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Austria: Business Crime Defence Analysis 2015

In recent years Austrian financial criminal law has been considerably tightened. The Public Prosecutor’s Office against White-Collar Crime and Corruption, which was established in September 2011, is in charge of any investigation concerning a criminal charge, and several prominent cases have been reported of late. We single out eight leading lawyers who are skilled at defending individuals and companies in business crime cases. 

Rechtsanwaltsbüro Soyer Kier Stuefer is a specialist firm focusing on criminal law and corporate crime and achieves two listings in this chapter. Roland Kier is a “well-known figure” in the market and a “seasoned expert”. Fellow partner Richard Soyer is a “great strategist” and considered a “leading authority” on financial and corporate criminal law.

At Kerschbaum Partner, Mario Schmieder specialises in criminal law relating to fiscal offences. He is noted for his “creative approach” and “sharp intellect”.

Bettina Knoetzl at Wolf Theiss concentrates on corruption, fraud and violation of stock exchange rules, she regularly handles high profile litigation matters and is “great on her feet”.

At Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati, Peter Lewisch is a “specialist” in white-collar crime and a “lawyer of choice” for those in need of defence representation.

Baker & McKenzie is represented by Alexander Petsche, head of the litigation and arbitration practice in the firm’s Vienna office. His experience includes anti-corruption cases and compliance.

At his own firm Otto Dietrich stands out for his “resolute focus” and “impressive record”.

Dorda Brugger Jordis’ Florian Kremslehner is a “true expert” in business crime. Clients praise his “exceptional abilities” and consider him a “powerhouse of knowledge”.

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