The Legal 500

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
Web:
www.gpp.at
Email:
Vienna, Graz

Austria

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Austria

Within Banking and finance, tier 4

Graf & Pitkowitz advises banks, borrowers and project sponsors. It is well known for project finance, and recent work also includes debt financing, group financing, restructuring, regulatory and contentious matters. The team is led by Otto Wächter and includes Stephan Schmalzl.

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Within Corporate and M&A, tier 5

Originally an M&A boutique and with a strong Russian client base, Graf & Pitkowitz has ‘highly motivated specialists with outstanding national and international credentials’. Ferdinand Graf advised an international financial investor on its acquisition of the Kempinski Grand Hotel and Residenz in St Moritz.

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

Graf & Pitkowitz handles domestic and international disputes. Nikolaus Pitkowitz is ‘a strong arbitrator’.

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Within Employment, tier 4

Graf & Pitkowitz advises on the full spectrum of employment issues, including disputes. Jakob Widner also handles administrative matters such as work permits for expatriates, and advises on data protection. Active clients include the Austrian Chamber of Commerce and Eckes-Granini.

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Within EU and competition, tier 4

Ferdinand Graf heads the practice at Graf & Pitkowitz, which has a particular focus on merger clearance. Coca-Cola is a notable client.

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

Very visible in the market, Graf & Pitkowitz’s insolvency practice enjoys an excellent reputation. It advises debtors and creditors, acts as appointed trustee, and has built up particular expertise representing officers and advisers in liability proceedings. ‘Talented’ practice head Alexander Isola is representing ALPINE Bau as debtor.

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Within Intellectual property and media, tier 4

Graf & Pitkowitz is currently defending the Velux trade mark against alleged unfair use by a competitor, and provides ongoing advice to kraftwerk Agentur für neue Kommunikation on trade mark and copyright matters. Ferdinand Graf heads the practice.

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

Graf & Pitkowitz’s ‘very well-known’ private client practice covers private trusts and foundations, estate planning, asset transfers and probate proceedings, and is increasingly active in litigation. Armenak Utudjian is the main contact.

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

At Graf & Pitkowitz, Stephan Schmalzl focuses on public procurement and PPP projects in the infrastructure sector, and is acting for a leading construction group in procurement proceedings regarding freeway service stations.

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

Graf & Pitkowitz advises institutional investors, developers and private clients on real estate transactions, including financing matters. Nikolaus Pitkowitz and Armenak Utudjian co-head the practice.

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