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Graf & Pitkowitz

MARBURGER KAI 47, 8010 GRAZ, AUSTRIA
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Work +43 3 16 83 37 770
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Fax +43 3 16 83 37 77 33
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Graz, Vienna

Austria

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Graf & Pitkowitz

Graf & Pitkowitz regularly handles licensing, restructuring and refinancing and also has notable experience in regulatory and contentious work. Practice head Otto Wächter assisted an international bank with sanctions matters.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 5

Graf & Pitkowitz

With M&A and other transactions, joint ventures, merger control and restructuring work at its core, Graf & Pitkowitz acts for clients across a range of industries, including energy, media, financial services and life sciences such as Lukoil and a UK-based investment fund. Practice head Ferdinand Graf is ‘an excellent negotiator’.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 4

Graf & Pitkowitz

Graf & Pitkowitz covers contentious and non-contentious competition law. The team defended Coca-Cola HBC Austria in competition litigation against an Austrian mineral water producer concerning sales practices. Practice head Ferdinand Graf is ‘an excellent negotiator’, who has ‘a good understanding of the energy sector’.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 4

Graf & Pitkowitz

Graf & Pitkowitz’s ‘reliable and professional’ team advises employers on collective redundancies, social plans, restructurings, transfer of undertakings and pension schemes, among other contentious and non-contentious work. The ‘very skilled’ Jakob Widner heads the practice.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 1

Graf & Pitkowitz

Graf & Pitkowitz acts for debtors and creditors and recently has been instructed by Borckenstein, among others, to act as trustee in several insolvency proceedings. The team also has experience as insolvency administrator. Stefan Weileder assisted Schirnhofer with its restructuring after declaring bankruptcy as a consequence of the insolvency of Austrian retail chain Zielpunkt. Alexander Isola heads the practice.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5

Graf & Pitkowitz

Graf & Pitkowitz’s ‘good’ team frequently handles contentious and non-contentious patent, trade mark and copyright work. Ferdinand Graf and practice head Claudia Csáky represented Velux Österreich in a trade mark dispute with a competitor. Other clients include kraftwerk Agentur für neue Kommunikation and Ferring Pharmaceuticals.

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 2

Graf & Pitkowitz

Graf & Pitkowitz acts for an extensive roster of domestic and international private trusts, foundations and high-net-worth individuals across areas such as succession and inheritance planning and inheritance disputes. Other work includes real estate or other asset management and contentious matters. The ‘solution-drivenArmenak Utudjian heads the practice.

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Public procurement
Public procurement - ranked: tier 4

Graf & Pitkowitz

Graf & Pitkowitz’s ‘flexible, professional and knowledgeable’ team represents bidders in public procurement procedures while also handling procurement review work. Otto Wächter and the ‘quick’ Stephan Schmalzl are the practice co-heads.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Graf & Pitkowitz

Graf & Pitkowitz advises several institutional investors, developers and individuals on transactions, property developments and investments, mainly in the retail, hotel and leisure sectors. Nikolaus Pitkowitz and Martin Förster jointly lead the ‘highly reliable’ team.

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Austria: Dispute resolution

Arbitration and mediation
Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation - ranked: tier 3

Graf & Pitkowitz

Graf & Pitkowitz’s ‘concise and strong’ team focuses on corporate arbitrations, such as issues arising from M&A and joint ventures. Practice head Nikolaus Pitkowitz is ‘smart and creative’.

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Commercial litigation
Dispute resolution: commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3

Graf & Pitkowitz

With a specialism in the financial services and TMT industries, Graf & Pitkowitz handles many data protection, IP and debt recovery or other financial loss cases. Nikolaus Pitkowitz is the main contact.

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