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Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte

Austria > Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation Tier 2

Team head Nikolaus Vavrovsky at Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte receives regular (co-)arbitrator mandates across various sectors, most notably infrastructure, construction and real estate, but the team is also experienced in national and international party counsel work. The latter has recently included competition law, corporate, contractual and construction-related disputes. The last-mentioned segment is a particular area of expertise for the team due to the firm's strong real estate and construction offering.

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‘Nikolaus Vavrovsky managed to build up a very high reputation in international arbitration within a comparatively short period of time.’

‘Nikolaus Vavrovsky has become a very significant player in the Austrian (international) arbitration industry. Justifiably so, because he is a very balanced, diligent, well prepared and skilled arbitrator.’

‘The firm is among the few entities that offers high-end support in mediation proceedings. The team follows a holistic, integrated approach that enables them to always suggest the best fit for their clients. Their impressive legal expertise is paired with outstanding economic thinking, they are always professional and absolutely dedicated. Their answers are clear and on point. Further key strengths are their foresight and solution-oriented approach.

‘My contacts are absolutely dedicated and proactive. In mediation, I completely trust Dieter Heine, who continues to exceed my expectations in legal knowledge, market understanding and creativity. In addition to being a strong litigator, he is a master communicator, who approaches matters constructively and is able to create common ground in negotiations and mediations. To us he has always been a valuable and reliable partner, who sees the bigger picture.

‘Vavrovsky Heine Marth has a dynamic, extremely focused team of internationally experienced, very commercial and hard-working professionals. They are exceptionally talented in handling international cases, their work is flawless even in highly complex circumstances.’

‘Nikolaus Vavrovsky has been involved in countless international cases and knows his business inside out. He is a gifted strategist, steers disputes efficiently in the right direction for his clients and has a brilliant performance in oral hearings. He can calm down heated situations like no one else and is incredibly committed to his clients.

‘The lawyers have excellent skills and are familiar with the specifics of an arbitration process. They are structured, strongly outcome-focused and great in case strategy.’

‘Florian Stefan is a talented and very analytical arbitration lawyer with a great lookout in complex matters. He is sharp, has a vast understanding of the legal and economic context and is able to proficiently identify successful strategies for handling a dispute.’

Key clients

eVision automotive AUT GmbH

HANO d.o.o. (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

QBC Immobilien GmbH & Co Zeta KG et al

Wiener Komfortwohnungen GmbH

Raiffeisenbank International AG et al (Austria)

Taxi 40100 Taxifunkzentrale GmbH

Work highlights

  • Representing a group of Austrian banks led by Raiffeisenbank International in a long-running investor-state arbitration against the Republic of Croatia pertaining to the conversion of loans from Swiss francs to Euros.
  • Advising Taxi 40100 Taxifunkzentrale GmbH in a mediation with Uber arising from new passenger transport regulations that came into force in 2021.
  • Advising a major Austrian high-tech engineering and manufacturing company in an international arbitration under CISG rules against a leading aviation industry supplier.

Austria > Real estate Tier 2

Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte guides clients through the entire lifecycle of real estate projects, which, in addition to the team's focus on real estate transactions, includes construction-related matters and real estate disputes. With transactions expert Christian Marth in the lead, the team has a strong track record acting for Austrian open real estate funds alongside international funds and investment managers; other clients include public sector bodies and retailers. Its work covers various asset classes and has recently included a significant number of forward purchase and forward funding deals, most notably in the residential sector.

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The team’s know-how and experience across the real estate spectrum is remarkable. They are extremely good at transactions, solving issues in no time. Also very noteworthy: Their efficiency, analytical skills and commitment to the client’s interest.

Nikolaus Vavrovsky is an outstanding real estate specialist with great business sense. His precision and positivity are exceptional. Seeing all angles and having long-term vision, he is brilliant with tactics, which makes him an indispensable advisor and the partner to have by your side.’

Vavrovsky Heine Marth is my first pick among Austrian real estate firms. They are impressively strong in all essential areas which makes them a one-stop-shop meeting all our needs.

Christian Marth and his team excel in competence and client service. They are an impressive, energetic unit, creative in their approach, working fast and coming up with solutions that fit their client’s needs. Whatever the issue, however complex a matter, they guide you smoothly through it all – in national as well as in cross-border matters.

Christian Marth is among the best real estate lawyers I have encountered. His refined legal expertise, commercial awareness and great business instincts make him an invaluable advisor who never loses sight of the big picture and always thinks ahead. Christian is efficient, eloquent, proactive and extremely strategic. In negotiations he is very constructive and strong. Even when things get heated, he stays calm and unshakable. He is the lawyer to have by your side to get a deal through – I am happy to rely on his judgement.

The team’s transaction know-how, efficiency, and responsiveness are remarkable. Each and every team member is completely dedicated to their clients. They are precise, practical and economic in their way of approaching matters. Also, the team is highly flexible. The value for money is excellent.

Nikolaus Vavrovsky is a superb real estate lawyer, very deal-oriented, very commercial. His approach is analytical and efficient. No matter how complex, he keeps the reins firmly in his hands, always has his clients’ business objectives at heart, is efficient and forward thinking. This makes him an invaluable strategist and trusted advisor. Also, he is a tremendous negotiator and extraordinary communicator.

Technically very competent, very fast in finding solutions.

Key clients

Real One Group

REInvest Asset Management S.A.

Auris Immo Solutions GmbH

Bank Austria Real Invest Immobilien Kapitalanlage GmbH

Corpus Sireo Real Estate

ERSTE Immobilien Kapitalanlagegesellschaft m.b.H.

GalCap Europe

Ing. Hans Bodner Baugesellschaft mbH & Co KG

LLB Immo Kapitalanlagegesellschaft m.b.H. (Liechtensteinische Landesbank)

Nuveen LL.C.

Siemens AG Österreich

UBM Development Österreich GmbH

Union Investment Group

Work highlights

  • Advising a leading asset manager and developer of corporate real estate in Germany on the acquisition of a portfolio of office and logistics real estate properties in and around Vienna.
  • Advising REInvest Asset Management S.A. on the sale of a historic building in central Vienna to Imfarr Group via a share deal.
  • Advising GalCap Europe on three acquisitions of office, logistics, laboratory and residential properties in Vienna.

Austria > Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 3

Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte has carved out a strong practice handling competition law, IP, IT and media law disputes, which is an area of particular expertise for Dieter Heine and Nina Sterzl. Heine jointly heads the practice with Nikolaus Vavrovsky, who handles a wide rage of litigation and arbitration, including real estate, construction and finance-related disputes. Philipp Strasser left the firm in December 2021.

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‘The team is particularly strong in real estate and construction-related disputes. The team members are very experienced, many of them senior. They are sharp and efficient. They have great knowledge of the real estate industry.

‘Nikolaus Vavrovsky is an excellent litigator, who sees the whole picture – legally and business-wise. He is persistent, assertive and persuasive. Most of all, he looks at a matter from all angles and has an impressive depth of strategic analysis. He is a valuable partner, very professional, anticipatory and hands-on.’

‘My first contact is Dieter Heine, a brilliant litigator, mediator and negotiator and one of the most experienced and capable competition law specialists in Austria. He brings vast legal know-how, impressive commercial understanding, great technical expertise and remarkable creativity to the table. He is an efficient problem solver, instantly able to pin down issues and come up with strategies to resolve them.’

‘Another individual to be mentioned is Nina Sterzl, who never ceases to impress me with her legal know-how and ambition for her clients. She is a great lawyer to have by one’s side.

My first contact for years and already decades has been Dieter Heine, who is a high-calibre strategic mastermind and unmatched in competition law litigation. Forceful in court and persuasive in negotiation, a creative thinker and refined professional, who always sees the bigger picture.’

‘Nina Sterzl has also been on our team for years. Highly knowledgeable in competition law matters, an out-of-the box thinker like Heine and absolutely dedicated to her clients. We are happy to have her on board.

Key clients

Goldegg Verlag GmbH

Novogenia GmbH

Smile Group

Bank Austria Real Invest Immobilien Kapitalanlage GmbH

Die Wohnkompanie GmbH

HOGAST Einkaufsgenossenschaft f.d. Hotel- und Gastgewerbe reg.Gen.m.b.H.

KSG Austria GmbH

Lifestyle Brands Investment Holding GmbH

LVMH Group (LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton)

medlog Medizinische Logistik und Service GmbH

Moser Holding AG

ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG

Raiffeisenbank International AG et al (Austria)

Salzburger Festspiele

Siemens AG Österreich

Sonepar Österreich GmbH

Superfly Radio GmbH

Taxi 40100 Taxifunkzentrale GmbH

Wiener Komfortwohnungen GmbH

Wiener Sportstätten Betriebsgesellschaft m.b.H

Work highlights

  • Advising taxi network Taxi 40100 in a long-running dispute against Uber, Bolt and others over legal violations including violations against regulations on taxi fares and amendments to the Austrian Occasional Passenger Services Act.
  • Acting for an international blue-chip insurer in liability and coverage issues, in defence against claims under a W&I policy and in monitoring potential D&O claims and criminal defence insurance coverage.
  • Advising Novogenia GmbH, Austria’s largest chemical PCR laboratory, as co-defendant in an unfair competition law litigation in connection with the performance of medical PCR tests.

Austria > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

With insolvency administrator Karl Ludwig Vavrovsky heading the team as well as the firm’s Salzburg office, Vavrovsky Heine Marth Rechtsanwälte is best known for its insolvency administration work in the Salzburg region. Thanks to its close cooperation with various other departments, the team is also well placed to assist creditors and debtors with corporate restructurings and refinancings, debt collection, claim management and insolvency and restructuring-related disputes.

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‘The team is made up of gifted professionals, who give their all for their clients. Based on their comprehensive understanding of corporate (re-)structuring, they guide their clients through the process safe and sound. The team’s availability and efficiency are remarkable. They are extremely strong in domestic and cross-border matters.

‘In any sticky spot, it is a safe bet to choose Dieter Heine of Vavrovsky Heine Marth. I called him to a restructuring dispute which was not only complex but extremely long running and in a stand-off. With his intuition, strategic finesse, constructive approach and – of course – impeccable legal understanding, he was able to resolve the matter within only a few months. He is an exceptional lawyer, efficient and reliable, and much valued by everyone involved.

‘The team consists of highly knowledgeable and distinguished experts, who are completely dedicated to their clients. They not only have the necessary legal skills, entrepreneurial understanding and knowledge of the regional market but they also work closely with the company’s management and listen to their needs. In addition, they are very flexible and adept quickly to new challenges. This truly marks them out from others and makes the firm a highly regarded institution on the Salzburg market. Clients are in great, capable hands.’

‘The department features highly knowledgeable, experienced professionals, who are impressive as to the level of depth of their legal expertise. The lawyers are clear and concise, know our business environment and make it their mission to understand what we need and to figure out a way to get there. They are also very responsive and impressively quick on their feet.’

‘Having accompanied countless insolvencies, Karl Ludwig Vavrovsky is an experienced practitioner, who knows what to look for. Comprehensive legal expertise, great commercial instincts and exceptional negotiation skills make him one of the best restructuring advisors and insolvency administrators in the country. What also sets him apart is his outstanding involvement and dedication to his clients as well as his assertiveness and credibility when it comes to getting everyone on board.’

‘Nikolaus Vavrovsky is a problem solver par excellence who sees a commercially sensible route through any problem. He is adept to advise on all aspects of an insolvency or restructuring matter, his flexibility and agility are impressive. Vavrovsky is absolutely efficient and responsive, especially in situations that come with a lot of pressure or factual difficulties. The quality of his legal advice and strategic recommendations is outstanding. Personally I like that he is very approachable and down to earth.’

‘Nikolaus Vavrovsky: Long-lasting experience, well connected in the branch, pragmatic approach leading to solid results, good risk analysis up-front.’

‘Law firm specialised in this field; experienced lawyers, quick and uncomplicated guidance, increased profile in supporting restructuring activities.’

Key clients

Administration of Economizer GmbH

Administration of Frisör Klier GmbH

Administration of H. Moser Bekleidung Gesellschaft m.b.H.

Administration of IPM Concept GmbH

Administration of Manuela Schmid (sole proprietorship)

Administration of Martin-Meat KFT, Niederlassung Österreich (Austrian branch)

Administration of SVZ Salzburger Volkszeitung GmbH & Co KG

HOGAST Einkaufsgenossenschaft f.d. Hotel- und Gastgewerbe reg.Gen.m.b.H.

Ing. Hans Bodner Baugesellschaft m.b.H. & Co KG

Siemens AG Österreich

You Will Like It Hotels GmbH

You Will Like It Investments GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised You Will Like It Hotels GmbH / You Will Like It Investments GmbH (COOEE Group) on the restructuring and unwinding of several hotels as well as the acquisition of a distressed hotel.
  • Advising a group of clients including Siemens AG Austria, HOGAST Einkaufsgenossenschaft f.d. Hotel- und Gastgewerbe on matters arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, including corporate restructuring and (re-)financing.
  • Appointed administrator in the insolvency of Economizer GmbH, one of the leading biogas plant engineers in Austria.

Vavrovsky Heine Marth keeps pace with challenging economic circumstances and the ever-changing market needs worldwide, which we are proving throughout our legal services in Dispute Resolution, Real Estate and Restructuring & Insolvency. We partner with our clients to help manage risk and solve business problems and always weigh business objectives against legal, commercial and reputational risk. They value that we analyse negotiating weaknesses and devise optimal procedural tactics or creative settlement approaches, executing as promptly and as cost effective as possible. The fusion of innovative thinking, strategy and profound know-how is our strength, which enables us being a flexible, trustworthy and understanding companion to our clients, while safeguarding their interests and determining the best path to their success.

We are highly engaged in dispute resolution by proving our field of activity in

    • dispute prevention
    • management to dispute resolution
    • representation before national courts and arbitral tribunals
    • the enforcement of judgements and protection of rights

Considered as one of the leading firms in Austria for (inter)national commercial litigation and international arbitration, our key services include:

    • contract and claim management
    • risk assessment
    • complex litigation
    • international arbitration
    • alternative dispute resolution
    • enforcement

Accompanying investors, developers and real estate funds in real estate and construction matters, we are focusing on national and cross-border transactions, especially forwards purchase/forwards funding projects.

Proving our field in restructuring & insolvency, we support our clients in processes regarding turnaround management as well as in avoiding corporate crisis.

Our clients mainly cover the following sectors:

    • real estate
    • construction and infrastructure
    • competition and IP law
    • corporate financing

Vast experience, constant development – not only of our legal expertise, but also of our understanding of the respective industry – and profound know-how in these fields make us involved in several milestone matters by counselling numerous major name players from the construction and real estate industry.

Insolvency; Restructuring & Corporate Recovery; Private Clients Karl Ludwig Vavrovsky
Dispute Resolution (Commercial Litigation, International Arbitration); Real Estate & Construction; Restructuring & Corporate Recovery Nikolaus Vavrovsky
Dispute Resolution (Commercial Litigation, Consensual Dispute Resolution / Mediation); Unfair Competition; IP, IT & Media; Restructuring & Corporate Recovery Dieter Heine
Real Estate & Construction Christian Marth
Real Estate & Construction Daniela Pitzek
Dispute Resolution (Commercial Litigation, International Arbitration); Florian Stefan
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Nikolaus Vavrovsky photo Nikolaus VavrovskyNikolaus Vavrovsky is a founding-partner at Vavrovsky Heine Marth in Vienna and…
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Number of lawyers : 25
at this office : >20
ALLIURIS Alliance of International Business Lawyers
Other offices : Salzburg

Vavrovsky Heine Marth is using a business-led approach to diversity, by ensuring the representation of diverse talents with different backgrounds. When selecting workforce, we considerate principles of equality and difference and attach great importance to an open-minded attitude. Furthermore, fairness and transparency are of prime importance for us, which is why we focus on promoting diversity of our employees in all dimensions. Their know-how, experience and creativity contribute to our success. While we are creating a positive, inspiring work environment, we strongly believe that diversity and a corporate culture, characterized by tolerance and appreciation are one of the biggest determinants for innovation, stability and success in our firm. Strong values contribute to strengthening the team in our firm. Respect and mutual appreciation we take for granted. We attach great importance to corporate social responsibility by promoting a good work-life balance for our employees, enabling cost-efficient services for our clients and reinforcing customer relations.

The way we understand our employees and clients and the way we lead our business is driven by our corporate culture through embedding diversity, flexibility, efficiency and the promotion of further education. Our approach to diversity is not just an inherent part to meet the needs of the market and clients with our services and solutions, but also the commitment of our firm to assume responsibility towards our employees as a key factor. We place great emphasis on promoting the recognition and understanding of different cultures and various mindsets and widening the perspective through various jurisdictions. In order to guarantee a constant growth and continuing training in our field, we set highest priority in connecting to colleagues, expanding our network and promoting an appreciative leadership.

By supporting various non-profit organisations on a pro bono basis. This is how we pay a small contribution to our environment.

At Vavrovsky Heine Marth, we are committed to value-oriented action, integrity and autonomy. We feel confident, that a various team contributes to innovation as well as problem resolution and fulfils our potential as a whole.

COMPANY/FIRM: International firm in the technology industry
TESTIMONIAL: Vavrovsky Heine Marth understands how to run the business and adjusts to the needs of the market. Their outrageous expertise and experience contribute to success. Every time. In every matter.

CLIENT: President
COMPANY/FIRM: Austrian Cultural Institution
TESTIMONIAL: Karl Ludwig Vavrovsky, heading Vavrovsky Heine Marth’s Salzburg office, has a remarkable legal and economic know-how. His personal commitment and efficient way of working convinced us to pursue the collaboration with the law firm. His calm and reliable manner contributes to our success.

COMPANY/FIRM: International technology company
TESTIMONIAL: Nikolaus Vavrovsky proves his field in litigation and international arbitration and always manages to assert himself before court. He is a strong companion, excellent listener and understands the client’s problems. After giving him insight into our matter, we were confident that Nikolaus would face the challenges in this case and resolve our problem. We have decided to refer any legal matter in our company to Nikolaus Vavrovsky in the future.

CLIENT: Managing Director
COMPANY/FIRM: Austrian bank with international subsidiaries
TESTIMONIAL: Dieter Heine, specialising in dispute resolution and competition law, is not only a specialist when it comes to the resolution of commercial conflicts, but has an outstanding ability in preventing them. His solution-oriented thinking, the service quality and the commitment to clients contribute to succeed in each step of our matter.

CLIENT: Transaction Manager
COMPANY/FIRM: International real estate developer
TESTIMONIAL: Vavrovsky Heine Marth’s expertise in real estate development and transactions is unique in the market. The head of the real estate department, Christian Marth stands out through his vast know-how, not only in in the legal field. His economic background contributes to finding customized solutions to our challenging transactions, by analysing our needs and the market and finally devising strategies for our project plan. Christian Marth is a true companion – he is personally committed to his clients.

COMPANY/FIRM: Austrian real estate developer
TESTIMONIAL: With long-lasting experience, Daniela Pitzek has excellent legal know-how and advises our company successfully for many years. Vavrovsky Heine Marth’s real estate team is highly client-oriented and has an efficient working manner. Daniela stands out for her ability to work under the highest pressure and does not lose sight of our goal through the whole project. Efficiency, strong expertise and thoroughness describe Daniela the best.

Innovation runs through everything we do: Our legal advice, the way we deliver our services to the clients and the way we run our business. The tremendous demand for our service builds on international education, specialized trainings at globally renowned academic institutions, continuous quality management and keeping pace with the global challenges of the 21st century.

Our firm regularly works in situations requiring the management of cross-border matters and is leading clients through international mergers & acquisitions, international arbitration and proceedings of international construction and real estate management.

We stand for constant development, which is why we put emphasis on the combination of visionary techniques and the extensive experience of our lawyers, accompanied by the implementation of ESG principles throughout our work, which pave the way for delivering exceptional outcomes, constantly aligned with the ever-growing market requirements.

The clients

Our (inter)national clients can rely on us, knowing they can count on stability and security, while we guide them through any contentious matter.

Vavrovsky Heine Marth offers not only national legal services, but acts with clients who are based or who have controversial issues across the globe. We operate across multi-lingual territories and work with a diverse spectrum of international clients, from different market sectors:

  • Communication agencies in Belgium
  • Real Estate Investment Funds, mainly based in the UK and Germany
  • Leading industrial group of companies, being active in the fields of energy, building technology, drive technology, industrial automation, mobility and healthcare

We devote significant attention to the protection of values, that is reflected positively in our workflow in each area of expertise, which manifests in our reputable, complex (inter)national cases and the lawyers’ distinctive track record of succeeding for our clients.

The team

Our team consists of people with a strong expertise and different international backgrounds and jurisdictions, which permits various perspectives and a diverse approach to each case.

The network

Speaking more than 6 languages within the firm, our international approach enables cooperation not only with neighbouring countries, but also with Belgium, France and countries from the Western Balkans. Our field of activity in international arbitration reinforces our international business relations and cooperation worldwide.