Firm Profile > Cerha Hempel > Vienna, Austria

Cerha Hempel
PARKRING 2
1010 VIENNA
Austria

Capital markets Tier 1

Cerha Hempel's team is co-led by Edith Hlawati, who also heads the firm's banking and corporate finance team, and Clemens Hasenauer, head of corporate transactions, which reflects the team's cross-departmental capabilities and wide-ranging expertise spanning DCM and ECM. Recently, the practice has been particularly active in the former, assisting issuers with the issuance of bonds and advising banks on bond issuance programmes and various regulatory matters. Volker Glas, who represents issuers and underwriters, is another key member of the team. He handles debt and equity capital markets transactions as well as structured finance transactions and other associated transactional and finance matters, while Thomas Zivny is a key contact for corporate bonds and bank issuance programmes. Christian Aichinger, who was promoted to senior counsel in 2020, handles a wide range of capital markets, finance and corporate matters.

Practice head(s):

Edith Hlawati; Clemens Hasenauer

Other key lawyers:

Volker Glas; Peter Knobl; Thomas Zivny; Christian Aichinger

Testimonials

‘Top know-how, reliable, committed.’

‘Outstanding knowledge; fast response times, solution-oriented working and relatively moderate billing.’

‘Peter Knobl – absolute expert in his field.’

‘The main contact person is Volker Glas, who stands out for his easy-going personality, his solution-oriented work and his tremendous knowledge.’

‘Christian Aichinger stands out for his quick comprehension and convincing solution approaches. He works in great detail and precisely.’

Key clients

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Wiener Börse AG

Vienna Bar Association (RAK Wien)

Frequentis AG

nextbike GmbH

Raiffeisenlandesbank NÖ-Wien AG

Otto GmbH & Co KG

ING Groep NV

ING Bank N.V.

IRMA Investments

SPAR

S IMMO AG

CA Immobilien Anlagen AG

Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich Aktiengesellschaft

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

M&A-heavyweight Cerha Hempel advises on all aspects of corporate and commercial law with particular sector expertise in oil and gas, real estate and technology. The practice has a top-notch reputation for large-volume transactions, where it appears as international coordinating counsel more often than not. Albert Birkner is well versed at handling public takeovers, Clemens Hasenauer focuses on corporate transactions and Johannes Aehrenthal is another key name. January 2020 also saw the addition of senior associate Martin Eichinger from Jakobljevich & Grave; he has a particular specialism at the intersection of corporate law and trust law.

Practice head(s):

Albert Birkner; Clemens Hasenauer; Johannes Aehrenthal

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Trettnak; Harald Stingl; Lorenz Pracht; Martin Eichinger

Testimonials

‘In 10 years I have not met a lawyer like Albert Birkner. As far as M&A is concerned and Austrian law is applicable, there is nobody like Albert and Cerha Hempel. Very pro-active, top-notch legal quality, well connected. My first choice for deals in Austria.’

‘Full service law firm, quality and depth of teams, international network.’

‘The team’s strengths are their experience, broad knowledge, quick response times and excellent negotiation skills. They are focused on their clients and the clients’ interests.’

‘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. You can always depend on them and they will never leave you hanging.’

‘Cerha Hempel has a team of excellent corporate and M&A lawyers, providing fantastic level of service. The team has amazing negotiation skills, provide fantastic level of service and they are true experts in their field. The team is quick and always available with a very hands-on approach.’ 

‘Exceptional availability, speed, client focus and legal expertise. Real pros, wealth of experience, speed, always avail on weekends.’

‘The team is very solution-oriented.’

‘The Cerha Hempel team has significant experience with large and mid-size projects. They adjust, act accordingly and blend easily into a wider team comprising members from various advisory firms. If dealing with a smaller matter they apply the same excellence and enthusiasm that they show when working on big-ticket projects. Perfectly organized, very experienced in cross-border M&A.’

‘Albert Birkner is a great guy, dedicated, solution oriented, commercially vigorous, an unbelievable lawyer.’

‘I usually turn to Clemens Hasenauer, very reliable, business minded, knowledgeable about the market. Clearly one of the leaders of the bar in Austria.’

‘Clemens Hasenauer and Johannes Prinz have exceptional legal knowledge and ability, negotiations skills, business driven advice, innovative solutions.’

‘For many years now, Dr. Albert Birkner has been impressing us with his comprehension of our needs, his reliability, short response times, excellent negotiating skills and his ability of contact drafting. He has in-depth knowledge of various legal matters. He is efficient and a real expert in this field.’

‘Without a doubt, Albert Birkner stands out. Because of his excellent negotiation skills, the highest level of intercultural social capabilities, task orientated focus, know-how and dedication (just to name a few), this is the person you want on your side when it comes to transactions.’

‘Albert Birkner is the leading M&A- and transactional lawyer in Austria. This is true with regard to both, public and private M&A. Excellence and work ethic are outstanding.’

‘Clemens Hasenauer is an excellent communicator, always with perfect overview but also knowledge of details.’

‘Harald Stingl shows excellent transaction handling.’

Key clients

OMV AG

RHI Magnesita

XXXLutz

Agri Europe Cyprus Ltd

thyssenkrupp AG

Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co KG

Frequentis AG

Amisola Immobilien AG

AT & S Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik AG

gbtec Holding GmbH (Main Capital)

Verbund AG

EnBW AG

FWU AG

Karl Wlaschek Privatstiftung (KWPS)

Voith Group

red-stars.com data AG

San Pacific Investments Pte Ltd

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

STRABAG AG

Teufelberger Group

Credit Suisse

Georg Fischer AG

Immundiagnostik AG

Elin Motoren GmbH

SES-imagotag

LifeNet Health Group

Vienna House Capital GmbH and Vienna International Hotelmanagement AG

Central European Gas Hub AG

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

Cerha Hempel is recognised by clients and peers alike for its extensive white-collar criminal law expertise spanning criminal defence, compliance and internal investigations. Acting for individuals and companies alike, recent instructions arose from allegations of (internet) fraud, abuse of power, embezzlement, corruption and manipulation of procurement transactions. Criminal law specialist Peter Lewisch, who was appointed senior counsel in 2020, is highly regarded in the market and is particularly active in matters involving international elements. He forms the core team together with regulatory expert Hans Kristoferitsch, who is well versed in internal investigations and asset tracing, and Stefan Huber, who provides advice on a wide range of compliance, criminal law and white-collar criminal law matters. Holger Bielesz, whose strength lies at the intersection between commercial litigation and white-collar criminal law,  joined the practice from Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Peter Lewisch; Hans Kristoferitsch; Stefan Huber

Other key lawyers:

Benjamin Twardosz; Holger Bielesz

Testimonials

‘The reputation and expertise of Cerha Hempel in white-collar crime defence is second-to-none in the market. In particular, team members of Cerha Hempel are market leaders in the field of white-collar crime defence and working together with them in multi-jurisdictional cases is a guarantee for outstanding services for clients.’

‘They are extremely reliable and fast and are not limited to a certain field of law but always willing to think out of the box. They are very reliable and fast and excellent white-collar crime litigators. In Austria, there is no other firm combining excellence in white-collar crime practice with the services of a full-service law firm at such a high level.’

‘I have worked regularly with Peter Lewisch. He is surely and deservedly considered to be one of the market leaders in white-collar crime defence. I am always impressed how swiftly he understands complex circumstances and presents solutions.’

‘Hans Kristoferitsch has been our main contact for years. He is very reliable and accurate and, most importantly, an excellent lawyer.’

‘Holger Bielesz: accurate, responsive, proactive and very knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Directors and board members of Vienna Stadterweiterungsfonds

GATX Rail Austria GmbH

Romanian businessman

Bulgarian buusinessman

Wiener Stadtwerke/Wien Energie GmbH

Tax Tier 1

In addition to traditional tax matters, the tax group at Cerha Hempel also covers fiscal criminal law, non-profit tax advice and tax-driven reorganisations. The practice is jointly headed by VAT expert Johannes Prinz and Benjamin Twardosz, who counts duties and transfer taxes among his specialisms. Taxation of AIFs, UCITs and financial instruments are areas of expertise for Peter Knobl, and Lorenz Pracht adds international tax and corporate tax law to the roster. The group acts for clients from a wide array of industries, ranging from food and beverage to technology and financial services.

Practice head(s):

Johannes Prinz; Benjamin Twardosz

Other key lawyers:

Peter Knobl; Lorenz Pracht

Key clients

Klabin S.A. / Klabin Austria GmbH

Suzano S.A. / Suzano Austria GmbH

Suzano International Trade GmbH

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

S IMMO AG

Sete Brasil

AVX Corporation / A.B. Mikroelektronik GmbH

Credit Suisse

William Hill

ESIM Chemicals

Companhia Nitro Química Brasileira

Aéroports de Paris

Ground Truth Solutions

HP IT-Solutions

Commerzbank

OMV AG

Voith Group

Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizenship

Wien Energie

Total

Alstom

SPAR Österreichische Warenhandels AG

Windkraft Simonsfeld AG

Erste Bank Immorent

Reliantco Investments Ltd.

Investindustrial VI L.P.

IMMOFINANZ AG

Worldline SA / SIX Payment Services (Europe) SA

Deutsche Beteiligungs AG (DBAG)

TSR Recycling Holding (Rhemondis Group)

nextbike GmbH

ING Bank N.V.

Kodak Alaris

Administrative law and public sector Tier 2

In January 2020, Cerha Hempel founded a dedicated regulatory, IP/IT and white-collar crime department, which includes the firm's administrative and public law offering, to underline the growing importance of these areas. When it comes to administrative law and public sector work, the group focuses on regulated industries, environmental law, higher education law and hospital law. Hans Kristoferitsch is in charge of the newly established department and also jointly leads the administrative and public practice with Stefan Huber. The former is an EU law expert with litigation experience and the latter shines in environmental and constitutional matters. Associate Armin Schwabl is of note for his life sciences and pharmaceutical expertise.

Practice head(s):

Hans Kristoferitsch; Stefan Huber

Other key lawyers:

Armin Schwabl

Testimonials

‘Unique experience in several sectors of public and administrative law compared with fundamental expertise in corporate and criminal law.’

‘Stefan Huber is an excellent young partner in administrative, procurement and criminal law, very uncomplicated to work with.’

Hans Kristoferitsch has outstanding expertise in state aid matters, easy to work with.’

‘The work product and commitment of Armin Schwabl is outstanding. He always provides excellent and clear advice. It is a pleasure to work with him.’

‘Exceptional knowledge of the university sector and broad knowledge of the public sector.’

‘Swift service of the highest quality.’

‘Both, Dr. Kristoferitsch as well as Dr. Huber have outstanding knowledge and a highly professional approach in combination with a hands-on mentality.’

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

Coloplast

SES Spar European Shopping Centers

Spar Österreichische Warenhandels-AG

German Alpine Association (Deutscher Alpenverein)

Feldkirchen municipality

Airport Klagenfurt

Vienna International Airport

KMU Akademie AG

ASFINAG

Wiener Netze

Wiener Linien

Austrian Chamber of Pharmacists

Austrian Students’ Union

WIFI

ÖBAG

Edith Saurer Fonds

Banking and finance Tier 2

Representing lenders and borrowers, Cerha Hempel has particular expertise in corporate, project and real estate finance on one hand and banking regulatory and compliance on the other. Peter Knobl is a key contact for the latter segment and has recently been advising on various Covid-19 and restructuring-related issues, among other matters, while Volker Glas and Thomas Zivny regularly take the lead on transactional work alongside matters at the intersection with capital markets. Senior partner Edith Hlawati heads the practice and also stands out for her capital markets expertise.

Practice head(s):

Edith Hlawati

Other key lawyers:

Clemens Hasenauer; Peter Knobl; Volker Glas; Thomas Zivny

Testimonials

‘What we appreciate most is the deep knowledge and fast responsiveness of Cerha Hempel’s banking and finance practice.’

‘We consider Cerha Hempel’s banking and finance practice’s combination of outstanding knowledge, fast response times, solution-oriented working and relatively moderate billing unique in Austria.’

‘The main contact person is Volker Glas, who stands out for his easy-going personality, his solution-oriented work and his tremendous knowledge.’

Key clients

Commerzbank AG (Luxembourg)

Commerz Real Mobilienleasing GmbH

Commerzbank AG (Vienna)

AHVV GmbH

XXXLutz Group

Erste Group Bank AG

voestalpine AG

UniCredit Bank Austria AG

Commerz Factoring GmbH

Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

International data transfers, data breach scenarios, GDPR issues and related proceedings make up the core business at Cerha Hempel. Hans Kristoferitsch heads the team and is also often involved in the coordination of multi-jurisdictional regulatory projects in data migration and GDPR compliance. A substantial amount of work is handled by senior associate Franziska Paefgen, who shines in data privacy work on IT outsourcing, tracking technologies, blockchain and apps. The implementation of GDPR in companies and international groups is a core focus of counsel Armin Schwabl.

Practice head(s):

Hans Kristoferitsch

Other key lawyers:

Franziska Paefgen; Armin Schwabl

Testimonials

‘Cerha Hempel has a very large data privacy team with a lot of experience and a deep understanding not only of the GDPR as well as national data privacy legislation and case law, but also of neighbouring areas. ’

‘Franziska Paefgen has a considerable expertise in data privacy law and knows the market very well. We value that she has always helped us find pragmatic and workable solutions to complex legal challenges. ’

‘Broad and detailed know-how, very experienced.’

‘The overall level of service is very high. The response times are short and agreed response dates are kept reliably. Highly committed and professional team that is coordinated, works quickly and efficiently. ’

‘The team around Hans Kristoferitsch has been available for many years to answer questions on public law (including data protection law) as well as technology, media and telecommunications.’

‘Hans Kristoferitsch advises us with extensive knowledge and many years of experience. His advice is always legally sound and at the same time practice-oriented. The cooperation is very pleasant.’

‘Franziska Paefgen is a highly competent, precise and very committed lawyer, especially in the field of IT law.’

‘Armin Schwabl is a dedicated, very competent lawyer who works in a goal and solution-oriented manner.’

‘The overall level of quality and service is exceptional. The response times are short and agreed response dates are kept reliably. Highly committed and professional team that is coordinated, works quickly and efficiently. ’

‘Outstanding professional skills, always available in time.’

Key clients

CA Immobilien Anlagen AG

Constantia Industries AG

Dentsu Aegis Network Austria GmbH

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 Warenhandels-AG

Wien ENERGIE GmbH

Wiener Stadtwerke GmbH

WienIT GmbH

Wiener Netze GmbH

Autobahnen- und Schnellstraßen- Finanzierungs-Aktiengesellschaft (ASFINAG)

NTS Netzwerk Telekom Service AG

Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation Tier 2

Cerha Hempel's multi-disciplinary team is led by arbitrator and party counsel Irene Welser and has recently been particularly active in construction and engineering sector disputes over distribution matters, contractor relationships and post-M&A issues, among others. It is well versed in handling proceedings under various rules such as VIAC, ICC and UNCITRAL as well as ad-hoc proceedings. Of counsel Benedikt Spiegelfeld predominately acts as arbitrator.

Practice head(s):

Irene Welser

Other key lawyers:

Benedikt Spiegelfeld

Testimonials

‘Accurate, responsive, proactive and very knowledgeable. Partner is always directly and constantly involved in the case and always available to talk with.’

Key clients

MACON A.B.

Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 2

Cerha Hempel acts for national and international clients, including private trusts and individuals, across various industries in corporate and shareholder disputes, insolvency and restructuring-related proceedings, banking and trust disputes, and contentious insurance and liability matters. Litigator and arbitrator Irene Welser heads the firm's contentious business department, which increased its bench strength in January 2020 with the arrival of Holger Bielesz from Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG. He is well versed in litigation and arbitration as well as matters at the intersection with white-collar criminal law, including compliance and investigations.

Practice head(s):

Irene Welser

Other key lawyers:

Holger Bielesz; Michaela Siegwart

Testimonials

‘Top professionals with valuable expertise in their field and at the same time very thoughtful towards their clients.’

‘I am very pleased with the services of Cerha Hempel especially their commercial litigation team around Irene Welser and Holger Bielesz. They proved to be “die hard” litigation lawyers, with special emphasis on complicated cases around software, intellectual property and shareholder disputes.’

‘High(est) quality service in all litigation-fields. High practical relevance. Excellent communication.’

The team is highly motivated and reliable. The litigation team provides its clients with high-quality output, hands-on mentality and is very experienced in handling difficult matters.

‘Irene Welser: top-notch expertise and super fast response times, always exceptionally friendly and helpful.’

‘I’ve had the pleasure to work with Irene Welser. She is a very straightforward person, holding a clear value for reliability and responsibility. This results in a very efficient use of time as well as the fact that she knows exactly who she is working with and therefore is able to choose the right partner for the legal case at hand.’

‘I appreciate the cooperation with Irene Welser and her team. Irene Welser is a specialist in her field. She has incredible knowledge. Her advice is pragmatic and practice-oriented.’

I am very fond of Holger Bielesz, who time and time again proved, that going the extra mile as a lawyer means putting in the night oil, understanding matters on a deeper level and fighting tooth and nail over any opponents advance. I believe, a team’s overall strength is defined by the way its people’s strengths tie together, so the work of Holger Bielesz forms the basis for Irene Welser’s strategies hitting their targets nearly every time and with calculated risk.’

‘Holger Bielesz: high practical understanding, excellent focused approach.’

‘Michaela Siegwart: outstanding performance, excellent focused approach.’

‘All members involved are always up to date regarding each and everyone’s area of expertise. Outstanding and rarely witnessed is the fact that opposite opinions are not only tolerated but also desired, which ensures to view a problem from many different angles – the foundation for growth and innovation.’

‘First and foremost I have to point out the wittingly sharp and decisive head of the litigation team, Irene Welser, her ability to distil complicated matters down to the core and plan a compelling litigation strategy on top of her understanding finds no equal on the Viennese lawyer scene. This is only topped by her sensitivity for the soft side of the opponents, her sharp written pleadings and her longstanding excellent network of judges which overall translates into a real edge over any other law firm I have ever worked with.’

Key clients

SPAR AG/ASPIAG Management AG

Tilmar Hansen (founder of New Yorker)

Immovate Management GmbH

Οlympic Holidays SA-NEPTUNE HOTELS; MEDITOURS SA-Hotel Caravia Beach; AKTI KRITIS-CRETA BEACH

HERVIS Sport- und Modegesellschaft m.b.H.

Wiener Linien GmbH & Co KG

SmartStream Technologies Limited

UNIQA Versicherungen

ASFINAG

PORR Group

ÖBB –Infrastruktur AG

McDonald’s GmbH

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

Apleona HSG GmbH

SES Spar European Shopping Centers GmbH

Hey Communications & Production GmbH

INTERSPAR Gesellschaft m.b.H.

Mona Naturprodukte GmbH

Employment Tier 2

LexMundi member Cerha Hempel is regularly engaged by a wide array of national and international clients, especially those operating in the retail and financial services sectors, to conduct planned closures and transfers of operations including mass redundancies, social plans and other staff reductions. Julian Feichtinger specialises in labour law litigation as well as restructuring and company pension schemes. Susanne Molitoris is of particular note for her M&A-related employment law work. The group adapted quickly to clients' new demands triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic and aided them in the implementation of short-time work regulations, among other matters.

Practice head(s):

Julian Feichtinger

Other key lawyers:

Susanne Molitoris; Christopher Peitsch

Testimonials

‘Arbitration law expert Julian Feichtinger is extremely competent in this demanding business field, especially in Austria, solution-oriented and perfect support in decision making.’

‘Great team.’

‘Senior Associate Christopher Peitsch is a great lawyer and I truly enjoy working with him.’

‘The deep knowledge of the matter and the ability to think outside the box to bring things to a positive end.’

‘My experience is that the team has a high degree of availability, and they are very responsive. Further, there is clearly an in-depth knowledge about applicable legislation and case law, but also a very practical and hands-on approach in their advice.’

‘I have primarily been working with Christopher Peitsch, who is very talented and provides hands-on advice.’

‘Excellent, compact team. Focused on all legal topics of particular practical relevance. ’

‘Christopher Peitsch is outstanding in providing precise solutions.’

‘Julian Feichtinger is always a perfect choice in highly sensitive matters.’

Key clients

All Nippon Airways

Booking.com (Österreich) GmbH

Wolfgang Denzel Auto AG.

Global Blue

Grünenthal Austria GmbH

Wiener Sozialdienste

Paysafe Card

Primark Mode Ltd & Co KG

SPAR Österreichische Warenhandels-AG

Unibail-Rodamco Austria Management GmbH

Wien Energie

EU and competition Tier 2

Offering the full range of EU and competition services, Cerha Hempel is particularly sought after for coordination and conduct of cross-border merger control proceedings. Practice head Bernhard Kofler-Senoner is highly regarded for cartel cases and investigations, representing clients before European and Austrian competition authorities. The stellar group is capable of handling EU law out of Vienna and also includes Anna Wolf-Posch, who has a wealth of expertise with international merger control and counsel Michael Mayer . Michael Mayr who strengthened the firm's international and European competition offering after joining from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton’s Cologne branch in October 2020 left again in May 2021 to establish his own firm.

Practice head(s):

Bernhard Kofler-Senoner

Other key lawyers:

Anna Wolf-Posch; Michael Mayer

Testimonials

‘Unique expertise in state aid matters.’

‘Hans Kristoferitsch is very experienced and easy to work with.’

‘Cerha Hempel has a team of excellent corporate and M&A lawyers, providing fantastic level of service. They are true experts in their field. The team is quick and always available with a very hands-on approach.’

‘Bernhard Kofler-Senoner provided an excellent service in the notification aspects of the transaction. He is an expert in his field with an impressive track record.’

‘Bernhard Kofler-Senoner and Michael Mayer are extremely hands-on and to the point. They both know our demands very well. In the best sense, we are cooperating at eye-level for tailor-made solutions.’

‘It’s a pleasure working with them. Full stop. ’

Key clients

San Pacific Investment Pte. Ltd. and San Venture Biotech Pte. Ltd.

City of Vienna (Stadt Wien)

WIENER STADTWERKE

KTM AG

Hain Celestial Group

SPAR Österreichische Warenhandels-AG

RHI Magnesita GmbH

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Isovolta AG

ÖBAG (Austrian Industrial Holding)

Austrian Power Grid

Private client Tier 2

At Cerha HempelHeinrich Foglar-Deinhardstein and Albert Birkner jointly head the practice. As a corporate partner, the former has a particular focus on trust law, whereas the latter is an experienced foundation law adviser. The team also includes Johannes Aehrenthal, who assists private clients with corporate holdings as well as property inheritance and structuring. Associate Martin Eichinger joined the practice from Jakobljevich & Grave at the beginning of 2020, further enhancing the firm's offering for high-net-worth individuals. Benedikt Spiegelfeld retired.

Practice head(s):

Albert Birkner; Heinrich Foglar-Deinhardstein

Other key lawyers:

Johannes Aehrenthal: Martin Eichinger

Testimonials

‘Cerha Hempel is a full service law firm with solid and in-depth expertise in all areas relevant to us. The international network through Lex Mundi offers us the possibility to obtain fast and efficient advice even in exotic jurisdictions.’

‘Lukas Moser is extremely responsive, sees the overall problem and offers us individual business oriented solutions at any time.’

Key clients

Kwizda

Karl Wlaschek Privatstiftung (KWPS)

Pichler Privatstiftung

ITI – International Theological Institute

Batthyany-Strattmann

St Johanns Club

Ronald McDonald Kinderhilfe (Children Charities)

Souveräner Malteser Ritterorden

KR Ing. Franz Hrachowitz

Alexander Silber

Alex Schütz Familienstiftung (C-Quadrat)

Dr. Pscheidl Privatstiftung

Dr. Günter Eichhübl

Mag. Dominik Brunner

Mag. Robert Tencl

Erich Erber Phd

Peter Duschek

Projects and energy Tier 2

Cerha Hempel deploys a cross-practice approach involving individuals from the corporate, regulatory and construction teams to tackle projects and energy matters. The team is jointly headed by corporate expert Clemens Hasenauer, head of public law Hans Kristoferitsch and Peter Vcelouch, who covers construction. The group advises on energy, infrastructure and electronic tolling matters as well as M&A and real estate projects. The team is also equipped to represent clients in projects-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Clemens Hasenauer; Hans Kristoferitsch; Peter Vcelouch

Key clients

OMV

ASFINAG

Vienna International Airport

Republic of Austria

CEGH

Austrian Power Grid AG

EnBW Trust e.V.

via donau

Voith

TSR Recycling Holding GmbH and TSR Recycling GmbH & Co KG

Wiener Stadtwerke GmbH and all of its subsidiaries, including Wien Energie GmbH

Construction Tier 3

Cerha Hempel’s cross-departmental cooperation enables the firm’s construction practice to assist domestic and international clients, including investment funds, retailers, engineering companies and project developers, with a wide range of construction-related matters, including associated public procurement, transactions and disputes. Much of its work pertains to real estate development projects and involves contentious issues, which are handled in conjunction with colleagues from the litigation and arbitration practices. Team head Peter Vcelouch has particular experience of planning and construction contracts alongside construction-related dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Peter Vcelouch

Other key lawyers:

Manfred Ton

Key clients

LIDL Österreich

Flughafen Wien AG

SES Spar European Shopping Centers

Value One

COSI Hospitality

AVEST Immobilien

VALORE Immobilien

Aberdeen Standard Investments

SPAR Austria

Interspar

TANN Magyarország Kft.

Ingenos Gobiet

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Cerha Hempel's interdisciplinary approach is based on a strong cooperation between its restructuring, corporate, finance and litigation teams, which enables the practice to handle a wide range of restructuring and insolvency work. Its focus lies on representing creditors, such as national and international banks, in pre-insolvency debt collection and insolvency proceedings, while also advising corporates on insolvency avoidance measures, the reorganisation of debt and corporate reorganisations. Buyers also retain the practice to assist with distressed M&A transactions. Thomas Trettnak, who specialises in creditor protection, distressed M&A and reorganisations, heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Trettnak

Other key lawyers:

Heinrich Foglar-Deinhardstein

Testimonials

‘Great team in restructuring and insolvency matters.’

‘The level of specialisation stands out, as well as the high-quality and accurate advice produced in a very limited time frame.’

‘Thomas Trettnak heads the team and is a go-to guy.’

‘Thomas Trettnak: a strong communicator, highly representative, perfect English.’

Key clients

PharOS Group

NTS Group

Emirates Airlines Group

Polymed Medizin Technik Group

Shipyard de Hoop Group

NIPPON Express Europe

Landesbank Baden Württemberg

Johnson Controls Austria GmbH & Co OG

SMS group GmbH

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

BDO Group

BIA Separations Group

TechnipFMC plc

CNH Group

MAGNA International Group

Public procurement Tier 3

Clients from the IT, medical and infrastructure industries count on Cerha Hempel to handle public procurement matters, both for bidders and for contracting authorities. Georg Konrad is particularly active in the transportation sector; Stefan Huber has a core focus on work relating to the a higher education space; and Michaela Siegwart is a key name for utility procurement.

Practice head(s):

Georg Konrad; Stefan Huber; Michaela Siegwart

Key clients

Wien Energie

CeMM – Forschungszentrum für molekulare Medizin GmbH

Vienna Business University

Austrian Power Grid AG (“APG”)

Vienna International Airport

Airport Klagenfurt

Coloplast

IST Austria

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

Stadler Rail Management AG

dentsu X GmbH

Traumatologische Gemeinschaft Burgenland

Österreichische Hochschülerinnen- und Hochschülerschaft (Austrian Union of Students)

Real estate Tier 3

Cerha Hempel is particularly active for open-end and closed-end funds and developers, who retain the team to assist with real estate transactions and project developments. The latter includes transactional as well as financing and construction-related advice. This intersection between real estate and construction law is not least based on practice head Peter Vcelouch's strength in this area and translates in him heading both the real estate and construction practices. While the team covers all asset classes, much of its recent work concerned the residential and retail sectors. CEE real estate practice head Mark Krenn is another key individual; he routinely assists with transactions and lease agreements.

Practice head(s):

Peter Vcelouch

Other key lawyers:

Mark Krenn; Manfred Ton

Testimonials

‘The have a very versatile and pragmatic team. They solve the most complicated matters and are always available, and were so even during the shut-down.’

‘Cerha Hempel’s real estate practice provides us with comprehensive legal advice even under challenging circumstances.’

‘The team works very efficiently and is always available, even for short queries.’

‘Mark Krenn has outstanding project management capabilities and excellent knowledge of the real estate market. His experience in transactions is a real asset.’

‘Mark Krenn – very competent in real estate and M&A. He is very goal-oriented and very practical without forgetting the key legal issues. Also very solution-oriented and considering the commercial side of each transaction.’

‘Since we have been working with the law firm for over 15 years, it is safe to say that we are more than satisfied with the work and quality provided to us.’

‘Cerha Hempel offers a very customer-oriented service. They always consider the commercial and practical side in their advice. Their internal resources are very good within the real estate team but also in other areas such as M&A and competition law.’

‘Highly responsive team with excellent lawyers. Extremely helpful during the lockdown to defend our rights in a completely new environment and capable of implementing PR-strategies to support our legal position.’

‘The person in charge was very goal-oriented and took every opportunity to achieve the best result for us.’

‘Mark Krenn is a real expert in his field and very pragmatic. Translates complex legal issues into understandable topics. Extremely fast and always available. He not only describes legal issues but also recommends courses of action. He helped us to keep the legal side of the business going during the shut-down.’

‘Mark Krenn and his team cover all aspects of real estate projects at highest quality levels. We are very satisfied with their advice. You cannot be wrong in choosing this team.

‘Mark Krenn is an extremely knowledgeable and innovative real estate lawyer. He is very responsive and easy to work with. Understands our business needs and asks the right questions. Was very helpful during lockdown.’

Key clients

Value One

SES Spar European Shopping Centers

COSI Hospitality

S Immo

AVEST Immobilien

VALORE Immobilien

LifeNet Health

ARE/areos development

Aberdeen Standard Investments

CA Immo

eyemaxx real estate group

BUWOG

ÖRAG

IRMA Investments

Heta Asset Resolution AG

Lidl Österreich

KWPS AMISOLA Immobilien AG

ACRON

Raiffeisen Property International

TMT Tier 3

Telecoms, technology and e-commerce are the focal points of the team at Cerha Hempel. TMT practice head Hans Kristoferitsch's workload includes assistance with outsourcing projects, cloud computing and behavioural advertising. Information technology and telecoms are also core areas of Georg Konrad's work range. The TMT team is also frequently involved in mergers and acquisitions of start-ups and other tech companies.

Practice head(s):

Hans Kristoferitsch

Other key lawyers:

Georg Konrad; Franziska Paefgen; Armin Schwabl

Testimonials

‘The overall level of service is very high. The response times are short and agreed response dates are kept reliably. Highly committed and professional team that is coordinated, works quickly and efficiently.’

‘The team around Hans Kristoferitsch has been available for many years to answer questions on public law as well as technology, media and telecommunications. Hans Kristoferitsch advises us with extensive knowledge and many years of experience. His advice is always legally sound and at the same time practice-oriented. The cooperation is very pleasant.’

‘Franziska Paefgen is a highly competent, precise and very committed lawyer, especially in the field of IT law.’

‘Armin Schwabl is a dedicated, very competent lawyer who works in a goal and solution-oriented manner.’

‘Hans Kristoferitsch’s expertise is so well known in the industry that he is never afraid of giving credit to others.’

Key clients

ASFINAG

AT&T

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)

Hewlett Packard Inc

NTS Netzwerk Telekom Service AG

Samsung Electronics Austria GmbH

SPAR Business Services GmbH

SPAR Österreichische Warenhandels-AG

Wien ENERGIE GmbH

Wiener Netze GmbH

Wiener Stadtwerke GmbH

gbtec Holding GmbH

SES-imagotag Group

CA Immobilien Anlagen AG

Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria)

Intellectual property Tier 4

Assistance to clients from the food and beverage industry is the focal point of the IP team at Cerha Hempel. Transaction expert Mark Krenn jointly heads the team with Katharina Majchrzak, who was promoted to counsel in January 2020 and has a particular specialism in IP prosecution and enforcement. Together, they are particularly adept at addressing IP questions as part of M&A transactions in the high tech and IT space.

Practice head(s):

Mark Krenn; Katharina Majchrzak

Testimonials

‘Great knowledge on relevant legal framework, hands-on approach.’

‘Katharina Majchrzak is not only highly knowledgeable but also dedicated to meet the clients’ economical needs.’

‘The overall level of service is very high. The response times are short and agreed response dates are kept reliably. Highly committed and professional team that is coordinated, works quickly and efficiently. ’

‘Katharina Majchrzak works very precisely and is an experienced expert in intellectual property law and competition law.’

‘Katharina Majchrzak is a brilliant lawyer. It is my impression that she knows almost every court ruling on IP matters of every court in the entire European Union. While other lawyers often solely rely on their gut feeling, market recognition and persuasiveness, Katharina, who also has these capabilities, is able to back her arguments with case law and literature with exceptional accuracy. Her written pleadings are always to the point and so is her presentation in courtrooms which is why I am not surprised that I have never seen her losing a case.’

Key clients

McDonald’s Corporation

Michael Pachleitner Group

gbtec Holding GmbH

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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 albert.birkner@cerhahempel.com +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 clemens.hasenauer@cerhahempel.com +43 1 514 35 321
Of Counsel, Litigation & Arbitration, Distribution Law Benedikt Spiegelfeld benedikt.spiegelfeld@cerhahempel.com +43 1 514 35 111
Head of Banking & Finance, Head of Capital Markets, Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Compliance & Investigations Edith Hlawati edith.hlawati@cerhahempel.com +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 irene.welser@cerhahempel.com +43 1 514 35 121
Head of Employment Law Julian Feichtinger julian.feichtinger@cerhahempel.com +43 1 514 35 191
Capital Markets, Banking & Finance, Corporate, Private Equity & Venture Capital Volker Glas volker.glas@cerhahempel.com +43 1 514 35 231
Head of Real Estate & Construction, Litigation & Arbitration, Public Law & European Law, Insolvency & Restructuring Peter Vcelouch peter.vcelouch@cerhahempel.com +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 johannes.aehrenthal@cerhahempel.com +43 1 514 35 331
Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Tax Law, Compliance & Investigations Peter Knobl peter.knobl@cerhahempel.com +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 georg.konrad@cerhahempel.com +43 1 514 35 561
Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Thomas Zivny thomas.zivny@cerhahempel.com +43 1 514 35 131
Real Estate & Construction, Litigation & Arbitration, Mergers & Acquistions, Corporate Manfred Ton manfred.ton@cerhahempel.com +43 1 514 35 311
Tax Law, Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions Johannes Prinz johannes.prinz@cerhahempel.com +43 1 514 35 471
Head of Insolvency & Restructuring, Corporate, Mergers & Acquistions, Private Equity & Venture Capital, Private Clients & Trusts, Distribution Law Thomas Trettnak thomas.trettnak@cerhahempel.com +43 1 514 35 531
Head of Antitrust & Competition, Co-Head of CEE, Compliance & Investigations, Distribution Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Bernhard Kofler-Senoner bernhard.kofler-senoner@cerhahempel.com +43 1 514 35 581
Head of Regulatory & White Collar Department, Public Law & European Law, Antitrust & Competition, Compliance & Investigations, IT & Privacy Hans Kristoferitsch hans.kristoferitsch@cerhahempel.com +43 1 514 35 291
Tax Law, White Collar Crime, Corporate, Public Law & European Law, Private Clients & Trusts Benjamin Twardosz benjamin.twardosz@cerhahempel.com +43 1 514 35 571
Responsible for Real Estate Transaction Team, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate, CEE Real Estate, IP & Unfair Competition Mark Krenn mark.krenn@cerhahempel.com +43 1 514 35 591
Public Law & European Law, Compliance & Investigations, White Collar Crime, Public Procurement, Litigation & Abitration Stefan Huber stefan.huber@cerhahempel.com +43 1 514 35 304
Head of White Collar Crime, Public Law & European Law, Antitrust & Competition Peter Lewisch peter.lewisch@cerhahempel.com +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…
Dr Stefan Huber photo Dr 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 &…
Mag Mark Krenn photo Mag 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 &…
Univ Prof Dr Peter Lewisch photo Univ Prof Dr Peter Lewisch Senior CounselAreas of practice: White Collar Crime Public Law & European Law…
Dr Katharina Majchrzak photo Dr Katharina Majchrzak CounselAreas of practice: IP & Unfair Competition Food law Litigation
 Michael Mayer  photo Michael Mayer  CounselAreas of practice: Antitrust & Competition Distribution Law Compliance & Investigations
Mag Lorenz Pracht photo Mag 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
Dr Michaela Siegwart photo Dr Michaela Siegwart PartnerAreas of practice: Public Procurement Litigation & Arbitration IP & Unfair Competition
 Benedikt Spiegelfeld em.  photo Benedikt Spiegelfeld em. 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…
Dr Benjamin Twardosz photo Dr 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
Armenian
Bosnian
Bulgarian
Chinese
Croatian
Czech
Dutch
English
French
German
Hungarian
Italian
Polish
Romanian
Russian
Serbian
Slovak
Spanish
Tagalog
Aktienforum
Alumni association of the University of St. Gallen
American Bar Association
Arbitral Women
ASA
Austrian Bar Association
Austrian Arbitration Association
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)
FIABCI Austria MB
Founding member of Forum Restructuring and Turnaround Vienna (ReTurn)
German-British Lawyers' Association
German Fiscal Association (DtStJG)
GVÖ
Hungarian Bar Association
IBA (International Bar Association)
ICC Austria
ICDR Young & International
International Fiscal Association (IFA)
International Tax Law Alumni Association
Juridisch-Politischer Leseverein
KSV
LCIA (London Court of International Arbitration)
Lex Mundi - The World's Leading Association of Independent Law Firms
Managementclub Vienna
New York Bar Association
ÖGNI
Österr. Amerikanische Gesellschaft (ÖAG)
Österr.Franchiseverband
Österr. Gesellschaft für Medizinrecht
Österr. Japanische Gesellschaft
Öst.Verein.Schiedsgerichtsarkeit
Österreichische Vereinigung für Gewerblichen Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht (ÖV)
Real Circle
ReTurn (independent authority center for restructuring, reorganizations and turnarounds)
Scottish Arbitration
Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht
The Law Society
Turnaround Management Association
UNION Viennese Society of Attorneys at Law
VDRÖ
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)
Other offices : Bratislava
Other offices : Bucharest
Other offices : Budapest
Other offices : Minsk
Other offices : Prague
Other offices : Sofia

CERHA HEMPEL is an international law firm headquartered in Vienna with offices in Bratislava, Bucharest, Budapest, Minsk, Prague, and Sofia, whose experts have many years’ experience of advising clients in a wide array of legal fields. Through our international network, we are able to provide fully integrated cross-border services tailored to our clients’ needs. CERHA HEMPEL can count many major international companies as frequent clients. 

The team 

The members of CERHA HEMPEL’s diverse team have considerable experience of working in other countries. Many partners are also members of the International Bar Association as well as other associations. Furthermore, a large number of languages are spoken by our team, including Armenian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Tagalog, to name but a few, and advice and assistance can therefore be provided to clients in these languages should the need arise. 

The network 

CERHA HEMPEL is the exclusive member firm in Austria for Lex Mundi – the world’s leading network of independent law firms – with in-depth experience in 125+ countries worldwide. As part of the Lex Mundi global network, we can provide our clients with preferred access to more than 22,000 lawyers around the world – all from a single point of contact. CERHA HEMPEL is also a member of the International Fiscal Association, the Employment Law Alliance, the EuroFranchise Lawyers as well as a group member firm of the International Bar Association, which enables us to further strengthen our global set up and connections. On top of this, we maintain close relationships with renowned law firms in those countries in which we do not have an office. Each of our CEE offices has constant access to the resources and expertise of the entire CERHA HEMPEL network.