PAULITSCH LAW is a law firm specialized in White Collar Crime and Compliance.

  • White Collar Crime

  • Compliance

  • Crisis Management

  • Litigation


  • Criminal defense
  • Representation of victims
  • Enforcement of claims for damages


  • Risk Assessments and analyses
  • Compliance management systems
  • Compliance guidelines and codes of conduct
  • Internal investigations
  • Dawn raids
  • Whistleblowing hotlines
  • Compliance trainings


  • Structural legal advice in emergencies
  • Assessments of risk fields in companies
  • Checklist of measures for works-case scenarios
  • Development of short- and long-term strategies and solutions
  • Alignment of communication strategies with PR experts


  • Examination of the facts and legal chances and challenges with clear recommendations
  • Development of strategies for settling disputes
  • Time- and cost-efficient process management
  • Close cooperation with auditors, experts and authorities
  • Litigation before national courts in all instances
  • Enforcement of court decisions and judgments

“Don’t fear risk. Manage it.”


Dr. Heidemarie Paulitsch

Clients about Heidemarie:

  • “An outstanding specialist in criminal compliance, litigation and white-collar crime, Heidemarie Paulitsch is widely praised for being very responsive and very international.”
  • “Advising corporations on anti-corruption compliance and investigations, she is described by a client as a hands-on lawyer who knows her area and can really be relied on.” (Chambers & Partners, 2016)

Heidemarie began her professional experience in major law firms. Starting at the criminal defense law firm Soyer and Partner, Heidemarie moved on to Wolf Theiss and established the Compliance & White Collar Crime practice area at Schoenherr.

Heidemarie has headed white collar crime cases for and against several companies. Most recently she advised German DAX-listed companies and groups in Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, France and Brazil.

The criminal law expert is a speaker and frequent author in expert journals and reference books. Recently, she initiated and coordinated the publication of the “Anti-Corruption Guide”. Her expertise is internationally recognized in the legal directories Chambers and Legal 500.

Born in Carinthia, Austria, Heidemarie studied at the law faculty at the University of Graz (Mag. iur. and Doc. iur.) and at the College of Law, University of Oklahoma (U.S.). She is a member of the whistleblowing working group at Transparency International – Austrian Chapter, the Austrian Compliance Officer Association (ÖCOV), the Austrian Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the German-based White Collar Crime Association (WisteV).

Dr. Heidemarie Paulitsch
Attorney at law
Tuchlauben 13, A-1010 Vienna/Austria
+43 1 361 4007

Dr. Pilar Koukol

Pilar Koukol is attorney at law at PAULITSCH LAW. She joined the team  in 2017 and was admitted to the Austrian bar in January 2018. Pilar focuses mainly on Compliance, White Collar Crime, criminal and civil litigation.

Before Pilar joined PAULITSCH LAW, she worked as an associate for one of Austria’s leading law firms, BINDER GRÖSSWANG attorneys at law, where she was member of the Dispute Resolution and White Collar Crime Team. In spring 2017, she passed the Austrian bar exam with honors.

Born in Vienna, Austria, Pilar studied at the law faculty of the University of Vienna (Mag. iur. 2010 and Doc. iur. 2014). During her studies, she worked as intern in law firms and as research assistant at the Institute for European, International and Comparative Law at the University of Vienna.

Pilar gained experience in the field of White Collar Crime as university assistant at the Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology at the University of Vienna, where she worked at the Department of Professor Helmut Fuchs. She was teaching courses, held lectures and published articles in the area of White Collar Crime. Pilar’s doctoral thesis focused on possible effects of compliance management systems on the criminal liability of executives.

Pilar completed her judicial practice in Vienna. She worked for the public prosecutor’s office and the district court City Centre Vienna. She also completed internships at the Austrian Trade Commission in Barcelona and the Basel Institute on Governance (link).

Pilar Koukol is a lecturer at the Sigmund Freud University Vienna (SFU).

Pilar Koukol
Attorney at Law
Tuchlauben 13, A-1010 Vienna/Austria
+43 1 361 400-711

Mag. Martina Zehetner

Martina Zehetner joined PAULITSCH LAW in 2017 as an associate. She studied at the law faculty at the University of Vienna (Mag. iur) and gained work experience at the District Court Inner City Vienna and the Public Prosecutor’s Office Vienna.

At PAULITSCH LAW Martina specializes on white collar crime matters and civil law. She is in the lead of major white collar crime cases and civil law proceedings.

Martina Zehetner
Tuchlauben 13, A-1010 Vienna/Austria
+43 1 361 400-715

Viktoria Aschenbrenner, LL.B. (WU Vienna)

Victoria Aschenbrenner works as paralegal at PAULITSCH LAW and is a business law master student at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Vienna).

Ms Aschenbrenner specializes in white collar crime and civil law (especially in contract, tort and warranty law). Before joining PAULITSCH LAW, Victoria worked for several major law firms in Vienna. She expanded her legal knowledge in English at the Summer Law School in Dublin, Ireland.

Viktoria Aschenbrenner
Tuchlauben 13, A-1010 Vienna
+43 1 361 400



Download list of publications
Pilar Koukol joins attorney team at PAULITSCH LAW – Press Release, 27 February 2018


  • 18 September, Update Anti-Money Compliance for auditors, VWT Management Club (Link)
  • 28 June 2018, Webinar, Golden Rules for Dawn Raids, 3-4:30 pm, Vienna Lindecampus
  • 5 June 2018, Publication of practice handbook for dawn raids, Linde
  • 25 June 2018, Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Seminar, VWT, Management Club, Vienna (Link)
  • 13 June 2018, Presentation of Whistleblowing Guideline for corporations, Vienna (Link)
  • 14 May 2018, Dawn Raids by Authorities – Don’t Panik! VWT, Management Club, Vienna (Link)
  • 23 January 2018, Pilar Koukol joins the attorney team at PAULITSCH LAW (press release).


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Tuchlauben 13 (4th floor), Entrance Kleeblattgasse 4, A-1010 Wien
+43 1 361 4007

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