06 Jun 2014

Wolf Theiss replaces departing head of arbitration

Florian Haugeneder becomes the new head of the practice, taking over from Christoph Liebscher.

Florian Haugeneder takes the helm

Austrian law firm Wolf Theiss has appointed Florian Haugeneder to take over as head of its arbitration practice to replace Christoph Liebscherwho is leaving the firm. Mr Haugeneder has worked at the firm since 2005 and became a partner in 2011 and  successfully advised  The Coca-Cola Company in the biggest arbitration proceeding in the firm's history. Florian specializes in arbitration proceedings regarding international investor protection agreements.
Christoph Liebscher, partner and former head of arbitration, will provide innovative advice for companies in disputes and enhance his activities as an arbitrator, as there will be fewer client conflicts than in a large law firm, where they take place . "I can also dedicate myself to research and teaching – more than I was able to in previous years", says Liebscher.


As former Head of Arbitration, Christoph Liebscher was one of seven partners in Austria's largest Dispute Resolution Team. Bettina Knoetzl, longtime head of the Dispute Resolution Team said: "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."
Erik Steger, Managing Partner at Wolf Theiss, 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.'