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Graf & Pitkowitz

STADIONGASSE 2, 1010 WIEN, AUSTRIA
Tel:
Work +43 1 401 17
Fax:
Fax +43 1 401 17 40
Email:
Web:
www.gpp.at
Graz, Vienna

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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  • Austria: Shareholder Agreements - Back to Normal?

    On 1 January 2015 the act to amend regulations for partnerships, as defined under the Austrian Civil Code (GesbR-Reformgesetz – GesbR-RG, BGBl I 83/2014), entered into force. read more...
  • Czech Republic: New developments in contract registration

    The brand new Contract Register Act came into effect on 1 July 2016 (the Act). After 1 July 2016, contracts concluded with certain subjects, such as the state (the Czech Republic), state fund, etc., need to be published in the register of contracts (the "Register").If a contract is not published in the Register within three months of its conclusion, it is considered invalid from the outset (as if the contract was never concluded). read more...
  • Hungary: Amendment to the Civil Code in order to foster lending

    On 13 June 2016 the Hungarian Parliament adopted an amendment to the Civil Code which entered into force two years ago. The main body of the amendment will enter into force on 1 October 2016, and reintroduces the independent mortgage ( önálló zálogjog ) which used to be part of the Hungarian secured transactions regime under the former civil code, and refines the rules of the security deposit ( óvadék ). read more...
  • CJEU rules on liability of marketplace operators for trademark infringements

    Should landlords care about their tenants' IP infringements? According to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), they should!
  • Poland: Act on Windfarms and Amendments to the Act on Renewable Energy Sources

    On 27 June 2016 the Polish President signed a new bill introducing changes to the Act on Renewable Energy Sources (" Amending Act "). On 22 June 2016 the President signed a new Act on investments in wind power plants (" Act on Windfarms "). Both acts have been widely criticised by the renewable energy sources (" RES ") industry, and on reading they suggest that the current Polish government is willing to significantly reduce support for RES. read more...
  • Bulgaria: The Open Tender for Sofia Aiport Concession Ceased

    On 20 May 2016 the Bulgarian government resolved to begin open tender proceedings for the concession of the Sofia Airport which has been brought to a halt by the Bulgarian Competition Protection Commission. read more...
  • "Brexit" - BrexIP?

    Besides coverage of the UEFA-championship, news of the UK vote on "Brexit" dominated the news last week. While it is too early for an in-depth analysis of the ramifications of a possible "Brexit" on IP rights – not only because despite the vote it is not yet decided whether the UK will in fact withdraw from the EU, but also because the specific mechanisms of such withdrawal will most likely be regulated in an agreement pursuant to Art 50 (2) of the Lisbon Treaty – enterprises should also monitor the developments in this field of law. Below is a small foretaste on issues related to key IP-rights: read more...
  • Czech Republic: Transfer of an Enterprise: Acquisition of Ownership

    The new Czech Civil Code effective 1 January 2014 introduced new rules for determining the moment of legal effectiveness of the transfer of an enterprise.
  • Committed Bribery in the Czech Republic?

    The Czech Government recently submitted a proposal to amend the Czech Penal Code (the " PC ") and the Code of Criminal Procedure (the " CCP ") in respect of, among others [1] , the non-prosecution of bribery under certain circumstances. The proposal [2] was adopted within a month and will come into effect on 1 July 2016 (the " Amendment "). read more...
  • RES in Serbia: New Secondary Legislation Package Adopted

    The long-awaited package of secondary legislation regarding renewables (" Secondary Legislation ") was finally adopted by the Government of Serbia on 13 June 2016.