Dr Edith Hlawati > Cerha Hempel > Vienna, Austria > Lawyer Profile

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

The team at Cerha Hempel is noted for its ‘very good availability and reliability‘. It handles a wide range of matters including distribution of structured products and securities under certificates programmes, issuing of corporate bonds, and relistings. Clients include banks, prominent real estate holding companies, investment firms, and listed companies. In recent highlights, the ‘experienced, reliable and assertive‘ Volker Glas led a team that advised Goldman Sachs on its €100m distribution of structured products. The practice is jointly headed by Edith Hlawati and Clemens Hasenauer. Associate Christian Aichinger is also recommended for his ‘very quick comprehension‘. Peter Knobl and Thomas Zivny are other key names.

Austria > Banking and finance

Under the leadership of Edith Hlawati and Clemens Hasenauer, the banking and finance team at Cerha Hempel acts for lenders and borrowers on real estate financings and major financing transactions. Among Peter Knobl‘s specialisms are banking supervision and regulatory matters, where he advises Austrian licensed banks, insurers and fund management companies on compliance questions. Volker Glas assists corporate borrowers and Austrian and international banks with syndicated loans, acquisitions, project financings and structured finance transactions. Other key names include Thomas Zivny, senior counsel Christian Aichinger and senior associate Andrea Harrich.