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Graf & Pitkowitz

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Graz, Vienna

Dr Nikolaus Pitkowitz

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Graf & Pitkowitz

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Dispute Resolution, Real Estate


Nikolaus Pitkowitz heads the Dispute Resolution Group. He has more than 20 years of experience in this field, both as counsel in arbitration and litigation as well as arbitrator and mediator.


Founding Partner of Graf & Pitkowitz. Admitted to the Vienna Bar in 1990. Education: Magister and Doctorate of Law, University of Vienna (1984); Master of European and International Business Law, University of St. Gallen (1999). Co-organiser Vienna Arbitration Days (since 2007).


English, German.


Vice President of VIAC - Vienna International Arbitral Centre; Vice-Chair, International Arbitration Committee - ABA Section of International Law; Co-Chair of IBA Real Estate Section - International Bar Association


University of Vienna (1984 Juris Doctor); University St Gallen (1999 Master of European and International Business Law).


Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation

Within: Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation

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

Within: Dispute resolution: commercial litigation

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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Real estate

Within: Real estate

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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