Dr Peter Knobl > Cerha Hempel > Vienna, Austria > Lawyer Profile

Cerha Hempel

Work Department

Banking & Corporate Finance


Areas of practice:


Admitted 2001, (Attorney at Law) Austria

Peter has been a Partner at CERHA HEMPEL since 2005 and leads our banking, insurance supervision and capital markets regulatory practice. He trains bank managers and employees, supervisory board members of Austrian licenced and stock exchange operating companies on fitness and propriety issues. He advises Austrian licenced banks (SIs and LSIs), investment firms, insurances, corporate issuers, fund management companies and stock exchange operating companies on compliance and regulatory law queries and was involved in the establishment of the first bad bank in Austria.


German, English


  • Vienna Bar Association
  • European Community Studies Association Austria (ECSA)
  • International Bar Association
  • Lex Mundi – The World’s Leading Association of Independent Law Firms


Erste Bank der Sparkassen AG (Bank Merchant’s Exam 1992)
University of Vienna (Mag. iur. 1986, Dr. iur. 1987)
Leopold Kunschak-Forderungspreis 1994
Walther Kastner Prize 1992 and 1997

Lawyer Rankings

Austria > Banking and finance

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.

Austria > Tax

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.