Austria: Arbitration Analysis 2015

2015 marks the Vienna International Arbitral Centre’s 40th anniversary. Arbitration law in Austria continues to evolve and recent years have seen a considerable increase in multiparty proceedings. Disputes surrounding whether and to what extent the consumer protection clause of the 2006 Arbitration Act applies in disputes between shareholders rages on, despite the Supreme Court’s ruling in April 2014. We single out 25 lawyers in this chapter.

At ARP-Andreas Reiner & Partners, two “sterling” practitioners are recommended. Andreas Reiner frequently acts as an arbitrator with vast experience in construction and engineering disputes. Christian Aschauer acts as both counsel and arbitrator in domestic and international proceedings. He is an “astute” and “committed” lawyer who clients greatly appreciate.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer garners two listings in this chapter. Günther Horvath has a particular focus on energy, corporate, post-M&A, industrial engineering and construction matters. He acts as counsel, chairman and party-appointed arbitrator, and is a “strategic adviser” and “great analyst”. Jenny Power represents clients under the ICC and the Vienna International Arbitral Centre and in ad hoc proceedings. She also acts as an arbitrator and is described as “very effective”.

Two individuals are singled out at Baker & McKenzie. The “superb” Stefan Riegler specialises in infrastructure, construction and oil and gas disputes, and is “without doubt a leading figure” in the market. He is increasingly working as an arbitrator. Alexander Petsche heads the litigation and arbitration practice group and is a “trusted adviser”. He specialises in matters related to construction and infrastructure projects, damage claims, distribution law, and other corporate disputes.

Dorda Brugger Jordis is represented by two lawyers. Christian Dorda is a “distinguished figure” in the market and a “consummate professional”. Clients appreciate his “extensive experience”. Florian Kremslehner is a “talented individual” specialising in dispute resolution. He is “greatly admired” for his arbitration practice.

At Baier Rechtsanwälte, of counsel Werner Melis specialises in arbitration and is a “long-standing member” of the bar. Erhard Böhm has experience in international commercial and investment treaty arbitration. He serves as counsel, chairman, sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator.

Two lawyers are also recommended at Binder Grösswang Rechtsanwälte. Christian Klausegger has experience in arbitration relating to construction, plant engineering, insurance coverage and banks, as well as bankruptcy disputes. Michael Kutschera is a “formidable opponent” in disputes. His arbitration practice includes representing parties as counsel in relation to project, shareholder agreements and post-M&A disputes.

Christoph Liebscher of Liebscher Dispute Management is a “highly notable practitioner” in the arbitration market. He has more than 30 years’ experience in international arbitration and acts as arbitrator or counsel. Clients describe his expertise as “unsurpassed” and as a result he is “highly sought after”. Rechtsanwälte’s Gerold Zeiler is a “dedicated professional”. His arbitration practice is “second to none” and he is lauded as a “quick thinker” and “great tactician”.

Nikolaus Pitkowitz at Graf & Pitkowitz is founding partner and head of dispute resolution at the firm. He is a “revered” lawyer specialising in high-profile arbitrations serving as counsel or arbitrator.

August Reinisch at the University of Vienna is an “all-time great” and a “bona fide expert” in arbitration law. He is considered a “leading authority” in the field.

Independent arbitrator Jernej Sekolec is a “well-reputed name” in the sector. He is “intuitive and insightful” according to peers who also describe him as a “pleasure to work with”.

Neudorfer Rechtsanwälte’s Wolfgang Hahnkamper acts as chairman, co-arbitrator and party representative in arbitration proceedings. He is “highly effective, bright and a great operator”.

Paul Oberhammer is of counsel at WilmerHale and is a member of the international arbitration practice group. A “specialist” in international arbitration he serves as an expert adviser, party representative and arbitrator.

At Hausmaninger Kletter, Christian Hausmaninger is noted for his “huge presence” in the arbitration market. He stands out for his “diligent manner” and “innovative solutions”.

Rudolf Fiebinger is co-founding partner of Fiebinger Polak Leon & Partners and heads the firm’s litigation and international arbitration group. He is an “accomplished lawyer” and a “top choice” among clients.

Konrad & Partners’ Christian Konrad specialises in commercial and investment arbitration with a particular focus on industrial engineering, construction, joint ventures, energy and infrastructure-related matters, commercial and corporate disputes.

Florian Haugeneder is head of Wolf Theiss’s arbitration team. An “eminent” lawyer he is “unflappable” and “technically excellent”.

Gerold Herrmann is an independent arbitrator in Vienna who displays “great poise” and has an “excellent style of delivery”.

Karl Hempel frequently acts as arbitrator or chairman and is a “sensational lawyer”. His vast experience is “greatly appreciated” by clients.

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