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Cerha Hempel

Work Department

Takeovers & Antitrust


Areas of practice:


Admitted 2012, (Attorney at Law), Austria

Appointed as Counsel in 2017 and with CERHA HEMPEL since 2013, Michael has been working as specialized competition lawyer since 2008. Michael has considerable experience in all areas of competition law. His focus lies in merger control and fines proceedings both before the Austrian competition authorities and the EU Commission, as well as in the implementation of compliance systems. Michael has advised national and international clients in a wide range of industries, in particular in the sectors of consumer goods (SPAR), electronic goods (Samsung), construction (STRABAG), oil & gas (OMV), IT (Cisco Systems), manufacture of machinery (not disclosed client) and media (Bauer Media).


German, English, Italian


  • Vienna Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Lex Mundi – The World’s Leading Association of Independent Law Firms


University of Vienna (Mag. iur. 2004, Dr. iur. 2011)
Vienna University of Economics and Business (Mag. rer. soc. oec. 2008)
Università di Bologna (2003-2004)

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense

With antitrust litigation teams in New York, Washington DC, Chicago and San Francisco, Winston & Strawn LLP takes on civil litigation and class actions for both plaintiffs and defendants. The department is led out of New York by Jeffrey Kessler and Eva Cole, providing excellent ‘consistency of work product’. Kessler is particularly involved in the consumer electronics sphere and, thanks to his strong sports law practice, also trusted by sports and entertainment clients to handle antitrust issues. Cole, on the other hand, combines the consumer electronics sector with financial services and private equity expertise. In Chicago, the ‘very responsive and fantastic’ James Herbison covers the defense of all genres of antitrust claims including agriculture and healthcare, and Michael Mayer enhances his personal antitrust practice with intellectual property, securities and white-collar disputes. The Washington DC-based Heather Lamberg frequently operates at the nexus of antitrust, competition and consumer issues.