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

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.