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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In Europe, Middle East and Africa, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for seven consecutive years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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Index of tables

  1. Energy
  2. Regulatory
  3. Transactions
  4. Leading individuals
  5. Next Generation Partners

Leading individuals

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    • Thomas Burmeister - White & Case LLP
    • Christian von Hammerstein - Raue PartmbB
    • Fritz von Hammerstein - CMS
    • Matthias Hirschmann - Hogan Lovells International LLP
    • Cornelia Kermel - Noerr
    • Thomas Mayen - Dolde Mayen & Partner
    • Peter Rosin - White & Case LLP
    • Boris Scholtka - PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal AG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft)
    • Ulrich Scholz - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    • Thomas Schulz - Linklaters
    • Holger Stappert - Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
    • Christian Theobald - Becker Büttner Held, Rechtsanwälte Wirtschaftsprüfer Steuerberater

Next Generation Partners

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Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH’s group is noted for its ‘outstanding work’, ‘optimal price-performance ratio’ and the ‘practical relevance’ of its advice. The team surrounding Holger Stappert, who is recognised for his ‘longstanding experience in the energy sector’, advises clients including TenneT, Open Grid Europe and Vattenfall, and stands out for its ‘very good industry expertise’. The client base not only includes energy providers but also industrial companies and the firm advises on various types of energy law issues, including regulatory law, public law and planning regulations. Another focus lies at the intersection with antitrust law: Michael Krömker acted for Meag on its acquisition of 49% of Steag Fernwärme, including providing merger control advice. The practice is also visible in contentious matters: Richard Happ is representing E.ON in an ICSID arbitration against the Kingdom of Spain on the basis of an energy charter contract, while Stefan Altenschmidt is acting for Uniper in legal proceedings against the Free State of Bavaria regading the use of hydropower plants. Other highlights include assisting a listed energy provider with a restructuring in the context of the German Energy Act’s unbundling requirements and advising Dutch energy supplier Eneco on the acquisition of green energy provider Lichtblick. Project finance expert Alexander Wojtek joined from Watson Farley & Williams LLP and Michael Bormann was a new arrival from Simmons & Simmons LLP. Angelo Vallone, who focuses on the regulation of gas and electricity networks, was promoted to partner in June 2017.

White & Case LLP’s eight-partner strong energy law team is noted for its ‘outstanding industry expertise’, ‘quick response times’ and for the ‘significant number of lawyers with strong in-house experience’. Under the lead of Peter Rosin and Thomas Burmeister, the team handles M&A transactions, restructurings and complex regulatory matters. Clients, including EnBW, Gasunie and Vattenfall Europe Business Services, also benefit from the close collaboration with the corporate practice around Jörg Kraffel, the project finance team led by Florian Degenhardt and the capital markets expertise provided by Karsten Wöckener’s practice. Recent highlights include advising Steag on the sale of a 49% share in Steag Fernwärme to Meag; assisting a banking syndicate as arrangers with the refinancing of the acquisition of shares of E.ON Westfalen Weser; and representing several operators of regulated energy supply networks in landmark proceedings concerning the determination of the equity yield rate at the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf. In the renewable energy space, the firm advised Steag on a strategic partnership with Allianz Global Investors concnering the sale of shares in a French wind farm portfolio. The team was strengthened by Stefan Bressler’s arrival from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Sabine Schulte-Beckhausen is now with WTS and Guido Hermeier joined Amprion.

Becker Büttner Held, Rechtsanwälte Wirtschaftsprüfer Steuerberater has a particularly good reputation for regulatory expertise in the energy sector and has also made a concerted effort to expand its practice into related areas, including corporate law, employment law and antritrust. Clients include public utilities, for which the firm provides comprehensive advice on supply and infrastructure matters, as well as energy-intensive companies, which seek the firm’s advice on topics such as emission trading and self-supply. Highlights for energy and corporate lawyer Christian Held include advice to the working group Effizienzinitiative Erdgasumstellung, an initiative by various market participants to increase the potential for greater efficiency during the changeover from group L to group H gas. Ines Zenke represented one of the largest energy consuming industrial companies in an action against the Federal Republic of Germany regarding charging practices according to the special equalisation scheme fees regulation (BAGebV), and Stefan Missling is acting for numerous electricity and gas network operators in 600 complaints proceedings against the Federal Network Agency regarding the establishment of rates of return on existing and new power plants at the Higher Regional Court Düsseldorf. Markus Kachel and Markus Ladenburger were promoted to the partnership. Christian Theobald is also recommended.

Clifford Chance’s ‘excellent’ energy and infrastructure practice is recognised in particular for its advice on projects and transactions. Co-practice head Björn Heinlein assisted transmission system operator Ontras Gastransport with the acquisition of co-ownership, a fractional share of 16.5%, in the pipeline project EUGAL from Gascade Gastransport and together with Mathias Elspaß, who jointly heads the practice, advised export credit insurers on the financing of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline. Markus Muhs and Anselm Raddatz handled the establishment of a joint venture with CK Asset for CK Infrastructure and the acquisition of 100% of ista International from CVC Capital Partners Fund V in the context of the joint venture. In the renewable energy space, highlights included the firm’s advice to Global Infrastructure Partners on the acquisition and financing of a share in Borkum Riffgrund 2 offshore wind farm. Regulatory expert Thomas Voland’s arrival from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in May 2018 further strengthened the team.

CMS’ energy law practice focuses on regulatory and energy antitrust law. Under the lead of Jochen Lamb, the firm advised Bayerngas on the establishment of a joint venture with Stadtwerke München, the municipal utilities department of Munich and the British energy supply company Centrica for the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas in Europe. Planning law expert Fritz Von Hammerstein assisted TenneT TSO with several network expansion projects in Northern Germany and represented the client at the Federal Administrative Court in various appeal proceedings by third parties concerning zoning approval for the 380kV transmission line from Ganderkesee to St. Hülfe. The team is also highly visible in the renewable energy sector: Holger Kraft advised EnBW Albatros on project contracts for the development of the offshore wind farm EnBW Albatros; assisted the city of Zurich’s power station with the acquisition of the onshore wind projects Autremencourt and Vihiersois from Hamburg-based Nordex; and acted for asset manager Luxcara on the acquisition of the Norwegian onshore wind project Egersund.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s energy law practice is praised for its ‘quick response times, comprehensive industry expertise and the availability of the large team’. Under the lead of Ulrich Scholz, who is noted for his ‘quick perception and solution oriented way of working’, the practice focuses on transactions, project finance and group-internal restructurings. Key client RWE sought the firm’s advice on the E.ON/innogy transaction, including the sale of 76.8% of innogy shares to E.ON and the planned acquisition of the renewable energy business from E.ON. The group remains active in matters surrounding the nuclear phaseout; it assisted RWE Power with the group-internal transfer of the nuclear energy division to an independent company. In another highlight, it advised BASF on a planned joint venture with LetterOne for the merger of their oil and gas divisions. Corporate lawyer Tobias Larisch joined Latham & Watkins LLP, while Wolf Spieth left to establish POSSER SPIETH WOLFERS & PARTNERS and a three-strong team, comprised of counsel Christoph Sieberg and principal associates Thilo Richter and Margret Schellberg, joined Flick Gocke Schaumburg.

Hengeler Mueller offers a multifaceted spectrum of energy law advice with its 14-partner strong team, which covers regulatory matters, disputes and M&A projects, joint ventures and financing. From its Berlin office, the practice often handles projects in the renewable energy sector. Dirk Uwer assisted Centrica with the establishment of joint ventures with Bayerngas Norge in the area of exploration and extraction of crude oil and natural gas, while John Flüh and Nicolas Böhm acted as lead counsel for 50Hertz Transmission on the 20% acquisition of shares by State Grid of China. In other work, Thomas Meuerer and Andreas Austmann advised innogy on the merger of its British distribution business with SSE’s retail energy and ‘energy plus’ business for the creation of an independent energy distribution company. In the contentious space, highlights included representing DB Energie in the pursuit of repayment claims and claims to future adjustments of long-term power supply contracts with a large energy provider. Sebastian Schneider was promoted to partner at the start of 2018.

In the energy sector, Linklaters distinguishes itself particularly for its work on high-volume transactions, both in the renewable energy and the gas sectors. Another key focus is regulatory advice, where the practice has noted an increase in instructions, particularly in connection with energy-related litigation. Practice head Thomas Schulz and Jens Hollinderbäumer advised E.ON on the takeover offer for Innogy shares and the planned comprehensive swap of assets between between E.ON and RWE. In another stand-out matter, led by Berlin-based Christopher Bremme, the group assisted Letterone Corporate Advisor with the potential merger of DEA Deutsche Erdöl and Wintershall’s oil and gas extraction business. The firm also acted for gas transmission system operator Fluxys Deutschland on the successful offer to take over a 16.6% share in the planning, construction and operation of the EUGAL gas pipeline from developer Gascade Gastransport; and advised Stadtwerke München, the municipal utilities department of Munich, and Bayerngas on the establishment of a joint ventures with British energy provider Centrica for the bundling of the oil and gas business in Denmark, Norway, Great Britain and the Netherlands.

Noerr stands out for its ‘quick reactions and good focus’ and acts for domestic and international clients, particularly in the context of high-volume transactions in the energy sector. Under the lead of corporate lawyer Christoph Spiering, the group advised BS/Energy on the sale of coal-fired power station Mehrum to Czech energy provider EPH. Cornelia Kermel and Tibor Fedke assisted CommerzReal with a bidding competition for a 49% minority share in Steag Fernwärme. The opening of the Hamburg office in April 2017 has visibly strengthened the firm’s work in the offshore wind segment: the team is representing an international operating company in three complaint proceedings concerning the delayed construction of grid connection systems for offshore wind farms and acted for a banking syndicate on the refinancing of a wind turbine manufacturer, project developer and wind farm operator. It has also been increasingly in demand for advice pertaining to new mobility: Christian Mayer assisted the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure with various research projects concerning the promotion of electric mobility. Christof Federwisch heads the practice. Marlies Raschke and Meike von Levetzow were promoted to the partnership and Lucie Gerhardt was made associate partner.

The eight-partner strong energy law team at Raue PartmbB is highly regarded for its regulatory expertise, and is a key name for handling complaints procedures against the Federal Network Agency. The firm represented key client LichtBlick in a determination process by the Federal Network Agency surrounding the company’s equity yield, and in the merger control proceedings in the context of the E.ON/RWE transaction; Christian Von Hammerstein led on both matters. He also represented Gasag Berliner Gaswerke in a dispute concerning concession fees at the Regional Court of Berlin and assisted enyway with the launch of a peer-to-peer marketing model. Wolfram Hertel represented Mitgas Mitteldeutsche Gasversorgung at the Antitrust Senate at the Higher Regional Court of Dresden regarding the disclosure of the evalution report for the award of gas concessions for 22 districts in Leipzig and advised Engie in proceedings for the granting of new operational approvals for coal-fired power plant Zolling.

Clients appreciate Baker McKenzie’s practice in particular for its ‘24/7 availability’ and ‘commercial approach’; besides handling transactions in the energy and infrastructure sector, the group also has a focus on regulatory advice, project finance and litigation. The ‘highly experienced team’, including Thomas Dörmer and the ‘solution-orientedTim Heitling, advised Creos Deutschland on the acquisition of various shares in Steag Netz in the context of a bidding procedure and assisted Chubu Electric Power and Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance with the acquisition of shares in two German offshore transmission system operators. The firm also acted for a syndicate of 13 European and Asian banks on the acquisition financing of energy efficiency service provider ista International via a Chinese joint venture. In the contentious area, highlights included representing Vattenfall Europe Sales in an action against ante-holz group at the Regional Court of Hamburg regarding bills and payment for additional costs for electricity supply.

Gleiss Lutz advises on the entire spectrum of energy law matters, but the team led by Cornelia Topf and Jacob von Andreae particularly stands out for its advice on transactions and regulatory issues. Recent highlights include providing planning law advice to Amprion on the execution of a high-voltage transmission line; acting for JP Morgan, Citigroup and Deutsche Bank on the issuance of a high-yield bond for the financing of the acquisition of Neptune Energy; and representing EOS Offshore Kaikas and wpd in a constitutional complaint against the central regulations of the Wind Energy at Sea Act. In the contentious area, the firm also defended Amprion against an action at the Federal Administrative Court against a planning approval decision for the construction of a 380kV high-voltage transmission line. Other key clients include Gazprom Export, RWE and EnBW. The practice saw a few team changes: Marcus Dannecker and Yvonne Kerth left to found Dannecker & Kerth Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB Rechtsanwälte, while Christoph Moench joined SAMMLERUSINGER Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB. Hans-Joachim Reck is now at Taylor Wessing and Hans-Georg Schulze moved to White & Case LLP. Marc Ruttloff was promoted to counsel.

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s practice for energy and raw materials is strongly grounded in transactional work with particular strength in the renewable energy space. Other key areas are energy and emission trade, regulatory law, project finance and disputes in the energy sector. Highlights for practice head Matthias Hirschmann included advising ExxonMobil Central Europe on the sale of its entire German petrol station and retail business to a British company; assisting Mitsubishi Corporation with the partial sale of the German offshore transmission business and the establishment of a new joint venture with Chubu Electric Power and Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance; and acting for new client Northland Power on the takeover of the 252MW offshore wind farm Deutsche Bucht. The group is also advising NRW.Bank on the refinancing of offshore wind farm Trianel Windpark Borkum. Other key clients include Statoil ASA, Trianel and ENI. Carla Luh was promoted to the partnership in early 2018 and Tobias Flasbarth is also recommended.

BEITEN BURKHARDT’s seven-partner strong energy law practice is distinguished by its ‘responsiveness, high service level and know-how and a good price-performance ratio’. It has a core focus on regulatory advice and contentious matters but the team, which is led by practice head Maximilian Emanuel Elspas, also covers transactions in the energy sector, including advising Energiedienst Holding on the acquisition of 60% of shares in Messerschmid Energiesysteme. In another highlights, it assisted an international syndicate comprised of financial investors and project developers with the planned construction and operation of an interconnector between Germany and the UK. Munich-based Sebastian Rohrer, who has ‘the willingness and ability to comprehensively familiarise himself with complex, sometimes technically difficult matters’, advised Caterva on the development of the Swarm storage power plant, while Berlin-based Guido Brucker acted for European Commodity Clearing in contract negotiations in the context of the implementation of the European network code Capacity Allocation and Congestion Management.

Michael Cieslarczyk leads the team at DLA Piper, which advises domestic and international clients, including Fluxys, First Solar, Gasunie and Trianel, on the spectrum of energy law with particular expertise in transactions in the renewable energy segment. Other areas of focus are energy contract law and energy and emissions trading; the team regularly handles high-volume arbitration proceedings in this space. The ‘experienced’ team, which is noted for its ‘excellent industry expertise’, recently advised Aggregated Micro Power on the planned acquisition of a battery storage power plant and assisted ERG with the acquisition of Windpark Linda, the owner of the project rights for a 21.6MW wind project, including the project development documentation, construction contract and turbine supply contract. Key client EWE regularly instructs the firm on general regulatory and energy contract law matters as well as in the context of electromobility. Stefan Schröder and Timo Betjemann were promoted to counsel. Wolfram Distler left for Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

Boutique firm Dolde Mayen & Partner provides comprehensive advice on regulatory, plant construction and planning approval matters and is particularly active in providing planning advice on large infrastructure installations. Other areas of focus include assisting with the termination of the use of nuclear energy, the construction of transmission lines, the modification of generation capacities, and approval procedures for new power generation plants. Klaus-Peter Dolde’s team handled numerous matters for longstanding client EnBW: it advised on the environmental aspects of a cooling water supply for a coal-fired power plant; represented the client in approval proceedings for the transport of spent fuel from nuclear power plant Obrigheim to interim storage in nuclear power plant Neckarwestheim; and represented the client before the Ministry of the Environment Baden-Württemberg in proceedings for the granting of the decommissioning and dismantling of nuclear power plant Philippsburg 2. Matthias Hangst was promoted to associated partner and focuses on advising municipalities in connection with the turnaround in energy policy. Thomas Mayen and Christian Stelter are also recommended.

GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB’s eight-partner strong energy practice advises on regulatory matters, transactions and financings in the energy sector from across four German offices, and has additional expertise in energy and emissions trade and energy contract law. Berlin-based Christoph Riese assisted Gaskraftwerk Leipheim with the development and construction of a 760MW gas power plant of the same name. In other work co-head Achim Compes, who is based in Cologne, advised Trianel on the construction and operation of an 800MW coal-fired power plant in Lünen, which also included representing the client in proceedings pertaining to an emission protection permit and a permission issued under water law as well as the advising on the restructuring of the project. Other clients include Rheinenergie and HanseWerk, as well as new clients CEE Group Hamburg and BaywaRE. Wibke Schumacher and Thoralf Herbold, who jointly heads the practice, are also recommended.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek PartGmbB fields ‘a team with unbeatable know-how’, which delivers work ‘very expeditiously and with the utmost care and highest quality’. Practice head Marc Baltus is considered ‘an insider tip among German energy lawyers’. Together with the ‘very good’ Tobias Woltering, he is advising a large real estate company on all energy law matters, including the development and implementation of new business models. In the Hamburg office, the team has expertise in the offshore wind sector: Kai Bandilla and Stefan Duhnkrack assisted WV Energie and public utility company Stadtwerke Bad Vilbel with the sale of project company KNK Wind for the planned Baltic Sea wind farm Arcadis Ost 1 to Belgian project developer and offshore wind farm operator Parkwind. Highlights in the gas space included advising a foreign energy provider on a high-volume, long-term gas import contract and assisting Gascade Gastransport with a joint venture with Gazprom and BASF subsidiary Wintershall concerning the construction of the EUGAL pipeline. Tim Petermann was promoted to the partnership.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s energy law practice, under the lead of Klaus Bader, focuses on regulatory and corporate advice in connection with energy projects and also has expertise in battery and pumped storage power plants and geothermal energy. Counsel Felix Dinger, of counsel Sebastian Frech and Christian Filippitsch, who is the key contact for antitrust law, are other names to note.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP’s ‘service-oriented’ practice is noted for its ‘good sense in providing the right level of legal services’ and focuses on energy and infrastructure transactions and projects, including frequently handling cross-border transactions. The team is jointly headed by finance law expert Thomas Hollenhorst and Malte Jordan, who has expertise in private equity transactions and investments in the renewable energy segment. The latter, together with Sven Fretthold, advised a banking syndicate on the financing of the €988m offshore wind farm project Deutsche Bucht. A highlight for Hollenhorst was acting for HSH Nordbank on the financing of Danish wind farm Kappel. A Frankfurt-based team including Torsten Rosenboom advised Tank & Rast group on the drafting of cooperation agreements with energy providers and automotive manufacturers in the context of the establishment of a quick-charging network for electric vehicles at 400 motorway service stations in Germany. In mid-2017, the team was strengthened by the arrival of Björn-Axel Dißars from Latham & Watkins LLP and the promotion of Wolfram Böge to the partnership. At the start of 2019, regulatory expert Friedrich Maximilian Boemke joined the firm from Corinius LLP.

Allen & Overy LLP’s multidisciplinary energy law practice combines competencies in the banking and finance, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution and tax areas to advise clients, predominantly in the renewable energy sector, on energy trade, supply and distribution contracts and project finance. Other core pillars of the practice include arbitration – where Daniel Busse is the key contact – and public law advice on the tender of gas and power supply concessions both on the side of municipalities and regional network operators, where Olaf Otting takes the lead. Recent highlights include Hans Schoneweg’s advice to the British EG Group on the takeover of over 1000 Esso petrol stations in Germany and the connected brand partnership, and Hans Diekmann acting for Uniper in the context of Fortum’s hostile takeover bid.

At Ashurst LLP, ‘lawyers not only have very good technical expertise and business sense but also an understanding of clients’ needs’. The team’s experience lies in M&A, financings and project development. Maximilian Uibeleisen and Benedikt von Schorlemer, who are ‘well versed and have an extremely pleasant manner’, advised Dutch Infrastructure Fund on the planned acquisition of 49% of the shares in Steag Fernwärme; assisted EWE with the sale of the Osnabrück-based subsidiary E3/DC to Hager Group; and handled the acquisition of a 22.5% share in German offshore wind farm Butendiek for Itochu and Citic Pacific. Of counsel Nikolos Tsagareli was a new arrival from Gleiss Lutz at the start of 2017.

With a focus on renewable energy, the eleven-partner team at Bird & Bird provides comprehensive advice on domestic and international energy projects. The team is particularly notable for transactions and the setting up of funds for solar parks, onshore and offshore wind farms and geothermal power plants. Practice head René Voigtländer assisted an energy supply company with the merger of two distribution system operators; the matter involved public procurement, energy regulatory and corporate law advice. Düsseldorf-based corporate lawyer Peter Veranneman assisted EWV Energie- und Wasser-Versorgung with merger talks with Stawag, while Matthias Lang advised a US energy supplier on an offshore connection system in Germany. Hermann Rothfuchs was promoted to partner. Counsel Alik Dörn joined Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner.

Dentons’ energy law team combines expertise in public, coporate and tax law and project finance to advise its predominantly international client base on transactions, energy supply and grid connection contracts and power plant and pipeline projects. The firm is focusing increasingly on renewable energy, in particular wind and solar energy, but also has experience in the oil and gas space. Practice head Thomas Schubert advised, in cooperation wih a team from the firm’s Canadian offices, energy infrastructure company Enbridge on the establishment of a joint ventre with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and subsequent acquisitions; the transaction comprises wind and solar power plants in North America and investments in the German offshore wind farm projects Hohe See and Albatros. The team also regularly handles antitrust matters in the energy sector: Jörg Karenfort and Brussel-based Edward Borovikov are representing Gazprom OAO in antitrust abuse proceedings at the European Comission.

Flick Gocke Schaumburg significantly expanded its energy regulatory practice – notably adding expertise in the electricity and gas space – with the arrival of Christoph Sieberg, Thilo Richter and Margret Schellberg from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. The team advised E.ON’s network operators on the revenue ceilings for the gas and electricity network in the third regulatory period. In the contentious space, the group represented Uniper power plants in various actions in connection with the payment of redispatch services and the prohibition of the temporary decommissioning of transmission system operators, and defended E.DIS against transmission fee refund claims by a grid customer. Other prominent clients include Bayernwerk, TenneT TSO and Vattenfall.

PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal AG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft) primarily advises on matters surrounding the production and storage of energy, energy trade and distribution, tender procedures and in the context of transactions. The practice is led by Berlin-based Boris Scholtka and Peter Mussaeus in Düsseldorf. Christoph Fabritius is also recommended.

Key areas of expertise at Redeker Sellner Dahs include handling contentious and non-contentious matters relating to plant construction, where clients benefit from the firm’s environmental, planning and construction law expertise. Burkhard Messerschmidt is representing RWE Power in an action concerning the construction of the Neurath power plant and acted for a large energy supply company in an action at the Federal Court of Justice regarding the construction of two new hard coal-fired units in a large power station. Berlin-based Frank Fellenberg is representing the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation in various administrative and complaints proceedings concerning the action of a nature conservation association against offshore wind farm Butendiek.

Taylor Wessing’s strength lies in project finance and transactional advice in the renewable energy sector, but the firm also has expertise in construction and regulatory matters. Highlights for practice head Carsten Bartholl included assisting an investor in the renewable energy space with the acquisition of a wind farm portfolio in southern Germany. Corporate lawyers Alexander Roth and Frank Koch advised Kaiserwetter Solar Invest on the sale of a solar park portfolio consisting of 14 solar installations to Cerberus Capital Management, and Janina Pochhammer advised asset manager Luxcara on the operation of various solar and wind farms. Personnel changes include the arrivals of Markus Böhme from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Hans-Joachim Reck from Gleiss Lutz in July and October 2017, respectively.

Healthcare and life sciences

Index of tables

  1. Healthcare and life sciences
  2. Drug advertising law
  3. Regulatory
  4. Transactions
  5. Leading individuals
  6. Next Generation Partners

Leading individuals

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Next Generation Partners

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Who Represents Who

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Baker McKenzie covers a broad spectrum of topics in the life sciences area: the practice is one of the most diverse in the market and not only has longstanding experience in transactional advice but also profound expertise in regulatory matters. Public procurement and IP-related mandates are further pillars of the practice, which is led by Thilo Räpple, who regularly advises on market access issues and the Pharmaceutical Market Restructuring Act (AMNOG). With public procurement expert Marc Gabriel in the lead, the team also assisted Novartis with several Germany-wide tenders for open-house pharmaceutical rebate contracts for the Imatinib medication and represented the client in multiple parallel review procedures at the federal public procurement body in order to protect important blockbuster cancer drug Glivec. Constanze Ulmer-Eilfort advised CureVac on a cooperation with Eli Lilly in the area of cancer drugs, which included an upfront payment of $50m and an equity investment of $45m; the team collaborated with the firm’s offices in New York and Washington. In addition to acting for international pharmaceutical corporations, the group acts for companies in the biotechnology and medical products technology sector, as well as a significant number of smaller highly specialised companies. Christian Burholt is also recommended.

Clifford Chance’s practice is jointly headed by Peter Dieners and Ulrich Reese, who are highly renowned legal experts in the healthcare sector. The duo are not only known for their regulatory expertise but also handle significant transactional work. Reese advised Fresenius Kabi on the acquisition of the biosimilars business from Merck and provided comprehensive advice to Pfizer on the reimbursement of a new medication according to AMNOG. Gunnar Sachs handled a number of matters for Sanofi Genzyme, including representing the client in Health Care System Act (HWG) proceedings, advice on product launches and contractual matters and on the use of apps. Counsel Claudia Nawroth also has expertise in the healthcare space.

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘excellent’ team stands out for its high level of niche expertise in various healthcare-related areas. Jörg Schickert, who heads the German life sciences practice, has considerable regulatory expertise; he and Arne Thiermann, who was promoted to partner in January 2018, advised multiple companies belonging to Merz Pharma on matters concerning medical devices, pharmaceutical and compliance issues. In a highlight in the corporate space, the group assisted Centogene with a venture capital financing round totalling over €25bn; Munich-based Nikolas Zirngibl led the advice. Tanja Eisenblätter, who is based in the Hamburg office, utilised her ‘comprehensive experience’ in representing Daiichi Sankyo in several competition law disputes concerning anticoagulants. The firm was also active in the field of product liability law, providing multijurisdictional advice to a medical device manufacturer, and in the patent law area, where Alexander Klicznik represented Agilent in three infringement proceedings around mass spectrometres. ‘Magnificent patent lawyerMiriam Gundt; head of the digital health Continental Europe practice Matthias Schweiger; Ina Brock, who heads the global clients and industries group; and ‘gutsy’ patent law practice head Andreas von Falck are all also recommended. Hanns Jörg Herwig, Inken Knief and Désirée Maier were promoted to the partnership in January 2018.

Taylor Wessing’s team ‘stands out for its quick response times, constant availability and deep expertise, which extends to international legal matters’. Key names in the ‘well-positioned’ team include Manja Epping, who leads the life sciences team, and Oliver Kirschner, who heads the healthcare group. The practice advises on transactions, regulatory matters and patent infringement proceedings. Recent highlights include advising Trilantic Capital Partners on the takeover of the Oberberg group from Odewald & Cie, as well as handling numerous matters for international pharmaceutical companies, where Wolfgang Rehmann is the name to note for regulatory issues. The firm also acted for DaVita in transactional and regulatory matters concerning the client’s expansion of its cardiology and nephrology activities. In the patent law area, Christoph de Coster successfully lifted several interim injunctions effected by Mundipharm for ratiopharm, while Christian Lederer is representing Shionogi in infringement proceedings against MSD Sharp & Dohme regarding an HIV drug. The firm acts for a diverse client base, including large pharmaceutical companies such as Hexal and Mylan, numerous medical device manufacturers, providers of outpatient and inpatient care such as Omnicare and Greifswald University Hospital, other clients in the care sector and a health insurance company. Karolina Lange and Xiaowen Paulus-Ye were promoted to the partnership in April 2018 and July 2017, respectively. Oliver Klöck and Daniel Tietjen are also recommended.

With the promotions of Tung-Gia Du and Tobias Wilcke to counsel in May 2018, Bird & Bird further strengthened its already strong patent law practice, which is led by Boris Kreye. Recent mandates reflect the team’s broad expertise, with Alexander Csaki’s stand-out advice to a statutory health insurer on a tender in the medical aid sector a particular highlight; the matter included assistance with public procurement law, among other areas. The team is also adept at handling healthcare-related matters at the intersection with data protection and IT. In one highlight, the team advised Dexcom on strategic issues concerning the use of wearable tissue sugar measurement solutions, which included assisting with competition law and drug advertising law, advice on medical device law and the representation in disputes; Frankfurt-based technology expert Fabian Niemann led the advice. The core team also includes patent lawyer Oliver Jan Jüngst, corporate expert Stefan Münch, employment lawyer Ralph Panzer and Jan Byok, who focuses on public commercial law.

In the healthcare sector, CMS is particularly well versed in regulatory and competition law matters, but also has experience in transactions and distribution law. Jörn Witt provided comprehensive advice to logistics company Apologistics on the regulatory framework for the marketing of pharmaceutical products, while practice head Jens Wagner acted for DePuy International in a matter concerning the voluntary recall of Adept hip implants. Nikolas Gregor advised GE Healthcare on distribution agreements, research and development contracts and compliance regulations. In other work, Wagner and Roland Wiring advised Boehringer Ingelheim on competition and drug advertising law matters relating to prescription drugs. Other clients include Merck & Co., Nordmark Arzneimittel and Lilly Deutschland.

D+B Rechtsanwälte is the largest of the three spin-offs emerging from Dierks + Bohle’s split at the end of 2017. With six partners, the highly specialised boutique is already recognised as one of the most powerful firms on the market and acts for an impressive client base, which includes prominent companies such as AstraZeneca. The firm has comprehensive experience in the sector due to its broad bench strength, with particular strength in the law on statutory health insurers. Ulrich Grau and Constanze Püschel, who jointly head the pharmaceutical team, represented  German pharmacy association Deutscher Apothekerverband in temporary relief proceedings and legal actions against an arbitration ruling on annex 3 of the so-called Hilfstaxe, the contractual unit costs of retail pharmacist services. Thomas Bohle, who together with Christian Reuther heads the practice focusing on hospitals, represented hospital association Krankenhausgesellschaft Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in arbitration proceedings at the hospital arbitration board concerning the establishment of a state-wide base rate as the foundation for hospital services fees. Thomas Willaschek led advice to Augenklinik Stadthagen on the establishment of medical care centres, among other matters. Willaschek and Martin Stellpflug jointly head the team, which focuses on the law surrounding statutory health insurance physicians and also includes Christian Pinnow.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has a strong track record in the transactional space, but has further expanded its regulatory practice in the healthcare sector. On the corporate side, highlights included advising Merck on the sale of its global consumer health business to Procter & Gamble for €3.4bn, which involved collaborating with the firm’s London office, and assisting BioNTech with a €230m capital increase. The group also advised BSN Medical on medical device law and compliance matters. In another significant matter, it assisted Genomic Health with issues concerning the reimbursement of gene expression tests. Patent law is another area of strength and Frank-Erich Hufnagel, who has longstanding experience in research and development and license agreements, heads this practice. Other key contacts are Jochen Dieselhorst, Marcel Kaufmann and Michael Ramb. Advent International, Stada Arzneimittel and CTI Biotech are also clients.

Gleiss Lutz’s ‘goal-oriented’ team is considered ‘unreservedly excellent’ and has a focus on providing ‘a high service’. It has a core focus on advising cost bearers on statutory health insurance law, particularly regarding public procurement matters. The group is increasingly handling matters at the intersection with IT and data protection law, including assisting local health insurance fund AOK Baden-Württemberg with social security, data protection and public procurement issues in connection with the development of an online community for insured and interested third parties. In another highlight, it advised local health insurance fund AOK Rheinland-Pfalz/Saarland on the renegotiation of contracts with providers in the area of outpatient palliative care. In the corporate space, Martin Viciano Gofferje acted for an investor in BioNTech in the context of a first financing round, valued at €270m. Co-practice head Reimar Buchner and Marco König, who is recommended for his ‘outstanding expertise’, are other key figures in the team.

Hengeler Mueller expanded its healthcare practice with significant growth at associate level. The firm frequently handles transactional matters, but also has considerable expertise in regulatory and compliance issues. Recent highlights include Dirk Uwer representing AOK Bayern in several social law disputes concerning fundamental legal questions in the area of GP-centred care, including two appeal trials at the Federal Social Court, and the firm’s advice to Oaktree Capital Management on the acquisition of nursing home operator Vitanas, which was led by social security expert Wolfgang Spoerr and corporate lawyers Annika Clauss and Peter Weyland. Counsel Susan Kempe-Müller demonstrated her advertising law expertise in her advice to Euro Diagnostica regarding medical device advertising. Other clients include GlaxoSmithKline, Lilly Deutschland and Bioscientia Institut für Medizinische Diagnostik.

Latham & Watkins LLP is best known for its strong transaction-oriented practice in the healthcare sector. Highlights in this area included the firm’s advice to Carlyle Group on the sale of care service provider Alloheim to Nordic Capital, which was led by practice heads Henning Schneider and Christoph Engeler in collaboration with Nils Röver, and assisting LivaNova with the cross-border sale of its cardiac rhythm management business to MicroPort Scientific. The group also handled several capital market law matters originating in the healthcare sector. In the regulatory space, the team assists SHL Telemedizin with matters including contracts for integrated care and pilot projects with health insurance funds. Other clients include Amedes, Boston Scientific and Merck.

Clients appreciate McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP’s ‘engagement and deep expertise surrounding the particularities of the healthcare sector’. The group welcomed Rüdiger Herrmann and Jochen Eimer as well as counsel Alicia Hong and Monika Emilia Richter from Dechert LLP to the Frankfurt office in May 2018, resulting in an increase in instructions concerning transactional work and regulatory matters. Under the lead of practice head Stephan Rau, the team has further expanded its services to Sanford Health to include corporate advice and assisted the client with its acquisition of a stake in IsarKlinikum. Counsel Jana Grieb advised a company belonging to the Brunswick group on its entry into the medical devices market, including conformity assessment and labelling and advertising questions. GIMV is a new client; other clients include Medicover, Labor Berlin and Arabellaklinik and its associated companies.  The ‘outstanding and focused’ Katharina Wodarz, who joined in 2016 together with counsel Nadine Hartung, left for Raue PartmbB in January 2019.

‘Outstanding’ boutique firm NOVACOS Rechtsanwälte is considered ‘one of the leading firms in the pharmaceutical area’. The firm specialises in the biotech, healthcare and chemical sectors, where it provides regulatory advice, advice on market entry and cost reimbursement, with additional expertise in product liability and compliance matters. The team is also well versed in contentious matters, both before the authorities and at court, and has in-depth experience advising on transactions. Drug advertisement law and data protection issues also make up the firm’s workload. The ‘very solution-oriented’ Maria Heil represented Boehringer Ingelheim in proceedings at the arbitration board of the FSA regarding an alleged compliance breach, while the ‘very well-connected’ Alexander Natz, who is known for his ‘extensive knowledge of EU healthcare law’ and ‘strength in healthcare policy questions’, advised Orchard Therapeutics on its entry into the German market. Christian Hübner and Christian Stallberg ‘have particularly broad and sound expertise and the necessary creativity and resourcefulness’. Marc Oeben is also recommended.

Bonn-based boutique Sträter Rechtsanwälte has an excellent reputation for its regulatory advice. Key areas of focus include pharmaceutical and medical devices law, where it advises clients from product development to approval and distribution. The team also has longstanding experience in pharmacovigilance issues and product liability matters and deep expertise in statutory health insurance law. Clients include pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, as well as doctors and pharmacists. The key contacts are name partner Burkhard Sträter, pharmaceutical law expert Markus Ambrosius and Claus Burgardt, whose expertise lies in medical law and the law surrounding statutory health insurance physicians.

Dentons’ team benefits from Christof Kautzsch’s longstanding experience advising on transactions in the hospital sector, and Ilka Mehdorn’s expertise in contracts involving considerable regulatory issues – such as selective and distribution contracts or contracts concerning clinical trials. Peter Homberg adds expertise in technology transfer-related matters and research and development agreements. The practice acts for a broad client portfolio, where it also regularly advises on employment, antitrust and IP law. In one highlight, the team advised BG Kliniken – Klinikverbund on the development of a unified, centralised healthcare group. Other clients include Aesculap, Bayer and HÄVG Hausärztliche Vertragsgemeinschaft.

Ehlers, Ehlers & Partner’s focus is on medical, care and hospital law. The highly specialised team, which includes key figure and name partner Alexander Ehlers, Melanie Arndt, Karin von Strachwitz and Christian Rybak, stands out for its advice ranging from the law regulating the medical profession and statutory health insurance physicians to pharmaceutical and medical device law and biotechnology and genetic engineering law. It has been notably active in Amnog issues and is also sought out by hospitals and care providers to advise on fee negotiations with cost bearers and on contract negotiations, but also in liability cases and matters with criminal law aspects. Other areas of expertise include hospital license law and funding legislation.

Möhrle Happ Luther’s expertise centres on drug advertising law, Amnog and compliance matters. The client portfolio predominantly consists of pharmaceutical companies but also includes medical device manufacturers and service providers. The team has additional experience advising start-ups; key figures are Henning Anders, Julia Luther and Martin Luther. Anders successfully obtained a declaration of the unlawfulness of a decision of the German Federal Joint Committee concerning the benefit analysis of the drug Linaclotid for Almirall at the Higher Social Court of Berlin-Brandenburg. The group advises longstanding client AstraZeneca on pharmaceutical law and drug advertising law matters. Other clients include Novartis, Allergan and Amgen.

Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte provides ‘very quick and client-oriented advice in drug advertising law’, with Timo Kieser singled out for his ‘comprehensive knowledge of healthcare law’. The team stands out for its profound experience in advising pharmacies, including the regional association of pharmacists Landesapothekerverband Baden-Württemberg and WEPA Apothekenbedarf. In further evidence of its strength in the pharmacy space, the team represented the Bavarian association of pharmacists Bayerische Apothekerverband at the Higher Regional Court of Munich in proceedings concerning the validity of price fixing for foreign mail-order pharmacies. Other highlights include acting for Bayer Vital in several disputes with a competitor regarding the scope of the restrictions on public advertising according to § 10 of the German Drug Advertisement Act, including three proceedings at the higher regional courts, and Christina Koppe-Zagouras’s advice to a client on pharmaceutical, drug advertising law and food law matters. Other clients include the Deutsche Zahnärztliche Rechenzentrum and GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare. Katharina Köbler was promoted to partner in 2018.

Preu Bohlig & Partner is a key name for regulatory advice in the healthcare sector. Practice head Peter Von Czettritz handles a broad range of matters from pharmaceutical and competition law to medical device certification issues, as well as, sometimes registration-related, drug law matters, and also has extensive experience in registration-related third party proceedings. Other areas of focus include food law and cosmetics law, liability law and compliance. Clients include Hexal, kohlpharma and Stada Arzneimittel. Alexander Meier joined from HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER at the start of 2019.

Raue PartmbB combines ‘comprehensive industry expertise’ with ‘very high availability’. ‘Expert in medical and hospital law’ Maren Bedau represented Sanofi in injunction proceedings against the health insurance fund associations Berlin, Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern to ensure the supply of flu vaccines in the 2018/2019 season. She also advised Dr. Römer Kliniken on the establishment of medical care centres and a nationwide network of oncological practices. A highlight for practice head Wolfgang Kuhla was his comprehensive advice to the Deutsche Herzzentrum Berlin on its merger with Charité’s cardiology facilities. The group also assisted the St. Joseph Krankenhaus Berlin and Franziskus-Krankenhaus hospitals with the applications for funding from the hospitals’ structural funds. Senior associate Stephanie Wiesner is also noted and Katharina Wodarz joined the practice from McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP at the start of 2019.

WilmerHale’s practice in the healthcare sector particularly stands out for its expertise at the intersection with antitrust and distribution law and data protection, among other areas. The firm often handles matters surrounding clinical studies, pharmacovigilance data and healthcare apps; special counsel Peter Gey led recent advice in this space to the German Pharmaceutical Industry Association. Stefan Ohlhoff defended the national guild for hearing aid audiologists (Bundesinnung der Hörgeräteakustiker) against damages claims in the multimillion-euros; the dispute concerned allegations that hearing aid providers had hindered the shortened supply route. Litigation expert Vanessa Wettner is another key figure in the team, which is led by Hans-Georg Kamann. Kamann and Gey spend part of their time in the Brussels office and the practice is able to leverage their strong EU law credentials.

King & Spalding LLP’s team sits as part of a firm-wide group for life sciences regulatory law and provides advice at the intersection of food and pharmaceutical law and on regulatory issues in drug and medical devices law. The group also advises on purely food law matters, including health claims regulation. The team has longstanding experience providing compliance advice and is expanding its data protection practice due to the increased demand for GDPR-related advice. Practice head Ulf Grundmann’s highlights include acting for chemical manufacturer Kreussler in proceedings for the demarcation of drugs, cosmetics and medical devices, which included proceedings at the Federal Court of Justice, and representing the German homeopathic union DHU-Arzneimittel in competition law disputes concerning homeopathic products. Eckes-Granini, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare and biomo-vital are also clients.

Oppenhoff & Partner is noted for its ‘entrepreneurial thinking paired with very good legal know how’ in the healthcare sector. The ‘highly commended’ team, which is led by practice head Peter Klappich, has profound regulatory expertise and broad experience in IP rights and transactional work. Compliance advice is another pillar of the practice. In recent work, Ronald Meißner led advice to Siemens on Siemens Healthineers’ sale of the Elisa immunodiagnostics business to DiaSorin. Corinna Schmidt-Murra joined Shire Deutschland in September 2017.

Anwaltskanzlei Quaas & Partner’s principle area of activity lies in hospital law, particularly in matters which require expertise at the intersection with medical and construction planning law. The firm also has longstanding experience in the law surrounding statutory health insurance physicians and the drafting of medical law contracts. The group alsi advises on employment law matters. Key figures include name partner Michael Quaas, Till Flachsbarth and Jens-M. Kuhlmann. The firm has offices in Stuttgart and Dortmund.

Tsambikakis & Partner Rechtsanwälte advises doctors, hospitals and pharmaceutical and medical device companies on criminal medical law. Firm founder Michael Tsambikakis and Daniela Etterer are based in the Cologne office and Volker Ettwig operates from Berlin. The practice has deep expertise particularly in compliance matters but its range of services also extends to preventative advice, such as the review of cooperation agreements, and the representation of individuals in criminal proceedings. It also has notable strength assisting clients with the establishment of compliance management systems. Criminal insolvency cases and public procurement matters also form part of the workload.


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Baker McKenzie is a heavyweight for regulatory matters and is also continuing to successfully expand its telecoms practice to handle machine-to- machine communication (M2M) matters. A highlights in this area was assisting an automotive manufacturer with the implementation of connected car services; practice head Joachim Scherer and counsel Caroline Heinickel advised on the telecoms law requirements of such automotive services, the service registration at the responsible authorities and the development of a compliance system. The Frankfurt office centrally managed the advice in over 40 jurisdictions across the globe. In addition to an M2M focus, OTT services and broadband expansion are two other pillars of the practice. In other work, the team provided an expert opinion and advised on a study on protection and security in electronic communication for the Hessian Ministry of Economy. The firm’s own task force on cyber security, led by Heinickel together with IT expert Holger Lutz and patent lawyer Heiko Haller, is another unique feature. Telefónica is a key client.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has a focus on antitrust matters and transactions, as well as regulatory advice in the telecoms sector. Practice head Thomas Tschentscher leads a team advising Vodafone on regulatory frameworks for the provision of mobile and fixed-network services, including assisting with 5G frequency auctions, regulatory questions in connection with fees, and vectoring II and layer 2 bitstream matters. Norbert Nolte is leading a team representing 1&1-Telecom in a range of matters, including numerous regulatory proceedings before the court and the authorities and in negotiations with various network operators. UnityMedia Hessen, a DAX coporation and a global technology company are also clients. Also noteworthy is the firm’s patent practice, which acts for numerous telecoms clients.

Noerr’s ‘very good’ team provides ‘a top service level’ and has ‘phenomenal business sense and outstanding industry expertise’ in the telecoms sector. The ‘extraordinarily high expertise both at a technical level and in terms of negotiation strategies’ makes the practice an ‘excellent’ choice. In the regulatory area, highlights included handling various matters for Deutsche Telekom, including representing the client in an action at the Administrative Court of Cologne concerning a regulatory order on market 3b, representation in proceedings concerning the client’s reference interconnection offer regarding the utilisation of layer 2 bitstream for next generation access (LSA-BSA) and regular advice on the application of access claims under DigiNetzG (the law governing the expansion of the extra-high voltage grid). In the transactional arena, the firm assisted an infrastructure fund with the attempted acquisition of an optical fibre network operator and telecoms company. The team’s litigation expertise was in evidence in its representation of HD Plus in proceedings at the Bavarian Higher Administrative Court concerning the disclosure requirements according to media and communications law. The practice also handles data protection and contract law matters. ‘Outstanding’ practice head Tobias Frevert ‘quickly gets to the crux of the problem’ and ‘provides very business- and solution-oriented advice’. Tobias Bosch is another key contact. The ‘very good’ Pascal Schumacher and Julian von Lucius were promoted to the partnership in January 2018. Michael Bergmann joined Raue PartmbB in September 2018. The German collecting society and performance rights organisation Gema, GTT Communications and Inmarsat are other clients.

Bird & Bird’s telecoms practice focuses on the high-tech sector, where, in addition to traditional telecoms law issues, the firm also increasingly handles matters at the intersection with ICT projects. Broadband expansion and investments in communcations infrastructure projects are also part of the team’s workload as well as advice on OTT services – providers in this space make up a substantial part of the client base, in addition to network operators and mobile virtual network operators. 450Connect, Telefónica and CenturyLink Communications Germany are key clients. The group represented internet exchange point operator DE-CIX Management in an action against the Federal Republic of Germany regarding the admissibility of strategic telephone tapping. Practice head Sven-Erik Heun and counsel Valerian Jenny make up the core team.

Practice head Jens Neitzel leads the team at CMS, which saw an increase in instructions concerning transactions in the telecoms sector, with headline work in this area including its advice to Sunrise Communications on the sale of Swiss Towers. The firm also remains highly active in the regulatory field, including successfully representing Unitymedia in an action at the Higher Court and Regional Higher Court of Cologne concerning whether the client is allowed to install and provide other Unitymedia clients with a second WLAN network on routers left to clients without the clients’ permission. The firm also acted for Vodafone Kabel Deutschland in an action against Telekom Deutschland pertaining to a dispute regarding fraudulent price reduction for the joint use of cable systems. Other key matters revolved around local loop fees, VDSL 2 vectoring and fibre-optic expansion. Breko-Servicegesellschaft, EWE TEL and e.discom Telekommunikation are among its other clients.

Dolde Mayen & Partner has comprehensive expertise in regulatory matters in the telecoms area. The boutique firm, which has offices in Bonn and Stuttgart, has a stellar reputation largely due to its regular representation of Deutsche Telekom. The firm handles proceedings surrounding reference offers, access and fees and also advises on frequency allocation and data storage matters. The team is also seeing a growing demand for advice on matters related to the DigiNetzG, and funding law matters. Key contacts include name partner Thomas Mayen, Frank Hölscher, Barbara Stamm and Christian Stelter.

Jones Day’s telecoms practice has a key focus on providing regulatory advice; practice head Holger Neumann has broad experience in this field. The firm’s workload ranges from handling proceedings at the Federal Network Agency on regulation of fees, frequency allocation procedures and termination charges to advising satellite providers and OTT providers. Another pillar of the practice is IoT projects, particularly in connection with drones and autonomous driving. Highlights included representing Google in administrative court proceedings against the Federal Network Agency concerning the reporting requirements of Gmail; the key question was submitted by the Higher Administrative Court of Münster at the ECJ via a referral decision. The team is also able to leverage the firm’s international presence, and recently advised an international technology company on the global regulatory frameworks for a new WAN service. Other clients include Verizon Deutschland, Deutschlandradio and Communication Services Tele 2.

BEITEN BURKHARDT has a strong presence in the mobile sector, where it advised on multiple new matters for international providers, as well as those operating in Germany. It is increasingly sought out to advise on matters at the intersection of telecoms and data protection, including on business models based on data analysis, and is gaining traction in matters pertaining to telecoms infrastructure. Practice head Mathias Zimmer-Goertz provided comprehensive advice to MobiChord on its market entry in Germany, including assisting with the data protection compliant processing of telecoms data and the cooperation with a large German telecoms service provider regarding the management of communication infrastructure. Other clients include Verivox, Dimoco Europe and Axcom. Claudio Chirco joined PwC in March 2018.

Greenberg Traurig Germany stands out for regularly advising large real estate companies on business models in the telecoms area. Practice head Christoph Enaux assisted degewo netzWerk with pubic tenders for broadband and multimedia provision and advised Gesobau on the development of new concepts for FTTH (fibre to the home) provision for portfolios of new buildings, among other matters. Another core focus is project advice, where the firm has telecoms, media and antitrust experience. A highlight in the cable network space was acting for Vonovia on contracts with several cable network operators, particularly cable license agreements and the integration of new property portfolios. In January 2018, Niklas Conrad, who focuses on litigation, was promoted to the partnership and Carsten Kociok, who is a key name for regulatory matters, was made counsel.

Albrecht Conrad, Wolfgang Spoerr and counsel Fabian Seip are key names at Hengeler Mueller, which has the resources to handle regulatory issues and transactional matters in the telecoms industry. The team acts for telecoms providers, where it handles disputes with network operators surrounding requirements according to service provider contracts, and advises on mobile frequency tenders. In another highlight, it assisted Vodafone Kabel Deutschland with new TV transmission contracts with public service broadcasters.

Boutique firm Juconomy Rechtsanwälte, which focuses on telecoms law, handles contentious and non-contentious matters, with particular expertise in regulatory matters. The team was kept busy advising on data protection issues in the run up to the GDPR coming into force in May 2018. It also has strength assisting infrastructure providers with projects pertaining to fibre optic network expansion and matters surrounding the DigiNetzG. Peter Schmitz represented 01051 Telecom in a constitutional complaint challenging various obligations relating to data retention and Jens Schulze acted for Wiesche Streithelferin Drillisch in two actions opposing the merger clearance for Telefónica and E-Plus at the CFI. Martin Geppert represented M-net NetCologne in preliminary proceedings and actions against the Federal Network Agency’s regulatory order on vectoring. Other clients include EWE TEL, Lycamobile and several cable network operators.

Loschelder’s practice has a clear focus on regulatory matters, including advice on feed-in contracts and data protection and assisting clients with issues around broadband supply and wireless local loops (WLL). Kristina Schreiber was part of the team led by practice head Raimund Schütz that represented ARD broadcasting corporations in actions brought by Kabel Deutschland concerning the continuation of the terminated cable transmission contract before three Higher Regional Courts and the Federal Court of Justice. In other work, the team acted for Vodafone in several landmark proceedings on data protection. QVC Handel is another client.

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP’s team is particularly well positioned with its experience in telecoms law at the intersection with media and technology matters. Ralf Weisser, who heads the practice together with Wolfgang von Frentz, and counsel Claus Färber advised Deutsche Telekom on cooperation agreements with Inmarsat regarding the European Aviation Network, which equips aeroplanes with WLAN. The firm also represented Deutschlandradio in proceedings against Unitymedia relating to the continued payment of cable feed-in fees after cancellation within the stipulated time period. In another highlight, the team secured the prohibition of smart TV functions through Exaring for ProSiebenSat.1 at preliminary injunction proceedings at the Regional Court of Munich; the crucial point in the proceedings concerned the delineation of IPTV from OTT services in closed-cable networks.

In addition to its expertise in traditional telecoms matters, Morrison & Foerster LLP provides high-level advice at the intersection between telecoms and broadcasting law. Highlights included advice on broadcasting infrastructure, OTT services and 5G mobile frequency allocation. In other work, the group was kept busy advising on the elimination of roaming fees within the EU in 2017 and on the structuring of large projects for broadband and fibre optic network expansions. The team is led by Andreas Grünwald and Christoph Wagner. Clients include 1&1 Telecom, Sky Deutschland and Primevest Capital Partners Deutschland.

Raue PartmbB has in-depth experience providing telecoms companies with regulatory and competition advice. In stand-out work, the group provides regulatory advice to Divicon Media on the sale of FM transmitter aerials by former owner Media Broadcast after the latter had sold all transmit antennas to financial investors that, at the time, were yet to receive regulatory clearance, which subsequently increased the cost of atenna access. Practice head Kornelius Kleinlein acted for Divicon in this matter particularly with regard to contract negotiations with the investors and also represented the client in regulatory procedures at the Federal Network Agency and the Federal Cartel Office. The firm also acts for Vodafone in administrative court proceedings against the authorisation of the subscriber line rates 2016 and in an administrative court action against the authorisation of the CVF (carrier fixed connection) ethernet rates 2014. Senior associate Daniel Schubert is also recommended. Michael Bergmann joined from Noerr in September 2018.

The core of White & Case LLP’s practice centres on two areas: advising cable providers Telecolumbus and Unitymedia and providing project-based assistance. It is representing Unitymedia in its dispute with public service broadcasters in order to resolve the future shaping of transmission contracts before the civil and administrative courts and the Federal Cartel Office. Other highlights include advising on the regulation of connected car products, OTT services and data use. The key contacts are practice head Norbert Wimmer and Martin Munz. Sylvia Lorenz was promoted to local partner in January 2018.

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