Dr Michaela Siegwart > Cerha Hempel > Vienna, Austria > Lawyer Profile

Cerha Hempel

Work Department

Contentious Business


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Admitted 2005, (Attorney at Law), Austria

  • Lecturer in Public Procurement

Michaela has represented and advised national and international clients in commercial litigation for almost 20 years. She specialises in public procurement, insurance, construction and contract law. She is a partner with CERHA HEMPEL since 2019. During her time with the firm, Michaela has managed to establish herself in all matters pertaining to insurance law. Many of her clients have increasingly come to rely on her expertise in matters such as fidelity insurance liability law and professional liability. A record of excellence has come to define her professional career and continues to entice new clients.

In addition to her work as partner with CERHA HEMPEL, Michaela is also a regular speaker on matters of procurement law and is frequently invited to participate in conferences, in particular, by the Lawyer’s Academy (Anwaltsakademie, AWAK) in Vienna.


German, English, French


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


University of Vienna (Mag. iur. 2000, Dr. iur. 2013)

Lawyer Rankings

Austria > Public procurement

Cerha Hempel has a strong relationship with public bodies, and is regularly instructed to assist with the reorganisation of public holdings. The group has latterly seen an uptick in work on the bidder side, although the team retains its stellar track record advising on the contracting authority side. Michaela Siegwart has experience in both areas, and leads the group alongside Georg Konrad and Stefan Huber. In terms of sector specialisms, the group has seen an increase in activity in the IT and media fields.

Austria > Dispute resolution: commercial litigation

Cerha Hempel‘s dispute resolution team is ‘a highly solution-oriented and excellently skilled group of lawyers, who work together in a seamless manner‘. Helmed by Irene Welser, the group receives instruction from leading names spanning the real estate, retail, energy, banking and finance, and IT sectors. Michaela Siegwart and Holger Bielesz  are also recommended. Senior associate Paul Krepil, formerly of Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KG, joined the firm at the end of 2021, with a strong focus on investor disputes.