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 > Administrative law and public sector

(Leading individuals)

Stefan HuberCerha Hempel

In January 2020, Cerha Hempel founded a dedicated regulatory, IP/IT and white-collar crime department, which includes the firm’s administrative and public law offering, to underline the growing importance of these areas. When it comes to administrative law and public sector work, the group focuses on regulated industries, environmental law, higher education law and hospital law. Hans Kristoferitsch is in charge of the newly established department and also jointly leads the administrative and public practice with Stefan Huber. The former is an EU law expert with litigation experience and the latter shines in environmental and constitutional matters. Associate Armin Schwabl is of note for his life sciences and pharmaceutical expertise.

Austria > Public procurement

Clients from the IT, medical and infrastructure industries count on Cerha Hempel to handle public procurement matters, both for bidders and for contracting authorities. Georg Konrad is particularly active in the transportation sector; Stefan Huber has a core focus on work relating to the a higher education space; and Michaela Siegwart is a key name for utility procurement.

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

Cerha Hempel is recognised by clients and peers alike for its extensive white-collar criminal law expertise spanning criminal defence, compliance and internal investigations. Acting for individuals and companies alike, recent instructions arose from allegations of (internet) fraud, abuse of power, embezzlement, corruption and manipulation of procurement transactions. Criminal law specialist Peter Lewisch, who was appointed senior counsel in 2020, is highly regarded in the market and is particularly active in matters involving international elements. He forms the core team together with regulatory expert Hans Kristoferitsch, who is well versed in internal investigations and asset tracing, and Stefan Huber, who provides advice on a wide range of compliance, criminal law and white-collar criminal law matters. Holger Bielesz, whose strength lies at the intersection between commercial litigation and white-collar criminal law,  joined the practice from Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG in 2020.