Cerha Hempel > Vienna, Austria > Firm Profile

Cerha Hempel

Austria > Capital markets Tier 1

Jointly steered by Volker Glas, Peter Knobl, and Thomas Zivny, Cerha Hempel excels in both regulatory and transactional work, with areas of expertise including stock exchange law, market abuse prevention, and bond issuances, with a particular emerging focus on green bonds. Glas handles the full range of corporate finance transactions, with notable experience in debt and equity transactions, while Knobl’s focus includes compliance matters and stock exchange services. Described as an ‘excellent lawyer’, Thomas Zivny’s recent workload includes advice regarding a €2bn medium-term note programme, while Christian Aichinger combines knowledge of capital markets, banking and finance, and corporate law to provide comprehensive advice to the firm’s clients.

Practice head(s):

Volker Glas; Peter Knobl; Thomas Zivny

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Harrich; Christian Aichinger


‘Thomas Zivny is an excellent lawyer with practicable advice. ’

‘Thomas Zivny – professionally excellent, very pleasant to work with, pragmatic approach.’

Key clients

Vienna Insurance Group

J.P. Morgan


S Immo AG

Raiffeisenlandesbank Niederösterreich-Wien AG

SPAR Österreichische Warenhandels-AG

Kommunalkredit Austria AG

Bank Burgenland

Polar Capital Funds PLC

MFS Meridian Funds

MFS Investment Management Fonds commun de placement

ING Groep NV

Work highlights

  • Advised the joint lead managers – J.P. Morgan SE, Morgan Stanley Europe SE, BNP PARIBAS and UniCredit Bank AG – on the capital increase of Lenzing AG in an offer made at a 26% discount to the closing price of the shares on the day before launch, leading to a take-up of 99.5% by the existing shareholders.
  • Advised voestalpine AG in connection with its €250m convertible bond issue.
  • Advised Vienna Insurance Group on the updates of its programmes for the issuance of up to €500m each of restricted Tier 1 capital and Tier 2 capital.

Austria > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

One of the leading teams in the country’, Cerha Hempel operates across the whole spectrum of high-volume sales, acquisitions, and corporate governance advice. In particular, the team offers notable experience with transactions across the CEE region and regularly works with experts from the firm’s international offices on cross-border transactions. The ‘brilliant’ Clemens Hasenauer heads the corporate transaction department, while the corporate & commercial practice stands under the leadership of Johannes Aehrenthal. Albert Birkner leads the takeover & antitrust practice and praised by clients as ‘the best M&A lawyer in Austria’, with his practice also including corporate reorganizations and joint ventures. Alexander Reich-Rohrwig, Jakob Hartig, and Christoph Reiter were promoted to partner in 2023. Nadine Leitner is further important member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Clemens Hasenauer; Albert Birkner; Johannes Aehrenthal

Other key lawyers:

Wolfgang Sindelar; Thomas Trettnak; Nadine Leitner; Christoph Reiter


‘The team is very thorough and extremely responsive.’

‘Thomas Trettnak is very pragmatic and brings calm experience to the table. Christoph Reiter is very dedicated and always on top of things.’

‘The team is one of the leading teams in the country. They are engaged in a number of high=profile transactions. Collaboration is always smooth and seemless.’

‘Thomas Trettnak and Christoph Reiter are well regarded in the market and offer quick and commercially viable solutions to legal problems. They also integrate well in multi-disciplinary teams of accountants, lawyers and other advisors. ’

‘Full-service law firm covering all legal areas relevant for industrials, depth of team and international network ’

‘All lawyers have excellent legal ability and provide business driven advice. Stand-out partners are Clemens Hasenauer and Johannes Prinz. ’

‘The commercial, corporate & M&A practice combines both, outstanding legal skills and the ability to find common ground and viable solutions.’

‘Albert Birkner is the best M&A lawyer in Austria. He is excellent in advising on large transactions as well as SME matters. Clemens Hasenauer is also brilliant. Nadine Leitner is one to watch.’

Key clients

XXXLutz Group

RHI Magnesita Group

IFF International Flavors & Fragrences Inc

AIK Banka a.d.

Gorenjska Banka d.d.

Agri Europe Cyprus Limited


Motion Pictures Licensing Company International Limited

Wien Holding GmbH

OMNES Capital

HeldYn Care GmbH

Stadlmann Tec GmbH

Modul University

Investors in XUND


BUWOG Holding GmbH


NC Management GmbH

NC Growth Fund I GmbH & Co KG

Frequentis Group



Work highlights

  • Advised XXXLutz Group on a share acquisition establishing a 50/50 partnership in Black Red White Group.
  • Advised RHI Magnesita GmbH on the acquisition of shareholdings in several Seven Refractories subsidiaries operating in Europe, India and US.
  • Advised publicly-listed International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. 3 on the Austrian aspects of a sales transaction, which included Savory Solutions Group.

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

Praised by clients for providing ‘top-notch legal services and outstanding results’, Cerha Hempel combines a wealth of experience in white-collar crime with expertise in economics, business, and EU law. Advising corporates on crime prevention compliance is one of the team’s standout features, and one of Stefan Huber's specialisms. He leads the team alongside Hans Kristoferitsch and Peter Lewisch, who clients name as the ‘first port of call when it comes to complex legal issues in the area of white-collar crime’. Kristoferitsch is an expert in matters requiring knowledge of regulatory law, and is recommended for in-house investigations with data protection elements.

Practice head(s):

Peter Lewisch; Hans Kristoferitsch; Stefan Huber

Other key lawyers:

Holger Bielesz


‘Extremely careful case analysis, innovative legal solutions, client-oriented.’

‘Peter Lewisch is competent in white-collar cases and related human rights issues. ’

‘The team is among the top-tier firms in Austria. They provide top-notch legal services and outstanding results. Their capabilities in terms of quality and efficiency are second to none. ’

‘Peter Lewisch is the absolute expert in the field of white-collar crime law in Austria. His reputation speaks for itself, and he proves time and again why he is the first port of call when it comes to complex legal issues in the area of white-collar crime. Stefan Huber is outstanding – he is not only great with clients, but also super smart and very efficient. His results speak for themselves. I would always recommend him.’

‘The entire team combines decades of experience with up-to-date legal knowledge and legal know-how with the background of a full-service law firm. They all know their business very well. They are extremely well connected and very much dedicated to what a client needs.’

‘Peter Lewisch is in my view the best white collar crime lawyer in Austria. He knows the law, the courts, the prosecutors, he has seen it all. Still, he does not simply rely on his vast experience but is always willing to go the extra mile to add value to his advice.’

‘Hans Kristoferitsch has incredible knowledge at the intersection of white-collar crime law and data protection law as well as administrative law. He will always come up with a solution in situations that appear complicated.’

‘Stefan Huber has a very pragmatic approach to advising clients, based on in-depth knowledge. No other lawyer in Austria matches his turnaround times.’

Key clients

Gas Connect Austrian GmbH

GATX Rail Austria GmbH

3P GmbH

Wiener Stadtwerke

Wien Energie GmbH


SPAR Warenhandels-AG/SES


Work highlights

  • Represented Gas Connect in a corporate criminal trial for alleged environmental crimes, leading to a full acquittal of Gas Connect and its staff.
  • Advising managers of GATX Austria as well as the company in criminal proceedings with regard to charges of negligent killing in the so-called Viareggio trial, relating to a railway disaster causing 38 casualties.
  • Representing public officials in regard to their questioning in a parliamentary investigation committee on corruption charges related to a political party as well as in the Vienna investigation committee on the energy crisis.

Austria > Employment Tier 1

Cerha Hempel acts as exclusive employment law counsel for numerous companies and is well-equipped to handle the employment aspects of sale and purchase agreements, while also regularly leveraging its contentious expertise to represent clients in court proceedings. Julian Feichtinger leads the team alongside Christopher Peitsch and specialises in litigation, with his expertise covering the full spectrum of individual and collective labour and employment law. Described by clients as the ‘perfect sparring partner for a company that has an employment law problem’, Peitsch also has extensive in-court experience and maintains close relationships with clients in a range of sectors, including retail, aviation, health care, and construction. Nina Neumaier joined the team from Binder Grösswang in September 2022 and offers niche expertise in diversity-related matters. Susanne Molitoris is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Julian Feichtinger; Christopher Peitsch

Other key lawyers:


‘Very friendly, very fast and professional processing of requests and pragmatic approaches.’

‘Christopher Peitsch is very kind and friendly, sympathetic and very helpful.’

‘The team not only shows a high level of knowledge and understanding but in most cases offers a wide range of alternative solutions, based on their day-to-day experience. ’

‘They quickly adapt to our situation and quickly understand the topic.’

‘Christopher Peitsch understands the client’s needs and gives reliable advice to the point. He is always available and very responsive.’

‘The entire team responds very quickly and understands the problems and wishes of the company. Christopher Peitsch in particular stands out not only for his very deep knowledge but also for his very pragmatic approach.’

‘Christopher Peitsch is always available, answers inquiries in a very short time, has a high level of knowledge and experience, and can always offer pragmatic solutions. We only work with him in Austria and also refer him to all our customers. He is the perfect sparring partner for a company that has an employment law problem. ’

‘Personal, competent partners with comprehensive knowledge, available at any time.’

Key clients


Flughafen Wien

Ecolab Group

SV Group

Dentsu Aegies Network


Lead Horizon


Kyocera AVX

Ritter Sport

Universität für Bodenkultur

Knorr Bremse

Transaktionssysteme Austria

Unibail Rodamco Westfield

ERGO Versicherung AG

Philip Morris



Austria > EU and competition Tier 1

Bringing to bear a ‘profound comprehension of Austrian and EU competition law,’ Cerha Hempel is often instructed on mergers and cartel cases spanning multiple European jurisdictions, assisting on merger control proceedings, and providing advice on FDI regulations and subsidy screenings. The firm acts for clients bringing private enforcement claims for damages as a result of cartel operations and is also noted for its state aid practice. Practice head Bernhard Kofler-Senoner frequently appears before EU bodies on both cartel matters and merger proceedings, including Phase II hearings. Anna Wolf-Posch offers extensive experience in merger control and FDI notifications, which she coordinates in Austria and across the CEE region, while Hans Kristoferitsch is noted for his knowledge of state aid regulations, representing clients in such matters before the ECJ.

Practice head(s):

Bernhard Kofler-Senoner

Other key lawyers:

Anna Wolf-Posch; Hans Kristoferitsch; Stefan Huber; Michael Mayer; Philipp Schaubach


‘They take the time not only to deal with the specific legal problems, but also to understand the background and working methods as well as the corporate culture of the clients’

‘The team is very responsive and provides comprehensive advice that is targeted to our business needs.’

‘Bernhard Kofler-Senoner is very approachable and is able to blend the legal needs and commercial imperatives of clients seamlessly.’

‘Their dedication, expertise, and the unique qualities they bring to the table have made a significant impact on our success. They consistently go above and beyond to deliver outstanding results.’

‘Bernhard Kofler-Senoner, Stefan Huber and Michael Mayer deserve special recognition. Their experience and knowledge of our industry have been instrumental in achieving our goals. They are not only subject-matter experts but also effective leaders who inspire and motivate the team to excel.’

‘I have had the privilege of working with an exceptional team of individuals, and what sets them apart from competitors is truly remarkable. Their dedication, expertise, and the unique qualities they bring to the table have had a significant impact on our success.’

‘Anna Wolf-Posch is experienced, friendly and great to work with.’

‘Their profound comprehension of Austrian and EU competition law ensures that we receive multifaceted support. They advise on vital competition law matters and ensure strict adherence to the UTP Directive, along with Austrian and EU whistleblowing norms.’

Key clients



RHI Magnesita N.V.

Novomatic AG

Doppelmayr Seilbahnen GmbH

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited


Pittel + Brausewetter Gesellschaft m.b.H.

SPAR HOLDING AG and the City of Vienna

Omnes Capital S.A.S.

Republic of Austria

Work highlights

  • Advised SUNPOR KUNSTSTOFF GmbH and its parent company O N Sunde AS in EU Commission cartel infringement proceedings concerning styrene monomer.
  • Acted for RHI Magnesita N.V. on its acquisition of certain subsidiaries of Seven Refractories, securing Phase I merger control approval in Austria.
  • Advised PIERER Mobility AG on its acquisition of the Vöcklabrucker Metallgießerei Dambauer GmbH, including merger control filings in Austria.

Austria > Tax Tier 1

Recognised for both its broad coverage as well as the targeted specialisations of its team members, Cerha Hempel‘s tax practice is a prime choice for national and international organisations, non-profits, companies and UHNWI seeking advice on transactional tax, tax aspects of M&A deals, tax structuring and reorganisations, international tax law, and fiscal criminal law. Johannes Prinz and Benjamin Twardosz co-head the team, the former a corporate taxation and litigation specialist and the latter hailed for his expertise in litigation and stamp duty. Banking and finance practice head Peter Knobl assists with AIF, UCITS, and financial instrument taxation.

Practice head(s):

Johannes Prinz; Benjamin Twardosz

Other key lawyers:

Peter Knobl; Lorenz Pracht; Christoph Schimmer


‘The key strengths are the experience and dedication of the team; great cooperation. They are very responsive and focused on finding efficient solutions. The team provides highly professional and competent advice.’

‘Benjamin Twardosz and Christoph Schimmer are excellent lawyers with broad experience, always helpful, business-oriented, very responsive and able to accommodate the client’s request in the most efficient way.’

‘Highly professional and comfortable in their field.’

‘Patient, clear, competent.’

‘Very good tax lawyers, very good communication (oral and in writing), very responsive, deliver in time, find practical solutions.’

‘The firm has been able to not only work on the actual case effectively but also making the person feel safe and being listened to. Before hearings we have gone through prep meetings which have been conducted with outstanding personal involvement.’

‘We appreciate Benjamin Twardosz’s ability to work methodically and explain the various steps as well as ensuring fast review of the material and providing written responses.’

‘Benjamin Twardosz’s extremely fine memory in connection with his high specific knowledge allows him to answer and to solve any matter with high detailed accuracy. He is totally unpretentious, has a deep feeling of responsibility and seriousness in general, and also stays calm in any situation. All these are absolute outstanding qualities and rare.’

Key clients

Ground Truth Solutions

AIG Asset Management Contrarian Capital Management Pacific Investment Management Mondea Deuda Latinoamericana Fondo de Inversion Mondeda Latin American Corporate Debt

Deutsche Telekom AG

Allen & Overy LLP

Deutsche Beteiligungs AG (DBAG)

IFF International Flavors & Fragrances Inc

Polar Capital Funds Plc, MFS Meridian Funds SICAV

Work highlights

  • Advised a trust/the trustee of a UHNWI on various tax issues regarding the potential relocation of the UHNWI to Austria.
  • Advised the Brazilian company Ocyan S.A and a group of its bondholders on the tax neutrality of an implementation of a debt-equity swap of outstanding bonds issued by Ocyan drilling against shares in Ocyan drilling based on an extrajudicial organisation plan adopted for Ocyan in Brazil.

Austria > Administrative law and public sector Tier 2

Cerha Hempel exhibits proficiency across a wide range of public law matters and excels in administrative litigation, with co-lead and ‘fantastic strategic thinker’ Hans Kristoferitsch leading on a number of cases related to European, state aid and data protection law. Kristoferitsch is joined as practice head by Stefan Huber, who ‘pairs excellent legal knowledge with exceptionally short turnaround times’ and specialises in environmental, constitutional, EU and procurement law. Armin Schwabl contributes to the team's wide offering with his focus on product regulation, telecommunication, trade and waste matters.

Practice head(s):

Hans Kristoferitsch; Stefan Huber

Other key lawyers:

Armin Schwabl; Claudia Hanslik-Schneider


‘Hans Kristoferitsch and his team are easy to work with, very professional and they follow a pragmatic approach in order to reach the optimal result for their clients. Furthermore, they have very quick turnaround times when it comes to providing advice. ’

‘Dr Hans Kristoferitsch is a proven expert in administrative law. He he also has a strong sense for the business needs of his clients. ’

‘Very business oriented.’

The whole team showed incredible legal knowledge, strategic thinking, availability and 100% dedication to us as their client. In the end, getting what you engaged a team for is the most convincing proof of their quality.’

‘What strikes me most is the incredible depth of the team. Hans Kristoferitsch, Stefan Huber and Claudia Hanslik-Schneider provide highest legal quality with deep understanding of our needs. Hans Kristoferitsch is a fantastic strategic thinker, well connected and and extremely diligent lawyer. Stefan Huber pairs excellent legal knowledge with exceptionally short turnaround times and has a good sense of realism. Claudia Hanslik-Schneider has incredibly deep knowledge of administrative law and is extremely diligent and besides this, always friendly and easy to work with.’

‘They have extensive legal knowledge and it is always a pleasure to work with them. They are very well connected with other players in the field.’

‘Hans Kristoferitsch is a brilliant lawyer and a great strategic thinker. He always finds out-of the box solutions. Stefan Huber is in depth legal skills, has a good grip of administrative procedures and is extremely fast in answering to our requests. Claudia Hanslik-Schneider ist extremely diligent and knows any file inside out.’

Key clients

SES Spar European Shopping Centers

Universität für Bodenkultur Wien

RHI Magnesita


Austrian Power Grid AG

Vienna International Airport


Danube Private University

Philip Morris Austria GmbH

Wien Energie

Via Donau

Work highlights

  • Acted for European shopping center company SES in various administrative and court proceedings on the enlargement of one of Austria’s largest shopping malls.
  • Advised the Vienna-based Universität für Bodenkultur on all university law related matters and in the first ever Austrian proctoring case.
  • Advised RHI Magnesita on legal aspects of introducing circular economy aspects into the Austria-wide waste management.

Austria > Banking and finance Tier 2

Praised by clients for ‘consistently showcasing exceptional legal expertise’, Cerha Hempel is instructed by both lenders and borrowers and operates across a wide spectrum of matters encompassing financial services regulation, restructurings, as well as green loans and acquisition financings. The team is jointly steered by Peter Knobl, who is praised by clients for his ‘remarkable level of dedication and legal acumen’, corporate finance expert Volker Glas, and Thomas Zivny, who specialises in project finance with a particular focus on the real estate sector.

Practice head(s):

Peter Knobl; Volker Glas; Thomas Zivny

Other key lawyers:

Christian Eichinger


‘Extraordinary knowledge.’

‘Peter Knobl is the best in Vienna.’

‘Cerha Hempel consistently showcases exceptional legal expertise, especially when navigating Austrian local laws. Their profound knowledge of Austrian legal intricacies is highly commendable. What truly distinguishes Cerha Hempel is their commitment to staying current with legal developments, providing clients with guidance in a rapidly changing legal environment. Furthermore, their talent for simplifying complex legal concepts greatly enhances collaboration with our team.’

‘Peter Knobl consistently demonstrated a remarkable level of dedication and legal acumen. His accessibility and responsiveness have been invaluable. This level of availability and willingness to engage in open and constructive dialogue has fostered a highly productive working relationship, based on trust and collaboration.’


Key clients

Erste Group Bank AG

CYRRUS, a.s.


Commerzbank AG Frankfurt Head Office

RHI Magnesita GmbH

Commerzbank AG, Austrian branch

Realotel entities

UniCredit Bank Austria AG

Kommunalkredit Austria AG


Work highlights

  • Advised DVAG on entering into a brokerage agreement with INFINA Credit Broker AG.
  • Advised Erste Group Bank AG on the refinancing of the Stop Shop portfolio of IMMOFINANZ AG in Austria.
  • Advised the EU licensed investment firm CYRRUS, a.s. on establishing an Austrian representative office and on the potential expansion of its business activities by acquiring a stake in an Austrian licensed bank and by applying for an investment firm’s licence.

Austria > Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

Cerha Hempel delivers ‘practical solutions’ in the field of data protection, advising clients on their responsibilities around cross-border outsourcing, data transfer and cloud computing projects, while also representing clients in actions before the Austrian data protection authority and the courts pertaining to data breaches. Team head Hans Kristoferitsch offers his clients a ‘pragmatic approach’ to data protection, assisting international clients on the rollout of new mobile apps and other matters that concern handling of customer data, while also advising on GDPR compliance and contentious EU law cases. Armin Schwabl, who is also admitted in New York, advises on regulatory data protection matters, while Boris Treml supports businesses in implementing GDPR, carrying out data risk assessments and IT outsourcing projects.

Practice head(s):

Hans Kristoferitsch

Other key lawyers:

Armin Schwabl; Stephanie Maier-Herbeck; Boris Treml


‘We have been working with Cerha Hempel for many years and are extremely happy with the support. In particular we appreciate that they offer a full service and can also cover issues under public and administrative law as well as all technical aspects of data protection.’

‘Hans Kristoferitsch is always available, has great experience in dealing with the DPA and in proceedings before the civil and administrative courts. Boris Treml has helped us greatly in linking the worlds of IT and law.’

‘We think that what makes Cerha Hempel stand out is its ability to offer full service in data privacy, also covering all related aspects under civil law as well as the technical aspects (data security, privacy by design and default etc).’

‘Hans Kristoferitsch is very pleasant to work with, very experienced in all matters of privacy law, with a pragmatic approach which has helped us a lot in connection with the digitisation of our business processes.’

‘Cerha Hempel has truly outstanding capabilities in the area of data protection and TMT; they are highly skilled and reliable, it is a fantastic team to work with. ‘

‘Hans Kristoferitsch is definitely one of the leading privacy lawyers in Austria; his advice is always clear and to the point and you constantly feel that he has tremendous experience in this area.’

‘Boris Treml combines legal with technical expertise, providing unequalled insights and advice as to data, network and information security.’

‘Armin Schwabl is an excellent lawyer, he is always available and pragmatic, he really goes out of his way to help solve your legal problems.’

Key clients


Wiener Stadtwerke GmbH and subsidiaries

City of Vienna

Hervis Sport- und Modegesellschaft m.b.H.

via donau – Österreichische Wasserstraßen GmbH


Wiener Netze GmbH

Wiener Linien GmbH

Wiener Lokalbahnen GmbH

ASFINAG Autobahnen- und Schnellstraßen-Finanzierungs-Aktiengesellschaft

NTS Netzwerk Telekom Service AG

CA Immobilien Anlagen AG

Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria)

Österreichischen Fonds zur Dokumentation von religiös motiviertem politischen Extremismus (Dokumentationsstelle politischer Islam)

ÖRAG Österreichische Realitäten AG

COVID-19 Finanzierungsagentur des Bundes GmbH

Flughafen Wien AG

Land Vorarlberg

Isovolta AG

Fundermax GmbH

Danube Private University

Deutsche Vermögensberatung Bank Aktiengesellschaft

Work highlights

  • Assisted SPAR with all legal matters around the creation of a new app and provided the legal documents and contracts, data protection impact assessment and data protection notices.
  • Advised Wiener Stadtwerke GmbH and all of its subsidiaries on a group-wide project introducing a Single-Sign-On mechanism and a centralized user account for customers of all group entities.
  • Advised the City of Vienna on the redesign and merger of their communication platforms targeted at 1.9mn residents.

Austria > Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 2

Described as ‘a paragon of legal excellence,’ Cerha Hempel demonstrates proficiency in unfair competition and state aid litigation, as well as private enforcement proceedings, cartel law disputes and professional liability claims. The team operates in an array of industries such as automotive, insurance, fintech and financial services. Practice head Irene Welser handles the full spectrum of national and international litigation and arbitration, with notable specialisms in corporate, post-M&A and shareholder disputes. Michaela Siegwart takes the lead on the firm’s insurance disputes, whereas Holger Bielesz is regularly instructed on insolvency, corporate and banking litigation, as well as consumer claims.

Practice head(s):

Irene Welser

Other key lawyers:

Holger Bielesz; Michaela Siegwart; Paul Krepil; Alexandra Stoffl


‘Outstanding in every aspect: fast response times, precision and broad professional expertise.’

‘Holger Bielesz und Paul Krepil impress with their in-depth experience in commercial litigation, as well as their economic and practice-oriented approach.’

‘They offer impeccable knowledge and a profound grasp of commercial litigation. They are industry specialists who truly understand the nuances of the business world. The seamless coordination between different departments ensures that clients benefit from comprehensive solutions, drawing from varied expertise.’

‘The team shines not just in their proficiency but in the way they align their core values with client needs. Their innovative practices, combined with a genuine care for their clients, position them at the forefront of the legal sector.’

‘The firm houses an assembly of brilliant legal minds. However, two individuals, in particular, have consistently showcased unparalleled expertise, commitment, and a distinctive approach that sets them leagues apart from competitors. Irene Welser has expansive mastery in the field. Holger Bielesz pours dedication and passion into his work.’

‘The team remains a paragon of legal excellence. The combination of experience and fresh perspectives within the team reinforces my belief that this firm stands unmatched in its commitment to justice. ’

‘Cerha Hempel is a broadly positioned law firm that is also very competent in insurance law matters. It is characterised by excellent research work, comprehensive specialist knowledge and legal sensitivity, even in highly complex cases.’

‘We work closely with the team Michaela Siegwart and Irene Welser. Both partners are excellent lawyers who always find an answer to complex legal problems.’

Key clients

IRMA Investments GmbH


NOVOREAL Immobilieninvest AG


Spar European Shopping Centers GmbH (SES)

UNIQA Österreich Versicherungen AG


HERVIS Sport- und Modegesellschaft m.b.H.

Wiener Linien GmbH & Co KG


ÖBB Infrastruktur AG

McDonald’s GmbH

Apleona HSG GmbH

Hey Communications & Production GmbH

INTERSPAR Gesellschaft m.b.H.


MTK Group

Work highlights

  • Represented SPAR AG against an animal welfare association (Verein gegen Tierfabriken) regarding dirty campaigning.
  • Represented STRABAG in enforcement proceedings of an ICSID arbitral award of €75m against Libya.
  • Advised the City of Vienna and Wiener Stadtwerke on their antitrust damage claims against five truck manufacturers involved in the trucks cartel, by way of private enforcement.

Austria > Private client Tier 2

With a strong basis in corporate law, Cerha Hempel guides UHNWI, funds and trusts in an array of matters related to foundations and businesses, estate and wealth management, and succession planning. In addition to heading the firm’s takeovers and antitrust team, Albert Birkner is firmly placed in the private client practice through numerous seats on the supervisory boards of major Austrian foundations. Head of the contentious business team Irene Welser brings to the table exceptional expertise in probate, succession, and estate disputes. Corporate lawyer Heinrich Foglar-Deinhardstein specialises in reorganisations, takeovers, and succession, while tax expert Benjamin Twardosz focuses on estate and tax planning, as well as advising on fiscal criminal law.

Practice head(s):

Irene Welser; Albert Birkner; Heinrich Foglar-Deinhardstein; Benjamin Twardosz

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Trettnak; Johannes Aehrenthal


‘Seamless work between team members with easy onboarding of new members if necessary.’

‘Irene Welser is an outstanding lawyer, fully motivated and enthusiastic about fighting for a client.’

Key clients


Karl Wlaschek Privatstiftung (KWPS)

Pichler Privatstiftung

ITI – International Theological Institute


St Johanns Club

Ronald McDonald Kinderhilfe (Children Charities)

Souveräner Malteser Ritterorden

Alex Schütz Familienstiftung (C-Quadrat)

Dr. Pscheidl Privatstiftung

Work highlights

  • Advised the Karl Wlaschek Group on a regular basis on all corporate, M&A and real estate related issues, including recently proceedings against a well-known coffee house operator in Vienna regarding unpaid rent due to lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Austria > Projects and energy Tier 2

Cerha Hempel‘s matters in the projects and energy field are handled by lawyers spanning the firm’s M&A, real estate, finance and public law teams, with a strong track record in assisting clients with projects that are tied to transactions. The firm acts for a number of public bodies but also maintains a strong presence in the real estate market, where it advises developers in relation to a range of construction projects. A three-man team consisting of Clemens Hasenauer, a public M&A specialist, EU and public law expert Hans Kristoferitsch and Stefan Huber, whose practice spans environmental and constitutional law, leads the group.

Practice head(s):

Clemens Hasenauer; Hans Kristoferitsch; Stefan Huber

Other key lawyers:

Claudia Hanslik-Schneider


‘Deep knowledge of national energy/electricity law and European frameworks.’

‘Hans Kristoferitsch has strong personal skills and knowledge and is dedicated to providing professional work for clients.’

‘The whole CERHA team showed incredible legal knowledge, strategic thinking, availability and 100% dedication to us as their client. In the end, getting what you engaged a team for is the most convincing proof of their quality.’

‘Hans Kristoferitsch is a fantastic strategic thinker, well-connected and an extremely diligent lawyer.’

‘Stefan Huber pairs excellent legal knowledge with exceptionally short turnaround times and has a good sense of realism necessary to “achieve the achievable.”’

‘Claudia Hanslik-Schneider has incredibly deep knowledge of administrative law and is extremely diligent and besides this, always friendly and easy to work with.’

Key clients



Vienna International Airport

Republic of Austria


Austrian Power Grid AG

EnBW Trust e.V.

via donau

Wiener Stadtwerke GmbH and subsidiaries, including Wien Energie GmbH

Voith Group


Elin Motoren GmbH

TSR Recycling Holding GmbH and TSR Recycling GmbH & Co KG (part of Remondis Group)


Stadler Rheinthal AG

Energie Burgenland AG

Work highlights

  • Advised as transaction counsel OMV on the sale of its AVANTI service stations in Germany to the PKN Orlen Group.
  • Obtained a regional regulation allowing SES to enlarge its flagship Europark Shopping Center in Salzburg, following proceedings lasting over a decade.
  • Assisted Wiener Stadtwerke GmbH/and subsidiaries, including Wien Energie on various infrastructure projects.

Austria > Public procurement Tier 2

The procurement specialists at Cerha Hempel  ‘go above and beyond to deliver outstanding results’ for a mixture of contracting authorities and private sector clients, with particular expertise in public infrastructure projects and life sciences developments. The practice also advises on actions to take in the wake of bid rigging and on self-cleaning procedures. Michaela Siegwart leads the team, acting for state bodies and bidders on life sciences projects. Stefan Huber appears frequently before the Administrative Court, where he acts for bidders seeking to challenge contract awards for which they were unsuccessful.

Practice head(s):

Michaela Siegwart

Other key lawyers:


‘I had the pleasure of using the services of Cerha Hempel and am extremely satisfied with my experience. I really appreciate that they always listened to my concerns and were always willing to answer my questions or discuss concerns.

‘I have had the privilege of working with an exceptional team. Their dedication, expertise, and the unique qualities they bring to the table have made a significant impact on our success. They consistently go above and beyond to deliver outstanding results.’

Key clients

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

Stadler Rail Management AG

Wien Energie/Wiener Stadtwerke

Republic of Austria

GATX Rail Austria GmbH

Pittel + Brausewetter GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised a major Italian infrastructure provider in the course of public tender procedures for contracts worth €1bn.
  • Acted for companies in the Stadler group in tender procedures regarding the development, manufacturing and delivery of rolling stock for various Austrian railways.
  • Represented construction company PITTEL + Brausewetter in court proceedings around issues of self-cleaning.

Austria > Real estate Tier 2

Under the leadership of real estate and construction specialist Peter Vcelouch, Cerha Hempel‘s real estate practice takes on a broad spectrum of transactional and development mandates in Austria and the wider CEE region. Disputes form an additional pillar of the team’s work, including both construction and lease issues. ‘Smooth negotiator’ Mark Krenn counts a number of public sector clients among his roster, whom he assists on the acquisition and disposal of key assets, and is also noted for his innovative use of legal tech.

Practice head(s):

Peter Vcelouch

Other key lawyers:

Mark Krenn; Marko Vladic


‘The real estate team at Cerha Hempel combines deep industry knowledge with cutting-edge legal tech tools. With a proven track record in complex transactions and a holistic approach that marries legal expertise with commercial insight, the team stands as a beacon of excellence.’

‘Mark Krenn is a distinguished figure in the legal realm. His ability to think rapidly and adapt to shifting dynamics is commendable. In negotiations, he consistently demonstrates resilience, effectively pushing back when necessary and ensuring his client’s interests are paramount.’

‘The team has excellent business acumen and therefore, is ready to provide tailor-made solutions in good time. Mark Krenn himself, as well as his team, are very much into new technologies in the legal sector and therefore, the organisation and handling of transactions via IT solutions works incredibly well.’

‘Mark Krenn is a very smooth negotiator. He distils the essence of the critical points in no time and is able to present efficient solutions which bring even difficult discussions to a happy end. Marko Vladic is an exceptionally diligent lawyer with incredible knowledge. He also delivers a high level of service and his response time is unmatched.’

‘Mark Krenn is an outstanding real estate transaction law expert, with years of experience in large projects allowing him to bring clarity to even complex matters. He is also an excellent contract negotiator.’

‘The firm has a good international network, covers all legal fields and provides good communication and negotiation skills.’

‘Mark Krenn is outstanding.’

‘Guided by the distinguished Mark Krenn, Cerha Hempel’s real estate team is a powerhouse of vast industry knowledge, technological prowess, and unparalleled responsiveness. With a deep understanding of the market’s intricacies and a proactive approach to challenges, they remain an invaluable partner.’

Key clients

ARE Austrian Real Estate

SES Spar European Shopping Centers

SPAR Austria Group

Samsung SDI Battery Systems GmbH

Raiffeisen Property Holding International

CA Immo

numa group GmbH

Raiffeisen Immobilien Kapitalanlage GmbH

UBM Development / UBM Hotels

thyssenkrupp Materials Austria GmbH

Engel & Völkers Liquid Home

Walter Gasthaus Gleis- und Tiefbau GmbH & Co. KG

McDonald‘s Austria


MJ Hotelbetrieb GmbH

LHS Entwicklung 2 GmbH (Johannes B. Kerner)

Borealis Hotel Group

United Benefits Holding

Value One

Lidl Österreich

REB – Real Estate Burgenland


ÖBB Immobilienmanagement GmbH / ÖBB Infrastruktur Aktiengesellschaft

BOKU Wasserbaulabor

Mister Spex

Magenta Infra

Flughafen Wien (Vienna International Airport)

NOVOREAL Immobilieninvest Aktiengesellschaft

ESTRELLA Immobilieninvest AG

AMISOLA Immobilien AG

You Will Like It Group

Work highlights

  • Advised ARE on the acquisition of the Vienna-based office building “Green Worx” from Union Investment.
  • Assisted Raiffeisen Property Holding International on the forward sale of an office building in Vienna, which is set to become the new headquarters for the European Handball Federation.
  • Acted for CA Immo on the sale of its headquarters in Vienna to James Cloppenburg Real Estate Holding KG.

Austria > Construction Tier 3

Cerha Hempel merges construction and real estate law to provide advice on tenders and construction contracts in addition to assisting with the financing and sale of projects. Contentious matters fall under the remit of practice head Peter Vcelouch, who represents clients in matters focused on building defects, zoning and building applications and leasing arrangements. December 2022 saw Taylor Wessing enwc Rechtsanwälte GmbH‘s Matthias Nödl return to the firm, specialising in both contentious and non-contentious construction and architectural law, while the following month Manfred Ton left the partnership, founding his own practice.

Practice head(s):

Peter Vcelouch

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

LIDL Österreich

Flughafen Wien AG

SES Spar European Shopping Centers

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG

Value One

numa group GmbH

Thyssenkrupp Materials Austria GmbH

Walter Gasthaus Gleis- und Tiefbau GmbH & Co KG


LHS Entwicklung 2 GmbH (Johannes B. Kerner)


ÖBB Immobilienmanagement GmbH/ÖBB Infrastruktur Aktiengesellschaft

BOKU Wasserbaulabor

Mister Spex

Magenta Infra

N.A. Walde Immobilienprojekt GmbH & Co KG

AVEST Immobilien GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised numa group GmbH regarding its expansion in the Austrian hospitality market.
  • Acted for Raiffeisen Property Holding International on the forward sale of an office building in Vienna, which is set to become the new headquarters of the European Handball Federation.
  • Assisted BOKU-Wasserbaulabor with respect to the planning and construction of a new large scale research laboratory.

Austria > Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation Tier 3

Cerha Hempel‘s contentious business team is praised by clients for its ‘great competence’ and regularly represents clients as counsel in arbitration proceedings in a range of industries such as manufacturing, construction and energy. Described as ‘one of the top litigators and arbitrators in Austria,’ Irene Welser has a track record of acting as arbitrator in international arbitration proceedings and is recommended for construction, corporate, post-M&A and shareholder disputes.

Practice head(s):

Irene Welser

Other key lawyers:

Holger Bielesz; Alexandra Stoffl; Paul Krepil


‘Great litigation and arbitration practice. Very hands on, but at the same time academically thorough.’

‘Well connected and dedicated team.’

‘Irene Welser is an excellent and persuasive litigator.’

‘Experienced team with great competence and driving force.’

‘Dedicated lawyers with good communications skills, who respect deadlines. Good ability to catch complicated technical issues.’

‘The leading individual of the practice is clearly Irene Welser.’

‘Irene Welser has outstanding experience not only in matters of procedural law and as a highly experienced arbitrator, but is also an expert in matters of material Austrian law. This combination makes her stand out as one of the top litigators and arbitrators on the Austrian market.’

‘It was obvious from the beginning how extremely experienced Irene Welser was and what extensive negotiation techniques she has. Paul Krepil was incredibly well prepared and always kept everything together.’

Key clients


Work highlights

  • Represented MACON A.B., a Swedish manufacturer of refractory materials, as lead counsel in a VIAC proceeding against a Russian steel producer.

Austria > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Central to the work of Cerha Hempel‘s insolvency and restructuring practice is advice in respect of distressed or insolvent counterparts and the voluntary and involuntary winding-down of business operations, supplemented by a strong reputation in financial restructurings and distressed M&A. The full range of matters is covered between the three heads of practice: transactional and distressed M&A as well as creditor protection is the remit of Thomas Trettnak and Christoph Reiter, who was promoted to partner in February 2023; Holger Bielesz fronts the litigation offering.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Trettnak; Christoph Reiter; Holger Bielesz

Other key lawyers:

Heinrich Foglar-Deinhardstein


‘Cerha Hempel’s team explains everything in terms anyone could easily understand and is always very responsive when we have questions. If we have a time pressure in a matter, they are always very supportive.’

‘Thomas Trettnak is really qualified and aware of business dynamics in order to have a better understanding for sensitive matters. When we address a matter to Cerha Hempel, we are sure that they will resolve and support us with the best budget suggestions.’

‘The team at Cerha Hempel stands out because the firm focuses exclusively on restructuring and insolvency. All of the firm’s lawyers are highly specialised in these areas which adds value to clients with financial distress cases.’

‘The team works pragmatically and has an exceptional drive to achieve the best outcome for the client. The team provides a perfect combination of experienced lawyers and young, bright lawyers. They work fast and communicate well with clients.’

‘Great expertise combined with a personal approach, including a wide network of law firms and experts abroad.’

‘Thomas Trettnak is a great expert with strong communication skills and a goal-oriented out-of-the-box mindset.’

‘Christoph Reiter is a walking codex in his field, precise and always on target.’

Key clients

POC Sports Group

3C Group & Candy Polstermöbel

Outokumpu Ges.m.b.H.

RAFAKO S.A. w restrukturyzacji

Energie Burgenland AG


EMIRATES Airlines Group

Johnson Controls Group

NORTHWOOD International Acquisitions Ltd

FIAT / CNH Group


Polymed Medizin Technik GmbH

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg

Crown Worldwide GmbH

STEUERMANN Group of Companies

PharOS Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised 3C Group throughout in the large and complex insolvency of Kika/Leiner Group in Austria.
  • Advised Energie Burgenland AG in complex negotiations and legal queries with insolvent FORSTINGER Group, one of the largest insolvencies in Austria.

Austria > TMT Tier 3

Cerha Hempel‘s TMT practice brings together expertise in IT, data protection and e-commerce matters, and often works alongside the M&A department to advise clients on both complex technology projects and to see through transactions in the TMT field. The team is led by a three-man group made up of Hans Kristoferitsch, whose practice includes IT law and data privacy, telecoms and data privacy specialist Armin Schwabl and Christoph Reiter, who handles IT contracts, e-commerce matters and tech-centred transactions.

Practice head(s):

Hans Kristoferitsch; Armin Schwabl; Christoph Reiter

Other key lawyers:


‘The team works quickly and brings great solutions. We have had great experiences with them, and the team has supported us very well in legally difficult situations for us.’

‘Cerha Hempel has truly outstanding capabilities in the area of data protection and TMT; they are highly skilled and reliable. Hans Kristoferitsch is definitely one of the leading privacy lawyers in Austria; his advice is always clear and to the point.’

‘Armin Schwabl is an excellent lawyer, he is always available and pragmatic, he really goes out of his way to help solve your legal problems.’

Key clients


Wiener Stadtwerke GmbH

Wien Energie GmbH

Wiener Netze GmbH

SES Imagotag Group

CA Immobilien Anlagen AG

web eXXpress Medien Holding GmbH

via donau – Österreichische Wasserstraßen-Gesellschaft mbH




HeldYn Care GmbH


Leadbacker IT



Scout24 Group

MPG Group


Stadler Rail AG

AT & T

NTS Netzwerk Telekom Service AG

Hervis Sport- und Modegesellschaft m.b.H.

ÖRAG Immobilien Vermittlung GmbH

Wirtschaftskammer Österreich

Work highlights

  • Advised SPAR in all matters of IT and technology law, most recently on the consolidation of customer data and the implementation of a new app-based members club.
  • Assisted Walt.id GmbH, a remote IT company with its headquarters in Vienna, Austria, with its set-up and financing.
  • Acted for Wirtschaftskammer Österreich and RTR GmbH concerning EU state aid law and Austrian subsidy law in connection with funding of films and media as well as a digitalisation subsidy for media companies.

Austria > Intellectual property Tier 4

Cerha Hempel‘s IP team, described by one client as a ‘beacon of unparalleled excellence' manages the IP portfolios for numerous international clients, providing trade mark and patent prosecution, and licensing advice and acting for clients in the food, biotechnology and life sciences sectors, among others, in contentious matters. Leading the team is Mark Krenn, whose practice encompasses both IP and unfair competition disputes, while 'paragon of legal excellence' Alina Alavi Kia's area of expertise lies at the intersection of trade mark, copyright and food law.

Practice head(s):

Mark Krenn

Other key lawyers:


‘The IP team at Cerha Hempel is very committed. Not only professionally, but also on a human level. There are few in this field who bring such a high level of expertise.’

‘Alina Alavi Kia is a lawyer one can only wish for. She has repeatedly impressed me with her expertise. She always has an open ear for her clients and tries to find the best possible way to solve the needs of her clients problems. She is a machine.’

‘The team has an excellent international network, which enables them to handle cross-border cases in the shortest time possible. Prompt responsiveness, good negotiators.’

‘Alina Alavi Kia is a pragmatic opponent who always stands up for her clients’ interests. Very solution-oriented and extremely empathic. Never negotiated with someone more efficient.

‘Alavi Kia is not only extremely smart, quick on her feet and tactical but also very humble and empathic. She understands the pain of legal issues and aims for the best possible solution for the client. She anticipates next steps and finds a solution.’

‘In the vast landscape of legal luminaries, the IP team of Cerha Hempel stands as a beacon of unparalleled excellence. Their mastery in intellectual property is nothing short of legendary. Not only do they deliver content that is both profound and impeccable, but they also craft business-oriented solutions that are nothing short of genius.’

‘Alina Alavi Kia is a paragon of legal excellence in the realm of intellectual property. With a hands-on approach, she navigates her clients with strategic precision and pragmatic insights. Alina distils complex legalities into clear, straightforward language.’

‘Mark Krenn masterfully directs the IP team, delivering unparalleled strategic advice that sets new industry standards. His profound expertise in IP, coupled with an astute grasp of the dynamic realm of AI, firmly establishes him as an authoritative voice in this specialised field.’

Key clients

McDonald´s Corporation

LEAD Horizon GmbH

SPAR Österreichische Warenhandels-AG

Wiener Netze GmbH

Nestlé Deutschland AG

Work highlights

  • Handled the trade mark administration of McDonald’s Austrian trademark portfolio, including clearance searches for new product launches.
  • Advised LEAD HORIZON on its general trade mark strategy and rights enforcement.
  • Assisted an Austrian food retailers in relation to food law, copyright, IT agreements/licensing, consumer protection, media law and unfair competition.
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CERHA HEMPEL is one of the leading corporate law firms in Central and Eastern Europe with its headquarters in Vienna.

With offices in Bratislava, Bucharest, Budapest, Ljubljana, 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.

With a team of over 200 lawyers, the firm guarantees its clients experience and expertise in all areas of corporate and commercial law. 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.