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Dispute Resolution — Austria


BINDER GRÖSSWANG Rechtsanwälte GmbH - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Christian Klausegger is an impressive disputes lawyer with a particularly strong reputation in litigation and also active in arbitration. He handles high-profile cases related to financial services, construction and IT conflicts. He recently represented a global IT company in the Austrian Supreme Court in relation to a multi-jurisdictional litigation concerning a customer complaint. A source praises his negotiation skills and strategy, saying that he "played through various scenarios in building a chain of argumentation." Another source adds: "I am impressed by the kind of strategy he proposes." He has also been appointed president of the Austrian Arbitration Association.

Michael Kutschera is a senior, highly esteemed arbitrator with an impressive track record of handling arbitration cases relating to energy issues. His expertise includes cases under the Vienna Rules and before the ICC and includes acting as chair and co-arbitrator in high-profile cases.

Stefan Albiez advances in the rankings as a result of positive feedback and his visibility on the firm's key cases. He recently led the team representing the City of Vienna and a number of other large real estate owners before the Austrian Supreme Court in private enforcement proceedings, claiming large damages as a result of the lift and escalator cartel. Interviewees praise his preparation, court style and strong people skills. "You just feel well cared for," a source reports.

About the Team (content provided by BINDER GRÖSSWANG Rechtsanwälte GmbH)

We support our clients in attaining their rights with the wide-ranging experience of our team members from legal proceedings and arbitration rules as well as our tactical strengths. With the right mixture of clout and flair, we have already attended a multitude of proceedings and brought them successfully to conclusion. We are known for a realistic assessment of opportunities and risks in each phase of proceedings and a correspondingly targeted approach. Partners of our law firm are sought-after as arbitrators in the domestic market and abroad.

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Representation before courts and arbitration courts, enforcement of rulings, recovery of assets, alternative dispute resolution, intra-company investigations, defence of class Actions, white collar crime, insurance litigation

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DORDA - Dispute Resolution Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Florian Kremslehner is noted for his outstanding litigation work and also often acts as arbitration counsel as well as assisting with white-collar crime matters. A client praises his "outstanding legal knowledge and especially reliable client care."

Felix Hörlsberger is best recognised for his expertise in insurance litigation. He represented AIG in a EUR25 million D&O policy dispute regarding formerly key people in one of the largest Austrian banks.

Senior practitioner Christian Dorda is a highly regarded arbitrator respected for his wealth of experience in the field.

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DORDA advises and represents corporations and private clients in enforcing or defending claims. Our clients rely on the skills of DORDA particularly in complex matters, which require an international experience and network. Lawyers of our firm regularly act as counsel or arbitrator in civil litigations and arbitral proceedings before national and international courts and arbitral tribunals. DORDA also has a wealth of experience in securing and enforcing claims, including in matters of an international and cross-border nature. Amongst our clients are Austrian and international corporations, national and foreign public authorities and governments, as well as private individuals. Furthermore, the size and vigor of our team allows DORDA to successfully represent clients in mass litigation against thousands of claimants. 

Our services include:

  • Assessing chances of success and risks
  • Developing litigation strategies
  • Providing coordinated efforts before civil and criminal courts and public authorities
  • Representing in civil litigations before all Austrian courts
  • Defending against claims in mass litigation
  • Providing advise in cross-border disputes
  • Representing in arbitral proceedings
  • Acting as arbitrators and experts on Austrian law
  • Investment treaty arbitration
  • Pursuing of claims for and against public institutions
  • Interim relief proceedings before courts and arbitral tribunal
  • Enforcement measures in Austria and abroad
  • Out-of-court dispute resolution



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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Günther Horvath is a distinguished figure in international arbitration, where he acts as both counsel and arbitrator. "He is experienced, very well organised and knows how to conduct a hearing in a way that is effective and is also conducted in a very friendly way," a source says. Of late, he has been involved in several high-value international arbitration proceedings in the energy sector. He has been appointed president of the Vienna International Arbitration Centre.

Thomas Kustor is a top-tier litigator who is widely respected by market sources for his handling of high-profile, often cross-border commercial litigation cases. He is particularly known for his practical experience of advising clients from financial services and car manufacturing sectors.

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Please visit the Freshfields website for more details about our work in this category: http://www.freshfields.com/en-gb/what-we-do/services/disputes-litigation-and-arbitration/

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KNOETZL - Dispute Resolution Department

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第二等

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Emmanuel Eugenio Kaufman is an Argentine-qualified lawyer based in Vienna, focusing on commercial and international investment arbitration, where he acts as counsel to Austrian clients active in Argentina and beyond. He advised Casinos Austria on an investment arbitration trial against the Argentine Republic regarding a revocation of an exclusive gaming licence held by its subsidiary.

Bettina Knötzl is a founding partner of the firm and an outstanding litigator. Sources appreciate her all-inclusive approach to issues that go beyond the legal technicalities. She leads on high-profile international disputes as well as advising on white-collar crime cases. She is also involved in mediation.

Florian Haugeneder is recognised as an arbitrator and arbitration counsel, acting on commercial as well as investment arbitration cases. Clients appreciate his strategic approach and strong process management skills. He recently represented Österreichische Staatsdruckerei in arbitration proceedings against the Republic of Kosovo relating to the payment for printing of biometric Kosovo passports.

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Schoenherr - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Eminent practitioner Christoph Lindinger is a highly regarded arbitrator with an impressive track record. One source is impressed by his strategic thinking and his ability to reach his goals in cases.

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Wolf Theiss - Dispute Resolution Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Senior practitioner Andreas Theiss is a long-established litigation expert. He is described as a "brilliant strategist" and is highly respected by peers and clients alike.

Stefan Riegler joined Wolf Theiss from Baker McKenzie in January 2018. He is widely recognised as an experienced arbitration practitioner, described as "one of the big names." Sources note his "very valuable strategic input." He assists with complex disputes, particularly within the energy and construction sectors.

Clemens Trauttenberg divides his time between litigation and white-collar crime matters. He represents international and Austrian corporations as well as senior managers in cross-border disputes. A client praises him for his "integrity and dedication."

Holger Bielesz specialises in banking and securities litigation as well as assisting with asset-tracing cases, representing financial institutions. A source describes him as a "solid technical lawyer."

Entering the rankings this year on the back of positive market feedback, Venus Valentina Wong focuses on arbitration. Sources describe her as "very accurate and efficient."

Ceyda Akbal Schwimann is admitted to the İstanbul Bar, UK-qualified and registered as a European attorney in Austria. She focuses on international arbitration matters and also has experience in representing Austrian and German clients before Turkish courts.

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Our dispute resolution team combines its business law and commercial litigation experience with industry-specific expertise to assist clients in handling highly contentious matters. We consistently deliver winning results for our clients who include multinational companies, financial institutions and private equity firms, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, as well as their officers and directors.



 



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zeiler.partners Rechtsanwälte GmbH - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Gerold Zeiler is recognised as one of the most prominent names in the field of arbitration, where he excels as both counsel and arbitrator. In addition to his outstanding expertise, a client also notes his "great business acumen," adding that he is "sharp and comes straight to the point in a few minutes."

Lisa Beisteiner advances in the rankings this year as a result of highly positive market feedback and taking a key role in the firm's instructions. "I think she is one of the rising superstars in arbitration in Austria," a client says, and praises her as "highly analytical: getting very deep into the facts and circumstances." Another client notes her impressive working speed.

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The commercial arbitration team has a wide range of experience in arbitration under the ICC, UNCITRAL and VIAC Rules in all areas of commercial law. Members of the team also regularly sit as arbitrators. Respresentation of   
■ global home furniture producer in ICC proceedings on contractual damages claims       
■ a company in the automotive industry in VIAC arbitrations        
■ a European energy major in an ICC arbitration     
The firm’s commercial litigation specialists represent clients before all Austrian courts. The practice covers all fields of commercial  disputes, including in particular corporate, post-M&A, agency and
distribution, unfair competition and banking and finance. Respresentation of       
■ shareholder in a shareholder dispute in an arms company        
■ a large Austrian company in the furniture business in a corporate finance dispute       
■ an Italian client in setting-aside proceedings before the Austrian Supreme Court       
■ a Romanian energy company in two parallel proceedings regarding the issue of interim measures
The firm regularly advises clients in investment disputes. It represents both governments and foreign investors before international tribunals in disputes under bilateral investment treaties. Respresentation of        
■ a South-Eastern European state under ICSID Rules        
■ an Eastern European state under UNCITRAL Rules administered by ICSID
■  an Eastern European state iunder the Stockholm Rules

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Baker McKenzie - Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Filip Boras leads on significant matters, such as the ongoing representation of Georg Gavrilović and his company in ICSID proceedings against the Republic of Croatia. "He understands our needs without many words," a client observes, adding: "He also works greatly with witnesses. It was very easy to prepare for a hearing with him." He is dual-qualified in Austria and the USA and is experienced in handling commercial and investment arbitration cases. His particular experience in matters relating to CEE countries distinguishes him as one of the experts for this region.

Alexander Petsche acts on litigation cases as well as arbitration proceedings. He handles cross-border disputes relating to large insolvency cases and post-M&A conflicts, boasting particular knowledge of construction and infrastructure as well as energy. He also acts on general commercial conflicts, including distribution-related contentious matters, and white-collar crime cases. A sources states that he "makes you feel very well represented."

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CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Irene Welser has a strong reputation in both litigation and arbitration work, with an excellent track record of representing blue-chip companies from the financial, construction and infrastructure sectors. "She has a very strong personality, and what I like is that she works with you on a case, working with you to come to a fair solution," a source says.

Benedikt Spiegelfeld is a well-regarded arbitrator boasting an impressive track record.

Peter Vcelouch is best known for his litigation work in the areas of real estate and construction, where he represents high-profile clients.

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CMS - Dispute Resolution Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Johannes Reich-Rohrwig is a strong litigator who is also a well-recognised corporate lawyer. Sources highlight his impressive track record in handling corporate litigation matters, including shareholder disputes.

Daniela Karollus-Bruner is a well-known practitioner in the litigation sphere. Sources describe her as a "very good technical lawyer." She leads on cases in Austria as well as the wider CEE region, often representing financial services and real estate clients.

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Graf & Pitkowitz Rechtsanwälte GmbH - Dispute Resolution Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Nikolaus Pitkowitz is reputed for handling both litigation and arbitration instructions, acting as counsel and arbitrator. "When it comes to overall strategy, Mr Pitkowitz has given us really good advice," a source says.

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Graf & Pitkowitz was founded in 1994 and is one of the leading independent Austrian commercial law firms with offices in Vienna and Graz. The full service firm advises in all fields of Austrian and European business law. with a client base from all sectors of industry – both domestic and foreign – and public authorities. Graf & Pitkowitz has 40 qualified lawyers including 7 partners – most are recognized experts in their field and have years of international experience. The firm is internationally known for its hard work approach and efficient and creative way of handling complex cases in a solution-oriented manner. 

Graf & Pitkowitz is a top tier firm for all types of complex commercial litigation and arbitration - both domestic and international. The team has wide practical experience in arbitration proceedings under all leading institutional rules, including Vienna Rules, ICC, SIAC, Swiss Chambers, KCAB, UNCITRAL, SCC, Hungarian Chamber of Commerce, Czech, and ad hoc arbitrations. The firm has become increasingly well known for its work in high profile cases the areas of restitution of social media /data protection, looted art, white collar crime and shareholder disputes.
Partner Nikolaus Pitkowitz is considered one of the preeminent Austrian arbitration and dispute resolution practitioners. He has participated in nearly 100 arbitral proceedings.

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Brauneis Klauser Prändl Rechtsanwälte GmbH - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Alexander Klauser is an esteemed litigator especially well known for his handling of consumer protection cases in relation to considerable class action cases.

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bkp – Brauneis Klauser Prändl is one of Austria's leading business law firms. The firm is known for providing clients with high-profile services along with efficient and target-oriented advice. Due to its organizational structure bkp is particularly flexible and quick in advising and representing clients in all aspects of business law.

The firm is appreciated not only for its legal expertise, but also for its lawyers' hard work, commitment and availability. When advising clients, the firm considers it a matter of course to take into consideration the respective client’s economic background and entrepreneurial goals.


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Fiebinger Polak & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Rudolf Fiebinger enjoys a good reputation in arbitration, where he acts as both counsel and arbitrator. A source notes that he "understands the business side of the conflict."

Peter Polak focuses on litigation, representing local and international clients in high-value disputes. He handles a broad scope of matters, including liability claims and contract disputes.

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Konrad & Partners - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 4

第四等

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Christian Konrad is a highly regarded arbitration specialist. His experience covers a number of CEE jurisdictions and matters often relating to energy-related construction contracts and insurance claims.

Philipp Peters climbs the rankings as a result of positive feedback and growing market recognition. He acts on arbitration cases often relating to conflicts regarding construction contracts and also represents financial services clients. He acts as both arbitrator and counsel. A source describes him as "very talented" and "technically excellent."

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KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Thomas Frad is recognised as a litigator who focuses on construction disputes and also acts as an arbitrator in disputes concerning the construction sector. "He doesn't beat around the bush," a source says, adding that he clearly describes "the paths one can take."

Georg Karasek enjoys strong recognition among peers and clients in construction-related litigation, frequently representing contractors and construction companies in property development conflicts. A source says he is "certainly a very good choice" and he is noted for his long-standing experience in the field.

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