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Austria Dispute Resolution
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3 Ranked Lawyers

About

Provided by KNOETZL

KNOETZL is Austria’s first large-scale dispute resolution powerhouse dedicated to high–profile and significant cases that matter. KNOETZL is well recognized for its passion, high fighting spirits where needed, its creativity while leading the market with integrity and a clear business-oriented approach.

KNOETZL’s diverse expertise encompasses civil, commercial, sovereign, corporate and fraud litigation, focusing significantly on liability claims, corporate – including M&A and joint venture disputes – banking, insurance and financial derivatives cases, investor protection, business crime, energy, technology and life science. Expertise also includes asset-tracing and effective provisional measures, such as freeze orders and attachments, in the domestic and international context, and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards.

The firm’s practice handles international commercial arbitration, investment protection and arbitration-related court proceedings. Key industries include construction and engineering, energy, gaming, hospitality, automotive, IT & telecommunications, life sciences, healthcare & pharmaceuticals, aviation and sports. The members of the arbitration team have acted successfully in some of the largest, most well-known and complex disputes in Latin America and the CEE region. Our lawyers are frequently asked to act as arbitrators.

In 2019, Chambers and Partners awarded KNOETZL its Boutique Law Firm of the Year award for Austria.

Chambers Review

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What the team is known for

KNOETZL is a high-class boutique offering extensive expertise in local and cross-border litigation as well as international arbitration. The team is active across a range of industries including construction, life sciences and automotive. The practice additionally boasts expertise in the regulated sectors, such as energy, banking and gambling. The firm regularly advises clients on high-profile share purchase, data protection and post-M&A disputes, as well as breach of trust and liability cases.

Work Highlights

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  • KNOETZL represented Casinos Austria in an international arbitration proceeding against the Argentine Republic relating to the revocation of a gaming licence of a subsidiary of Casinos Austria.

Notable Practitioners

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Bettina Knötzl
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Bettina Knötzl is a top player in the dispute resolution space, commended for her experience advising clients on a range of big-ticket litigation mandates, including real estate, data protection, banking and liability disputes. She also assists with post-M&A disputes and is regularly retained by clients from the technology, pharma and automotive fields. A client reports that, in addition to in-depth know-how, she offers "empathy and a clear strategy." Another source praises her "high level of availability, flexibility and commitment."

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Florian Haugeneder
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Florian Haugeneder is a strong practitioner with excellent experience in arbitration matters. He regularly assists clients as arbitration counsel with cross-border disputes, including those in the construction, insurance and energy sectors. One interviewee attests: "Florian is dedicated to commercial arbitration. He is a specialist, a genuine expert." Another source adds: "He is calm and reasonable in arguing his position."

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Patrizia Netal
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Patrizia Netal regularly advises on arbitration pertaining to damage claims and contractual disputes. Her clients include corporates from the energy and construction sectors.

Ranked Lawyers at
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Florian Haugeneder
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Patrizia Netal
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Bettina Knötzl
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Members

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Bettina Knötzl

Head of Department

Emmanuel Kaufman

Florian Haugeneder

Head of Department

Judith Schacherreiter

Katrin Hanschitz

Natascha Tunkel

Patrizia Netal

Selma Tirić

Thomas Voppichler

Timothy J Pfister

Valentina Spatz

Clients

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Austrian Printing House (Österreichische Staatsdruckerei)

Bayer

Casinos Austria International

Industries

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Automotive

Aviation

Banking & Finance

Construction and Engineering

Corporate and Commercial Law

Distribution

Energy

Food and Beverage

Foreign Investment

Gaming

Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals

Hospitality & Leisure

IT & Telecommunications

Life Science

Retail and Consumer Goods

Sports