Baker McKenzie has announced that Filip Boras has been appointed Partner in Vienna, with fellow arbitration specialist Stefan Riegler taking over the management of the Vienna office.
According to Baker McKenzie, "Stefan Riegler has been one of the persons responsible for the development of Baker McKenzie's arbitration law practice in Vienna for twelve years now .... [He] advises and represents companies in particular with regard to disputes before commercial arbitration courts in accordance with the most important arbitration rules, such as, above all, the Vienna Rules and the ICC Rules; he is, however, also a sought-after arbitrator." The firm reports that he studied at the University of Vienna and at the London School of Economics, and in 2005 left Wolf Theiss to join Baker McKenzie, where he made Partner in 2009.
Also, according to Baker McKenzie, Filip Boras "owes his rapid success to a double specialization: Born Serb with Croatian and Bosnian roots, he speaks Serbian and Croatian fluently. Moreover, he is familiar with all important arbitration rules, such as those by the ICSID or the UNCITRAL. Over the past years, he advised numerous well-known clients on disputes relating to South-East Europe, where the demand for arbitration proceedings is extremely high at the moment. But Mr. Boras is also among Austria's leading experts in the area of investment arbitration law. For example, he represents the Austrian investor Georg Gavrilovic and his well-known Croatian meat processing company against the Republic of Croatia. These were the first arbitration proceedings before the international arbitration institution ICSID in the history of the Republic of Croatia. With an amount in dispute of more than 200 million euros, the case has been among the most significant proceedings in the region."
The firm reports that Boras studied in Vienna and Berkeley (in California), and says that "he has been admitted as an attorney not only in Vienna but also in New York."
Riegler and Boras took up their positions upon commencement of the firm's new fiscal year on July 1.