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.


German, English


  • 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

Cerha Hempel is particularly active for open-end and closed-end funds and developers, who retain the team to assist with real estate transactions and project developments. The latter includes transactional as well as financing and construction-related advice. This intersection between real estate and construction law is not least based on practice head Peter Vcelouch‘s strength in this area and translates in him heading both the real estate and construction practices. While the team covers all asset classes, much of its recent work concerned the residential and retail sectors. CEE real estate practice head Mark Krenn is another key individual; he routinely assists with transactions and lease agreements.

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 > Construction

Cerha Hempel’s cross-departmental cooperation enables the firm’s construction practice to assist domestic and international clients, including investment funds, retailers, engineering companies and project developers, with a wide range of construction-related matters, including associated public procurement, transactions and disputes. Much of its work pertains to real estate development projects and involves contentious issues, which are handled in conjunction with colleagues from the litigation and arbitration practices. Team head Peter Vcelouch has particular experience of planning and construction contracts alongside construction-related dispute resolution.