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Planning and environment

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  1. Planning and environment
  2. Product-Related Advice
  3. Waste management
  4. Leading individuals
  5. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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    • Stefan Altenschmidt - Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
    • Markus Appel - Linklaters
    • Martin Beckmann - Baumeister, Rechtsanwälte
    • Markus Deutsch - Dolde Mayen & Partner
    • Klaus-Peter Dolde - Dolde Mayen & Partner
    • Wolfgang Ewer - Weißleder & Ewer
    • Andreas Geiger - GSK Stockmann
    • Fritz von Hammerstein - CMS
    • Burghard Hildebrandt - Gleiss Lutz
    • Christoph Moench - SAMMLERUSINGER Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB
    • Herbert Posser - POSSER SPIETH WOLFERS & PARTNERS
    • Olaf Reidt - Redeker Sellner Dahs
    • Wolf Spieth - POSSER SPIETH WOLFERS & PARTNERS
    • Benedikt Wolfers - POSSER SPIETH WOLFERS & PARTNERS

Next generation lawyers

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    • Martin Ahlhaus - Noerr
    • Christiane Kappes - CMS
    • Alexander Köpfler - Taylor Wessing Hungary
    • Michael Ramb - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    • Inga Schwertner - Lenz und Johlen
    • Ursula Steinkemper - CMS

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 Redeker Sellner Dahs’ environment and planning expertise covers energy and infrastructure projects as well as contentious matters. Olaf Reidt, who heads the practice group together with Tobias Masing, recently advised 50Hertz Transmission on the Hansa PowerBridge submarine cable project. In another highlight, the Düsseldorf district government retained the group for advice on a plan revision procedure regarding the CO pipeline between Cologne-Worringen and Krefeld-Uerdingen. It also assists the city of Hamburg with numerous proceedings concerning the deepening of the Elbe river and in the plan supplement procedure. Masing also represented the Free State of Thuringia in litigation concerning the costs of the remediation of contaminated sites in the German Democratic Republic and concerning potential cost increases. The client portfolio also includes Gascade, Deutsche Bahn and the Federal Supervisory Office for Air Traffic Control. Kai Artur Pape is another key figure in the practice group, which includes a total of nine partners following the 2019 arrival of Max Reicherzer, who joined from Becker Büttner Held, Rechtsanwälte Wirtschaftsprüfer Steuerberater.

Dolde Mayen & Partner’sexcellent’ environment and planning law practice is based in Stuttgart and Bonn, and handles a broad range of legal services: in the field of environmental law, it acts on immission control, nuclear and radiation protection, nature conservation and water, waste and soil protection matters as well as genetic engineering and environmental liability. In the area of public construction law, the group handles planning procedures for major retail and infrastructure projects, commercial and industrial settlements and urban development measures. Klaus-Peter Dolde and Winfried Porsch, who convinces with ‘outstanding professional competence and many years of experience’, represent federal capital Stuttgart before the administrative court in a complaint brought by Deutsche Bahn regarding additional costs for the Stuttgart 21 development project. Thomas Mayen successfully defended Adam Opel against litigation brought by Deutsche Umwelthilfe concerning allegedly unlawful shutdown devices in diesel engines and the exceeding of NOx limits. The group also represented Holcim in litigation concerning a modification permit for new limit values and an increase in the proportion of substitute fuels. Airbus, EnBW and the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation are also clients. Markus Deutsch leads the team together with Porsch; Matthias Hangst made associate partner.

The environment and planning group at Noerr has a broad range of services and ‘excellent experts with specialist knowledge and strong industry knowledge’. The team, which is led by Berlin-based Holger Schmitz, advises on product-related environmental law, waste management and waste law issues, as well as transactions, energy and construction projects. A recent highlight was advising the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy on the transferability of new financing regulations for nuclear waste disposal to other originators of radioactive waste. A team under the leadership of Peter Bachmann advised the Munich state capital on the four-track expansion of the airport connection of city train line 8. Another core competence is acting for project developers and the public sector on approval and planning procedures for wind turbines; in this area, the client portfolio includes Abo Wind, the State Association for Renewable Energies and SL NaturEnergie. Other key figures are Uwe Erling, who is particularly noted for his ‘specialist knowledge in the field of emission protection law and greenhouse trading’, and Martin Ahlhaus, both are based in Munich.

The 23-strong practice group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has environmental law expertise handling waste and incident matters as well as product-related environmental law. In these areas, the team, which is headed by Juliane Hilf, is particularly active in healthcare, transport, energy and logistics. The group advised Dow Chemicals on the implementation of the EU Industrial Emissions Directive, as well as on technical standards concerning its impact on chlorine gas production and the chemical park Stade. Other highlights include advising a leading automotive manufacturer on regulatory and approval issues related to test cycles and emissions issues. Since 2015, the group has acted for long-term client Volkswagen on the regulatory aspects of nitrogen oxide emissions from diesel vehicles and on the coordination of the recall campaign. Berlin-based Marcel Kaufmann and Michael Ramb are also part of the core team. In May 2018, Wolf Spieth, Benedikt Wolfers and Herbert Posser left to found POSSER SPIETH WOLFERS & PARTNERS, which is now a new player in the public law market.

The environment and planning group at CMS has nine partners and is headed by Cologne-based Christian Scherer-Leydecker and Stuttgart-based Ursula Steinkemper. The range of services includes assistance with planning approval procedures, construction and environmental law matters as well as transactions. Hamburg-based Christiane Kappes acted for Femern Baelt in the planning approval procedure for the Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link project. Another highlight, led by administrative law partner Fritz von Hammerstein, was assisting long-term client TenneT TSO with several network expansion projects in northern Germany, and successfully representing the client before the federal administrative court in several third-party appeal proceedings regarding the plan approval decision for the 380kV line Ganderkesee - St Hülfe. Together with Matthias Kuß, von Hammerstein also advised 50Hertz Transmission on environmental and planning law matters related to grid expansion projects. BDEW Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft, Frontier Economics and consortium NeuConnect are also among its clients.

The environment and planning group at Gleiss Lutz focuses on advising on accidents, contaminated sites and product-related environmental, waste and packaging matters, and is instructed by DAX30 companies and major corporations as well as public sector clients. Andreas Neun heads the five-partner team, which also includes the renowned Burghard Hildebrandt. It successfully defended Amprion before the Federal Administrative Court against an action relating to a zoning decision, and assists the client with the building of a high-voltage line. The team advised state capital Düsseldorf on the planning and real estate law aspects of the reorganisation of an urban property in the city centre. Another highlight was representing state capital Stuttgart in the basic procedure concerning the admissibility of driving bans for diesel motor vehicles. Volkswagen, Audi and Linde are also part of the client portfolio. Of counsel Ulrich Battis joined GSK Stockmann in September 2017 and Marcus Dannecker left the firm in January 2018 to found Dannecker & Kerth Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB Rechtsanwälte. Clemens Weidemann left for MELCHERS Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB in January 2019.

Clients of Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH’s environment and planning group benefit from its ‘outstanding professional competence, good advice and a high level of assertiveness’. The range of services includes construction and housing, environmental and energy-intensive industries, real estate, emissions trading and construction planning law, and project development. Martin Fleckenstein, who is ‘competent and strong in negotiations’, advised gsp Städtebau on public and building law issues concerning the Grand Tower residential building in Frankfurt. The ‘well-connected’ Stefan Altenschmidt, who ‘always keeps an eye on economic efficiency’, counts BP Europa, Evonik, Salzgitter, ArcelorMittal and other large corporations among his clients. Practice head Stefan Kobes is representing the Federal Railway Authority in a case before the Federal Administrative Court concerning the Stuttgart 21 development project and Gernot-Rüdiger Engel advises Mondelēz on electricity and energy tax law matters. Clients also include ThyssenKrupp, Steag and E.ON. Claudia Schoppen joined Aulinger Rechtsanwälte at the end of 2017. Public lawyer Herbert Willems was a new arrival in February 2018.

The environment and planning group at Hengeler Mueller convinces with ‘good coverage of all relevant issues’ and focuses on product-related environmental law, major infrastructure projects, and the environmental and planning aspects of transactions. Highlights included advising Nord Stream 2 on nature conservation and species protection issues, on permit and planning approval procedures and related litigation and summary proceedings, as well as on environmental and energy law issues relating to the existing Nord Stream gas pipeline. Thomas Schmidt-Kötters, who is recommended for his ‘excellent legal knowledge and enormous commitment’, assisted Robert Bosch with worldwide internal and external investigations and cross-border proceedings concerning the alleged manipulation of exhaust emissions in diesel vehicles. The client portfolio also includes Axel Springer, DB Breef and Philip Morris. Fabian Quast, Wolfgang Spoerr and Jan Bonhage are part of the core team in Berlin, while Vera Jungkind and Dirk Uwer are the central contacts in the Düsseldorf office.

 Linklaters’ team acts on planning and approval procedures as well as transactions in the fields of energy, high-voltage transmission lines and chemicals. Highlights included its ongoing advice to TenneT TSO on various approval procedures, including federal planning for the power highways Stromautoban Süd and SüdOstLink. The group is assisting Letterone Corporate Advisor with mining and permitting law issues pertaining to the potential merger of the oil and gas production businesseses of DEA Deutsche Erdöl and Wintershall. The group also assisted thyssenkrupp with environmental issues concerning a joint venture with Tata Steel. The client portfolio also includes UniCredit Bank, 50Hertz Transmission and Enel Green Power. Berlin-based Markus Appel is the main contact; managing associate Anna Burghardt is also part of the core team and is particularly experienced in product-related environmental law.

 Baumeister, Rechtsanwälte is based in Münster and provides advice with an explicit focus on construction, planning and environmental law issues, and is also often active handling matters touching upon public procurement law. It acts for companies and investors as well as the public sector. In environmental planning law, the firm focuses on the mining, utilities, waste management, energy and industrial sectors. In addition, the firm is experienced in waste disposal, sewage disposal, contaminated sites and soil protection. Administrative lawyers Georg Hünnekens and the highly respected Martin Beckmann are among the central contacts.

Areas of expertise at Gaßner, Groth, Siederer & Coll. include waste management and waste law as well as climate protection, environmental law and genetic engineering. The environmental law expertise covers licensing procedures, water law, remediation of contaminated sites, soil protection and immission control. The range of services in public planning law includes advice on urban development contracts and issues relating to urban planning and broadband infrastructure.

Key focus areas of the 23-lawyer strong environment and planning group at GSK Stockmann continue to be construction and planning law advice for real estate and infrastructure projects, but the firm is also experienced in environmental law issues such as emission protection. In a recent highlight, Mark Butt led advice to Bayerische Versorgungskammer on the procurement of building rights for two major projects in Munich. Berlin-based Jan Hennig led the assistance to Ikea with building and planning law issues as well as the project development of a new furniture store in Karlsruhe. Andreas Geiger advised DB Station & Service on the redesign of Munich’s main railway station. Deutsche Bahn, Hammer Unternehmensgruppe and the state of Berlin are also part of the client portfolio. The team was strengthened in May 2017 by the addition of of counsel Alfred Gangel, who previously worked in the public sector. In September 2017, of counsel Ulrich Battis joined the firm from Gleiss Lutz.

Hogan Lovells International LLP has a broad range of expertise in environment and planning matters, advising both on plant construction projects and on regulated public sectors such as energy, water, environment, infrastructure and utilities. The Düsseldorf team, which is led by Thomas Dünchheim, advises on special environmental law issues such as fracking, mining and excavation matters as well as immission control, nature conservation and waste law. In a recent hightlight it assisted an energy generation group with the approval of the construction of a gas and steam power plant. The group advised Akasol on environmental law issues relating to its IPO and, in a separate matter, assisted a major international group with the complex remediation of contaminated sites. The client base also includes long-term client Autobahn Tank & Rast, the German Red Cross Düsseldorf and IMS Messysteme. Product-related environmental law work is headed by Munich-based Patrick Ayad and Sebastian Lach, and is increasingly relevant for the automotive industry. Florian Unseld and Arne Thiermann joined the partnership in January 2018.

Product-related environmental law and assistance with large infrastructure and road construction projects continue to be the focal areas of White & Case LLP’s eight-strong environment and planning practice. Norbert Wimmer leads the team, which is also increasingly active in the automotive industry – an area in which it provides comprehensive advice on regulatory issues relating to the consumption and emission performance of vehicles. In another highlight, it represented the Federal Chancellery and the Federal Ministry of Economics against information requests made by RWE concerning the nuclear phase-out. Henning Berger, whose expertise includes not only environment and planning law but also financial sector regulation, is another key contact; Martin Weber made local partner in January 2018.

 avocado rechtsanwälte has had a recent focus on the Ordinance on Industrial Waste, advice on sanctions and plant approval as well as chemicals and substances law. The ten-partner team is headed jointly by Markus Figgen, Ralf Kaminski and Thomas Gerhold. Nils-Alexander Weng joined the firm in April 2018 from Graf von Westphalen and Rebecca Schäffer made equity partner. Gerhold advised AWB Köln on construction planning and immission control issues relating to the relocation of an inner-city operating site, and represented a DAX group in litigation filed by an environmental association in connection with the remediation of a former plant landfill. GMVA Niederrhein, Drekopf Recyclingzentrum Essen and various waste disposal companies and foundations are also part of the client portfolio.

The core competencies of the Cologne-based Lenz und Johlen’s environment and planning practice lie in the fields of construction, real estate, infrastructure, logistics, energy and raw materials. In addition, the ‘creative and customer-oriented’ team advises on immission, construction planning, accident and planning approval issues, and is active in the wind energy sector. In one highlight, Inga Schwertner led the team in representing the Ministry of the Environment, Agriculture, Nature Conservation and Consumer Protection of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia in appeal proceedings before the Federal Administrative Court relating to air pollution control plans. In other work, the group successfully acted for residents and a municipal company in proceedings against the construction of the Hürth high-voltage overhead line. Michael Oerder assisted Ten Brinke Projektentwicklung with the planned construction of a commercial building within an urban redevelopment area as well as with the construction of residential units in Hanau and Berlin. Administrative law specialists Rainer Voß and Alexander Beutling are also key figures.

The environment and planning group at Graf von Westphalen focuses on infrastructure proceedings, mainly relating to motorways and airports. The environmental law expertise includes species protection, nature conservation and water law. The team, headed by Dietrich Drömann and Ronald Steiling, was strengthened in May 2017 by the addition of Ulrich Hösch and Volker Gronefeld from the now-dissolved law firm Gronefeld Rechtsanwälte. A highlight was representing the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg in a major building permit procedure in connection with a new zoning plan. Hösch is ‘a solution-oriented’ adviser, who is recommended for his ‘interdisciplinary and extensive knowledge, and his experience’; he assisted Munich Airport with the planning approval procedure for the extension of Terminal 1. On the contentious side, the group handled proceedings concerning a planning approval procedure for the Ministry of Science, Economics and Transport of the State of Schleswig-Holstein concerning the Lübeck-Blankensee Airport. Sigrid Wienhues and Andreas Wolowski are also key contacts, and Corinna Lindau is also noted.

Volker Hoffmann and Roland Hartmannsberger jointly head the team at Hoffmann Liebs Fritsch & Partner Rechtsanwälte mbB, which has a broad range of services in the field of environmental law; the five-member team advises on issues relating to soil protection and contaminated sites, immission control, accident law, water law, product compliance as well as the environmental aspects of corporate and real estate transactions. A 2018 highlight was assisting a real estate developer with soil and groundwater contamination matters. In other work, the group advised a food industry company on immission control and building permit procedures. Hartmannsberger is the key figure in product-related environmental law. Stefanie Beste has been of counsel since 2018.

Environment and planning boutique firm Köhler & Klett, Rechtsanwälte is active in contentious and non-contentious matters. The core competencies of the team, which is based in Cologne and Berlin, include waste and immission control, environmental law violations as well as environmental and planning law issues in corporate transactions. Anno Oexle is frequently involved in industrial and infrastructure projects with environmental and planning aspects; Wolfgang Klett advises on waste and immission control law. Hagen Weishaupt acts on instructions touching upon commercial, corporate and contract law; Rainer Geesmann, Alexander De Diego and Anne-Louise Schümer are also members of the core team. The firm’s focus areas include transport, infrastructure, automotive, energy and the public sector.

Clients of Taylor Wessing’s environment, planning and regulation group benefit from its ‘outstanding service, excellent know-how and in-depth industry expertise’. The team provides comprehensive support to public and private clients as well as investors on the development of real estate and infrastructure projects. In addition to immission control, the team focuses on waste, product and construction planning law. Norbert Kämper, ‘a renowned expert in public sector planning and environmental law’, leads the team and is recommended for his ‘long-standing, successful court practice’. Alexander Köpfler is also a key figure. Martin Gerner advised Evonik on environmental and regulatory aspects of the acquisition of 3M’s compounding business. Roland Schmidt-Bleker assisted Rewe Group with construction planning matters, site security and project development. Avaya, Thüga Erneuerbare Energien and Imperial Chemical Logistics are also clients.

Wolfram Hertel leads the ‘excellent’ practice group at Raue PartmbB and impresses with his ‘extremely deep knowledge of public administrative law and of administrative jurisdiction’. Hertel is leading a team representing Brandenburg’s State Office for the Environment in several official liability proceedings concerning the permission of plants subject to approval under immission control law. Klaus Goecke assisted Tegel Projekt, a State of Berlin project company, with the planning and redesign of the airport site into a commercial, industrial and research location. The group also advised Engie Deutschland on a procedure concerning the new granting of water law powers for the cooling of a coal-fired power plant. Cornelia Gorn has ‘a razor-sharp mind and is always calm and persistent in her reasoning’.

The four-partner public commercial law practice at Baker McKenzie, headed by Marc Gabriel, advises on environmental, planning, construction and waste law issues; It is also particularly experienced in product-related environmental law and in the infrastructure and automotive sectors, as the instruction by Daimler shows. In addition, the firm advises on environmental, construction and planning law aspects of transactions and financings in the real estate and energy sectors. A 2018 highlight was providing assistance on regulatory matters to several companies in the heating and pump technology related to technical regulation, product safety, energy efficiency and environmental law. A market-leading manufacturer of consumer electronics was a client in the areas of product-related environmental law and litigation. The core team also includes Susanne Mertens in Berlin and Ulrich Ellinghaus in Frankfurt.

The environment and planning group at CBH Rechtsanwälte Cornelius, Bartenbach, Haesemann & Partner impresses with its ‘performance, expertise and results’, and also has strength in landscape and nature conservation law as well as in planning approval procedures for large infrastructure and construction projects. The five-partner strong practice stands out for its ‘trusting and in every respect satisfactory cooperation’ with clients, which also benefit from the group’s experience in power line projects, district developments and residential construction projects. In one highlight, Tassilo Schiffer led the defence of the city of Cologne in proceedings concerning the building permit for the construction of an inner-city light-rail line. Together with Manfred Haesemann and Jochen Hentschel, he also assisted Amelis with the procurement of building rights for a 35ha residential area as well as with the construction of a relief road and a tram. Lars Christoph and the ‘very experienced, calm and level-headed’ Stefan Rappen advised Bayer on the planning approval procedure for the new construction of the federal motorway 1 and a motorway bridge. Christopher Küas is another key figure.

In addition to its traditional focus on product law, DLA Piper’s Cologne-based group is also active in planning law instructions, transactions and infrastructure projects as well as related environmental and planning law issues. Ludger Giesberts advised Nicopure Labs on product-related environmental law matters and European tobacco regulation as well as on waste and packaging law in connection with e-liquids for electronic cigarettes. Guido Kleve acts for authorities and companies on regulatory issues, and is particularly active in the areas of port and aviation, subsidy and state aid matters as well as energy and environmental law. Other clients include BASF, the European Chemicals Agency and James Hardie Industries.

 Clifford Chance’s practice group acts on environmental and planning issues in the areas of network expansion, energy and healthcare. A highlight, led by practice head Mathias Elspaß, was advising Amprion on planning and approval issues for a high-voltage direct current transmission line. The group also acts for energy companies on environmental matters pertaining to the construction and operation of liquid gas terminals. It advised Pfizer on environmental compliance obligations regarding the state of technology in production plants. 50Hertz, Huber and TenneT are also part of the client portfolio. The Düsseldorf office was strengthened in May 2018 by the addition of Thomas Voland from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

 Oppenhoff & Partner focuses its environmental and planning law advice particularly on soil, water and emission protection as well as waste water and waste disposal. In addition, it advises on licensing procedures, issues relating to soil and groundwater contamination, immission control and environmental liability as well as environmental criminal law. Holger Hofmann is advising long-term client Eastman Chemical on environmental law issues concerning industrial sites. Stephan Müller heads the Cologne-based three-member practice.

Christofer Lenz heads the four-member Stuttgart-based environment and planning group at Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte, which acts for national and international private and public sector companies. A recent highlight, under the leadership of Torsten Gerhard, was representing the state of Baden-Württemberg before the Federal Administrative Court concerning environmental information pertaining to the Stuttgart 21 development project. The client portfolio also includes Commerzbank, AWO Hannover and various federal associations.

 Wolter Hoppenberg has ‘profound knowledge’ and a broad range of services; for example, the team advises on issues relating to nature conservation, immission control, mining, soil and water protection as well as permits. Michael Hoppenberg and Thomas Tyczewski jointly lead the team, which also includes the ‘competent and pleasant’ Till Elgeti. A recent highlight was advising Heidelberg Cement on the construction of a landfill within an ongoing excavation approved under mining law. The group also assisted the district of Osnabrück with licensing procedures under immission control law, administrative court proceedings and litigation brought by environmental associations. Under the leadership of Elgeti, the team also advised the Eifel-Rur water board on the planning approval procedure for the parallel collector Düren.

Bremen-based firm BBG und Partner stands out for its advice on infrastructure projects in various sectors, including port infrastructure, power plants, mining and offshore energy generation. A recent highlight was defending the Hessian Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Regional Development against two court cases concerning the zoning decision for a bypass. The client base also includes Bergolin, PNE Wind Atlantis I and the Saxon Higher Mining Authority. The ‘solution-oriented’ Peter Schütte, who is recommended for his expertise ‘particularly in complex infrastructure projects in port management, waterway administration and the energy sector’, leads the group together with Malte Kohls.

 Brandi Rechtsanwälte’s environment and planning law expertise covers waste disposal, soil, water and immissions law as well as infrastructure projects. Under the leadership of Martin Dippel and Christoph Jahn, the group also advises on energy, landscape and usage rights.

The range of services provided by the eight-strong environment and planning practice at Bird & Bird includes project and product-related environmental law, in particular in the automotive, technology, energy and utilities sectors, as well as environmental law infringements. Recent highlights include assisting Amprion with several planning approval proceedings for extra-high voltage power lines, which was led by Matthias Lang, and advising Sojitz on environmental law relating to the acquisition of a chemical logistics company. Hermann Rothfuchs, who made partner in 2017, advised a leading automotive supplier on the EU Low Voltage Directive. René Voigtländer heads the practice and is particularly experienced in waste and disposal law.

Dentons’ environmental and planning practice convinces with its ‘comprehensive knowledge and creative solutions for the most difficult situations’. Core competencies include advising on product-related environmental law and waste management matters. Practice head Ilka Mehdorn is singled out for her ‘extremely quick comprehension and implementation, reliability and communication skills’. Procurement law expert Wolfram Krohn and antitrust lawyers Norman Hölzel and Jörg Karenfort are also part of the team, which was strengthened in February 2018 by the addition of Julia Pfeil from Baker McKenzie. The Stiftung Zentrale Stelle Verpackungsregister, Emerson Electric and DPG Deutsches Pfandsystem are among the practice’s long-term clients.

The infrastructure, environment and energy group at GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB advises on immission control, construction planning, the clean-up of contaminated sites, soil remediation as well as contentious cases. A recent highlight, led by Thomas Christner, was acting for Blue Energy Europe in an immission control approval procedure for the construction of a biomass cogeneration plant to supply steam to a paper mill. In addition, the group assisted an energy company with wastewater discharge and treatment matters. Kersten Wagner-Cardenal heads the group. The client base consists of private companies, public authorities and municipal utilities.

The four-partner-strong team at Kapellmann und Partner convinces with its ‘very high service level’ and advises on building planning and approval procedures, environmental and nature conservation, neighbourhood and monument protection matters as well as on approval procedures under immission control law. Hendrik Schilder leads the team in Düsseldorf and represents project development company Divag Lox in litigation concerning the operation of a congress hotel in Neuss and problems arising from its proximity to the industrial port. In January 2018, Johannes Grüner made associate partner; Stefan Pützenbacher is the central contact in Frankfurt.

The practice at Kiel-based law firm Weißleder & Ewer advises companies from a variety of sectors – including energy, trade, automotive and chemicals – comprehensively on environmental law issues. In the area of public building law, it is frequently instructed by the contracting authority. The key figures are Wolfgang Ewer, Angelika Leppin and Marius Raabe.


PPP

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  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

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White & Case LLP has a broad PPP offering and is regularly involved in major national and international projects. It is particularly visible in the transport sector, where it regularly advises on the financing aspects of PPP projects. Highlights included representing PPF Group in the public bidding process for the acquisition of shares in Toll Collect and assisting the client with the operation of the truck tolling system. The group also advised the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure on the award of PPP projects. The team is led by Berlin-based Henning Berger and the highly respected Norbert Wimmer; Florian Degenhardt is the central contact in Hamburg. Veit Sahlfeld joined Norton Rose Fulbright in April 2018.

Chatham Partners LLP focuses on the energy, infrastructure and real estate sectors and acts on matters touching upon competition, state aid, environmental and planning law. The range of advisory services also includes transactions as well as the financing and development of PPP projects. Recent highlights include representing the bidding consortium made up of BAM PPP Deutschland and Hochtief PPP Solutions in the public tender for the extension of the federal motorway 3. The group also assisted Via Solutions Nord with the extension, operation and maintenance of the federal motorway 7 between the motorway junctions Hamburg-Nordwest and Brodesholm. The core team consists of Michael Schäfer, Felix Fischer and Marco Núñez.

Sebastian Orthmann heads the practice group at CMS, which focuses on PPP projects and related contentious matters in the public transport, air transport, road construction and port sectors. Christiane Kappes advised Femern Bælt on the planning approval procedure for the Fehmarn-Lolland fixed link. In Frankfurt, Jakob Steiff assisted the city of Bingen am Rhein with public procurement, building and architectural law matters related to a transport connection. Fritz von Hammerstein, Hermann Müller and Christian Scherer-Leydecker are other key figures.

Greenberg Traurig Germany’s PPP practice is headed by Dieter Neumann and is particularly well known in the market for representing the public sector in transport infrastructure projects. For example, the group is advising the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure on the introduction of the infrastructure levy for passenger cars, on the preparation and implementation of the award procedure for the infrastructure levy system and the automatic ISA control system as well as on the extension of the truck toll. The group also has a track record advising on PPP motorways, with the ream recently acting for the relevant supervising Federal Ministry on the A49, A10/A25 and A7 Süd projects. The client portfolio also includes Deges Deutsche Einheit Fernstraßenplanung und -bau, Niedersächsische Landesbehörde für Straßenbau und Verkehr and Wohnungsbaugesellschaft Stadt und Land.

The PPP team at Norton Rose Fulbright provides comprehensive advice to public sector organisations, sponsors, project companies and financial institutions on matters ranging from project structuring through to the conclusion of project and financing agreements. A focus lies on work touching upon construction and environmental law, privatisations and restructurings. Another core competence is handling projects in the transport sector. Dirk Trautmann and Michael Jürgen Werner, who divides his time between the firm’s Brussels and Frankfurt offices, jointly head the team. Counsel Martin Weber, who is based in Frankfurt, is also noted.

With an explicit focus on advising the public sector, Beiten Burkhardt’s team is regularly involved in major projects in the fields of defence, transport, infrastructure, IT, healthcare and energy. Recent highlights include practice head Hans Georg Neumeier advising the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure on the implementation of the State Treaty between the Federal Republic of Germany and the Kingdom of Denmark concerning the Fehmarn Belt Tunnel. Michael Brückner assisted the Free State of Saxony with the conception and awarding of a new administrative data and voice network in the form of a PPP. In January 2018, Sascha Opheys, Christopher Theis and Christian Kaufmann made salary partner. The Hamburg office was strengthened in March 2018 by the addition of procurement and antitrust expert Jan Christian Eggers from Hogan Lovells International LLP. In July 2017, Lars Hettich joined LLR Legerlotz Laschet Rechtsanwälte GbR’s Düsseldorf office.

Ludger Giesberts is the central contact for PPP projects at DLA Piper and his clients include companies, financial institutions and authorities. The team’s range of expertise includes representing clients in sector-related litigation and advising on award procedures as well as construction, corporate and regulatory issues. Guido Kleve specialises in port and aviation law; he recently assisted Delta Port with the financing of infrastructure for inland ports, and represented Frankfurt-Hahn Airport in litigation against a freight handler. British Airways, KölnBonn Airport and Wisag Aviation Service are also clients. The ‘client-oriented’ Thilo Streit is also active and ‘has good contacts’ in the sector.

Gleiss Lutz has significant expertise with matters touching upon both the public and the private sector. The team assists clients with the conception, structuring and financing of projects as well as in the privatisation and sale of municipal holdings. Its core areas include health and transport. Andreas Neun is the central contact and Burghard Hildebrandt is also active in the sector.

The PPP team at Hogan Lovells International LLP is regularly involved in cross-border projects. In Frankfurt, Tobias Faber advised an international consortium before the Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects (KAPP) on the tender for the Kabd Municipal Solid Waste Project. In Hamburg, Christian Knütel advises on infrastructure and energy-related matters. Carla Luh was promoted to the partnership in January 2018.

K&L Gates LLP’s PPP practice focuses on public and regional rail transport, infrastructure and logistics. The range of advisory services includes transactions, procurement procedures, project financing and the operation of PPP projects, but the group also has expertise in construction, state aid and competition law matters. Under the joint leadership of Thomas Lappe, Frank Thomas and practice head Annette Mutschler-Siebert, the team assisted an international consortium of bidders with the award procedure for the re-tendering of the truck tolling system and the sale of Toll Collect as well as with related review and appeal proceedings. Another highlight is the ongoing advice to a bank on the financing of SPNV vehicles. The client base also includes three municipal transport companies, the transport company of a major German city and Ströer. Uwe Lieschke and Marion Baumann, who are based in Berlin, were made up to counsel in spring 2018.

The PPP team at Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH acts for investors, sponsors, banks and the public sector and provides ‘sound, reliable and pragmatic advice’. Stephan Finck and practice head Henner-Matthias Puppel ‘can offer practical solutions even to complex problems’. One of the 2018 highlights was advising the Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Agency for Real Estate on the federal government’s first civil PPP rehabilitation project. The group also assisted the transport company of a large city with the tender for the procurement of vehicles. The state of Hesse, Hochtaunus-Kliniken and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research are also part of the client portfolio. Ulf-Dieter Pape is another key figure in the practice group.

The core areas of Hengeler Mueller’s state aid law advice are contract negotiations, project financing, the implementation of PPP projects and representation in proceedings and legal disputes. The group continues to focus on the infrastructure and healthcare sectors, and is also experienced handling energy, telecoms and broadband expansion work. Recent highlights include representing Deutsche Telekom and Toll Collect in arbitration proceedings concerning the truck tolling system, which resulted in a settlement. Jan Bonhage advises National Express on contract negotiations with the public sector concerning transport contracts with transport associations active in rail transport, and on PPP projects. Other clients include Motorola, Median and 50Hertz Transmission.

Moritz Püstow is the central contact for state aid advice at KPMG Germany. He recently assisted the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure with the award of the infrastructure levy for the use of federal highways (car tolls). The team handled the procurement of 47 low-floor trams and five other optional vehicles for Duisburger Versorgungs- und Verkehrsgesellschaft.


Public procurement

Index of tables

  1. Public procurement
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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Next generation lawyers

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    • Alexander Csaki - Bird & Bird
    • Jan Christian Eggers - Beiten Burkhardt
    • Alexander Fandrey - Kapellmann und Partner
    • Christiane Freytag - Gleiss Lutz
    • Thomas Kirch - Leinemann & Partner
    • Annette Mutschler-Siebert - K&L Gates LLP
    • Udo Herbert Olgemöller - Allen & Overy LLP
    • Tobias Osseforth - Lutz Abel Rechtsanwalts PartG mbB
    • Jakob Steiff - CMS
    • Roland Stein - BLOMSTEIN Rechtsanwälte
    • Katharina Weiner - Baker McKenzie
    • Laurence Westen - Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek PartGmbB

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The procurement team at Bird & Bird is active on both the contracting and bidding sides and has a wealth of expertise in a wide range of sectors, including IT, healthcare, transport, energy and construction. The 15-strong team acts on issues relating to contract law, regulations, financing and various proceedings. Highlights in 2018 included advising a leading software manufacturer on the contractual and procurement law aspects of several IT contracts, and assisting a statutory health insurance fund with tendering procedures in the field of medical aids as well as with litigation before social welfare courts and review bodies. Alexander Csaki led the advice to an international defence sector company on an award review procedure concerning the procurement of technical equipment for the German armed forces. Jan Byok leads the group, which also includes the very active René Voigtländer and Guido Bormann. Hermann Rothfuchs joined the partnership in 2017. Heiko Höfler left for Oppenhoff & Partner in March 2018.

Clients of Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek PartGmbB’s public procurement practice feel ‘in good hands all around’ and benefit from ‘innovative solutions, creative ideas and fast and competent advice’. The team is led by the highly respected Ute Jasper, who can ‘develop creative and at the same time legally compliant solutions even in difficult and complex proceedings’. It is regularly involved in major projects at federal, state and municipal level and is active for both clients and bidders, with a focus on advising the public sector. Among recent highlights is the assistance granted to Eswe Verkehrsgesellschaft with the public procurement aspects of the construction of the new city railway between Wiesbaden and Mainz as well as the procurement of 221 electric buses. Other transport sector highlights include advising the Ministry of Transport in Baden-Württemberg on the tender for the expansion of the upgrade of the federal motorway 8 as well as assisting the Rhine-Ruhr transport association with the reorganisation and tendering of ticket sales. The group is also active in the energy, construction and IT sectors. In addition to Jasper, the core team also includes Ulf Christiani in Cologne and Laurence Westen in Düsseldorf; Susanne Christine Monsig made salary partner at the beginning of 2018 and Matthias Kühn made equity partner.

Allen & Overy LLP’s public procurement team has in-depth expertise in infrastructure and construction matters and is also experienced in the transport, health, energy and defence sectors. Under the leadership of practice head Olaf Otting, the firm recently advised the city of Rüsselsheim on the selection of a trustee for the development of a building land project and successfully represented the client in a review procedure. Other highlights include advising the district of Göppingen on the local public transport plan and the direct award of contracts in the public transport sector, as well as assisting long-term client the city of Hanau with the acquisition of a conversion site and the implementation of a related Europe-wide tender procedure. In addition to acting for public clients, the seven-strong team also has significant experience advising bidders. Counsel Udo Herbert Olgemöller is another key figure and is particularly active handling matters touching upon administrative and environmental law.

The two-partner procurement practice at Baker McKenzie focuses on advising bidders and is particularly active in the fields of health, defence, construction, infrastructure, IT and transport. Practice head Marc Gabriel advises a US manufacturer of biotechnological pharmaceuticals on public procurement issues relating to its entry into European tender markets for biosimilars, which is coordinated centrally from the Berlin office. The group also assisted a Germany-based company from the defence sector with procurement law matters and with the coordination of worldwide sales activities in 45 countries. The client base also includes Berlin-Brandenburg airport and Novartis. Susanne Mertens is another key figure in the practice group, which also includes associate Andreas Schulz. Counsel Katharina Weiner is the main contact in Düsseldorf.

Under the leadership of Christian Scherer-Leydecker and Ursula Steinkemper, the procurement team at CMS advises both contracting authorities and bidders from a variety of industries including infrastructure, healthcare, construction, defence and IT. Recent highlights include advising the city of Frankfurt am Main on the selection of investors for the construction and operation of a multipurpose hall as well as on the successful preparation and implementation of a concession award for the city’s advertising rights; Jakob Steiff led both instructions, while Volkmar Wagner assisted Deutsche Lufthansa with procurement law matters. Another highlight was acting for GE Healthcare Buchler on procurement law and the contentious aspects of a procurement procedure for several health insurance funds in Brandenburg concerning contrast media. Munich-based Stefan Höß specialises in construction and IT procurement and Berlin-based Matthias Kuß advises on matters concerning construction procurement and real estate law. Hermann Müller and Thorsten Schätzlein are also part of the practice group.

Traditionally strong in the health sector, Gleiss Lutz’s team is also increasingly active in the fields of technology, transport, infrastructure and defence. Andreas Neun heads the eleven-strong practice, which acts for bidders and contracting authorities. Stuttgart-based Marco König advised AOK Baden-Württemberg on the tender and contract design of a care model in diabetes care, while the group also acted for AOK Sachsen-Anhalt in a review procedure regarding economic efficiency criteria in tenders for aids. Other work includes assisting Daimler with internal reviews concerning the truck cartel. The client portfolio also includes gkv informatik, Atlas Elektronik and Archimedes Facility-Management. Counsel Christiane Freytag is another key figure.

Kapellmann und Partner has ‘sound legal knowledge, a very high level of experience and in-depth knowledge of the industry’, which it uses to assist with award, review and submission procedures. It focuses on representing public and private clients in the construction, supply and service sectors as well as in the health sector. Recent highlights include advising the the fiscal administration of North Rhine-Westphalia’s computer centre on the procurement and contract law aspects of the construction of a new administrative headquarters. In another highlight, it assisted SBEV Projektbaugesellschaft with public procurement law issues relating to the Europaviertel light-rail project. Mathias Finke, who stands out for his ‘factual and tactical brilliance’, assisted state capital Munich with the negotiation procedure for the award of the new building of the Munich Volkstheater. Hendrik Röwekamp heads the practice group, which also includes Alexander Fandrey and Tobias Schneider.

Leinemann & Partner advises contracting authorities and bidders on award and review procedures and positions itself in the public transport, construction, health, IT and security sectors. Berlin-based senior partner Ralf Leinemann, together with Oliver Homann in Cologne, represented A1 Mobil in a dispute before the Hanover Regional Court regarding the adjustment of the motorway operator project A1 Hamburg-Bremen’s contractual remuneration. Another notable instruction was assisting Sonntag Baugesellschaft with the repair and modernisation of the Beethovenhalle, which was put out to tender by the city of Bonn. The group also successfully represented the Vinci/Strabag bidding consortium in a review procedure regarding the PPP V model for the operation and expansion of the A3 between the motorway intersections Biebelried and Fürth/Erlangen. In another highlight, the team in Berlin assisted the Tempelhof project with public procurement law issues. Berlin-based Thomas Kirch is also noted.

Bonn-based Boesen Rechtsanwälte’s procurement practice handles national and international procurement procedures and has significant expertise in the areas of IT, construction and services. The team, which is led by Arnold Boesen, advises both bidders and contracting authorities on the applicability of public procurement law and the design and participation in proceedings. Another core competence is representation in review proceedings. Other key figures in the practice are Martin Upleger, Christian Goeres, Alexander Eising and Björn Quast.

The public procurement law expertise of the Cologne-based practice at CBH Rechtsanwälte Cornelius, Bartenbach, Haesemann & Partner extends to advising public sector institutions on invitations to tender, representation and defence in review proceedings and the development of bidder strategies and cooperations. It has a core focus on the areas of private construction, services, health and armaments. Stefan Hertwig and Andreas Haupt are the central contact persons.

Dentons’ public procurement practice is based in Berlin and Frankfurt and acts for both bidders and contracting authorities on national and international public procurements. Due to its global network, the group is often involved in cross-border instructions. The focus is on the healthcare, life sciences, IT and defence sectors. The team is led by the ‘outstanding, practical and reliable’ Peter Braun and the ‘creative’ Wolfram Krohn, who ‘always finds an adequate, feasible and legally compliant solution even for the most difficult public procurement situations’. A recent highlight was assisting an international postal service provider with a series of award and review procedures. In other work, it is advising a member of a consortium of bidders in the Toll Collect proceedings. The Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Home Affairs, the Alba Group and Wisag are also part of the client portfolio. Procurement speciailist Andreas Haak joined firm’s newly opened Düsseldorf office from Taylor Wessing.

The ‘technically outstanding, prompt and uncomplicated’ team at Görg Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB focuses on advising contracting authorities in public procurement law and stands out for its ‘excellent knowledge of the industry’ and a broad range of services; the Frankfurt office primarily advises on service and construction contracts, while the Berlin office is particularly active in the energy sector. In a recent highlight, Hamburg-based Jan Peter Scharf is advising the Hamburger Landesbetriebs Immobilienmanagement und Grundvermögen (LIG) on the procurement and procedural aspects of the sale of space on which a private investor was commissioned to construct a reception hall and further buildings for the Hambug-Altona long-distance railway station. Practice head Lutz Horn assisted NRW-Bank with public procurement matters and contract law relating to the Europe-wide invitation to tender for a long-term lease agreement for the client’s planned new headquarters in Düsseldorf. Christoph Riese acted for gas power plant Leipheim on the tender of the transmission system operators for the realisation of a 760MW gas power plant in Leipheim. The client portfolio also includes Trianel, fördern & wohnen, K+S and the municipality of Helgoland. Heiko Hofmann made salary partner in April 2018; Kai-Uwe Schneevogl, Oliver Jauch and Kersten Wagner-Cardenal are also members of the core team.

Public procurement law is one of the main pillars of legal advice at Müller-Wrede & Partner Rechtsanwälte, which also focuses on EU law and the areas of renewable energies, construction and real estate law. The group acts for public sector organisations as well as national and international companies and is therefore well versed in both bidding and contracting. The Berlin-based team also focuses on the areas of transport, health and IT, as well as on infrastructure projects and the awarding of concessions. The team is headed by Malte Müller-Wrede and is also regularly involved in review proceedings. Other key figures are Verena Poschmann, Carsten Bluhm, Gunnar Conrad and Veit Hirsch.

The public procurement practice at Redeker Sellner Dahs has its headquarters in Bonn and ‘has a very good network and can provide the necessary expertise at any time’. It focuses on advising contracting authorities on public procurement law and, increasingly, on review proceedings in a wide range of sectors, including construction and planning law, waste and sewage law, and services. Heike Glahs is representing the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices in award procedures for the cultivation and supply of medical cannabis and related review and reprimand procedures. Matthias Ganske, who is recommended for his ‘outstanding expertise in procurement law’, advised the SBB Foundation for the Promotion of Talented Persons in Vocational Education and Training on the tendering of an IT system solution for internet-based applicant and scholarship holder management. Glahs and Ganske jointly lead the practice and are supported by Olaf Reidt and Tobias Masing in Berlin.

Taylor Wessing acts for contracting authorities and bidders and is particularly active in the areas of armaments, healthcare and infrastructure. In addition to providing comprehensive support in award procedures, it also has a core focus representing clients in review procedures. Recent highlights include advising the Federal Ministry of Defence on the procurement and contract law aspects of the existing treaty regime for various weapon systems and on the preparation and implementation of the procurement procedure for the procurement of heavy transport helicopters (STH). The group also assisted Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions with numerous procurement procedures, including the procurement of Class 130 corvettes and Class F125 frigates by the German Navy. The client base also includes the Federal Ministry of the Interior, KfW Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau and new client Prospitalia. Michael Brüggemann is noted. Former practice head Andreas Haak joined Dentons’ newly opened Düsseldorf office.

The ‘specialised, competent and likeable team’ at avocado rechtsanwälte focuses on IT contracts, tenders for waste water and waste disposal services and related construction, service and supply services as well as concessions. Other core competencies are assisting with planning, project management, postal and transport sector issues. The team of six partners is headed by Markus Figgen, Klaus Greb and Rebecca Schäffer. Recent highlights include assisting AWB Cologne with the Europe-wide award procedure for the procurement of planning, project management and construction services for the construction and relocation of a depot. Schäffer also advised the Essen Gas and Heat Institute on the subsidy and procurement law aspects of several tender projects. Other clients include Ecosoil Süd, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Remondis. The Cologne office was strengthened in April 2018 by the addition of Nils-Alexander Weng from Graf von Westphalen.

Under the direction of Hans Georg Neumeier, Beiten Burkhardt’s public procurement practice explicitly focuses on advising contracting authorities. The team is active in the fields of health, energy, IT, infrastructure and transport, and increasingly in the defence and armaments sector. A recent highlight was assisting the Federal Agency for Digital Radio of Authorities and Organisations with Security Tasks (BDBOS) with the preparation and implementation of procurement projects for the modernisation of the digital radio BOS. Stephan Rechten advised the Federal Foreign Office on the preparation and implementation of several Europe-wide procurement procedures. Other clients include the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the Bavarian State Office of Finance and Olympiastadion Berlin. In January 2018, Sascha Opheys, Christopher Theis and Christian Kaufmann were made up to salary partner. Lars Hettich joined the Düsseldorf office in July 2017 from LLR Legerlotz Laschet Rechtsanwälte GbR, while the Hamburg office was strengthened in March 2018 by the addition of Jan Christian Eggers from Hogan Lovells International LLP.

The nine-strong team at Blomstein Rechtsanwälte primarily acts for bidders and provides comprehensive advice on award and review procedures. The group has relevant expertise in defence, construction, pharmaceuticals, energy and technology. In recent highlights, Roland Stein led the assistance to Naval Yards Kiel with the tendering procedure for the MKS 180 frigate and with a review procedure relating to the procurement of K130 corvettes. Construction sector highlights include representing Hochtief Solutions in a review proceeding against a Berlin regional company as well as in litigation against Hungary before the European Court of Justice and a review proceedure in Sweden. The client portfolio also includes KfW Bankengruppe, TenneT TSO and the state of Berlin. Pascal Friton and Stein jointly lead the team, which was strengthened by the addition of senior counsel Hardy Bublitz in February 2018 from an in-house role.

Healthcare, infrastructure and transport are at the heart of Clifford Chance’s public procurement practice. Counsel Steffen Amelung is the central contact person and, together with Peter Dieners, he assisted the Fund for the Financing of Nuclear Waste Management with the implementation of Europe-wide procurement procedures. Other highlights include advising a consortium of bidders, which also includes T-Systems and Daimler, on the award procedure for the sale of shares in Toll Collect and on a related review procedure. Bayer, GSK and Siemens are other important clients.

Core areas of focus for Dolde Mayen & Partner’s public procurement practice continue to be acting for public-sector clients on the awarding of waste and disposal services contracts; Andrea Vetter is the central contact in this area. Other competencies include assisting with urban development projects and large construction projects as well as with other service contracts, such as architectural and engineering services, local public transport and IT; in this area, the group mainly acts for bidders. Tina Bergmann jointly heads the practice with Vetter.

The team at Gaßner, Groth, Siederer & Coll. has expertise in real estate and planning contracts, service contracts, procurement and participation projects as well as review procedures. It is active on both the contracting and bidding sides. Recent highlights include assisting a municipal company with an award procedure for the external inspection of a landfill and advising the Zweckverband Abfallwirtschaft Saale-Orla (ZASO) on the awarding of recycling yards. The team also acted for Kreiswerke Schmalkalden-Meiningen in a review procedure. Frank Wenzel, who is particularly active in the waste sector, was promoted to the partnership in July 2018.

At Graf von Westphalen, public procurement advice focuses on the areas of health and IT. The team frequently acts for public sector institutions, where it handles award and review procedures. Under the leadership of practice head Bettina Meyer-Hofmann, a team assisted Digital Healthcare with the procurement aspects of a pilot and sponsored project for digitisation in the medical sector. Düsseldorf University Hospital, the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) and the Cologne public transport authorities are also part of the client portfolio. Other key figures in the team are Ingrid Reichling in Munich, who advises on IT and security procurement, and Dietrich Drömann in Hamburg, whose primary focus is on work in the infrastructure sector. In March 2018, public procurement expert Nils-Alexander Weng left for avocado rechtsanwälte.

The ‘very good’ team at Heussen Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH includes four partners who advise bidders and contracting authorities on tendering procedures, review procedures and other public procurement issues. ‘Prudent’ practice head Uwe-Carsten Völlink stands out for his ‘high-quality advice’, and is increasingly active in the defence sector. Other strengths are real estate, IT and construction sector matters. Mark Münch, Norbert Huber and Philipp Herbst advised Erste Abwicklungsanstalt des öffentlichen Rechts on IT software tenders, contracts for e-procurement procedures and the tendering of personnel services. The team also represented the Goethe-Institut in the Europe-wide tender for agency services for the Deutschlandjahr USA campaign, and assisted Helmholtz Zentrum München with the Europe-wide tender for a general planning contract for a new campus and IT software. Heinz-Peter Zirbes left the firm in September 2017.

Thanks to its cross-practice approach, the team at Hogan Lovells International LLP frequently acts on matters touching upon IP, life sciences, corporate and antitrust law. Recent highlights include advising Autobahn Tank & Rast on the restructuring of the allocation of fuel delivery and distribution rights to federal motorway petrol stations. Marc Schweda led assistance to Baxter Germany with the procurement of dialysis machines by the University Hospital Frankfurt and with review proceedings. Other highlights include advising the Federal Ministry of Defence on the procurement law aspects of the planned sale of the federally-owned HIL Heeresinstandsetzungslogistik’s maintenance facilities as part of a Europe-wide procurement procedure. Falk Schöning in Brussels and Thomas Dünchheim, who heads the government regulatory practice group, are other key figures. Jan Christian Eggers left for BEITEN BURKHARDT in February 2018.

Annette Mutschler-Siebert heads the three-strong practice group at K&L Gates LLP, which acts for bidders and contracting authorities and handles contentious and non-contentious work. The team’s strengths lie particularly in the areas of local public transport, healthcare, infrastructure and PPP projects. Recent highlights include advising three municipal transport companies on issues relating to public procurement and contract law with regard to the joint procurement of trams. Together with Thomas Lappe and Frank Thomas, Mutschler-Siebert is advising an international consortium of bidders on the new tendering procedure for the German truck tolling system and the sale of Toll Collect. The client portfolio also includes Ströer, Stada and Telio Communications. Marion Baumann was promoted to counsel at the beginning of 2018.

The four-partner group at Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH focuses on acting for contracting authorities in procurement procedures in a variety of sectors such as construction, healthcare, IT, broadband supply, transport infrastructure and services. Ulf-Dieter Pape heads the practice, which also includes Henner-Matthias Puppel, Karsten Köhler and newly appointed partner Stefan Finck. Recent highlights include advising the Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Agency for Real Estate on tender procedures concerning the general refurbishment of two landmark buildings. The group also assisted a city’s public transport company with the procurement of vehicles. Klinikum Braunschweig, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and LNVG are among its other clients.

The public procurement practice at Lutz Abel Rechtsanwalts PartG mbB acts on matters touching upon building and social law as well as the health sector, and provides comprehensive advice on public procurement and review procedures. The ‘competent and customer-oriented’ team is particularly visible in southern Germany and ‘has in-depth knowledge of all relevant procurement law issues’. Mathias Mantler, who impresses with his ‘sound legal knowledge’, advised the police force of Baden-Württemberg on the negotiation procedure for the procurement of bodycams. While the focus is on advising public sector bodies, it also acts for corporate clients including Mikronika, Atkins Energy Germany and BieGe Hülskens Wasserbau. Newly promoted partner Christian Kokew is ‘talented and creative in finding the right solutions’ and Tobias Osseforth ‘stands out for his fast, solution-oriented approach’. In 2018, Daniel Junk joined the Stuttgart office from BREYER RECHTSANWÄLTE; Hendrik Stamm, formerly at GSK Stockmann, joined the Munich office.

The public procurement practice at Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte has been particularly active of late in the health and public transport sectors, as well as in issues touching upon antitrust law. Practice head Matthias Ulshöfer advised Accord Healthcare on public procurement matters relating to participation in drug tenders of statutory health insurance funds post-Brexit and during the transition phase. It also acts for Dexcel on the drug tenders of the health insurances of AOK, Techniker Krankenkasse, Barmer and DAK. Christofer Lenz assisted the city of Nuremberg with direct awards. The client portfolio also includes BVG Berliner Verkehrsgesellschaft, Umwelttechnik Baden-Württemberg and Jenapharm. Corina Jürschik made associate partner in June 2017.

The ten-strong team at BBG und Partner is ‘an excellent partner when it comes to public transport’ and also advises on award and review procedures in the areas of rail transport, energy, IT and health. Malte Linnemeyer recently represented Bayerische Eisenbahngesellschaft in various review proceedings concerning procedures for awarding public rail transport services. Niels Griem assisted the state of Berlin Brandenburg with the awarding of the entire S-Bahn traffic in Berlin. Gerrit Landsberg is another key figure in the practice group, which was strengthened during the research period at senior associate and associate level in particular.

Aline Fritz and Annette Rosenkötter are the central contacts in FPS’ public procurement practice, which traditionally focuses on IT contract law. In addition, the range of advisory services includes procurement and review procedures in the areas of construction and services. Contracting authorities and bidders instruct the group for such matters. In 2019, Jutta Möller joined the team from Kleiner Rechtsanwälte.

Following of counsel Ulrich Battis’ arrival in September 2017 from Gleiss Lutz, GSK Stockmann’s procurement practice was further strengthened in July 2018 by the arrival of Arne Gniechwitz and his team from KPMG Germany. The group, which now includes four partners, continues to focus on the areas of real estate and healthcare. Practice head Jenny Mehlitz recently advised the state of Saxony-Anhalt on the procurement law aspects of the procurement of a laboratory building. The State Office for Refugee Affairs (LAF) instructed the group to assist with the implementation of a consultancy services tender procedure. Hendrik Stamm left for Lutz Abel Rechtsanwalts PartG mbB in 2018.

Jan Bonhage divides his time between Berlin and Brussels and heads the procurement practice at Hengeler Mueller. The team’s core competencies are in the fields of transport, infrastructure, energy and defence. Among recent highlights are the representation of a consulting firm in the award procedure of the German Armed Forces Procurement Office; advising Deutsche Telekom on the award procedure for the expansion of the toll system; and assisting Nord Stream 2 with procurement law matters relating to construction work in the ferry port of Sassnitz. National Express, Komnexx and the Median group are also part of the client portfolio.

The team of four partners at KPMG Germany focuses explicitly on advising the public sector and was particularly successful in the health and transport sectors. In a recent highlight, Henrik-Christian Baumann assisted Berufsgenossenschaft für Gesundheitsdienst und Wohlfahrtspflege with the tender procedure for postal services and handled a subsequent review procedure. Practice head Moritz Püstow advised the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure on the preparation and implementation of award procedures for the introduction of car tolls. Other clients include the Hamburg Port Authority, state capital Potsdam and the Berlin Institute for Health Research. The Düsseldorf office was strengthened in April 2018 by the addition of Julia Fritz from Bird & Bird.

Menold Bezler’s nine-strong public procurement practice focuses on advising public sector institutions and acts on national and Europe-wide tenders. The team, which is particularly visible in southern Germany, often acts on matters relating to architectural, construction and IT law. Martin Ott is ‘very well-versed in public procurement law and knows the needs of the public sector as a tendering authority’; he led representation of a federal state’s central IT service provider in a procurement review procedure, while practice head Frank Meininger advised IHK Reutlingen on the Europe-wide tender procedure for the new IHK headquarters. Beatrice Fabry, who jointly heads the practice group with Meininger, assisted the city of Ochsenhausen with the awarding of a construction and operating concept for the municipal care and nursing home.

Oppenhoff & Partner opened a new office in Hamburg in spring 2018 following the addition of Heiko Höfler and a team from Bird & Bird. The practice, which now includes three partners, focuses on advising bidders on public procurement law and is particularly experienced in the areas of defence technology, energy, infrastructure, technology and health. Stephan Müller heads the public procurement practice, which also includes Holger Hofmann. Michael Abels is ‘a solution-oriented expert in the defence field’.

RWP Rechtsanwälte acts for contracting authorities and bidders in award and review procedures. The team focuses on handling projects in the energy, health, water, waste and transport sectors. Clemens Antweiler and Pascale Liebschwager are the central contacts.


State aid

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  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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    • Jan Bonhage - Hengeler Mueller
    • Ulrich Karpenstein - Redeker Sellner Dahs
    • Thomas Lübbig - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    • Andreas Rosenfeld - Redeker Sellner Dahs
    • Ulrich Soltész  - Gleiss Lutz

Next generation lawyers

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Gleiss Lutz’s broad practice group is one of the top addresses for German and European state aid law and is praised by clients for its ‘excellent expertise and fast response times as well as pragmatic advice and practical relevance’. The team of six partners represents private companies and public sector institutions, and is increasingly active internationally. Brussels-based practice head Ulrich Soltész is ‘talented and creative in finding solutions’, and acts for clients on European antitrust and state aid law as well as in court proceedings. Together with Burghard Hildebrandt in Düsseldorf and Andreas Neun in Berlin, he recently successfully assisted a group of technology companies (including Bosch, Infineon Technologies and Zeiss) with registering a cooperation project of common European interest (IPCEI) with the European Commission. Commerzbank, Deutsche Bundesbank and a Bavarian state ministry are also part of the client portfolio. Harald Weiß is ‘an outstanding expert on state aid and competition law’; Christian von Köckritz joined the partnership in January 2017.

The state aid team at Hengeler Mueller frequently acts on matters touching upon public procurement and antitrust law. Jan Bonhage heads the practice group in Berlin, while Hans-Jörg Niemeyer handles state aid matters from the Brussels office. The nine-strong team’s expertise includes advising aid recipients and donors on matters relating to state aid and subsidies, and representing them before national authorities, the European Commission and European and German courts. It is particularly active in the energy and transport sectors (local public transport, road, rail and air transport). Recent highlights include representing an EU energy utility in arbitration proceedings with various municipal utilities regarding gas supply contracts. In addition, the group acted for an EU member state in an EU Commission state aid case concerning a nuclear power project. Komnexx, National Express and the Hungarian Government are also part of the client portfolio. Ralf Willer made counsel in January 2018.

Andreas Rosenfeld’s group at Redeker Sellner Dahs is both active on the part of the recipients and donors of state aid and is particularly noted for its expertise in European state aid law. It is instructed by national and international companies and in particular by the public sector and is also experienced in German state aid law and litigation. In a recent highlight, counsel Simone Lünenbürger led assistance to the Baden-Württemberg Ministry for Rural Areas and Consumer Protection regarding the relevance of state aid for financing measures for forestry services. Berlin-based Ulrich Karpenstein advised the State Ministry of Economics and Digitisation on the design and pre-registration of a funding guideline for the expansion of a gigabit broadband network, and also assisted a well-known research centre with the design of research infrastructure. The client base also includes Warnow Wasser- und Abwasserverband and the Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Andreas von Bonin assisted HSH Nordbank with state aid aspects relating to its two-year privatisation process. Thomas Lübbig represents government agencies, associations and companies before the European Commission and the courts of the European Union.

European state aid law is one of Müller-Wrede & Partner Rechtsanwälte’s most important practice areas. The team advises companies as well as public authorities and the EU Commission. In addition to advisory work, representation in litigation before German and EU courts is another core competence. Gabriele Quardt is the central contact.

The state aid practice at WilmerHale is involved in national and cross-border state aid instructions and ‘has a broad spectrum of knowledge and a solution-oriented approach’. Practice head Hans-Georg Kamann ‘has extensive experience in acting for public sector institutions’ and was in charge of representing the Federal Republic of Germany and the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy in litigation brought by the airline Germania against the €150m bridge loan granted to the insolvent Air Berlin. In addition, it advised the Hessian Ministry of Finance on state aid and foreign trade law matters relating to the planned sale of the State of Hesse’s shares in the company operating the regional airport Frankfurt Hahn. In addition to the main areas of transport and aviation, the group is also particularly active in the banking and financial services sectors. Special counsel Peter Gey is another key figure.

Baker McKenzie’s three-partner strong state aid team is led by Marc Gabriel and advises on state aid, grants and subsidies. It adopts a cross-practice approach and often handles matters touching upon both procurement and real estate law, compliance and IT. Recent highlights include advising an international technology group on all subsidy law issues relating to its German location, and representing a leading operator of internet distribution portals for music, films and software in nullity proceedings against a state aid decision of the European Commission.

Hamburg-based firm Chatham Partners LLP focuses on the energy, infrastructure and real estate sectors, and advises on the state aid aspects of transactions, financings and litigation. In a recent highlight, it successfully represented the Hanseatic City of Lübeck in various state aid proceedings concerning alleged subsidies for Lübeck Airport, which was led by practice head Marco Núñez. The group also represented Neubrandenburger Wohnungsgesellschaft before the European Commission, the European Court of Justice and German courts in proceedings relating to real estate transactions which are dominated by state aid law. Landesgesellschaft Sachsen-Anhalt, Lübecker Hafengesellschaft and German Railway Industry Association (VDB) are also part of the client portfolio.

Heinz-Joachim Freud in Frankfurt and Michael Bauer in Brussels are the two core figures in CMS’ state aid practice. Recent highlights include advising a ministry and a banking association of an Eastern European member state on the government-sponsored merger of economic sector parts. The group is also representing a major German city before the EU Commission in a procedure to design an infrastructure project in cooperation with a leading German sports association.

The highly respected Philipp Werner leads Jones Day’s state aid team, which operates at both national and cross-border levels. In a recent domestic highlight, it advised Saxon energy agency Saena on reviewing current financing in light of EU state aid regulation. The group also assisted a clinic with cross-border research and development cooperation in the healthcare sector.

Robin van der Hout heads the state aid practice at Kapellmann und Partner, which is active in both preventive and forensic cases. It focuses on European state aid law and advises grantors and beneficiaries on state aid issues, such as the design of support measures and financing concepts, the registration of projects requiring approval from the European Commission and review procedures. The six-member team recently assisted the state of Rhineland-Palatinate with the privatisation of Frankfurt-Hahn airport and in appeal proceedings. In other work, it acted for Germania in a complaint to the European Commission and the Berlin Court of Appeal regarding aid for Air Berlin. In addition to the aviation sector, the firm is also active in the energy sector. Christian Wagner was made up to associate partner in January 2018.

The practice group at Graf von Westphalen acts for recipients and donors of state aid and is particularly visible in the forensic area. Led by Gerd Schwendinger, the team is active in the fields of research, real estate, infrastructure and increasingly also in the air traffic sector; Ulrich Hösch advised a regional airport operator on the recovery of ERDF funds. In another instruction, the group successfully represented the state forest and timber office of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Ministry of the Environment in litigation against the Klausner timber group, which concerned timber supply contracts and related state aid issues. In the research area, the group assisted a German university with issues including state aid and subsidy law. Other clients include HafenCity Hamburg, the University Hospital Düsseldorf and a German federal state. Lothar Harings is another key figure.

The team of three partners at Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH is primarily instructed by public authorities and large companies to deal with issues relating to state aid law. Helmut Janssen splits his time between Brussels and Düsseldorf, while Ulf-Dieter Pape leads the team from Hanover. Among the 2018 highlights is the representation of steel groups (including AcelorMittal, Deutsche Edelstahlwerke and Saint-Gobain) in litigation against the European Commission’s final decision against the EEG 2012 law, as well as advising a municipal company on the state aid aspects of the financing of a stake in an energy supply company and the purchase of the water supply network. Uniper, Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe and the City of Dresden are also part of the client base.


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