Double support for Baker McKenzie in Vienna: Baker McKenzie's Vienna office further expands its white collar crime practice by hiring 40-year-old Senior Associate Felix Ruhmannseder. He studied law in Passau and has more than 13 years of experience in practicing law. In the past five and a half years, he had been the central point of contact in the Vienna office of the law firm Zirngibl, where he further reinforced his reputation as both a compliance expert and defense attorney in white collar crime and tax crime matters. He authored numerous publications on Austrian and German law in this field and is the editor of the series "Praxis der Strafverteidigung" and co-editor of the standard work "Compliance aktuell". Felix Ruhmannseder is admitted both to the German and the Austrian bar. Baker McKenzie will, thus, be able to offer comprehensive advice in cross-border cases.
Another material support for the Vienna white collar team comes in the form of Elisabeth Götz's admission to the bar. The 36-year-old Styrian studied law at Karl Franzens University in Graz. From 2006 to 2010, she worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslawia in The Hague. Back in Austria, she passed her court year and joined the renowned Vienna criminal law firm Soyer & Partner as a trainee lawyer. After passing her bar exam, she joined Baker McKenzie's white collar crime practice in early 2015. Elisabeth Götz specializes in complex white collar crime litigation. In addition, she has gained a reputation as compliance expert among national market leaders and international groups of companies: As a certified compliance officer, Ms. Götz regularly conducts internal investigations, provides compliance trainings and advises companies in the establishment of compliance management systems. At the end of October, Ms. Götz was awarded an MBA at Johannes Kepler University in Linz for her dissertation on anti-money laundering compliance.
According to renowned guides such as Chambers and Legal 500, Baker McKenzie regularly ranks among the top 3 white collar crime law firms with its team headed by Vienna Partner Georg Krakow. "With this double support, we will be able to further strengthen our leading position in Austria and our unique selling point with regard to cross-border cases", says Mr. Krakow.