Speakers

Speakers

(by order of appearance)

Dr. Gabriel Lansky | Managing Partner at LANSKY, GANZGER + partner (LGP)

Gabriel Lansky is Managing Partner at the international law firm LANSKY, GANZGER + partner (LGP Attorneys). He has worked as an attorney for more than three decades, advising numerous well-known clients from the worlds of politics and commerce. Even beyond Austria’s borders, Gabriel Lansky has made a name for himself as a corporate lawyer, defence attorney and lobbyist. The firm he founded has offices in Vienna (Austria), Baku (Azerbaijan), Bratislava (Slovakia) and Astana (Kazakhstan), and has a team of around 100 lawyers and other support professionals. Gabriel Lansky is a tried-and-trusted expert in the markets of post-Soviet states and the Western Balkans. For investors, he is ‘the’ person to speak to regarding questions on investments in the markets of Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. Gabriel Lansky is registered as an attorney in Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and Brussels. His clients include well-known banks, energy and infrastructure suppliers, oil and gas producers, media corporations, publishing houses, and public institutions, along with governments and public figures, all of whom value his experience in managing international assignments. In addition to his work as a lawyer, Gabriel Lansky is also dedicated to expanding Austrian trade relations , and he is the author of a number of publications on European law, the harmonisation of the law of the various EU Member States, the adoption of the ‘acquis communautaire’, EU procurement law, as well as criminal and media law. Gabriel Lansky is responsible for the programme of study ‘Lobbying and Public Affairs’ at the University of Vienna Faculty of Law, where he introduces prospective lawyers to the process of lobbying using up-to-date case studies taken from a wide range of legal fields.

Mag. Peter Michael Ikrath | Member of the LGP Senior Expert Council

With prominent bank manager Michael Ikrath, LGP boasts a well-connected expert of the financial markets, economic policy and European politics. Emphases of his consultancy include SME-financing, the European financial sector, and questions of European integration. Clients can rely on Michael Ikrath’s broad portfolio and experience in leadership positions in both politics and the economy: He is currently a member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), and was an Austrian MP, the Secretary General of the Austrian Association of Savings Banks and a bank manager (Erste Bank, GiroCredit) – to name only a few milestones in his résumé. Michael Ikrath holds a degree from the University of Vienna law school (Mag. iur.).

Mag. Dimitrios Droutsas | Member of the LGP Senior Expert Council

European politician and LGP Of Counsel Dimitrios Droutsas is an experienced expert in European law and data protection. As a Member of the European Parliament, he was Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, as well as the rapporteur and shadow rapporteur for Data Protection Directive and the General Data Protection Regulation. He is a former Foreign Minister of Greece, and his work focuses on international politics, decision-making processes within the European Union, European law, the EU and South-Eastern Europe, energy, industry, and data protection. His career has taken him from the Foreign Office of the Republic of Austria, and, subsequently, of Greece (as a legal advisor and independent special advisor), to the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK), where he held several positions of political leadership, to the helm of the Greek Foreign Office. He studied law at the University of Vienna, and, at the start of his career, he worked at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) as a university assistant. Dimitrios Droutsas has been showered with numerous awards for his international work, including the Makarios Order of the Republic of Cyprus and awards from the Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Dimitrios Droutsas speaks German, English, French and Greek. 

Dr. Wolfgang Petritsch, Ambassador ret. | Member of the LGP Senior Expert Council

Wolfgang Petritsch brings four decades of experience in the diplomatic service to his role as advisor on foreign policy at LGP, having worked, amongst other things, as an ambassador in Belgrade and to the UN as well as head of the Permanent Representation of Austria to the OECD in Paris. He is also well known to the wider public as a former High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina: in the late 1990s and early 2000s, he had a significant part to play in the implementation of the Dayton Agreement. Wolfgang Petritsch has taught at Harvard University and UC Berkeley since 2013 and is the president of the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation. An expert in foreign policy, he studied history, German literature, politics and law at the University of Vienna.

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