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Firm Profile


Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • Herrengasse 1
  • Vienna
  • Vienna
  • Austria
  • 1010

Firm profile submitted by KNOETZL

Number of partners: 6
Number of lawyers: 21
Languages:    English, German, Spanish, Russian, French, Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, Italian, Czech, Slovak, Hungarian

KNOETZL is a leading Austrian law firm founded on a handshake by some of the most effective, experienced and perceptive legal minds dedicated to providing the highest quality of advocacy in dispute resolution and corporate crisis. The firm’s mission is to achieve optimal outcomes for corporate, financial and governmental clients in their most significant and challenging disputes. With an all–star team, combined with a diversity of styles and specialisations, KNOETZL delivers new standards of excellence in the market.


Arbitration and litigation are the bedrock of KNOETZL’s practice. The members of the arbitration team are routinely engaged as counsel and as arbitrators under all significant arbitration rules. KNOETZL’s practice handles international commercial arbitration, investment protection and arbitration-related court proceedings. KNOETZL’s expertise includes construction and engineering, energy, gaming, hospitality, automotive, IT and telecommunications, life science, healthcare and pharmaceuticals and aviation. The distinct ability of KNOETZL to collaborate with partner law firms, experts and in-house counsel ensures high standards and efficient handling of the most complex cases. Because of the arbitration team’s diversity, KNOETZL offers clients advice in various languages with a deep, hands-on, market and expert legal knowledge in a wide range of jurisdictions (e.g., in Latin America, CEE and SEE). KNOETZL’s team has been successfully involved in some of the largest and most complex commercial arbitrations in Austria and the CEE region of the last decade, and on behalf of some of the world’s largest companies and has a consistent track record in delivering favorable results to its clients. A highlight of the arbitration practice includes advising Casinos Austria in an investment arbitration against the Argentine Republic.

Asset Recovery | Enforcement:
KNOETZL acts for multinational corporations and high net worth individuals when victims of fraud. The close relationships and seasoned teamwork with experienced local and international forensic experts and fraud recovery lawyers around the globe ensure help identification, tracing, freezing and recovering financial, book entry, and physical assets with the most effective use of dedicated resources. A KNOETZL partner is the president of the Transparency International (Austria Chapter) advisory board. In 2017, a member of the firm has been awarded the worldwide recognition of ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in the field of Asset Recovery by London business research publication Who’s Who Legal. KNOETZL’s expertise also includes effective provisional measures, such as freeze orders and attachments, in the domestic and international context, and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards.

Crisis Management:
KNOETZL supports local and international companies across all business and governmental sectors in dealing with critical situations, in a routine and focused manner even under serious time pressure, as is often necessary. The firm’s primary objective is to help clients prevent crises.

KNOETZL’s extensive experience and prompt response time can arm stressed clients with rapid and thorough assessments of all legal and practical issues encountered in times of corporate crisis, and provide viable and business-oriented solutions.

Fraud | Business Crime:
KNOETZL represents companies and individuals during fraud, criminal and irregularity investigation proceedings, and guides them through trials when they arise. KNOETZL’s team expertly handles the legal aspects of white collar crime matters and is equally skilled at understanding and addressing commercial and reputational (including PR) risks.

Internal Investigations | Compliance:
KNOETZL assists its corporate clients in conducting internal investigations and as they face external investigations. A member of the firm enjoys a reputation of international prominence in the field of investigations. KNOETZL provides its clients with ready access to the necessary, top-of-the-class, network to handle multi-cross-border investigations quickly and effectively through its exclusive Austrian membership in FraudNet. KNOETZL’s team of lawyers is experienced in dealing with technical aspects of internal and external investigations in a pragmatic and effective manner, including through the skilled utilisation of forensic software.

KNOETZL as well reviews actual, planned and contested business procedures and practices for compliance with laws, regulations and policies, and assists in identifying risks to organisations as well as helping to develop appropriate policies and effective control. This work encompasses a broad spectrum of anti-corruption, reporting or disclosure, financial controls, money laundering, criminal and embargoed activities.

Litigation and arbitration are the bedrock of KNOETZL’s practice. For many years lawyers of KNOETZL have been ranked as top tier litigators with an outstanding win record. The litigation team has a clear mission and a driving purpose: to achieve optimal outcomes for corporate, financial and governmental clients in their most significant, sensitive and complex litigations before the Austrian courts, and well beyond.

KNOETZL’s team of experienced trial lawyers is fearless and determined in achieving the goals, defined jointly with the client, in civil, commercial, sovereign, corporate and fraud litigation.

Smart strategy, creative tactics in execution combined with in-depth knowledge of the law and longstanding experience and reputation built in the relevant courts pave the way for significant victories when attacking or defending. Profound knowledge of asset-tracing, effective provisional measures in domestic and international contexts, and enforcement of foreign judgments together with the force of our business crime team makes KNOETZL a leader in the field. KNOETZL lawyers work seamlessly with international partner law firms and industry experts in the CEE and SEE regions and are widely regarded as true leaders and innovators in this market. Top-tier international law firms routinely seek KNOETZL as Austrian co-counsel.

Mediation | ADR:
KNOETZL uses alternative dispute resolution methods successfully to resolve disputes out of court. Often, the combination of classic mediation techniques and the know-how derived from experience in litigation lead to successful settlements. KNOETZL’s accredited mediators conduct business mediations and also act as counsel.

Firm Contacts:

General Inquiries:
Timothy J Pfister (Managing Partner)
Email: [email protected]

Contact: Florian Haugeneder
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Emmanuel Kaufman
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Patrizia Netal
Email: [email protected]

Litigation, Asset Recovery, Business Crime:
Contact: Katrin Hanschitz
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Bettina Knoetzl
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Timothy J Pfister
Email: [email protected]


  • Herrengasse 1,
  • Vienna,
  • Austria
  • 1010