Bettina Knötzl


Wolf Theiss
Schubertring 6
1010 Vienna

Tel: +43 1 515 10 5200
Fax: +43 1 515 10 25


Bettina Knötzl has 20 years of experience in international dispute resolution and specializes in international and commercial litigation with a focus on the financial services and life science industries. She has specialized expertise in matters dealing with investors’ protection, liability claims (including professional negligence), and business crime matters, such as corruption, fraud and violation of stock exchange rules, such as insider-trading. She regularly represents clients in high-profile litigation matters in both civil and criminal court.

She also advises national and multinational clients regarding internal investigations, including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and UK-Bribery Act investigations, and the prevention of business crime by implementing proper compliance systems. Bettina is the current President of the Board of the Austrian Chapter of Transparency International and the Austrian representative for the ICC FraudNet. She also serves as Vice-Chair of the Litigation Committee of the International Bar Association. Bettina, herself a registered mediator (“eingetragener Mediator”), enthusiastically promotes mediation as a part of her alternative dispute resolution practice.

Wolf Theiss is one of the leading law firms in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe (CEE/SEE). We have built our reputation on a combination of unrivalled local knowledge and strong international capability. We opened our first office in Vienna over 60 years ago. Our team now brings together over 320 lawyers from a diverse range of backgrounds, working in offices in 13 countries throughout the CEE/SEE region.

Over 80% of our work involves cross-border representation of international clients. Our full range of services covers: Banking & Finance; Business Crime; Capital Markets; Competition & Antitrust; Compliance; Corporate/ Mergers & Acquisitions; Dispute Resolution; Employment Law; Energy & Renewables; Infrastructure; Intellectual Property & Information Technology; International Arbitration; Investment Funds; Life Science; Real Estate & Construction; Regulatory & Procurement; Retail and Tax.

We have concentrated our energies on a unique part of the world: the complex, fast-developing markets of the CEE/SEE region. Through our international network of offices, we work closely with our clients to help them solve problems and create opportunities.

“Bettina Knötzl heads the department. Interviewees note: “She is smart and has a personality and demeanour that works incredibly well with American clients. She really bridges the gap between understanding the cultural and legal nuances of the Austrian authorities and understanding what American clients need and look for.”
Chambers & Partners, 2015