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 2004 and leads our banking, insurance supervision and capital markets regulatory practice. He trains bank managers, investment advisors and supervisory board members of Austrian licenced banks and stock exchange operating companies on MiFID II compliance and fitness and properness issues. He advises Austrian licenced banks (SIs and LSIs), interested acquirers of qualifying holdings in Austrian banks, supervisory authorities of banks, insurances, corporate issuers, fund management companies and stock exchange operating companies on compliance and regulatory law queries.


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 > Capital markets

Managing partner Clemens Hasenauer now solely heads the team at Cerha Hempel. His specialism in M&A and corporate law serves as a reflection of the team’s expertise in this intersection spanning a wide range of debt and equity transactions with much of its recent work falling into the DCM space. Volker Glas is a key contact for this and has recently led on a number of bond placements, including green bonds. Other regular instructions stem from financial services providers requiring assistance with the update of debt issuance programmes and with regulatory matters. The latter are typically led by Peter Knobl, while senior counsel Christian Aichinger provides wide-ranging capital markets, finance and corporate support. Edith Hlawati left the firm in February 2022 to take up a position on the management board of Österreichische Beteiligungs AG (ÖBAG).

Austria > Banking and finance

Cerha Hempel‘s banking and finance group is now solely led by managing partner and corporate expert Clemens Hasenauer. This setup is not least a demonstration of the team’s interdisciplinary capabilities leading to regular instructions from lenders and borrowers requiring assistance with corporate, real estate and project finance transactions. Volker Glas and Thomas Zivny are key contacts in this space, while Peter Knobl is best known for his banking and capital markets regulatory expertise, advising on banking supervisory law, payment services and compliance as well as on administrative penalty proceedings. Edith Hlawati left to take up the role as the sole member of Österreichische Beteiligungs AG’s management board in February 2022,

Austria > Tax

The ‘highly professional and service-oriented’ tax practice at Cerha Hempel provides comprehensive advice on matters including international taw law, real estate, tax litigation, and transactional tax aspects. The firm counts domestic and multinational corporations from a broad range of sectors among its clients. Johannes Prinz  focuses on corporate tax and restructuring and Benjamin Twardosz is particularly experienced in tax litigation and stamp duty; they jointly head the team. Head of the banking and insurance group Peter Knobl is well versed in all matters of banking and finance-related tax law.