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Nikolaus Vavrovsky

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Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte

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Dispute Resolution (Litigation, International Arbitration); Corporate & Finance; Real Estate, Infrastructure & Construction;


Nikolaus Vavrovsky is a founding-partner of Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte in Vienna. He specializes in international dispute resolution, with a particular focus on real estate as well as corporate and finance matters. Nikolaus is a highly experienced counsel in international arbitration proceedings in accordance with the rules of leading arbitral institutions (ICC, VIAC, DIS and others). In addition, he is an accomplished advisor in proceedings conducted under the ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules. Nikolaus is frequently appointed as (sole) arbitrator or tribunal chair in high-stakes international arbitration proceedings. He serves as chairman of the board of the Swiss Arbitration Academy Alumni Association and regularly publishes and lectures in his fields of expertise.

In addition to his specialization in dispute resolution and international arbitration, Nikolaus is highly experienced in real estate and construction law with a particular focus on corporate and finance issues as well as contract and claim management.


Partner at Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte; partner at PHHV Prochaska Heine Havranek Vavrovsky Rechtsanwälte (2013); partner at Vavrovsky Rechtsanwälte (2002 - 2005 and 2012); partner at Herbst Vavrovsky Kinsky Rechtsanwälte (2005 - 2012)


English, German


Vienna Bar Association; Austrian Arbitration Association (ArbAut); German Institution of Arbitration (DIS); Association Suisse de l’Arbitrage (ASA); Liechtenstein Arbitration Association (LIS); Swiss Arbitration Academy Alumni Association (Chairman of the Board)


University Lucerne and the University of Neuchâtel in cooperation with the Swiss Arbitration Academy (SAA) (Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in International Arbitration, award classification “excellent”, 2017); University of St. Gallen, Switzerland (M.B.L.-HSG, 1998); University of Salzburg, Austria (Dr. iur., 1998);


Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation

Within: Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation

Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte focuses on commercial arbitration and mediation; the latter discipline was significantly bolstered by the arrival of mediation expert Anne-Karin Grill from Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) in June 2018. She jointly heads the practice with Nikolaus Vavrovsky, who regularly sits as an arbitrator. Other key areas of expertise include investor-state and shareholder disputes.

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Dispute resolution: commercial litigation

Within: Dispute resolution: commercial litigation

The 'very responsive' team at Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte is 'young and dynamic and yet very experienced'. It is 'very market savvy' and delivers 'high-quality work in a timely manner'. 'Remarkable trial lawyer' Dieter Heine 'provides excellent advice with economic consequences in mind' and frequently acts in IP, IT and media law disputes, while the 'reliable and strategic' Philipp Strasser is 'an excellent insurance litigator, who is always on top of the facts and connects the dots quickly'. Nikolaus Vavrovsky, who focuses on real estate, construction and infrastructure-related work, is another key contact.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

The ‘highly experienced and very commercial, resourceful, thorough and extremely service-oriented’ team at Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte has a dedicated insolvency administration practice, while also advising on insolvency and restructuring matters. ‘Renowned insolvency and restructuring expertDr Karl Ludwig Vavrovsky heads the department; he was appointed as administrator in the insolvencies of Hans-Jörg Reinhart Privatstiftung and Schirm & Collegen Deutsches Marketing. Nikolaus Vavrovsky is also a key contact.

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Real estate

Within: Real estate

Recognised for its 'considerable economic understanding', Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte acts for an extensive roster of Austrian open-real estate funds on real estate transactions and disputes. 'Real estate go-to lawyer', 'out-of-the-box thinker' and 'excellent communicator' Christian Marth leads the 'goal-oriented and efficient' team. Marth led advice to Union Investment Real Estate Austria on the acquisition of the Hatric retail park in Styria. Other work includes assisting new client Volksbank Wien with the sale of the company's headquarters in central Vienna. Key contact for contentious work Nikolaus Vavrovsky 'provides precise commercial judgement' and 'shows extraordinary foresight'. Daniela Kager is also recommended.

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