Dr Peter Vcelouch > Cerha Hempel > Vienna, Austria > Lawyer Profile

Cerha Hempel

Work Department

Real Estate and Construction


Head of Department Real Estate and Construction
Areas of practice:


Admitted 2000, (Attorney at Law), Austria

  • Lecturer on Community, Constitutional, Tobacco Monopoly and Construction Law

Partner at CERHA HEMPEL since 2004, with the firm since 1997.

Head of CERHA HEMPEL’S Real Estate & Construction Practice Group, Peter Vcelouch, is well-respected for his expertise in national and international construction-related matters. He regularly advises on planning and construction contracts and represents clients in claim management matters and in construction-related litigation and arbitration proceedings. Recently he advised, inter alia, Austrian SES Spar European Shopping Centers, one of the biggest shopping centre developers, owners and managers in Austria and Central Europe, with respect to several real estate and construction projects. Furthermore, he regularly advises Lidl Österreich on real estate and construction-related matters and Vienna International Airport on construction law issues.
Peter also advises national and international clients in commercial litigation and arbitration issues, in particular with respect to large scale construction projects.

Peter is active as a frequent lecturer at imh Institut Manfred Hämmerle GmbH (previously IIR Institute) with respect to real estate matters, and he is also active as a permanent lecturer for construction-related matters at the Chamber of Architects.


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  • Vienna Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Austrian Council of Shopping Centers
  • Real Circle
  • ÖGNI
  • Verein der Freunde Rechtswissenschaft
  • ICDR Young & International
  • YAAP Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners
  • Lex Mundi – The World’s Leading Association of Independent Law Firms


University of Vienna (Mag. iur. 1994, Dr. iur. 1996)

Lawyer Rankings

Austria > Real estate

The ‘very well integrated and highly knowledgeable team‘ at Cerha Hempel is particularly active in the areas of retail and residential real estate. ‘Highly skilled expertManfred Ton headed a team that advised Value One on its joint venture with Nuveen Real Estate to invest €600m in pan-European purpose-built student accommodation. Peter Vcelouch, who heads the team jointly with Johannes Aehrenthal, is acting for retailer Lidl Österreich on an ongoing basis on issues including real estate development projects, real estate acquisitions concerning new shop locations in Austria, and construction law issues. Also recommended are Mark Krenn and counsel Matthias Nödl.

Austria > Projects and energy

Cerha Hempel assists with projects and energy work by leveraging multiple departments throughout the firm. The practice is particularly singled out for its expertise in energy M&A, which is handled by Clemens Hasenauer and Johannes Aehrenthal in the corporate transactions team; in recent highlights, the group advised OMV on its purchase of a stake in an oil refining company and acted on General Electric’s sale of its distributed power business. Public law group head Hans Kristoferitsch leads on regulatory matters and represented the Republic of Austria in several state aid cases. Real estate and construction leader Peter Vcelouch acted for Lidl on several construction projects. Georg Konrad and Thomas Trettnak also contribute to the practice.

Austria > Construction

The construction department at Cerha Hempel is led by Peter Vcelouch, with the team predominantly focusing on residential development, construction disputes and transactional M&A matters. Michaela Siegwart is highlighted for her ‘solution-oriented approach’. Recent highlights include advising Aberdeen on an investment in a residential development project located near Vienna’s main railway station and assisting SES Spar European Shopping Centers in various construction law matters with respect to several shopping centres owned by SES.