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Cerha Hempel

Work Department

Takeovers & Antitrust


Managing Partner
Head of Department of Takeovers & Antitrust
Areas of practice:


Admitted 2000, (Attorney at Law), Austria
Admitted 2000, (Attorney at Law), Czech Republic

  • Managing Partner
  • Amisola Immobilien AG (Chairman of the Supervisory Board)
  • Estrella Immobilieninvest AG (Chairman of the Supervisory Board)
  • Novoreal Immobilieninvest AG (Chairman of the Supervisory Board)
  • red stars.com data AG (Chairman of the Supervisory Board)
  • Worthington Cylinders (Member of the Supervisory Board)
  • Karl Wlaschek Privatstiftung (Chairman of the Board)
  • Epsilon Privatstiftung  (Deputy Chairman of the Board)

Managing Partner and Head of Department of Takeovers & Antitrust. Partner since 2004, with CERHA HEMPEL since 1995. Albert specializes in mergers and acquisitions, public takeovers, corporate reorganizations and restructurings, joint ventures as well as trusts with a special focus on Austria and (CEE/SEE). He has developed particular expertise in the fields of structuring and implementation of corporate transactions, takeover mechanics and the modelling of co-ownership structures. ​ ​Albert was/is a lead partner on many prominent matters for several years already and holds an extremely vast track record.

Some of his recent work highlights include important transactions like RHI Magnesita with regard to RHIM’s sale of its 50% share in Magnifin to J.M. Huber Corporation group and the recent advice in connection with the acquisition of shareholdings in several Seven Refractories subsidiaries operating in Europe, India and US.

Albert is also an author and regular contributor of a number of publications. He is frequently named as a leading individual within other guides, journals, publications, etc.  and often referred to as an expert within his field.


German, English


  • Vienna Bar Association
  • Czech Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Wiener Advokatengesellschaft UNION


University of Vienna (Mag. iur. 1992, Dr. iur. 1995)
University of Cambridge (LL.M. 1995).

Lawyer Rankings

Austria > Private client

With a strong basis in corporate law, Cerha Hempel guides UHNWI, funds and trusts in an array of matters related to foundations and businesses, estate and wealth management, and succession planning. In addition to heading the firm’s takeovers and antitrust team, Albert Birkner is firmly placed in the private client practice through numerous seats on the supervisory boards of major Austrian foundations. Head of the contentious business team Irene Welser brings to the table exceptional expertise in probate, succession, and estate disputes. Corporate lawyer Heinrich Foglar-Deinhardstein specialises in reorganisations, takeovers, and succession, while tax expert Benjamin Twardosz focuses on estate and tax planning, as well as advising on fiscal criminal law.

Austria > Commercial, corporate and M&A

(Hall of Fame)

Albert Birkner – Cerha Hempel

One of the leading teams in the country’, Cerha Hempel operates across the whole spectrum of high-volume sales, acquisitions, and corporate governance advice. In particular, the team offers notable experience with transactions across the CEE region and regularly works with experts from the firm’s international offices on cross-border transactions. The ‘brilliant’ Clemens Hasenauer heads the corporate transaction department, while the corporate & commercial practice stands under the leadership of Johannes Aehrenthal. Albert Birkner leads the takeover & antitrust practice and praised by clients as ‘the best M&A lawyer in Austria’, with his practice also including corporate reorganizations and joint ventures. Alexander Reich-Rohrwig, Jakob Hartig, and Christoph Reiter were promoted to partner in 2023. Nadine Leitner is further important member of the team.