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

  • White Collar Crime

  • Compliance

  • Crisis Management

  • Litigation


  • Criminal defense in white collar crime cases
  • Representation of victims
  • Enforcement of claims for damages


  • Risk Assessments and compliance analyses
  • Compliance management systems, guidelines and codes of conduct
  • Internal investigations
  • Dawn raids
  • Whistleblowing hotlines
  • Legal advise and trainings in compliance related matters, anti-money laundering, anti-corruption


  • 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 Austrian 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 a major criminal defense law firm in Vienna, Heidemarie moved on to Wolf Theiss and later established the Compliance & White Collar Crime practice area at Schoenherr Attorneys at Law.

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, such as Chambers, Legal 500 and Handelsblatt (“Best Austrian Lawyer 2018”).

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 (USA). 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, Managing Partner
+43 1 361 4007

Dr. Pilar Koukol

Pilar Koukol is an attorney at law at PAULITSCH LAW. Pilar focuses mainly on Compliance advice and White Collar Crime litigation.

Pilar Koukol is a lecturer at the Sigmund Freud University Vienna (SFU). She passed the Austrian bar exam with honors and 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.

Born in Vienna, Pilar studied at the law faculty of the University of Vienna (Mag. iur. 2010 and Doc. iur. 2014) and worked as intern in several law firms and 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 Dr. Helmut Fuchs. There, 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. She also completed internships at the Austrian Trade Commission in Barcelona and the Basel Institute on Governance (link).


Pilar Koukol
Attorney at Law
+43 1 361 400-711

Dan Bachmann

Dan Bachmann is a paralegal and mainly active in the fields of criminal and civil law. In 2020, he finished his studies at the Faculty of Law in Vienna with an additional diploma in international civil and commercial law. During his studies Dan worked in a commercial law firm in Vienna with a main focus on litigation and arbitration and participated in a legal summer program at the well-known London School of Economics in the United Kingdom.


Mag. Dan Bachmann
+43 1 361 4007

Christoph Engelmann

Christoph Engelmann is an associate. After finishing his studies at the Faculty of Law in Vienna (2015), he completed his legal practice at the District Court in the First District of Vienna and the Vienna Public Prosecutor’s Office. Christoph then worked abroad at the foreign trade centre in Singapore and gained working experience in white collar crime cases in a commercial law firm in Vienna.

Christoph successfully passed the bar exam in 2019 and is mainly active in the fields of criminal and civil law.


Mag. Christoph Engelmann
+43 1 361 400-712

Victoria Lyakin, LL.M.

Victoria Lyakin works as a paralegal at PAULITSCH LAW. She studied business law at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (LL.M. 2019). She specializes in white collar crime and wrote her master thesis at the Institute for Austrian and European Economic Criminal Law under Prof. Dr. Robert Kert on “Understandings in Austrian Criminal Proceedings – Quo vadis? A Comparative Law Study and the Necessity of Legal Implementation“.

Currently, Victoria is completing her court practice. Before joining PAULITSCH LAW, she worked for several major law firms in Vienna and expanded her legal knowledge in English in 2016 at the Summer Law School in Dublin, Ireland.


Victoria Lyakin, LL.M.
+43 1 361 4007

Mag. Martina Zehetner

Martina Zehetner is an associate at the team of PAULITSCH LAW. 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 (investigations and court hearings).


Martina Zehetner
+43 1 361 400-715


  • 7 February 2019, Panel discussion at ÖBB’s network event; Pilar Koukol discusses the topic “Hate Speech: forms of appearance and possible strategies” together with Sigrid Maurer, Rotraud A. Perner and Ingrid Gogl
  • 24 January 2019, Book Launch “Handbuch Selbstanzeige” (Invitation)
  • 7 May 2019, Compliance for SMEs, Austrian Standards, Vienna (Link)
  • 18 September 2018, Update Anti-Money Compliance for auditors, VWT Management Club, Vienna


There are currently no vacancies available. If you want to be a part of our journey make an application with your CV and convincing letter of motivation via e-mail to



Paulitsch Rechtsanwalts GmbH

A-1010 Vienna, Hoher Markt 8-9/2/10 (Entrance: Judengasse 1)
+43 1 361 4007

Parking garages nearby: APCOA Tiefgarage Hoher Markt, Sterngasse 5-7, 1010 Vienna or Garage Am Hof, Am Hof 1, 1010 Vienna