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Europe Guide

Dispute Resolution: Litigation — Austria

Senior Statesmen

Wolf Theiss

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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Band 1

Christian Klausegger

BINDER GRÖSSWANG Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Europe guide

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 multi-jurisdictional litigation relating to 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 the president of the Austrian Arbitration Association.

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Band 1

KNOETZL

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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Band 1

Florian Kremslehner

DORDA

From the Chambers Europe guide

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."

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Band 1

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

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 the financial services and car manufacturing sectors.

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Band 2

Alexander Klauser

Brauneis Klauser Prändl Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Europe guide

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

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Band 2

Johannes Reich-Rohrwig

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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Band 2

CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati

From the Chambers Europe guide

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, she works with you to come to a fair solution," a source says.

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Band 3

Raimund Bollenberger

Doralt Seist & Csoklich

From the Chambers Europe guide

Raimund Bollenberger represents financial institutions in conflicts relating to financial services products. He is also a recognised academic, with a source noting that he successfully combines "academic and litigation skills."

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Band 3

Doralt Seist & Csoklich

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peter Csoklich is known for his experience handling insurance disputes. A client praises his high availability and quick delivery of advice.

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Band 3

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Markus Fellner of Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners is a respected litigator advising clients on contentious restructuring and insolvency cases. He often represents banks as well as big Austrian corporates. A client appreciates his specific advice: "He is clear: if we do this, this will follow; if we do that, that will happen." He recently represented BKS Bank AG and BAWAG in proceedings against a consumer protection organisation and the Federal Chamber of Labour in relation to general terms and conditions as used by Austrian banks, which reached the ECJ.

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Band 3

KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Europe guide

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."

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Band 3

Felix Hörlsberger

DORDA

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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Band 3

KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Europe guide

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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Band 3

Daniela Karollus-Bruner

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

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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Band 3

Alexander Petsche

Baker McKenzie - Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG

From the Chambers Europe guide

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 source states that he "makes you feel very well represented."

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Band 3

Kunz Schima Wallentin Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Europe guide

Georg Schima of Kunz Schima Wallentin Rechtsanwälte GmbH is a well-regarded corporate litigation lawyer. He is particularly known for handling contentious employment matters.

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Band 3

Clemens Trauttenberg

Wolf Theiss

From the Chambers Europe guide

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

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Band 4

BINDER GRÖSSWANG Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Europe guide

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 elevator and escalator cartel. Interviewees praise his preparation, court style and strong people skills. "You just feel well cared for," a source reports.

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Band 4

David Christian Bauer

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach

From the Chambers Europe guide

David Christian Bauer of DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach is active in litigation and represents financial services clients in large cross-border matters. A client notes that he works "technically flawlessly" and is "extremely collegial."

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Band 4

Wolf Theiss

From the Chambers Europe guide

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."

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Band 4

Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ernst Brandl is renowned for his knowledge of the financial services sphere, where he often represents Austrian insurance and banking clients in high-value regulatory conflicts, including civil and administrative proceedings. A client notes that "his reputation in regulatory matters is impressive" and further highlights his "proactive advice" and "wealth of experience."

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Band 4

Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dieter Heine of Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte represents clients in a variety of litigation matters. He is particularly known for handling technology-related conflicts, most often in relation to competition aspects. "He is a strong litigator and great communicator," a client says.

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Band 4

Nikolaus Pitkowitz

Graf & Pitkowitz Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nikolaus Pitkowitz is well recognised 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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Band 4

Fiebinger Polak & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Europe guide

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

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Band 4

BLS Rechtsanwälte (Boller Langhammer Schubert Gmbh)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Litigator Philipp Scheuba of BLS Rechtsanwälte (Boller Langhammer Schubert Gmbh) is best known for his specialism in the insurance area, including matters pertaining to E&O and D&O. "He is very good in insurance disputes," a peer confirms.

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Band 4

Nikolaus Vavrovsky

Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nikolaus Vavrovsky of Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte acts as both international arbitration counsel, particularly in infrastructure and energy disputes, as well as a corporate litigator. A client notes his detailed approach: "He is very calm and has an ability to explain proposals and applicable law."

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Band 4

CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati

From the Chambers Europe guide

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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Up and Coming

Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH

From the Chambers Europe guide

Up-and-coming Christian Lenz acts on financial services-related disputes, representing Austrian banks and other financial services companies. "We always feel comfortable relying on his advice," a client says.

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