Austria 2022 – GC Powerlist
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Austria 2022

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Alexander Grunicke

Global legal process owner | RHI Magnesita

Materials and mining

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Alexander Schall

Head of legal and corporate affairs | Bank Austria

Financials

Alexey Gorlatov

Senior legal counsel | ANDRITZ

Industrials and real estate

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Ana Lipovac

Legal counsel | Austria Card

Information technology

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Anna Damgaard Jensen

Chief legal officer | AOP Orphan Pharmaceuticals

Healthcare

Arnold Koger

Head of Legal, Novartis Technical Operations & Sandoz | Novartis

Healthcare

Barbara Sesser

Head of legal | Refurbed

Information technology

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Benim Saric

Head of legal and compliance | bank99

Financials

Bernard Reviczky

General corporate counsel South-Eastern Europe | Siemens Energy

Energy and utilities

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Bernhard Mayr

Lead counsel cloud and cognitive services | Nokia

Information technology

Célia Marie Chausse

Deputy head of unit for investment screening | Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs

Non-profit / public sector

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Charlotte Mintz

Legal counsel | Coveris Group

Materials and mining

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Christian Siller

General counsel | HASSLACHER NORICA TIMBER

Materials and mining

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Christian Sparl

Chief legal counsel | ALPLA Group

Materials and mining

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Christina Kabas

Head of legal Austria | BNP Paribas

Financials

Christoph Löhmann

Head of legal, compliance, insurance and claims for South East Europe | DB Schenker

Transport and infrastructure

Christopher Fischer

Vice president legal affairs | Paysafe

Financials

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Christopher Hodel

Legal counsel for Africa and central Europe | Western Union

Financials

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Clemens Schöfmann

Head of legal and risk management | VAMED

Healthcare

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Cornelia Hofer

Legal head | Porsche Bank

Financials

Dominik Schelling

Senior legal counsel | Hirschmann Automotive

Consumer products

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Dr Franz Fazekas

Vice president and head of legal global | ams Osram

Industrials and real estate

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Dr Gerald Watzinger

General counsel | Porsche Holding

Consumer products

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Dr Iur Norbert Findeis

Executive director | Raiffeisen Bank

Financials

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Dr. Bojana Evans

Group ethics and compliance manager | HBK

Industrials and real estate

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Dr. Christian Schaumann

General counsel and compliance officer, public affairs | Greiner Bio-One

Healthcare

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Dr. Jonas Hermann

Head of legal and compliance Central Europe | BASF

Materials and mining

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Dr. Klaus-Peter Weber

Executive general counsel and chief compliance officer | INNIO Group

Materials and mining

Dr. Michael Stelzel

Global director legal and compliance | Greiner Packaging International

Materials and mining

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Ekaterina Kovachevich

Legal coordinator CEE and Italy | REWE Group

Consumer products

Elisabeth Goetz

Senior legal counsel, compliance and internal investigations | Porr

Industrials and real estate

Ernest Jedrzejewski

Senior legal counsel | Amgen

Healthcare

Eva Hickl

General counsel | Schindler Group

Consumer products

Eva-Maria Tos

Deputy head of legal and compliance | Samariterbund Österreich

Healthcare

Fabian Reinisch

Head of legal | Bitpanda

Information technology

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Florian Wirth

General counsel, group compliance officer and corporate secretary | LENZING

Materials and mining

Francesco Perrone

Head of data security and compliance | GameAnalytics

Information technology

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Frank Hoyer

Risk manager | Daikin Europe

Industrials and real estate

Franz-Michael Hohensinn

General counsel | Semperit Holding

Materials and mining

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Gefion Hauer

General counsel | Head Sport

Consumer products

Gregor Gessner

Regional counsel Europe and regional compliance officer | GATX Rail Europe

Transport and infrastructure

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Guido Jestädt

Chief administrative officer | BAWAG Group

Financials

Ingo Steinwender

Group head of legal | CA Immobilien Anlagen

Industrials and real estate

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Irene Klippl

Head of banking legal | Erste Group Bank

Financials

Irene Mayr

Head of legal commercial operations, country legal head | Sandoz

Healthcare

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Jakob Karte

Legal counsel | EVN

Energy and utilities

Johannes Tuerk

General counsel | Allianz

Financials

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Julia Friebel

General counsel | OMV

Energy and utilities

Karin Probst

General counsel McDonald´s Austria and regional counsel EU DL Markets | McDonald's

Hotels, restaurants and leisure

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Katharina Riedl

Country head legal | Implenia

Industrials and real estate

Katja Tautscher

Chief legal and compliance officer | Borealis

Materials and mining

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Liam Thorpe

Head of legal | Red Bull Media House

Sports and media

Magdalena Warum

Head of legal retail | BAWAG Group

Financials

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Majda Meric Iljazovic

General counsel Adriatic region | Siemens

Materials and mining

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Malin Klippholm

Head of data privacy office | H&M

Consumer products

Mara Ghilardi

General counsel Modaxo Europe | Modaxo

Information technology

Maria Lepuschitz

Regional general counsel EMEA | INNIO Group

Industrials and real estate

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Marko Denadic

Director international legal | STRABAG

Industrials and real estate

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Markus Laurer

Head of legal | Wien Energie

Energy and utilities

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Martin Lukas

Head of legal and compliance | Liechtensteinische Landesbank

Financials

Martin Pecher

Head of legal EMEA | ams Osram

Industrials and real estate

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Matthias König

General counsel | NTS

Telecommunication services

Michael Pelzl

General counsel | Dentsu Austria

Sports and media

Milena Stoianova – Sieber

Head of legal affairs | Zeta

Healthcare

Miriam Imarhiagbe

Senior legal counsel | ÖBB Personenverkehr

Transport and infrastructure

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Monika Prisching

Senior legal counsel | Magna Steyr Fahrzeugtechnik

Consumer products

Nada Sramek

Corporate compliance lawyer | Siemens

Materials and mining

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Nathalie Huetter

General counsel | Tricentis

Information technology

Nicole S. Christ

DACH legal | Entain

Information technology

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Nikolay Yanev

Regional compliance officer | thyssenkrupp

Materials and mining

Nora Frizberg

General counsel | Speedinvest

Financials

Nurgul Cakir

Compliance manager-Europe and strategic projects | BRF

Food

Patricia Leeb

Legal manager | Bestseller

Consumer products

Patrick Prusa

Senior legal counsel | Verbund

Energy and utilities

Peter Hiller

Head of legal | delfortgroup

Materials and mining

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Philip Pauser

General counsel | Alpega Group

Information technology

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Philipp Bardas

Head of the General Secretariat | Vienna Insurance Group

Financials

Philipp Strondl

Senior legal counsel | ÖBB Infrastruktur

Transport and infrastructure

Rafael Pellegrini Ribeiro

Head of legal, international markets division | BRF

Food

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Richard Erker

General counsel Central Europe | Lafarge Austria

Commercial and professional services

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Ritta Wittmann

Head of legal and compliance | Uniqa Insurance Group

Financials

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Roland Ebenhoch

Head of legal and transactions | S IMMO

Industrials and real estate

Roland Schreiner

Associate group general counsel and head of legal operations | Atos

Information technology

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Roswitha Stoellner

Head of Legal | SPAR Austria Group

Food

Ruth Brandstätter

Senior legal counsel | Nestlé

Food

Sanda Obradovic

Division head | Austrian Anadi Bank

Financials

Simon Schuetzeneder

Head of legal Austria | ALSTOM Transport Austria

Transport and infrastructure

Stefan Führer

Head of legal and compliance, executive director | VTB Bank

Financials

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Stefan Wochinz

Legal counsel and compliance officer | Vaillant

Materials and mining

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Stephan Klinger

Head of legal | Oesterreichische Nationalbank

Financials

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Svjetlana Bulic-Keseljevic

Head of legal | UniCredit Services

Financials

Sylvia Hess

Global head of legal | Red Bull Media House

Sports and media

Szilvia Daxauer

Head of legal, Central Eastern Europe and Russia region | Mundipharma

Healthcare

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Ticiana Kobel

General counsel executive vice president legal, procurement and communications | RHI Magnesita

Materials and mining

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Valentins Abasins

Head of legal and administrative unit | Cargomind

Transport and infrastructure

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Verena Schneglberger-Grossmann

General counsel | KTM

Consumer products

Veronika Schmiedecker

General counsel | REEEP

Energy and utilities

Vicky Corley

General counsel | Enery

Energy and utilities

Victor Koncha

Managing director | ZBV Holding

Industrials and real estate

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Vincent Pringiers

General counsel | Maxion Wheels

Materials and mining

Despite its–literally and figuratively–central position in the European economy, The GC Powerlist series has lamentably foregone a specific Austria GC Powerlist until this year. Previously, Austria was only covered by our Central Eastern Europe Powerlist where its general counsel were fighting for limited positions against in-house counsel from many other nations, leading to much smaller coverage than one would expect for such a large economy.

With this year’s inaugural Austria GC Powerlist, we are finally shining the right amount of light on the general counsel of Austria. And what a list it is! We have got chief legal officers at the helm of vast functions with many direct reports, sole legal counsel who have to stay on top of all their company’s legal issues without backup and everything between, with the wide variety of industry sectors you would expect from a GC Powerlist title.

It has not been the easiest business environment for legal counsel to operate in for some time now and Covid, the Ukraine crisis and rampant inflation combine to mean that we are unfortunately a long way away from business as usual. It is in situations like this, however, where in-house counsel can really prove their value to organisations. Reading the interviews we have done for the Austria GC Powerlist will give some idea as to how top-level general counsel deal with crises.

I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to every single general counsel who participated in this first-ever edition of the GC Powerlist: Austria 2022. Included within these pages are the most impressive in-house lawyers within the country, those who have utilised their legal knowledge strategically to provide business insights and contribute to their company’s success. Given the wide breadth of business challenges that virtually every company faces during the uncertain prevailing business environment, this is an even larger benefit to the companies of Austria.

I am extremely pleased to present this list of the most agile, innovative, and exceptional in-house lawyers in Austria.

Joe Boswell
Head of Research
GC Powerlist Series

CERHA HEMPEL

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CERHA HEMPEL is very pleased to be the exclusive partner of the GC Powerlist in Austria for the first time. We support the GC Powerlist as it acknowledges the best and most innovative in-house counsels in Austria who are developing innovative solutions to complex issues.

CERHA HEMPEL is one of the leading corporate law firms in Central and Eastern Europe with its headquarters in Vienna. With offices in Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia and a team of over 200 lawyers, we offer our clients seamless services across our offices and jurisdictions.

Starting from a traditional, long-established law firm, we have managed to develop into a modern international law firm through constant development and monitoring of trends.

In recent years, we have been able to significantly strengthen and increase our market position and our overall presence in the market. Nevertheless, constant further development and swift reaction to social and market changes has always been part of our corporate philosophy.

We warmly congratulate the recognised counsels of so many well-known companies. We have been privileged to work with many of them for several years now.

GC Powerlist: Austria 2022

Tuesday 28 June 2022 saw global business development manager Ben Lovell and GC Powerlist head of research Joe Boswell travel to Vienna, an already beautiful city resplendent in the sunshine of a summer heatwave, to oversee the launch of The Legal 500’s first-ever Austria GC Powerlist. 

 Alongside key Legal 500 partners and highly ranked firm CERHA HEMPEL, we invited the very best in-house counsel in the country along to enjoy a champagne reception and much-needed chance to network with their peers.

All GC Powerlist launches are special, but this was a particularly high-energy affair, helped by the over 30-degree heat in Vienna on the day and the excellent speeches from the charismatic CERHA HEMPEL managing partner Clemens Hasenauer and the always engaging Stefan Wochinz of Vaillant (The Legal 500’s Joe also pitched in with a speech but we’ll leave it up to the audience to decide how well that went).  

 As you can see from the photos, the event was an enormous success, and we look forward to next year!