Dr. Nikolaus Pitkowitz M.B.L.-HSG


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Nikolaus Pitkowitz is founding partner and head of the firm's dispute resolution and real estate practice groups. He has been practicing law since 1985; his practice, which has always been very international with a strong focus on CEE, was initially mainly comprised of transactional work in the fields of real estate and M&A and quickly expanded to international dispute resolution.

Nikolaus is considered one of the foremost Austrian dispute resolution practitioners. He acted as counsel and arbitrator in a multitude of international arbitrations, including several high profile disputes, most notably as counsel in the largest ever pending Austrian arbitration (a multibillion telecom dispute).

Nikolaus is also active as counsel in significant real estate projects and currently serves as chair of the IBA Real Estate Section, the world´s largest association of real estate practitioners.

Nikolaus speaks German and English.


  • Certified Mediator, 2004
  • University St.Gallen (M.B.L.-HSG), 1999
  • Georgetown University, School of Law (Orientation in the US Legal System), 1991
  • University of Vienna, (Dr.iur.), 1984
  • University of Vienna (Mag.iur.), 1984



(Selection - for a full list click here)

  • Should there be Stricter Consequences for the Breach of the Arbitrator´s Disclosure Obligation?, Festschrift für Siegfried H. Elsing, Fachmedien Recht und Wirtschaft, 2015, 403
  • Die Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit im Wettbewerb mit staatlicher Gerichtsbarkeit - Eine Analyse aus österreichischer Sicht, Global Wisdom on Business Transactions, International Law and Dispute Resolution - Festschrift für Gerhard Wegen, München: C.H. Beck, 2015, 725
  • Multi-Party Arbitrations - Joinder and Consolidation Under the Vienna Rules 2013, Austrian Yearbook on International Arbitration 2015, 301
  • The Arbitrability of Corporate Disputes under Austrian Law - Still Open Questions?, Austrian Yearbook on International Arbitration 2014, 31
  • Choice of Venue in International Arbitration - Austria, in Ostrove/Salomon/Shifman, OUP 2014
  • Is there still a Scope of Application of the European Convention on International Commercial Arbitration, Austrian Yearbook on International Arbitration 2013, 93
  • Shared Funding of Arbitration Proceedings - Fact of Fiction?, Austrian Yearbook on International Arbitration 2011, 31
  • Arbitral Settlement and its Scrutiny by State Courts; Consensual Dispute Resolution, 7th Law School Day Karl-Franzens-University of Graz, 2010, 134
  • Mediation and Cultural Differences; in Barclay, Mediation Techniques, International Bar Association 2010, 213
  • Digest of an Austrian Case Law on Setting Aside Arbitral Awards 1895-2007, Austrian Arbitration Yearbook 2008, 433
  • Setting Aside Arbitral Awards (Die Aufhebung von Schiedssprüchen), Treatise, Manz 2008
  • Defence Tools in Arbitration Proceedings, Pitkowitz/Schmitt, Austrian Arbitration Yearbook 2007, 183
  • Klimt Award violating public policy? (Ordre public-widriger Klimt-Schiedsspruch - Kann der armen Amalie geholfen werden?) ecolex 2007, 663
  • Setting Aside Arbitral Awards under the New Austrian Arbitration Act, Austrian Arbitration Yearbook 2007, 231
  • New Mediation Rules of the EU - Is Austria still Paving the Way? (Die neuen Mediationsregeln der EU - Ist Österreich noch Wegbereiter?) SchiedsVZ 2005, 81
  • Business Law in Austria, Graf/ Pitkowitz et al, (1996, 2003)
  • Investing in Hungary, Pitkowitz/Simonfay/Vanas, Orac (1990, 1991, 1994)
  • The Greenfield Approach and the Role of Austria for Privatization in Eastern Europe; in Smit/Pechota, Privatization in Eastern Europe: Legal, Economic and Social Aspects‚ Columbia University, Juris Publishing 1994, 216
  • Investing in the Czech and Slovak Republics, Pitkowitz/Svoboda/Vanas, Orac (1990, 1991, 1993)
  • Collateral on Real Estate in the Czech and Slovak Republics, Pitkowitz/Schwalm-Tlapak, Austrian Bank Archive (1993)
  • Checklist Joint Ventures in Czechoslovakia, ecolex 1991, 370
  • Large-scale Privatization in Czechoslovakia, ecolex 1991, 363



Job experience

  • Since 1995: Partner with Graf & Pitkowitz Rechtsanwälte GmbH, Vienna
  • 1990 - 1994: Partner with Preslmayr & Partner, Vienna
  • 1986 & 1991: Working experience with law firms in New York
  • 1985 - 1989: Associate with Preslmayr & Partner, Vienna
  • 1979 - 1985: Employed with international trading firm in Vienna, London & New York


  • Vienna Bar Association
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • New York State Bar Association (NYSBA)
  • Austrian Arbitration Association (ArbAut)
  • German Institution of Arbitration (DIS)
  • Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)
  • London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb)
  • International Law Association (ILA)
  • European Law Institute (ELI)
  • International Arbitration Institute (IAI)



  • Member of expert advisory committee of the Permanent Forum of China Construction Law
  • Head of Dispute Resolution and Real Estate at Graf & Pitkowitz
  • Lector, LL.M. in International Commercial Law and Dispute Resolution, Swiss International Law School
  • Chair, IBA Real Estate Section (since 2015)
  • Vice President (since 2011) and Member of the Board (since 2010) of VIAC - Vienna International Arbitral Centre of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
  • Member of the Committee on International Commercial Arbitration of the ILA - International Law Association: (since 2012)
  • University Lecturer for Eastern European and Czech Business Law, Danube University Krems (1993-1999)
  • Member of the ICCA/Queen Mary Task Force on Third Party Funding in Arbitration (since 2013)
  • Member of Panel of Arbitrators of
    - VIAC -Vienna International Arbitral Centre (seit 1993)
    - Austrian-Czech Joint Arbitral Court (seit 1999)
    - Austrian-Hungarian Joint Arbitral Court (seit 2007)
    - Court of Arbitration attached to the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (seit 2011)
    - SIAC -Singapore International Arbitration Centre (seit 2010).
    - HKIAC - Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (seit 2010)
    - KLRCA - Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (seit 2010)
    - CIETAC - China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (seit 2011)
    - ICDR - International Centre for Dispute Resolution (seit 2012)
    - KCAB - Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (seit 2013)
  • Arbitrator, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators - FCIArb (since 2013)
  • Vice-Chair, International Arbitration Committee; ABA Section of International Law (since 2012)
  • Co-Chair, Committee on Mediation Techniques, IBA Dispute Resolution Section (2006 - 2010)
  • Member and Honorary Advisor ECA (Europe-Asia-Caucasus) Legal Forum (since 2005)
  • Vice-Chair, Cross-Border Real Estate Practice; ABA Section of International Law (since 2009)
  • Co-Organizer Vienna Arbitration Days (since 2008)



Editorial Board

  • Austrian Yearbook on International Arbitration
  • Journal of Arab Arbitration