Senior Partner: Edith Hlawati
Contact Partners: Albert Birkner, Clemens Hasenauer
Number of lawyers worldwide: 190
Languages: Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish
International Offices: Belarus, Minsk; Bulgaria, Sofia; Czech Republic, Prague; Hungary, Budapest; Romania, Timisoara; Slovakia, Bratislava
CERHA HEMPEL is one of Austria’s leading corporate law firms, with an integrated Central and Eastern European practice. With a team of over 190 lawyers, CERHA HEMPEL offers clients expertise and experience in all areas of corporate and commercial law in Austria and CEE.
Through its unique organisational structure which allies its core teams with specialists, CERHA HEMPEL is able to deliver first-class advice and unparalleled service to clients. Over the past 25 years, CERHA HEMPEL has been involved in a large number of the most significant transactions in Austria. This is what distinguishes it as one of the leading law firms in the fields of M&A, IPOs, privatisations, financings, real estate and construction, litigation and arbitration and employment law. This expertise – combined with years of experience in CEE and the Lex Mundi network – ensures that clients receive high-quality, intellectually rigorous advice, across disciplines and across borders.
Main Areas of Practice:
M&A & Corporate:
The focus at CERHA HEMPEL is not only on classic M&A, but also on private equity transactions, and on resolving complex, often cross-border issues in a practical and commercially oriented manner, as well as providing ongoing corporate legal advice and handling and overseeing corporate reorganisations. CERHA HEMPEL has particular expertise in public M&A, including takeover law and regulatory compliance under financial markets laws.
Over the past 20 years, CERHA HEMPEL has handled Austria’s largest privatisations in the fields of telecommunications, postal services, aviation, airports, tobacco, steel, energy and construction. Its experience includes structuring privatisations as spin-offs, the sale of majority or minority equity stakes and IPOs.
Banking & Finance: CERHA HEMPEL supports its clients in the borrowing and investment decisions they make, such as in the context of financial and liquidity planning and treasury operations. It advises both borrowers and lenders alike. Recognised as a leading corporate law firm in the regulatory sector, CERHA HEMPEL advises international banks on establishing Austrian branches and offices and with respect to selling and trading securities in Austria. As advisor to over 100 managed investment funds which it represents in Austria regarding trading and compliance issues, CERHA HEMPEL has extensive expertise in the banking and finance sector.
As one of the leading law firms specialising in capital markets law, CERHA HEMPEL has handled the largest capital markets transactions in Austria over the past 25 years and has set the standards for this area. It handles all aspects of IPOs, capital increases and bond issuances, advising potential issuers and underwriters on due diligence issues, as well as preparing prospectuses in accordance with international standards and drafting documentation for capital increases.
Real Estate & Construction:
CERHA HEMPEL supports its clients in everything from project development, negotiating and drafting financing agreements, preparing planning and construction agreements, to residential and commercial leases and claims management. CERHA HEMPEL has outstanding contacts with the major market players, enabling it to offer its clients project management services as well.
Litigation & Arbitration:
Whether it be construction disputes, unfair competition, contractual interpretation, insurance law, warranty issues, or damages in contract or tort, CERHA HEMPEL's success rate is enviable. The team at CERHA HEMPEL covers the entire spectrum of corporate and commercial law, and focuses on giving its clients a clear picture of the opportunities and risks involved. Members of the firm act as arbitrators, chairpersons and counsel.
CERHA HEMPEL provides first class legal advice on all aspects of employment law, from drafting contracts including options for greater flexibility in employment relationships, as well as implementing restructuring programmes.
CERHA HEMPEL possesses an extensive network of contacts and offices, and many years’ experience in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. In addition, it maintains close relations with leading law firms in those jurisdictions where it does not have its own offices. Its offices in CEE primarily specialise in the areas of M&A, corporate and commercial law, banking and finance, and real estate and project development. Each office employs local, highlyqualified and multilingual staff. All of its CEE offices have continuous access to the resources of the entire CERHA HEMPEL network. CERHA HEMPEL has offices in Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovak Republic.