Wolf Theiss has announced that the firm's Arbitration practice will be led going forward by Partner Florian Haugeneder, who the firm describes as leading "a new generation" in charge of the practice. Haugeneder's team is expected to grow in short order as well.
Haugeneder has worked at Wolf Theiss in Vienna since 2005, and became Partner in 2011. According to the firm, "one of his major achievements is successfully advising The Coca-Cola Company in the biggest arbitration proceeding in the firm's history." He specializes in arbitration proceedings regarding international investor protection agreements.
"Arbitration has enormous benefits for companies, especially when they are operating internationally," Haugeneder stated. "I'm glad to have this opportunity to support our clients with the expertise and creativity of our 60-member Dispute Resolution Team."
The firm announced that Partner Christoph Liebscher, the firm's former Head of Arbitration, is leaving the firm to "enhance his activities as an arbitrator," and Liebscher announced that, "I can also dedicate myself to research and teaching – more than I was able to in previous years."
Bettina Knoetzl, the longtime head of the Dispute Resolution Team at Wolf Theiss -- which the firm claims is Austria's largest -- also views the change as positive: "I am glad that this transition has worked out well and will guarantee continuity and quality in the future. Florian Haugeneder is very important for the successful Dispute Resolution Practice of Wolf Theiss. Together we have big plans for the future." And Erik Steger, the firm's Managing Partner, adds: "We are very grateful to Christoph Liebscher who, over the past 15 years, has built up Wolf Theiss to become one of the market leaders in arbitration. A valued friend and colleague is leaving for new challenges and we wish him all the best."