KNOETZL is Austria’s first large-scale dispute resolution powerhouse dedicated to high-profile and significant cases that matter. Bringing together 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, ultra-high net worth individuals and governmental clients in their most significant and complex disputes. Well informed international law firms, corporate decision-makers and general counsels frequently turn to KNOETZL to act as their Austrian disputes counsel. 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.
Through hard work, dedication and the creative development of sometimes aggressive strategies as appropriate, KNOETZL has earned a solid, highly regarded, reputation throughout various sectors of the international legal industry. The firm is consistently recognized for its market-leading expertise by the most prestigious professional publications such as Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal, and GAR. The numerous international accolades awarded to KNOETZL partners also are a testament to the firm’s regard and singular dedication to its clients.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
KNOETZL’s arbitrators advise and act on behalf of clients in institutional and ad hoc arbitration proceedings under all significant arbitration rules. Crediting diversity in the arbitration team, they advise clients in an array of languages, and maintain deep market knowledge in a wide range of jurisdictions (e.g., in South America, CEE and SEE). A recent work highlight of the arbitration practice is in advising Casinos Austria AG, in a major investment arbitration against the Argentine Republic. Florian Haugeneder and Emmanuel Kaufmann jointly lead that complex matter. Florian and Patrizia Netal are preeminent in international investment arbitration.
Founding KNOETZL principals have been internationally ranked for many years as highest-tier litigators; others have simply performed with less fanfare at the top level. The litigation team has a clear mission and a driving purpose: to achieve optimal outcomes for corporate, financial, ultra-high net worth individual 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 and are regarded as true leaders and innovators in this market. Seasoned, top-tier, international law firms choose KNOETZL as their first chair trial counsel.
KNOETZL represents companies and C-suite individuals in fraud-tinged, criminal and business-irregularity investigations, and leads them through related trials.
The team, headed by Bettina Knoetzl, with focused and widely-acclaimed senior support from Thomas Voppichler, expertly handles the legal aspects of white-collar crime and understands the mitigation of commercial and reputational (including PR) risks.
The team is comprised of leading individuals, such as a founding partner who helped build the local market and develop recognized systems, and outstanding members 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 organizations 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.
KNOETZL specialists support domestic and international companies across all business and governmental sectors in dealing with critical situations, and operates 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 the ICC FraudNet.