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KNOETZL HAUGENEDER NETAL > The Legal 500 Rankings
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.
Other key lawyers:
Patrizia Netal; Emmanuel Kaufman; Natascha Tunkel
‘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.’
Casinos Austria AG (CASAG)
Casinos Austria International GmbH (CAI)
Österreichische Staatsdruckerei GmbH (Austrian State Printing House)
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.
Other key lawyers:
Katrin Hanschitz; Tim Pfister; Valentina Spatz; Judith Schacherreiter; Natascha Tunkel
‘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.’
KNOETZL HAUGENEDER NETAL's strength lies in handling matters that crossover between civil and criminal law, and it is noted for its robust asset tracing capabilities. Natascha Tunkel, who is also well versed in asset recovery and criminal investigations as well as asset tracing, and Judith Schacherreiter, who is equally experienced in handling fraud-related matters, were promoted to the partnership in 2020. The practice is led by Bettina Knoetzl, who handles a broad spectrum of civil and criminal work. The team acts for companies and individuals in fraud, criminal and business-irregularity investigations and provides regular compliance advice.
Other key lawyers:
Tim Pfister; Judith Schacherreiter; Natascha Tunkel; Thomas Voppichler
‘One of the best white-collar practices in Austria. The team is highly competent and experienced in all practice areas.’
‘We have used the firm for an asset tracing matter in Austria. It is difficult to imagine a better understanding of the mechanisms – civil and criminal that are in play when trying to recoup missing assets (funds) – than that displayed by Knoetzl, especially Bettina Knoetzl and Thomas Voppichler with whom we have been working.’
‘Bettina Knoetzl and Thomas Voppichler – always on the ball and persistently working their way through the bureaucracy of banks and prosecutors to secure release of the stolen funds to the clients. Always cordial and quick to respond. Following up with outside parties that need to deliver. In essence an excellent understanding of their specialty not only in legal terms but just as much and very importantly the practicalities that need to be overcome to achieve results.’
‘Bettina Knoetzl is highly recommended.’
Heinz Schaden, former mayor of Salzburg
KNOETZL HAUGENEDER NETAL > Firm Profile
The firm: KNOETZL is a leading Austrian law firm founded on a handshake by some of the most effective, experienced and perceptive legal minds dedicated to providing the highest quality of advocacy in dispute resolution, business crime, compliance and corporate crisis.
Representing corporate clients in civil and criminal trials and in front of arbitral tribunals is the core of the practice. KNOETZL has a clear mission and a driving purpose: to achieve optimal outcomes for its corporate, financial and governmental clients in their most significant, sensitive and complicated disputes before the Austrian courts, and well beyond. The firm’s approach combines unmatched strategic thinking and decades of peerless experience with the endurance, stamina and commitment required to ultimately win the day.
Since opening its doors in 2016 KNOETZL has dramatically grown in both its international and Austrian name-brand clients, and its top-tier disputes team.
KNOETZL’s lawyers work seamlessly with international partner law firms and industry experts in the CEE and SEE regions and are widely regarded as true leaders and innovators in this market. Highly regarded, top-tier international law firms choose KNOETZL as their local counsel. The team’s diverse skillset covers civil, commercial, sovereign and criminal litigation, focusing significantly on liability claims, corporate disputes, banking, insurance and financial derivatives cases, investor protection, business crime, energy, technology and life sciences. The firm’s services also include asset tracing and effective provisional measures, such as freezing orders and attachments, in the domestic and international context, the enforcement of foreign judgments, and arbitral awards.
Areas of practice: The firm offers its clients the highest quality of advice and guides them through all forms of traditionally available dispute resolution, and creatively structured, alternative dispute resolution.
Winning the cases of its clients drives the firm. KNOETZL is proud of its outstanding track record, securing significant victories in civil court, in front of international arbitral tribunals and in criminal investigations. Important criminal investigations against the firm’s international and Austrian corporate clients have been terminated under KNOETZL’s guidance. Landmark victories were brought home in the firm’s life sciences practice, where each win is regarded as critical by the international pharmaceutical clients. Every significant arbitration that was resolved led to a victory for the firm’s clients. KNOETZL assisted in achieving favourable settlements in a variety of matters, utilising alternative dispute resolution methods, such as mediation.
The firm’s dispute lawyers are humbled by the fact that not a single case has been lost to date, and it continues to believe that its specialisation in doing nothing but trial work, advocacy and dispute resolution paired with the firm’s passion for its clients’ matters makes a significant difference.
KNOETZL’s lawyers are tough, smart and effective. Members of its team are routinely called upon to apply their extensive experience in high-value, multijurisdictional disputes, asset tracing and recovery matters. The firm acts, in this capacity, for multinational corporations, high-net-worth individuals and major fraud victims. Its close relationships and seasoned teamwork with experienced local and international forensic experts and lawyers in virtually every jurisdiction in the world ensure the firm can help identify, trace, freeze and recover hard financial, book entry, and physical assets with the most effective use of dedicated resources.
|Banking and finance disputes|
|Class action defence and collective redress|
|Construction and real estate|
|Corporate and investment litigation|
|Corporate crisis management|
|Employment and labour disputes|
|Enforcement of arbitral awards and foreign judgments|
|Fraud and corruption recovery|
|Internal and external investigations|
|Mediation and ADR|
|Product liability defence|
|Katrin Hanschitz||Katrin Hanschitz, Partner at KNOETZL, is an experienced first-chair litigator with a…||View Profile|
|Florian Haugeneder||Florian Haugeneder is a Partner at KNOETZL. He has more than 15…||View Profile|
|Emmanuel Kaufman||Emmanuel Kaufman is a Partner at KNOETZL. He is an Argentinean attorney-at-law…||View Profile|
|Bettina Knoetzl||Bettina Knoetzl is a Partner at KNOETZL, and has about 25 years’…||View Profile|
|Patrizia Netal||Patrizia Netal is a Partner at KNOETZL. Patrizia has extensive experience as…||View Profile|
|Valentina Spatz||Senior Counsel||View Profile|
|Natascha Tunkel||Natascha Tunkel is a Counsel at KNOETZL and applies over 10 years…||View Profile|
|Thomas Voppichler||Thomas Voppichler is a Counsel at KNOETZL. He focuses his practice on…||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 21
LanguagesBosnian Croatian Czech English French German Hungarian Italian Russian Serbian Slovak Spanish
OtherContact : Timothy J Pfister (managing partner)
KNOETZL HAUGENEDER NETAL > Firm Profile
A NEW FIRM FOR NEW TIMES
For some time now, business is not as it used to be.
In order to deal with contemporary corporate challenges, we at GregoSantos are more than lawyers: we are business partners for the safe and sustainable development of our clients’ projects.
WIDE PRACTICE WITH SPECIALIZED FOCUS
Working in a model focused on corporate needs, in GregoSantos we work with the highest specialization allied to multidisciplinarity. Our clients rely on services of boutique quality combined to full service amplitude, performed by people who know your business deeply.
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Our special multidisciplinary vision, which combines experience in high profile attorneyship with knowledge in business administration and high level academic performance, enables GregoSantos to provide the best in legal solutions in our fields of practice.
LanguagesEnglish (fluent) Portuguese French Spanish Italian
KNOETZL is Austria’s first large-scale dispute resolution powerhouse dedicated to high-profile and significant cases that matter. The firm is well-recognised for the passion of its lawyers, high fighting spirits where needed, creativity – while leading the market with unshakable integrity – and a clear, business-oriented approach.
Their diverse practice handles civil, commercial, sovereign state, corporate and fraud litigation, as well as international commercial arbitration, investment protection and arbitration-related court proceedings. Active across a range of industries, KNOETZL’s international orientation proves an exceptional feat in the otherwise domestically positioned Austrian legal landscape. The strength and global renown of KNOETZL springs largely from the firm’s first-to-market, predominance in advocacy, and strategic weaponry deployed for clients – a step acknowledged as ascendant by the international market. Since then, the clients’ demand for sophisticated, effective and powerful litigation counsel and results brought about have proven this step to be perfectly on target.
Both this innovative singularity as well as KNOETZL’s excellence warrant the recognition of their lawyers as true leaders in various categories by industry directories. Bettina Knoetzl’s expertise as department head of the firm’s dispute resolution practice has been notably acknowledged as the first European lawyer to have been named “Lawyer of the Year” by a highly-regarded international legal commentator in 2017.
International, reputable law firms value the expertise and work ethic of KNOETZL lawyer, and the firm continues to be engaged to act as Austrian disputes counsel by distinguished international firms, corporate decision-makers and general counsels.
The members of KNOETZL’s arbitration and litigation teams have acted successfully in some of the largest, most well-known and complex disputes in Latin America as well as the CEE and SEE regions. KNOETZL offers a deep market knowledge of a range of jurisdictions, amounting to an array of clients, including:
– Stadtwerke Klagenfurt
– Österreichische Staatsdruckerei
– Bayer Pharma
– Casions Austria International GmbH
– Dr Heinz Schaden, former mayor of Salzburg
KNOETZL is best known for taking the unique approach in Austria to provide a diverse team of highly skilled lawyers and legal advisers to offer truly international and focused advice. The firm’s open and inclusive culture provides a unique environment where talent can thrive on supportive guidance and encouragement, allowing for the teams’ diverse proficiency in a number of languages, including Albanian, Armenian, Bosnian, Croatian, Dutch, English, Italian, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Serbian, Spanish, Russian and Vietnamese.
KNOETZL’s specialists have raised their collective practices to a new, higher level of advocacy to litigate in Austrian or regional courts, to mediate or to act in arbitrations across the CEE region and globally.
KNOETZL boasts having and maintaining its own, non-exclusive, but monitored and reviewed impressive global network, working seamlessly with international partner law firms and industry experts in the CEE and SEE regions. The distinct ability of team members to collaborate with other firms, experts and in-house counsel ensures high standards and perfect handling of the most complex cases. Particularly the partners’ involvement in various organisations nurture KNOETZL’s unique network, including:
– the International Bar Association
– Transparency International (Austrian Chapter)
– the ICC-FraudNet
– the Austrian Chapter of the Club Español del Arbitraje
– The Austrian Arbitration Association
– the Vienna International Arbitral Centre
Sharing their expertise, time and support, KNOETZL lawyers are committed to extending their knowledge to help their immediate community and beyond. KNOETZL lawyer and support team members give their time and support to institutions and causes like St. Anna Kinderspital, global Covid-19 relief and support, Syrian refugees, wildlife preservation, victims of weather disasters in St. Lorenc (Spain), Indonesia, the Philippines, Florida and Texas (USA) and Around the World in a Day-charity run.
Everyone at KNOETZL knows that they can make a significant contribution to the whole of their community. This shows in the increasing integration of sustainability into strategic and operational decisions becoming a part of everyday business at the firm. Our rich internal diversity only serves to enhance that awareness.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (“SDGs”) challenge businesses to consider the impact of their activities on global priorities such as fair trading, diversity, environmental issues as well as human rights. KNOETZL responds by incorporating this framework into daily practice, with a sustainable approach to energy, consumption, environmental and humanitarian issues being integral in the firm’s focus for a positive, global impact.
Understanding the role each firm plays in building a better, increasingly fair society not only adds value for clients, but also defines KNOETZL as a responsible firm.
KNOETZL lives and breathes diversity and gender equality. The firm is a beacon of integrity, transparency and equality at every level.
KNOETZL recognises its exemplary diversity as not only as an ethical and social necessity, but as a strategic business priority, derived, naturally, from the firm’s selection of the very best in every hiring decision. Differences eradicate barriers and create synergy, crucial for long term success.
In providing a supporting and inclusive environment, equality is promoted at every level, in gender, age, ethnicity, social background, religion, disability, sexual orientation or any other classification. It is everyone’s responsibility at KNOETZL to drive progress, remove barriers and create an environment where everyone is valuable. KNOETZL is proud of its women partners, up to the firm’s top management. With KNOETZL’s focus only on quality of contribution, the ratio of women has balanced at every level. With lots of flexibility and conscious consideration, KNOETZL implements bespoke solutions for all parents at the firm.
KNOETZL works with an impressive network of clients, law firms and organisations towards creating positive change in the legal profession and various industries.
Partner Bettina Knoetzl is involved in the Litigation Committee of the International Bar Association, including service as its Co-Chair. She now contributes her, and the firm’s service as a new Vice President of the Vienna Bar. She is the first woman chair of the 150-year established Vienna Lawyers’ Association SOUPIRIUM, as well as the President of the Advisory Board of Transparency International (Austrian Chapter), the Austrian representative of the ICC-FraudNet and Member of the Advisory Board of ZBP, the Career Center of the Vienna University of Economics and Business.
Partner Patrizia Netal has served as a Director, pro bono, of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot since 2012. She generously volunteers a member of the Board of VIAC and the Co-Director of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, the world’s largest law student competition in arbitration.
Partner Florian Haugeneder serves as President of the Austrian Arbitration Association (ArbAut).
Partner Katrin Hanschitz serves as Co-Chair of the International Life Sciences and Health Law Committee of the International Section of the American Bar Association (“ABA SIL”) as well as member of the Steering Committee of the ABA SIL International Litigation Committee and member of the Vienna Chapter of the ABA SIL.
Partner Emmanuel Kaufman, also qualified to practice law in Argentina volunteers as the President of the German–Austrian Chapter of the Spanish Club of Arbitration (Club Español del Arbitraje – CEA).
Partner Natascha Tunkel is currently involved in the Working Group of the IBA-VIAC-CDRC Negotiation and Mediation Moot Court and continues to speak and publish on pertinent issues of procedural law.
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation
- Dispute resolution: commercial litigation
- Dispute resolution: white-collar crime (including fraud)