Bettina Knoetzl > KNOETZL HAUGENEDER NETAL > Vienna, Austria > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Litigation, Dispute Resolution incl Mediation, Business Crime, Asset Tracing & Recovery


Bettina Knoetzl is a Partner at KNOETZL, and has about 25 years’ experience in handling complex national and international disputes and is currently ranked as one of the leading litigation, dispute resolution and white collar crime lawyers in Austria.

Bettina specializes in international and commercial litigation, focusing on investor protection, liability claims, business crime, fraud & asset tracing, corporate disputes, banking, insurance and financial derivatives cases and life science litigation. She also provides ongoing legal counsel to significant government institutions. With her vast experience and understanding of cross border work, she is a sought after co-counsel by top tier international law firms.


Bettina Knoetzl started her career in academia, at the University of Vienna in 1998, Institute for Civil Law, joined Bank Austria in 1991, and became an associate of Wolf Theiss, an Austrian based law firm active in the CEE/SEE region, in 1993. She became a partner in 1999 and the firm’s first woman shareholder in 2005. In 2002 she joined Allen & Overy’s London based litigation department for six months. For more than a decade Bettina Knoetzl led WT’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department and significantly helped to develop the major civil litigation and white collar crime market in the region. In 2016 she co-founded the law firm KNOETZL together with five partners, with the goal to provide unmatched quality of services in dispute resolution and to achieve optimal outcomes for her firm’s clients. For many years, Bettina Knoetzl has been ranked in tier 1 by leading international and regional directories, in Litigation, Asset Tracing and White Collar Crime.   


German, English


International Bar Association: Co-Chair of the Litigation Committee of the IBA; Transparency International – Austrian Chapter, President; ICC-FraudNet: Exclusive Austrian representative; ZBP, the Career Center of the Vienna University of Economics and Business; Centrale for Mediation, Verlag Dr. Otto Schmidt KG, Austrian Lawyers’ Association.


1988: Master of Law (University of Vienna); 2000: Mediator (AVM); 2004: “Accredited Mediator” (Offical Austrian Register).

Lawyer Rankings

Austria > Dispute resolution: commercial litigation

(Leading individuals)


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.

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

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.