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Knoetzl is a leading Austrian law firm with some of the most effective, experienced and perceptive legal minds, dedicated to providing the highest-quality of advocacy in dispute resolution, asset recovery and corporate crisis. The firm’s mission is to achieve optimal outcomes for corporate, financial and governmental clients in their most significant and complex disputes. Knoetzl’s disputes lawyers form an all-star team, combining a diversity of styles and specialisations, to deliver new standards of excellence in the market.



Knoetzl’s arbitrators advise and act on behalf of clients in institutional and ad hoc arbitration proceedings under all significant arbitration rules. Through diversity in the arbitration team, they advise clients in a variety of languages, and maintain a deep market knowledge in a wide range of jurisdictions (eg, in South America, CEE and SEE). A recent work highlight of the arbitration practice includes advising Casinos Austria AG in an investment arbitration against the Argentine Republic. Florian Haugeneder and Emmanuel Kaufmann jointly spearhead that complex matter. Florian and Patrizia Netal are preeminent in international investment arbitration.

Business Crime

Knoetzl represents companies and individuals in fraud, criminal and business-irregularity investigations, and guides them through related trials.

The team, headed by Bettina Knoetzl, with focused and recognised senior support from Philip Marsch, expertly handles the legal aspects of white-collar crime and understands commercial and reputational (including PR) risks.


The team is comprised of leading individuals, such as Bettina Knoetzl, who helped build the local market and partners. It also includes Axel Thoss and others with experience as senior, in-house compliance officers. Knoetzl reviews actual, planned and contested business practices for compliance with laws, regulations and policies, assists in identifying risks to organisations and helps develop and oversee the implementation of appropriate policies and effective control. Compliance work encompasses a broad spectrum from anti-corruption, reporting or disclosure, financial controls and money laundering to financing of criminal activities.

Crisis Management

Knoetzl specialists support 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. Our primary objective is to help our clients prevent crisis. If worse comes to worst in a rapidly unfolding critical circumstance, the firm’s extensive experience, which aggregates to several decades’ involvement in many high-level crises, and its prompt response time, provide our clients with rapid and thorough assessment of all issues faced in a corporate crisis, together with viable and business-oriented solutions. 

Asset Recovery and Fraud Prosecution

Knoetzl acts for multinational corporations, high net worth individuals and other victims of fraud. The close relationships and seasoned teamwork with experienced local and international forensic experts and fraud recovery lawyers, covering virtually every jurisdiction in the world, ensure identification, tracing, freezing and recovering hard financial, book entry and physical assets with the most effective use of dedicated resources. Bettina Knoetzl is the president of the Transparency International (Austria chapter) advisory board, and is Austria’s exclusive member of ICC FraudNet.


Knoetzl principals have been internationally ranked over many years as top-tier litigators; others have simply performed in the top tier. 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 litigation before the Austrian courts, and well beyond. Knoetzl works seamlessly with international partner law firms and industry experts in the region and are regarded as true leaders and innovators in this market. Highly regarded, top-tier-ranked international law firms choose Knoetzl as their local counsel.

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