WORLD CAFÉ MODERATORS
University of Vienna
Dean of the Faculty of Law
Dr. Brigitta Zöchling-Jud is Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Vienna and Professor of Civil Law. She has published in all areas of private law and is active as a legal expert and arbitrator. She is a member of the VIAC National Advisory Board.
WOLF THEISS Attorneys-at-law, Vienna
Thomas Anderl co-heads the Construction practice of Wolf Theiss. He is regularly involved in complex matters in this field of expertise, both national and international, including representing his construction clients before courts, arbitral tribunals and FIDIC-Dispute Boards. Prior to his law career, Thomas spent more than 5 years working in the construction field as international claims manager in the CEE/SEE region and as a construction engineer in Austria. In addition to his Austrian law degree, Thomas holds a degree in construction engineering and construction management from the Vienna University of Applied Sciences. Further, he is a qualified builder ("Baumeister") and is listed in the list of Dispute Adjudicators of the German Association of Consulting Engineers (VBI).
Binder Grösswang, Vienna
Anna Förstel-Cherng started her career at Baker McKenzie, Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG and has been with Binder Grösswang Rechtsanwälte GmbH since 2017, becoming an attorney at law in 2019. After obtaining her law degree from the University of Vienna (Mag. iur.) in 2013, she completed her postgraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in 2016 (LL.M.), where she also received the Wharton Business and Law Certificate. Anna Förstel-Cherng is a member of the Advisory Board of the Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners and is admitted to the Austrian and New York State Bar.
Associate | Dispute Resolution
DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH
Anja Cervenka works as an associate at DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH and is part of the Dispute Resolution practice group. She advises and represents clients from various industries in international arbitral proceedings under ICC rules as well as ad hoc. Anja also holds a degree in art history and focuses on art and IP related matters.
Before joining DORDA, Anja gained experience in the field of arbitration interning at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in London as well as in management consulting. As a student assistant she provided support for various projects at the Institute of Civil Procedure Law.
ROXANNE DE JESUS
Graf & Pitkowitz Rechtsanwälte GmbH, Vienna
Roxanne de Jesus is partner in the Dispute Resolution Team of Graf & Pitkowitz, Vienna. She mainly advises and represents international clients in complex cross-border litigation and arbitration proceedings regularly involving multi-jurisdictional aspects. Her focus also includes securing the recognition and enforcement of foreign court decisions as well as foreign arbitral awards based on the New York Convention. She also specializes in white collar crime.
Roxanne studied at the University of Vienna and the University of Wolverhampton. Prior to joining Graf & Pitkowitz, Roxanne worked in the Dispute Resolution team of other reputable law firms and successfully passed the Vienna Bar exam in 2016. She is a member of YAAP and AIJA.
BINDER GRÖSSWANG Rechtsanwälte GmbH
Ingeborg Edel is a partner in the Dispute Resolution team of BINDER GRÖSSWANG Rechtsanwälte GmbH and has more than 15 years of experience in representing clients in international proceedings before arbitral tribunals and state courts. She sits as (sole) arbitrator in international arbitrations and regularly represents clients in mandatory mediation in automotive-related disputes. She started her career as a lawyer at Weiland & Partenaires, an international law firm in Paris and has been with BINDER GRÖSSWANG since 2005. She studied in Vienna (Mag. iur. 2001) and Massachusetts, as well as at the Université Paris XII (D.E.A. 2005).
Tomer Granit is an Associate at KNOETZL in Vienna, focusing his practice on all areas of litigation, white collar crime and international arbitration. Before joining KNOETZL in 2019, Tomer worked in numerous top tier law firms in Vienna and Shanghai, where he gained experience in the areas of M&A, banking & finance, intellectual property and arbitration.
Tomer holds a law degree from the University of Vienna. He spent a semester abroad at the University of Tartu, Estonia, specializing in International and European law. During his clerkship, he participated in the Fifth Competition Moot Court in which he led his team to the final round.
FTI Consulting, Munich
Nils Hanfstingl, a director at FTI Consulting and a member of the forensic and litigation consulting practice, is based in Munich. Nils is an experienced planning & controls engineer with German nationality with over 10 years’ working experience on national and international projects. He has worked in analyst, controls and management roles for major building, infrastructure, power & utilities, oil & gas, chemical and pharmaceutical projects.
Within arbitral proceedings Nils has acted as party appointed expert participating in cross examinations and expert conferencing with a focus on delay and disruptions in complex engineering and construction projects.
Senior Managing Director
FTI Consulting, Munich
Thomas Hofbauer, a senior managing director at FTI Consulting and a member of the forensic and litigation consulting practice, is based in Munich. Thomas is a civil engineer with over 20 years of experience in the construction and engineering industries. He acted as both delay and quantum expert in infrastructure, IT, power and rolling stock disputes in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America and has given evidence in arbitral proceedings at the ICC in Paris, the VIAC in Vienna and the SCAI in Zurich.
Mr Hofbauer is recognized as an Expert in ‘Who’s Who Legal’ as one of the leading construction Experts in the field of both delay and quantum and as one of the leading Arbitration Experts.
Emmanuel Kaufman is a partner at KNOETZL in Vienna, focusing on construction, commercial and investment arbitrations in the CEE, SEE and Latin America.
He acts as counsel and arbitrator and has experience in institutional and ad-hoc arbitration cases under the ICC, ISCID, VIAC and UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. Emmanuel’s expertise spans across various fields, including engineering, energy, international sales, IT outsourcing, and telecommunications infrastructure. He is an external lecturer in the Law Faculty of the University of Vienna, a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, and ICC YAF Representative for Europe and Russia (2019-2021).
Emmanuel holds a law degree from the University of Buenos Aires (2005) and is admitted to practice in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Weber & Co. Rechtsanwälte
Katharina Kitzberger is heading Weber & Co.’s litigation department specialising in commercial litigation, asset recovery and arbitration. She has extensive experience in representing clients in Austrian court proceedings and arbitration proceedings and also sits as arbitrator. Katharina regularly advises clients in civil, commercial and competition law/distribution law matters and has particular expertise in the field of civil fraud cases.
Katharina is a graduate of the University of Vienna (Mag.iur. 2005, Dr.iur. 2011). Further she gained a B.A. in political sciences at the University of Vienna (2009). In the course of her doctoral thesis she dealt with the appointment and challenge of arbitrators under Austrian law. Katharina is a member of the ICC, YAAP, IBA, AIJA and TI-AC (Working Group on Whistleblowing).
Lansky, Ganzger + Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH
Michael is a member of the Austrian bar and practices as an attorney in Vienna. He specializes in dispute resolution, both in state court cases as well as before domestic and international arbitral tribunals, with a focus on distribution law, financing and insurance law. Additionally, his practice comprises inheritance law and estate management. Michael has worked for various renowned law firms and was a researcher at the University of Vienna, focusing on arbitration and conflict of laws. He has authored publications in arbitration law, conflict of laws and civil law. Michael still is guest lecturer at the University of Vienna and has previously also taught at the China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing.
Sebastian Lukic has been an associate at Schoenherr since 2016. Sebastian's main areas of practice are commercial and investment arbitration. Sebastian graduated from the University of Graz as firstranked graduate. In recognition of his academic achievements, he was awarded the Honorary Award (State Award) of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy for the best diploma and master's degrees in Austria (Würdigungspreis). Sebastian passed the Bar Exam with distinction. In 2020, he graduated from the University of Oxford (MJur). He was awarded the Winter Williams Prize in International Economic Law, and the Clifford Chance Award (Proxime Accessit) for the Second Best Performance in the MJur.
ARP Attorneys, Vienna
Tamara Manasijević is a Croatian attorney at law in the arbitration boutique ARP, Vienna. She acts as counsel, arbitrator and secretary to arbitral tribunals in domestic and international arbitral proceedings, both institutional and ad hoc. Her arbitration-related experience includes in particular disputes related to construction and engineering projects, energy disputes (gas, electricity, issues related to the liberalisation of the European energy markets), contracts for the supply of goods, joint ventures and corporate disputes.
She holds a law degree from the University of Rijeka, Croatia (2009) and an LLM in European and International Business Law from the University of Vienna (2015).
Tamara is a founding member and Co-Chair of Young Croatian Arbitration Practitioners (YCAP).
Graf & Pitkowitz Rechtsanwälte GmbH, Vienna
Sheila Mangachi is a Swiss Attorney-at-Law in the Dispute Resolution Team of Graf & Pitkowitz in Vienna and is registered as a European lawyer with the Vienna Bar Association. Her experience includes complex, multimillion arbitration proceedings in various fields, amongst others in the field of construction. Sheila studied at the University of Geneva and holds a master’s degree in law (MLaw) and a bachelor’s degree in international relations. Before successfully passing the Swiss bar in 2016, she worked for a reputable law firm and international organizations in Geneva. She has since gained significant experience in dealing with different jurisdictions and institutions at reputable law firms in Vienna.
CERHA HEMPEL, Vienna
Samuel Mimnagh is an associate in the Contentious Business Department of CERHA HEMPEL, Vienna and specialises in international commercial and investment arbitration.
He holds law degrees from University College Dublin Ireland (LL.B. 2014) and the University of Vienna (LL.M. 2016) with a focus on international law, arbitration and EU law.
Sam has extensive experience in investment and commercial arbitration and routinely acts as counsel and as an administrative secretary to arbitral tribunals. His experience has focused on arbitral proceedings pursuant to the Vienna, ICC, UNCITRAL, ICSID and LCIA rules. M&A, construction and energy disputes have come to dominate his practice.
Beyond his practical work, Sam has also co-authored a number of articles concerning topics of interest to both international investment and commercial arbitration.
His working languages are English, Dutch and German.
CERHA HEMPEL, Vienna
Mag. Susanne Molitoris, LL.M. is Senior Counsel at Cerha Hempel, She has been with the firm since 2006 and specialises in dispute resolution, in particular international commercial arbitration.
Susanne holds an LL .M. from the London School of Economics. She regularly acts as counsel in domestic and international arbitration and litigation proceedings, covering all areas of commercial law and represents clients in proceedings regarding the recognition and enforcement of foreign awards in Austria. Susanne has acted as rbitrator in several arbitration proceedings.
Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH
MMag. Nina Pichler is Partner at Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH in Vienna and Graz and has been practising law since 2011. She holds a double degree in Law and Business Administration from the Karl-Franzens-University of Graz, Austria (“Mag.iur” and “Mag. rer.soc.oec.”, 2009). Nina Pichler studied also abroad at the University of Siena (Italy) and at the Montclair State University (NJ /USA). Nina Pichler passed her bar exam with distinction in 2014.
Prior to joining SCWP in 2015, she has been working for two multinational law firms located in Vienna in the practice areas Corporate / Mergers & Acquisition as well as Dispute Resolution.
Nina Pichler is specialised in commercial litigation and arbitration, with a particular focus on post-M&A, joint venture and shareholder disputes. Further, she has considerable experience in the fields of corporate transactions, general commercial, corporate, insolvency and restructuring law.
Nina Pichler speaks fluently German, English and Italian. Among other memberships, she is a member of the International Association of Italian Speaking Lawyers (“AIGLI”).
Greenberg Traurig, Warsaw
Pawel Pietkiewicz focuses his practice on litigation and arbitration. He advises domestic and international clients across a wide range of complex litigation and arbitration cases.
Pawel is a member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Polish Arbitration Committee. He is also a member of the Arbitral Council of the Lewiatan Court of Arbitration and is entered on the list of arbitrators of that court.
Pawel has extensive experience as an arbitrator in proceedings conducted on the basis of the rules of Court of Arbitration at the Polish Chamber of Commerce in Warsaw, the Lewiatan Court of Arbitration, and the Court of Arbitration at the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris.
ANNA KATHARINA RADSCHEK
Graf & Pitkowitz Rechtsanwälte GmbH
Anna Katharina Radschek is partner in the Dispute Resolution Team of Graf & Pitkowitz, Vienna. She represents clients in international arbitration and cross-border litigation proceedings with a focus on construction and post M&A disputes. Her clients range from smaller business entities to internationally operating groups of companies involving smaller to large-scale disputes amounting to multimillion cases. Her practice further includes advising creditors and debtors on insolvency and restructuring law.
Anna Katharina has been co-organizing the World Café since 2018 and has co-authored the respective publications in the Austrian Yearbook on International Arbitration (AYIA).
She studied at the University of Vienna and previously worked at reputable law firms in Vienna. She is a member of YAAP and AIJA.
Elisabeth Rath is an Associate at KNOETZL specialising in international arbitration. She particularly focuses on international commercial arbitrations relating to energy, post-M&A and construction.
Before joining KNOETZL, Elisabeth gained substantial experience working in various renowned multinational law firms both in Austria and Germany, primarily in the fields of construction, corporate, employment and finance law.
Elisabeth holds a law degree from the University of Vienna and a master’s degree in comparative and international dispute resolution from Queen Mary University of London. During her diploma studies, she spent a year at the University of Hamburg, Germany, focusing on European and international law as well as on investment arbitration.
Country Head Legal
Implenia Baugesellschaft m.b.H.
Katharina Riedl is Country Head Legal at Implenia Baugesellschaft m.b.H., part of Implenia AG, in Vienna. In addition, she serves as legal advisor to public-private-partnership projects within the group.
Prior to joining Implenia, Katharina was an attorney-at-law at Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH in Frankfurt/Main and Baker McKenzie in Vienna, specializing in complex commercial arbitration and litigation proceedings. She advised national and international clients particularly in relation to post-M&A, construction and general corporate disputes.
Katharina obtained her law degrees from the Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria (Mag. iur.) and Duke University School of Law, (LL.M.) and studied international law at the Universitet i Bergen, Norway.
Natascha Tunkel is a partner at KNOETZL. Her focus lies on commercial arbitration where her experience spans over ten years covering a wide array of disputes and industries. With a keen interest in and understanding of new technologies, she has a particular specialization in the field of life science, energy, engineering, and intellectual property. She has been described as “a very proactive and prudent arbitrator” and commended for “her deep knowledge of her cases”. Moreover, qualified as meditator since 2005, Natascha is equally adept as mediator and mediation counsel. Her expertise is highly valued and she currently serves as Officer of the IBA Mediation Committee, Member of the VIAC Mediation Advisory Board, and as Austrian delegate to the ICC Task Force on ADR and Arbitration.
CERHA HEMPEL Rechtsanwälte GmbH
Irene Welser is an equity partner with CERHA HEMPEL Rechtsanwälte GmbH and heads the Contentions Business Department of the firm. She has practiced law for more than 25 years and has acted as an arbitrator and as counsel in more than 60 international and national arbitrations pursuant to the ICC, Vienna and UNCITRAL Rules. As of 2015, she became a board member of the Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC), a position which she has retained.
Irene is also a passionate litigator and advises domestic and international clients in commercial and civil law. Recently, she has been active as counsel in a complex series of nearly 20 interconnected shareholder disputes. Construction, liability, contract, insurance and energy law as well as M&A and oil & gas disputes are other key areas of her practice. She is also general counsel to corporate clients and so combines her litigation and arbitration proficiency with a firm understanding of how to avoid and/or settle disputes.
Irene Welser was admitted to the Vienna Bar in 1992. She holds a doctorate degree and in 2003 become the youngest Honorary Professor at the University of Vienna. She frequently speaks at seminars and conferences and co-organises the Vienna Arbitration Days. Her first main publication, Warranties and Contracts on Works and Services (1989), has become a standard text in the field. She has been a co-editor of the Austrian Yearbook on International Arbitration since its inception and author and co-author of several books dealing with issues of contract law, warranty and liability questions as well as arbitration-related matters. She has published more than 100 articles in Austrian and international law magazines and journals. She is an examiner for the Bar Exam of the Vienna Bar.
Irene is a member of ASA, IBA, LCIA, Arbitral Women and the board of the Chines European Legal Association. In recent years, Irene has held lectures on international arbitration in Istanbul, California, Hong-Kong, Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo, Brussels, Romania, Slovakia and at the Düsseldorf Arbitration School as well as at the Austrian Arbitration Academy.
Irene is currently the Global Chair Emeritus of the Litigation Arbitration Dispute Resolution Section of Lex Mundi.
Irene Welser speaks German, English, French and Italian.
CERHA HEMPEL Rechtsanwälte GmbH
Bernhard Wychera is Senior Counsel in the Contentious Business Department of CERHA HEMPEL. He has a breadth of experience in various areas of commercial law and specializes in international arbitration. He also practices complex commercial litigation before the Austrian courts with a focus on corporate law and shareholder disputes. His experience also includes the assessment of damages and complex quantum issues. Additionally, he has a particular interest in investment arbitration on which he publishes regularly.
Bernhard has studied law at the universities of Vienna and Louvain-la Neuve and at New York University Law School. He is admitted to the Vienna and New York State bar.
Coming from a strong M&A background, Bernhard focuses his arbitration practice on post M&A disputes in various industries and also works on complex construction, energy contract and infrastructure cases. He is particularly well-versed in procedures under the ICC, LCIA, VIAC and ICSID rules.