Global financial uncertainty has brought with it a growing need for dispute resolution services across the region. In particular, if you're operating in a heavily regulated sector such as energy, financial services or healthcare, you know something about the potential risks that new regulatory burdens can bring as you work to protect your business. Unexpected questions may arise, such as "Should we initiate legal proceedings? Where and when? What legal tools and procedures are available to us? How do we stay one step ahead of competitors and adversaries? How do we avoid costly investigations so we can protect our reputation?" The Dispute Resolution team at Wolf Theiss specialises in helping you answer these questions so you can do what you do best: plan for the future.
Whether you represent a business or are an individual looking to protect your interests, you can turn to our experts if you're facing substantial losses or fear other consequences. We have a record of effectiveness in even the most sensitive and complex of civil claims, criminal actions and investigations. Our presence in 13 CEE/SEE countries means that the same goes for cross-border cases.
If you're facing a criminal investigation, or if you simply want to reduce your exposure to risk resulting from breach or non-compliance, we have the tools to help you. We offer customised compliance training programmes and assist you in discovering hidden risks so that you can plan accordingly. Also in our toolkit: global asset tracing. Very often investigations require conducting an asset trace to gather the necessary details to develop a profile and formulate a strategy. This is where our team helps clients to identify, trace, freeze and recover financial and physical assets in order to protect their business interests. Our contacts with public authorities allow us to combine our expertise with a practical touch so that we can create solutions that work in the real world.
With the Wolf Theiss Dispute Resolution team you're never alone. We will accompany you throughout the litigation or arbitration, staying by your side in both national and international proceedings. We make our knowledge and industry expertise in commercial and investment arbitration work for you.
We handle all types of commercial conflicts and provide representation in shareholder disputes, partnership and merger and acquisition disputes, fraud and investment scams, breach of contract and business torts, professional and product liability matters, and intellectual property right infringements. We have proven that it is possible to handle highly complex and sensitive matters in a manner that is both cost-effective and strategically advantageous for our clients.
Financial Services Litigation
We advise local and global financial players on regulatory, compliance, restructuring and insolvency matters, and represent lenders and borrowers in investigations and court proceedings. We cooperate closely with our Banking and Finance team in litigating matters on behalf of leading financial institutions and service providers, both as plaintiffs and defendants. Our litigation team routinely handles highly complex cross-border financial litigation cases.
Whether minority shareholders or majority shareholders in small and large corporations, we pursue the interests of our clients across a range of market sectors in resolving and litigating shareholder disputes. You know as well as we that disputes involving directors and shareholders are unpredictable and have the potential to severely damage a business. Our approach is to formulate creative solutions that avoid costly court intervention. Additionally, we have wide expertise in advising companies in the area of directors' and officers' liability.
Our white-collar crime team has international experience in representing companies and employees in criminal investigations and in conducting global asset tracing. We advise and represent clients in high-profile corruption and fraud disputes and can offer an integrated approach that saves time and money.
Today’s highly regulated yet interlinked global marketplace requires a multijurisdictional approach to solving complex compliance problems. Our team can quickly coordinate and assess cross-border internal investigations to protect you and your business. We can also assist you in establishing corporate compliance programmes that help you identify and address your greatest risks and mitigate problems. The best conclusion to an investigation is to avoid one in the first place.
You hope it never happens, but sometimes companies find themselves faced with events that cause significant damage or some other severe impact on their business. An internal investigation might be the solution you're looking for. For many years now we have been working on matters that require in-depth internal investigations. We advise clients on investigations initiated by the government, whistle-blower complaints, dawn raids, or as a result of fraudulent activities. This puts us in the position to provide high-level service to our clients in even the most complex and sensitive of situations.
Our arbitration team is the largest in the region and regularly provides counsel in domestic and international arbitration proceedings. We have experience acting under the major arbitration rules, such as ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC, LCIA, Vienna, DIS and Swiss Rules as well as in ad-hoc arbitration proceedings.
Investment Treaty Arbitration
It's a rule of thumb: the more international, the more complex. We assist clients in resolving disputes that arise under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties. Both sovereign states and claimant investors are among our clients in these complex, cross-border disputes. We also advise clients seeking to structure and restructure their overseas investments to secure investment treaty protection. Our team is particularly proficient in disputes arising under the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT).
Competence Center for Arbitration in CEE/SEE
We have arbitration experts across the region with specialized expertise in certain areas such as investment arbitration, construction, energy and telecommunications. They include: Zoltan Faludi, office managing partner in our Budapest office and a highly reputed energy arbitration expert. Peter Daszkowski, office managing partner in our Warsaw office who has long and excellent track record in commercial and investment arbitration cases. Dalibor Valincic, partner in our Zagreb office who is specialized in arbitration and handles several local and international arbitration matters. Taras Dumych, arbitration expert in our Kiev office who has more than 15 years of experience in arbitration matters. Andrea Gritsch, partner in our Vienna office who successfully handled several complex banking & finance arbitration cases.
Ceyda Akbal Schwimann who joined our Vienna office as of January is an experienced arbitration lawyer practicing for more than 10 years with a background in international law. Her achievements include advising and representing Nabucco Gas Pipeline International in Liqu regarding a treaty claim against the Republic of Turkey on the basis of the bilateral investment treaty between Turkey and Austria, including representation of the client against the representatives of the Turkish government during the settlement talks.
In addition to Ceyda, Venus Valentina Wong joined the firm in May as an arbitration and litigation lawyer. As an expert in arbitration law, she has gathered 12 years of experience and has been involved in more than 60 national and international arbitration and ADR proceedings, both as counsel and arbitrator. She also gained experience at the International Court of Arbitration at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris and at the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) in Beijing. Prior to that, she served as an assistant at the Institute for Austrian and European Public Law at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Valentina Wong is currently Co-Chair of the Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners (YAAP).
Our firm wide arbitration network is coordinated both in Vienna and locally in the region with the goal of providing our clients with seamless service and the necessary specialized industry and jurisdictional expertise.