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. Our mission is to achieve optimal outcomes for corporate, financial and governmental clients in their most significant and complex disputes. With an all-star team, combined with a diversity of styles and specializations, we’re here to deliver new standards of excellence in the market.
WWL says: Bettina Knoetzl boasts “a plethora of experience” defending some of the world’s best-known pharmaceutical companies and wins praise for being “an excellent strategist”.
Founding partner of a new firm in 2016, KNOETZL, Bettina Knoetzl is a prized litigator covering both commercial and criminal cases at the highest standard. She heads the firm’s white-collar crime division and advises large corporates in domestic and cross-border investigations and proceedings.
Bettina Knoetzl is a leading litigator, celebrated for her outstanding experience of disputes, including cross-border conflicts. She is described as a top-level expert who is always “on top of the facts” and has “substantial creativity in conducting the litigation.”
Bettina Knoetzl is praised as a “simply outstanding litigator” with “a host of leading international clients”, which include goverments, companies and investor clients. Her skills in asset tracing and recovery are unsurpassed and we recognise her with the Asset Recovery Laywer of the Year award.
Patrizia Netal is endorsed as, “an excellent lawyer and an organisational talent. She is definitely one of the names to watch out for!”
Florian Haugeneder is a strong arbitrator and arbitration counsel who regularly appears before the ICC. One client acclaims him as “a great strategist who anticipated all the moves of the opponent in advance. His performance during the oral hearing, in particular his presentation skills and cross-examination, was a real advantage over our opponent.”
Emmanuel Eugenio Kaufman is an increasingly visible and highly regarded arbitration lawyer. Clients state that he “is very particular in his assessments and has attention to detail whilst not losing sight of the big picture.”
Bettina Knötzl is a leading litigator, celebrated for her outstanding experience of disputes, including cross-border conflicts. She is described as a top-level expert who is always “on top of the facts” and has “substantial creativity in conducting the litigation.”
Florian Haugeneder is “strongly recommended” by practitioners across Europe, as well as Canada and the USA for his dispute resolution work in the construction sector.
Emmanuel Kaufman is particularly recommended for his leading international arbitration practice, which features deep experience in the construction field.
Bettina Knoetzl at her own firm is regarded as Austria’s premier practitioner. Her “litigation capabilities in the commercial sector are second-to-none”
Bettina Knoetzl is named as one of five “Most Highly Regarded Individuals” in Europe. Peers describe her as a lawyer who “regularly delivers excellence.”
Häufig empfohlen: Bettina Knötzl („gehört zu den Qualitatsführern im Prozessrecht”, Wettbewerber; Prozesse), Florian Haugeneder („fachl. sehr versiert “, Wettbewerber; Schiedsrecht)
Department head Bettina Knoetzl has been seen handling some of Austria’s most prominent cases in recent months. One impressed client notes: “I would recommend her to everybody. She is the perfect lawyer for dispute resolution matters; she spares no effort and you feel like your case is her personal case. She is very capable, friendly, precise and quick.” Another observer comments: “She is experienced and very knowledgeable but also very sensible and sensitive to the client’s needs.“
Bettina Knötzl heads the department. Interviewees note: “She is smart and has a personality and demeanour that works incredibly well with American clients. She really bridges the gap between understanding the cultural and legal nuances of the Austrian authorities and understanding what American clients need and look for.“
Chambers and Partners Europe 2008 commented that Bettina Knoetzl is “developing the practice extremely well,” according to sources that see her as part of the energetic younger generation of contentious lawyers in Austria. Acknowledged as an astute tactical lawyer, she “enjoys a reputation for being tough and pragmatic.”
Bettina Knoetzl is a “true star” in the field. Head of the firmwide dispute resolution practice she is “greatly admired” by peers and clients alike and is described as a “smooth operator”.
Team head Bettina Knoetzl is “frank and outspoken” … One satisfied client relates
how “they mastermind the strategy, developing the big picture and managing to lift the case from a low chance to a 50:50 case”.
Bettina specializes in international litigation and commercial litigation, focusing on business crime, including asset tracing, FCPA, UK Bribery Act, and fraud investigations, investor protection, liability claims, corporate disputes, and compliance issues. She has more than 20 years of experience in international dispute resolution and built the firm-wide dispute resolution practice group to its current size as the market leader (in Austria).
Bettina is the President of the Advisory Board of Transparency International – Austrian Chapter (TI-AC), and since 2013, she is the Senior Vice Chair of the Litigation Committee of the International Bar Association.
…expertise of Bettina Knoetzl who heads the dispute resolution practice and is of particular advantage to clients in health sectors facing product liability actions.
Sources praise Florian Haugeneder for his arbitration work. One happy client reports: “He is very skilled in negotiations and is a true litigator. He is pleasant and accessible in communications with the client, and leaves a strong impression on the counterparty. He is also great at thinking on his feet, and tactics.” (Chambers Commentary(Global); Austria, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration; Band 4)
[The team] quickly ‘adapts to changing, complex circumstances’ and has ‘a wide spectrum of capability’. The key focus is on commercial disputes, although the team has also developed an alternative dispute resolution practice, particularly in mediation. New head of arbitration Florian Haugeneder took over from Christoph Liebscher, who left the firm to work independently.
Patrizia Netal has been associated with the organisation of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot for more than 15 years, and since 2012 as a Director.
In 2012, Format nominated Patrizia to first place in the category “the most sought for in the next generation of lawyers”.
Many companies state diversity, excellence, partnership and integrity as their values, but hearing Bettina Knoetzl speak about them, the team and their ambitions, assures you that at Knoetzl, these words determine the company’s very essence.
We bring an agile, focused team, dedicated to developing and implementing cohesive strategies and cutting-edge thinking in collaboration with clients. Our team is seasoned; we believe that senior lawyers deliver better value-for-money. Put simply, we’re tough, smart and know how to win your case.
You will be represented by Austria’s finest dispute resolution team; our lawyers have developed and led the market here. You will receive highly-crafted, quality counsel built around transparent fees and an emphasis on value, all delivered by prolific experts and progressive thinkers.We have the flexibility to offer a tailored team and price. If you’re looking for the very best representation in disputes by those who do nothing else, you need look no further.
We tackle complex work effectively and efficiently. Competence, reliability and professionalism are all strong characteristics of our people and our working environment is non-bureaucratic and flexible.
We truly believe in teamwork, but we also understand that clients want their team to be the right size for their case. We’re happy to go the extra mile because our work is highly fulfilling and meaningful.
We represent companies and individuals during fraud, criminal and business-irregularity investigation proceedings and guide them through trials when they arise.
Our team expertly handles the technically legal aspects of white collar crime matters and is equally skilled at understanding and addressing commercial and reputational (including PR) risks and effects upon our clients and their businesses that may arise as an offshoot.
The members of KNOETZL have supported clients in large-scale white collar crime matters over many years, and have helped them to successfully manage and resolve those challenges to the significant advantage of our clients’ business and operations.
We represent enterprise clients involved in class, group and representative actions.
One of our partners has successfully defended clients against class action lawsuits, including Austria’s biggest class action case to date. Our team, as a whole, has gained unparalleled expertise regarding the Austrian procedure for handling claims for collective redress, both within and outside the context of a sanctioned class.
We continually monitor the pulse and closely follow local and international trends regarding the latest legal and procedural developments, especially in the context of increasing regulation and propagation of class, collective and concerted actions on the European level.
We routinely advise and act on behalf of clients in institutional and in ad-hoc arbitration proceedings.
The members of the arbitration team are engaged as counsel and as arbitrators by a wide array of parties and under all significant arbitration rules, including the ICSID Convention’s Rules, the Rules of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS) and the Rules of Arbitration of the VIAC (Vienna Rules). The distinct ability of each of our team members to collaborate with partner law firms, legal and industry experts and in-house counsel ensures high standards and perfect handling of the most complex cases. Because of the diversity of the arbitration team, we offer clients advice in various languages (including French, Spanish, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian) and a deep market knowledge in a wide range of jurisdictions (among others, in South America, CEE and SEE). We act for our clients at all stages of arbitral proceedings, in setting aside proceedings and in relation to all aspects of the recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards.
The members of the arbitration team have 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.
We understand that compliance issues have become increasingly important in almost all business sectors during the last years. Our lawyers have been at the forefront of developments and services in this critical area.
We review actual, planned and contested business practices for compliance with laws, regulations and policies, and we assist in identifying risks to organizations as we help develop and oversee the implementation of appropriate policies and effective control.
Our compliance work encompasses a broad spectrum such as anti-corruption, reporting or disclosure, financial controls, money laundering, financing of criminal activities.
We believe that KNOETZL corporate clients secure significant advantage over their rivals in being represented by our seasoned experts in all mission critical disputes. In no area is their advantage as solid as when we are called upon to apply our experience, analytical acumen, practical solutions and strategic expertise to their most critical and sensitive corporate crises. This is the area in which our services are the most vital to our enterprise clients and are first choice for savvy players in the market.
We provide seasoned and professional, hands-on, legal advice when a potential or actual crisis of any sort threatens a client’s business, at any stage of the crisis.
The team at KNOETZL supports local and international companies across all business and governmental sectors in dealing with critical situations, and acts in a routine and focused manner, even under serious time pressure, as is so often the case.
Our primary objective is to help our clients prevent crisis situations. If worse comes to worst in a rapidly-unfolding critical circumstance, our extensive experience and prompt response time provides our clients with a rapid and thorough assessment of all issues they encounter in the face of a corporate crisis, together with viable and business-oriented solutions.
We assist with world-wide Asset Recovery, utilizing our global connections, including the international fraud & asset recovery network “ICC FraudNet”. Our lawyers are recognized as leading experts in Asset Tracing and have achieved the return of significant sums for our clients.
Members of our team are routinely called upon as a result of their extensive experience in high-value, multijurisdictional asset tracing and recovery. We act, in this capacity, for multinational corporations, high net worth individuals and other victims of fraud. Our close relationships and seasoned teamwork with experienced local and international forensic experts and fraud recovery lawyers in virtually every jurisdiction in the world, ensure that we can help identify, trace, freeze and recover hard financial, book entry, and physical assets with the most effective use of dedicated resources. In cases where tangible assets are not accessible or identifiable, we help clients to identify strategic and book-entry assets that may support legal efforts towards recovery. Our experience in this sector includes securing and enforcing multimillion arbitral awards and foreign judgments simultaneously in multiple jurisdictions, securing worldwide freezing orders, contesting and halting complex, hidden, asset transfers in multiple jurisdictions simultaneously, and recovering fraudulently misappropriated assets. Our clients and our international fraud and asset tracing partners value our tenacity and our imaginative use of all available civil and criminal law instruments, procedures and offices, to secure their recovery.
One of our partners is the longstanding Austrian member, and an active and recognized leader, of ICC FraudNet , the world’s leading asset recovery network comprised of the top civil asset recovery specialist lawyers in every country.
We assist our corporate clients in conducting internal investigations and as they face external investigations.
One of our partners enjoys a reputation of international prominence in the field of investigations and, as the Austrian, and active, member of FraudNet, she provides our firm and our clients with ready access to the necessary, top-of-the-class, network to handle multi-cross-border investigations quickly and effectively.
Our 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 utilization of forensic software. We understand the need to find answers quickly while avoiding disruption of our client’s business and operations.
KNOETZL combines the experience, knowledge and contacts best suited to nimbly deliver investigative solutions and results.
Our lawyers are widely recognized for their skill in representing clients in connection with contract-based and treaty-based investment disputes. The members of the arbitration team have acquired substantial experience with investment arbitration proceedings conducted under the ICSID Convention’s Rules, the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules as well as the Rules of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
We regularly analyze the different levels of protection afforded to investors under international treaties and advise on the structuring of investments.
The team at KNOETZL is multilingual, providing our clients with representation in connection with their investments around the world.
Litigation is the core of our 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. Our team’s diverse skillset covers civil, commercial, sovereign and criminal litigation, focusing significantly on liability claims, corporate disputes, banking, insurance and financial derivatives cases, investor protection, business crime, energy, technology and life science. Our services also include asset-tracing and effective provisional measures, such as freeze orders and attachments, in the domestic and international context, and the enforcement of foreign judgments.
We offer our clients the highest quality of advice and guide them through all forms of traditionally available, and creatively structured, alternative dispute resolution.
The benefits of alternative dispute resolution reside in the numerous options available and the flexibility they offer to parties in dispute. Finding a party’s greatest advantage in ADR requires experienced dispute resolution specialists to assist in making the right choices and determining effective strategies and tactics.
We respond to the need of our clients for counsel on the complete spectrum of dispute resolution options, processes and strategies, including non-adversarial, cost-effective approaches to contentious matters, as may be appropriate and effective.
Our team includes accredited mediators with the experience to broker advantageous settlement agreements in complex disputes. We are committed to facilitating the best solution and finding a way for our clients to resolve issues, in order to get past their disputes and move forward.
Leading and renowned manufacturers of automobile, high-performance motor sports vehicles, truck, bus and related products, doing business in and around Austria from across the globe, including Germany and the United States, turn to our lawyers for representation in lawsuits, regulatory disputes, corporate crises, investigations and strategic planning. Our experience in automotive product liability, business disputes, fuel and energy, finance and technology, including artificial intelligence issues, OEMs and intervening alterations, is remarkable, and we have continually achieved outstanding results for our clients in the space.
The commercial aviation sector is a significant focus for us, representing a diverse range of clients that includes carriers, operators, concessionaires, developers and governments. Our expertise focuses on development, planning, conversions and financing, and we regularly represent foreign and multinational corporates in complex multi-jurisdictional airline, airport and avionics disputes. From supporting a manufacturer of civil and military aircraft in civil, criminal and administrative proceedings in connection with massive contractual disputes, to working with a significant shareholder of a transnational airline in a corporate litigation dispute, our lawyers have the invaluable sector knowledge to deliver the best outcome.
Our expertise in complex banking and finance litigation and arbitration, including focus areas such as financial derivatives, new product development and implementation, and fundamental macroeconomic upheaval, is unequaled in the entire CEE/SEE region. Crucially, we have the capacity and know-how to utilize immense amounts of data and use it effectively in legal proceedings in order to optimize your position. Our clients include Austrian and multinational banks, hedge funds, real estate funds, alternative asset providers, private equity, insurers and an array of additional market participants. They all value our decades of trial experience on Austrian and international banking and finance disputes, strong quantitative analysis and ground-breaking academic work, coupled with a profound knowledge of the market players and practices. Illustrating this success, lawyers on our team led as first chair one of the largest litigation cases ever brought before an Austrian court.
Our experience in construction and engineering disputes includes all major forms of contracts, including FIDIC and turnkey, procurement, concession, and joint venture, as well as license and maintenance, output, supply, vendor and finance agreements. Our Attorneys have represented companies in their most complex disputes from an early stage case and risk assessment until their finalization through litigation, arbitration or settlement, covering a diverse range of infrastructure and commercial construction projects. This includes one landmark case relating to the construction of fibre-optic pipes in Central Europe which led to one of the highest arbitral awards of the year, and a settlement of several hundred million euros. We also represent clients before dispute adjudication boards and in all other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
Our dispute resolution practitioners have a strong focus on corporate litigation, the resolution of business irregularities and arbitration. We advocate for predominantly multi-national clients in complex cases involving an array of diverse industries, including banking, financial services, construction, advertising, sports, professional services, gaming, enterprise technology, large retail, healthcare and food and beverages. Our thorough understanding of how multinational groups operate and interact, and how complex M&A deals are structured really sets us apart. From shareholder disputes to tackling regulatory and financial accounting improprieties, our in-depth knowledge of corporate and business law allows us to help formulate and effectively implement strategies with the best possible results, while minimizing disruptions to our clients’ business. Our corporate litigation lawyers have experience in winning multimillion shareholder disputes on all court levels, including the Austrian Supreme Court.
We boast a number of industry specialists with substantial backgrounds in the areas of distribution and sales and licensing; routinely advising in international distribution and licensing disputes and assisting clients in defending their contractual rights under distribution agreements. Our distributions-in-dispute expertise covers a wide range of industries such as pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, beverages, electronic consumer goods and building materials. We represent commercial agents, distributors, manufacturers and suppliers and provide in-depth understanding of the business relationship between principals and their distributors or agents. Our strong distribution expertise is perfectly matched by our arbitration capabilities, given that most international distribution agreements are subject to the jurisdiction of an arbitral tribunal.
Increasing global demands for enterprising energy solutions create all sorts of challenging risks for business. Our expert lawyers are here to tackle the arising disputes with insight and influence. Our experience ranges from price adjustment disputes, project financing and joint ventures right through to oil and gas exploration and construction. We bring valuable intelligence in the field of clean technology and sustainable, alternative energy, but we’re also experts in more traditional energy production areas, highlighted by such work as our case involving the world’s largest coal strip mine.
Businesses operating in the fast-moving food and beverage sector not only face a complex regulatory framework but one of the most competitive global marketplaces in history. Our lawyers have a profound understanding of the current and future challenges of the sector and are used to handling landmark cases, such as the largest arbitration case in the past thirty years for a leading global soft drinks company. We are also proud of our knowledge about disputes related to international investments and acquisitions, including supply-side build, as well as their distribution, shipping, marketing, and license agreements. We have hands-on experience in winning multimillion corporate disputes from cases of first impression through the Austrian Supreme Court, and in defending insider trading cases in the criminal system, all resulting in full acquittals.
We provide our clients in Austria and abroad with sound legal counsel and success-driven representation in disputes relating to their investments, within and outside of Austria, combining contractual and treaty protections. We frequently advise on bilateral and concerted economic sanctions, anti-corruption legislation, anti-money laundering, bilateral and multilateral investment protection treaties, the UK Anti-Bribery Act, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, as well as state immunities. Our objective is to provide our clients with the best practicable strategy in order to achieve optimal results through litigation, arbitration or agreement, and routinely act for clients in disputes with sovereign states and state entities.
Gaming law is extraordinarily complex. It is driven by diverse and increasingly technology-focused commercial frameworks and comprises a rich variety of businesses, from major gaming companies and platform operators to start-up interactive developers. We provide legal support at all stages of gaming industry disputes, right from the start of the commercial scoping through to the finalization of the matter before courts, arbitral tribunals or through to final, dispositive, agreement. Our experience principally focuses on handling claims arising out of concession agreements, commercial matters or commercial drawbacks, and those connected to management and service agreements.
The hospitality industry is one of the largest global business sectors and, in Austria, one of the most important drivers of a thriving economy. Our disputes lawyers bring considerable sector experience to our clients engaged in contentious buying, financing, operating, promoting, expanding and exiting hospitality businesses, including hotels and resorts, tour wholesalers, ground, water and air transportation providers and financiers. Our lawyers have led major representations and have formulated creative and successful strategies in major litigated and arbitral matters for every such provider, including those whose funding and management originates in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and America.
Our attorneys take on some of the most complex and important disputes in the IT and telecommunications sector in Austria and the CEE. Our real strength is a considerable knowledge of the technology behind a dispute, coupled with a specialized network of experts that allow us to deliver unrivaled insight. Our experience includes understanding license and maintenance agreements, financing and constructing wireless systems infrastructure, roll-out of information technology infrastructure and software, level service agreements, joint venture agreements, outsourcing agreements and revenue sharing agreements. Our disputes work profits from our knowledge of our lawyers advising large regional banks financing telecoms and international telecommunications companies.
We deliver substantial healthcare legal and trial experience in an array of consumer and liability actions brought against life sciences companies, regulatory agencies and medical-care providers, and are proud to provide litigation counsel to a number of major industry players in pharmaceuticals, medical devices and biotech. Our life sciences practitioners work within a strong and responsive network of healthcare professionals, too. Above all, we engage at all stages of development, co-development, oversight, branding, clinical trial and international marketing of compounds. This gives us a true understanding of our client’s needs and the issues at hand, allowing us to stay one step ahead of the opposition through all stages of the proceedings. Our lawyers have decades of experience in successfully defending collective actions in this field and avoiding reputational damage.
Competitive markets and compliance pressures require substantial commercial and legal expertise, and our team has a practical understanding of the tough business environment that international retailers, manufacturers and suppliers of consumer goods face. We serve clients in areas such as domestic and international product liability and safety disputes, comparative advertising proceedings, as well as in disputes with ongoing commercial relationships. Our sector expertise ranges from health and cosmetics, perfumes, nutrition, sportswear, optic lenses and food and beverages, guiding our clients through the complex and delicate stages from the best practice guidelines and Codes of Conduct through to defending clients’ rights before administrative bodies, civil and criminal courts.
We deliver significant expertise in contentious matters that affect the entire industry, all delivered by our sports specialists. We provide top league advice at all stages of sports sector disputes, particularly when it comes to reputational and anti-corruption issues. Our lawyers have given professional support to clients sponsoring professional sports teams, advertising at major sports venues and events, in connection with player trades and transfers, and in financing construction of sports stadia in a number of countries. Notably, our expertise has been invaluable throughout the unfolding FIFA corruption scandal, with our extensive, expert views featuring in Austrian national print and television media.
Before joining KNOETZL, Katrin practiced law in a senior capacity with a large, multinational law firm covering the CEE and SEE for eight years, both as a corporate and banking lawyer and, then, in the last five years as a litigator, focussing predominantly upon disputed matters in the substantive law range of European corporate and international finance and in the life science industry.
Katrin’s professional background – including her extensive experience as a transaction lawyer in international corporate/M&A and finance transactions – has enriched her own dispute resolution practice at KNOETZL.
Her primary focus continues to be on corporate litigation and arbitration and includes, in particular, all forms of shareholder disputes, manager liability and disputed M&A transactions. She regularly represents and advises mainly multinational clients from a variety of industries. Katrin has been particularly active in advocating on behalf of the life sciences, including Austrian and multinational pharmaceuticals. She is also experienced in complex, disputed matters in advertising and investment banking.
Katrin is fluent in English and German.
Florian Haugeneder is a partner at KNOETZL, a law firm specialized in arbitration, litigation, alternative dispute resolution, business crime, and corporate crisis management. Before co-founding KNOETZL in 2016, Florian was the head of the arbitration practice of an international law firm.
Florian has extensive experience as counsel and arbitrator under the rules of the major arbitral institutions, including the ICC, ICSID, LCIA, SCC, and VIAC, as well as in international and domestic ad-hoc arbitration such as UNCITRAL. He has successfully represented clients in some of the largest and most complex disputes in the CEE and SEE regions. A special focus of his practice is the international law on the protection of foreign investments under bilateral and multilateral investment protection treaties.
Florian’s practice specializes in engineering and construction, energy, joint ventures, as well as commercial and corporate disputes. His experience includes numerous M&A projects, hotel management contracts, the construction and operation of a major fiber-optic cable infrastructure, a large IT outsourcing project, various thermal and hydro power plants, gas transportation and storage, banking and finance disputes, road and railway construction and rehabilitation and a sewer system. Florian has advised on a large number of FIDIC contracts.
Florian is the Vice President of the Austrian Arbitration Association (ArbAut) and he lectures at the University of Vienna and frequently speaks and publishes on international arbitration and investment protection. Who’s Who Legal has recognized him as a leading arbitration expert.
Florian is fluent in English, French and German.
Emmanuel Kaufman has more than ten-year experience in commercial, construction and investment arbitration in the CEE, SEE and Latin-America.
He acts as counsel and arbitrator. His practice focuses on complex arbitration proceedings in construction and engineering, energy, IT, telecommunications, international trade and food and beverages sectors under the VIAC, ICC, UNCITRAL and ICSID arbitration rules among others. He is particularly experienced in construction disputes as well as the quantification of damages in large, high-volume disputes and delay analysis in construction disputes.
Emmanuel is ranked by Chambers Global in dispute resolution as an Argentinean attorney practicing in Austria since 2016. Who’s Who Legal recognized him as one of the world’s leading construction lawyers since 2017 and as a future leader in Arbitration in Austria in 2018.
Emmanuel is admitted to the Bar of the City of Buenos Aires (Argentina) and is the President of the German – Austrian Chapter of the Spanish Club of Arbitration (Club Español del Arbitraje – CEA).
Emmanuel co-coached the University of Buenos Aires team that won the XXIII Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in 2016.
Emmanuel is fluent in English, German and Spanish.
Bettina Knoetzl is a partner at KNOETZL, a leading firm in Litigation, Arbitration, ADR, Asset Tracing & Recovery, Business Crime, Compliance and Corporate Crisis Management. Bettina has more than 20 years’ experience in handling complex national and international disputes and is currently ranked as one of the leading litigation, dispute resolution and white collar crime lawyers in Austria.
Bettina specializes in international and commercial litigation, focusing on investor protection, liability claims, business crime, fraud & asset tracing, corporate disputes, banking, insurance and financial derivatives cases and life science litigation. She has successfully defended against class action lawsuits, including one of Austria’s largest civil litigation cases, and represents corporate and investor clients in well-known shareholder disputes. She also provides legal counsel to significant government institutions. Her successes in asset tracing and recovery have been recognized across the globe. She has led her clients to remarkable successes, among others in several cases up to the Austrian Supreme Court. With her vast understanding and experience of cross border work, she is a sought after co-counsel by top tier law firms.
Bettina is currently the Co-Chair of the Litigation Committee of the International Bar Association, the President of the Advisory Board of Transparency International (Austrian Chapter), the Austrian representative of the ICC-FraudNet and Member of the Advisory Board of ZBP, the Career Center of the Vienna University of Economics and Business. She is ranked in the top tier by the leading international directories, such as Chambers, and is currently recognized as one of five of the “Most Highly Regarded Individuals” in “Litigation” and “Asset Tracing” in Europe by Who’s Who, Legal (2017).
Oliver is Counsel at KNOETZL. His principal focus at our firm is on litigation of significant International and Austrian corporate, investment, fraud and other white collar crime, and professional liability disputes. He was born in Slovakia having Hungarian roots and graduated from the Law Faculty of the University of Vienna in Austria, having also studied at the Eötvös Lorand University in Budapest. Not least thanks to such multi-cultural background he quickly developed an enthusiasm for international dispute resolution.
Throughout his career, he has represented financial institutions and corporations in multiple high-profile criminal proceedings, advised on matters of white collar crime and counseled on issues of human rights. He is also experienced through numerous international commercial arbitral proceedings before most major arbitral institutions, arising particularly out of post-M&A, construction, corporate governance and investment disputes. He has extensive experience in managing large volume, complex cases and has also gained valuable insight and analytical advantage through advising Austrian and international corporations on M&A-activities.
Prior to joining KNOETZL, Oliver practiced at large, top-tier law firms in Vienna and Budapest, as well as at the Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC). Oliver also manages KNOETZL’s pro bono cases and takes an active role in the training of junior lawyers.
Oliver is a member of numerous arbitration associations as well as being a regular contributor to the Slovak Arbitration Blog (SlovArBlog) and he is routinely called upon to conduct lectures at national and international conferences on dispute resolution-related issues.
He is fluent in German and English and also speaks Hungarian and Slovak.
Before co-founding the firm KNOETZL in 2016, Patrizia was a partner and arbitration expert in a dispute resolution boutique in Vienna.
Patrizia practices both as counsel and arbitrator. She has extensive experience in institutional and ad-hoc arbitration proceedings (including the Rules of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Rules of Arbitration of the VIAC (Vienna Rules), the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS) and UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules). A significant concentration of her practice is in international commercial arbitration, focusing on construction and engineering disputes, post M&A disputes, aviation, distributorship and international sale contracts.
Patrizia is the Co-Director of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, the world’s largest and most renowned law student competition in the field of arbitration. She is also co-chair of the Association of Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners (YAAP) and Austria’s Steering Committee member of the initiative Equal Representation in Arbitration (ERA).
Patrizia is fluent in English and German.
Tim is an international, corporate, finance and M&A lawyer with over 35 years’ experience as lead, or specialty, counsel to principal parties in large numbers of cross-border and U.S. domestic transactions with aggregate value (and, in some cases, individual deal value) in the range of several billion USD. Tim is a member of the Bar of New York since 1979 and is admitted to practice before the state courts and federal courts there.
In addition to management responsibilities at KNOETZL, Tim acts as counsel, advising clients and KNOETZL lawyers on New York law matters and regarding conflicts in international transactions, cross-border financings, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, corporate crisis management and corporate strategic planning.
Prior to moving to Austria in 2013, Tim was a partner and held management positions in U.S. law firms, including Wall Street firms, and was the head of the significant New York and international corporate practices of a major U.S.-based firm with over 1000 lawyers. Tim later acted as a founding corporate partner for the New York office of a major, Washington, D.C.-based firm.
In addition to his deals practice, Tim has acted as outside general counsel to a variety of companies and banks, ranging in size from very large, to mid-sized. In that connection, Tim has considerable experience in supervising litigation and strategic legal planning. His industry experience includes infrastructure development, structured financings, public and private companies’ finance, technology, representation of pharmaceuticals, banks, biotech companies, airlines, insurance companies and traditional and renewable energy concerns.
Judith Schacherreiter is a Counsel at KNOETZL and teaches at the Law Faculty of the University of Vienna and the Donau-University Krems. Previously, she held a research and teaching position at the Law Faculty of the University of Vienna, carried out a multi-year research project at Mexican universities and worked in other law firms.
Judith has widely published and lectured in the area of private international and comparative law in Austria and abroad and received awards for her publications by various institutions (e.g. Kardinal Innitzer Fonds, Maria Schaumayer Stiftung). In 2013, she gained the qualification as a law professor for private international and comparative law, in 2017 also for private law. She specializes in international litigation, private international law, uniform law and civil law.
Judith is fluent in English, German and Spanish.
Dr. Valentina Spatz is a Senior Counsel at KNOETZL.
Valentina is a veteran Austrian lawyer who specializes in litigation work with a particular focus on significant construction-related disputes, an area in which she has played a major, first-chair role and has garnered a significant reputation for many years. Architectural, engineering and construction-firm clients routinely turn to Valentina for her technical skill, effective advocacy in their disputed matters, and for her notable winning record. She also regularly advises on matters of real estate and labor law, both within the construction-engineering-architecture arena, and well beyond. She routinely represents clients in liability disputes ranging from such varied sources as coverage under, and breach of, performance and financial guarantees, to medical malpractice.
Prior to joining KNOETZL Valentina was a partner in a major Austrian business law firm and acted as managing director of a real property management company.
Valentina holds law and postgraduate degrees from the Law Faculty of the University of Vienna and the University of Salzburg, and has been engaged as a lecturer at the Austrian Chamber of Architects and Engineers since 2007.
Valentina is fluent in German and English.
Natascha Tunkel applies over ten years of experience in the field of complex dispute resolution in her practice. She is admitted to the bar in Austria.
Natascha acts as counsel, arbitrator and mediator in disputes from a wide array of industries, including technology, life science, energy, and engineering. Natascha is comfortable in handling complex civil and criminal cases, including forensic investigation and analysis of large data volumes for purposes of internal risk analysis. She has a special focus on multi-faceted commercial disputes that involve criminal or insolvency law aspects, or that require coordination of actions before state courts and arbitral tribunals.
Natascha’s experience enables her to guide clients through all stages of a dispute from initiation of proceedings to enforcement of decisions. She also acts as counsel in mediations and – herself a qualified mediator – is adept at negotiating successful settlement agreements.
Natascha also has a strong academic background having worked as a lecturer and research assistant at the Department of Civil Procedure at Law Faculty of the University of Vienna. She is currently involved in the Working Group of the IBA-VIAC-CDRC Mediation Moot Court and continues to both lecture and publish on pertinent issues of procedural law.
Her clients appreciate her quick understanding of a matter and her ability to provide sound legal advice and a comprehensive, effective strategy.
Natascha is fluent in English and German.
Thomas Voppichler is a Counsel at KNOETZL. He focuses his practice on business crime matters, asset recovery and international litigation. As an expert in all areas of white-collar crime, Thomas possesses deep experience in representing clients through high-profile criminal proceedings, especially in aggressive pursuit of injured parties’ compensation for damages due to embezzlement, fraud and bribery. He has longstanding experience in handling cases on behalf of defrauded clients by creatively pursuing their claims through criminal proceedings and civil litigation in parallel.
Thomas also routinely acts as defense counsel in cases involving corporate and business crimes, and is accustomed to handling major cases for both national and international clients. Thomas also enjoys significant, active and current expertise in asset tracing and recovery techniques, applied successfully in a wide array of jurisdictions.
Before joining KNOETZL in 2018, Thomas practiced law as senior member of the dispute resolution and white-collar crime department of an elite Vienna-based law firm.
Thomas is admitted to the Austrian bar. He is fluent in German and English.
Beatrice Bachl is an Associate at KNOETZL. Before joining KNOETZL in 2017, she practiced law as an associate in a large, multinational, law firm in Vienna (2014-2017) in that firm’s distinguished white collar crime group as well as in its civil law group that is well-known for its mass consumer protection practice and work in insolvency proceedings.
At KNOETZL, Beatrice specializes in litigation, with a focus on business crime and corporate law disputes. During her studies of law at the University of Vienna, she concentrated on criminal law and she has also taken part in the Summer Program on European Studies at the University of Vienna.
Beatrice holds the Austrian BAR exam.
She is fluent in English and German.
Philipp is a legal assistant at KNOETZL. Before joining KNOETZL, Philipp worked at a large multinational firm covering CEE and SEE.
Philipp is studying at the Law Faculty of the University of Vienna with a concentration in IP/IT legal studies and supports the firm in various aspects of its practice, especially with legal research and as forensic investigator.
Philipp is fluent in German and English.
Maria-Elisabeth Hoff is an Associate at KNOETZL. Before joining KNOETZL in 2016, she worked for a large, multinational firm covering the CEE and SEE as a member of the Dispute Resolution Practice Group.
Maria-Elisabeth specializes in litigation, with a particular focus on business crime and forensic investigations in complex cases. During her studies of business law at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, she worked as a trainee in Vienna-based law firms and did a traineeship at the Austrian Trade Commission in Hong Kong.
Maria-Elisabeth is fluent in English and German.
Carlos is a legal assistant at KNOETZL. Before joining KNOETZL, Carlos worked in the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Havana/Cuba. With his particular experience in criminal law, he supports the firm’s White Collar Crime Practice as forensic investigator.
Carlos holds a law degree from the University of Havana where he completed the Postgraduate Training in Public Prosecution.
Carlos is fluent in English, German and Spanish.
Jovana Lakic is an Associate at KNOETZL. Before joining the firm in 2016 she worked as an Associate in a Belgrade based law firm advising clients on competition and commercial law matters with a special focus on dispute resolution mechanisms before courts and public authorities.
Jovana holds a degree from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Law (LL.B.) and a Master’s degree from Stockholm University with specialization in European law (LL.M.). She participated in the
ICC International Commercial Mediation Moot Competition as well as European Litigation Competition at Stockholm University. She is a member of the Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners (YAAP) and Swedish Institute (SI) Alumni Network. Jovana holds the Serbian BAR exam.
She is fluent in Serbian/Bosnian/Croatian and English and has a good comprehension of Spanish and French.
Before joining KNOETZL, Carla worked as a Legal Specialist in Public International Law at the Treaty Department of Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lima, Peru.
Carla holds a law degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, Peru, where she also pursued studies in the M.A. in Human Rights Program. During her studies, she spent two semesters at Stockholm University, Sweden, specializing in international law. She has also taken part in the Summer Program on Public International Law at The Hague Academy of International Law, Netherlands, and is currently a student in the LL.M. program in International Legal Studies at the University of Vienna, with a strong focus on investment and commercial arbitration.
Carla is fluent in English and Spanish.
Sheila Milani is a legal trainee at KNOETZL, specializing in Dispute Resolution.
Before joining KNOETZL in 2017, she worked for a large, multinational law firm covering the CEE and SEE as a member of that firm’s Corporate Practice Group.
Sheila holds a law degree from the University of Vienna and spent one semester of her legal education abroad as an exchange student at the Sapienza, University of Rome.
During her studies, Sheila performed in internships in various other notable law firms in Vienna, and thereby gained experience in the fields of International Arbitration, Litigation and Labour Law. Moreover, she also was a trainee at the Austrian Trade Commission in Los Angeles, California.
Sheila is fluent in English, German, and Italian.
Sebastian Pribas is an Associate at KNOETZL. Before joining KNOETZL in 2016, Sebastian worked for many years at the Austrian Students Union in Innsbruck as head of different legal divisions and was a trainee in the Corporate and Mergers & Aquisitions Group as well as in the Public Commercial & European Law Group of one of the biggest, multinational law firms in Vienna covering the CEE and SEE.
Sebastian studied law and law and economy at the University of Innsbruck and is a PhD student. He is fluent in English and German.
Elisabeth Rath is an Associate at KNOETZL specializing in international arbitration. Before joining KNOETZL in 2017, she worked as a Legal Trainee in a large multinational law firm in Vienna (2014-2017) in the Corporate Transactions Practice Group.
During her studies, Elisabeth did internships in various other renowned multinational law firms both in Austria and in Germany and thereby gained experience in the fields of construction law, corporate law, employment law and finance law as well as in international arbitration.
Elisabeth holds a law degree from the University of Vienna and spent two semesters as an exchange student at the University of Hamburg, Germany.
Elisabeth is fluent in English and German and has a good command of French.
Sofiya Svinkovskaya is an Associate at KNOETZL specializing in international arbitration. Before joining KNOETZL in 2016, she worked for a large, multinational firm covering the CEE and SEE as a member of the Dispute Resolution Practice Group. Sofiya also teaches a mediation and negotiation course at the University of Vienna.
Sofiya holds a law degree from the University of Vienna with a specialization in arbitration, mediation and alternative dispute resolution, international private law and international law. During her studies, Sofiya participated in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot and the IBA-VIAC CDRC Negotiation and Mediation competition.
Sofiya is a member of the Young ICCA (International Council for Commercial Arbitration), Young Arbitrators Forum of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC YAAF), Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG), Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners (YAAP), Moot Alumni Association (MAA) and European Law Students Organization (ELSA).
Sofiya speaks English, German, Russian, Slovak, Ukrainian and Czech.
Selma Tiric is a Senior Associate at KNOETZL. Before joining KNOETZL in 2016, Selma worked for a large, multinational firm covering the CEE and SEE as a member of the Dispute Resolution Practice Group (2010-2013 and 2015) and the Head of Secretariat of the European Law Institute (2013-2014).
Selma has extensive experience as counsel in institutional and ad-hoc arbitration proceedings under various arbitration rules and in several languages, with a special focus on arbitration in the CEE and SEE region. Her industry experience includes construction, energy, engineering and international sales disputes.
Selma studied law in Austria, but is originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Selma is a member of the Association of Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners (YAAP) and a Fellow of the ELI.
Selma is fluent in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, English and German.
Katharina Wiltschek is an Associate at KNOETZL.
Katharina specializes in corporate law disputes. She is a graduate of the Law Faculty of the University of Vienna. During her law studies she worked at an international law firm based in Vienna, focusing on corporate and tax law. She also did a traineeship at one of the Big Four international audit firms and at the Austrian Trade Commission in Chicago.
Katharina is fluent in English and German.