Dispute Resolution

Legal 500 - Dispute Resolution (Tier 2)

Apart from its strong commercial and corporate litigation capabilities, CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati is well versed in handling insurance and unfair competition disputes and routinely acts for construction, infrastructure and energy sector players alongside food and drug companies. Team head Irene Welser defended SPAR in unfair competition proceedings against claims brought by Shopping City Seiersberg pertaining to alleged incorrect investment prospectus information. In a separate matter, she defended ASFiNAG against a warranty and damages claim brought by Hyder Consulting with regards to faulty bridge work.

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. Additionally, acts on international arbitration matters in ICC and ad hoc contexts, with team members acting as arbitrators and as counsel. Represents clients from a range of industries, including energy, real estate, life sciences and infrastructure. Boasts a market-leading white-collar crime practice.

Strengths Clients value the team's pragmatic approach and strong communication skills. A source particularly highlights its "commitment and efficient solutions."

Work highlights Represented ASFINAG in its claim for compensation regarding the cancellation of a contract it had previously been awarded.

Acted for UNIQA on a claim for damages case relating to the construction of a new medical centre.

Notable practitioners

Irene Welser has a strong reputation in both litigation and arbitration work, with an excellent track record of representing blue-chip companies from the financial, construction and infrastructure sectors. "She has a very strong personality, and what I like is that she works with you on a case, she works with you to come to a fair solution," a source says.

Benedikt Spiegelfeld is a well-regarded arbitrator boasting an impressive track record.

Peter Vcelouch is best known for his litigation work in the areas of real estate and construction, where he represents high-profile clients.


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