Bettina Knoetzl has been a trial lawyer for 25 years, focusing on fraud and asset tracing, business crime, investor protection, liability claims and corporate disputes. She is one of the top litigators in the country, continuously ranked as a trial lawyer and as true asset-tracing specialist, recognized by the bench and bar, with superior knowledge of how to locate, freeze and recover misappropriated assets. Bettina has successfully defended corporate and executive clients in a huge range of business crime investigations, including fraud, corruption, mismanagement and insider trading allegations. She has a distinguished track record of winning for both companies and private clients in both discrete and high-profile public trials. At the start of 2016 Bettina carefully selected individuals and founded the eponymous firm KNOETZL, entirely focused on dispute resolution, business crime, investigations, asset recovery, compliance and crisis management.
Her achievements in asset-tracing and recovery have been recognized across the globe. In 2017 Who’s Who Legal called her “Lawyer of the Year” in Asset Tracing. She is a “Thought Leader” and ranked in the Top Tier by national and international directories such as Chambers or Trend for more than a decade. With her vast understanding and experience of cross-border work, she is a repeatedly, sought-after co-counsel by top-tier global law firms.
Bettina is the immediate past Co-Chair of the Litigation Committee of the International Bar Association, the President of the Advisory Board of Transparency International (Austrian Chapter), the exclusive Austrian representative of the ICC-FraudNet and Member of the Advisory Board of ZBP, the Career Center of the Vienna University of Economics and Business and teaches at the Lawyers’ Academy Litigation & DR skills. She is consistently ranked in the top tier by the leading international directories and is currently recognized as “Most Highly Regarded Individuals” in “Litigation”, “Asset Tracing” and “White Collar Crime”.
Tim Pfister, a New York admitted lawyer, has practiced in international finance and structured transactions for more than three decades, is active in guiding sophisticated clients through the U.S Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the U.K. Anti-Bribery act, works throughout the region in global asset tracing and recovery and is a respected, seasoned, advisor in crisis management as well as in matters related to or arising from international M+A finance and structured transactions. He joined KNOETZL in spring 2016 and supports the firm also in his role as managing partner.