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Graf & Pitkowitz

STADIONGASSE 2, 1010 WIEN, AUSTRIA
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Graz, Vienna

Austria

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Graf & Pitkowitz

Core strengths of Graf & Pitkowitz include advising on regulatory matters and representing clients, including an increasing number of institutional investors, in banking disputes, while the practice also covers real estate, corporate and project finance and restructuring-related work. Other clients include domestic and international financial institutions, corporates and public entities. Otto Wächter heads the team.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 6

Graf & Pitkowitz

At Graf & Pitkowitz, 'solutions are delivered quickly and to the point'. The practice works in close co-operation with its insolvency and restructuring team, leading to particular expertise at this intersection. In recent work, the team advised insolvent airline Niki Luftfahrt on various corporate issues pertaining to its insolvency proceedings. In other work, Ferdinand Graf assisted longstanding client kraftwerk Agentur für neue Kommunikation with a management buy-in, and the 'experienced' Andreas Edlinger advised Lukoil International on a capital increase.

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Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation
Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation - ranked: tier 4

Graf & Pitkowitz

At Graf & Pitkowitz, the team is well versed in handling financial, commercial, corporate and energy disputes alongside the enforcement of arbitral awards. The practice is led by Nikolaus Pitkowitz, who routinely acts as an arbitrator; he also deals with private client work and has particular expertise in acting for China-based clients in contentious matters linked to Austria.

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

Graf & Pitkowitz

Graf & Pitkowitz acts for clients across various industries, including technology, financial services, construction and the public sector and also represents private clients. In a technology sector highlight, practice head Nikolaus Pitkowitz is leading a team acting for Facebook Ireland in data protection litigation, defending the client against a class action brought by Austrian author Maximilian Schrems.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 4

Graf & Pitkowitz

Jakob Widner heads the practice at Graf & Pitkowitz, which advises employers and managerial personnel on a range of contentious and non-contentious employment law. New clients include furniture manufacturer Vitra, which the team advised on the restructuring of its Vienna office and showroom; International Workplace Group (formerly Regus), a global provider of flexible work spaces; and two Vienna theatre operators, Schauspielhaus and Vereinigte Bühnen Wien; the team represented the latter in litigation with a former employee challenging a termination of employment. The team also acted for the Chamber of Commerce in a number of claims relating to its pension scheme.

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

Graf & Pitkowitz

Graf & Pitkowitz’s insolvency and restructuring team covers a wide array of insolvency work, from restructurings, insolvencies and reorganisations to distressed M&A. When not advising debtors, creditors, investors, family-owned businesses, managing directors and board members, co-heads Alexander Isola and Stefan Weileder are routinely appointed as insolvency administrators.

Leading individuals

Alexander Isola - Graf & Pitkowitz

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Graf & Pitkowitz

With ‘high analytical competence’, ‘enormous specialist knowledge’ and a strong emphasis on IP litigation work, Graf & Pitkowitz’s team is adept at handling patents, unfair competition and trade mark matters for domestic and international clients, particularly those active in the life sciences field. Valued for their ‘convincing sovereignty in critical negotiation situations in court’, practice head Claudia Csáky and Ferdinand Graf are acting for new client KTM Fahrrad. Csáky is also representing renowned watch manufacturer Daniel Wellington in a counterfeiting case.

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 2

Graf & Pitkowitz

Acting for high-net-worth clients at the interface of wealth management and restructuring, Graf & Pitkowitz’s ‘well-functioning’ and ‘extremely competent’ team provides comprehensive contentious as well as non-contentious advice in relation to trusts and private foundations, succession and inheritance law, as well as real estate and tax law, in Austrian and cross-border matters. In addition to heading the team with a ‘very high degree of professionality’ and an ‘outstanding personality’, Armenak Utudjian is a ‘renowned and respected authority’ when it comes to questions of Austrian private foundation law.

Leading individuals

Armenak Utudjian - Graf & Pitkowitz

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Graf & Pitkowitz

Graf & Pitkowitz focuses on contentious and non-contentious retail and office-related real estate work and recently expanded its client roster with the addition of new client McArthurGlen; the designer outlet company instructed the practice, which is jointly headed by Martin Foerster and Nikolaus Pitkowitz, to act as Austrian counsel in matters pertaining to its designer outlet centres in Salzburg and Vienna. Other clients include Fleissner Group and Regus Group.

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