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Firm Profile

Graf & Pitkowitz Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • Stadiongasse 2
  • Vienna
  • Vienna
  • Austria
  • A-1010

Firm profile submitted by Graf & Pitkowitz Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Number of partners: 7 Number of lawyers: 35
Languages: German, English, French

Graf & Pitkowitz Attorneys-at-Law was founded 1994 in Vienna and today has offices in Vienna and Graz. The firm consists of seven equity partners: Dr Nikolaus Pitkowitz, Dr Ferdinand Graf, Dr Otto Wächter, Dr Alexander Isola, Mag Jakob Widner, Dr Armenak Utudjian and Dr Martin Foerster. Graf & Pitkowitz is a full-service business law firm that advises clients on all aspects of Austrian and European business law. The firm negotiates and structures business transactions and successfully represents clients before Austrian and international institutions. The firm is internationally known for its efficient and creative way of handling complex cases in a solution-oriented manner. Based on a best-friends philosophy, the firm regularly co-operates with various leading domestic and international law firms and is respected as a dependable and discreet partner.

Banking & Finance:

Graf & Pitkowitz’ banking and finance practice offers a broad range of services and is well known for both its corporate finance practice as well as its activities related to regulatory advice, debt finance transactions as well as structured finance and project finance transactions. Otto Waechter and his team advises banks, borrowers as well as investors, also in relation to restructuring and contentious matters. In advising clients, the team has tackled a myriad of tasks for its national and international clients, including litigation related to bail-in of equity instruments, rescission of such instruments in corporate restructuring of the issuers as well as disputes related to tort or defaults related to issuers of securities. Recent landmark projects are a structured finance transaction linked to a multi-billion dollar acquisition in the pharmaceutical sector as well as handling of complex litigation proceedings arising from nationalisations as well as corporate restructurings of failing credit institutions.
Contact: Otto Wächter
Email: [email protected]

Dispute Resolution:
The firm is internationally known for efficiently and creatively handling complex cases in a solution-oriented manner. This dispute resolution group has extensive experience in handling complex arbitral proceedings. For example the arbitration team represents a party in the largest (to date) arbitration proceedings conducted under the rules of the International Arbitral Centre of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. Additionally, members of the team, are permanent arbitrators in various arbitral institutions.
Contact: Nikolaus Pitkowitz
Email: [email protected]

Employment, Expatriates & Data Protection:
The firm advises numerous Austrian and international companies on employment and social security issues. Chambers said the following about the Employment Law Team: “Clients confirm that the team delivers quality advice, and praise the group’s responsiveness and ability to find practical solutions to business problems.” One highlight involved negotiating a mass redundancy package with unions, following the client’s acquisition of an Austrian company, a subsequent plant closure and the outsourcing of production to Turkey.
Contact: Ferdinand Graf, Jakob Widner
Email: [email protected] [email protected]

Infrastructure & Project Financing:
The firm has played a role in recent years in most of the major Austrian infrastructure and PPP projects. Otto Wächter and his team are renowned as experts on complex financing and infrastructure projects.
Contact: Otto Wächter
Email: [email protected]

Insolvency & Restructuring:
The insolvency and restructuring team, headed by Alexander Isola, specialises in insolvency proceedings, criminal bankruptcy law, restructuring law, D & O liability issues and audits, securing of loans, avoidance, capital preservation and equity replacement. Alexander Isola is known for quick and often unconventional solutions and has been active on a number of issues that have worked their way into the public conscious. Graf & Pitkowitz advises creditors and shareholders of insolvent companies in transactions with such companies. Graf & Pitkowitz also advises banks on avoidance issues and the securing of loans.
Contact: Alexander Isola
Email: [email protected]

Life Sciences:
Graf & Pitkowitz advises clients on all issues relating to the pharmaceutical industry, ranging from the law on pharmacies to medical devices to pharmaceuticals products (medications). The firm guides clients through the market approval process, assists with negotiating and structuring distribution and supply channels and counsels on advertising restrictions.
Contact: Jakob Widner
Email: [email protected]

Mergers & Acquisitions / Transactions:
The firm advises numerous clients in Austria and abroad on complex corporate law issues such as reorganisation, incorporation and transactions. Possessing many years of experience, this team of lawyers quickly and efficiently handles share and asset deals. Their services range from initial planning and structuring measures, due diligence reviews to the implementation of deals. Due diligence reviews are conducted by a team of experts recruited from the firm’s lawyers. This practice group also handles cross-border transactions and has recently facilitated acquisitions in Italy, Moldova and Bosnia.
Contact: Ferdinand Graf
Email: [email protected]

Graf & Pitkowitz advises clients on complex issues of public law and represent them in proceedings before the Austrian Constitutional and Administrative Courts. The public law practice group focuses on construction, environmental, trade and procurement law.
Contact: Otto Wächter, Armenak Utudjian
Email: [email protected]

Public Procurement:
Graf & Pitkowitz has many years of experience in advising contracting entities and contractors on all aspects of public procurement. The firm’s services range from advising contracting entities on how to efficiently prepare tender notices, select the appropriate procedure and formulate the tender documentation to supporting contractors in presenting acceptable bids.
Contact: Otto Wächter, Stephan Schmalzl
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Real Estate:
The real estate team of Graf & Pitkowitz has many years of experience. This highly successful team is co-headed by Nikolaus Pitkowitz and Armenak Utudjian. It advises institutional investors and private individuals on all legal aspects of real estate transactions (including financing).
Contact: Nikolaus Pitkowitz, Armenak Utudjian, Martin Foerster
Email: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

Trust & Estates: The expert trust and estates team headed by Armenak Utudjian assists individuals and companies in optimising asset succession and in asserting or defending inheritance claims, especially through the Austrian ‘Privatstiftung’.
Contact: Armenak Utudjian
Email: [email protected]


  • Marburger Kai 47,
  • Graz,
  • Styria
  • Austria
  • 8010
  • Tel +43 316 833 777 0
  • Fax +43 316 833 777 33
  • Email : [email protected]