The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Graf & Pitkowitz

MARBURGER KAI 47, 8010 GRAZ, AUSTRIA
Tel:
Work +43 3 16 83 37 770
Fax:
Fax +43 3 16 83 37 77 33
Email:
Web:
www.gpp.at
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.

[back to top]

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’.

[back to top]

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’.

[back to top]

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.

[back to top]

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.

[back to top]

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

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.

[back to top]

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.

[back to top]

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.

[back to top]

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.

[back to top]

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’.

[back to top]

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.

[back to top]


Further information on Graf & Pitkowitz

Please choose from this list to view details of what we say about Graf & Pitkowitz in other jurisdictions.

Austria

Offices in Vienna and Graz

Legal Developments in Austria

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • Hungary: Are Interim Measures Hard to Enforce?

    The Hungarian Parliament recently passed new legislation on arbitration ( Act LX of 2017 on Arbitration , the “2017 Act”) that will reform Hungarian arbitration law as of 1 January 2018.
  • EU: Council Introduces Action Plan for NPLs

    On 10 July 2017, the Commission announced the public consultation on the development of secondary markets for non-performing loans (NPLs) and distressed assets. Following the commencement of this public consultation, the Council introduced its Action Plan for NPLs.
  • Bulgaria: Remedies imposed on fuel companies following cartel investigations

    For the second time in less than five years, the Bulgarian Commission for the Protection of Competition ("Commission") has opened investigation proceedings regarding prohibited agreements and concerted practices against the major fuel companies in Bulgaria and closed them without issuing penalties.
  • Recast of the EU Regulation on Insolvency Law Applicable as of Today

    The EU Regulation on Insolvency Law 1346/2000 (EIR) was considered a milestone in the cross-border coordination of national insolvency proceedings. The recast of the EU Regulation on Insolvency Law 2015/848, applicable to insolvency proceedings opened after 26 June 2017, considers substantial developments in national insolvency laws. read more...
  • Lessons Learned over Three Years: Amendment of the Hungarian Trust Regulation

    The Hungarian Parliament passed an act in June 2017 with the aim of improving Hungary's business competitiveness. Among other things, the amendment has changed the regulation of trusts and their management, hopefully for the better, since the past three years have shown that a lack of such experience still exists. The legal concept of trust was introduced into Hungarian law in 2014, when the new Civil Code entered into force. Contrary to expectations, however, potential market players were hesitant to launch their businesses, mainly due to crippling bureaucracy and the vague regulation of trusts. read more...
  • Austria: Slightly Lower Fees, a Little More Liberalisation - The 2017 Amendments to the Austrian Tra

    Following a year of intense political discussion, the Austrian Parliament adopted numerous amendments to the Austrian Trade Act 1994 ( Gewerbeordnung 1994 , " GewO ") at the end of June. While the reform falls significantly short of the outgoing government's original announcements last July with the aim to liberalise market access and to cut red tape for businesses, it nevertheless introduces several material changes to business activity in Austria. read more...
  • Austria: Avoid Expensive Mistakes As Startup Employer

    As violations may lead to enormous liabilities, start-up employers are advised from the outset to comply with the applicable laws pertaining to their personnel. In addition to being an underestimated factor when it comes to financial liabilities, employment-law-related mistakes may also result in difficulties in the course of a company's sales process. For a better understanding of what can go wrong in employment relationships, three of the most common mistakes that employers make are listed below. read more...
  • Renewable Energy: Amendment of the Austrian Green Electricity Act Doubles Funding

    After four months of negotiations, the Austrian National Council has finally reached an agreement on the amendment of the Green Electricity Act (" Ökostromnovelle "). The required two-thirds majority was reached by a last minute agreement between the coalition parties and the Green Party. The aim of the new legislation is to increase the percentage of green electricity and to achieve an expansion of renewable energy in Austria. read more...
  • Austria: Major Changes in Personal Bankruptcy Law

    On 28 June 2017 the Austrian Parliament passed the government's legislative proposal on insolvency law ( Insolvenzrechtsänderungsesetz 2017 ). After lengthy negotiations, the government finally agreed to shorten personal insolvency proceedings to a maximum five years and to abolish the minimum insolvency quota of 10 % under certain conditions. The amendments will be applicable as of 1 November 2017. read more...
  • NEW AUSTRIAN DATA PROTECTION ACT IMPLEMENTING GDPR PASSED THE AUSTRIAN PARLIAMENT

    After some last-minute amendments, the new Austrian Data Protection Act, implementing and supplementing the EU General Data Protection Regulation, was finally adopted by the Austrian Parliament on 30 June 2017. The new provisions provide for some local specialties that must be considered by all companies active in Austria. All changes become applicable from May 2018 but the new obligations require complex internal amendments that should be reflected in the course of the GDRP implementation to avoid the increased penalties. [ read more  here ]
    - Dorda