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The renowned law firm Pitkowitz & Partners has appointed attorney-at-law Peter Machherndl (33) as partner with effect from 1 January 2024, further strengthening the management team of the dispute resolution practice group.

The law firm is ranked by GAR100 among the world’s leading dispute practices and has one of the largest dispute resolution teams in the country. With Peter Machherndl as the third partner alongside Nikolaus Pitkowitz and Roxanne de Jesus, the firm continues the long-term growth of the practice group. Since the start, the founders have focused on nurturing talent and fostering growth from within. . This strategy continues with the appointment of Peter Machherndl, who joined the dispute resolution team in 2022.

"We are delighted to have Peter Machherndl at our side. Peter brings a wealth of experience, exceptional legal expertise and a passion for resolving complex disputes. He has impressed us not only with his outstanding work and excellent support for our clients, but also with his team spirit and personality," says Nikolaus Pitkowitz proudly.  

Peter focuses on national and international dispute resolution before state courts and in arbitration proceedings. In particular, he holds significant expertise in advocating for or defending claims in investor cases, representing stakeholders in corporate disputes and companies within the banking and financial sector, the automotive industry, and the IT and retail sectors.

In addition, he has a particular focus on advising on the rollout of new technologies (spanning a broad range, from application of artificial intelligence, to new payment services and automation solutions, e.g. in the automotive sector). Peter also regularly represents clients in insolvency-related disputes.

Prior to joining Pitkowitz & Partners, Peter Machherndl worked for a leading international law firm for over eight years. He has extensive experience in the successful and efficient handling of mass and class actions and (national and international) collective redress.

Peter Machherndl is delighted with the trust placed in him. "I value not only our exceptional team but also the truly global nature of our work and the diversity among our clients. Each day presents us with the chance to contribute to comprehensive solutions across various industries. In the face of emerging challenges posed by disruptive technologies like artificial intelligence, I am committed to reinforcing our leading position in intricate, technology-related disputes while striking a balance between leveraging legal tech for efficiency and maintaining meaningful personal connections with our clients”.

About the firm

Pitkowitz & Partners, based in Vienna, is a leading commercial law firm specialising in international arbitration and complex litigation as well as real estate and construction law. The firm is highly ranked in all leading directories and recognised for its exceptional expertise, long-standing experience and successful representation of clients in Austria and abroad by a team of highly qualified lawyers.