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Graf & Pitkowitz

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Vienna, Graz


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Within Banking and finance, tier 4

Otto Wächter heads Graf & Pitkowitz’s practice, which advises financial institutions and borrowers on loans and securitisation transactions. The team also advises on regulatory aspects of private equity deals.

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Within Corporate and M&A, tier 5

Graf & Pitkowitz advises on corporate restructurings as well as share and asset transactions. Ferdinand Graf heads the practice.

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Within Dispute resolution, Graf & Pitkowitz is a third tier firm,

Graf & Pitkowitz has strong experience in disputes in the financial services, telecoms and energy sectors, and has been representing a pharmaceuticals group in an IP case. Practice head Nikolaus Pitkowitz handles matters internationally and locally.

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Within Employment, tier 4

Jakob Widner heads the team at Graf & Pitkowitz, which advises companies on labour aspects of restructurings and transactions, and represents businesses and individuals in court.

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Within EU and competition, tier 4

Graf & Pitkowitz represents its clients before Austrian and European courts and in merger control matters. Ferdinand Graf is the name to note.

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Within Insolvency and corporate recovery, Graf & Pitkowitz is a first tier firm,

The highly experienced team at Graf & Pitkowitz represents debtors, shareholders and creditors in corporate restructurings and distressed M&A. Practice head Alexander Isola represented Neckermann Versand Österreich and Alpine Bau during respective insolvency proceedings. The team also acts for clients in related liability proceedings.

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Within Intellectual property and media, tier 4

Graf & Pitkowitz represents clients in contentious patent and trade mark matters, and manages a number of trade mark portfolios. Ferdinand Graf heads the practice.

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Within Private client, Graf & Pitkowitz is a third tier firm,

Graf & Pitkowitz is experienced in advising family businesses and individuals on successions and represents them in inheritance claims. The team also advises on private foundations, estate planning, asset transfers and probate proceedings. Armenak Utudjian heads the team.

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Within Public procurement, Graf & Pitkowitz is a third tier firm,

Graf & Pitkowitz advises bidders and contracting bodies on all stages of public procurement as well as PPP projects, and represents clients before relevant administrative bodies. Otto Wächter is the contact.

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Within Real estate, Graf & Pitkowitz is a third tier firm,

Graf & Pitkowitz acts for project developers, high-net-worth individuals, institutional investors and private foundations. Nikolaus Pitkowitz heads the team, which advises on real estate transactions and financing.

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    In the Czech Republic, the permissibility of using hidden recordings or other similar kinds of evidence within a court proceeding is quite questionable. At the end of 2014, the country's Constitutional Court issued an interesting decision (II ÚS 1774/14 dated 9 December 2014) on such matters that is particularly relevant for employers, as it deals with a dismissed employee's use of such means against his or her employer.  read more...
  • Hungary: Competition Authority Fines Retailer Auchan an Unprecedented 1 billion forints

    On 23 March 2015, the Hungarian Competition Authority ("Competition Authority") imposed a fine of over 1 billion Hungarian forints (HUF 1,061,300,000, corresponding to more than EUR 3.5 million) on the retailer Auchan on the basis of the Hungarian Trade Act for abusing its significant market power. This marks the highest fine ever imposed in the sector by the Competition Authority in Hungary. read more...
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