Dr Stefan Huber > Cerha Hempel > Vienna, Austria > Lawyer Profile

Cerha Hempel

Work Department

Regulatory and White Collar


Areas of practice:


Admitted 2011, (Attorney at Law), Austria

  • Lecturer in foreign trade law at the University of Applied Sciences in Burgenland
  • Permanent editor of the scientific journal „Neue Hochschulzeitung“

Stefan is a partner at CERHA HEMPEL since 2015, with the firm since 2007. Is an expert in Austrian higher education law, public and European law and highly active in compliance work, criminal law as well as white collar crime. Also one of Austria’s leading experts in export control law.​ Frequently advises on public procurement issues, e.g. the Federal Ministry of Finance on certain procurement aspects for a legislative project; Vienna Business University on procurement impacts of a restructuring project. Likewise, has a focus on both environmental and constitutional law.​ Before joining the firm, he worked as an assistant professor for European and public law at the University of Innsbruck and the University of Vienna and as secretary general to the Austrian Science Council. Stefan lectures in Foreign Trade Law at the University of Applied Sciences Burgenland and frequently speaks at conferences.
Stefan is a Co-author of the Austrian Handbook on Higher Education Law and contributor to the leading German commentary on Foreign Trade Law.


German, English, French, Polish, Spanish


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


University of Innsbruck, Université libre de Bruxelles (Mag. iur. 2001, Mag. phil. 2001, Dr. iur. 2003)
Schloß Hofen, Lochau (LL.M. Europarecht 2004)

Lawyer Rankings

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

Cerha Hempel is a respected player representing individuals, including top management, and companies in investigative and court proceedings, which have recently included allegations of breach of trust, bid rigging, (tax) fraud and embezzlement. Alongside its criminal defence expertise, the team is equally well versed in handling international investigations and puts another focus on crime prevention and compliance advice. Key contacts include senior counsel and criminal law specialist Peter Lewisch, whose mandates routinely involve international elements, Hans Kristoferitsch, who frequently takes the lead in internal investigations, and Stefan Huber, who has a specialism in matters at the intersection between white-collar crime and export control law.

Austria > Administrative law and public sector

(Leading individuals)

Stefan HuberCerha Hempel

Cerha Hempel‘s team is ‘unique in its legal knowledge, combining a hands-on approach with academic excellence’. The group’s administrative law and public sector team sits in the firm’s recently founded regulatory, IP/IT and white-collar crime practice group. It has a notable focus on regulated industries, environmental law, hospital law and higher education as well as consumer product regulation. Public law litigation at both a national and EU-level is another strong suit of the team, which is headed by Hans Kristoferitsch and Stefan Huber. ‘Dedicated, responsive and reliable’ Armin Schwabl, who was promoted to the partnership in early 2022,  is well versed in the areas of life sciences, data protection and trade law.

Austria > Public procurement

Public entities and infrastructure providers often turn to Cerha Hempel for questions relating to the procurement of infrastructure projects. The firm has registered a growth in workload on the bidder side in recent years as well as in bid rigging and self-purification cases. Public law litigation at both a national and EU level and advising the medical sector are additional strengths of the team, which is led by Georg Konrad, Stefan Huber and Michaela Siegwart.