Simone Petsche-Demmel and Andreas Pollak — two-thirds of the former Oehner Petsche Pollak firm in Austria— have announced the departure of Christian Oehner and their firm's reincarnation as Petsche Pollak, which they describe as "one of the leading Austrian boutique law firms, [concentrating] its focus solely on dispute resolution, specifically litigation, arbitration, and white collar crime.” The firm also announced the arrival of new Of Counsel Markus Petsche.
Before founding Oehner Petsche Pollak in 2013, Simone Petsche-Demmel was a Partner for ten years in the Dispute Resolution Practice of Wolf Theiss. Among other professional engagements, including stints with both Baker & McKenzie and Wolf Theiss in Vienna, Andreas Pollak worked as a Public Prosecutor at the Austrian Central Office of Prosecution for Economic Crime and Corruption.
According to Partner Simone Petsche-Demme, focusing the portfolio on litigation, arbitration and white collar crime is a result of the increasing market demand for exclusive and specialized law firms. “To us, concentrating our services is a logical step to strengthen our position as leading boutique law firm. As such we further expand our expertise and make Petsche Pollak the first-choice partner for leading corporations in all aspects of conflict management and prevention, especially in cross border matters and white collar crime.”
“Our clients value our experience and internationally recognized expertise in our core areas litigation, arbitration and white collar crime,” adds Andreas Pollak. “With this step we emphasize our specialization and increase the efficiency of our services.”
Markus Petsche, who joins as Of Counsel, is admitted as an attorney at law in Paris and teaches as Associate Professor at the Department of Legal Studies of CEU. Since 2012, he has held adjunct appointments at Singapore Management University School of Law and the Sorbonne Assas International Law School Asia. His teaching and research activities focus on international arbitration and litigation, international business law, comparative law, and alternative dispute resolution. He was appointed as Deputy Counsel the Secretariat of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce. He has worked at Gide Loyrette Nouel in Paris, and he is a panelist at the Kuala Lumpur Regional Center for Arbitration.