Filip Boras appointed Partner, Stefan Riegler to take over management of the Vienna office

Vienna, July 1, 2017. Baker McKenzie's arbitration law practice in Vienna sends out a strong message: Filip Boras has been appointed Partner, Stefan Riegler will take over the management of the Vienna office.

Stefan Riegler (42) has been one of the persons responsible for the development of Baker McKenzie's arbitration law practice in Vienna for twelve years now. In the meantime, Baker McKenzie has become one of Austria's leading law firms for arbitration law.

Dr. Riegler advises and represents companies in particular with regard to disputes before commercial arbitration courts in accordance with the most important arbitration rules, such as, above all, the Vienna Rules and the ICC Rules; he is, however, also a sought-after arbitrator. The attorney is a member of the executive board of the Austrian Arbitration Association and a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration.

Stefan Riegler studied at the University of Vienna and at the London School of Economics. In 2005, he left Wolf Theiss to join Baker McKenzie; since 2009, he has been Partner in the Vienna office. As Hiring Partner of the Vienna office, he is one of the persons responsible for the strongest growth among all Austrian law firms during the past five years. "In my opinion, professional selection of legal talent and consistent professional development are the key levers for a law firm's long-term success. Therefore, I will continue to focus on these areas in the future," Stefan Riegler announced.

Filip Boras: Strong demand for investment arbitration law in South-East Europe

At the age of 33, Filip Boras forms part of Vienna's emerging generation in terms of arbitration law. He owes his rapid success to a double specialization: Born Serb with Croatian and Bosnian roots, he speaks Serbian and Croatian fluently. Moreover, he is familiar with all important arbitration rules, such as those by the ICSID or the UNCITRAL. Over the past years, he advised numerous well-known clients on disputes relating to South-East Europe, where the demand for arbitration proceedings is extremely high at the moment.

But Mr. Boras is also among Austria's leading experts in the area of investment arbitration law. For example, he represents the Austrian investor Georg Gavrilovic and his well-known Croatian meat processing company against the Republic of Croatia. These were the first arbitration proceedings before the international arbitration institution ICSID in the history of the Republic of Croatia. With an amount in dispute of more than 200 million euros, the case has been among the most significant proceedings in the region.

Filip Boras studied in Vienna and Berkeley (California). He has been admitted as an attorney not only in Vienna but also in New York. Boras is a member of the advisory board of the "Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners" and a board member of the international section of the New York State Bar Association.

Together with Alexander Petsche – who increasingly focuses on his function as head of Baker McKenzie's European dispute resolution group – already three Partners are now part of Vienna's arbitration law practice.

Stefan Riegler and Filip Boras will take up their positions upon commencement of the new fiscal year on July 1.

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