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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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  1. Industry focus: energy
  2. Regulatory
  3. Transactions
  4. Leading individuals
  5. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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    • 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
    • Christian Theobald - Becker Büttner Held, Rechtsanwälte Wirtschaftsprüfer Steuerberater
    • Christian von Hammerstein - Raue LLP
    • Fritz von Hammerstein - CMS

Next generation lawyers

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Who Represents Who

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In the energy sector, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer impresses with ‘excellent industry knowledge’, ‘economic expertise’ as well as ‘tailor-made’ and ‘swift replies’. With its ‘high level advice and international network, it is the ideal firm for large and complex matters’, such as advising four large energy providers on negotiating the nuclear phase-out funding contract with the German government, with the clients bearing €24bn of the cost. Corporate expert Tobias Larisch, who is based in Düsseldorf, regularly assists energy providers with reorganisations and joint venture agreements. Other recommended partners include the also Düsseldorf-based Ulrich Scholz, ‘one of the best energy lawyers in Germany, who has extensive expertise and a highly qualified team surrounding him’. He handles mostly contentious work for power generators (for example concerning the Renewable Energy Sources Act’s self-consumption incentives), transactions and the connection of offshore wind farms. In the last-mentioned area the firm has also been advising Sea Wind Management on the licensing procedure of the Baltic Eagle wind park since 2015. The ‘technically and strategically well situated’ group furthermore represented RWE before the Federal Constitutional Court concerning the nuclear phase-out’s constitutionality and advised transmission system operator Amprion in connection with planned power lines. ‘Brilliant’ environmental lawyers Benedikt Wolfers and Wolf Friedrich Spieth in Berlin and Herbert Posser in Düsseldorf, however, announced their departure in February 2018 with plans to establish their own firm focused on public law.

The ‘very client orientedWhite & Case LLP offers advice at a ‘high service level’. Highly rated for energy sector advice is Düsseldorf-based Guido Hermeier, who has ‘strong industry expertise, a calm and conciliatory manner and a good network’. He frequently collaborates with Peter Rosin and Thomas Burmeister. The group focuses on M&A transactions, with additional offerings in financing, state aid, environment and planning matters. Until December 2016, Rosin, Hermeier and Jörg Kraffel advised the consortium made up of STEAG and BCG on the bidding procedure for the acquisition of Vattenfall’s lignite and hydro energy business. Transactional work included Burmeister’s assistance of Gasunie, which acquired jordgasTransport from Statoil together with Open Grid Europe. Of counsel Ulrich Büdenbender and Rosin represented EnBW in litigation brought by the city of Stuttgart concerning the transfer of its district heating network. On the financing side, the Hamburg-based Florian Degenhardt was retained by a consortium of banks including Bayerische Landesbank, Commerzbank,

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg and SEB concerning the structure financing of the Monaco 1 gas pipeline. The renewable energy sector also saw the team handling wind farm and energy storage model transactions, while regulatory work included representing Amprion in several cases. At the beginning of 2017, the Frankfurt-based transaction lawyers Hendrik Röhricht and Markus Stephanblome made partner.

Becker Büttner Held, Rechtsanwälte Wirtschaftsprüfer Steuerberater is particularly regarded for its regulatory expertise. In 2016, the energy and corporate law expert Christian Held advised the Swiss and Albanian Ministries of Economy on the gas pipeline project TAP, with assistance including the contractual design, construction and development of a gas market in Albania. Martin Altrock is developing a study for the Federal Ministry of Transport concerning integrated energy systems, which is examining the significance of renewable electricity and heat in the transport sector. Other new work included numerous complaints filed against the Federal Network Agency concerning the determination of equity interest rates for old and new plants, which affect electricity and gas supply network operators, with Stefan Missling representing the latter before the Düsseldorf higher regional court. In January 2017, the Berlin-based Roman Ringwald and the Munich-based Nils Langeloh were promoted to partner, while six other lawyers made counsel. Ringwald is advising Bordesholm’s utility company on the construction of a battery storage for an independent off-grid operation.

CMS offers ‘very good industry knowledge paired with a reasonable price-performance ratio in the energy sector’. Practice head Christian Haellmigk has ‘extraordinary expertise in antitrust matters in the energy sector as well as very good tactical sense in dealing with authorities’. Since January 2016, he has been representing distribution system operator Netze BW before the regional court of Stuttgart in litigation worth over €30m concerning the local high-voltage and high-pressure networks. Also recommended is commercial lawyer Jochen Lamb, who advised Munich’s public utility company in a bidding process for the acquisition of a geothermal power plants holding company. In another matter, he assisted energy supplier EnBW with the structuring of the Hohe See wind farm. Advising British Wind Energy on the sale of the offshore wind farm project Deutsche Bucht was another highlight for the Hamburg-based Holger Kraft (renewable energy) and Fritz von Hammerstein (environment and planning). The latter has also been advising Hamburg’s water company in litigation concerning the extraction of water since 2010. Christiane Kappes was promoted to the partnership in January 2017.

At Hengeler Mueller, energy companies receive a ‘fast and technical service at a high level’, characterised by an ‘extremely high level of business sense and advice by perception’. Clients particularly appreciate the working structure consisting of ‘small teams with a high level of commitment and expertise’. ‘Precise’ Düsseldorf-based commercial lawyer Hartwin Bungert is a ‘good analyst’ with ‘extremely good legal knowledge and a phenomenal memory, which is particularly positive for long-term clients’. Recently, he advised RWE and innogy on their €5bn reorganisation in over ten countries; innogy’s first IPO was handled by Frankfurt-based capital markets experts Wolfgang Groß and Alexander Rang (the latter has ‘extraordinarily good prospectus law knowledge’ and is regarded as ‘extremely strong in financing matters’). Also involved in the restructuring was corporate lawyer Andreas Austmann, who ‘offers pragmatic and swift solutions’ and is highlighted for his ‘extraordinary company law knowledge’. Another highlight, led by the Berlin-based Nicolas Böhm, was advising China Three Gorges on the €1.7bn acquisition of BCP Meerwind Luxembourg, owner of Meerwind wind farm. On the regulatory side, energy lawyer Dirk Uwer represented TenneT in several cases concerning the grid connection of offshore wind farms as well as complaints against the exemption from network charges determined by the federal network agency.

In the energy sector, Linklaters mainly acts on transactions, regulatory work and renewable energy. Transmission system operator 50Hertz Transmission and energy supplier ENGIE Deutschland are practice head Kai Uwe Pritzsche’s long-term regulatory and commercial law clients, with the group advising the latter client on acquiring a stake in Gera’s public utility company from the insolvency administrator through a joint venture with energy provider EGG and power plant KWG. In the firm’s Berlin office, Thomas Schulz frequently leads advice, for example when assisting Allianz Global Investors with the acquisition of shares in a portfolio of 12 onshore wind farms from PNE Wind. Schulz also acted on the refinancing of offshore wind farm Butendiek. Environment and planning expert Markus Appel is advising TenneT TSO on SuedLink’s technical planning process, which is aiming at constructing high-voltage direct current transmission lines in Europe. Of counsel Christopher Bremme is defending Storengy in an €89m claim for nullity of a gas storage contract and price adjustment negotiations. The Frankfurt office mainly provides project financing and dispute resolution support, with managing associate Peter Bendel particularly noted, while antitrust law is handled by a Düsseldorf team headed by Carsten Grave.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH has a broad practice including lawyers from the regulatory, antitrust, commercial and distribution, public, real estate and corporate law groups. Since 2016, the group also covers internal antitrust investigations (suspected cases of energy market manipulation). A highlight for Düsseldorf-based practice head Holger Stappert was assisting a large energy supplier with the restructuring of its regional supply companies according to unbundling requirements. This included corporate, regulatory and municipal law, with Carsten Beisheim handling the first-mentioned matters. Stefan Galla, Michael Krömker and their corporate team advised Open Grid Europe on the public tender for acquisition of jordgas Transport from a joint venture comprised of Statoil Norway and Gasunie Germany. Public law expert Stefan Altenschmidt is representing ExxonMobil in a €900m landmark case concerning the charging of royalties for natural gas mining in Northern Germany. He also assisted a leading nuclear power company with construction and nuclear law matters pertaining to interim storage facilities; the advice was led by Tobias Leidinger.

Utilising its public law, project finance, construction, concession agreement and dispute resolution expertise, Noerr’s energy group focuses mainly on transactions. Constitutional law expert Holger Schmitz advised the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy on negotiations for the financing of the dismantling of nuclear power plants and nuclear waste disposal, which resulted in the establishment of a €24bn sovereign wealth fund in 2017. Another highlight, led by practice head Christof Federwisch, was advising Iberdrola Renovables on the acquisition of offshore wind farm project Baltic Eagle. Energy law expert Cornelia Kermel is representing EWE Netz in federal court litigation concerning the ordinance on concession fees for electricity and gas. Tibor Fedke has been acting for STEAG New Energies in procurement and commercial matters since 2016 concerning the cooperation with HEAG for the operation of a cogeneration unit and a district heating network for the electricity and heat connection of Technische Universität Darmstadt. Munich-based Christian Mayer specialises in handling energy projects in the mobility and infrastructure sector. Tom Beckerhoff joined the Frankfurt office from Ashurst LLP in the summer of 2017 and advised the European Investment Bank on the €950m refinancing of the offshore wind farm Butendiek. Fabian Raddatz left to join Labor Berlin – Charité Vivantes in November 2017, while Berlin-based Katrin Andrä made partner in early 2017.

Berlin-based Raue LLP includes seven energy sector partners. In 2016, practice head Christian von Hammerstein was retained for the first time by the Austrian Verbund AG to advise concerning its Riedl energy storage plant and Inn river power plant. In another matter, antitrust expert Bernd Beckmann and corporate lawyer Stephan Bernhard Koch assisted a joint venture formed by the Swiss Alpiq and the German energy supplier GETEC; the newly founded European Energy Service Platform offers a new availability of customer service processes in the energy sector on an international level. Another area of focus is concession fees, with public lawyer Wolfram Hertel representing MITGAS Mitteldeutsche Gasversorgung in public procurement procedures and related litigation. Hertel has also been defending enviaM in a title recovery claim for the local power grid filed by Leipzig’s municipal utility company. Another highlight was representing jordgas in litigation before Düsseldorf’s higher regional court concerning the redistribution levy, which had been determined by the federal grid agency Bundesnetzagentur.

The ‘efficient and pragmatic team’ at Clifford Chance offers ‘excellent services’ and ‘profound industry knowledge’. Düsseldorf-based practice head Björn Heinlein advised the Swiss ewz and Fontavis concerning the acquisition of a participation in Trianel Windpark Borum II, while Mathias Elspaß concluded advice to Bayernets concerning the licensing and financing of the Monaco Pipeline in March 2017. Munich-based corporate lawyer Markus Muhs supported EQT Infrastructure with entering into a strategic partnership with GETEC, which also included the acquisition of a majority stake in three of the latter’s subsidiaries. Another highlight was advising Innogy on the acquisition of BELECTIC Solar & Battery. Next to providing ongoing advice to a consortium of banks including EIB, EBRD, Sace and Euler Hermes concerning the financing of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline, Heinlein also assisted transmission network operator Fluxys with the tender procedure for the acquisition of shares in Thyssengas. Werner Brickwedde made counsel in May 2007.

Best known for regulatory, plant construction and licensing matters, Dolde Mayen & Partner covers both contentious and non-contentious instructions. The plant construction team is based in Stuttgart, while regulatory and contentious matters are handled in Bonn. Since early 2017, Winfried Porsch has been advising a transmission system operator on the planning procedure for the Wullenstetten-Niederwangen grid reinforcement, while Bernd Schieferdecker is acting for a similar company concerning the new construction of Schleswig-Holstein’s east coast power line as one of the energy highways. In Bonn, Thomas Mayen and Christian Stelter provided an expert opinion on regulatory matters to TransnetBW. Contentious matters include Klaus-Peter Dolde’s representation of EnBW in appeal proceedings before the Cologne higher regional court in a claim for damages from the federal province of Baden-Württemberg and the Federal Republic of Germany; the case worth €261m concerning Germany’s nuclear power moratorium attracted major political and media interest.

With Jacob von Andreae’s partner promotion, Gleiss Lutz now fields a practice head in Düsseldorf, alongside Cornelia Topf, who leads the team in Frankfurt. Von Andreae is representing Gazprom Export in a case against the federal grid agency Bundesnetzagentur concerning standardised feed-in tariffs in connection with the redistribution levy resolution. He is also representing a technology group in litigation concerning the reclaim of support received according to the Renewable Energy Act due to the failure to comply with reporting obligations. Topf was retained by a bidder in a sale procedure of several wind farms, including offshore wind farms Nordsee 1 to 3. Stuttgart-based Marcus Dannecker, who focuses on regulatory work and project development, has been representing WindMW since late 2016 in litigation before the Schwerin higher regional court in a compensation claim against TenneT, resulting from the delayed grid connection of HelWin1. Another important instruction was Burghard Hildebrandt’s

Representation of Amprion in two claims against the planning permission for the building of a very-high-voltage line before the Federal Administrative Court.

The ‘competent group’ at Hogan Lovells International LLP is particularly strong in renewable energy matters and offers ‘short processing times’, ‘strong business acumen’ and ‘excellent performance in M&A and plant construction matters’. The practice head for energy and natural resources, Matthias Hirschmann, used his ‘profound understanding of the German wind energy sector’ and ‘high-level commercial knowledge’ to advise Northland Power on the acquisition of the offshore wind farm project Deutsche Bucht, which has a financing volume of €1.2bn. He also supported Sampension KP Livsforsikring on the €190m acquisition of Nord Energie Renewables. Other recommended partners include Tobias Faber and ‘brilliant strategistUlrich Helm, who are based in Frankfurt and have a ‘broad knowledge of plant construction’. Faber, who also boasts ‘quick comprehension’, mostly handles power engineering plant and waste recycling projects. Hamburg-based counsel Tobias Flasbarth advised Statoil both on the sale of jordgas and its Norwegian parent company on acquiring a 50% participation in the AWE Arkona-Windpark development company. He is known for ‘keeping complex processes together well, paying attention to details and becoming acquainted with new topics’. The ‘diplomatic’ Christian Knütel has ‘comprehensive legal knowledge’ and ‘prepares solid and practical drafts’, for example when handling the €1.6bn project financing for offshore wind farm Merkur.

Baker McKenzie covers the full range of transactional, regulatory, project financing and contentious work. The broad offering was underlined by the arrival of Tim Heitling and Thomas Dörmer from Taylor Wessing. For example, Heitling represented Vattenfall Europe Sales in litigation against ante-holz before the Hamburg district court concerning the remuneration for energy supply and ancillary cost statements. He is also advising LEIPA Georg Leinfelder on the acquisition of UPM’s customer system network as well as the acquisition of paper factory Schwedt/Oder, which also includes customer generation plants. Public lawyer Frank-Rainer Töpfer advised an international gas corporation on environmental and planning matters pertaining to the construction and operation of an underground helium gas storage. Other clients include Encevo and Gasunie.

The ‘client-focused and committed’ energy group at Beiten Burkhardt has ‘very good legal knowledge’ and a ‘strong willingness to become acquainted with complex non-legal matters’. Highly recommended are the Berlin-based Antje Baumbach, Guido Brucker and associate Sebastian Berg, who display a ‘comprehensive understanding of the energy industry coupled with an excellent network as well as an excellent feel for interrelations of legal designs’. They recently advised four transmission system operators on the public procurement for capacity reserves. Bruckner and Berg also advised a consortium of banks including ING, KfW IPEX-Bank, SEB and Mediobanca di Credito Financiario on regulatory matters pertaining to the procurement for the acquisition of a pipeline network operator. Munich-based practice head Maximilian Elspas has been advising the international consortium NeuConnect on grid regulation and authorisation procedures for the construction of an interconnector between Germany and the UK.

Led by René Voigtländer, Bird & Bird’s energy group includes 11 partners acting on regulatory and transactional instructions. The practice head has been advising energy and water supplier EWV on corporate, regulatory and procurement matters pertaining to the merger of one of its subsidiaries with another distribution system operator. Düsseldorf-based Matthias Lang continues assisting Amprion with supplementary proceedings to the planning approval for the construction of a very-high-voltage line. Christian Kessel acts for several subsidiaries of a large energy company on contract law issues, for example for a grid connection system. Falkon Capital and 8.2 Consulting are new clients. In Frankfurt, Kai Kerger made partner in May 2017.

Best known for handling regulatory, contract and commercial expertise in the energy sector, DLA Piper also handles transactions and project financing. The Frankfurt-based Wolfram Distler is the name to note for the last-mentioned area, while Cologne-based Michael Cieslarczyk leads the energy practice. The latter advised Energetický a průmyslový for the first time concerning the acquisition of stakes in Gas Connect Austria. Another one of his highlight instructions was assisting Fluxys TENP and terranets bw with separate complaint procedures against the federal grid agency Bundesnetzagentur’s resolutions to charge a redistribution levy and to change the network development plan. Trianel is another client. Michael Burg and one associate left for PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal AG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft) in January 2017.

Clients of the ‘trustworthyGörg Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB value the ‘very high quality, network with other specialists as well as a reasonable price-performance ratio and breadth of practice’. Practice head Achim Compes and his Cologne-based team are renowned as ‘client focused, reliable and well-versed in German energy law’. He took over lead advice to ewz/Fontavis concerning the participation in Trianel

Windkraft Borkum II’s wind farm; after covering energy, commercial and contractual matters, he advised on the project financing. Compes also assisted a British investor with the formation of a joint venture with the operators of a district heat generation plant and the participation in the electricity balancing market. Also recommended is Wibke Schumacher, who is ‘able to explain competently and has strong cross-sector knowledge concerning restructuring, commercial and tax matters’. She also regularly acts for Trianel, for example concerning the sale of a digital sales management platform for energy services. Since October 2016, Thoralf Herbold, Jan Schellenberger and Thomas Lange have been advising an international pension fund, which is participating in the tender for the acquisition from PNE Wind of a wind farm portfolio worth over €100m. Arne Glöckner and Carmen Schneider left for avocado rechtsanwälte and DWF Germany Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, respectively.

At Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, ‘processing time and industry-specific knowledge is very good and the value for money is reasonable’. Particularly recommended is the Hamburg-based Stefan Bretthauer, who is ‘excellent in energy law’ and recently handled gas industry and plant construction instructions. Practice head Marc Baltus advised a company on its own generation of energy in several plants according to 2017 rules in the Renewable Energy Act. In another matter, he advised a wind farm operator on financial assistance for wind farm plants as well as on a transmission network operator’s entitlement to provision of data. Capital markets experts Thorsten Kuthe assisted various energy and natural gas exploration companies with IPOs and multimillion share placements. Senior associate Tobias Woltering, who joined from Deloitte Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH in January 2017, advised industrial companies on European state aid guidelines pertaining to the granting of subsidies and assisted several municipal utilities and trading companies with the design and amendment of contracts. Munich-based Felix Siebler was promoted to partner in the beginning of 2017.

Following the addition of Gerd Stuhlmacher from E.ON Global Commodities in March 2017, Norton Rose Fulbright now also offers compliance, contract and commercial law assistance in the energy sector. Practice head Klaus Bader’s highlights include advising GE Capital/Coriolis on an equity investment in offshore wind farm Merkur and assisting Energie 360° and its subsidiary Smart Energy Innovationsfonds with a minority investment in energy storage developers VoltStorage and Luftmeister, which has developed the first air energy meter. Financing experts Dirk Trautmann, in Munich, and Timo Noftz, in Hamburg, advised an international consortium of banks on the €950m refinancing of offshore wind farm Butendiek. Of counsel Felix Dinger gained Senvion as a new client, assisting the company with a turbine supply contract and in procurement matters pertaining to wind farm Trianel Borkum II.

Redeker Sellner Dahs’ energy sector offering includes plant construction, renewable energy and contractual law as well as dispute resolution. Highlights included providing comprehensive advice to new client GASCADE Gastransport on a billion-scale gas pipeline project EUGAL, which includes environmental and planning as well as pipeline and plant regulation matters; involved were Frank Fellenberg, Olaf Reidt, Philipp Hummel and Stefanie von Landwüst. Lars Klein represented a major corporation in a case concerning several claims pertaining to the new building of a coal-fired power station in the amount of €450m. Other work included advising DB Regio on Hannover S-Bahn’s train energy price adjustments. RWE Power and Vattenfall are long-term clients.

Clients of Watson Farley & Williams LLP highlight the group’s ‘deep knowledge of the offshore wind sector’ as well as ‘appropriate team size and qualifications for energy transactions’, during which it works ‘expediently towards a successful conclusion’. Recommended for delivery contract matters is one of the practice heads, Malte Jordan, while banking expert Sven Fretthold stands out for financing documentation; both have the ‘ability to convey legal matters to non-lawyers’. Jordan advised PNE Wind on the €330m sale of 80% of a wind farm portfolio to a fund managed by Allianz Global Investors, while Fretthold and Stefan Hoffmann assisted a consortium of banks including Helaba, ING, Rabobank, KfW IPEX-Bank and SEB on the financing of wind farm Borkum West’s second phase. The other practice head, Thomas Hollenhorst, frequently acts on international wind farm and photovoltaic projects. An example is advising HSH Nordbank on the financing of Danish solar plant Vandel 2.

Allen & Overy LLP’s energy group combines banking and finance, public law, corporate matters and dispute resolution, with a particular focus on renewable energy and public procurements. In 2017, Frankfurt-based co-practice head Norbert Wiederholt advised bank Helaba on a €75m financing granted to regional energy supplier Kraftwerke Mainz-Wiesbaden. Hamburg-based Hans Schoneweg is the other practice head. Düsseldorf-based Hans Diekmann regularly advises Uniper on corporate and capital markets matters.

Dentonscovers the full range of transactional work including corporate and tax matters in the renewable energy sector’. The group has a ‘broad practice and a world-wide offering of competent lawyers’. Within the five partner-strong team, Peter Mayer is recommended for international energy transactions, while Daniel Barth stands out for his share deal expertise. Up to early 2017, transaction lawyer Thomas Schubert assisted Enbridge with a €2bn investment in offshore wind farm Hohe See, which included commercial, regulatory and contractual law matters. In Frankfurt, Christoph Papenheim assisted China National Environmental Protection Group with taking over the German energy-from-waste company EEW.

PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal AG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft)’s energy group is led by Berlin-based Boris Scholtka and Düsseldorf-based Peter Mussaeus. A recent highlight, led by Hamburg-based corporate lawyer Uwe Witt, was advising the shareholder of TurboWind Energie on the sale of all shares to a subsidiary of renewable energy supplier EWE. In August 2016, Essen-based Patrick Nordhues joined from Seitz Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater.

Taylor Wessing covers the full range of renewable energy work, including transactions, financings, disputes, plant construction and environmental matters. Practice head Carsten Bartholl is regularly retained by Chorus Clean Energy, for example concerning the acquisition of wind farm Parey from Johann Bunte and of the French Clementine from Saxovent. Michael Baumhauer advised Becker Marine Systems on contract law and on contracting development and production contracts for LNG electricity generators for the mobile supply of ships. On the contentious side, Janina Pochhammer assisted Senvion with the receivables management for a German offshore wind farm.

WilmerHale focuses on regulatory, antitrust and state aid matters as well as disputes. Co-practice head Ulrich Quack continues assisting OPAL Gastransport, for example with a settlement agreement entered into by OGT, Gazprom, Gazprom Export and the federal grid agency Bundesnetzagentur; this was followed by several appeals for example by Polish oil and gas company PGNiG and its German subsidiary, the Polish Republic and the state-owned Naftogaz. The other practice head, Martin Seyfarth, regularly acts for Carlson Capital, for example when monitoring the negotiations in Germany for the nuclear phase-out fund.

Healthcare and life sciences

Index of tables

  1. Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences
  2. Drug advertising law
  3. Regulatory
  4. Transactions
  5. Leading individuals
  6. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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Next generation lawyers

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Who Represents Who

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Baker McKenzie offers its health sector clients ‘full-service advice at the highest level’. It is particularly well positioned to advise on procurement and antitrust matters, while also convincing in regulatory and transactional matters. ‘Phenomenal’ practice head Thilo Räpple is appreciated for his ‘brilliant legal documents’ and for ‘managing even the most challenging of cases’; his team convinces with ‘very good business acumen’ and ‘excellent industry knowledge’. Led by ‘far-sighted, pragmatic and very good strategistMarc Gabriel, the group – together with teams of other European offices – has been advising a leading US manufacturer of biotechnological medicinal products on procurement and strategic matters in preparation for entering numerous European biosimilar markets. Pagoda Investment retained the group to advise on the planned acquisition of GBA Gesellschaft für Bioanalytik through an auction process launched by Adiuva Capital. IP work included assisting Ganymed’s shareholders with taking over Japanese pharmaceutical group Astellas Pharma. Christian Burholt is valued for his ‘good knowledge of the life sciences market including its antitrust characteristics’.

Clifford Chance continues focusing on transactions, while also assisting clients with regulatory matters pertaining to product launches, medical device law and the procurement of pharmaceutical rebate contracts. Practice head Peter Dieners led advice to Acino International on the sale of its transdermal patches and implant technology business to Luye Pharma. Particularly appreciated for his expertise in drug advertising and competition law, Ulrich Reese assisted Pfizer with transactional, labour and social law, as well as data protection and patent matters. Biotechnology company Genzyme retained the group for drug launches and representation in drug advertising law litigation against several competitors. Another highlight was advising Bayer and some of its subsidiaries on product launches and procurement matters. Other areas of activity were compliance, product liability and medical product law. Counsel Christian Stallberg left for Novacos Rechtsanwälte in May 2016. Gunnar Sachs was promoted to the partnership.

With an excellent reputation in the health sector, the Berlin-based boutique firm Dierks & Bohle covers a broad range of practice areas, while focusing mainly on regulatory advice. The group also handles market access instructions, social law and compliance. IP and antitrust matters are a minor focus, and the firm only handles transactions as a second advisor covering the regulatory side. The frequently recommended Christian Dierks focuses on drug law and statutory health insurance matters as well as on telemedicine, including medical practitioners’ liability, data protection law and medical professional law.

Under the lead of Jörg Schickert, Hogan Lovells International LLP has a large health law team acting on a broad range of matters: Schickert, for example, specializes in regulatory, pricing and reimbursement matters and recently led advice to medical product manufacturer Nanobiotix on the development and launch of products. Pharmaceutical advertising and compliance matters are covered by the Hamburg-based team led by Tanja Eisenblätter, which also handles competition instructions. A highlight for the team led by Miriam Gundt was representing Merck & Co. in litigation concerning the HIV drug Isentress, with a preliminary injunction for a compulsory licence granted by the federal patent court in August 2016. The group also advised Sanofi on how to deal with several German wholesalers which had illegally bought up hospital products at pharmacies to sell them on; Sanofi was not only represented as the harmed party in numerous criminal proceedings but also in the civil law enforcement of compensation claims. Litigator Matthias Schweiger was promoted to the partnership. Sabine Boos left to work at Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences and Markus Burkhardt left for Amazon.

Specialised in health law, Sträter Rechtsanwälte is a go-to firm in the health sector. Burkhard Sträter and Markus Ambrosius are regarded as leading lawyers and Claus Burgardt is renowned for his medical and panel physician law expertise. The boutique firm mainly advises producers and distributors of drugs and medical products, but also acts for doctors and pharmacists. It offers its clients highly specialised services ranging from product development, including clinical trials, certification and distribution regulations, through to pharmacovigilance and product liability. Other areas of activity are assisting clients with IP matters pertaining to medical products and advising on statutory health insurance law. The firm also acts on cost-benefit analyses and early medical benefit assessments.

Taylor Wessing offers national and international clients a broad range of health sector services ranging from legislation ruling panel physicians, cosmetics, and food and dietary supplements through to product liability, compliance and drug registration matters. Manja Epping leads the life sciences industry group and Oliver Kirschner oversees the healthcare team. In a recent highlight, the latter advised, together with regulatory expert Oliver Klöck, DV Care Netherlands on acquiring ambulatory and inpatient dialysis units. Henning Moelle represented Bayer Healthcare in product liability litigation concerning the contraceptive Yasminelle and similar drugs, and is defending, as international lead counsel, Grünenthal in product liability claims concerning medical products containing thalidomide. Wolfgang Rehmann is the name to note for pharma and medical products law. Thanos Rammos, who specialises in IT law, was promoted to the partnership.

Boris Kreye’s Munich-based team at Bird & Bird continues focusing on procurement and antitrust matters as well as disputes concerning competition, patent and drug advertisement issues. For example, Alexander Csaki wrapped up representing a health insurance provider in litigation concerning the legitimacy of open-house contracts before the European Court of Justice. Patent litigation examples are representing Edwards Lifesciences in an infringement action concerning synthetic heart valves and representing Ratiopharm in patent infringement proceedings and nullity claims against AstraZeneca concerning the fulvestrant drug. A medical product manufacturer retained the group for competition and pharmaceutical advertising law advice concerning the legitimacy of distribution models for pharmaceutical products and related software, which also included compliance advice. Other clients include Merck, Fisher & Paykel and Sanofi. Patent lawyer Christopher Maierhöfer made partner and trademark expert Jana Bogatz made counsel.

In the health sector, CMS mainly acts on competition law, in particular in connection to pharmaceutical advertising, patent, food and cosmetics matters. However, the group also has profound expertise handling regulatory issues regarding rebate law. For example, Jörn Witt – who leads the practice together with Thomas Manderla – advised Elanco on pharma, competition and distribution matters as well as on product protection and counterfeit issues. Bayer retained the group for advice on research, development and licensing contracts. Food sector clients include brewery Bitburger Braugruppe and mineral water distributer Gerolsteiner Brunnen, while L’Oréal relies on the group for cosmetics law assistance. Other work included numerous compliance instructions. Jens Wagner is the name to note for product liability law. Counsel David Ziegelmayer left for LEXANTIS.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer provides an ‘excellent’ service and is best known for transactional work in the health sector. However, it also has profound regulatory expertise – an area which was enhanced by Michael Ramb’s partner promotion – and a strong Frankfurt-based patent law team. In a highlight instruction, Jochen Dieselhorst and a London-based partner advised pharma company Boehringer Ingelheim on an €18m asset swap with Sanofi. Fresenius Helios retained the group for the acquisition and financing of Spain’s largest private hospital operator Quirónsalud. Marcel Kaufmann and his Berlin-based group’s compliance expertise came in handy when handling a worldwide compliance audit for a medical products company. In the regulatory area, the group handled clinical studies and distribution issues pertaining to medical products. An example is assisting Genomic Health with regulatory and rebate law issues concerning the introduction of a gene expression test in Germany and Europe. Another highlight was advising BioNTech on the worldwide strategic cooperation for acancer vaccine with biotechnology group Genentech.

Gleiss Lutz offers full-service advice at a ‘reliably very high level’ and ‘with strong practicability’. Mainly focused on acting for health insurance providers and hospitals, Marco König and Andreas Neun recently advised insurer AOK Baden-Württemberg on projects and procurements for medicine and medical aid supply, for example for the procurement of generics rebate contracts and for patented drug rebate contracts; the group also assisted the client with the sale of the entire share capital held in regional operator of rehabilitation clinics AOK-Klinik to cts Reha. Kliniken Schmieder retained the team concerning a dispute with a competitor, which concerned the planned admission, as laid out in a state hospital plan, of further neurological early-stage rehabilitation beds. Boehringer Ingelheim was advised on entering into a cooperation with ViraTherapeutics for the development of oncolytic viruses. Another highlight was representing Yes Pharmaceutical Development Services in proceedings concerning the second licensing of clopidogrel by the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices. Reimar Buchner leads the group together with newly appointed partner Martin Viciano Gofferje.

Traditionally strong in transactions, Hengeler Mueller has an excellent track record in the health sector. For example, it advised the Dutch HAL Investments on the sale of the entire share capital held in AudioNova International to Sonova. It was lead counsel on the acquisition and integration of MEDIAN Gruppe, of which Waterland Private Equity is the major shareholder, with Allgemeine Hospitalgesellschaft. Other areas of focus are pharma, hospital, medical products and laboratory regulations. Dirk Uwer led representation of Sanofi Aventis in administrative proceedings concerning the early commercialisation permission. Wolfgang Spoerr represented several clients in social and criminal law proceedings concerning bogus self-employment. Other highlights included assisting Sonic Healthcare with acquiring laboratory group Staber and Medizinisches Labor Bremen as well as advising health insurance provider AOK Bayern on the provision of general practitioner care. In the e-health field, the group acted for the Dutch Royal Philips concerning its health and lifestyle app market entry.

Novacos Rechtsanwälte provides ‘superb work’ and is ‘in no way inferior to larger firms’. Only founded in early 2016, the firm offers ‘excellent industry expertise’ and ‘pragmatic, business-oriented solutions’ as well as an ‘excellent service level’. The firm covers the full life cycle of drug and medical products and is renowned for its ‘very high level of expertise’ in this area. Its portfolio includes advice on market access, rebate, competition, pharmaceutical advertising, compliance and data protection matters as well as transactions. Areas of focus are nursing home sector and product liability cases. The group regularly assists Bayer with social law and pharmaceutical market reorganisation act (AMNOG) matters, and advises DR. KADE Pharmazeutische Fabrik on the acquisition of a portfolio of herbal medicines from Hexal. Maria Heil and Christian Hübner are ‘solution oriented and reliable’. Christian Stallberg, who joined from Clifford Chance in May 2016, is ‘very experienced’ and ‘precise’.

Ehlers, Ehlers & Partner specialises in medical, care and hospital law. Particularly medical law is a focus of Alexander Ehlers’ group, which covers pharmaceutical, drug and medical products law as well as physicians’ regulations and health insurance law. Market access advice, rebate and pharmaceutical market reorganisation act (AMNOG) matters are also key areas of focus. The group is also experienced in handling compliance and data protection work, for example for the performance of clinical trials. It also acts on public policy advisory matters. The diverse client portfolio includes, besides service providers, biotech manufacturers and distribution companies, numerous pharmaceutical companies.

Latham & Watkins LLP’s strength lies mainly in transactions, with practice heads Henning Schneider and Christoph Engeler forming the core team. Schneider advised Novo A/S on its anchor investment in active-substance research and development company Evotec, while Engeler led assistance to Astellas Pharma with the acquisition of Ganymed Pharmaceuticals worth €422m. The latter also continued advising Siemens on splitting off its healthcare business unit. Regulatory advice is another area of expertise, as evidenced by assisting heart disease therapy developer Thoratec with clinical trials in Germany and Austria and by advising medical product manufacturer Mercator MedSystems on interventional and non-interventional clinical studies. Both Allena Pharmaceuticals and Momenta Pharmaceuticals retained the group for their entry in the European market and the setup of sales structures.

Renowned for its ‘very good sector knowledge’, McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP was able to strengthen its healthcare and life sciences practice both in terms of workforce and clients despite the departure of Anja von Alemann to Sana Kliniken. A highlight for Stephan Rau’s group was advising Apax Capital Partners on the acquisition of generic drug manufacturer neuraxpharm and the acquisition of laboratory group Alpha Medical, which is active in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. On the regulatory side, advice given to Brunswick Corporation concerning medical products law is worth mentioning, which includes assistance with conformity assesments, market monitoring as well as labelling and advertisement matters. Katharina Wodarz advised Sonic Healthcare Germany on regulatory matters pertaining to the acquisition of Laborgruppe Staber and Medizinische Labore Bremen and Celle. The group used its cooperation agreement expertise when advising Sanford on the planned cooperation with a German stem cell therapy clinic.

Möhrle Happ Luther is an established advisor of pharma companies. The ‘very recommendable’ team acts on all issues concerning the sale of medical products, drugs and dietary supplements. A clear focus lies on pharmaceutical advertising law, which is mainly handled by Julia Luther, who advised clients such as Pfizer Pharma, AstraZeneca, AMGEN and Novartis in this area. Also recommended are Martin Luther, who represented Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica in pharmaceutical advertising disputes concerning veterinary drugs, and Henning Anders, who assisted Merz Pharma with the sale of drug approvals and distribution matters. Pharm-Allergan retained the group for advice on the pharmaceutical market reorganisation act (AMNOG).

Due to its focus on pharmacy law, Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte recently noticed an increase in instructions concerning the European Court of Justice’s decision on drug price control for foreign mail-order pharmacies. Pharmacy association NOWEDA and the state of Baden-Württemberg’s pharmacy association retained the group in this area concerning the the shipment of prescription drugs. In a precedent-setting case concerning the right of revocation of shipped drugs, the team represented a German mail-order pharmacy. Another highlight was representing a pharmacy in appeal proceedings concerning the product-neutral prescription of vaccines and a pharmacy’s obligation to sell discounted vaccines. Deutsche Zahnärztliche Rechenzentrum and Dr. Falk Pharma retained the group for compliance advice. In addition to pharmacies, it also acts for medical product manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies such as GlaxoSmithKline. Associated partner Ocka Anna Böhnke left for Sanofi.

Preu Bohlig & Partner mainly acts for pharma companies and medical product manufacturers concerning a product’s entire life cycle, while also covering food law matters. Part of the renowned Peter von Czettritz’s group are experts in third party opposition complaints between generics manufacturers and originators. The firm’s portfolio also includes drug labelling, competition and compliance expertise. Concerning pharma industry contracts, the group has a particular focus on the performance of clinical trials and observational studies and offers clients advice on pharmacovigilance and product liability. Clients include HEXAL, STADA Arzneimittel and kohlpharma.

Compared to other law firms, Raue LLP has a particularly strong focus advising on hospital sector matters. The group led by Wolfgang Kuhla is appreciated for the ‘high service level and short processing times’ and also acts for medical care centres (MVZ), medical practices and physicians. Kuhla and Maren Bedau are recommended for their ‘extensive background knowledge’ and for ‘focussing on a client’s requirements’. Newly introduced emergency service practices provided for some instructions as contracts are concluded; the hospital St. Joseph Krankenhaus Berlin Tempelhof retained the group in this area. CORPUS SIREO retained the group for the acquisition of a Berlin medical centre for its fund Health Care Fonds III. Other work included handling panel physician and physicians’ professional law as well as hospital planning matters. Senior associate Stephanie Wiesner is recommended.

WilmerHale is known for offering ‘high quality services’ on regulatory and data protection matters. For example, special counsel Peter Gey advised Editas Medicine on regulatory issues pertaining to the performance of clinical trials, especially on Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) for investigational medical products, European Medicines Agency SME guidelines and drug approval procedures. Becton Dickinson retained the group for several matters, such as a drug advertising law dispute and a procurement procedure by some hospitals for the supply of medical products. The group also advised the federal association of the pharmaceutical industry on pharmacovigilance and clinical study data matters in view of the new basic regulation on data protection. Hans-Georg Kamann leads the group, which saw Christofer Eggers’ departure to Squire Patton Boggs.

In the healthcare sector, Dentons stands out for its strong transactional expertise, which was further strengthened by the arrival of Thomas Strassner and counsel Christopher Mayston, who both formerly worked at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Another new-joiner is competition law expert Matthias Nordmann, who came from Norton Rose Fulbright. In a recent highlight, practice head Christof Kautzsch advised BG Kliniken on the creation of a centrally managed hospital group, with a total value of €1bn. Ilka Mehdorn is the name to note for regulatory work; instructions include handling market access issues and representing the German association of plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgeons in litigation concerning the disclosure of calculation bases for hospital flat rates per case. Additionally, the group is experienced at handling labour law.

Fieldfisher’s expertise in healthcare-related regulatory matters lies on Cord Willhöft’s shoulders, who is an expert for competition law issues in the health sector, with a particular focus on drug advertising law. As such, the group is frequently instructed in the drug and medical products sector to handle market access issues concerning conformity assessments, approvals, distribution and good manufacturing practice. The firm’s range of services also includes reimbursement matters concerning the statutory health insurance and compliance matters. Hamburg-based corporate and antitrust lawyer Michael Adam mainly acts on cross-border transactions and the group is also experienced in handling IP, real estate and real estate commercial law in the health sector.

King & Spalding LLP clearly focuses on regulatory matters concerning food, drug and medical products, while its core activity is advising on distinguishing foodstuff and pharmaceuticals. Additionally, the group frequently acts on proceedings against parallel importers such as Teva Europe; representing Roche Diagnostics in ECJ proceedings concerning the question whether parallel imports have to undergo a complementary conformity assessment procedure after changes in the product configuration is another example. In other highlights, the group advised biomo-vital on regulatory matters concerning dietary supplements and dietary foods, and represented the Dutch homeopathy and phytotherapy provider VSM Geneesmiddelen in an action for failure to act before the ECJ concerning the evaluation of health claims at Botanicals against the European Commission. Ulf Grundmann is a proven expert in food law, for example acting for Pfizer in this area.

Oppenhoff & Partner’s team is recommended for its ‘entrepreneurial spirit’ and the ‘very good internal coordination’. It advises mostly on commercial and drug advertising law matters, while also offering tax advice to health sector clients. Recent highlights include assisting health insurers Barmenia, Gothaer, Hallesche and Signal Iduna with founding a cooperation in the field of performance management, and assisting Evonik Industries with the acquisition of Transferra Nanosciences. Medical device manufacturer Elekta retained the firm for advice in corporate and labour law matters. Practice head Peter Klappich, who is particularly experienced handling product liability cases, and Corinna Schmidt-Murra are recommended.

In health law matters, Anwaltskanzlei Quaas und Partner specialises in advising hospitals, with founding partner Michael Quaas having many years of experience advising hospital owners on medical and construction law. Other areas of focus of the Dortmund and Stuttgart-based team are medical, contract doctors’ and labour law. Jens-M. Kuhlmann and Till Flachsbarth are experienced in health law and recently acted on billing and compensation issues as well as on cooperation in the hospital sector. Another area of work was representing several hospitals in arbitral proceedings concerning additional nursing services fees.

Seufert Rechtsanwälte has offices in Munich and Leipzig and focuses on advising hospitals on the full range of hospital planning, financing and remuneration, as well as on construction and procurement matters and medical liability law. For example, the group represented hospital operating company Rhön-Klinikum in disputes with the state of Hesse concerning the payment of research and teaching services rendered by the University Hospital of Giessen and Marburg. Thomas Vollmöller is one of the lawyers in Munich.

Tsambikakis & Partner Rechtsanwälte offers highly specialised, ‘swift and professional’ advice on medical criminal law and is considered ‘one of the best’ in this field. The group led by ‘well-versed’ founding partner Michael Tsambikakis acted on many instructions concerning compliance matters in medical law, such as the creation of compliance guidelines and evaluation of compliance management systems; in this area, it recently covered personnel leasing and cooperation with doctors in private practice. In addition to medical criminal law advice, the group also advises companies and employees in preliminary proceedings. Daniela Etterer made partner.

Wigge Rechtsanwälte strictly focuses on medical law and advises on the regulatory framework for physicians, including dentists’ and contract physicians’ law as well as hospital, pharmacy, drug and medical device law. Covering new forms of medical care, for example cross-sectoral cooperation and integrated care, rounds off Peter Wigge’s team’s consultancy services. Both at the firm’s main location, in Münster, and in Hamburg, the firm expanded on the associate level, while it also fields an office in Lüdinghausen.


Index of tables

  1. Industry focus: telecoms
  2. Regulatory
  3. Transactions
  4. Leading individuals
  5. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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    • Tobias Bosch - Noerr
    • Martin Geppert - Juconomy Rechtsanwälte
    • Sven-Erik Heun - Bird & Bird
    • Thomas Mayen - Dolde Mayen & Partner
    • Joachim Scherer - Baker McKenzie
    • Thomas Tschentscher - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Next generation lawyers

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Baker McKenzie is considered ‘one of the best firms in Germany’ for telecoms matters, with a clear focus on regulatory matters. The Frankfurt-based group led by practice head Joachim Scherer is particularly experienced in implementing new business models, which is showcased by assisting clients with the implementation of connected car services in numerous jurisdictions. On over-the-top services, the group recently assisted some OTT platform and service providers with data protection and telecoms matters concerning a product with personal language assistance, while broadband and frequency development matters particularly included frequency regulation matters and frequency coordination procedures. Another one of the group’s strengths is advising on regulations concerning the identifiability of users, particularly concerning data retention. Telefónica, Colt and Iridium are core clients. Counsel Caroline Heinickel is the name to note for cyber security matters.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer mainly acts on regulatory and antitrust matters in the telecoms sector, while also covering transactions. A core instruction in the regulatory area is advising Vodafone’s German branch on mobile as well as fixed network matters; for example, it assisted the client with the regulation of mobile and interconnection charges, vectoring 2, frequency and layer 2 bitstream access. Other highlights included advising United Internet on the acquisition of webhosting company Strato by Deutsche Telekom and representing telecom providers in patent disputes, with standard essential patents being a major focus. Furthermore, Norbert Nolte regularly assists 1&1 telecom, for example concerning injunctive relief enforcement claims for Deutsche Telekom’s new hybrid connections and concerning telecoms, corporate and labour law matters concerning the integration of Versatel into the 1&1 group. The group has further expertise in M2M communication with a particular focus on the automotive sector. Counsel Danielle Herrmann left for Neuland legal; Frankfurt-based Thomas Tschentscher leads the group.

In the telecoms sector, Noerr is particularly known for its transactional capabilities, while extending its regulatory practice as evidenced by increasingly acting on standard bidding procedures, broadcasting law and representation in regulatory procedures. The group assisted the Africa Internet Group with several financing rounds totalling over €300m, and advised Bertelsmann on the worldwide call for tenders for the outsourcing of WAN services. On the regulatory side, advising Inmarsat on a contract with the Lufthansa Group concerning the provision of broadband services was a highlight. The group’s expertise in connection with media law is showcased by advising the German society for musical performing and mechanical reproduction rights (GEMA) on negotiations concerning the cable retransmission remuneration and representing the client in related disputes. In other work, it continued advising NFON on contracting cloud-based telephone services. Microsoft and Easynet Global Services are also clients. Hanno Schaper and Sebastian Schürer made associated partner. Tobias Frevert handles commercial and transactional work, while Tobias Bosch is experienced in handling regulatory matters.

Bird & Bird offers ‘extremely good industry knowledge and technical understanding’ and advises both landline and mobile telecoms clients and convergent

services providers. The group is particularly well positioned in the high technology area, with transactions an important pillar of the practice next to regulatory matters relating to IT and data protection matters. An example is Hans Peter Leube’s advice to Deutsche Beteiligungs AG on the investor Warburg Pincus’ investment in inexio. Core clients are Telefónica, 450 Connect, HSH Nordbank and Verizon. Practice head and ‘all-rounderSven-Erik Heun is ‘always up to date’ and offers ‘extremely practical recommendations’.

Jens Neitzel’s group at CMS is increasingly active handling regulatory work, with particular expertise in network access and outsourcing project matters. Cisco Systems retained the group for assistance with the introduction of new business models, platforms and services and counsel Daniel Hofmann advised Ecostar, which is part of the Hughes Network, on satellite communications matters. Contentious work includes representing EWE TEL in appeal proceedings against the regulatory order Vectoring I; and representing Vodafone Kabel Deutschland in litigation against Telekom Deutschland concerning the allegedly improper increase of fees for the shared use of cable ducts as well as in numerous administrative proceedings against cities and municipalities concerning the laying of telecommunication lines. In 2017, advice on subscriber lines increased; in this area, 1&1 Versatel was advised on monthly and non-recurring charges and EWE TEL was represented in proceedings against the September 2016 regulatory order and the subscriber line standard offer process.

Boutique firm Dolde Mayen & Partner is one of the top firms for regulatory advice in the telecoms sector and representation in litigation. In 2017, regulatory advice rendered to long-term clients Deutsche Telekom, Telekom Deutschland and T-Systems International made up the lion’s share of the group’s work. For example, it represented the industry giants before the Federal Network Agency, in particular concerning regulatory orders, standard bidding procedures, order and payment procedures and frequency issues. Thomas Mayen’s group also handles administrative proceedings, sometimes before the Federal Administrative Court, and is also part of the range of consulting services.

Jones Day has a ‘flexible approach and gives practical recommendations with clear guidelines’ primarily on regulatory matters, while also acting in relation to data protection matters. ‘Very experienced’ practice head Holger Neumann represented Verizon in numerous regulatory and administrative proceedings, with the main focus being regulatory orders, the regulation of alternative subscriber network operators and interconnection and mobile termination rates. The group continued representing Deutschlandradio in litigation against the Federal Network Agency before the Administrative Court of Cologne concerning the newly regulated charges for the transfer of FM radio signals according to the Telecommunications Act. The firm’s international positioning came in handy for drone producer DJI Innovations, which was advised on compliance matters concerning the German and European telecoms regulation as well as on product safety and frequency and aviation regulation. Associate Martin Wortmann has ‘very good analytical skills’; of counsel Wolfgang Büchner left for Memminger LLP in July 2017.

Juconomy Rechtsanwälte has a broad practice covering both regulatory matters and litigation. The boutique firm is particularly noted for its ‘very practice oriented’ advice, with Jens Schulze zur Wiesche ‘unreservedly recommended’ for his telecoms competition and antitrust law expertise. Fourteen member organisations of German Broadband Association (BREKO) were represented by Martin Geppert in a claim against the Vectoring II decision of the Federal Network Agency. Peter Schmitz assisted 01051 Tellecom with lobbying measures anfd comments regarding the continuation of call-by-call and preselection, as well as NGN migration and an NGN interconnection agreement with Deutsche Telekom. Another highlight was representing several municipalities and districts in proceedings for access claims under the DigiNetzG, the legal framework regulating the development of digital high-speed networks.

Beiten Burkhardt focuses on advising clients on mobile services, mobile communications sales and data protection matters. The ‘technically brilliant’ Matthias W. Stecher, who co-leads the practice together with Mathias Zimmer-Goertz, recently assisted DIMOCO Europe with numerous telecoms law issues, with mobile payment matters playing a significant role. Verifox retained the group for regulatory and distribution law matters. Claudio G. Chirco made partner.

Greenberg Traurig Germany’s telecoms practice, headed by Christoph Enaux, focuses on the connection between real estate and telecoms law, but is also regularly consulted for regulatory issues concerning antitrust and media law matters. For example, it advised numerous housing associations on cable and broadband strategy issues and assisted the federal association of German housing and real estate enterprise registered associations (GdW) with issues concerning the positioning of the housing industry and the structuring of lobbying activities for the charging rules for shared use of in-house infrastructure, as set out in the legal framework regulating the development of digital high-speed networks. Niklas Conrad made counsel.

In the telecoms sector, Hengeler Mueller is particularly rated for transactions: Albrecht Conrad assisted freenet with the acquisition of a stake in Swiss telecoms provider Sunrise Communications, which also included handling questions concerning the Swiss frequency allocation. He was also lead advisor of mobilcom-debitel on the establishment of a strategic partnership with Capita Customer Services through the outsourcing of business processes in customer service. Regulatory matters are covered by Wolfgang Spoerr, who recently represented Tele Columbus in a dispute with the media authority of Berlin-Brandenburg concerning feed-in tariff conditions.

Loschelder’s telecoms group led by Raimund Schütz mainly handles feed-in contracts and data protection issues. For example, it is representing broadcasting corporation ARD in litigation against Vodafone Kabel Deutschland and Unitymedia, and in administrative proceedings against Unitymedia to establish an obligation to conclude paid feed-in contracts. Vodafone retained the group for data protection matters and a medium-sized telecoms company relied on the team for the contractual, telecoms and state aid aspects of the operation and acquisition of Wireless Local Loops and for broadband coverage support matters.

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP continues advising on contractual and transactional matters, while recently noting an increase in regulatory work. The group led by Ralf Weisser and Wolfgang von Frentz mainly acts for media companies on digitalisation matters: For example, it represented ProSiebenSat.1 in preliminary injunction proceedings against Exaring concerning dissemination matters in connection with, particularly regarding the distinction of IPTV in closed cable networks with OTT services. Another highlight was representing Deutschlandradio in litigation against Unitymedia concerning the continued payment of cable feed-in tariffs. Claus Färber made counsel.

In the telecoms sector, Morrison & Foerster LLP focuses on contractual and regulatory matters, while also handling acquisitions. Unify retained the group led by Andreas Grünwald concerning the regulatory framework for the legal classification of an OTT service, handling corresponding procedures before regulators in over 30 countries. 1&1 Telecom and Tele Columbus are core clients.

Led by Kornelius Kleinlein, Raue LLP’s group focuses on providing regulatory and antitrust advice to telecoms companies. It is particularly experienced in handling Federal Network Agency proceedings in the regulatory area. The German Vodafone retained the group to handle administrative litigation against the 2016 approval of subscriber line lease fees, while the group also represented the client in litigation against Telekom Deutschland concerning the interim charge of higher fees. In another matter, the group continued representing DIVICON Media in litigation against the first regulatory order of 19th December 2014.

TCI Rechtsanwälte advises IT and telecoms companies on regulatory matters and frequently handles market access matters. Stephan Schmidt continued representing several text message providers in litigation against Vodafone concerning the permissibility of business models consisting of text message routing. The group regularly advises CallOne, dtms and 1&1 Versatel on telecoms and contractual issues, and assisted Lebara with the implementation of new regulatory requirements for prepaid providers.

At Taylor Wessing, telecoms sector work is handled as part of its TMT practice. The group led by Axel von dem Bussche is particularly experienced in handling issues relating to telecoms and data protection law, while Detlef Klett also handles industry-specific IT law matters.

In the telecoms sector, White & Case LLP increasingly focuses on regulatory work, while also handling transactions. For example, it advised the minority shareholders and the supervisory board of inexio on the sale of shares to Warburg Pincus; in the context of this transaction, the group also assisted the supervisory board of inexio Informationstechnologie und Telekommunikation with adapting the investment and shareholder agreement. Norbert Wimmer is the name to note.

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