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KNOETZL HAUGENEDER NETAL > The Legal 500 RankingsKNOETZL HAUGENEDER NETAL receives a steady stream of mandates from national and international corporations, who appreciate the team's wide-ranging sector expertise, most notably in energy, construction and manufacturing, and in associated commercial, contractual and corporate disputes. Department head Florian Haugeneder is noted for his experience in counsel and arbitrator work but has recently been particularly active in the latter. His team includes Natascha Tunkel, who has a specialism in life sciences, energy, engineering and IP-related matters. Emmanuel Kaufman left the firm.
‘The entire team was always fully up-to-date on all the issues. Response times were fast.’
‘An excellent arbitration boutique.’
‘Patrizia Netal and Florian Haugeneder were deeply involved and knowledgeable on the details of the case, while also providing excellent advice on the broad perspective. They have excellent knowledge of the construction sector and dispute resolution procedures.’
‘Knoetzl has become important in size, while managing to remain a “boutique” firm, highly specialised in litigation and arbitration. With these characteristics and focus, Knoetzl is perhaps unique in the country.’
‘Florian Haugeneder has a true sense of responsibility for his clients and their interests. He is also an excellent team leader and dynamic dispute “manager”. He understands the big picture and economic context of disputes.’
‘The firm has the unique approach of exclusively doing dispute resolution and is top of the class in this field. A very dedicated team with different specialisations, which seems to communicate very well (I perceive no internal competition but fruitful dialogue). It is helpful that they master technology very efficiently.’
‘Fantastic arbitration practice, extensive experience in international arbitration cases, very good court-room presence (in particular Florian Haugeneder and Patrizia Netal), excellent team player in cross-border cases. We have been working with them for several years in a number of cases and are very happy with the cooperation.’
‘One of Knoetzl’s biggest assets is their professional network. Their profound knowledge about the arbitration landscape is key for us as their clients to make decisions and develop strategies together. Knoetzl’s team always acts as partner not just as legal advisor or representative. This behaviour is beneficial in terms of building strong relationships between lawyers and clients. It is finally the basis of success.’
Casinos Austria AG (CASAG)
Casinos Austria International GmbH (CAI)
Österreichische Staatsdruckerei GmbH
- Representing Casinos Austria in an ICISD investment arbitration against the Argentine Republic arising out of the expropriation of its gaming business in Argentina.
Other key lawyers:
‘This firm is unique in that it has full and in-depth knowledge of the Austrian law, provides very accurate analysis of all court proceedings, which help in determining strategy planning for a case, is always prompt in their response and is very aggressive in protecting their clients’ rights in the Austrian courts.’
‘Bettina Knoetzl: A heavyweight in litigation and always the first point of contact for litigation in Austria.’
‘Leading in dispute resolution in Austria.’
‘Bettina Knoetzl: Extensive knowledge, empathetic, highly competent.’
‘Very competent and helpful, good and creative ideas for the conduct of the proceedings. The team was always available and provided continuous information.’
‘Especially Katrin Hanschitz was very competent and experienced and contributed decisively to the success of the proceedings.’
‘I appreciate the support from one central point of contact over various legal topics. The feedback is highly professional and always linked to recommendations how to proceed and which actionable items needs to be considered.’
‘Bert Ortner has a superb service orientation and a quick response time. I like the attitude to cover not only the legal topic of an issue but also to take the bird’s view on all various impacts of a situation. He is a brilliant challenger and provides clear recommendations. Overall a partner you like to work with, he is energetic and problem-solving.’
- Defending Facebook in a data protection case brought by Max Schrems.
- Acting for the former mayor of Salzburg, Heinz Schaden, in a dispute following flawed swap transactions, including a challenge filed with the European Court of Justice and defence in civil proceedings against the City of Salzburg.
‘They have a deep understanding of the particular issues and relevant laws and regulations involved in the matters they have handled for us. They are efficient and well organised. Excellent language capabilities, both written and verbal.’
‘We have worked with two attorneys in this firm – Bettina Knoetzl and Thomas Voppichler. They are both excellent attorneys.’
‘Very competent team with extremely high creativity and competence in conducting the proceedings. Always available and very communicative.’
‘With her great experience and competence, Bettina Knoetzl made a decisive contribution to ending the proceedings positively (discontinuation of the criminal financial proceedings).’
‘Bettina Knoetzl is the best lawyer in Vienna I worked with. She is very enthusiastic and provides consistent and good support. I have worked with her on a few mandates and would recommend her to all clients. She stands out as a great mind with large commercial experience and cutting edge legal knowledge.’
‘Very good team with fast response and to-the-point advice in white-collar crime and fraud matters.’
‘Bettina Knoetzl is a very good criminal lawyer advising in a very responsive way. Comes to the point quickly and is able to deliver also under great time-pressure.’
‘Thomas Voppichler is a very good criminal lawyer working in the team of Bettina Knoetzl with a fast response and to-the-point advice in complex criminal law matters.’
- Acting for the former mayor of Salzburg in an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights challenging his conviction over his involvement in interest rate swap trades.
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.