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White-Collar Crime — Austria


CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati - White-Collar Crime Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Standout team with impressive experience in numerous white-collar crime matters, including acting on bid rigging allegations. Expertise spans compliance advice as well as internal investigations and leniency applications. Varied client base includes international organisations and financial institutions as well as senior management. Additionally adept at cross-border matters.

Strengths Sources appreciate the firm's quality of service, noting that "everyone seems to have a good understanding of client expectations."

Work highlights Assisted one of SPAR's board members with allegations of exertion of undue influence on the managing director of the Austrian Competition Authority and accusations of defamation.

Represented Wiener Stadtwerke in various criminal proceedings over allegations of fraud, corruption and manipulation of several tender proceedings at its subsidiary, Wien Energie.

Notable practitioners

Leading criminal lawyer Peter Lewisch acts on broad range of white-collar crime mandates, frequently advising banks and multinational corporations on compliance matters, defamation cases and leniency applications. He is singled out by clients and peers alike as a "leading academic" who stands out for his incredible technical expertise in this sector.

Hans Kristoferitsch regularly assists a variety of clients with compliance matters as well as representation in criminal proceedings. Kristoferitsch acts for clients from the energy and construction sector, and frequently advises senior management. He is also well versed in cross-border mandates. Interviewees are impressed by his sound judgement and insight, noting that he is "very knowledgeable on the subtleties of criminal investigation work."

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Baker McKenzie - Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG - White-Collar Crime Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly regarded team offering support to multinational corporations, financial institutions and top managers on compliance matters, with additional know-how of internal investigations and related data protection issues. Particularly well versed in tackling allegations of tax evasion, breach of trust, corruption and criminal proceedings.

Strengths The team is praised for its concise style, with one source saying: "They are matter-of-fact," avoiding lengthy technical jargon.

Another interviewee greatly values that the team is "absolutely trustworthy and keeps everything confidential."

Notable practitioners

Georg Krakow is a well-respected practitioner in the area of white-collar crime and criminal investigations. He offers particular strength in allegations relating to tax evasion, fraud, and the misuse of assets by employees. One client values his experience with the authorities, saying that he "knows the thought patterns and processes of the investigating body. Furthermore, his way of going about things is always directed towards a neutral and open reasoning."

Alexander Petsche is known for his extensive expertise in compliance law, including advice on compliance systems, training and strategy development, as well as lobbying law. He advises national and international companies from various sectors, such as technology, energy and construction.

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Wolf Theiss - White-Collar Crime Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong firm with impressive experience in a broad range of domestic and transnational white-collar crime mandates. Reputed for its skill representing financial institutions and big multinationals in criminal proceedings connected to commercial fraud, offering further compliance advice. Additionally proficient in asset recovery, internal forensic investigations and defamation cases.

Strengths Clients praise the team for its efficiency, highlighting in particular its ability to "advise clients in a holistic manner, focusing not only on core legal aspects but far more on building a comprehensive overall strategy."

Sources also value the firm's diligence, including the way in which it carefully assesses "the legal opportunities and risks arising from different options and so provides a good base for clients to make decisions from."

Work highlights Represented National Bank TRUST in a claim against an Austrian financial institution regarding allegedly fraudulent transactions.

Acted for Airbus Defence & Space as defendants on accusations of contract fraud by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence & Sports.

Notable practitioners

Clemens Trauttenberg is commended by clients for his strong intellectual skill in the area of white-collar crime. He frequently acts for big multinationals on criminal proceedings concerning fraud, with additional skill in internal forensic investigations and implementing compliance programmes.

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Our white-collar crime team has international experience in handling complex cases involving commercial and regulatory fraud, internal forensic investigations, corruption, cybercrimes and asset recovery. 

Using our expertise and contacts across our 13 regional offices, we are quickly able to advise clients on their jurisdictional compliance obligations, from data privacy and supplier agreements to internal controls and labour relations. The team also has expertise in designing corporate compliance programs that address our clients' greatest risks and mitigate problems before a potential investigation.


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DORDA - White-Collar Crime Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Practice group with marked experience advising corporate clients as well as individuals on both civil and criminal proceedings. Is particularly well versed in cross-border deals concerning fraud, with further skill in corporate investigations, asset tracing and recovery.

Strengths The team is noted by market observers for its abilities in handling large cases, reporting that "you can refer big things there without hesitation."

Notable practitioners

Florian Kremslehner has a proven track record advising financial institutions, multinational organisations, government entities and individuals on a variety of white-collar crime topics. He is widely reputed for his impressive skills in litigation in both civil and criminal matters and is also a highly regarded arbitrator.

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KNOETZL - White-Collar Crime Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-reputed firm drawing on its impressive skill in corporate and commercial litigation to advise companies and financial institutions on various white-collar crime issues. Is notably well versed in compliance matters and internal investigations, offering further skill acting on criminal proceedings regarding corruption and money laundering. Boasts additional expertise in cross-border mandates.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's personal and strategic approach, particularly highlighting the firm's ability to give "a broad view of the facts and to clarify the topic." Interviewees also commend its "specialised knowledge and strong reputation in this area."

Interviewees also value the team's "diligence, knowledge and availability" when tackling complex white-collar crime issues.

Work highlights Represented a member of the managing board of Aluminium Lend in criminal proceedings regarding negligent homicide.

Assisted Transparency International with an array of legal questions, including anti-corruption strategy and leniency programmes.

Notable practitioners

According to clients Bettina Knötzl has "an outstanding reputation" in this area, and she is highlighted for her ability to offer "exceptionally strategic, well-thought-through and commercial advice to clients." She is well versed in domestic and cross-border white-collar crime mandates, including compliance advice, internal investigations and criminal proceedings relating to corruption.

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PHH Prochaska Havranek Rechtsanwälte - White-Collar Crime Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Particularly known for representing individual clients and corporations in an array of white-collar crime matters. Offers notable skill in investigation proceedings connected to cases of bribery, corruption and embezzlement, with additional experience advising on corporate fraud accusations. Expertise spans various industry sectors, including medical, logistics and construction.

Strengths Commentators commend the team for its ability to successfully manage deadlines, praising the firm's "management methods, timeliness and availability."

Clients also appreciate the firm's "calm working style," going on to praise its "good international network" as well as its "great knowledge of the details of Austrian procedures."

Work highlights Represented ODELGA MED as defendants in accusations that the client bribed an employee of the World Bank regarding the awarding of a hospital project.

Notable practitioners

Mathias Preuschl is deemed "very reliable and loyal" whose "team player skills are to be highlighted." He is particularly adept at advising on local and cross-border compliance matters, and represents individuals and companies in criminal proceedings relating to bribery, fraud and embezzlement.

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Rechtsanwaltsbüro SOYER KIER STUEFER - White-Collar Crime Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-respected boutique firm advising on criminal law mandates. Is particularly active on white-collar crime issues, such as compliance matters as well as representation in financial criminal law proceedings. Assists individuals and companies with defence against accusations. Active on cross-border mandates.

Strengths Clients describe the team as "an excellent boutique firm."

Notable practitioners

Richard Soyer continues to be recognised as a market-leading individual in this sector. He has an impressive track record assisting a range of clients with business crime and compliance matters including representation in criminal proceedings.

Roland Kier is widely recognised on the market for his impressive and long-standing expertise in the field of corporate crime. He acts for clients on criminal law appeal procedures.

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Brandl & Talos Rechtsanwälte GmbH - White-Collar Crime Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for White-collar crime team noted for its impressive know-how of the financial services and gambling sectors. Demonstrates proficiency in both civil and criminal proceedings and is particularly well versed in assisting senior management with matters concerning embezzlement, bribery and breach of trust.

Strengths Market observers praise their "bridge between civil and criminal law," which exemplifies their ability to manage matters that include elements from both fields.

Notable practitioners

Christopher Schrank is a key contact for clients.

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Christopher Schrank's unrivalled combination of corporate expertise and White-Collar Crime experience places him in high demand when companies and/or managers face criminal liability. Christopher's unparalleled success in representing several large banks, executives and auditors in numerous criminal proceedings is a testament to his ability.

Christopher was asked to join a panel of experts commissioned by the Ministry of Justice to elaborate on the reformulation and harmonisation of criminal law provisions regarding accounting fraud. His participation is just one of the many ways in which Christopher is contributing to the revision of criminal law.

Together with our highly-qualified team of lawyers, Christopher advises and represents banks, corporations and individuals in management positions facing criminal prosecution relating to their business. He also assists clients with regulatory compliance to prevent behavioural and business practices that could potentially trigger criminal prosecution.

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Schoenherr - White-Collar Crime Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Notable practice reputed for its skill in various white-collar crime matters, with impressive proficiency in both civil and criminal proceedings. Offers further skill in compliance and internal investigations, with a particular focus on cases concerning fraud and breach of trust. Varied client base includes multinational corporations, financial institutions and top managers.

Strengths Interviewees commend the team's dedication to the field of white-collar crime, describing the way in which it works as "outstanding."

Notable practitioners

Klara Kiehl is admired by commentators for her "technical competence" when dealing with complex white-collar crime matters, and interviewees describe her as "very dynamic, committed and invested in the interests of the client." She regularly assists with a wide range of both civil and criminal proceedings. She advises clients on internal investigations, bribery allegations and the implementation of compliance programmes.

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Criminal compliance risks are present in all areas of business. In response to this, Schoenherr has established a dedicated compliance and white collar crime team. The team has substantive legal and practical expertise in this area and is well equipped to handle all aspects of criminal compliance and white collar criminal matters.


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Senior Statesperson

Herbert Eichenseder

Dr. Herbert Eichenseder Rechtsanwalt

From the Chambers Europe guide

Herbert Eichenseder of Dr. Herbert Eichenseder Rechtsanwalt continues to be held in high regard for his extensive experience in white-collar crime mandates. He has a strong reputation for representing high-profile individuals in court proceedings.

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Senior Statesperson

Wolfgang Moringer

Haslinger Nagele & Partner

From the Chambers Europe guide

Wolfgang Moringer of Haslinger Nagele & Partner retains his esteemed reputation for his long-standing and profound knowledge in the field of white-collar crime.

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KNOETZL

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to clients Bettina Knötzl has "an outstanding reputation" in this area, and she is highlighted for her ability to offer "exceptionally strategic, well-thought-through and commercial advice to clients." She is well versed in domestic and cross-border white-collar crime mandates, including compliance advice, internal investigations and criminal proceedings relating to corruption.

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CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati

From the Chambers Europe guide

Leading criminal lawyer Peter Lewisch acts on broad range of white-collar crime mandates, frequently advising banks and multinational corporations on compliance matters, defamation cases and leniency applications. He is singled out by clients and peers alike as a "leading academic" who stands out for his incredible technical expertise in this sector.

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Ruhri & Partner Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gerald Ruhri created the Graz-based firm of Ruhri & Partner Rechtsanwälte in April 2017. Ruhri has a proven track record advising financial services companies and their managers on a broad range of criminal matters. Sources describe him as "very precise and clever."

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Rechtsanwaltsbüro SOYER KIER STUEFER

From the Chambers Europe guide

Richard Soyer continues to be recognised as a market-leading individual in this sector. He has an impressive track record assisting a range of clients with business crime and compliance matters including representation in criminal proceedings.

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Band 1

WKK Law Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Europe guide

Norbert Wess of WKK Law Rechtsanwälte is held in high esteem for his proficiency in criminal law matters and is highlighted for his focus on criminal defence matters. He frequently offers compliance advice, demonstrating further skill in in-house investigations.

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Baker McKenzie - Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG

From the Chambers Europe guide

Georg Krakow is a well-respected practitioner in the area of white-collar crime and criminal investigations. He offers particular strength in allegations relating to tax evasion, fraud, and the misuse of assets by employees. One client values his experience with the authorities, saying that he "knows the thought patterns and processes of the investigating body. Furthermore, his way of going about things is always directed towards a neutral and open reasoning."

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Heidemarie Paulitsch

PAULITSCH LAW

From the Chambers Europe guide

Heidemarie Paulitsch of PAULITSCH LAW has a specialist knowledge of the white-collar crime sector that is widely appreciated by her clients, who go on to note that her particular strength lies in the "commitment with which she approaches the investigation of the issues, in order to get to the bottom of even very complex issues." She offers expert advice on criminal proceedings connected to cases of embezzlement, bribery and tax fraud.

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Band 2

Michael Rohregger

Rohregger Scheibner

From the Chambers Europe guide

Michael Rohregger of Rohregger Scheibner is reputed for his skill in both civil and criminal corporate disputes, offering particular expertise in a range of business crime issues.

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Band 2

Clemens Trauttenberg

Wolf Theiss

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clemens Trauttenberg is commended by clients for his strong intellectual skill in the area of white-collar crime. He frequently acts for big multinationals on criminal proceedings concerning fraud, with additional skill in internal forensic investigations and implementing compliance programmes.

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Band 3

Ainedter & Ainedter

From the Chambers Europe guide

Manfred Ainedter of Ainedter & Ainedter is widely reputed on the market for his skill in defending prominent clients in high-profile criminal proceedings, offering further expertise in business crime.

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Rechtsanwaltsbüro SOYER KIER STUEFER

From the Chambers Europe guide

Roland Kier is widely recognised on the market for his impressive and long-standing expertise in the field of corporate crime. He acts for clients on criminal law appeal procedures.

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Band 3

Kollmann Wolm Attorneys

From the Chambers Europe guide

Lukas Kollmann of Kollmann Wolm Attorneys frequently represents individual clients and international organisations in an array of criminal law matters, advising clients on allegations of embezzlement, fraud and corruption. He is additionally well versed in cross-border mandates. Interviewees are impressed with his work on investigations, describing him as "very smart and very hard-working."

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Band 3

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach

From the Chambers Europe guide

Thomas Kralik of DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach is a well-known criminal defence lawyer, who recently acted for two officials of Wiener Wohnen on a high-profile fraud case. He represents individuals and businesses in a variety of white-collar crime matters, such as in allegations of bribery, fraud and infringement of EU export law, and is also active on dawn raid training. Clients value him for his "technical approach."

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Band 3

Florian Kremslehner

DORDA

From the Chambers Europe guide

Florian Kremslehner has a proven track record advising financial institutions, multinational organisations, government entities and individuals on a variety of white-collar crime topics. He is widely reputed for his impressive skills in litigation in both civil and criminal matters and is also a highly regarded arbitrator.

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Hans Kristoferitsch

CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati

From the Chambers Europe guide

Hans Kristoferitsch regularly assists a variety of clients with compliance matters as well as representation in criminal proceedings. Kristoferitsch acts for clients from the energy and construction sector, and frequently advises senior management. He is also well versed in cross-border mandates. Interviewees are impressed by his sound judgement and insight, noting that he is "very knowledgeable on the subtleties of criminal investigation work."

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Band 3

Alexander Petsche

Baker McKenzie - Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexander Petsche is known for his extensive expertise in compliance law, including advice on compliance systems, training and strategy development, as well as lobbying law. He advises national and international companies from various sectors, such as technology, energy and construction.

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Up and Coming

Schoenherr

From the Chambers Europe guide

Klara Kiehl is admired by commentators for her "technical competence" when dealing with complex white-collar crime matters, and interviewees describe her as "very dynamic, committed and invested in the interests of the client." She regularly assists with a wide range of both civil and criminal proceedings. She advises clients on internal investigations, bribery allegations and the implementation of compliance programmes.

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Up and Coming

PHH Prochaska Havranek Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mathias Preuschl is deemed "very reliable and loyal"  whose "team player skills are to be highlighted." He is particularly adept at advising on local and cross-border compliance matters, and represents individuals and companies in criminal proceedings relating to bribery, fraud and embezzlement.

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