Dispute resolution in Liechtenstein

Gasser Partner Attorneys at Law

Gasser Partner Attorneys at Law represents clients before Liechtenstein courts of all instances and advises and represents non-domestic clients in regard to the recognition and enforceability of foreign judgements in Liechtenstein. The team, which includes Sebastian Auer and is headed by ‘very ableJohannes Gasser, ‘great tacticianHannes Arnold and ‘stand-outThomas Nigg, is further experienced in international arbitration, trust and foundation related matters and asset recovery. The firm is also noted for its ability to ‘handle coordination of procedural strategies across a number of jurisdictions with other firms with skill and ease‘.

Other key lawyers:

Sebastian Auer

Testimonials

‘The team at Gasser Partner is more than used to working on complex cross border matters and thus handles coordination of procedural strategies across a number of jurisdictions with other firms with skill and ease. We have experienced all team members to be highly professional, easy to work with and very client oriented. We appreciated most that there was always a competent contact person available, which we believe distinguishes Gasser Partner in Liechtenstein.’

‘Our primary point of contact was Dr. Hannes Arnold, whom we experienced to be highly responsive and a great tactician, who never looses track of what is best for his clients. He is very experienced in complex cross-border matters. Excellent case management comes naturally to him. On a less senior level, Sophie Herdina always was on top of things and has shown to be a very skilled team member.’

‘Stand-out Partner: Thomas Nigg. He delivers excellent work, is experienced, fast and client oriented. I recommend him often.’

‘Local firm with the highest international standards. Reactive, efficient and client-focused. It is a pleasure to work with them and a great asset for clients to have on their team.’

‘Hannes Arnold is a top litigator able to tackle any complex commercial and fraud disputes. He combines technical knowhow with a great practical sense. His attention to clients is very appreciated.’

‘No real competitors in trust disputes. Very clever lawyers.’

‘Johannes Gasser and Sebastian Auer are very able to give advice which is to the point and very relevant. They approach matters on a commercial as well as legal perspective. Particularly impressive is Hannes Arnold.’

‘Hannes is particularly adept at providing spot on advice at short order and we have particularly enjoyed working with him on a cross-jurisdiction matter.’

Schurti Partners Attorneys at Law Ltd

Schurti Partners Attorneys at Law LtdComparative Guides promotional icon handle a broad range of disputes including those relating to professional indemnity, international estates, Liechtenstein trusts, foundations and other asset structures with a team of ‘outstanding practitioners‘ advising all manner of stakeholders, such as founders, beneficiaries, settlors and professional fiduciary service providers. Andreas Schurti, considered ‘one of the smartest minds in the legal market‘, heads the team together with ‘strategically excellentMoritz Blasy. ‘Top disputes lawyerAndreas Vogel , ‘extremely intelligentNicolai Binkert  and ‘super-smartSimon Ott round off the team.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Schurti; Moritz Blasy

Testimonials

‘The Firm is one of the leading firms in dispute resolution that are able to guide and handle most complex international cases. Their standing as top tier firm is unquestionable. Also they are able to bring up further future talents in this sector.’

‘Andreas Schurti is one of the icons and smartest minds in the legal market who gives excellent guidance. Moritz Blasy has nearly two decades of experience in dispute resolution matters and is leading also most complex matters with clear and reliable guidance which is permanently adjusted to the situation.’

‘The best law firm in Liechtenstein with outstanding practitioners, unparalleled experience and expertise across a range of legal services.’

‘Moritz Blasy and Nicolai Binkert stand out as extremely intelligent and strategically excellent. I would not hesitate to recommend them to any client seeking legal advice in Liechtenstein.’

‘The firm provides outstanding expertise in the field of dispute resolution. On top of in-depth knowledge of Liechtenstein civil, penal and procedural laws comes a remarkable sense for strategy. Further outstanding features are responsiveness and, thanks to the size of the practice, the availability of very able experts on short notice.’

‘Young and hungry team of excellent and very dedicated lawyers.’

‘Simon Ott: Super-smart young lawyer, excellent knowledge in the field, very well connected, very much to the point, excellent writer, pleasant team-player. Moritz Blasy: Same type of lawyer as Simon Ott, also very knowlegdeable, very tough, difficult to win against, if on one´s own team very efficient team-player. Nicolai Binkert: very smart young lawyer, also excellent knowledge, very nice to work with.’

‘I work primarily with Andreas Vogel, who is a top Disputes lawyers in Liechtenstein. I have been working with him for over 5 years and he has always been helpful, responsive, proactive and straightforward.’

‘In Litigation and Arbitration, we mostly work with Dr. Andreas Vogel. He is an excellent practitioner both in arbitration and litigation. He is very energetic and dedicated. The clients receive high quality for their money. Presently, we are collaborating with Andreas in a large multi-jurisdiction dispute involving LCIA arbitration, litigation in Switzerland, Liechtenstein and various off-shore jurisdictions as well as criminal proceedings in Liechtenstein. Andreas and his team are a pleasure to work with and have never left us hanging.’

‘Very agile and effective team, with a strong focus on litigation.’

‘Andreas Vogel is an excellent, far-sighted and very responsive lawyer.’

Work highlights

  • Represented different Liechtenstein trusts and their subsidiary entities for almost five years which were dragged into world wide proceedings between the trusts’ economic settlor and an alleged creditor of the settlor. Several aspects made this case exceptional: (i) The amount in dispute (in excess of CHF 600 million) was very high for a litigation in private wealth matters,(ii) not only represented the clients in proceedings in Liechtenstein, but also coordinated the worldwide proceedings for the clients.
  • Represented two entities in high profile and sensitive mutual legal assistance in criminal matters which were part of a world wide white collar crime case. Several aspects made this case exceptional: Apart from the alleged damage sum (ie, several billions USD), all steps had to be coordinated with counsels in various jurisdictions. In addition, various complex criminal (procedure) law questions had to be taken into consideration when defending the clients’ position in the mutual legal assistance proceedings.
  • Represented several foundations which were under attack by the children of the economic settlor. The attackers filed various applications for interim relief as well as challenged the formation of the foundations. Successfully defended these attempts and managed that the applications were either dismissed by the competent courts or withdrawn by the applicants.

BATLINER WANGER BATLINER Rechtsanwälte AG

BATLINER WANGER BATLINER Rechtsanwälte AG represents domestic and international clients in all forms of judicial and extra-judicial disputes before all courts of law and authorities in Liechtenstein. A significant portion of matters relate to civil and arbitration proceedings regarding Liechtenstein trusts and foundations where the practice, headed by Ralph Wanger and Hansjörg Lingg, regularly coordinates the international proceedings. In addition, the team frequently acts for international companies, banks, insurers and other financial institutions in corporate and contractual disputes with further matters pertaining to employment issues and white-collar crime.

Practice head(s):

Ralph Wanger; Hansjörg Lingg

Key clients

Gable Insurance

Work highlights

  • Acted as the trustee in the bankruptcy of Gable Insurance AG, Vaduz: a non-life insurance company which operated in 11 countries – one of the largest run-offs ever conducted in Europe.

advocatio Rechtsanwälte Grabher Dür

Dispute resolution focussed boutique advocatio Rechtsanwälte Grabher Dür is made up of 'highly skilled practitioners'. The 'small and efficient team', led by the 'extremely competent litigation lawyer' Johannes Grabher, represents clients, notably in banking, insurance, corporate and commercial matters, where they act for domestic and foreign financial service providers as well as settlors, beneficiaries and shareholders of trusts and foundations, among others. Not engaging in any fiduciary work, the firm has a 'unique' and 'total independence from the trust industry' which clients appreciate as there are 'no hidden interests'.

Practice head(s):

Johannes Grabher

Testimonials

‘A small and efficient team with profound expertise in bankruptcy matters.’

‘Highly skilled and independent practitioners. Focus on traditional attorney-business (unlike other law firms in Liechtenstein).’

‘Small but fine team, all team members are well trained, very polite and courteous. Very solution-oriented. The flow of information is fast and clearly structured.’

‘Johannes Grabher: comprehensive clarification of the legal basis and the resulting possibilities. Also answers questions at short notice without a long appointment. He does not gloss over the facts to generate business for himself. One senses an open and honest intention in his actions.’

‘Very trustworthy and professional team. They whole team works hand in hand. The billing is very transparent and comprehensible. Unique is their total independence from the trust industry, so there are no hidden interests.’

‘Johannes Grabher is very experienced and extremely competent litigation lawyer. The interests of clients always come first. He practices his profession with much passion.’

‘Absolute professionals with deep expertise in their fields. Treatment and care of cases by the partners themselves. Fair and transparent fees/billing. Quick response to questions. Excellent preparation in court proceedings. Adherence to deadlines and 100% commitment to the client.’

‘Competence, experience, structural approach, clear recommendations for action and trustworthiness distinguish the law firm. Fight for justice and the client. Think always first about the interests of the clients. The client is the center of interest and attention.’

‘Good team, accurate clocking, strong performance and commitment, friendly, fast working, quick feedback.’

‘Attorney Dür always had time for me, his commitment was exceptional. In an emergency, I could also reach him privately in the evening or at the weekend. His expertise is extremely good and he was able to explain everything to me as a non-lawyer in a way that was easy to understand. This is certainly a decisive advantage. I felt and feel in the already 6 years of good cooperation in the best hands and legally very well advised. I can only recommend Mr. Dür and his team and would always seek legal representation in Lichtenstein from the law firm advocatio Rechtsanwälte.’

Work highlights

  • Represented two executives of a fund administrator in criminal investigations on suspicion of breach of trust and embezzlement purportedly.
  • Represented a legal group in a claims action before the courts in Austria.
  • Asserted a claim in the millions against a Liechtenstein bank inter alia for breach of contract.

Müller & Partner Rechtsanwälte

Müller & Partner Rechtsanwälte is jointly headed by Wolfgang Müller, Roland Müller, Robert Neudorfer, Egon Hug and Martin Zech. The practice is particularly experienced in proceedings relating to corporate, banking and finance matters as well as those pertaining to Liechtenstein trusts and foundations. Clients are, for example, represented in cases for restitution of assets, asset recovery and compensation law suits before all levels of Liechtenstein courts as well as white-collar crime matters, such as embezzlement. The unit is additionally well regarded for its expertise in bankruptcy proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Wolfgang Müller; Roland Müller; Robert Neudorfer; Egon Hug; Martin Zech

Niedermüller | Attorneys at Law

Niedermüller | Attorneys at Law ‘is an excellent boutique law firm specialized among others in complex multi jurisdiction dispute resolution matters‘, particularly ‘foundation law, asset recovery, investor litigation, tort law and international commercial and criminal matters‘. Practice head Matthias Niedermüller has ‘outstanding‘ litigation expertise, particularly with regard to ‘claims for damages arising from unit-linked life insurance policies and  ‘has an extraordinary overview of multi-jurisdiction matters’. Clients also appreciate the firm’s ‘excellent international network of law firms‘.

Practice head(s):

Matthias Niedermüller 

Testimonials

‘The Firm is an excellent boutique law firm specialized among others in complex multi jurisdiction dispute resolution matters and regularly opposes several national and international top tier firms. It provides extraordinary creative and pragmatic solutions for most complex matters. The steadily growing experienced team is lead by Matthias Niedermüller, one of the top litigators on the Liechtenstein market. The firm has an excellent international network of law firms to work with, also in some remote jurisdictions. The firm meanwhile is highly respected on the national and international market in dispute resolution matters. The team is always available when required and clearly puts the clients needs first at all times.’

‘Giuseppina Epicoco is a young attorney who however is already highly regarded and considered to be one of the rising individuals. She has extraordinary legal knowledge and was assisting at the Supreme Court of Austria.’

‘Niedermueller is the go to litigation boutique in Liechtenstein. His expertise in the areas of foundation law, asset recovery, investor litigation, tort law and international commercial and criminal matters is outstanding. He mainly represents international clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings. They particularly stand out in the emerging field of blockchain technology and take advantage of their expertise and advice in setting up the necessary structures, obtaining authorizations and issuing utility tokens and security tokens as well as the subsequent listing (ICO, STO, IEO).’

‘Matthias is a leading dispute resolution expert with vast experience. He is a passionate, full-blooded litigator, representing national and international clients in some of the most challenging disputes. He concentrates his practice on international and commercial litigation, business crime and crypto.’

‘The team is particularly known for going the extra mile for clients. Giving up is not considered to be an option. The Dispute Resolution practice of Niedermüller Attorney at Law clearly strives to deliver exceptional results for their clients.’

‘Lawyers Nina Tihanyi-Meittinger and Giuseppina Epicoco are very talented and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Rather small firm, but very agile and ready to take on established players in the local market. Very committed to their projects and cases.’

‘They are considered, give full advice and options, and the quality of the work is top level.’

Key clients

Michael Kidd (Estate of Michael Kidd)

Ospelt & Partner Attorneys at Law Ltd.

Ospelt & Partner Attorneys at Law Ltd.Comparative Guides promotional icon represents clients in national and cross-border litigation matters, including criminal cases, and has 'an excellent record in delivering results in major international litigations and arbitrations'. Practice head Thomas Wiedl 'has positioned himself at the forefront of his profession' with 'formidable knowledge and experience', particularly in matters pertaining to Liechtenstein trusts and foundations, in insurance matters as well as in matters relating to white-collar crime, such as corruption.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Wiedl

Testimonials

‘Very attentive to detail and understanding of client needs. I have dealt with Thomas Wiedl and I found him very professional & knowledgeable.’

‘Very comprehensive knowledge of Liechtenstein and International Law, Partner Thomas Wiedl is outstanding in litigation.’

‘Meticulous, dedicated and very efficient criminal defense team.’

‘Thomas Wiedl is an outstanding legal professional.’

‘We have worked with many firms around the world but few match Ospelt’s commitment to quality work which is competitively priced. The team is not large but is very knowledgeable and heavily client focused. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone.’

‘Thomas Weidl is extremely diligent knowledgeable and able to think out of the box. He is thorough and able to accept client input constructively. Produces results.’

‘Ospelt & Partner have consistently proved their commitment to effectively resolve disputes and are highly capable of offering practical solutions to their clients. Their legal team have an excellent record in delivering results in major international litigations and arbitrations and are supported by an in-house team of specialists who provide assistance and expertise on all financial aspects. They benefit from automated document assembly system, solution design, implementation service, so that their clients could independently generate tailor-made documents within their secure portal.’

‘Thomas Wiedl has positioned himself at the forefront of his profession and always position his clients at the heart of how he works. He understands perfectly what his clients value and his clients benefit enormously from his formidable knowledge and experience. Martina Knunz is an exceptional lawyer that observes the highest personal, ethical and professional standards in everything she does. What stands out in her ability is to see things from the strategic perspective and the ability to dissect the details.’

Key clients

Adon Trading FZE / Mulberry Proje Ve dis Ticaret A.S.

Spar Handels AG

Gassnerbau AG

wefox Insurance AG

Banque Havilland AG

Walser Attorneys at Law Ltd.

The dispute resolution team at Walser Attorneys at Law Ltd.Comparative Guides promotional iconComparative Guides promotional icon acts in a variety of matters before all Liechtenstein courts and has particular experience in cases relating to Liechtenstein trusts and foundations, for example regarding administrative procedures before Liechtenstein administrative bodies or contractual disputes. The practice is headed by Manuel Walser who acts for both private individuals and institutional clients in civil proceedings and national and international arbitration matters.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Walser

Testimonials

Clear and straight approach, clear strategy, solution oriented and focused.

Key clients

Allgemeines Treuunternehmen

CorPa Treuhand AG

CorPa Services AG

Mutual Consulting Establishment