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Pitkowitz & Partners
Schwarzenbergplatz 3
1010
Austria

Austria > Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation Tier 3

In summer 2021, dispute resolution experts Nikolaus Pitkowitz and Roxanne De Jesus left Graf & Pitkowitz, now GRAF ISOLA, to found Pitkowitz & Partners, which is known for its wide-ranging litigation and arbitration capabilities. While Pitkowitz stands out for his regular appointments as (co-)arbitrator, de Jesus mostly acts as party counsel. Its work spans various sectors but the team has recently been most active in the telecommunications, IT, construction, energy space.

Testimonials

Nikolaus Pitkowitz is the vice president of the Vienna International Arbitration Centre and is probably the most internationally minded of the arbitration practitioners based in Vienna. He has particularly strong ties to arbitration practitioners both in the United States and Asia. He is a favourite choice as an arbitrator, and is also quite effective as an oral advocate when doing counsel work. He knows how to get to the point of an argument, and he is effective at explaining complicated issues.

Strong international arbitration practice now centred in a boutique firm.

Mr. Pitkowitz is an experienced arbitrator, who enjoys a very good reputation on the arbitration market. Independence, legal knowledge and service orientation are qualities I would put forward.’

I have high esteem for Nikolaus Pitkowitz because of his pleasant manner, which combines precision and innovative thinking.’

Roxanne de Jesus is tireless in the pursuit of her client’s interests and highly intelligent.

Roxanne de Jesus is a very good cross examiner. I have seen Roxanne cross-examines in a major international arbitration and they take no prisoners – really impressive particularly given their civil jurisdiction backgrounds.

An excellent team. Extremely hardworking. P&P will leave no stone unturned in ensuring they do everything they can to put their client in the driving seat. They know what they are doing and they do it very well.

Key clients

Calunius Capital LLP.

Integral-Montage Anlagen- und Rohrtechnik GmbH

Facebook Ireland Limited

Alperton Capital

Yahoo! (Verizon EMEA)

McArthurGlen

Kinve Solar Power

Regus Group (IWG Management (Austria) GmbH)General

Dynamics

Work highlights

  • Representing Integral-Montage Anlagen- und Rohrtechnik Gesellschaft m.b.H., a major Austrian pipeline and plant construction company, in a London seated ICC arbitration.
  • Advising Alperton Capital and its shareholders as lead counsel on a cross-border dispute pertaining to Alperton’s shares in companies owning drill ships including an ICC arbitration seated in New York.
  • Representing Kinve Solar Power Co. Limited in multijurisdictional litigation and arbitration proceedings pending in Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, China and Italy pertaining to a joint venture dispute with a business partner.

Austria > Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 4

In summer 2021, dispute resolution experts Nikolaus Pitkowitz and Roxanne de Jesus left Graf & Pitkowitz, now GRAF ISOLA, to found Pitkowitz & Partners, which is known for its wide-ranging litigation and arbitration capabilities. Recent work includes IT and real estate sector litigation, shareholder and joint venture-related disputes and matters at the intersection with criminal law.

Testimonials

An excellent team. Extremely hardworking. P&P will leave no stone unturned in ensuring they do everything they can to put their client in the driving seat. They know what they are doing and they do it very well.

Nikolaus Pitkowitz is very experienced, sound and calm.

Roxanne de Jesus is tireless in the pursuit of her client’s interests and highly intelligent. Roxanne is a very good cross-examiner.

Mr Pitkowitz and Mrs Roxanne de Jesus. Absolutely competent.

It is an internationally focused and knowledgeable team, which can bring its wide experience to bear on local litigation whilst appreciating the different cultural requirements of its clients.

Nikolaus Pitkowitz is extremely user-friendly, has a wealth of knowledge and experience and is a delight to work with.

Excellent knowledge.

Great leadership and strategy from Nikolaus Pitkowitz. Roxanne de Jesus is an absolute star.

Key clients

Calunius Capital LLP

NoIntegral-Montage Anlagen- und Rohrtechnik GmbH

Facebook Ireland Limited

Alperton Capital

Yahoo! (Verizon EMEA)

McArthurGlen

Kinve Solar Power

Regus Group (IWG Management (Austria) GmbH)

General Dynamics

Work highlights

  • Advising Calunius Capital, a third party funder, in a commercial litigation funding which is financing a class action on behalf of thousands of Austrian claimants in proceedings pertaining to the Volkswagen emissions scandal.
  • Defended Facebook Ireland Limited against a class action based on alleged breaches of data protection initiated in Austria by (initially) around 75,000 global claimants.
  • Representing Yahoo! in a right to be forgotten dispute.

Austria > Real estate Tier 5

In summer 2021, Martin Foerster left Graf & Pitkowitz, now GRAF ISOLA, to co-found Pitkowitz & Partners, where he heads the real estate and construction practice. The focus of his practice remains on project developments, including transactional matters, with particular strength in the residential, office and hotel sectors, and on commercial leases. Clients include project developers and international corporates.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

The team as a whole is searching for excellence. Invoicing and billing are based on documented work, comprehensible and reproducible.

Martin Foerster demonstrates outstanding knowledge in Austrian estate and property law. He was ready to dive deeply into details and had them available for forensic use. His arguments were to the point, legally solid and quickly available. His appearance before court was immaculate.

Excellently trained lawyers with straightforward answers to complicated issues. Far-sightedness also beyond the legal field. Exceptionally pleasant partner structure, top specialists for each case.

Martin Förster: Brilliant strategist, outstanding negotiator with exceptionally broad understanding of real estate and even construction challenges during the course of the project.

While this is a new firm, the team has many years of experience in working together on complex real estate projects. Their key strength is that they have short communication paths and nothing gets “lost in translation”. You can immediately speak to the partner who will help you find a fast and efficient solution while at the same time keeping your legal interests safe.

Martin Foerster: He is very good at breaking down complex issues to their core and finding workable solutions. A very sharp mind!

Martin Foerster is an experienced real estate lawyer, very focused on results for his clients.

Top-level professionals with matter-oriented approach.

Key clients

McArthurGlen

Rapid Wien

Regus / IWG

General Dynamics

Fleissner Group

New Yorker

Work highlights

  • Advised McArthurGlen Group on all lease-related matters pertaining to its designer outlet centres in Salzburg and Parndorf, including Covid-19-related negotiations and agreements with the centres’ tenants.
  • Assisted IWG Group with the roll-out of its co-working office centres throughout Austria.
  • Assisted Fleissner Group with the development of three business hotels in major Austrian cities, including operator agreements with international hotel chains and forward purchase agreements with investors.

Pitkowitz & Partners, based in Vienna, is a leading commercial law firm with a strong international focus, providing legal advise at the highest level. The focus of the firm is on international arbitration and complex litigation as well as on real estate and construction law. Pitkowitz & Partners consists of a total staff of 25, including 12 lawyers and 6 legal trainees. The team of the firm can rely on more than 120 years of professional experience. The client base of Pitkowitz & Partners is as diverse as the industries in which their clients operate. Whether market leader or market niche – Pitkowitz & Partners writes success stories in the most complex and largest cases on a national and international level.

Main Areas of Practice

Dispute Resolution: Pitkowitz & Partners forms one of the largest dispute resolution teams nationwide. The team has for years been recognised as one of the leading disputes practices in Austria. With its involvement in cases spanning across the globe and through a myriad of industries, including amongst others construction, energy, real estate, technology, and media, the firm has acclaimed a stellar international reputation and is ranked among the top 100 arbitration practices worldwide by GAR 100.
The Dispute Resolution practice group, led by two partners, looks back on decades of experience in the areas of arbitration, litigation and mediation. Their lawyers regularly conduct arbitration proceedings in Europe, the USA and Asia under all leading institutional rules. The team was advising as counsel, among others, in the largest arbitration ever pending in Austria, as well as in the largest class action lawsuit ever pending in Austria. The clientele includes leading companies in the fields of production, technology, TMT, energy, and plant engineering.

Partners: Nikolaus Pitkowitz, Roxanne de Jesus

Real Estate: The real estate and construction law practice group headed by Martin Foerster is one of the leading groups in this field. The dedicated team advises national as well as international clients comprehensively in all areas of Real Estate and Construction Law. The special focus of the real estate team includes drawing up and negotiating commercial real estate transactions (from individual properties to real estate portfolios), rental and lease agreements in the areas of office, retail and hospitality, development contracts, public permits as well as representation in public and commercial disputes. Austrian and international funds, investors and property developers are part of the long-standing client base at Pitkowitz & Partners.

Partner: Martin Foerster

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Dispute Resolution Dr. Nikolaus Pitkowitzn.pitkowitz@pitkowitz.com+43 1 01 413 01-0
Real Estate and Construction Law Dr. Martin Foersterm.foerster@pitkowitz.com+43 1 01 413 01-0
Dispute Resolution Mag. Roxanne de Jesusr.dejesus@pitkowitz.com+43 1 01 413 01-0
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