Region: Austria

Werner Melis 1935-2022

Werner Melis, founder of the Vienna International Arbitration Centre, has died aged 87.

10 October 2022

European engineering firms pursue claim against Jordan

A pair of Austrian and Swiss engineering companies are bringing an investment treaty claim against Jordan at the Permanent Court of Arbitration, it has emerged.

05 August 2022

Libya loses appeal over Austrian investor’s award

A US appeals court has upheld an Austrian construction company’s €84 million investment treaty award against Libya, rejecting arguments that the tribunal did not issue a final decision and exceeded its powers.

31 May 2022

ICDR throws out claim due to fake signature on contract

An ICDR arbitrator has dismissed a claim brought by a California mindfulness meditation company after finding the contract it was brought under bore a fake signature of one of the Austrian respondents.

25 May 2022

Austrian pharma group’s award partially enforced

A US court has partially enforced an ICC award won by an Austrian pharmaceuticals company against its Taiwanese partner after a €142 million order for damages was set aside in Germany.

22 March 2022

Taiwan pharma group quashes damages award in Germany

The German Supreme Court has set aside a €140 million damages award against a Taiwanese pharmaceuticals company after finding the ICC tribunal violated its right to be heard – in a fight over a blood cancer drug that has spawned a second ICC case worth US$5 billion and a criminal complaint.

16 February 2022

Austrian pharma company alleges arbitral fraud

An Austrian pharmaceuticals company has asked a US court to grant discovery to support criminal allegations that its Taiwanese partner has made fraudulent statements in two ICC arbitrations arising from a multibillion-euro dispute over a blood cancer drug.

20 January 2022

VIAC secretary general to step down

Alice Fremuth-Wolf is stepping down as secretary general of the Vienna International Arbitration Centre after nearly a decade during which she oversaw the institution’s expansion in the Russian market, improvements in arbitrator diversity, and electronic case management during the covid-19 pandemic.

20 October 2021

Graf & Pitkowitz team break away in Vienna

Nikolaus Pitkowitz and the rest of the 10-strong dispute resolution team at Austrian firm Graf & Pitkowitz are leaving to launch a new law firm.

10 June 2021

Zeiler partner returns to Austrian firm as practice co-head

Markus Schifferl has left the partnership at Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich to return to bpv Hügel in Vienna, where he will take up the role of co-head of dispute resolution.

12 March 2021

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