In five years, Torggler has gained a leading position among Austria’s firms for arbitration.
- Who’s Who name:
- Hellwig Torggler
In 2007, Hellwig Torggler said goodbye to Schönherr – Austria’s largest firm and his professional home for 37 years – and struck out alone to establish Torggler. The firm has grown steadily over the last five years, from three lawyers in the original line-up to five today.
With Torggler at the helm, the firm has established its position as a leading arbitration boutique, routinely handling disputes worth more than half a million US dollars. Torggler is a former vice chair of the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris. He has acted as chair and sole arbitrator in proceedings conducted under ICC, UNCITRAL and Vienna rules, and he is an adjunct professor at the University of Graz. In addition to arbitration work, Torggler handles corporate and tax law.
Meanwhile, the firm’s younger lawyers – Markus Schifferl and Friedrike Schäfer – are enjoying a growing profile in the arbitration market.
Who uses it?
Austrian businesses and individuals are the firm’s core clients, particularly those in the industrial, lifestyle or trading sectors. Torggler also acts for various governmental organisations.
The firm is unable to list its clients, but they include a Czech energy company, a state and numerous energy companies from former Yugoslavia. It’s also been advising a party caught up in seven interconnected arbitrations over the leadership of an Austrian-Swiss group of companies.
In 2011, the firm handled an ICC arbitration between a Czech infrastructure company and a Chinese manufacturer. It has also acted in arbitrations between Austrian and Italian manufacturers; an Austrian insurer and a Czech infrastructure company; and Austrian and Slovenian companies concerning infrastructure projects in Slovenia – all under Vienna rules.