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Work +43 1 343 40 00
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Katrin Hanschitz

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Work +43 1 34 34 000 700
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Web:
www.knoetzl.com
KNOETZL HAUGENEDER NETAL

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Commercial Litigation and Arbitration

Position

Katrin Hanschitz, Partner at KNOETZL, is an experienced first-chair litigator with a strong background in M&A and finance transactions and ancillary disputes. Her primary focus is on corporate and transactional litigation and arbitration, and includes all forms of shareholder disputes, manager liability, governance issues and disputed M&A transactions.

Katrin regularly represents and counsels multinational clients from a wide variety of industries. She has been particularly active in representing life sciences clients in court, including Austrian and multinational pharmaceuticals. She is also experienced in complex, disputed matters in advertising, investment banking and international insolvency.

Katrin is a member of the American Bar Association and Co-Chair of the International Life Sciences and Health Laws Committee.

Career

Before joining KNOETZL as a partner in 2016, Katrin practiced law in a senior capacity with a large, multinational law firm covering the CEE and SEE for eight years, both as a corporate and banking lawyer and then, in the last five years, as a litigator. She was admitted to the Austrian bar in 2001. Her career also encompasses experience as in-house/general counsel in the banking sector.

Languages

German, Englisch, French, Dutch.

Member

Member of the American Bar Association (International Section and Vienna Chapter), Member of the Viennese Bar.

Education

Katrin holds a law degree from the Karl-Franzens University, Graz, Austria.


Austria

Dispute resolution: commercial litigation

Within: Dispute resolution: commercial litigation

Dispute resolution firm KNOETZL HAUGENEDER NETAL covers the gamut of civil and criminal litigation and places significant focus on liability claims alongside corporate, commercial and investor-state disputes. Its broad offering is matched by an equally sizeable team, which was further strengthened by the arrival of senior counsel and construction litigation expert Valentina Spatz from Schima Mayer Starlinger RechtsanwÀlte GmbH and counsel Thomas Voppichler from Dorda Rechtsanwalte GmbH in 2018, as well as counsel Oliver Loksa from Binder Grösswang in September 2017. Other key members of Bettina Knoetzl's team include corporate litigator Katrin Hanschitz, damage claims specialist Judith Schacherreiter and counsel Natascha Tunkel, who is experienced in the enforcement of foreign judgments and internal investigations. Teresa Bogensberger left in December 2017 to work independently.

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