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  1. Industry focus: energy
  2. Other recommended firms
  3. Regulatory
  4. Transactions
  5. Leading individuals

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
    • Wolf Spieth - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    • Christian Theobald - Becker Büttner Held, Rechtsanwälte Wirtschaftsprüfer Steuerberater
    • Christian von Hammerstein - Raue LLP
    • Fritz von Hammerstein - CMS

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Top firmFreshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is known for advising the big four energy supply companies E.ON, RWE, EnBW and Vattenfall on matters surrounding the turnaround in energy policy. Highlights included representing RWE in the constitutional complaint against the 13th Amendment to the Atomic Energy Act and in damages proceedings against Hesse State and the Federal Republic of Germany due to the closure of nuclear power plant Biblis. The firm also assisted Vattenfall with the sale of its lignite-powered plant and the opencast mines in Lusatia. In other prominent work, the team has been advising Amprion on the federal planning of the A Nord power connection corridor and the representation of Uniper and GK Irsching in a landmark case over the remuneration for power plant deployment in order to preserve network stability. Baltic Eagle is a client in the renewable energy sector. Ulrich Scholz, Herbert Posser and Benedikt Wolfers are recommended for regulatory matters, as is Wolf Spieth for his expertise in transactions.

With its work for more than 450 public utilities and municipalities, Becker Büttner Held, Rechtsanwälte Wirtschaftsprüfer Steuerberater holds ‘a unique market position in the energy sector’. Its core business is energy law, but it also covers environmental and planning law, public procurement, corporate law and PPP matters and handles prominent disputes. Highlights included defending the State of Lower Saxony against a liability claim filed by E.ON related to the moratorium for nuclear power stations. The team also represented the states of Rhineland-Palatinate, Bremen and North Rhine-Westphalia in the constitutional complaints procedure against the 13th Amendment to the Atomic Energy Act. The firm also advises numerous cities, including Cologne and Berlin, on the award of licences for electricity and gas supply networks. Renowned energy lawyer Christian Theobald, ‘smart’ antitrust lawyer Ines Zenke and gas sector expert Christian Held are recommended.

CMS’ team ‘works very rapidly’ and is noted for its ‘outstanding legal work with the deepest industry expertise’; renewable energy transactions and projects are a core focus. It advised Axpo on the sale of wind farm developer Volkswind and assisted EnBW with procurement contracts for the 500MW Hohe See offshore wind farm. Another pillar of the practice is the representation of clients in regulatory disputes, such as successfully assisting Transnet BW in the complaints procedure by the large-scale power plant Mannheim and Stora Enso against the determinations of the Federal Network Agency on data exchange processes. ‘Highly competent’ practice head Christian Haellmigk is recommended, along with transactional expert Jochen Lamb, who is ‘a strong negotiator’, the ‘very experienced’ Fritz von Hammerstein and offshore wind energy expert Holger Kraft.

Hengeler Mueller provides ‘a first-class service’ and again handled several prominent energy transactions. The firm represented the successful bidder in two high-profile auction procedures: acting for Energetický a Průmyslový Holding during the purchase of Vattenfall’s lignite division and representing China Three Gorges in the auction of the Meerwind offshore wind farm by Blackstone. A longstanding client is DONG Energy, which the team most recently advised regarding the sale of its 50% share in Gode Wind 1 offshore wind farm. Regulatory matters and dispute resolution are other areas of expertise, wherein the team acted for TenneT as transmission system operator in landmark proceedings regarding grid connection and related damage claims, among other cases. ‘Very engaged and reliable’ regulatory specialist Dirk Uwer is recommended along with transactional expert Nicolas Böhm.

Linklaters’ ‘outstanding’ team advises on high-value transactions in the energy sector and has expertise in regulatory and contentious matters. Thomas Schulz led the intragroup restructuring of E.ON and subsequent spin-off of Uniper. He also assisted Enel Green Power with the acquisition of a majority stake in a project company which is planning the construction of the largest German geothermal power plant in Bavaria. Other work included acting for UniCredit and other banks in the financing of the construction of Borkum West II offshore wind farm. Kai Uwe Pritzsche acted for EEX, Powernext, TenneT and Elia as common draftsman for the integration of the energy exchanges EPEX SPOT and APX; he also advises 50Hertz Transmission on regulatory issues. Christopher Bremme is also recommended.

Raue LLP’s ‘extraordinarily good’ team provides ‘quick and pragmatic advice’, and is noted for its ‘remarkable understanding of legal, economic and technical aspects’. It handles contentious matters related to the turnaround in energy policy, such as defending the Free State of Bavaria against a claim for damages brought by E.ON due to the temporary closure of the Isar 1 nuclear power plant. The practice is also representing Trianel in European Commission state aid proceedings in connection with the German lignite accord. Other work includes assisting foreign clients with German market entry. The ‘pragmatic and well-connected’ Christian von Hammerstein, the ‘strong negotiator and diligent’ Bernd Beckmann, transactional expert Stephan Koch, energy lawyer Bettina Tugendreich and administrative law specialist Wolfram Hertel are all recommended.

After numerous arrivals in early 2015, White & Case LLP now has ‘one of the best teams in energy law’ and is striving for the very top of the market. It advised EnBW on several matters, including a complaints procedure regarding the allocation of grid connection capacity for EnBW Hohe See offshore wind farm, among others. The team also represented BS Energy in an action against E.ON concerning the adjustment of a long-term electricity supply contract. Norbert Wimmer and his team continue to advise on planning and environmental matters in the energy sector, where one such client is 50Hertz Transmission. Peter Rosin and Thomas Burmeister are ‘excellent lawyers with deep industry expertise and plenty of practical experience’. Sabine Schulte-Beckhausen is ‘knowledgeable, well connected and pragmatic’.

Very good’ boutique Dolde Mayen & Partner focuses on public law and regularly advises energy suppliers, network operators and energy-intensive end users. A team built around Thomas Mayen, Frank Hölscher and Christian Stelter specialises in regulatory matters, while a team led by the ‘renowned’ Klaus-Peter Dolde and the ‘recognised’ Winfried Porsch has expertise in environmental and planning law in connection with network expansion and the construction of power plants. The firm is representing EnBW in damages claims against the State of Baden-Württemberg and the Federal Republic of Germany due to the closure of nuclear power plants Neckarwestheim I and Philippsburg 1.

Cornelia Topf and Marcus Dannecker lead Gleiss Lutz’s ‘broad’ energy practice, which has ‘excellent industry expertise’. It covers renewable energy transactions and project developments, such as advising Blackstone on the refinancing of Meerwind offshore wind farm via the placement of green bonds and then on the subsequent sale to China Three Gorges. Public law expert Christoph Moench has been representing E.ON in the constitutional complaints procedure against the accelerated nuclear phase-out under the 13th Amendment to the Atomic Energy Act. Burghard Hildebrandt has been advising Amprion on the implementation of a 380kV transmission line in Rhineland-Pfalz.

Hogan Lovells International LLPworks very quickly and efficiently’ and is especially strong in transactions and projects in the offshore wind energy sector. The practice has been advising Merkur Offshore on matters relating to its Merkur Offshore wind farm, including financing and the general contractor agreement with GeoSea. Other recent work includes assisting Volkswind with the sale of 31 wind farms to Axpo Power and acting for Repower regarding a gas and steam power plant project. Practice head Matthias Hirschmann ‘has excellent expertise and is an extremely good negotiator’. Christian Knütel adds ‘broad knowledge’ and vast project experience.

Known for its work on transactions and projects, Noerr has ‘excellent expertise in energy law’ and ‘a very good understanding of the industry’. It assisted industrial consortium H2 Mobility with the establishment of a joint venture for the construction of a Germany-wide network of hydrogen fuelling stations. Other clients include Iberdrola Renovables Offshore Deutschland, which the team advised on the Windanker wind farm project, and the Federal Network Agency, for which it acted in relation to new transmission lines. The ‘competent and engaged’ Cornelia Kermel has expertise in concessions and Holger Schmitz specialises in transactions. Practice head Christof Federwisch focuses on energy generation plants and other infrastructure. Offshore expert Maximilian Uibeleisen joined Ashurst LLP.

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