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Cerha Hempel

Work Department

Banking & Corporate Finance


Senior Partner
Head of Department Banking & Corporate Finance

Areas of practice:


Admitted 1986, (Attorney at Law), Austria

  • Head of Department Banking & Corporate Finance
  • Telekom Austria AG (Chair of the Supervisory Board)
  • Österreichische Post AG (Chair of the Supervisory Board)
  • Energie-Control Austria (Chair of the Supervisory Board)
  • Friends of the Albertina Museum (Deputy Chair of the Board)

Edith Hlawati, Senior Partner, with the firm since 1983 and a partner at CERHA HEMPEL since 1987, heads the firm’s Banking & Corporate Finance team. Her practice areas include capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, banking and finance. With a client focus on listed companies, she has advised on some of Austria’s largest capital market transactions, public takeovers and privatisations. Furthermore, she is the Chair of the Supervisory Board for Telecom Austria, Österreichische Post and for Energie-Control Austria, as well as a Deputy Chair of the Board for Friends of the Albertina Museum.


German, English, French


  • Vienna Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • British-German Jurists‘ Association
  • Lex Mundi – The World’s Leading Association of Independent Law Firms


Practice with Theodore Goddard, London (1982-1983)
University of South Africa (Comparative Law)
University of Vienna (Dr. iur. 1980)

Lawyer Rankings

Austria > Capital markets

Cerha Hempel‘s team is co-led by Edith Hlawati, who also heads the firm’s banking and corporate finance team, and Clemens Hasenauer, head of corporate transactions, which reflects the team’s cross-departmental capabilities and wide-ranging expertise spanning DCM and ECM. Recently, the practice has been particularly active in the former, assisting issuers with the issuance of bonds and advising banks on bond issuance programmes and various regulatory matters. Volker Glas, who represents issuers and underwriters, is another key member of the team. He handles debt and equity capital markets transactions as well as structured finance transactions and other associated transactional and finance matters, while Thomas Zivny is a key contact for corporate bonds and bank issuance programmes. Christian Aichinger, who was promoted to senior counsel in 2020, handles a wide range of capital markets, finance and corporate matters.

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.