Dr Hans Kristoferitsch > Cerha Hempel > Vienna, Austria > Lawyer Profile

Cerha Hempel

Work Department

Regulatory and White Collar


Head of Department Regulatory and White Collar

Areas of practice:


Admitted 2009, (Attorney at Law), Austria

  • University Lecturer, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration

Partner with CERHA HEMPEL since 2013 and Head of the new Department Regulatory and White Collar. Hans is leading in areas of data protection, telecommunications, e-commerce and regularly assists Austrian and global clients with international data transfers, outsourcing projects, cloud computing and behavioral advertising. Assisted and coordinated GDPR compliance, regulatory projects for numerous large multinational clients. ​Also an expert in white collar crime and took the lead in some of the biggest internal investigations in Austria. Frequently represents companies damaged by criminal conduct in trials and asset tracing. Active in all areas of regulatory, public, administrative law and handles various cases under the fundamental freedoms, including infringement proceedings before the European Commission, as well as other areas of EU law (inparticular state aid, regulated industries, EU litigation). Acts regularly before the CJEU.
He is a university lecturer for EU law and gives lectures on compliance, data protection and criminal law and is an author of several publications (textbook Austrian data protection law).​


German, English, Spanish


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


Harvard Law School (LL.M. 2005)
University of Vienna (Mag. iur. 2002, Mag. phil. 2004, Dr. iur. 2004)

Lawyer Rankings

Austria > Projects and energy

Cerha Hempel deploys a cross-practice approach involving individuals from the corporate, regulatory and construction teams to tackle projects and energy matters. The team is jointly headed by corporate expert Clemens Hasenauer, head of public law Hans Kristoferitsch and Peter Vcelouch, who covers construction. The group advises on energy, infrastructure and electronic tolling matters as well as M&A and real estate projects. The team is also equipped to represent clients in projects-related disputes.

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

Cerha Hempel is recognised by clients and peers alike for its extensive white-collar criminal law expertise spanning criminal defence, compliance and internal investigations. Acting for individuals and companies alike, recent instructions arose from allegations of (internet) fraud, abuse of power, embezzlement, corruption and manipulation of procurement transactions. Criminal law specialist Peter Lewisch, who was appointed senior counsel in 2020, is highly regarded in the market and is particularly active in matters involving international elements. He forms the core team together with regulatory expert Hans Kristoferitsch, who is well versed in internal investigations and asset tracing, and Stefan Huber, who provides advice on a wide range of compliance, criminal law and white-collar criminal law matters. Holger Bielesz, whose strength lies at the intersection between commercial litigation and white-collar criminal law,  joined the practice from Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG in 2020.

Austria > Data privacy and data protection

International data transfers, data breach scenarios, GDPR issues and related proceedings make up the core business at Cerha Hempel. Hans Kristoferitsch heads the team and is also often involved in the coordination of multi-jurisdictional regulatory projects in data migration and GDPR compliance. A substantial amount of work is handled by senior associate Franziska Paefgen, who shines in data privacy work on IT outsourcing, tracking technologies, blockchain and apps. The implementation of GDPR in companies and international groups is a core focus of counsel Armin Schwabl.

Austria > Administrative law and public sector

In January 2020, Cerha Hempel founded a dedicated regulatory, IP/IT and white-collar crime department, which includes the firm’s administrative and public law offering, to underline the growing importance of these areas. When it comes to administrative law and public sector work, the group focuses on regulated industries, environmental law, higher education law and hospital law. Hans Kristoferitsch is in charge of the newly established department and also jointly leads the administrative and public practice with Stefan Huber. The former is an EU law expert with litigation experience and the latter shines in environmental and constitutional matters. Associate Armin Schwabl is of note for his life sciences and pharmaceutical expertise.

Austria > TMT

Telecoms, technology and e-commerce are the focal points of the team at Cerha Hempel. TMT practice head Hans Kristoferitsch‘s workload includes assistance with outsourcing projects, cloud computing and behavioural advertising. Information technology and telecoms are also core areas of Georg Konrad‘s work range. The TMT team is also frequently involved in mergers and acquisitions of start-ups and other tech companies.