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Graf & Pitkowitz

STADIONGASSE 2, 1010 WIEN, AUSTRIA
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Work +43 1 401 170
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Web:
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Vienna, Graz

Main work contacts

CategoryContact
Corporate and commercial All partners
Mergers and acquisitions Ferdinand Graf, Otto Waechter
Intellectual property Ferdinand Graf, Claudia Csáky
Unfair competition Ferdinand Graf, Claudia Csáky
Antitrust Ferdinand Graf
Media Nikolaus Pitkowitz, Ferdinand Graf
Eastern Europe (joint venture and privatisation) Nikolaus Pitkowitz
Infrastructure Otto Waechter
Telecoms Ferdinand Graf
Real estate Nikolaus Pitkowitz, Armenak Utudjian, Martin Foerster
Arbitration Nikolaus Pitkowitz
Litigation Nikolaus Pitkowitz, Ferdinand Graf
Distribution law Ferdinand Graf, Jakob Widner
Insolvency and restructuring Alexander Isola
Project finance Otto Waechter
Public procurement Otto Waechter
Labour and employment law Jakob Widner
Private clients and foundations Armenak Utudjian

Legal Developments in Austria

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  • The Czech civil code: From effectiveness to amendment in 17 months?

    1. Recodification of the Czech civil law With effect from 1 January 2014, the entire Czech civil law has been re-enacted by Act No. 89/2012 Coll., the civil code (the “ Civil Code ”), along with Act No. 90/2012 Coll., the business corporation act (the “ Business Corporation Act ”), and other legislation. read more...
  • PL: Will EAA and Swiss Investors be able to Freely Acquire Agricultural and Forest Real Properties?

    On 2 May 2016, restrictions on acquiring agricultural and forest real properties located in Poland by foreigners from the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland will cease to be binding. Does this mean that trade in agricultural real properties will be entirely free and not subject to any restrictions as of that time?  read more...
  • Serbia: Amendments and Supplements to Planning and Construction Act

    In December 2014, two sets of amendments to the Planning and Construction Act were published in nos. 132/2014 and 145/2014 of the Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia (collectively " New PCA ").  read more...
  • Romania: Dissolution of Rasdaq market - potential unwanted effects on companies

    At the end of 2014, the Romanian parliament passed a law whose main purpose is to dissolve the Rasdaq market and unlisted securities markets. These measures must be implemented by 27 October 2015. Considering the potential significant disruptions that may occur in the activity of the companies it targets, this law is important for its addressees, but also for their suppliers, sponsors, and contractual partners.  read more...
  • Slovenia: Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) - Additional Burden on Real Properties’ Owners or W

    Proposed EPC is not mandatory for all buildings
  • AT: "Fair procurement" - initiative requires MEAT as sole award criterion for construction contracts

    In March 2014, three new EU Directives on public procurement law ("new Directives") entered into force, introducing significant adjustments to the current regime such as new procedures, new provisions on award criteria, and new exclusion grounds. At the same, a discussion has been unleashed in Austria placing the issue of wage dumping and social dumping in relation to public construction contracts. Experience has demonstrated that applying price-only criteria contributes to ruinous price wars and destructive competition in the construction industry. The key concern of the so-called "fair procurement" initiative is to preserve jobs and foster SMEs by establishing the mandatory application of the best quality/price ratio (instead of only the lowest price). Against this background, the Austrian government is currently in the process of discussing/preparing an amendment to the Federal Procurement Act that is intended to enter into force even before the implementation of the new Directives (April 2016). The amendment inter alia deals with: read more...
  • Croatia: Agency continues resale price maintenance battle in food and retail sectors

    On November 10 2014 the Competition Agency announced that it had concluded another proceeding dealing with resale price maintenance, as prohibited under Article 8 of the Competition Act[1], which mirrors Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.  read more...
  • Poland: New Consumer Rights Act and new rules of sales for everybody

    On 25 December 2014, the Consumer Rights Act, which also amended the Civil Code and introduced several new regulations on sales contracts concerning goods and services, entered into force. The Act's regulations impose new obligations on entrepreneurs executing contracts with consumers, in particular entrepreneurs involved in distance sales or off-premises sales, but should these entrepreneurs be the only ones paying special attention to the amendments?  read more...
  • Slovenia: I’m Back – (Re)Introduction of Silent Partnerships (Light)?

    Proposed amendment to the Slovenian Commercial Company Act
  • Romania: Amendments to the special construction tax

    On 1 January 2014, the Romanian Government introduced a new property tax, namely a tax on constructions. This tax has proven to be controversial, with many deeming it to constitute a severe tax burden for any capital intensive businesses such as energy, telecom, or even retail.  read more...