Dr Bernhard Kofler-Senoner > Cerha Hempel > Vienna, Austria > Lawyer Profile

Cerha Hempel

Work Department

Takeovers & Antitrust



Head of Competition Practice Group
Areas of practice:


Admitted 2006, (Attorney at Law), Austria

  • Lecturer in antitrust law
  • Assistant, EC Competition Law (Prof. Korah), Fordham University (2001-2002)
  • Trainee, Wessing, Berenberg & Gossler, Düsseldorf, Germany (2001)

Bernhard is a partner at CERHA HEMPEL since 2010. With almost 20 years of experience in the area of competition law, he heads the firm’s Antitrust and Competition Practice Group comprising lawyers from its office in Vienna and its CEE offices. Bernhard is renowned for his know-how in complex (Phase II) merger control proceedings and high profile cartel proceedings (especially in the mobile phone, consumer electronics, food retail, real estate, and construction sectors). He has vast experience in designing and implementing compliance management systems and in establishing national and international distribution networks with a special focus on the electronics sector. He also advises clients on damage claims that are made following competition law infringements.


German, English


  • Vienna Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht
  • Lex Mundi – The World’s Leading Association of Independent Law Firms


Fordham University (LL.M. 2002), Fulbright Scholarship
Robert Schuman Prize
University of Innsbruck (Mag. iur. 1999, Dr. iur. 2001)

Lawyer Rankings

Austria > EU and competition

(Leading individuals)

Bernhard Kofler-SenonerCerha Hempel

Cerha Hempel acts for domestic and multinational clients in EU and international merger control proceedings, foreign direct investments, cartel proceedings, and state aid matters. As part of the firm’s wider CEE competition practice group‚ the team headed by Bernhard Kofler-Senoner is well equipped to advise clients on cross-border questions. The private enforcement of damage claims constitutes another strength of the practice. Kofler-Senoner acts for high-profile clients in cartel cases and merger proceedings while ‘superb lawyer‘ Anna Wolf-Posch is involved in a variety of matters at a domestic and EU level.