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Graf & Pitkowitz

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

Austria

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Graf & Pitkowitz

Financing work, including project finance, and banking litigation constitute key elements of Graf & Pitkowitz’s practice led by Otto Wächter. Clients include a number of Austrian banks, international financial institutions and corporate entities.

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

Graf & Pitkowitz

Graf & Pitkowitz stands out for its ‘strategic approach and great business understanding’, while also being praised for its ‘fast and reliable advice’ and ‘experience in international transactions’. Additionally to its M&A expertise, the team also advises on restructurings and general corporate matters with a sweet spot for energy and life sciences sector clients. The ‘very experienced and knowledgeableFerdinand Graf, who is ‘pleasant to work with’ and ‘explains complex matters comprehensively’, and Andreas Edlinger advised Lukoil Lubricants on the cross-border merger of the group’s Finland-based operational company with Lukoil Lubricants Europe in Vienna. Stephan Schmalzl ‘responds quickly’.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 4

Graf & Pitkowitz

The ‘knowledgeable and professional’ team at Graf & Pitkowitz provides ‘fast answers’ and ‘very good personal service’, advising employers on employment contracts, work time arrangements and employment terminations, while also representing them in disputes such as dismissal challenges. The ‘practical and liable’ Jakob Widner heads the team, which also includes Axel Guttmann.

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

Graf & Pitkowitz

Graf & Pitkowitz’s ‘client-oriented, reliable and professional’ team is well equipped to guide clients through bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring proceedings. The recommended Stefan Weileder and ‘very knowledgeable strategist’ and team head Alexander Isola acted as trustees to the insolvent company Borckenstein and represented the client in insolvency proceedings of its subsidiary HiTex. Other clients include Schirnhofer, Vogel & Noot Landmaschinen, private trusts and investors.

Leading individuals

Alexander Isola - Graf & Pitkowitz

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Graf & Pitkowitz

Graf & Pitkowitz handles a range of contentious and non-continuous IP work with a strong client base in the life sciences sector. Claudia Csáky and Ferdinand Graf regularly advise Ferring Pharmaceuticals on various unfair competition issues, and represented the window supplier Velux Österreich in trade mark infringement proceedings against a competitor. Other clients include QuantaRed Technologies and Kraftwerk Agentur für neue Kommunikation.

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 2

Graf & Pitkowitz

Graf & Pitkowitz’s ‘professional’ team handles the full range of contentious and non-continuous wealth management and succession planning work for high-net-worth individuals, private trusts and private foundations. Regular instructions include real estate asset management and tax structuring issues, trusts and estate matters alongside wills and probate. The ‘pragmatic and reliableArmenak Utudjian heads the team.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Graf & Pitkowitz

Having specialist expertise in the retail sector, Graf & Pitkowitz covers transactions and contract work while also representing clients in litigation such as landlord and tenant disputes. ‘Confident negotiator’ and practice co-head Martin Förster advised Regus on lease contracts with landlords and lease renewals, among other work. Co-head Nikolaus Pitkowitz is ‘patient and efficient’ and ‘never gives up’.

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Austria: Dispute resolution

Arbitration and mediation
Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation - ranked: tier 3

Graf & Pitkowitz

Graf & Pitkowitz has notable experience in representing energy sectors players, financial institutions and private clients in various commercial and corporate disputes, including post-M&A, contract and financial transaction conflicts. Nikolaus Pitkowitz heads the team.

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Commercial litigation
Dispute resolution: commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3

Graf & Pitkowitz

Graf & Pitkowitz’s ‘goal-oriented team’ ‘always goes the extra mile for the client’ and represents financial institutions, pharmaceuticals and clients from the energy and IT sectors, among others, in various commercial disputes. Team head Nikolaus Pitkowitz has ‘impressive strategic skills’.

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