About us

We handle it.
No matter how
challenging complex heavy
it seems.

When experience meets comprehensive expertise

Pitkowitz & Partners, based in Vienna, is a leading commercial law firm. The firm’s focus is on international arbitration and complex litigation, as well as on real estate and construction law.

The firm’s high profile and strong market reputation at home and abroad go far beyond the borders of Europe. The high quality of the firm’s client base is an impressive confirmation of the team’s level of expertise. The standard of quality is excellent legal advice and support at the highest level: highly-specialised lawyers with many years of international experience, entrepreneurial thinking and tailor-made, practicable solutions are our recipe for success for even the most complex concerns.

Dispute Resolution

“Pitkowitz & Partners are a leading commercial law firm with a strong international focus in terms of providing legal advice at the highest level. Our efficiency is primarily characterised by lean structures, practicable solutions and a strong, committed team.“

Dispute Resolution on an international level

Pitkowitz & Partners forms one of the largest dispute resolution teams nationwide and has been recognized as one of the leading disputes practices in Austria for years. The dispute resolution practice group, led by two partners, looks back on decades of experience in the areas of arbitration, litigation and mediation.

Our lawyers regularly conduct arbitration proceedings in Europe, the USA and Asia under all leading institutional rules. The team gained international courtesy, among other things, through the successful representation in the largest arbitration proceedings ever pending in Vienna, as well as in the two largest class action lawsuits ever pending in Austria before supreme courts and the ECJ.

With its involvement in cases spanning across the globe and through a myriad of industries, including, amongst others, construction, energy, real estate, technology, media, and telecommunications the firm has acclaimed a stellar international reputation.

Among other things, Pitkowitz & Partners is ranked among the world's top 100 dispute practices in the renowned GAR 100 Guide.

Dr. Nikolaus Pitkowitz, head of the Dispute Resolution practice group, is considered one of the most respected practitioners. He has acted as a party counsel and arbitrator in well over 130 international disputes, ranging from smaller to multi-billion euro cases. Among other things, he is President of the Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC ) and a member of the Casablanca International Mediation and Arbitration Centre (CIMAC) as well as the author of numerous publications.

Real Estate

Legal advice you can rely on

The Real Estate and Construction Law practice group by Dr. Martin Foerster is one of the leading groups in this field. The team advises national as well as international clients comprehensively in all areas of real estate and construction law as well as real estate financing.

The special focus of the real estate team includes drawing up and negotiating real estate transactions (from individual properties to real estate portfolios), rental and lease agreements, development contracts, home ownership contracts, procedures for obtaining permits in the public sector as well as representation in real estate legal disputes. Private individuals as well as investors and property developers are part of the long-standing client base at the real estate team.

Dr. Martin Foerster, Head of the Real Estate practice group, has been working in the field of real estate and construction law for over 20 years. In addition to numerous publications and teaching positions, he is co-author of “Handbuch Immobilientransaktionen” (Handbook for Real Estate Transactions) (2012, 2014) and “Handbuch für Mietrecht” (Handbook for Tenancy Law) (published in 2022).