Dispute Resolution

Legal 500 - Dispute Resolution (Tier 2)

CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati ‘always provides a clear strategy’ and is particularly active in infrastructure, construction and post-M&A disputes, as well as high-value inheritance cases. The ‘outstanding’ Irene Welser heads the team, which represents several government-related entities, including Asfinag and Vienna International Airport, insurance companies and private clients.

Chambers & Partners - Dispute Resolution (Band 3)

What the team is known for Well-rounded team experienced in complex litigation matters. Particularly knowledgeable in D&O liability, post-merger disputes, unfair competition proceedings and construction-related conflicts. Also acts on international arbitration matters in ICC and ad hoc contexts. Represents clients from a range of industries, including energy, real estate and infrastructure. Boasts a market-leading white-collar crime practice and an international network.

Strengths Clients appreciate the good working atmosphere: "It's 100% reliable, with pleasant co-operation."

Work highlights Advised SPAR and SPAR Holding on a case against Shopping City Seiersberg relating to an unfair competition matter surrounding allegedly incorrect investment prospectus information.

Represented Shangri-La International in arbitration proceedings relating to the delayed completion of a hotel in Vienna.

Significant clients PORR, Lidl, Magna, Austrian National Bank, UNIQA.

Notable practitioners  

Irene Welser is a renowned litigator and arbitration counsel, regularly acting for insurance and financial services providers in international proceedings. Clients report that "she has a very strong reputation and she's extremely practical; she knows when to object and when not to." She represented ASFINAG in a high-stakes case relating to a concession award procedure.

Benedikt Spiegelfeld is a well-respected arbitrator who is described as a "very nice and reliable" practitioner by sources.

Peter Vcelouch is a known name in the field of litigation and has recently represented Flughafen Wien in a variety of proceedings including contract, employment and billing disputes. He has a particular know-how of real estate and construction conflicts.


  • The Legal 500 2017: Europe, Middle East & Africa 
  • IFLR 1000  2018 - The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms 
  • Chambers & Partners 2017, Chambers Europe - Europe's Leading Lawyers for Business