Firm Profile > Cerha Hempel > Vienna, Austria

Cerha Hempel

Banking and finance Tier 1

Under the leadership of Edith Hlawati and Clemens Hasenauer, the banking and finance team at Cerha Hempel acts for lenders and borrowers on real estate financings and major financing transactions. Among Peter Knobl's specialisms are banking supervision and regulatory matters, where he advises Austrian licensed banks, insurers and fund management companies on compliance questions. Volker Glas assists corporate borrowers and Austrian and international banks with syndicated loans, acquisitions, project financings and structured finance transactions. Other key names include Thomas Zivny, senior counsel Christian Aichinger and senior associate Andrea Harrich.


Very experienced, broad and deep knowledge. Also excellent knowledge of relevant authorities, highly available and provide practical solutions.

Key clients

Ithuba FinMill GmbH & Co KG

Deutsche Vermögensberatung Bank AG

Commerzbank AG, Vienna branch


EXAA Energy Exchange Austria Abwicklungsstelle für Energieprodukte AG

Wilmington collatered trust (Toys“R”Us)

Commerzbank AG, Vienna branch

Commerzbank AG, Luxembourg branch

Commerzbank AG, headquarter Frankfurt

Capital markets Tier 1

The team at Cerha Hempel is noted for its 'very good availability and reliability'. It handles a wide range of matters including distribution of structured products and securities under certificates programmes, issuing of corporate bonds, and relistings. Clients include banks, prominent real estate holding companies, investment firms, and listed companies. In recent highlights, the 'experienced, reliable and assertiveVolker Glas led a team that advised Goldman Sachs on its €100m distribution of structured products. The practice is jointly headed by Edith Hlawati and Clemens Hasenauer. Associate Christian Aichinger is also recommended for his 'very quick comprehension'. Peter Knobl and Thomas Zivny are other key names.


Dr. Peter Knobl – a specialist in his field who pays attention to detail.

The capital markets team stands out through excellent knowledge, very good availability and reliability, solution-oriented work, a very high level of language proficiency and moderate fees.

Volker Glas: very well-versed, experienced, reliable and assertive, incredible knowledge, a very pleasant person to work with.

Christian Aichinger: very quick comprehension as well as analytical skills, good negotiator.

Key clients


SPAR Österreichische Warenhandels-AG

ING Groep N.V. and ING Bank N.V.

First State Investments ICVC

First State Global Umbrella Fund

Otto GmbH & Co KG

Wiener Börse AG

CA Immo Ag

S Immo AG

Fosun Industrial Holdings Limited

Raiffeisenlandes-bank NÖ-Wien AG

RHI Magnesita N.V.

voestalpine AG

Frequentis AG

Goldman Sachs

Ithuba FinMill GmbH & Co KG

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Cerha Hempel's highly regarded corporate practice advises on national and international cross-border mergers, reorganisations and restructurings. In public M&A, the team acts for numerous companies listed on the stock exchange, and the group's private M&A work focuses on providing strategic advice to private equity investors in Austria and CEE. A standout feature of the practice is its Brazilian desk, which is led by Heinrich Foglar-Deinhardstein. Albert Birkner, who is 'one of the leading M&A and corporate lawyers in Austria', Clemens Hasenauer, who is praised for his 'outstanding legal knowledge and ability as well as negotiation skillsand Thomas Trettnak jointly lead the practice.


Full-service law firm with high level quality of legal advice in all areas and broad geographical coverage with own offices and networks (eg. Lex Mundi).

Very strong corporate practice in Austria. One of the go-to firms in Vienna.

In comparison to others they stand out because they always go the extra mile and come up with creative ideas when it comes to transactional issues. They have fantastic knowledge of the field and extensive experience. You can always depend on them and they will never leave you hanging.

Excellent combination of expertise, experience and commercial sense.

Clemens Hasenauer and Johannes Prinz – Outstanding legal knowledge and ability as well as negotiation skills.

Albert Birkner stands out for sure. He has overwhelming knowledge of his field, in our case regarding corporate, M&A, as well as real estate and tax matters. Simply an extremely reliable and efficient expert. Matters get explained in a logical way and complex situations are clearly broken down, so that one can understand what is required or necessary. He is very well known within the industry not only in Austria. And as far as the law firm is concerned, Nadine Leitner and Alistair Gillespie (lawyers in Albert’s team) are worth mentioning, great attitude with a hands-on approach.

Albert Birkner is one of the leading M&A and corporate lawyers in Austria. His responsiveness is outstanding.  He is extremely commercial.

Key clients


Fosun Industrial Holdings Limited

The Watermill Group

General Electric’s Distributed Power Business




RHI Magnesita

XXXLutz date AG


AT & S Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik Aktiengesellschaft

Karl Wlaschek Privatstiftung (KWPS)


SIA Group

Lifenet Health Group

Bollwerk Group

The Pampered Chef Group

Georg Fischer


TORQX Capital

CeMM –  Research Center for Molecular Medicine

SuperUrlaub GmbH

Dispute resolution: white-collar crime (including fraud) Tier 1

Cerha Hempel handles the full range of white-collar crime work including representing individuals and companies in investigative proceedings, and defending clients in matters before all levels of the court system including the Supreme Court; the group also actively pursues claims against alleged perpetrators in the criminal courts. On the advisory side, the group advises clients on compliance matters and conducts internal investigations, with a particular focus on representing construction companies in ongoing investigations. Peter Lewisch, who is praised as an 'excellent choice', the'outstanding' Hans Kristoferitsch and Stefan Huber jointly lead the team.


CH is a very competetive law firm with wide expertise in legal issues. We appreciate the client orientated consulting services, the fees are fair and transparent.

Excellent lawyers, reliable, perfect performance, contemporary support service, friendly, clear explanation for the customer, excellent manners, wide knowledge and the advice is practice-orientated.

Requests are answered quickly, exactly and in a solid matter. Hans Kristoferitsch is an outstanding and invaluable lawyer.

Peter Lewisch teaches law at the university of Vienna and at the same time, advises and represents clients in high level criminal law cases. He also provides concise and clear legal opinions in the field and is an excellent choice because of his closeness to legal developments and unparalleled expertise. We have worked with Professor Lewisch in numerous very high level white-collar crime cases and have always been very pleased with his outstanding service. We have also worked together with Dr. Hans Kristoferitsch who also is an excellent criminal lawyer. He and his team are able to provide excellent and timely advice in white-collar crime matters.

Stephan Huber is probably the most responsive and effective professional I’ve worked with in the jurisdiction.

Key clients

Matthias Hartmann (former managing director of Burgtheater)

Wiener Stadtwerke

Hewlett Packard Enterprise



SmartStream Technologies Inc.

Vienna International Airport

Wien Energie GmbH

Tax Tier 1

Cerha Hempel tax practice benefits from its integrated approach to advising clients and combines expertise in corporate tax and international tax law with knowledge of reorganisations, real estate transfer tax law, fiscal criminal law and litigation, wage taxes and duties, taxation of funds and transfer taxes. Johannes Prinz and Benjamin Twardosz jointly lead the practice.


Benjamin Twardosz – holistic assessment of clients needs, ability to comprehend complex material, ability to think out of the box and fast response time.

Key clients

Klabin S.A. / Klabin Austria GmbH

Suzano S.A. / Suzano Austria GmbH

Fibria Celulose S.A. / Fibria International Trade GmbH

Raiffeisenlandesbank Niederösterreich-Wien AG/  Raiffeisen-Holding Niederösterreich-Wien


Sete Brasil

AVX Corporation / A.B. Mikroelektronik GmbH

Credit Suisse

William Hill

Concorde Card Casinos

ESIM Chemicals

Companhia Nitro Química Brasileira

Aéroports de Paris

Ground Truth Solutions

HP IT-Solutions



Best Solutions EOOD

Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizenship

Wien Energie


SPAR Österreichische Warenhandels AG

Windkraft Simonsfeld AG

Erste Bank Immorent

Reliantco Investments Ltd.

Investindustrial VI L.P.


Administrative law and public sector Tier 2

Jointly headed by Hans Kristoferitsch and Stefan Huber, the team at Cerha Hempel covers all fields of public law, specifically regulated industries, environmental law, medical law, higher education law and consumer product regulation. Kristoferitsch is an expert in EU law who also undertakes EU litigation, while Huber assists with environmental and constitutional law issues. In the energy sector, the team advises on matters involving smart meters, wind farm operation and pricing zones. Associate Armin Schwabl has a particular focus on life sciences, pharmaceutical matters, data protection and trade law.


‘Armin Schwabl delivers a work product of excellent quality and always in time. He is also very flexible in adapting to the needs of the client.’

‘Stefan Huber is very cooperative and responded accurately to our demands.’ 

Key clients

Republic of Austria (Ministry of Finance)

Austrian Power Grid AG (“APG”)

Graz University of Arts

Via donau

Grünenthal GmbH

Philip Morris Austria

Ingenium Education GmbH


SES Spar European Shopping Centers

Spar Österreichische Warenhandels-AG

German Alpine Association (Deutscher Alpenverein)

Feldkirchen municipality

Airport Klagenfurt

Vienna International Airport

KMU Akademie AG


Wiener Netze

Wiener Linien

Austrian Chamber of Pharmacists

Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

The 'large, highly qualified and very experienced' data privacy team at Cerha Hempel advises on a wide range of GDPR issues, including technical data privacy and privacy by design. Clients include Samsung and Spar. Senior associate Franziska Paefgen has a 'hands-on and solution-oriented approach'. She supports 'highly professional and very friendly' practice head Hans Kristoferitsch in advising a large roster of clients on data protection and security matters.

Practice head(s):


‘CHSH covers many legal areas. The overall level of service is very high. The response times are short and agreed response dates are kept reliably.’

‘A very competent team that is able to explain complex issues so that you really can follow.’

‘The team of Dr. Kristoferitsch is very professional and competent with practicable solutions.’

‘Outstanding competence and professionality.’

‘Dr. Kristoferitsch combines extensive knowledge with a lot of practical experience in data privacy and data protection law.’

Key clients

CA Immobilien Anlagen AG

Constantia Industries AG

Dentsu Aegis Network Austria GmbH

FCC Austria Abfall Service AG

Flughafen Wien AG

Fundermax GmbH

General Logistics Systems (GLS) Austria GmbH

Hewlett Packard Inc

Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria)

Isovolta AG

OMV Aktiengesellschaft

Samsung Electronics Austria GmbH

Semperit Aktiengesellschaft Holding

SES Spar European Shopping Centers GMBH

SPAR Business Services GmbH

SPAR Österreichische



Wiener Stadtwerke GmbH

WienIT GmbH

Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation Tier 2

Cerha Hempel's arbitration department combines academic experience with an integrated approach drawing on the expertise of other practice groups. The group acts as counsel and arbitrators under various sets of arbitration rules including ICC, Vienna and UNCITRAL rules. The team, under Irene Welser's leadership, is instructed in post-M&A disputes, construction arbitration cases, warranty and damage law and administrative law matters. Of counsel Benedikt Spiegelfeld also contributes to the practice.

Practice head(s):


Long standing experience and academic background.

Key clients

Macon A.B.

Bartholet Maschinenbau AG

Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 2

Cerha Hempel's commercial litigation practice saw an uptick in instructions relating to shareholder disputes, post-M&A disputes and insurance as well as malpractice cases, with warranty and damage matters as well as construction and tenancy litigation cases still forming an integral part of the caseload. Irene Welser leads the team and Michaela Siegwart was promoted to partner in January 2019.

Practice head(s):


Particularly outstanding is the ability to obtain a comprehensive overview within the shortest possible time when taking over cases that have been pending for several years and to ask and answer the decisive legal questions at the same time.

Extensive expertise, highly professional cooperation and based on mutual trust.

Work for the integrity of legal practice and not focus on the income that can be achieved from the service.

The unique feature is that all options for regulation or defence against claims are always identified and evaluated during the initial test. Then the tactics are discussed and the common procedure is determined. Irene Welser’s and Michaela Siegwart’s team never lose sight of the big picture and keep an eye on what is important.

Michaela Siegwart – excellent legal expertise as well as excellent conduct of legal cases. 

Key clients

SPAR Österreichische Warenhandels-AG

INTERSPAR Gesellschaft m.b.H.

UNIQA Versicherungen AG


SmartStream Technologies Limited / SmartStream Technologies GmbH

WERKSTATT WIEN Spiegelfeld ZT G.m.b.H.

HERVIS Sport- und Modegesellschaft m.b.H.

DIE ERSTE Leasing Immobilienverwaltungs- und vermietungsgesellschaft m.b.H.

ÖBB-Infrastruktur Aktiengesellschaft

Kallesoe Machinery A/S

PORR Group

McDonald’s Gesellschaft m.b.H

St. Anna Children Hospital


Employment Tier 2

Described as 'responsive, commercial and pragmatic', Cerha Hempel is strong in the retail and finance sectors and acts in restructurings, market entries and internal investigations. A member of LexMundi and the Employment Law Alliance, the firm takes on cross-border work, handling an M&A transaction originating in Germany and counting the likes of Primark and among its clients. Practice head Mag Julian Feichtinger is able 'to find solutions even in the most helpless cases' and senior counsel Susanne Molitoris is experienced in arbitration cases, leading on matters involving litigation, redundancies and employees hired by a competitor.

Practice head(s):


‘We use CHSH as our “go-to” firm in Austria. They are responsive, commercial and pragmatic and have excellent spoken and written English. They understand and comply with timelines for the many key international projects we deliver. We have previously used a number of other firms but we have found that their turnaround times are not as good as CHSH and their advice not as commercial.  Their costs are also very reasonable when compared to comparable firms. We work primarily with Chris Peitsch – all of the above comments apply to him.’

‘The team around Julian Feichtinger and Christopher Peitsch is working fast, reliable, transparent and always solution-oriented. The billing of the fee is extremely transparent, which is not the case with many law firms. But that is especially important for in-house lawyers. Julian Feichtinger: knows the requirements, questions and challenges of its clients and responds to each of them individually and reliably.  Christopher Peitsch: same as Julian Feichtinger – extraordinary skills in the field of current employment law issues.’

‘The team is not only very knowledgeable, but also very much focused on finding solutions for the customer. This is a strength not very often found with law firms in my opinion. CHSH is very practical in their approach to finding a solution. Mr Feichtinger is the lawyer that I have worked with in the last 17 years. The reason for our long-lasting relationship is his trustworthiness, his negotiating skills and his ability to find solutions even in the most helpless cases.’

Key clients

All Nippon Airways (Österreich) GmbH

Flughafen Wien AG (Vienna Airport)

FlextronicsInternational USA Inc

Global Blue

Grünenthal Austria GmbH


Paysafe Card

Primark Mode Ltd & Co KG

SPAR Österreichische Warenhandels-AG

Unibail-Rodamco Austria Management GmbH


EU and competition Tier 2

Cerha Hempel acts for corporations from a wide range of sectors, including consumer goods, electronic goods, construction and IT, in cartel proceedings and on compliance matters. The team, which is led by merger control expert Bernhard Kofler-Senoner, is very active in the private enforcement of damage claims as well as in EU and state aid law. Anna Wolf-Posch excels at advisory work and frequently assists with the implementation of compliance systems. Merger control and fines proceedings are the particular strengths of counsel Michael Mayer's practice.

Practice head(s):


‘Team is both experienced and striving to always get better. They are indeed going the extra mile, if necessary, and come up with quick solutions.’

‘Easy and smooth day-to-day-cooperation, excellent legal skills, very good availability.’

‘Bernhard Kofler-Senoner is a very experienced practitioner with great overview of all relevant developments in competition law not only in Austria, but also in the EU and globally.’

‘Anna Wolf-Posch is a great competition lawyer, also when it comes to policy advice. It is wonderful to work with her because she understands the client’s needs and adopts the legal approach accordingly.’

‘Michael Mayer impressed us with his broad knowledge and concise and pragmatic advice.’

Key clients

SPAR Österreichische Warenhandels-AG

Samsung Electronics Austria GmbH



Bauer Media

Lufthansa AG

Cisco Systems, Inc.

RHI Magnesita GmbH


Isovolta AG

Semperit AG


Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

The team at Cerha Hempel has strength in assisting national and international clients with pre-insolvency debt collection and acts for clients including Johnson Controls, BDO Group and Whirlpool Corporation. Other work undertaken by the practice includes advising the shareholders of distressed or insolvent companies, and representing clients in insolvency proceedings. Practice head Thomas Trettnak and senior associate Christoph Reiter, who focuses on corporate and commercial distressed M&A, are recommended for 'trying to understand the holistic situation' and then 'adapt their advice to the specific situation described'. Another key name to note is Heinrich Foglar-Deinhardstein.

Practice head(s):


Practice known for creditor work and distressed M&A.

We usually interact with Christoph Reiter and Thomas Trettnak: they always have a close attention to the business environment and are very careful to adapt their advice to the specific situation described. They always breakdown the pros and cons of a decision so I always feel as though I am in a trusting relationship with both Christoph and Thomas, as they are trying to understand the holistic situation.

Key clients

AIDA Cruises – German Branch of Costa Crociere S.p.A.

AXA Insurance Group

Bertelsmann SE

Agent Provocateur Limited

CNH Group

WHIRLPOOL Europe s.r.l. / KitchenAid S.A


BIA Separations Group

FABEX Group in FILL Metallbau

BDO Group


MAGNA International Group

mBlox, Inc.

SES-imagotag Group

BAM Deutschland AG


Private client Tier 2

Cerha Hempel has an established private client practice and is particularly strong suit in trust law. Thanks to its offices throughout the CEE region, the firm is well equipped to handle business matters in jurisdictions including Hungary and Bulgaria. Benedikt Spiegelfeld, is instructed by aristocratic families, charities, churches and universities, and  Albert Birkner, who specialises in foundation law, are the practice heads. Johannes Aehrenthal handles the corporate aspects of private client matters including corporate holdings and subsidiary structuring.


‘The level of service is outstanding. They are fast, precise, available 24/7, have extensive business knowledge and the team consists of excellent transaction lawyers.’

‘Top law firm with individual approach to all matters relevant for a bigger family office that is not only focused on day-to-day asset management but in particular also on international transactions of any kind.’

‘The team is very much focused on their client and the client’s needs. They are quick and reliable and have a very broad knowledge base, which allows them to advice on the full range of legal aspects of a transaction.’

‘Albert Birkner is the man you want on your table. His dedication, know-how and negotiation skills are just amazing.’

‘Albert Birkner is highly experienced and possesses outstanding transaction capabilities. A fantastic lawyer and also an expert in real estate law.’

‘Thomas Trettnak needs to be praised for his straight forward thinking and clear advice.’

‘Lukas Moser is a young and very dynamic attorney-at-law who has an extraordinary approach towards hands-on support around the clock and perfect awareness and attention to detail and stringent solutions.’

Key clients


Karl Wlaschek Privatstiftung (KWPS)

Pichler Privatstiftung

Danubia Privatstiftung

ITI – International Theological Institute


St Johanns Club

Ronald McDonald Kinderhilfe (Children Charities)

Souveräner Malteser Ritterorden

KR Ing. Franz Hrachowitz

Alexander Silber

Schütz Family Office

Dr. Pscheidl Privatstiftung

Projects and energy Tier 2

Cerha Hempel assists with projects and energy work by leveraging multiple departments throughout the firm. The practice is particularly singled out for its expertise in energy M&A, which is handled by Clemens Hasenauer and Johannes Aehrenthal in the corporate transactions team; in recent highlights, the group advised OMV on its purchase of a stake in an oil refining company and acted on General Electric's sale of its distributed power business. Public law group head Hans Kristoferitsch leads on regulatory matters and represented the Republic of Austria in several state aid cases. Real estate and construction leader Peter Vcelouch acted for Lidl on several construction projects. Georg Konrad and Thomas Trettnak also contribute to the practice.


‘Strong M&A team active in various industries.’

‘Not just stellar legal work, but outstanding support in running the negotiations. Contract signed in the end contained important elements to protect our interests. Clemens Hasenauer: international experience, attention to detail, tenacity in negotiations, availability, understanding of business. Harald Stingl: strong support, fast and thorough responses, good communication skills.’

Key clients



Vienna International Airport

General Electric



Republic of Austria

SES Spar European Shopping Centers



CA Immo

Austrian Power Grid AG

Value One

Airport Klagenfurt

via donau

CeMM – Research Center for Molecular Medicine / IMBA – Institute of Molecular Biotechnology

Real estate Tier 2

The 'very well integrated and highly knowledgeable team' at Cerha Hempel is particularly active in the areas of retail and residential real estate. 'Highly skilled expert' Manfred Ton headed a team that advised Value One on its joint venture with Nuveen Real Estate to invest €600m in pan-European purpose-built student accommodation. Peter Vcelouch, who heads the team jointly with Johannes Aehrenthal, is acting for retailer Lidl Österreich on an ongoing basis on issues including real estate development projects, real estate acquisitions concerning new shop locations in Austria, and construction law issues. Also recommended are Mark Krenn and counsel Matthias Nödl.


‘The Real Estate Transaction Team at CERHA HEMPEL is a very well integrated and highly knowledgeable team, marked out by its dedication to its clients’ needs. We are extremely happy with the teams very high level of responsiveness and their straight-forward approach. Under the direction of Mark Krenn, they have assisted us in a number of real estate transactions in CEE to our highest satisfaction.’

‘Mark Krenn is a very experienced real estate transaction lawyer with a broad knowledge of the real estate industry across the CEE region. Mark knows the transaction game inside-out and has impressive negotiation skills, both from the legal and from the strategical perspective. We are impressed by his attitude of making things happen no matter what happens, always coming up with creative solutions.’

‘Very knowledgeable, experienced, calm law firm.’

‘Manfred Ton – a highly skilled expert and strong supporter for his clients in any negotiation.’

Key clients

Value One

SES Spar European Shopping Centers

KGAL Group / Austrian Retail Park Holding

CORESTATE Capital Group

S Immo

LifeNet Health

ARE/areos development

Aberdeen Standard


CA Immo

eyemaxx real estate group



IRMA Investments

Heta Asset Resolution AG

Philip Morris Austria

Lidl Österreich



TMT Tier 2

The TMT practice at Cerha Hempel is renowned for its expertise and strong client base in telecoms, technology and e-commerce. Over recent years, the team has developed a particularly strong reputation for providing data protection advice. Led by practice heads Hans Kristoferitsch and Georg Konrad, the team works across the CEE region for retailer Spar, advising on all IT-related issues. The practice also has a strong list of longstanding clients in the sector, including Samsung.

Key clients


Consortium D-TOLL (Atlantia S.p.A., Kapsch TrafficCom AG, Autostrade Tec  S.p.A.) / Autostrade Tech S.p.A.

Flughafen Wien AG

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)

Samsung Electronics Austria GmbH

SES Spar European Shopping Centers GMBH

SPAR Business Services GmbH

SPAR Österreichische Warenhandels-AG


Construction Tier 3

The construction department at Cerha Hempel is led by Peter Vcelouch, with the team predominantly focusing on residential development, construction disputes and transactional M&A matters. Michaela Siegwart is highlighted for her 'solution-oriented approach'. Recent highlights include advising Aberdeen on an investment in a residential development project located near Vienna's main railway station and assisting SES Spar European Shopping Centers in various construction law matters with respect to several shopping centres owned by SES.

Practice head(s):


‘High professional standard both in legal as well as in the field of structural engineering which leads to an outstanding professional cooperation.’

‘Michaela Siegwart has an unpretentious appearance, offering an objective view, solution-oriented approach.’

Key clients

LIDL Österreich

Flughafen Wien AG

SES Spar European Shopping Centers

Value One

LifeNet Health

Aberdeen Standard Investments

SPAR Austria


TANN Magyarország Kft.

Ingenos Gobiet

Airport Klagenfurt

Werkstatt Wien Spiegelfeld ZT



Public procurement Tier 3

Cerha Hempel has recently shifted its focus from assisting contracting authorities to primarily acting for the bidding side, including handling self-purification and bid rigging. Georg Konrad specialises in infrastructure and technology projects; Stefan Huber is a key name in the field of higher education procurement; and Michaela Siegwart, who was promoted to partner in 2019, has experience of utilities procurement. The trio jointly head the practice.

Key clients

Republic of Austria (Ministry of Finance)


Austrian Power Grid AG (“APG”)

Vienna International Airport

Airport Klagenfurt


IST Austria

Consortium D-TOLL (Atlantia S.p.A., Kapsch TrafficCom AG, Autostrade Tech S.p.A.)

Stadler Rail Management AG

Traumatologische Gemeinschaft Burgenland

Intellectual property Tier 4

Led by Mark Krenn and the 'excellent' and 'very precise' Katharina Majchrzak, Cerha Hempel's practice has a strong focus on the food and beverages sector, with recent highlights including its management of McDonald's trade mark portfolio. The team also advises on IP aspects of M&A transactions in the technology sector, aiming to combine IP and IT into one practice, as well as licensing and know-how agreements.


CHSH covers many legal areas. The overall level of service is very high. The response times are short and agreed response dates are kept reliably.

Katharina Majchrzak: extensive knowledge in intellectual property law; very precise; reliable.

Very strong in trade marks and unfair competition law, very high competence in litigation.

Katharina Majchrzak: one of the best attorneys in Austria in trademarks and unfair competition law.

Excellent expertise in IP law and unfair competition law; many years of experience; very responsive.

Dr. Katharina Majchrzak: excellent expertise in IP law and unfair competition law; many years of experience; very responsive; she communicates her solutions in a clearly, well-structured and comprehensible manner; she draws the attention to what is important from a business perspective; sound industry knowledge.

Key clients

McDonald’s Corporation

Michael Pachleitner Group

Immundiagnostik AG

SES Spar European Shopping Centers GmbH


Firm Overview:

CERHA HEMPEL is one of the leading corporate law firms in Central and Eastern Europe with its headquarters in Vienna. With a team of over 200 lawyers, the firm guarantees its clients experience and expertise in all areas of corporate and commercial law, both in Austria and Central and Eastern Europe.

CERHA HEMPEL is proud to be able to look back on a very successful history. Over the past 25 years, CERHA HEMPEL has been involved in a large number of the most significant transactions in Austria. The fact that the firm understands its clients’ businesses has helped CERHA HEMPEL achieve a high rate of success. It is no coincidence that CERHA HEMPEL is the first port of call for a number of long-term clients whom the firm advises comprehensively on all of their day-to-day legal matters. This expertise – combined with the firm’s years of experience in Central and Eastern Europe and its Lex Mundi network – ensures that its clients receive high-quality and sound advice, across disciplines and across borders.

Main Areas of Practice:

M&A & Corporate: The focus at CERHA HEMPEL is not only on classic M&A, but also on private equity transactions, and on resolving complex, often cross-border issues in a practical and commercially oriented manner, as well as providing ongoing corporate legal advice and handling and overseeing corporate reorganisations. CERHA HEMPEL has particular expertise in public M&A, including takeover law and regulatory compliance under financial markets laws.

Banking & Finance: CERHA HEMPEL supports its clients in the borrowing and investment decisions they make, such as in the context of financial and liquidity planning and treasury operations. It advises both borrowers and lenders alike. Recognised as a leading corporate law firm in the regulatory sector, CERHA HEMPEL advises international banks on establishing Austrian branches and offices and with respect to selling and trading securities in Austria. As advisor to over 100 managed investment funds which it represents in Austria regarding trading and compliance issues, CERHA HEMPEL has extensive expertise in the banking and finance sector.

Capital Markets:  As one of the leading law firms specialising in capital markets law, CERHA HEMPEL has handled the largest capital markets transactions in Austria over the past 25 years and has set the standards for this area. It handles all aspects of IPOs, capital increases and bond issuances, advising potential issuers and underwriters on due diligence issues, as well as preparing prospectuses in accordance with international standards and drafting documentation for capital increases.

Real Estate & Construction: CERHA HEMPEL supports its clients in everything from project development, negotiating and drafting financing agreements, preparing planning and construction agreements, to residential and commercial leases and claims management. CERHA HEMPEL has outstanding contacts with the major market players, enabling it to offer its clients project management services as well.

Litigation & Arbitration:  Whether it be construction disputes, unfair competition, contractual interpretation, insurance law, warranty issues, or damages in contract or tort, CERHA HEMPEL’s success rate is enviable. The team at CERHA HEMPEL covers the entire spectrum of corporate and commercial law, and focuses on giving its clients a clear picture of the opportunities and risks involved. Members of the firm act as arbitrators, chairpersons and counsel.

Employment:  CERHA HEMPEL provides first class legal advice on all aspects of employment law, from drafting contracts including options for greater flexibility in employment relationships, as well as implementing restructuring programmes.

Tax Law: CERHA HEMPEL provides integrated tax and legal advice. The firm strives to provide clients with optimised tax solutions whilst taking into account all other legal aspects. CERHA HEMPEL offers clients comprehensive expertise on the tax-optimised structuring of transactions, especially with respect to mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructurings, as well as group taxation, holding structures, inbound and outbound investments, debt and equity financing and the taxation of financial instruments. The tax litigation team handles all aspects of tax disputes.

Public Law & European Law: CERHA HEMPEL advises and represents clients before public administrative authorities and courts, as well as the European Court of Justice regarding questions of aviation law, public procurement law and telecommunications law, all of which the firm has been handling since such sectors were liberalised by the EU. The firm’s lawyers have achieved an above-average rate of success in such cases. CERHA HEMPEL also has many years’ extensive experience in commercial licensing law, healthcare law, university law, construction law, environmental law, and medical and pharmaceutical law.

International Experience: With offices in Bratislava, Bucharest, Budapest, Minsk, Prague and Sofia, CERHA HEMPEL possesses an extensive network in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, together with broad-based expertise and many years’ experience. On top of this, the firm maintains close relationships with renowned law firms in those countries in which it does not have an office. All offices employ local, highly qualified and multilingual staff. All CEE offices have continuous access to the resources of the entire CERHA HEMPEL network.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner, Head of Department of Takeovers & Antitrust, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate, Private Clients & Trusts, Private Equity & Venture Capital, Insolvency & Restructuring Albert Birkner +43 1 514 35 431
Managing Partner, Head of Department Corporate Transactions, Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate, Compliance & Investigations, Private Equity & Venture Capital Clemens Hasenauer +43 1 514 35 321
Of Counsel, Litigation & Arbitration, Distribution Law Benedikt Spiegelfeld +43 1 514 35 111
Head of Banking & Finance, Head of Capital Markets, Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Compliance & Investigations Edith Hlawati +43 1 514 35 161
Head of Department Contentious Business, Litigation & Arbitration, Corporate, Public Law & European Law, Real Estate & Construction, IP & Unfair Competition, Private Clients & Trusts Irene Welser +43 1 514 35 121
Head of Employment Law Julian Feichtinger +43 1 514 35 191
Capital Markets, Banking & Finance, Corporate, Private Equity & Venture Capital Volker Glas +43 1 514 35 231
Head of Real Estate & Construction, Litigation & Arbitration, Public Law & European Law, Insolvency & Restructuring Peter Vcelouch +43 1 514 35 251
Head of CEE, Head of Department Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate, Private Clients & Trusts, Real Estate & Construction, Distribution Law Johannes Aehrenthal +43 1 514 35 331
Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Tax Law, Compliance & Investigations Peter Knobl +43 1 514 35 241
Head of TMT Practice Group, Corporate, Insolvency & Restructuring, Mergers & Acquistions, Compliance & Investigations, Public Procurement, IT & Privacy, Private Equity & Venture Capital Georg Konrad +43 1 514 35 561
Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Thomas Zivny +43 1 514 35 131
Real Estate & Construction, Litigation & Arbitration, Mergers & Acquistions, Corporate Manfred Ton +43 1 514 35 311
Tax Law, Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions Johannes Prinz +43 1 514 35 471
Head of Insolvency & Restructuring, Corporate, Mergers & Acquistions, Private Equity & Venture Capital, Private Clients & Trusts, Distribution Law Thomas Trettnak +43 1 514 35 531
Head of Antitrust & Competition, Co-Head of CEE, Compliance & Investigations, Distribution Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Bernhard Kofler-Senoner +43 1 514 35 581
Head of Regulatory & White Collar Department, Public Law & European Law, Antitrust & Competition, Compliance & Investigations, IT & Privacy Hans Kristoferitsch +43 1 514 35 291
Tax Law, White Collar Crime, Corporate, Public Law & European Law, Private Clients & Trusts Benjamin Twardosz +43 1 514 35 571
Responsible for Real Estate Transaction Team, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate, CEE Real Estate, IP & Unfair Competition Mark Krenn +43 1 514 35 591
Public Law & European Law, Compliance & Investigations, White Collar Crime, Public Procurement, Litigation & Abitration Stefan Huber +43 1 514 35 304
Head of White Collar Crime, Public Law & European Law, Antitrust & Competition Peter Lewisch +43 1 514 35 181
Photo Name Position Profile
Dr Johannes Aehrenthal  photo Dr Johannes Aehrenthal PartnerHead of Department Corporate & CommercialAreas of practice: Mergers & Acquisitions Corporate…
Dr Holger Bielesz  photo Dr Holger Bielesz PartnerAreas of practice: Litigation & Arbitration White Collar Crime Compliance & Investigations
Dr Albert Birkner  photo Dr Albert Birkner Managing PartnerHead of Department of Takeovers & AntitrustAreas of practice: Mergers &…
Mag Julian Feichtinger  photo Mag Julian Feichtinger PartnerHead of the Employment Law teamAreas of practice: Employment Law
Mag Heinrich Foglar-Deinhardstein  photo Mag Heinrich Foglar-Deinhardstein PartnerAreas of practice: Corporate Insolvency & Restructuring Mergers & Acquistions Private Clients…
Dr Volker Glas  photo Dr Volker Glas PartnerAreas of practice: Capital Markets Banking & Finance Corporate Private Equity &…
Dr Clemens Hasenauer  photo Dr Clemens Hasenauer Managing PartnerHead of Department Corporate TransactionsAreas of practice: Mergers & Acquisitions Banking…
Dr Edith Hlawati  photo Dr Edith Hlawati Senior PartnerHead of Department Banking & Corporate FinanceAreas of practice: Capital Markets…
 Stefan Huber photo Stefan Huber PartnerAreas of practice: Public Law & European Law Compliance & Investigations White…
Dr Peter Knobl photo Dr Peter Knobl PartnerAreas of practice: Banking & Finance Capital Markets Tax Law Compliance &…
Dr Bernhard Kofler-Senoner  photo Dr Bernhard Kofler-Senoner Partner Head of Competition Practice GroupAreas of practice: Antitrust & Competition Compliance…
Mag Georg Konrad  photo Mag Georg Konrad PartnerAreas of practice: Corporate Insolvency & Restructuring Mergers & Acquistions Compliance &…
 Mark Krenn photo Mark Krenn PartnerAreas of practice: Real Estate Mergers & Acquisitions Corporate CEE IP &…
Dr Hans Kristoferitsch  photo Dr Hans Kristoferitsch PartnerHead of Department Regulatory and White CollarAreas of practice: Public Law &…
 Peter Lewisch photo Peter Lewisch Senior CounselAreas of practice: White Collar Crime Public Law & European Law…
 Katharina Majchrzak photo Katharina Majchrzak CounselAreas of practice: IP & Unfair Competition Food law Litigation
MMag Dr Michael Mayer  photo MMag Dr Michael Mayer CounselAreas of practice: Antitrust & Competition Distribution Law Compliance & Investigations
 Lorenz Pracht photo Lorenz Pracht PartnerAreas of practice: Mergers & Acquisitions Capital Markets Compliance & Investigations Corporate…
MMag Johannes Prinz  photo MMag Johannes Prinz PartnerAreas of practice: Tax Law Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions
 Michaela Siegwart photo Michaela Siegwart PartnerAreas of practice: Public Procurement Litigation & Arbitration IP & Unfair Competition
Dr Benedikt Spiegelfeld  photo Dr Benedikt Spiegelfeld Of CounselAreas of practice: Litigation & Arbitration Distribution Law
Dr Harald Stingl  photo Dr Harald Stingl PartnerAreas of practice: Mergers & Acquisitions Corporate Banking & Finance Insolvency &…
Dr Manfred Ton  photo Dr Manfred Ton PartnerAreas of Practice: Real Estate & Construction Litigation & Arbitration Mergers &…
Dr Thomas Trettnak  photo Dr Thomas Trettnak PartnerAreas of practice: Corporate Mergers & Acquistions Insolvency & Restructuring Private Equity…
 Benjamin Twardosz photo Benjamin Twardosz PartnerAreas of practice: Tax Law White Collar Crime Corporate Public Law &…
Dr Peter Vcelouch  photo Dr Peter Vcelouch PartnerHead of Department Real Estate and ConstructionAreas of practice: Real Estate &…
Hon-ProfDr Irene Welser  photo Hon-ProfDr Irene Welser PartnerHead of Department Contentious Business Areas of practice: Litigation & Arbitration Corporate…
Dr Anna Wolf-Posch, LL.M.  photo Dr Anna Wolf-Posch, LL.M. PartnerAreas of practice: Antitrust & Competition Compliance & Investigations Mergers & Acquisitions…
Dr Thomas Zivny  photo Dr Thomas Zivny PartnerAreas of practice: Banking & Finance Capital Markets Mergers & Acquisitions Corporate
Number of staff at CERHA HEMPEL : 260
Number of lawyers at the Vienna office : 110
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Austrian-Brazilian Association of Commerce - Associação de Comércio Austro-Brasileira
Austrian Corporate Law Society - Advisory Board
Austrian Council of Shopping Centers
Austrian Franchise Federation
Austrian Spanish Lawyers Association
AVCO - Austrian Private Equity and Venture Capital Organisation
BWG Österreichische Bankwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft
CELA - Chinese European Legal Association
Czech Bar Association
Deutsche Handelskammer
EELA (European Employment Lawyer Association)
Employment Law Alliance
European Community Studies Association Austria (ECSA)
EuroFranchise Lawyers (EFL Group)
Founding member of Forum Restructuring and Turnaround Vienna (ReTurn)
German-British Lawyers' Association
German Fiscal Association (DtStJG)
Hungarian Bar Association
IBA (International Bar Association)
ICC Austria
ICDR Young & International
International Fiscal Association (IFA)
International Tax Law Alumni Association
Juridisch-Politischer Leseverein
LCIA (London Court of International Arbitration)
Lex Mundi - The World's Leading Association of Independent Law Firms
Managementclub Vienna
New York Bar Association
Österr. Amerikanische Gesellschaft (ÖAG)
Österr. Gesellschaft für Medizinrecht
Österr. Japanische Gesellschaft
Österreichische Vereinigung für Gewerblichen Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht (ÖV)
Real Circle
ReTurn (independent authority center for restructuring, reorganizations and turnarounds)
Scottish Arbitration
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Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht
The Law Society
Turnaround Management Association
UNION Viennese Society of Attorneys at Law
Vienna Bar Association
Vienna Bar Association (Council)
Verein der Freunde Rechtswissenschaft.
Wiener Advokatengesellschaft UNION
YAAP Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners
Young Industry (platform within the Federation of the Austrian Industry for young economic operators from industry and related sectors)
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