The Legal 500

Graf & Pitkowitz

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

Austria

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Graf & Pitkowitz

Graf & Pitkowitz is dedicated to advising banks and investment funds on a wide range of banking matters such as debt financing, project finance and refinancing transactions, in addition to which it is also active in banking litigation. Otto Wächter is the key contact.

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

Graf & Pitkowitz

Ferdinand Graf’s team at Graf & Pitkowitz provides ‘high value for money’, and is particularly active in M&A, joint ventures, merger control mandates and restructurings. Its client roster includes Zent Group, VKR Holding and Teak Holz International.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Graf & Pitkowitz

Graf & Pitkowitz has substantial experience in commercial litigation and international arbitration and increasingly acts for clients in the financial services, telecoms and energy industries. It recently represented Facebook and the Madoff trustee, Irving Picard. Nikolaus Pitkowitz heads the team, which ‘exercises excellent judgement’.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 4

Graf & Pitkowitz

Graf & Pitkowitz represented Coca-Cola HBC Austria in competition disputes, which are a key element of the practice. Ferdinand Graf’s team, which has close links to the public procurement department, is also involved in merger clearance matters and investigations.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 4

Graf & Pitkowitz

Graf & Pitkowitz advises employers on redundancies, restructurings, outsourcings, pension and benefit schemes, among other matters. Jakob Widner’s ‘reliable’ and ‘knowledgeable’ team was strengthened by the return of Axel Guttmann, who re-joined the firm after a period working in-house.

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

Graf & Pitkowitz

Graf & Pitkowitz has a strong profile for contentious and non-contentious bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring cases. ‘Dedicated’ practice head Alexander Isola and the ‘very knowledgeable’ Stefan Weileder advised ZinkPower on the acquisition of the insolvent Peter Lössl GmbH.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Graf & Pitkowitz

Graf & Pitkowitz’s ‘professional’, ‘knowledgeable’ team is particularly active in the life sciences and luxury goods sectors, and has experience in trade mark and patent matters, including litigation. The ‘very reliable’ Claudia Csáky is advising Austrian advertising agency kraftwerk Agentur für neue Kommunikation on a range of trade mark and copyright issues.

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 3

Graf & Pitkowitz

Graf & Pitkowitz is experienced in advising individuals, trusts and private foundations on tax optimisation of successions and in asserting or defending inheritance claims. Practice head Armenak Utudjian focuses on real estate asset management and private foundation law matters, including the creation and restructuring of trusts.

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Public procurement
Public procurement - ranked: tier 4

Graf & Pitkowitz

Graf & Pitkowitz advises domestic and international corporations in various industries on general public procurement matters. Otto Wächter heads the practice.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 4

Graf & Pitkowitz

Nikolaus Pitkowitz and Martin Förster head Graf & Pitkowitz’s ‘very responsive’ team, which has a core focus on representing clients in the retail, hotel and leisure industry, and has particular experience in property development, transactions, leasing and real estate disputes. The client portfolio includes Regus and PG-Liegenschaftsverwaltung.

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