Univ Prof Dr Peter Lewisch > Cerha Hempel > Vienna, Austria > Lawyer Profile

Cerha Hempel

Work Department

Regulatory and White Collar


Senior Counsel
Areas of practice:


Admitted 1996, (Attorney at Law), Austria

  • Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Trial Law,
    Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology, Law School, University of Vienna, since 2011
  • Director of the Center of Business and Financial Crime and of the Center for the Economic Analysis of the Law, both at the University of Vienna

Peter, a criminal law specialist, is a senior attorney at CERHA HEMPEL where he leads the white collar crime team. He is also a full professor for criminal law at the University of Vienna and director of the Law School’s Centre for Business and Financial Crime. He is regarded as the leading Austrian lawyer for complex and high profile business crime and white collar cases, in particular for cases with an international background, with a success rate of around 98%. Peter enjoys wide recognition among the judiciary, the Supreme Court and the Ministry of Justice. Peter is also known for his profound knowledge of pertinent questions of constitutional law (being a professor for this area, too) and of the ECHR (having been on the Austrian government’s shortlist for the position of a ECHR judge a couple of years ago).


German, English, French


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


University of Vienna (Dr. iur. 1980, Dr. rer. soc. oec. 1987)

Lawyer Rankings

Austria > Dispute resolution: white-collar crime (including fraud)

(Leading individuals)

Peter LewischCerha Hempel

Cerha Hempel handles the full range of white-collar crime work including representing individuals and companies in investigative proceedings, and defending clients in matters before all levels of the court system including the Supreme Court; the group also actively pursues claims against alleged perpetrators in the criminal courts. On the advisory side, the group advises clients on compliance matters and conducts internal investigations, with a particular focus on representing construction companies in ongoing investigations. Peter Lewisch, who is praised as an ‘excellent choice’, the’outstanding’ Hans Kristoferitsch and Stefan Huber jointly lead the team.