Patrizia Netal is “definitely a future leader” say sources who commend her “tenacity, reliability and diligence”. One peer commends her “truly excellent work” and highlights her “very clear and straightforward way of thinking and arguing”. – Who’s Who Legal Arbitration Future Leaders 2019

Before co-founding the firm KNOETZL in 2016, Patrizia was a partner and arbitration expert in a dispute resolution boutique in Vienna.

Patrizia practices both as counsel and arbitrator. She has extensive experience in institutional and ad-hoc arbitration proceedings (including the Rules of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Rules of Arbitration of the VIAC (Vienna Rules), the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS) and UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules). Her core practice is international commercial arbitration, focusing on construction and engineering, M&A projects, aviation, distribution and international sales disputes.

Since September 2022, Patrizia is the vice-president of the VIAC (the Vienna International Arbitral Centre). She has served as a board member of VIAC since 2020. Patrizia is also the Co-Director of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, the world’s largest and most renowned law student competition in the field of arbitration.

Patrizia is co-author of the VIAC Handbook Vienna Rules, A Practitioner’s Guide (2019) and the Vienna Protocol. She was a member of the expert group working on the revision of the Vienna Rules 2021 (as well as on the Vienna Rules 2013 and 2018). Patrizia lectures arbitration at the Austrian Arbitration Academy. Patrizia is Austria’s steering committee member of the Pledge for Equal Representation in Arbitration.


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