Competition and Antitrust

We provide comprehensive advice in all areas of European and Austrian competition law, in which Ferdinand Graf and his team have extensive experience. We represent domestic and foreign companies in proceedings before the Austrian Cartel Court, the Austrian Federal Competition Authority and European Institutions. Our areas of expertise include: merger control filings, abuse of market power dominance proceedings, and advice on drafting contractual agreements & structuring of distribution systems.

We have industry-specific experience and know-how in the following areas: construction, timber and sawmill, pharmaceutical, media and technology, banking, food and beverage, transport and logistics and renewable energy. Our most recent work includes advising the buyer on the acquisition of the majority shareholding in the publishing group Verlagsgruppe News from Gruner + Jahr and representation in the highly publicized proceedings concerning the “Construction Cartel” (alleged forbidden cartel agreements relating to tramway construction).

We represented clients from the timber and sawmill industry in proceedings concerning illegal price agreements, as well as regional banks in market power dominance proceedings. Furthermore, we advised in high profile merger proceedings involving the acquisition of a solar panels manufacturer and involving the acquisition of the mineral water producer Römerquelle. In terms of private enforcement actions, we represented injured parties with regard to damage claims following the “Elevator Cartel” case.

Our out of court work includes advising clients on contracts and distribution structures with respect to compliance with Austrian and European cartel law and developing individual compliance programs for clients along with employee training and compliance guidelines.

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Ferdinand Graf is ‘an excellent negotiator’, who has ‘a good understanding of the energy sector’.

The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa (2017)


Ferdinand Graf

Dr. Ferdinand Graf

LL.M. (NYU) | Partner
T +43 1 401 17 - 0


Claudia Csáky

Dr. Claudia Csáky

LL.M. (LONDON) | Attorney-at-Law
Andreas Edlinger

Mag. Andreas Edlinger

LL.M. (LONDON) | Attorney-at-Law
Ferdinand Graf

Dr. Ferdinand Graf

LL.M. (NYU) | Partner
Marija Križanac

Mag. Marija Križanac

CIPP/E, CIPM | Attorney-at-Law

Areas of expertise

  • Merger control – national and European
  • Cartels / antitrust proceedings, Dawn Raids and Internal Audits
  • Abuse of market dominance proceedings
  • Structuring of Distribution systems
  • Cooperation agreements between companies
  • Compliance programs  / development and implementation of compliance programs for clients, including employee training workshops


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