WOLF THEISS is one of the largest andmost respected law firms in Central,Eastern and Southeastern Europe(CEE/SEE). We opened our first office inVienna 60 years ago. Our team nowbrings together over 340 lawyers froma diverse range of backgrounds,working in offices in 13 countriesthroughout the CEE/SEE region. Duringthat time, we have worked on manycases that have broken new ground.
We concentrate our energies on a uniquepart of the world: the complex, fast-movingmarkets of the CEE/SEE region. This is afascinating area, influenced by a variety ofcultural, political and economic trends. Weenjoy analysing and reflecting on thosechanges, drawing on our experiences, andworking on a wide range of domestic andcross-border cases.
This 2018 Wolf Theiss Guide to Dispute Resolution in Central, Eastern & Southeastern Europe is intended as a practicalguide 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 generalreference guide and should not be relied upon as definitive for planning or making definitive legal decisions. In theserapidly changing legal markets, the laws and regulations are frequently revised, either by amended legislation or byadministrative interpretation.
Status of information: Current as of 1 January 2018
Conception, design, and editing:
WOLF THEISS Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KG, Attorneys-at-Law
As a leading law firm in CEE/SEE and home to one of the biggest dispute resolution teams in the region, we see it asour obligation to keep our clients up-to-date with legal developments that may affect their businesses. Global financialuncertainty has brought with it a growing need for dispute resolution services across the region, in particular, in heavilyregulated sectors such as energy, financial services or healthcare. Unexpected questions may arise, such as "Shouldwe initiate legal proceedings? Where and when? What legal tools and procedures are available to us? How do we stayone step ahead of competitors and adversaries? How do we avoid costly investigations so we can protect ourreputation?"
In response to this, we are very pleased to present the fourth edition of the Wolf Theiss Guide to Dispute Resolution inCentral, Eastern and Southeastern Europe. With the majority of our work involving cross-border representation, theWolf Theiss Guide to Dispute Resolution is a source of information for those who seek to get a general overview ofdispute settlement and the relevant legal developments in each of the countries where Wolf Theiss provides services:Albania, Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Poland, Romania,Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, and Ukraine.
The new guide follows the same structure as the previous editions. Each country chapter describes the legal system,the litigation process, business crime, insolvency, arbitration, and enforcement of arbitral awards and foreignjudgments, and ends with a chart giving a summary of the relevant procedures and costs in the respective jurisdiction,plus handy practice tips.
We trust that that you find the guide useful. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
I would like to thank all colleagues at Wolf Theiss who assisted in the preparation of this publication. Their efforts toensure the continuing update of the Guide are very much appreciated. I would also like to acknowledge former WolfTheiss Partner Bettina Knoetzl for her contributions to previous editions of the guide.