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Europe 2022
Austria White-Collar Crime
Band 2

1 Ranked Lawyers


Provided by KNOETZL

KNOETZL is particularly well-recognised for obtaining outstanding results at the intersection of civil litigation and criminal law. The firm is well-known, effective and unique in its experience in handling criminal and civil law assignments. KNOETZL masterfully handles the technical legal aspects of white collar crime matters and is equally adept at mitigating commercial and reputational risks, and their collateral effects upon clients and their businesses.

The firm represents companies and individuals during fraud, criminal and business-irregularity investigations, and guides them through preliminary proceedings and trials when they arise. The members of the firm have supported enterprises and executive-level clients in large-scale white-collar crime matters over many years and have helped them to successfully manage and resolve those challenges to their significant, ultimate, advantage.

The business crime practice most often derives from: banking and finance, corporate and commercial law and foreign investment wellsprings. Key industries represented by KNOETZL, subject to criminal charges and investigations, have included financial services, derivatives, aviation, automotive, accountancy, energy, defence, gaming, hospitality, manufacturing, intellectual property, leisure & travel, IT & telecommunications, life sciences, healthcare & pharmaceuticals as well as sports.

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

Chambers Review

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White-Collar Crime - Austria
Band 2
What the team is known for

KNOETZL ascends in the rankings based on excellent client feedback and continuously handling notable cases. The reputed dispute resolution boutique draws on its impressive experience in corporate and commercial litigation to support multinational companies and financial institutions on complex white-collar crime matters. The team is notably well versed in compliance matters and criminal proceedings regarding corruption and money laundering and possesses additional skills handling criminal investigations regarding allegations of price fixing and tax fraud. KNOETZL also represents individual defendants in white-collar crime cases.


A client is impressed with KNOETZL, highlighting the team's ability to "form a well thought-through strategy, profiting from vast experience over many years of doing this kind of work," and describes it as "smart and responsive, passionate with a strong drive to win and caring for us as the client."

Another client describes the law firm as providing a "very pleasant atmosphere, good accessibility and quick contacts when necessary," adding: "I have an excellent impression of all acting persons with whom I had contact. "

Work highlights

KNOETZL represented former Salzburg mayor Heinz Schaden in appeal proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights against the Austrian Supreme Court's decision to uphold a criminal sentencing of the client connected to financial transactions.

Notable practitioners

Bettina Knötzl is well known across the market and leads the firm's white-collar crime practice, representing clients in a wide range of financial crime cases. Her expertise includes matters connected to embezzlement, fraud, money laundering and price fixing. She is further active on international asset recovery mandates. One client says: "Bettina Knötzl is very knowledgeable, a very good communicator, strategic in her advice and yet also collaborates and understands the perspective that we brought into the discussion and resolution. She is also super effective and very responsive."

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Bettina Knötzl
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