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Cerha Hempel

Work Department

Regulatory and White Collar


Senior Counsel
Areas of practice:


Admitted 1996, (Attorney at Law), Austria

  • Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Trial Law,
    Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology, Law School, University of Vienna, since 2011
  • Director of the Center of Business and Financial Crime and of the Center for the Economic Analysis of the Law, both at the University of Vienna

Peter, a criminal law specialist, is a senior attorney at CERHA HEMPEL where he leads the white collar crime team. He is also a full professor for criminal law at the University of Vienna and director of the Law School’s Centre for Business and Financial Crime. He is regarded as the leading Austrian lawyer for complex and high profile business crime and white collar cases, in particular for cases with an international background, with a success rate of around 98%. Peter enjoys wide recognition among the judiciary, the Supreme Court and the Ministry of Justice. Peter is also known for his profound knowledge of pertinent questions of constitutional law (being a professor for this area, too) and of the ECHR (having been on the Austrian government’s shortlist for the position of a ECHR judge a couple of years ago).


German, English, French, Russian


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


University of Vienna (Dr. iur. 1980, Dr. rer. soc. oec. 1987)

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Hall of Fame)

Peter LewischCerha Hempel

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.