Expertise

Anna has acted in several high-profile, high-value, and complex cases, including 32 challenges to arbitral awards; a multi-party commercial dispute involving freezing injunctions, allegations of fraud, and satellite litigation; and a claim brought in the Cayman Islands involving UN sanctions, letters of request, Libyan law, and a receivership application.

Prior to joining Stewarts, Anna has gained extensive legal and commercial experience in private practice firms (e.g. Herbert Smith Freehills and Eversheds) and in-house (e.g. at Renaissance Capital, Vienna Insurance Group, and OMV).

Recognition

Clients have described her as a “very practical lawyer”, with “a great ability in distilling the critical issues from a great mass of facts and documents”, and as responding “very quick (…) in a comprehensive manner”.

She has also been described as “always enthusiastic and responsive”.

Experience

In International Arbitration, Anna has:

  • Acted for the applicant in English court challenges and appeals under sections 67, 68, and 69 of the Arbitration Act 1996 to awards issued pursuant to 27 London seated LMAA proceedings and 5 associated ad hoc proceedings alongside issues arising from associated enforcement proceedings in Nigeria.
  • Assisted in a case addressing the enforceability of an intra-EU Bilateral Investment Treaty award following the decision of the CJEU in the Achmea case.
  • Defended a government-owned entity in the Middle East against a Kazakhstan based investor in DIAC proceedings arising from high profile contractual and construction disputes worth in excess of US$60M.
  • Acted for a Qatar-based Respondent in English-law governed LCIA arbitration proceedings, which also involved issues of Qatari and Ghanaian law.

In Commercial and Competition litigation, Anna has:

  • Successfully obtained one of the first asset preservation orders over identifiable Bitcoin in a UK wallet.
  • Acted for the Claimant investment management company in a claim brought in the Cayman Islands Grand Court Financial Services Division involving UN sanctions, Libyan law, letters of request, and a receivership application. Anna attended the two week trial in the Cayman Islands.
  • Assisted in a complex high value multi-party commercial dispute stemming from a breach of an oral agreement which involved numerous applications, freezing injunctions, allegations of fraud as well as satellite litigation.
  • Acted for a group of 13 UK retailers in multi-billion pound claims against Visa and MasterCard regarding interchange fees. Anna attended trial.
  • Supported a team seeking recovery from a leading rating agency and a bank for losses caused by AAA-rated complex financial products, rated by the rating agency and sold by the bank, which was brought by German, Swiss and Austrian banking, insurance and pension fund clients (a UK first).
  • Acted for the Claimant in a contractual dispute against a bank relating to a swap agreement.
  • Assisted a team acting for the administrator of a foreign bank in a €500m claim against an investment bank for breach of fiduciary duty arising out of market manipulation in respect of complex credit linked note transactions.

Career

Anna joined Stewarts’ Commercial Litigation team as a paralegal in January 2016 before starting her training contract in September the same year. She qualified in September 2018.

Prior to this, Anna completed her degree in English and European Law at Queen Mary University London and Università di Bologna in 2014 then achieved a distinction at BPP Law School in 2015.

 

 

Accreditations and Memberships

  • London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG), LCIA
  • Junior Lawyers Division, The Law Society

 

 

Publications

During university, Anna wrote articles for Queen Mary University’s legal journal and its cultural magazine. More recently, she worked on translating a book about Carinthia’s contemporary history.

Anna also holds internal talks about important legal and commercial developments.

 

 

Personal

Anna grew up in Austria and has also lived and studied in France, England, and Italy.

She is very passionate about travelling, food, and all aspects of culture. She studied classical ballroom dancing to an advanced level, has recently completed a course on art forgeries at the Royal Academy and is enrolled in the Austrian Wine Academy and the Austrian Club London.