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Dr. Michael Komuczky

MK Legal - Dr. Michael Komuczky Rechtsanwalt | Attorney at Law

Attorney at Law
Languages: German, English, Spanish

Since my first position as a junior associate (January 2013), I have been working in the field of dispute resolution. From the very beginning, I worked on the drafting of contracts, civil litigation and arbitration. I enjoyed my training in various renowned Viennese law firms with international orientation (BrandlTalos; DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach; Fiebinger, Polak & Partner; Lansky, Ganzger, Goeth, Frankl+Partner). Over the years, I gained in-depth experience in various fields of law and industry sectors. Due to various stays abroad, I not only worked in German and English, but occasionally also had the chance to advise clients in Spanish. Since being a fully-qualified member of the Austrian bar (June 2020), I have been advising companies of all sizes as well as individuals in preventing or resolving their legal conflicts.

Additionally, I share my knowledge with the next generations by teaching at universities. I also give lectures on my areas of practice and publish in legal journals. In doing so, I build on my academic work at the University of Vienna, where I had the privilege to spend four years as a research fellow.

Professional experience:
  • Fully-qualified member of the Austrian bar, Vienna Bar Association (June 2020)
  • Training as an attorney at renowned Viennese commercial law firms with international focus (January 2013 until May 2020)
  • Research fellow (prae-doc) at the University of Vienna, Institut for European law, Public International law and Comparative law (February 2014 until January 2018)
Lecturing activity:
  • Gives speeches at various national and international conferences and seminars
  • Lecturer at the Academy for Law and Taxes (ARS) (since April 2022)
  • External lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences (FH der WKW) Vienna (since October 2021)
  • External lecturer at the University of Vienna (since February 2018)
  • Visiting Lecturer at the China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing (July 2016, 2017 and 2018 respectively)
Education:
  • Doctorate in Law, University of Vienna, passed with distinction (September 2020)
  • Bar exam, Vienna Higher Regional Court, passed with merit (November 2019)
  • Undergraduate law studies, University of Vienna (January 2011)
  • One year of study abroad (Erasmus), University of Southampton (academic year 2009/2010)
  • Stays abroad in Guatemala (gap year) and Bulgaria
Memberships:
  • International Bar Association (Committees on Litigation and Arbitration); Vienna Bar Association
  • Austrian Arbitration Association (ArbAut), International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), Rising Arbitrators Initiative, YAAP, Young ICCA
  • Junge Wirtschaft, Sustainability Team
  • Admin at MetaverseLegal
Publications:
  • World Café Report VAD 2021 – Model Clauses and Drafting for Construction Arbitration, Austrian Yearbook on International Arbitration 2022, 253 (with Anna Förstel-Cherng and Rita Kaufmann)
  • Impecuniosity of the Respondent in Arbitration Proceedings (published in German), SchiedsVZ 2022, 8
  • Drafting multi-tiered dispute resolution clauses, Kluwer Mediation Blog at 30 November 2021 (with Sima Ghaffari).
  • Admission only for vaccinated persons? (published in German), Die Presse Rechtspanorama of 23 August 2021
  • Arbitration and Criminal Law (published in German), Springer (2021)
  • Comment on OGH 6.3.2020, 18 OCg 7/19g – On the consideration of the relativity of ordre public in the setting aside proceedings of an arbitral award (published in German), ecolex 2020/305
  • Judgments outside the EU easier to enforce (published in German), Die Presse Rechtspanorama of 28 July 2019 (with Rudolf Fiebinger)
  • Anti-suit Injunctions in Arbitral and Judicial Procedures – National Report for Austria, IACL World Congress 2018
  • Punitive Damages and Public Policy in the EU, Yearbook of Private International Law XIX 2017/2018, 509
  • The subjective element in Art 25 Brussels Ia Regulation (published in German), ecolex 2018, 235
  • Dogmatic qualification of foreign surrogate motherhoods in Austria (published in German), IPRax 2018, 282
  • Children may continue to slide: What the OGH says – and what not (published in German), derstandard.at on 18 October 2017
  • Liability for packaged investment products and insurance investment products under the PRIIPs Regulation (published in German), ÖBA 2017, 697 (with Gernot Wilfling)
  • International Arbitration and European Harmonisation (published in German), in Behme/Ferves (eds), Jahrbuch der GJZ 2016 (2017) 369
  • Applicable Law in the Control of General Terms and Conditions in Association Proceedings (published in German), ZfRV 2016, 268 (with Christian Dorfmayr)
  • Alternative financial instruments in the light of AGB control – civil law admissibility of qualified subordinated loans (published in German), ZFR 2016, 367 (with Gernot Wilfling)
  • National Report for Austria, Helsinki Committee’s Report on Public Gatherings and Demonstrations across Europe, July 2013 (with Andreas Daxberger)

Sara Manafi, MA

MK Legal - Dr. Michael Komuczky Rechtsanwalt | Attorney at Law – Sara Manafi

International Relations/Business Development
Languages: German, Farsi/Dari, English, Turkish (basic)

The law and its practical application have always fascinated me. Originally coming to Vienna as a musician and student, I soon discovered interpreting before courts and authorities as a vocation. I have been working as a freelance interpreter since 2017, and in 2020 I completed the master’s course on interpreting before courts and public authorities. Since January 2022, I have also been working as a sworn interpreter for the Persian language (Farsi).

Due to the international orientation of the law firm, I can also contribute my various language skills here. I take over communication with clients who prefer to communicate in one of „my“ languages. In addition, I am also involved in the business development of the law firm and support in particular the networking of business people from the Persian and Afghan communities.

Professional:
  • For my self-employed activity as a court sworn interpreter see: Dolmetschen Wien
Training:
  • Sworn in as an interpreter for the Persian language (Farsi), Regional Court for Civil Matters Vienna (January 2022)
  • Examination for court sworn interpreters, Vienna (November 2021)
  • Completion of Master’s course on interpreting before courts and public authorities, University of Vienna (October/November 2020)
  • Bachelor Concert Piano, University of Tehran (2010 to 2013)
  • Studies in Software Systems, University of Applied Sciences (2004 to 2006)
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