Dispute resolution: white-collar crime (including fraud) in Austria

Cerha Hempel

With superb reputation in the space, Cerha Hempel acts for companies and individuals in criminal proceedings and internal investigations, while also providing assistance with compliance matters. Team co-heads Hans Kristoferitsch and Stefan Huber represented a construction company in criminal investigations against circa 50 companies and over 150 individuals for alleged bid-rigging, fraud and corruption, and, together with highly regarded co-head Peter Lewisch, Kristoferitsch is acting for Wiener Stadtwerke and its subsidiary Wien Energie in various criminal proceedings pertaining to allegations of fraud, corruption and the manipulation of several tender proceedings.

Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH

As part of the firm's wider dispute resolution practice, Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH's white-collar crime team represents individuals in parallel civil and criminal defence proceedings, which frequently pertain to accusations of fraud, embezzlement, bribery, corruption and tax evasion while also handling compliance matters and criminal investigations. Practice head Florian Kremslehner and Daniela Firulovic are the main contacts.


With particular strength at the intersection between civil litigation and criminal law, KNOETZL HAUGENEDER NETAL's 'very experienced and reliable' team represents companies and individuals in criminal and international investigations, defending them against various business crime allegations; it also handles asset tracing and recovery work, where counsels Judith Schacherreiter and Natascha Tunkel are the main contacts. The team is led by the highly regarded Bettina Knoetzl. The group increased its bench strength by adding counsel Thomas Voppichler, who focuses on business crime and asset recovery matters, from Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH in 2018 and counsel and fraud litigation specialist Oliver Loksa from Binder Grösswang September 2017.

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG's white-collar crime team is integrated in the firm's dispute resolution practice, which makes it well equipped to guide companies and private clients through criminal defence proceedings, asset tracing and asset recovery matters as well as compliance issues and internal forensic investigations. Clemens Trauttenberg and Holger Bielesz are the main contacts.

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG

'Utilising its profound knowledge to provide creative solutions', the 'focused and determined' team at Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG assists companies and individuals with the implementation of compliance systems, internal investigations and criminal defence proceedings. Co-head Georg Diwok represented the infrastructure division of FCC Group, FCC Construcción, and one of its executives in criminal defence proceedings pertaining to allegations of fraud, false accounting and negligent bankruptcy. Co-head Alexander Petsche frequently provides compliance-related assistance.

Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH routinely defends individuals against various white-collar crime accusations such as embezzlement, bribery and breach of trust but also assists companies with criminal proceedings, compliance matters and criminal investigations. Christopher Schrank and Thomas Talos defended a former board member of bwin against allegations of breach of trust and bribery concerning an off-shore money transfer. Volkert Sackmann left the firm in April 2018 to work independently.

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach's white-collar crime offering includes assisting financial institutions, corporates and individuals with criminal investigations, criminal defence proceedings and compliance matters, and also providing advice on tax and fiscal criminal matters. Claudine Vartian and business criminal law expert Thomas Kralik jointly head the team.


KOLLMANN, WOLM RECHTSANWÄLTE has a strong focus on defending individuals against various white-collar crime allegations and assists corporate clients with the implementation of compliance programmes and investigations. Lukas Kollmann and Philipp Wolm are the key contacts.

petsche pollak attorneys at law

'Well-resourced, down-to-earth and forward-thinking' boutique petsche pollak attorneys at law routinely defends individuals, including senior managers and company directors, in criminal proceedings against allegations of corruption, fraud and abuse of power alongside tax evasion and tax fraud but also acts for companies in investigations and the establishment of whistleblowing systems. Simone Petsche-Demmel and Andreas Pollak, who has formerly worked at the Public Prosecutor's Office, jointly head the team and are 'highly astute legal tacticians'.

PHH Rechtsanwälte

PHH Rechtsanwälte is adept at handling internal investigations and defence proceedings for individuals, companies and financial institutions. Team head Mathias Preuschl represented an international businessman against allegations of bribery and corruption concerning an arms deal and Stefan Prochaska acted for a judge at the Supreme Court for Commerce in Kiev and his ex-wife in criminal proceedings pertaining to suspected money laundering in Liechtenstein and Austria.


SOYER KIER STUEFER is a highly regarded for criminal defence work before domestic and international courts with its expertise spanning corporate crime and financial criminal law defence alongside niche areas such as media-related criminal law. Richard Soyer and Roland Kier are the key contacts.

wkk law

wkk law has 'an excellent reputation' for its expertise in commercial criminal law work, frequently pertaining to corruption allegations, alongside internal investigations and compliance matters. Key contact Norbert Wess is highly regarded.

Binder Grösswang

Much of Binder Grösswang's workload pertains to banking, finance and capital markets-related issues alongside defending accusations of embezzlement, fraud and industrial espionage. The 'very efficient and thorough' team also assists financial institutions, corporates and private clients with internal investigations and compliance matters. Stefan Albiez and 'excellent strategic planner' Christian Klausegger are praised for their 'constructive and clear approach' alongside their 'skill in simplifying complex and extensive matters'.

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)

Praised for its 'reliable hands-on' advice, Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) is well versed in guiding companies, as well as individuals, through internal investigations, various compliance matters and criminal proceedings pertaining to allegations of fraud, corruption and breach of trust. 'Great communicator and negotiator' Wolfgang Höller jointly heads the team with 'smart' counsel Klara Kiehl.