@Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP
Dr. Georg Adler is a Senior Associate in WilmerHale’s International Arbitration Practice Group.
Prior to joining WilmerHale, he was an attorney at a law firm in Vienna where his practice focused on constitutional, administrative, and international law.
Dr. Adler teaches as an external lecturer at the Vienna University of Business and Economics and has served as a board member of the Vienna Bar Association.
He is the author of various publications on International Arbitration, European Law, and Austrian constitutional law.
Dr. Adler holds a Doctorate degree from the University of Vienna and an MSc in Law and Finance from the University of Oxford.
T. ALEX BACKSMANN
Alex is an Arbitration- and M&A-partner at Veirano Advogados in São Paulo, where he also leads the firms‘ German Speaking Desk.
Before qualifying as a lawyer in Brazil, he worked as a German lawyer and English solicitor with two major law firms in Germany
and led the Corporate Legal Department in a German multinational,
based in Hamburg.
Alex holds a PhD in law from Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität and
has published a fair amount on arbitration. His latest work, Arbitration in Brazil – An Introductory Practitioners Guide,
was published by Kluwer last year.
Alex is fluent in German, English, Spanish and Portuguese. He also understands French.
Jonathan is an English and Australian qualified lawyer and a Consultant with Nivalion AG, a Swiss arbitration and litigation funder
focusing on its Austrian and CEE portfolio from Vienna.
Jonathan was previously an Investment Manager with one of the oldest third-party funders in the world in Australia, focusing on their arbitration portfolio in Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia.
Before funding, Jonathan worked in private practice specialising in international arbitration and litigation for 15 years in leading law firms in London, Paris, Sydney, Vienna and Zurich, as well as Counsel at the ICC Court Secretariat and a Researcher at UNCITRAL.
ATTORNEY AT LAW
Miklós Boronkay is a partner at Szecskay Attorneys at Law, a leading independent Hungarian law firm. He specializes in complex commercial litigation and arbitration cases, as well as in competition law matters. He has advised and represented clients in major international (ICC, UNCITRAL) and Hungarian arbitrations and in court proceedings too.
Miklós is an arbitrator listed on the Roll of Arbitrators of the Permanent Arbitration Court attached to the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, where he acts as an arbitrator in several cases.
Besides his dispute resolution practice, Miklós is also active in academic life. He regularly publishes articles in arbitration, civil law and competition law topics. In addition, he teaches at universities and gives presentations at various professional conferences.
Miklós graduated from Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest, Hungary in 2007, and carried out doctoral studies at Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary. His research topic is comparative tort law. He also studied two semesters at the Paris Lodron University in Salzburg. He is fluent in English and German.
SENIOR LEGAL COUNSEL
After having gained extensive experience as a lawyer in the field of litigation and arbitration at Freshfields and Baker McKenzie Austria, Katharina chose to explore the corporate world of a truly international company. Her current occupation primarily focuses on public procurement law as well as civil and commercial law within the recently demerged Siemens Mobility GmbH. Before joining Baker McKenzie as a lawyer in the field of litigation and arbitration, she completed her postgraduate studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science with distinction in year 2015 and worked nearly three years in the dispute resolution practice group of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer between 2012 and 2014, where she mainly focused on litigation (in particular antitrust litigation, financial institution disputes and product liability claims). Further, she gained insights in academia by working as a research and teaching assistant at the University of Vienna's civil law department. The focus of her postgraduate studies lay in litigation, arbitration, (international) private law as well as white collar crime.
PROFESSOR & BARRISTER
@Victoria University of Wellington
Dr Petra Butler is a graduate of the University of Göttingen and Victoria University of Wellington. She was a judge's clerk at the South African Constitutional Court.
Petra specialises in international commercial law, domestic and international human rights, and business and human rights. She has published extensively in those areas. She advises public and private clients in her areas of expertise. She is a member of several advisory boards of human rights NGOs and has been awarded a number of fellowships. Recently, she has been a scholar-in-residence at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP.
Petra is New Zealand’s CLOUT correspondent for the CISG and the United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts. She has held visiting appointments on all continents, inter alia at the Chinese University of Political Science and Law (Beijing), the University of Melbourne, Bucerius Law School (Hamburg), Universidad de Navarra (Pamplona), University of Montevideo, Northwestern University Law School (Chicago), and Bahir Dar University.
Philipp joined Hogan Lovells in 2008 and represents national and international clients in litigious matters before arbitral tribunals and state courts. Philipp has profound knowledge regarding the automotive and energy sector and specific knowledge in handling gas, project and supply chain disputes.
Philipp's arbitration experience includes disputes under ICC, DIS, VIAC, Swiss and UNCITRAL rules as well as ad-hoc proceedings. In addition, Philipp regularly advises clients in matters relating to insurance litigation, in particular, D&O matters.
Philipp publishes on topics related to recent developments in the arbitration field and Spanish law. Philipp is member of the ICC YAF, ICDR Young & International, DIS, DIS40, YAAP and ASA Below 40.
ATTORNEY AT LAW
Amelie Huber-Starlinger is an attorney-at-law admitted in Austria
and working with Baier Attorneys At Law (Vienna), after having studied law at the University of Vienna and the University of Stockholm.
She has acted as arbitrator, counsel and administrative secretary in numerous international arbitrations and conciliations under various rules, including ICC, UNCITRAL, VIAC and ad-hoc rules.
Amelie Huber-Starlinger is a mediator with a focus on commercial disputes. Her main areas of practice include investor-state disputes, construction projects, post M&A, sales agreements, real estate, joint-ventures, contractual and trade disputes and disputes involving medical and pharmaceutical law aspects.
Judith Knieper is a legal consultant with 28 years of professional experience.
She has been working in South East Europe from 1998 -2013 for numerous donors/organizations, e.g. OSCE, CoE, Worldbank and GIZ, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, the German international cooperation.
She conducted two regional projects in the area of CISG and Alternative Dispute Resolution for GIZ. Currently, she is working for UNCITRAL as legal officer in Vienna, Austria (mainly for Working Group II on Dispute Resolution).
She obtained both Legal State Exams in Frankfurt, Germany as well as her PhD.
Smaranda Miron is an energy lawyer with the Energy Community Secretariat, an international organisation based in Vienna.
She handles energy disputes (cases against the Contracting Parties of the Energy Community), supports Energy Community Secretariat’s Dispute Resolution and Negotiation Centre and works,
together with the competent national authorities, towards a full implementation of the Energy Community acquis.
Before joining the Energy Community Secretariat, Smaranda worked as an associate in the International Arbitration Group of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and as a public procurement case-handler with the European Commission.
Christof Siefarth is a partner in GÖRG since 1996, he mainly advises foreign (predominantly US based) clients regarding all of their business activities in Germany. He has represented many international companies in a variety of commercial transactions, particularly in relation to international license and distribution agreements and related litigation and arbitration. Christof has substantial experience in coordinating international dispute resolution matters and all kinds of business transactions involving various jurisdictions. He has represented the defendant in the first oral hearing conducted in English before the Cologne High Court. Christof is a member of the Cologne, German, New York, American and International Bar Associations; he has been the President of the University of Georgia LL.M. Alumni Association from 1997 until 2010. He is a frequent speaker on international business matters. Christof was the chairman of various international conferences of the Center for International Legal Studies (CILS). He is the only non-US board member of the Atlanta International Arbitration Society
PARTNER / FCIARB
Robert Wachter FCIArb is the co-head of the international arbitration practice at Lee & Ko. For more than 10 years he has practiced almost exclusively in the field of international arbitration. He has acted in cases brought under all of the major arbitration rules. Mr. Wachter has significant experience in both common law and civil law jurisdictions. In addition to his experience in Korea, from 2011 to 2014 he worked at Graf & Pitkowitz in Vienna. Mr. Wachter has also lectured as an adjunct professor at Seoul National University, the Supreme Court of Korea (Judicial Research and Training Institute), and Ewha Womans University.
Mr. Wachter has worked extensively in a broad range of industries including the life sciences, technology, construction, automotive, shipping, energy and telecommunications sectors. He particularly enjoys cases that require an understanding of scientific, engineering and technical issues. He regularly participates in conferences and seminars on international arbitration, and is presently working on two investment treaty arbitration cases brought against the Republic of Korea.
JOHANNES P. WILLHEIM
Johannes P. Willheim is an internationally trained disputes lawyer, mediator and professional negotiator. He is a partner of the Global Disputes Practice of Jones Day which provides him with the opportunity to advise clients around the globe in how to best prevent, manage and resolve disputes and, if need be, to represent and defend their interests in formal proceedings. In addition to his work in private practice, Johannes is frequently appointed as an arbitrator and independent expert in DIS, ICC, VIAC, and other institutional as well as ad hoc arbitration proceedings. He also assists parties in the consensual resolution of business disputes either as mediator or professional negotiator. Johannes has published extensively on various subjects relating to disputes resolution. Johannes is an Adjunct Professor for International Commercial Arbitration of the Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Law School of the Pepperdine University and lectures on international arbitration in leading academic programs around the globe and is a frequent speaker at legal and industry conferences.
@ Benn-Ibler Rechtsanwälte
Caroline Bühler is a counsel at a Vienna based law firm
(Benn-Ibler Rechtsanwälte GmbH).
Her work includes litigation and international commercial and investment arbitration.
She advises clients from different sectors like for example construction, medical devices, water treatment, etc. and represents them in Austrian courts as well as before arbitral tribunals.
Furthermore she deals with matters arising out of the capital market and investment fund law.
She studied law in Vienna, Madrid and Edinburgh and completed the Austrian Bar exam in 2010.
Florian Ettmayer is a junior associate in Baker McKenzie’s Dispute Resolution Practice Group in Vienna. He holds law degrees from the University of Vienna (Mag. iur.) and the University of Cambridge (LL.M.).
Mr. Ettmayer has assisted clients in numerous court proceedings, regarding inter alia high-profile real estate, post M&A, insolvency and industrial manufacturing disputes. He has also been involved
in a number of international arbitration proceedings touching
on issues such as insolvency and arbitration and the bearing
of the CJEU’s Achmea ruling on ICSID jurisdiction.
Before joining Baker McKenzie, Mr. Ettmayer worked
at the Department of Civil Law of the University of Vienna, where he assisted em. o. Univ.-Prof. DDr. h.c. Dr. Rudolf Welser,
and as an editor of the Cambridge International Law Journal.
Philip Exenberger specialises in international commercial arbitration and cross-border litigation. Since he joined the firm's Dispute Resolution Team in 2011, his particular focus is on complex disputes, both with regard to technical (e.g. construction disputes) and commercial aspects. He is an expert in managing extensive evidentiary proceedings, in particular including large numbers of documents, witnesses and experts. Philip is an experienced party counsel both before arbitral tribunals as well as state courts, but also advises clients with respect to claim management prior to the initiation of arbitral or state court proceedings.
Philip Exenberger graduated from University of Vienna School of Law (Mag.iur. 2011). He is a member of the Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners (YAAP) as well as of the International Young Lawyers Association (AIJA) and author of multiple publications on commercial arbitration.
Sebastian Feiler is an associate lawyer in the law firm GÖRG.
He graduated from the University of Cologne, and obtained a doctors degree from the University of Cologne in the area of private international law in 2015. He has extensive work experience as research assistant at University of Cologne’s Institute for International and Foreign Private Law where he also lectured as teaching assistant. He completed his legal traineeship inter alia at GÖRG, the Federal Office of Justice and the Cologne Higher Regional Court. His main areas of practice include national and international contract and commercial law and litigation. Sebastian has gained experience in litigation before state courts
as well as arbitration (institutional and ad-hoc).
He also has advised on cases related to the IT, Telecommunication and construction industry. In addition, he is also active in the emerging German legal tech scene and is currently working on various pilot projects in connection with legal tech, commercial law and arbitration.
Josef is a Spanish and German lawyer based in Madrid /Spain.
His practice in his own firma, basically as arbitrator, is focused on international arbitration, often linked to Spanish and Portuguese speaking parties.
In his practice during more than 30 years he acted in about 60 arbitral proceedings, administered by several international arbitral institutions like ICC, VIAC, DIS, CAM CCBC (São Paulo), CAM Madrid, LCIA etc.).
Besides the commercial arbitration he is also involved in some investment arbitration proceedings ICSID.
Radu Giosan will be an intern in White & Case’s International Arbitration Practice Group in Paris beginning in April.
Mr. Giosan’s previous experiences include interning in the international arbitration groups of two other international law firms and at the International Chamber of Commerce.
IRENE NG (HUANG YING)
Irene Ng (Huang Ying) is a Fellow at the Stanford-Vienna
Transatlantic Technology Law Forum and a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Vienna.
Irene represented ELSA International as an Observer Delegate to UNCITRAL’s 50th Commission Session in 2017 and to UNCITRAL’s 33rd Session of Working Group III on Online Dispute Resolution in 2016.
In 2018, she also commenced and completed her internship with the UNCITRAL Secretariat in Vienna. Irene graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2014 with a LL.B. (Hons) and subsequently received her LL.M. from the University of Vienna in 2017.
She is admitted to the New York Bar and Singapore Bar.
BRIAN SAMUEL OIWOH
Brian earned his law degree from Karl-Franzens-Universität
in Graz in 2016, as well as an LL.M. degree in Commercial Law
from the University of Edinburgh in 2017.
He joined the Vienna office of
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
in October 2017.
Brian specializes in international arbitration.
ATTORNEY-AT-LAW / COUNSEL
Nina Pichler is working as a Counsel at Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH in Vienna 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.
Nina Pichler studied also abroad at the University of Siena (Italy) and at the Montclair State University (NJ /USA). 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 and insolvency law. Among other memberships, she is a member of the International Association of Italian Speaking Lawyers (“AIGLI”).
Nadine Pfiffner is a trainee lawyer in the litigation, arbitration and internal investigations department of Bär & Karrer in Zurich. Before joining Bär & Karrer, she was a PhD fellow with the University of Zurich and a Visiting Research Associate with the University of Hong Kong.
Nadine holds a Bachelor (BLaw) and a Master of Law (MLaw) from University of Zurich, and a Master of Laws in Business and Financial Law (LL.M.) from King’s College London. She writes her PhD thesis on “Limitation and Exclusion of Liability in International Sales Contracts governed by Swiss Law as applied by Arbitral Tribunals”.
At University of Zurich she taught Swiss contract law and was responsible for the Zurich Willem C. Vis Moot team. She has published in the field of private law and holds lectures in oral advocacy.
Natascha Tunkel is counsel at KNOETZL and has over ten years of experience in the field of litigation, arbitration and mediation.
Natascha acts as counsel, arbitrator and mediator in disputes from a wide array of industries, including new technologies, research and development, life sciences, engineering, and post-M&A. She is experienced in conducting complex proceedings, including forensic investigation and analysis of large data volumes for purposes of internal risk analysis and handling big cases. Natascha has a special focus on multi-faceted commercial disputes that involve criminal or insolvency law aspects, or that require strategic coordination of actions before state courts and arbitral tribunals.Natascha also has a strong academic background having worked as a lecturer and research assistant at the Department of Civil Procedure at Law Faculty of the University of Vienna. She is currently involved in the Working Group of the IBA-VIAC-CDRC Mediation Moot Court and continues to both lecture and publish on pertinent issues of procedural law.
ROXANNE DE JESUS
@Graf & Pitkowitz Rechtsanwälte
Roxanne de Jesus is an associate in the Dispute Resolution / Litigation and Arbitration team of Graf & Pitkowitz in Vienna.
She mainly advises international clients in complex cross-border litigation and arbitration proceedings. Her experience 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.
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 also a member of the Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners (YAAP).
Roxanne studied at the University of Vienna and the University of Wolverhampton and is currently finishing her MBA studies in General Management at the Danube University Krems.
Christina Geissler is a graduate of the Johannes Kepler University Linz. She spent one semester of her studies at University of the Western Cape in South Africa and another one at HEC Montréal in Canada.
She has a special interest in international dimensions of law and business.
Christina is currently working at the Institute for Civil Law, Department for Private Law Development and Legal Protection at Johannes Kepler University.
In the second half of 2018 she started researching for her dissertation which deals with the topic of access to justice for MSMEs contracting cross-border.