Event information

Date: Thu 9 Mar 2023 Time: 12:30pm-7pm Venue: TBC

The Legal 500 is delighted to formally announce the inaugural GC Summit Austria, taking place on 9th March 2023 in Vienna.

GC Summit Austria looks at Austria on the world stage and how GCs and senior in-house lawyers are coping with the legal and business challenges that domestic and international companies are faced with.

In association with our partners for this event, petsche pollak, Wolf Theiss & HSP Rechtsanwälte GmbH; this event will include a series of panel sessions covering a variety of cutting edge and up to date topics for discussion.

This includes understanding and overcoming data privacy challenges, managing international disputes, adapting to a new M&A landscape, the rise of legal tech, the growing importance of ESG and overcoming labour and employment issues.

Drawing on the vast experience of our highly accomplished speakers, this event will provide practical, hands-on advice to all in-house counsel.

It is a must-attend event for any in-house counsel in Austria who are aiming to reach the next level of their professional development.


12:30pm – 1pm Registration

1.00pm – 1.10pm Welcome Address and Introductory Remarks

1.10pm – 1.30pm Opening Presentation

1.35pm – 2.25pm Panel Session One

2:25pm – 3.15pm Panel Session Two

3:15pm – 3.30pm Coffee Break

3.30pm – 4.20pm Panel Session Three

4.20pm – 5.30pm Panel Session Four

5.30pm – 6.00pm Closing Fireside Chat

6.00pm – 7:00pm Networking Drinks


Andreas Pollak, partner, petsche pollak

Andreas, a former federal public prosecutor at Central Public Prosecutor’s Office for Combatting Economic Crime and Corruption, is a sought after dispute resolution specialist with a distinct focus on white collar crime. Before joining the Public Prosecutor’s Office, he was part of the M&A team of Wolf Theiss, Austria’s largest law firm. As he also holds a degree in business administration (Mag. rer. soc. oec.) in addition to his doctorate in law (Dr. iur.), he uniquely combines extensive knowledge of the Austrian public prosecution system with vast corporate understanding.

Based on his strong background as defense counsel and his corporate expertise, Andreas has been involved as advisor and counsel in numerous high profile white collar crime matters. He regularly gives lectures on criminal law, for example at the Austrian Academy of Certified Public Accountants. Andreas is furthermore author of several articles on white collar crime.

Simone Petsche-Demmel, partner, petsche pollak

Having been a litigator from the beginning of her career, Simone has more than 15 years of experience in dispute resolution. Her focus especially lies on complex white collar crime matters and cross-border commercial litigation. After being a partner with the dispute resolution team of Wolf Theiss, Austria’s largest law firm, for more than 10 years, Simone co-founded petsche pollak. As an expert in white collar crime and litigation, she regularly holds lectures and seminars on related topics, for example at the Academy for Law, Tax and Economy (ARS – Akademie für Recht, Steuern & Wirtschaft) or the Austrian Chamber of Commerce.

Among others, she is co-author of the upcoming commentary on White Collar Crime (Linde), the commentary on the Austrian Sales Agents Act (second edition, LexisNexis, 2015) and co-author of the Handbook on Business Contracts (second edition, Manz, 2012). Simone is admitted to practice law as an attorney in Austria (2002) and the Czech Republic (2003).

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