Dr Thomas Zivny > Cerha Hempel > Vienna, Austria > Lawyer Profile

Cerha Hempel
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Work Department

Banking and Corporate Finance


Areas of practice:


Admitted 2004, (Attorney at Law), Austria
Admitted 2002, (Attorney at Law), New York

Thomas Zivny joined CERHA HEMPEL in 2000 and is a partner since 2008. He is primarily active in the field of capital markets, project finance, healthcare and corporate law. His team advises banks in connection with project financing in the countries of Central and South-Eastern Europe, focussing in particular on real estate financing. The spectrum ranges from financing and restructuring to disposals and covers the entire life cycle of the real estate. In the field of debt capital markets, Thomas advises issuers of corporate bonds as well as bank issuance programmes.


German, English, Russian


  • Vienna Bar Association
  • Österr. Gesellschaft für Medizinrecht
  • International Bar Association
  • Lex Mundi – The World’s Leading Association of Independent Law Firms


University of Vienna (Mag.iur. 1997, Dr.iur. 2001)
University of Sheffield, England (1997)
Harvard Law School (LL.M. 1999)

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.