International Arbitration in

Central, Eastern &

Southeastern Europe

2018 Edition

WOLF THEISS is one of the largest and most respected law firms in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe (CEE/SEE). We opened our first office in Vienna 60 years ago. Our team now brings together over 340 lawyers from a diverse range of backgrounds, working in offices in 13 countries throughout the CEE/SEE region. During that time, we have worked on many cases that have broken new ground.

We concentrate our energies on a unique part of the world: the complex, fast-moving markets of the CEE/SEE region. This is a fascinating area, influenced by a variety of cultural, political and economic trends. We enjoy analysing and reflecting on those changes, drawing on our experiences, and working on a wide range of domestic and cross-border cases.


This 2018 Wolf Theiss Guide to International Arbitration in Central, Eastern & Southeastern Europe is intended as a practical guide to the general principles and features of the basic legislation and procedures in countries included in the publication.

While every effort has been made to ensure that the content is accurate when finalised, it should be used only as a general reference guide and should not be relied upon as definitive for planning or making definitive legal decisions. In these rapidly changing legal markets, the laws and regulations are frequently revised, either by amended legislation or by administrative interpretation.

Status of information: Current as of 1 January 2018

Conception, design, and editing:

WOLF THEISS Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KG, Attorneys-at-Law

Schubertring 6, 1010 Vienna, Austria

© 2018 WOLF THEISS Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KG. All Rights Reserved.


Wolf Theiss' strength has always been its regional coverage and we believe this is particularly true for our arbitration team. The Wolf Theiss Competence Center for Arbitration in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe (CEE/SEE) consists of experts across our 13 offices acting as counsel in domestic and international arbitration proceedings. Additionally, several team members have specialized expertise in certain sectors such as energy, construction, post M&A and investment arbitration. This gives us the advantage of providing clients with seamless service and the necessary specialized industry and jurisdictional expertise to meet their business needs.

We are pleased to present the second edition of the Wolf Theiss Guide to: International Arbitration in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe. The guide is intended to be a resource tool providing you with a brief overview of arbitration procedures and the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in the 13 CEE/SEE countries where Wolf Theiss provides services. Given the team's extensive regional expertise, we have also included additional chapters covering Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro and Turkey, as well as chapters on energy, construction and investment arbitration given the growing importance of arbitration in these significant sectors.

We trust that you find the guide helpful. If you have any questions about its content, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Our special thanks to all the teams at Wolf Theiss and our associated law firms who have enabled us to produce this second edition of what has proven to be a very useful and practical tool providing added value for our clients.

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