This well-regarded Austrian boutique continues to grow
Dorda Brugger Jordis continues to enjoy a strong position in the Austrian market for commercial dispute resolution, often ranked among the three leading firms. International arbitration is regarded as one of its fortes.
Three partners root the arbitration work. Corporate lawyer Christian Dorda is vice president of ICC Austria, an emeritus member of the ICC Court of Arbitration and sits as an arbitrator. Well known in IBA circles, head of the litigation and arbitration practice Florian Kremslehner divides his time between a number of areas of specialty – including arbitration – and is co-editor of the Austrian Arbitration Yearbook. Christoph Stippl, a partner since 2003, wrote his doctoral thesis on multiparty arbitration. His practice now focuses on M&A, joint venture and corporate law arbitrations in the construction and telecoms industries, with an emphasis on central and eastern Europe. Among the younger lawyers, Veit Öhlberger is regarded as one to watch. The firm plays a keen role as one of the organisers of and contributors to the Vienna Arbitration Days.
The Vienna-based firm operates a “best friends” network that includes over 400 lawyers in central and eastern Europe – including in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia – as well as in Turkey.
Who uses it?
The firm as a whole enjoys a strong following with financial institutions, insurers, telecoms and construction companies. Kremslehner counts insurer Chartis Europe as one of his clients, while Stippl advised engineering group Sandvik in a number of arbitrations worth €20 million stemming from construction projects in Australia, eastern Europe and the Middle East.
More recent work includes acting on a dispute arising from contracts for the delivery of Iraqi crude oil under the UN’s Oil For Food programme and a €350 million damages claim concerning a failed pharmaceuticals joint venture.
In August, the firm hired Jarred Pinkston from Graf & Pitkowitz, a US-trained of counsel who brings the arbitration team to 13. Qualified to practise in New York, New Jersey and England and Wales, Pinkston was part of the Graf & Pitkowitz team working for media conglomerate Vivendi on a multibillion-dollar arbitration with Deutsche Telekom at the Vienna International Arbitration Centre. Vivendi settled the long-running dispute for a payment of €1.25 billion in early 2011.