

Other key lawyers:

Christoph Herbst

Key clients

MEIKO Austria GmbH

GIS – Gebühren Info Service GmbH

Land Niederösterreich (Province of Lower Austria)

Deloitte Tax Wirtschaftsprüfungs GmbH

Dubai Aerospace

ASV Siegendorf

Work highlights

  • Acting for GIS – Gebühren Info Service GmbH in a class action pertaining to allegations of unauthorised VAT collection.
  • Represented ASV Siegendorf in proceedings against ÖFB (Austrian Football Association) pertaining to ÖFB’s decision to cancel the Austrian Football Championships 2019/20 without any scoring due to Covid-19.
  • Representing three former supervisory board members of the nationalised bank Kommunalkredit Austria AG in proceedings following allegations of breach of duty of care before and during the financial crisis.

KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH

KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH utilises its strong construction law expertise to specialise in sector-specific litigation, including compensation and warranty claims. Practice head Thomas Frad is also routinely called upon to handle aviation sector work.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Frad

Key clients

Laudamotion GmbH

Ryanair

SFL-Group

Implenia Group

AY-KA Bau

Work highlights

  • Acting for Laudamotion GmbH in a works council election challenge as well as in associated lawsuits concerning the council’s operational resources, works council member dismissals and other issues.
  • Representing Ryanair in six disputes over general terms and conditions clauses.
  • Representing a major leasing company in a dispute concerning the sale of a leased Boeing 737 by the lessor.

Lansky, Ganzger + Partner (LGP)

Lansky, Ganzger + Partner (LGP)'s clients include companies from various industries such as media, telecoms, construction, infrastructure and gambling as well as state institutions, banks and private clients. Recent instructions include shareholder disputes, contentious matters arising from construction projects and investor claims. Julia Andras heads the practice and is well versed in litigation and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Julia Andras

Other key lawyers:

Gerald Ganzger; Gabriel Lansky; Valentin Neuser

Key clients

VGN Medien Holding GmbH

ÖBB Group

Casinos Austria AG

AUSTRO CONTROL Österreichische Gesellschaft für Zivilluftfahrt mbH

SPLASHLINE Travel und Event GmbH

T-Mobile Austria

Russian Federation

BAWAG P.S.K.

Hollitzer Baustoffwerke GesmbH

UniCredit Bank Austria AG

Work highlights

  • Acting for ÖBB Group in various contentious proceedings arising from construction projects, including the renovation and reopening of the Vienna Central Rail Station and other rail stations in Vienna and across Austria.
  • Regularly representing VGN Medien Holding GmbH in correction and clarification proceedings (claimant and defendant); in media law proceedings; in civil law defamation of character and defamation of business reputation proceedings; and in claimant-side unfair competition law proceedings.
  • Assisting SPLASHLINE Travel und Event GmbH with all unfair competition law matters including a number of court proceedings.

petsche pollak attorneys at law

Dispute resolution boutique petsche pollak attorneys at law acts for individuals and companies in engineering and construction disputes and product liability claims alongside contentious distribution and competition law matters, among other issues. Simone Petsche-Demmel and Andreas Pollak jointly head the team and are particularly experienced handling matters at the intersection with white-collar criminal law.

Practice head(s):

Simone Petsche-Demmel; Andreas Pollak

Key clients

STRABAG Sheikh Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber

KAEFER S.A.

JJW Hotels & Resorts and Sheikh Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber

proPellets Austria

Octapharma group

Labau Garten- & Grünflächengestaltungs GesmbH

Work highlights

  • Represented the claimant KAEFER S.A. in a cross-border construction dispute with ENGIE Gebäudetechnik GmbH pertaining to a shopping centre in Poland.
  • Represented the Austrian subsidiary of a major hotel and tourism sector corporate group in a dispute with Austrian Airlines over a subscription agreement the airline entered into with the client and associated damage claims.
  • Represented an international manufacturer of medical devices in a cross-border product liability case.

PHH Rechtsanwälte

PHH Rechtsanwälte is experienced in handling restructuring and insolvency-related disputes alongside disputes over payments, investments, loans and company shares but the team has also been increasingly active in the insurance sector. Sebastian Mahr heads the practice and deals with disputes across various sectors, most notably banking, insurance, construction and pharmaceutical.

Practice head(s):

Sebastian Mahr

Other key lawyers:

Stefan Prochaska

Testimonials

‘Young but experienced. Very responsive and positive in communication. Great attention to detail.’

‘Specialised experts who work together towards a defined goal.’

‘The core value of PHH is that they solve cases through innovative approaches and with industry knowledge. They work really fast and provided us with an outstanding analysis of the factual and legal situation.’

‘Very professional and responsive, able to coordinate litigation as a project and not just as a legal problem (go to court/ draft documents). Great in managing costs and making litigation an efficient exercise all-over.’

‘PHH is a law firm that immediately stands out from the crowd: with its enormously committed team members, fast working methods, perfect technical equipment and its various specialisations. Together, the PHH employees form a strong team. The professional nature of PHH and its many years of experience in this field make every problem a piece of cake.’

‘I know Sebastian Mahr for quite a while and I think he is a remarkable DR lawyer. Very sharp and attentive, doesn’t leave a stone unturned.’

‘Sebastian Mahr has already proven himself several times in his field. His way of settling commercial disputes in connection with his professional know-how always leads him to success in his agendas.’

‘The main contact was Sebastian Mahr, who produces top-quality work and stands out from other lawyers due to his sense for strategic advice and the ability to understand the client’s needs. We greatly appreciated his personal commitment and 24/7 availability.’

‘Sebastian Mahr is very responsive, comes with solutions and not with problems.’

Key clients

Sberbank Europe AG

Uniqa Group

Gedeon Richter Plc

Raiffeisen Versicherung AG

Iveco Austria Gesellschaft m.b.H.

Constantia Flexibles Group GmbH

R+V Versicherung AG

UniCredit Global Leasing Export GmbH

EUROHERC Versicherung AG Zweigniederlassung Österreich

HYPO NOE Gruppe Bank AG

Work highlights

  • Represented Sberbank Europe AG in a €15.5m dispute with the insolvency estate of Waagner-Biro AG arising from a guarantee frame agreement with Waagner-Biro Stahlbau AG, a subsidiary of Waagner-Biro AG, the client had entered into.
  • Defending Wolfgang Sedelmayer and Nikos Bakirzoglu in a lawsuit brought by the administrator of the insolvent company group holding Wienwert; the administrator seeks compensation from the client following accusations of breach of fiduciary duties.
  • Acting for EUROHERC Versicherung AG Zweigniederlassung Österreich in a €16m dispute over a compensation claim under an insurance contract following the partial collapse of a factory.

Taylor Wessing enwc Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Taylor Wessing enwc Rechtsanwälte GmbH specialises in cross-border litigation - with a focus on the CEE and SEE region - and follows an interdisciplinary approach. Practice head Wolfgang Kapek has a focus on employment-related disputes. With the arrival of Ivo Deskovic, who joined the firm in February 2020 from Benn-Ibler Rechtsanwälte GmbH, the team increased its strength in representing financial sector clients in various proceedings including mass litigation. Other sectors include construction, engineering and retail.

Practice head(s):

Wolfgang Kapek

Other key lawyers:

Dieter Natlacen; Ivo Deskovic; Stefan Turic

Testimonials

The team handles complex and demanding cases, often involving multiple parties and jurisdictions. We are satisfied and impressed with their competences.

Concise, uncomplicated, high-professional competence, very structured approach, clear language – written and spoken.

Limited to the essential, no digressions.

Great responsiveness, excellent partner availability and impressive strategic thinking combined with attention to tactics.

They are very well prepared to provide legal assistance remotely.

All their lawyers are great to work with. On the financial side, we should emphasise their transparent billing and great value for money.’

Ivo Deskovic is a great strategist who combines excellent legal skills with a pragmatic approach and the ability to find the best solutions for clients.

Stefan Turic impresses with his vast experience, no-nonsense approach and responsiveness.

Key clients

Debitos GmbH

AAB Bank (former Meinl Bank)

LimeBike Germany GmbH

NADA Nationa l A nti Dopin g Agency

Pirelli Tyre S.p.a

Bitpanda GmbH

A1 Telekom Austria Aktiengesellschaft

Nestlé/Nespresso

NORSKE SKOGINDUSTRIER ASA, Norway

Lafarge Perlmooser GmbH (part of LafargeHolcim)

Lernquadrat

Erste Bank der österreichischen Sparkassen AG

Infront Sports & Media

Ceskoslovenska obchodná banka, a.s

City of Banská Bystrica

EISMANN

Derag Livinghotels AG + Co. KG

ANEXIA (part of ANX Holding)

ACE European Group Limited

Vorwerk

Pisek Vitli Krpan d.o.o.

AP&P Export & Consulting GmbH

Eternit Werke Ludwig Hatschek GmbH