Univ Prof Dr Peter Lewisch > Cerha Hempel > Vienna, Austria > Lawyer Profile

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


  • 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

Cerha Hempel is a respected player representing individuals, including top management, and companies in investigative and court proceedings, which have recently included allegations of breach of trust, bid rigging, (tax) fraud and embezzlement. Alongside its criminal defence expertise, the team is equally well versed in handling international investigations and puts another focus on crime prevention and compliance advice. Key contacts include senior counsel and criminal law specialist Peter Lewisch, whose mandates routinely involve international elements, Hans Kristoferitsch, who frequently takes the lead in internal investigations, and Stefan Huber, who has a specialism in matters at the intersection between white-collar crime and export control law.