Firm Profile > Graf & Pitkowitz > Vienna, Austria

Graf & Pitkowitz
STADIONGASSE 2
1010 WIEN
Austria

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

The team at Graf & Pitkowitz handles the full range of matters surrounding insolvency, restructuring and reorganisation, providing advice in and out of court to a range of clients, including debtors, creditors and investors. The team is representing Charles Vögele in cross-border insolvency proceedings, which concerns insolvency liabilities worth €30m. Joint practice heads Alexander Isola and Stefan Weileder also frequently act as court-appointed insolvency administrators for clients including Borckenstein, G. Völkl, Vogel & Noot, SA Analyse und Handels, Microinnova Engineering, and MC Kunststofftechnik.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Isola; Stefan Weileder

Key clients

NIKI Luftfahrt GmbH

CTP Chemisch Thermische Prozesstechnik GmbH

Charles Vögele (Austria GmbH)

Vogel & Noot

Borckenstein GmbH

SA Analyse und Handels GmbH

Alpine Bau GmbH

Gibson Innovations Austria GmbH

G. Völkl GmbH

MC Kunststofftechnik GmbH

Microinnova Engineering GmbH

Private client Tier 2

Private foundations, succession and inheritance law are the core focus at Graf & Pitkowitz. The firm's broad range of services for private clients also includes strategic counsel on wealth management and tax law issues within Austria as well as in a cross-border setting. Practice head Armenak Utudjian has vast experience with succession planning for high-net-worth individuals, for example implementing private foundations, probates and testaments. Key support comes from associate Stefanie Swatek, who is able to draw on her knowledge of real estate law to assist private clients.

Practice head(s):

Armenak Utudjian

Testimonials

 ‘We appreciate their business- and solution-driven approach and fully recommend this firm.’

‘In the field of private wealth and foundation law we work with Armenak Utudjian. He is an excellent lawyer, he is very experienced mainly in this field. He and his team work very professionally, they respond quickly and make no mistakes.’

Key clients

Andra Privatstiftung

Bene Privatstiftung

Motycka Privatstiftung

Talent Privatstiftung

4 M Privatstiftung

Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation Tier 3

Graf & Pitkowitz's arbitration team acts for clients in the engineering, medical and the media sectors, handling national and international arbitration proceedings. The term, under name partner Nikolaus Pitkowitz's leadership, also has particular expertise in the enforcement of arbitral awards and has seen an increase in instructions from China-based entities in matters relating to the Austrian market.

Practice head(s):

Nikolaus Pitkowitz

Testimonials

The team is very experienced in both arbitration, litigation, and enforcement (execution) proceedings. They are well versed in the law and, at the same time, very practical. The client in this case is short in budget so GPP tailored their fee arrangements to work within the means of the client.

Great understanding of client needs, great commercial acumen, seamless team working, sensible charging structures and intellectual rigour. 

Nikolaus Pitkowitz and his team are technically strong and provide practical advice on the substantive issues and procedural requirements. The team is responsive and are well able to manage complex pieces of litigation and communicate with various stakeholders.

Nikolaus Pitkowitz is one of the foremost legal expert in the Austrian arbitration scene. Yet he maintains a very hands-on attitude and personally devoted much time and attention on this case. The case involved arbitration, litigation, enforcement, and criminal proceedings. Nikolaus Pitkowitz’s extensive knowledge in all legal factors in Austria helped us to face the challenges. An attorney named Roxanne de Jesus at the team is also exceptional. On top of handling the Austrian legal matters, she coordinated the Bulgarian and German proceedings. Her communication skills are a key in the case’s progress.

Nikolaus Pitkowitz is a charismatic leader bringing intellectual rigour and insight.

Key clients

McArthurGlen

Calunius Capital LLP.

Integral-Montage Anlagen- und Rohrtechnik Gesellschaft m.b.H.

Facebook Ireland Limited

Yahoo!

General Dynamics

Kinve Solar Power

BAB Bankas Snoras

IWG Management (Austria) GmbH (Regus Group)

Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 3

With 'in-depth knowledge and experience of the substantive issues and procedural requirements', Graf & Pitkowitz's commercial litigation team is involved in recognition and enforcement proceedings, class actions and shareholder disputes. An area of increased activity is its work for China-based entities doing business in Austria. 'Great leader, tactician and strategist' Nikolaus Pitkowitz is the practice head.

Practice head(s):

Nikolaus Pitkowitz

Other key lawyers:

Anna Katharina Radschek; Roxanne de Jesus

Testimonials

Graf & Pitkowitz’s litigation team has in-depth knowledge and experience of the substantive issues and procedural requirements. The team has a very practical hands-on approach and effectively manages communications with various stakeholders in litigation including the court, opposing counsel and the client.

The team is very experienced in both arbitration, litigation, and enforcement (execution). They are well versed in the law and, at the same time, very practical.

Nikolaus Pitkowitz provides astute legal advice and practical input.

Nikolaus Pitkowitz is a great leader, tactician and strategist.

Key clients

McArthurGlen

Calunius Capital LLP.

Integral-Montage Anlagen- und Rohrtechnik Gesellschaft m.b.H.

Facebook Ireland Limited

Yahoo!

General Dynamics

Kinve Solar Power

BAB Bankas Snoras

IWG Management (Austria) GmbH (Regus Group)

Intellectual property Tier 3

Graf & Pitkowitz has a strong focus on contentious matters, and regularly handles patent infringement and copyright disputes. In recent work, it pursued a cease and desist order for VELUX. The team's client base includes a number of companies in the life sciences sector, including Ferring Pharmaceuticals. Claudia Csáky and Ferdinand Graf are the practice heads.

Practice head(s):

Claudia Csáky; Ferdinand Graf

Key clients

KTM Fahrrad GmbH

Daniel Wellington

therapie-info PSISYS GmbH

McArthur Glen

VELUX Österreich GmbH

Ogilvy & Mather GmbH

Young & Rubicam Vienna

kraftWerk Agentur für neue Kommunikation GmbH

AM Baugeräte und Handels GmbH

Ferring Pharmaceuticals

Banking and finance Tier 4

Led by Otto WächterGraf & Pitkowitz operates at the interface of banking and finance and corporate issues, handling corporate finance work for local and foreign clients; the group is equally well-equipped for agriculture finance and infrastructure projects. The practice group's workload is a mix of domestic and cross-border matters, and also has notable expertise in banking litigation and regulatory mandates.

Practice head(s):

Otto Wächter

Testimonials

Well experienced in international projects. Very good connected in US.

High expertise, very professional and fast responding.

Key clients

Niki Luftfahrt GmbH

Data privacy and data protection Tier 4

Ferdinand Graf and the 'very professional, clear and solution-oriented' Marija Križanac head an 'excellent' team at Graf & Pitkowitz, which has a 'very good understanding of specific business processes'. The group advises on GDPR implementation and compliance issues for longstanding clients including Lukoil International and Velux. It also assisted the former with managing cross-border intra-group data transfer.

Practice head(s):

Marija Križanac; Ferdinand Graf

Testimonials

We always need a very quick response time, which GPP provides. Availability on a day-to-day basis (including weekends!) is also excellent. GPP has a very good relationship to our external accountants and tax advisors and is a team player if bigger matters require a multidisciplinary approach. Advice has always been outstanding and there is also appropriate flexibility with fees for different projects. GPP shows that it is committed to support us as a client. This commitment is not project/matter related only, but GPP was and is our partner in our long term build up in Austria.

Ferdinand Graf and Marija Križanac have outstanding experience with data privacy and data protection. They form an excellent team on which we can always rely. We have worked with them on several deals and matters and we have been impressed by their overall understanding of legal and business matters and their problem solving attitude and they did not disappoint us when it came to implementation of the new GDPR. Their guidance on how to implement this complex new legislation was outstanding.

Professional and well structured, clear responsibilities.

Marija Krizanac – very professional, clear and solution-oriented.

The individual lawyers have a very good understanding of specific business processes. The statements are also well understandable for people without a juridical education.

Key clients

LUKOIL International GmbH, LUKOIL Holding GmbH

VELUX A/S; VELUX Österreich

Employment Tier 4

Jakob Widner leads Graf & Pitkowitz's two-partner team, which represents clients such as the Chamber of Commerce, Hertz and VELUX. The practice works closely with the restructuring and corporate teams, such as advising equity investor GAEBB on the TUPE issues of its acquisition of a clothing retailer. Work includes representation in lawsuits on changes to pension schemes and unfair dismissal, and working time matters.

Practice head(s):

Jakob Widner

Key clients

Chamber of Commerce

LUKOIL

Arnold Immobilien

Ferring

VELUX

SITA

Mastermind

MuK Wien

Vereinigte Bühnen Wien (VBW)

Cortical.io

DENSO

Beam Suntory

Iron Mountain

VGN

Rienhoff (Hertz)

ELG

Pfisterer

Real estate Tier 4

The 'highly professional' team at Graf & Pitkowitz focuses on project development, and retail and office space acquisition and lease matters. 'Confident negotiatorMartin Förster, whose 'knowledge and advice is extremely valued', advised Fleissner Group on the development of a downtown business hotel in Vienna in a deal worth €35m, and also assisted longstanding client Regus with the company’s roll out of co-working centres across Austria. The 'proactive and efficient' Nikolaus Pitkowitz, who jointly heads the practice with Förster, is also recommended for his 'pragmatic and business-oriented approach'.

Practice head(s):

Martin Förster; Nikolaus Pitkowitz

Testimonials

Dr. Martin Förster is highly professional, vastly experienced and extremely competent.

The highly professional team has established itself as one of the top providers of real estate advice in Austria. They give us straight, ready to use advice. They are particularly strong in project development in the hotel and residential sectors and transactions, but handle the full remit of real estate law. Cooperation with the strong dispute team ensures that the contracts are fire proof when it comes to litigation.

Martin Förster is a confident negotiator with deep and detailed knowledge on all real estate related issues, both legal and industry practice.

Nikolaus Pitkowitz is proactive and efficient. He has a pragmatic and business-oriented approach.

The entire team is professional and very responsive and reliable.

Dr. Martin Förster is a very professional and reliable individual who is always solution-oriented and his knowledge and advice is extremely valued and appreciated.

Key clients

McArthurGlen

Regus

General Dynamics

Fleissner Group

New Yorker

Republic of Ireland, Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Lukoil International GmbH

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 6

Graf & Pitkowitz's 'very professional' team operates at the interface of corporate, M&A and restructuring work. Regularly handling cross-border corporate and M&A mandates, Ferdinand Graf leads the practice group with Andreas Edlinger and Alexander Isola.

Practice head(s):

Ferdinand Graf; Andreas Edlinger; Alexander Isola

Testimonials

The team is very professional, flexible to fulfil the requests and they are very quick at working.

The firm offers a lot of experts for each different legal field. All of them are really experts in their special segment.

Key clients

LUKOIL Group

VKR Group

Esterházy Privatstiftung

Zinkpower International GmbH

Peter Lisec Privatstiftung

Bartenstein Holding GmbH

CB Handels GmbH

“kraftWerk” Agentur für neue Kommunikation GmbH

Arcon-Sunmark

The firm: Graf & Pitkowitz was founded in 1994 and is one of the leading independent Austrian commercial law firms with offices in Vienna and Graz. The full-service firm advises in all fields of Austrian and European business law with a client base from all sectors of industry – both domestic and foreign – as well as public authorities.

Graf & Pitkowitz has 40 qualified lawyers including eight partners – most are recognised experts in their field and have years of international experience. The firm is internationally known for its hard work approach and efficient and creative way of handling complex cases in a solution-oriented manner. Graf & Pitkowitz has an extensive network with international leading law firms across the globe – with whom the firm regularly co-operates based on a best friends philosophy.

Areas of practice: Banking and finance: the firm provides advice on the full range of banking law and on all types of financing, in particular acquisition and project financing. The firm has built a strong banking litigation practice involving banking, regulatory, and capital markets disputes -it has advised and represented in some of the largest cases/litigations in the aftermath of the financial crisis.

Corporate/M&A: the firm’s specialists advise on all matters of corporate law – often on complex corporate transactions such as restructurings, spin-offs, mergers and transformations – both in Austria and cross-border. Recent work highlights include advising a prominent Russian conglomerate on cross-border restructurings and capital measures and advising one of the largest Austrian publicly listed corporations on the spin-off and subsequent merger of subsidiaries.

Competition and antitrust: the firm has extensive expertise in (national and European) merger control, cartels and antitrust proceedings, dawn raids and internal audits, abuse of market dominance proceedings, structuring of distribution systems and co-operation agreements between companies.

Dispute resolution: Graf & Pitkowitz is a top-tier firm for all types of complex commercial litigation and arbitration – both domestic and international. The firm has extensive experience in arbitration proceedings under all leading institutional rules and has become increasingly well known for its work in high-profile cases in the areas of restitution of looted art, social media/data protection, telecommunication, white-collar crime and shareholder disputes.

Employment: advice on all areas of individual and collective employment law – both in terms of an ongoing consultation, as well as in the course of restructurings and business acquisitions (M&A-related).

Insolvency and restructuring: the firm has for decades and been a leading firm for insolvency and restructuring and has in recent years advised on almost every major insolvency/restructuring case in Austria. Key strength areas include in particular: advice on restructuring, insolvency, and reorganisation, insolvency administration, distressed M&A, insolvency challenge rights, capital maintenance law, insolvency dispute resolution and international insolvency law.

IP and IT: advice on all areas of intellectual property law and information technology spanning from the registration of trade marks, strategic advice on trade mark creation, and development and the protection of all sorts of intellectual property claims (including patent rights).

Projects/procurement and infrastructure: the firm is renowned for its advisory work on large-scale projects especially in the infrastructure and transport sector (PPP projects and project finance), leading expertise on preparation and structuring of procurements, conduct of procurement proceedings and on advising private bidders in their procurement participation (classic and sectorial area).

Real estate and construction: the firm provides comprehensive advice relating to real estate and property spanning real estate transactions in the form of asset and share deals, project development, real estate financing including collateral agreements, developer and condominium agreements, building rights agreements, rent/lease (commercial and housing), leasing, special licence agreements and Austrian property transaction law.

Estate planning/trust and estates: leading expertise on counselling individuals, enterprises and family-run businesses on asset structuring and succession planning.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Otto Waechter
Competition and antitrust Ferdinand Graf
Compliance and white-collar crime Alexander Isola
Compliance and white-collar crime David Seidl
Corporate/M&A Ferdinand Graf
Corporate/M&A Otto Wächter
Dispute resolution Nikolaus Pitkowitz
Employment Jakob Widner
Estate planning/trust and estates Armenak Utudjian
Insolvency and restructuring Alexander Isola
Insolvency and restructuring Stefan Weileder
IP and IT Claudia Csáky
Projects/procurement and infrastructure Otto Waechter
Real estate and construction Nikolaus Pitkowitz
Real estate and construction Martin Foerster
Regulatory Jakob Widner
Number of lawyers : 40
Contacts : Otto Waechter
Contacts : Armenak Utudjian
Other offices : Graz