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Index of tables

  1. Public sector: PPP
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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Next generation lawyers

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    • Guido Kleve - DLA Piper
    • Simon Wollenberg - KPMG Law

Who Represents Who

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CMS handles PPP projects both for public sector clients, mostly from the infrastructure, services and construction areas, and private companies; prominent areas are fund structurings and energy sector projects. On behalf of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Cologne-based co-practice head Christian Scherer-Leydecker handled the procurement matters related to an expert opinion for the optimisation of operator models for federal roads. Gerd Leutner advised Cofiroute and Toll Collect on the award of the contract for the expansion of the truck toll to 40,000km of federal roads. Another highlight for the team, led by Hamburg-based co-practice head Hermann Müller, was advising the state of Schleswig-Holstein on its University Hospital’s €1.7m real estate PPP. Daniel Voigt assisted Chorus Clean Energy with the structuring and documentation of a €200m umbrella fund.

White & Case LLP mainly acts on larger transport PPP projects concerning planning and financing issues; for example, Florian Degenhardt advised a consortium of banks on the refinancing of a motorway project for the A8 motorway. In addition, Norbert Wimmer continues to handle the A7 motorway project in the state of Lower Saxony, the A10/A24 in the state of Brandenburg and the A1/A30 in North Rhine-Westphalia. Another current highlight, handled by Düsseldorf-based Peter Rosin and Berlin-based Jörg Kraffel, is advising STEAG on the sale of 49% of the company to STEAG Fernwärme. Benjamin Schirmer left for CMS in July 2016, while Lars Ole Petersen made local partner in the beginning of 2017.

Founded in May 2016, Chatham Partners LLP handles PPP projects in the energy, infrastructure and real estate sectors. A highlight was advising a consortium (including, among others, HochTief, JOHANN BUNTE Bauunternehmung and DIF) on the A6 motorway project; practice head Michael Schäfer, Felix Fischer and associate Sophie von Korff assisted with procurement law matters as well as with strategic concession contract negotiations, and the due diligence and tender procedure.

Greenberg Traurig Germany focuses on highway projects worth billions, advising mainly the Federal Ministry of Transport on expansion, maintenance, renovation, operation and pre-financing matters; for example, Dieter Neumann has been handling car toll matters since the end of 2015. A new instruction is advising DEGES on the preparation and implementation of the A49 motorway project in the state of Hesse, with the group mainly handling public procurement matters. Former counsel Annette Geldsetzer joined Notus Energy in January 2017 and of counsel Franz Josef Hölzl has been part of the group since autumn 2016.

At Linklaters, the group led by Jan Endler handles privatisations, financings and PPPs in the regulated sectors of traffic, energy, water, telecoms and health. Counsel Kristina Zych is another name to note.

PPP sector expertise at Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH includes the infrastructure, health and building construction industries. Practice head Henner-Matthias Puppel advised Hesse’s state office of construction and real estate on procurement matters pertaining to the new building of the southeast Hesse police headquarters in Offenbach, which included the client’s representation in several bid protests; in the hospital sector, Puppel assisted Hochtaunuskliniken with new building projects in Bad Homburg and Usingen. Another highlight, which has been handled by Ulf-Dieter Pape since 2014, is acting on procurement and contractual matters pertaining to Berlin’s public transport company BVG’s acquisition of rail vehicles.

Dirk Trautmann and Michael Jürgen Werner are the main contacts for PPP projects at Norton Rose Fulbright. The group gained new infrastructure projects; for example Trautmann advised a consortium of banks (consisting of Caixa-Bank, DZ Bank, Development Bank of Japan, European Investment Bank and KfW IPEX-Bank) on the financing of the A7 highway project in the state of Lower Saxony. Together with Werner, he advised the Federal Ministry of Transport on the A6 highway project at the end of 2016. The group also provides ongoing advice to asset manager MEAG concerning the new construction of the southeast Hesse police headquarters.

Covering instructions in the areas of infrastructure, IT, building construction and healthcare, Beiten Burkhardt covers a broad range of PPP project matters. In addition to providing long-term advisory support to the Federal Ministry of Transport concerning the Fehmarnbelt link, the Munich-based Hans Georg Neumeier also handles construction law matters for the Landshut Clinic. A multidisciplinary team led by Christof Aha recently advised init on acquiring the HanseCom Public Transport Ticketing Solutions (PTTS) from Siemens and Hamburger Hochbahn; this transaction impacts the operation of a public transport project. In other work, the group provided strategic advice on the introduction of a new voice data network by means of a PPP project. The Berlin-based Stephan Rechten and Eva Kreibohm made equity partner and senior salaried partner, respectively.

DLA Piper acts in many fields of the infrastructure industry, with the group consisting of experts in dispute resolution and public, construction, procurement, corporate and regulatory law. The main contact person, Ludger Giesberts, has been representing the Cologne/Bonn airport company in a dispute – concerning the admission of further airport hotels despite contrary contractual agreements – since 2013. Newly made-up partner Guido Kleve, who has developed a specialisation with regard to port instructions, is representing NiedersachsenPorts in a dispute before the Lueneburg higher administrative court concerning the provision of port space to port users.

PPP project work at Gleiss Lutz includes handling procurement, state aid, regulatory, tax, corporate and public law matters. Helge Kortz and Eva Reudelhuber advised a consortium of seven banks led by Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale on the €2.5bn financing restructuring for the Airport Berlin-Brandenburg. Reudelhuber also acted for the EIB concerning the project financing for the development of the A6 highway. A highlight for Düsseldorf-based Burghard Hildebrandt is providing continuous contractual advice and handling negotiations for the city of Düsseldorf concerning the development project Kö-Bogen II.

At Hengeler Mueller, PPP projects are mainly handled by Berlin-based public sector expert Jan Bonhage and Düsseldorf-based regulatory lawyer Dirk Uwer. Bonhage handles advice and representation of Deutsche Telekom as shareholder of Toll Collect regarding the truck toll system and represents Wall in proceedings concerning the new concession contract for advertising on the city of Mannheim’s publicly held spaces between 2019 and 2022. Uwer advises Kohlberg Kravis Roberts on security-relevant and confidentiality contracts with the Federal Republic of Germany regarding the acquisition of Airbus’ defence electronics division.

Hogan Lovells International LLP focuses mainly on international PPP projects as well as national infrastructure projects. The Frankfurt-based Tobias Faber continues advising a consortium of strategic and financial investers in the energy-from-waste sector, which is participating in the Kabd Municipal Waste Project tender for the construction and operation of a waste-to-energy plant in Kuwait; the project financing is of particular importance. Christian Knütel and counsel Carla Luh from the Hamburg team recently advised the financing banks and investors of the sponsor VINCI concerning the A6 motorway project.

PPP project work handled by Annette Mutschler-Siebert and Rüdiger von Hülst’s group at K&L Gates LLP includes procurement procedures, project management and financing, and negotiating supply contracts. Since the autumn of 2016, Mutschler-Siebert has been acting for a bidding consortium in the tender process for the sale of shares held in Toll Collect and concerning the conclusion of a new operation agreement between the Federal Republic of Germany and Toll Collect. She also advises Ströer on tender procedures for long-term outdoor advertising and street furniture agreements in several major German cities. The Frankfurt-based Frank Thomas stands out for his expertise in public rail passenger transport matters; for example, he advised an institutional investor on the proposed financing of National Express regional trains to be used on Nuremberg’s S-Bahn network. Since February 2017, he has been assisting a German commercial bank in the area of electric motor vehicle financing for the Saar electric grid (Los 2).

Berlin-based Moritz Püstow and Nuremberg-based Barbara Buhr are the main points of contact for PPP projects at KPMG Law; Simon Wollenberg supports the group in IT sector instructions. Buhr advises health insurance company AOK Bayern on the procurement procedure for the new building of the Nuremberg general directorate, while Püstow assists the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure with the preparation and implementation of the car toll tender procedure.

Planning and environment

Index of tables

  1. Public sector: Planning and environment
  2. Public sector: waste management
  3. Public sector: product-related advice
  4. Leading individuals
  5. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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    • Stefan Altenschmidt - Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
    • Martin Beckmann - Baumeister, Rechtsanwälte
    • Markus Deutsch - Dolde Mayen & Partner
    • Klaus-Peter Dolde - Dolde Mayen & Partner
    • Wolfgang Ewer - Weißleder & Ewer
    • Andreas Geiger - GSK Stockmann
    • Burghard Hildebrandt - Gleiss Lutz
    • Christoph Moench - Gleiss Lutz
    • Olaf Reidt - Redeker Sellner Dahs
    • Fritz von Hammerstein - CMS

Next generation lawyers

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    • Martin Ahlhaus - Noerr
    • Markus Appel - Linklaters
    • Alexander Köpfler - Taylor Wessing
    • Michael Ramb - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    • Inga Schwertner - Lenz und Johlen
    • Ursula Steinkemper - CMS

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The environmental and planning group at Dolde Mayen & Partner based in Stuttgart and Bonn advises comprehensively on emission control, dismantling nuclear plants, energy issues, water law, waste legislation, packaging law and construction planning law. A highlight was Thomas Mayen’s gaining of Adam Opel as a client, which is represented in litigation brought by the environmental organisation Deutsche Umwelthilfe concerning the revocation of the type of approval for the Opel Zafira and the Opel Insignia models on the basis of allegedly improper shut-off devices. In addition, Klaus-Peter Dolde is representing EnBW in appeal proceedings at the higher regional court of Cologne concerning a €261m claim for damages in the context of the nuclear power moratorium. Another highlight for Dolde was advising Flughafen Stuttgart on air traffic and building regulations for the creation of new parking facilities in the vicinity of the airport, the trade fair centre and Stuttgart 21. Winfried Porsch is assisting the city of Stuttgart with an administrative court action brought by Stuttgarter Netz AG regarding the execution of a decommissioning procedure for the switches and crossings in connection with Stuttgart 21. In the area of waste legislation, Andrea Vetter reviews and amends waste management ordinances of the Heilbronn district.

The ‘outstanding’ practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is regarded as ‘reachable at any time and very efficient’ in environmental and planning law; its ‘cross-sectoral’ working method and ‘comprehensive industry knowledge in rail regulatory legislation’ are also highlighted. The advice to Audi regarding regulatory and permit-related matters is of particular significance and the firm also assists a leading car manufacturer with regulatory and approval matters in the context of new test cycles (WLTP), real drive emission test procedures and other emission matters. The team is representing Berliner Wasserbetriebe in a constitutional dispute with the state of Brandenburg, which includes charge notifications totalling €20m. The team also handles wind farm transactions as well as environmental law issues, such as acting for Baltic Eagle/Sea Wind Management in M&A and licensing matters. The practice is also advising Amprion on the federal planning of the "Korridor A Nord". Clients also recommend the ‘solution-oriented’ Marcel Kaufmann, who has ‘excellent written and oral skills’ and is representing Deutsche Bahn, among others, in contentious proceedings against the state of Saxony-Anhalt in connection with the repayment of infrastructure usage charges. Michael Ramb, who focues on product-related environmental law, made partner in May 2017; he is assisting Associated British Foods with regards to REACH compliance under product law. ‘Highly intelligent lawyers’ Benedikt Wolfers and Burkard Wollenschläger as well as Wolf Spieth and Herbert Posser announced their departure in February 2018 with plans to establish their own firm focused on public law.

In the area of environmental and planning law, Gleiss Lutz offers ‘comprehensive, prompt and exceptionally professional advice’. A highlight for Burghard Hildebrandt, who has ‘tactical skill and marked intuition in the scope of negotiations’ and ‘an excellent knowledge of town planning agreements and understanding of technical issues’, is the representation of Amprion in two legal proceedings before the federal administrative court against a planning approval decision pertaining to the construction of a 380 kV high-voltage transmission line; he also advises the city of Düsseldorf on the operation of the electricity and gas distribution network for municipal street lighting. Furthermore, he advises new client WerkBundStadt on the "Am Spreebord Berlin" housing project and regularly acts for E.ON in constitutional complaint proceedings against the forced nuclear phase-out. The ‘level-headed’ counsel Philipp Naab in Frankfurt and ‘competent’ associated partner Eva Koch in Düsseldorf, who alongside Burghard Hildebrandt both advise the city of Düsseldorf in connection with the urban development project "Kö-Bogen II", are also recommended. Planning law specialist Christoph Moench joined Sammlerusinger Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB in early 2018.

Noerr handles energy and construction projects as well as product law and waste management in environmental and planning law. Christian Mayer advises a European retail group on regulatory and planning law matters concerning the development of a logistics complex on the site of the former Opel plant in Bochum, while Christof Federwisch has been assisting Iberdrola Renovables Deutschland with a planning approval procedure for the offshore wind farm Windanker since the start of 2016. Practice head Holger Schmitz also acts for the city of Potsdam with regards to the revitalisation of a barracks site for a new city district with more than 1,900 apartments. Another highlight was Florian Becker’s advice to Orlando Management, which acquired all shares in ScholzAlu Stockach; during this transaction the group also advised the client on waste disposal permits and agreements. Product law specialist Martin Ahlhaus advises Deichmann on the requirements for handled goods, according to biocide regulations. Fabian Raddatz left the firm in November 2016 and joined Labor Berlin.

Redeker Sellner Dahs combines a ‘high level of expertise with timely solutions’ to contentious environmental and planning law issues. The ‘competent and reliable’ Frank Fellenberg ‘has a broad foundation, especially in the area of planning permission law, environmental law and administrative procedural law’ and is currently advising new client Gascade Gastransport on the natural gas pipeline Eugal. Olaf Reidt, who is representing the City of Hamburg in numerous legal proceedings pertaining to the deepening of the Elbe river, is also recommended by clients. In Bonn, Matthias Ganske is advising and defending the waste water company of a city in North Rhine-Westphalia in several disputed matters concerning waste water charges, sewage connection fees and sewage reconnection orders against several private companies. Frank Fellenberg also acts for ARGE in matters pertaining to the A7 highway project and soil pollution issues. Tobias Masing is frequently involved in instructions in the aviation sector; these include the representation of DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung in legal proceedings pertaining to the approval of a rotating beacon for air traffic control in a conservation area. In addition, Tobias Masing is specialised in product-related advice for the tobacco industry and acts on constitutional complaints against emotive photos and production changeovers on tobacco packaging for various tobacco companies. In the energy industry, the team represents RWE Power and Vattenfall in several matters.

In the area of environmental and planning law, CMS handles planning approval procedures and public construction law matters, environmental law issues (including contaminated waste) and transaction-related questions as well as providing product-related advice. Practice head Fritz von Hammerstein represents TenneT TSO in several third-party appeal proceedings before the federal administrative court, which have emerged from proceedings of Naturschutzbund Deutschland and private objectors against the planning approval decision for the transmission line from Ganderkesee to St. Hülfe; in addition, he is regularly involved in approval procedures for wind farms, such as work for British Wind Energy on the wind farm German Bight. Stuttgart-based environmental law specialist Ursula Steinkemper advises the Austrian energy supplier Verbund on approval and planning approval procedures under water law concerning several hydropower plants, which also includes waste material matters in addition to water and nature conservation legislation. Hamburg-based Christiane Kappes, who made partner at the start of 2017, has been advising Femern since 2011 on the planning approval procedure for the project for the motorway and railway tunnel Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link; most recently, the team has focused on dealing with objections to the plan revision procedure. A waste law highlight was the representation of IGG Interessengemeinschaft der Grenzhändler in proceedings at the European Commission on the one-way deposit.

In the area of environmental and planning law, Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH advises ‘at a high professional level’. Claudia Schoppen who is based in Essen has ‘excellent expertise in environmental law and public law in general, without making advice too theoretical’; she advises the TE Connectivity site in Speyer on an ongoing basis regarding a restoration plan for contaminated waste as well as product-related environmental issues. Another particular highlight was the assistance of a leading online mail order retailer with a Europe-wide environmental audit of its computer centres which was led by Stefan Altenschmidt, who is also representing ExxonMobil in administrative policy proceedings pertaining to the levying of support fees for natural gas in Northern Germany. Practice head Stefan Kobes has represented the federal office for railways since summer 2016 in proceedings at the federal administrative court pertaining to the operation of the Stuttgart 21 train station. Martin Fleckenstein is advising Ammann Schweiz on an urban planning renovation and development project pertaining to the city of Ettlingen.

The environmental and planning law practice group at avocado rechtsanwälte in Cologne mainly focuses on waste legislation and industrial instructions, particularly advice concerning industrial sites on issues relating to emissions, hazardous incident plants, soil conservation legislation and construction planning, as well as legal issues in the area of products. Thomas Gerhold advises AWB Köln on construction planning and emission control law with regards to the inner-city relocation of an operating site, in addition to a waste disposal company regarding planning permission for a new mineral landfill. Markus Figgen also acts for a renovation and recycling company from the construction industry in project-related waste legislation, soil protection law and building contract law. Thomas Gerhold and Markus Figgen together with Ralf Kaminski, Rebecca Schäffer and Bianca Grewe represent a diverse set of waste-producing and waste disposal companies in criminal proceedings. Matthias Schleifenbaum who joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in May 2017. Among others, he advises the Stiftung Elektro-Altgeräte Register on electrical appliance law, general recycling law and union law as well as on general administrative law, fees regulation and foundation law. Bastian Gierling left for LLR Legerlotz Laschet Rechtsanwälte GbR in summer 2016.

In the environmental law arena, Baumeister, Rechtsanwälte specialises in environmentally relevant plant construction (including livestock facilities), emission control in terms of land use restrictions, waste disposal, contaminated waste removal and soil protection matters, as well as advising on building permits, development plans and urban development contracts. It most recently represented a citizens’ initiative against the construction of an access road in the Euskirchen District planned by the city of Mechernich. Furthermore, administration law specialist Georg Hünnekens acted on behalf of the city of Datteln as an interested party in the dispute between the city of Waltrop and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia with regards to the subsequent approval of the coal-fired power station Datteln 4. Administrative law specialist Martin Beckmann is one of the key contacts for public law.

Gaßner, Groth, Siederer & Coll. operates in the fields of environmental law, waste management and public construction planning. In the waste legislation field, it primarily advises cities, municipalities, districts and municipal waste disposal companies, on the execution of approval and development planning procedures as well as on the tendering of contracts in construction projects. Water, soil protection, nature conservation and emission control legislation are other core strengths.

In the area of environmental and planning law, Hengeler Mueller mainly deals with instructions from the energy industry concerning infrastructure operations, with product and waste legislation being an area of focus. Berlin-based partners Jan Bonhage and Wolfgang Spoerr advise the company behind the project Nordstream 2 on the approval documents for the environmental impact assessment. The latter also represented the municipality of Freigericht during a mediation procedure regarding an urban development contract, after a referendum sought a ruling on guidelines against the dismantling plan. Environmental and product law specialist Fabian Quast, who is based in Berlin and was made partner in 2017, together with Thomas Schmidt-Kötters and Vera Jungkind in Düsseldorf, advises Robert Bosch on product and criminal law with regards to allegations of exhaust emission manipulation in diesel vehicles. Another highlight was advice on the German drink deposit law in the context of recycling, where Dirk Uwer acted for BHJ Corporate Finance.

Clients are ‘extremely satisfied with the work’ of the ‘reliable and competent’ practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP, which is particularly marked by its ‘timely processing, excellent availability and practical approach’; the ‘adequate breadth of the group’ is also valued. The ‘pragmatic’ Thomas Dünchheim in Düsseldorf, who has ‘an enormous amount of expertise in public law and in municipal structures’, as well as a ‘sensitivity in situation analysis for the development of target-oriented solutions’, is highly recommended. Alongside the ‘highly committed and competent’ Antje Weiss, Sebastian Gräler and Carsten Bringmann, Dünchheim regularly acts for Autobahn Tank & Rast. For product-related advice the Munich-based Patrick Ayad is the key contact; he is representing a Europe-wide chemical company, which received a warning due to inadequate hazard identification of a sanitary cleaning agent, and in appeal proceedings; he also acts for other automotive industry clients.

The ‘excellent’ practice at Lenz und Johlen in Cologne stands out for its ‘outstanding coordination of different legal areas’, as well as ‘short turnaround times, reliable appointment management and excellent expertise in environmental administration and construction planning law’. Particularly recommended is construction planning law specialist Markus Johlen, who has an ‘equally confident and pleasant demeanour before and during court proceedings’ and regularly advises companies on building permission procedures. The equally highly recommended Michael Oerder is involved in the development of the Glasmacherviertel quarter in Düsseldorf for Patrizia Deutschland. In the area of environmental law, Inga Schwertner is regarded as ‘solution oriented’; she represented the state of North Rhine-Westphalia with regards to modification of the clean air plans for several large cities. Inga Schwertner is also active in malfunction and emission control instructions, as well as in the field of waste and chemical law. In this field, Felix Pauli is specialised in advice on wind energy projects. Nick Kockler made partner at the start of 2017.

Environmental law clients are ‘managed excellently’ by the ‘highly professional and pleasantly calm’ practice at White & Case LLP. The group stands out for its ‘prudent and diplomatic management of sensitive matters and contractual partners, which leads to satisfactory results’. Practice head Norbert Wimmer has a ‘wealth of experience, acts in a ‘very precise manner in his specialisms’, and is able to ‘focus negotiating partners with different spheres of interest on the essential points’. Norbert Wimmer advised several car manufacturers and suppliers on assessments and internal inspections in connection with car emissions and is assisting Infraserv with contaminated waste and waste issues pertaining to potential "infinite liability" issues. Also recommended is Henning Berger, who is advising on the financing of Stuttgart 21 for the state of Baden-Württemberg; including handling a compensation dispute for additional costs with Deutsche Bahn. The senate department for urban development and the environment of the Federal Republic of Germany is another long-term client. The former Berlin-based local partner Benjamin Schirmer left for CMS in summer 2016.

In the area of environmental and planning law, Baker McKenzie advises clients from the infrastructure and energy sectors. Berlin-based practice head Marc Gabriel advised an international investor on environmental law matters, such as soil contamination, in connection with the bidding process for the acquisition of the equity holding of a federal state in a regional airport. Alongside Susanne Mertens, he is also involved in the advice of a state-owned company on regulatory and building contract matters regarding the selection and execution of the subsequent usage concept for airport buildings currently used for other purposes in the long term. The Frankfurt-based Ulrich Ellinghaus acts for Daimler, while Frank-Rainer Töpfer assisted an international gas group with the establishment and operation of an underground helium gas store.

The environmental and planning law group at CBH Rechtsanwälte Cornelius, Bartenbach, Haesemann & Partner, which is exclusively specialised in construction projects, ‘manages extensive processes and international arbitration proceedings in a competent manner’ and shapes ‘cooperation in an uncomplicated manner’. In this respect, Jochen Hentschel from the Cologne office is highly recommended; he ‘responds in a quick and helpful manner’ and has ‘excellent legal expertise’, and has been supporting the planning and development company of an industrial site venture newPark in Datteln with regard to its formation since 2012. Manfred Haesemann advises the project company Aurelis on the procurement of building approval and development of a new residential area in Cologne, consisting of around 1,000 units, while Stefan Rappen assists the city of Düsseldorf both with the new city and underground line U81 and with a development planning procedure for a new furniture store.

Guido Kleve, who made partner in May 2017, and Ludger Giesberts are the key contacts for environmental and planning law at DLA Piper. Alongside counsel Thilo Streit, Ludger Giesberts advised the Finnish company Ernsto in connection with the acquisition of Ritter Starkstromtechnik; the key areas addressed were soil contamination and environmental liability matters. Another new instruction is the advice on a water permit for Mondelēz’s production plant in Bad Fallingbostel. Köhler Renewable Energy and GE Healthcare are other clients.

The seven-strong ‘professional and competent’ group at GSK Stockmann, which ‘pairs specialist expertise with a fun approach to legal tasks’, is highly recommended for its expertise in the area of planning law. The ‘open-minded and skilful negotiator’ Wolfgang Würfel advises FH Innova on the procurement of building approval for the major project moun10 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, while Frank-Florian Seifert together with Berlin-based Jan Kehrberg (‘always abreast of the latest professional developments’) is assisting formart with the establishment of a residential development project in Treptow-Köpenick. The ‘distinguished, experienced expert’ Andreas Geiger acts in several planning law instructions for Deutsche Bahn. Jan Hennig advises the Krieger Group and CMC Center Management on the expansion of Thüringen-Park Erfurt.

Graf von Westphalen is considered ‘outstanding’ because ‘professional, in-depth and tailored advice is a matter of course’ and the lawyers ‘take time for clients’ and also ‘bear the respective industry and the effective public implications in mind’. Christian Winterhoff is ‘unreservedly recommended’ for his ‘experience and knowledge’; he gained AIG Europe as a new client in constitutional law and also advised Japan Tobacco on the compatibility of the new German tobacco product act with the constitutional prohibition on retroactivity. Ronald Steiling and Saskia Soravia are also recommended. In addition to other long-term planning approval procedures (including the advice of Schleswig-Holstein’s state company for road construction on procedural matters regarding the Fehmarn Belt fixed link), the group most recently advised the German association of animal nutrition in connection with the introduction of fees for inspections in animal nutrition in North Rhine-Westphalia. Carsten Bittner assisted AGRAVIS Kraftfutterwerk Oldenburg with a noise protection study. Sigrid Wienhues advised Hamburg Port Authority on planning permission law matters. Hamburg-based Corinna Lindau and Andreas Wolowski were promoted to associate partner at the start of 2017.

Hoffmann Liebs Fritsch & Partner Rechtsanwälte mbB carries out ‘excellent’ work at ‘a high level’ in environmental and planning law. Volker Hees (general commercial and insolvency law) and Björn Neumeuer (corporate law), who are ‘excellent in their specialist fields, quick and always available’, are recommended. Volker Hees is representing an insolvency administrator against an emissions claim by the district government of Arnsberg as an operator of a plant requiring approval against the background of disposal of hazardous liquid waste; in emission control legislation, he is also involved in advice and rescission actions with regards to permits, an area of work led by Volker Hoffmann and Stefanie Beste. Björn Neumeuer advises a Finnish paint manufacturer on soil protection matters in connection with the acquisition of a German paint factory and also assists Roland Hartmannsberger with registration obligations matters, taking account of electrical appliance law, on behalf of a manufacturer of electrical construction products. Roland Hartmannsberger predominantly handles product law matters; he gained a worldwide manufacturer of fastening and assembly technology as well as power tools as a new client in the area of product compliance. Volker Hoffmann advised a gravure printing company on the distance between an IED plant and a nearby hygiene company in line with emission, malfunction and building regulations.

Köhler & Klett, Rechtsanwälte is specialised in environmental and planning law. In the area of environmental and environmental contract law, Anno Oexle in Cologne gained Deutsche Post as a new client and also advises various port operators on construction and specialist planning matters for the development and expansion of inland ports on floodplains. Wolfgang Klett acted for landfill operators in various federal states in planning approval procedures pertaining to the expansion, approval and modification of landfills. Other work includes advising the operator of a waste incineration plant in Lower Saxony on waste, construction, soil protection, emission control, water, environmental damage and environmental criminal law concerning the processing of incineration ashes as a building material and their superimposition in public areas; Rainer Geesmann, Alexander De Diego and Anne-Louise Schümer are also involved in this. Former chief administrative law judge Michael Kloepfer joined the Berlin office as a counsel in 2017.

Linklaters’ five-strong group advises on the entire spectrum of environmental and planning law, with planning permission and approval procedures as well as instructions accompanying transactions and in energy matters taking centre stage. Practice head Markus Appel acts forTenneT in several matters, including the state specialist planning procedure for SuedLink, which is the second largest high-voltage direct current transmission line project in Europe. Other highlights included the representation of Engie E&P in approval and regional planning procedures in a natural gas extraction project in North Germany; the advice of Cerberus Capital Management on environmental and product safety matters in connection with the acquisition of Staples; and assisting Mitsui with transport of hazardous materials and chemical matters concerning the acquisition of the hazardous substance transportation business of Chemtrade Logistics. Anna Burghardt is the contact for product law.

Taylor Wessing focuses on public construction and planning law, however, it also handles some environmental, waste and product instructions. An example of this is Norbert Kämper’s representation of a mineral oil company in contaminated waste plot proceedings against Deutsche Bahn. In addition, Dieter Lang in Hamburg advises Avaya on the REACH regulation. Current highlights include advising DAL Deutsche Anlagen-Leasing as the financing consortium of a furniture market on construction planning risks led by Torsten van Jeger, as well as Alexander Köpfler’s assistance to Die Developer with construction planning and building regulation matters for several increased-use projects. Roland Schmidt-Bleker has been an equity partner since May 2017. Christoph Brandenburg left for Sedlmayer Projektentwicklungsgesellschaft in October 2016.

In addition to traditional environmental and planning instructions, BBG und Partner is also active in the energy industry and transport sector. Peter Schütte handles contentious matters for PNE Wind Atlantis I regarding six complaint procedures against the capacity allocation decisions of the federal network agency as well as for the city of Bremen regarding seven disputes over a large port infrastructure project before an administrative court. Malte Kohls assists the Saxon upper mining authority with the preparation and implementation of a planning approval procedure under mining law for the expansion of a lignite open pit mine.

Matthias Lang in Düsseldorf and René Voigtländer in Munich, together with three other lawyers form the environmental and planning law practice group at Bird & Bird. In addition to the ongoing energy, construction and water planning approval procedures for Amprion and Aluminium Oxid Stade, among others, Matthias Lang frequently advises on environmental law matters in connection with company acquisitions. Furthermore, he advises an international chemical company on obtaining an emissions control authorisation for a new chemical plant and a fire protection company on chemical law on an ongoing basis. René Voigtländer is specialised in disposal and waste instructions, which most recently emerged from unlawful waste storage on own or on a neighbouring piece of land on the part of car suppliers.

The environmental and planning law practice of Brandi Rechtsanwälte is led by Martin Dippel and Christoph Jahn who are active in recycling, soil protection, emission control, nature conservation and water law. Daniela Deifuß-Kruse also has experience in building regulation and construction planning law for building construction and infrastructure projects. The group advised Mitsubishi HiTech Paper Europe on site-securing measures with regards to a specialist factory. Other active clients are Hohmann Feinkost, Südzucker and Warsteiner Brauerei.

At Clifford Chance, Mathias Elspaß predominantly handles power line and transaction instructions. Highlights included advising 50Hertz Transmission on the planning of a high-voltage transmission line, for which the federal requirements plan act had to be taken into account. The group also advised AvG on the sale of bmp greengas to Erdgas Südwest. Former partner David Elshorst who is based in Frankfurt is now of counsel.

Dentons offers an ‘optimal service level’ and is ‘recommended as an all-rounder’. Ilka Mehdorn, who is ‘experienced in many legal areas’ and ‘finds a solution for all issues, and also organises complex tasks in an optimal manner and is able to grasp issues extremely quickly’, is highly recommended. In the area of product and waste legislation, she advises BHIM Zentrale Wertstoffstelle on the establishment and activity of Stiftung Zentrale Verpackungsregister, particularly with regard to the packaging act; all project stages are handled and advice is provided in a number of areas within and outside of public law. The team also advises DPG Deutsche Pfandsystem on product law matters. Procurement law specialist Wolfram Krohn, corporate law specialist Matthias Santelmann and tax law specialist Stephan Busch are also recommended. The ‘strategically excellent consultant’ Jörg Karenfort has been advising Emerson Electric for 11 years on product-related environmental law.

The 12-strong environmental and planning law group of Kapellmann und Partner impresses with its ‘trustworthy cooperation’ and ‘short and reliable processing times.Hendrik Schilder, who ‘skilfully assists in proceedings against municipalities in a moderating role’, is advising new client the BEMA Group on the land-use planning procedure concerning the Barbaraviertel in Neuss. He is also defending Düsseldorf Airport against a claim for damages, which pertains to PFT pollution on the neighbouring land. Stefan Pützenbacher in Frankfurt is supporting a public-sector client in a high-rise building project development. Bernd Wust was promoted to the partnership at the start of 2017.

At Oppenhoff & Partner, Holger Hofmann, who was made partner in 2017, and Stephan Müller are the main contacts in the environmental and planning law practice group. The group primarily advises industrial companies on emission control, water and soil protection matters as well as on refurbishment contracts. Another area of focus is product-related advice. The team also assisted Eastman Chemical with environmental law matters regarding abandoned sites.

Christofer Lenz at Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte represents the federal government of Baden-Württemberg in nature conservation proceedings before the constitutional court; he is also providing an expert opinion for a private sector client regarding driving restrictions in low emission zones of large cities for both new diesel vehicles and those with a green sticker. In the construction industry, Jens Kaltenborn and Torsten Gerhard are representing E. Breuninger in appeal proceedings within the framework of the expansion of "Breuningerland Sindelfingen".

In environmental and planning law, Raue LLP offers an ‘excellent service level’ on the basis of ‘precision and depth in the matter at hand, adherence to deadlines and willingness to communicate’. Practice head Wolfram Hertel is representing the Brandenburg state office for environment in several public liability and appeal proceedings concerning the approval of wind turbines, which require approval according to emission control law, and provides ongoing advice to the IBI Group, most recently regarding the granting of building permits for its 28-hectare residential project in Berlin-Köpenick. Highlights included Carl-Stephan Schweer’s advice to the Berliner Volksbank on the construction of its new administration building in the context of planning law. The group’s receives a number of environmental law instructions from clients in the energy sector.

Kiel-based lawyers Wolfgang Ewer, Angelika Leppin and Marius Raabe are the main contacts for environmental and planning law at Weißleder & Ewer. The group acts for public sector clients, as well as clients from the automobile, chemicals, mineral oils, energy, trade, handicrafts and service sectors on environmental law issues. Other areas of expertise include project-related planning law and public building law. Wolfgang Ewer recently represented the Federal Republic of Germany in complaint proceedings, which were filed by several environmental associations against the planning approval decision for the deepening of the river Elbe. He also defended the same client in infringement proceedings pertaining to the Hamburg-Moorburg coal-fired power station before the European Court of Justice.

Wolter Hoppenberg is recommended in environmental and planning law for its ‘excellent advice on public sector matters’ as well as its ‘quick processing and professional, trustworthy and pleasant cooperation’. The ‘reliable, creative and extensively competent’ Michael Hoppenberg and ‘professional, experienced and second-to-none in oral negotiations’ planning lawyer Thomas Tyczewski are highly recommended. Environmental law specialist Till Elgeti as well as junior partners Lisa Paar and Anja Baars are also part of the practice group. Highlights included advising HC/Südbrandenburgischer Abfallzweckverband on the construction of a landfill, taking account of the applicable mining law during the excavation. The group also handled several instructions which concerned the transfer of duty to dispose waste water from municipalities in Northrhine-Westphalia to associations. It is also representing the district of Osnabrück in proceedings regarding the approval of wind farms and is acting for the city of Duisburg in the planning of a designer outlet centre on the site of the former goods station.

Public procurement

Index of tables

  1. Public sector: Public procurement
  2. Public sector: state aid
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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    • Arnold Boesen - Boesen Rechtsanwälte
    • Jan Byok - Bird & Bird
    • Jan Endler - Linklaters
    • Marc Gabriel - Baker McKenzie
    • Heike Glahs - Redeker Sellner Dahs
    • Heiko Höfler - Bird & Bird
    • Ute Jasper - Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek
    • Wolfram Krohn - Dentons
    • Hans-Peter Kulartz - Kapellmann und Partner
    • Ralf Leinemann - Leinemann & Partner
    • Malte Müller-Wrede - Müller-Wrede & Partner Rechtsanwälte
    • Andreas Neun - Gleiss Lutz
    • Olaf Otting - Allen & Overy LLP
    • Matthias Ulshöfer - Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte

Next generation lawyers

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Bird & Bird’s public procurement practice operates in a variety of industries. Port sector work includes Jan Byok’s advice to a public law institution on an idea competition and the planning of the subsequent Europe-wide award and approval of pioneering space development concepts for port areas. A highlight for IT lawyer Guido Bormann was advising a software provider on the procurement of licences and software products for the entire federal administration. Byok also assists a container terminal and logistics group with placing orders in a publicly funded research and development project to automate container operations with straddle carriers. Alexander Csaki mainly acts for health insurance companies; for example, he advised a public health insurance company concerning the admissibility of open house models as set forth in a European Court of Justice ruling.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek is a ‘competent and reliable partner in all services pertaining to procurement matters’ providing ‘short processing times and an impressive knowledge even without prior consultation of general comments’. ‘Strongly focused on time and goals’, the group works ‘very accurately and designs extensive documents, which are technically sound and describe all legal possibilities exactly’. Frequently recommended is Ute Jasper, an ‘unbeaten star in procurement matters’, who ‘develops creative and at the same time legally sound solutions in difficult procedures and is also able to immediately respond to exotic legal questions’. For many years, she has been advising various ministries (including the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Transport) and transport associations on the development and implementation of annual billion-dollar vehicle financing models in public network traffic and the related procurement of services and vehicles. Another large project is the "Innovation City" concept, the energy rehabilitation of 20 districts in the Ruhr area; the project’s management company retained the group for state aid, procurement, subsidy and contractual matters. Laurence Westen, who made salaried partner in Düsseldorf at the beginning of 2017, is also recommended. Other names to note are the ‘highly flexible’ Ulf Christiani, who ‘works on schedule’, and Isabel Langenbach; both are based in Cologne and regularly assist NiedersachsenPorts and the JadeWeserPort Realisierungsgesellschaft with tenders. Frankfurt-based senior associate Ute Klemm is recommended for her ‘extensive knowledge in public procurement’. Senior associate Susanne Monsig offers ‘professional, legally sound and comprehensive advice in procurement law’, including for the district government of Cologne concerning support and security services in refugee accommodation.

Allen & Overy LLP’s procurement group focuses on construction, infrastructure and transportation, energy as well as waste management and IT services. The two main lawyers, practice head Olaf Otting and counsel Udo Herbert Olgemöller, were involved in the conception and implementation of a procurement procedure on behalf of construction management and project development corporation BauProjekt Hanau for the selection of development partners for a large housing project. Another highlight led by Otting was representing DB Regio in a bid procedure for the award of the operation of Nuremberg’s S-Bahn line against Bayerische Eisenbahngesellschaft. A new project for Olgemöller was aid law advice provided to a French financial investor concerning a claim under Renewable Energy Act remuneration for the acquisition of an international wind farm portfolio.

Excellent’ procurement law advice at Baker McKenzie includes assistance in the health, defence, infrastructure and construction, IT and as transportation industries. Berlin-based practice head Marc Gabriel is characterised by ‘in-depth knowlege, client orientation, recommendations for action and pragmatism’; together with counsel Katharina Weiner, he advises Novartis on a large number of open-house tenders for drug rebate contracts, which also brought some bid protests: for example, the client aims at protecting cancer research drug Glivec from imitation and a lowering of the price level. Another one of Gabriel’s highlights was rendering procurement law advice to a German defence industry client for the coordination of sales activities within 45 countries. Susanne Mertens, who focuses on technology, construction management and infrastructure projects, is another key figure in the practice; she assists an employers’ liability insurance association with the comprehensive procurement of IT and telecoms services at 12 locations. The group is also involved in the Berlin-Brandenburg airport construction project, which saw treaty changes with an effect on procurement law matters and resulting in bid procedures.

Stefan Hertwig and Andreas Haupt are the key partners at CBH Rechtsanwälte Cornelius, Bartenbach, Haesemann & Partner’s procurement practice, which covers tenders from the private construction, healthcare and defence industries as well as municipal services tenders. A defence sector client is Heckler & Koch, which retains Hertwig for advice on tenders and representation in bid protests, while an urban planning example is assisting the city of Cologne with the "Historische Mitte" project. Haupt also advises Bonn’s public utility company on procurement and contract law concerning the planning and construction of a new family and sports pool. Both lawyers represent Johann Bunte Bauunternehmung in several bid protests.

Procurement law at Dentons is a particularly international practice area; the group acts for clients from the IT, defence, transport and logistics sectors. An international car manufacturer retained the group for representation in a Federal Transport Ministry proceeding for the new tender for the truck toll system, which includes the sale of shares to Toll Collect and the new operating contract from 2018 to 2028. Infrastructure work included practice head Wolfram Krohn’s representation of a railway construction technology provider in proceedings for the acquisition of special rail vehicles for the French state railways. Krohn also, together with a partner from the firm’s Washington office, assisted a US defence company with a dispute with a German subcontractor concerning a military assignment in the US. A highlight for Frankfurt-based Peter Braun is advising a global consulting service provider on compliance matters during a European procurement procedure.

At Gleiss Lutz, healthcare is the key area of focus, while IT, homeland security, transport infrastructure and energy are also important areas. Practice head Marco König advises insurance company AOK Baden-Württemberg on procurement and contractual matters for the planning and implementation of a model for diabetes care. The ‘concise’ Stuttgart-based counsel Christiane Freytag ‘develops her own ideas for solutions, which she pursues and implements reliably and professionally’. Berlin-based Andreas Neun advises and represents AOK’s federal association in connection with tenders for contrast agents for the radiological consultation demand. Another highlight is rendering public procurement advice to Telefunken Radio Communication Systems in projects for several military procurement offices in Europe. Christine Mattes and Oliver Jürgen Junge made associated partners in early 2017, while Miriam Jazbinsek re-joined the firm in June 2017 after just over a year in an in-house position.

In procurement law, Kapellmann und Partner offers a ‘very good service level with fast processing times and advice at a very high level’. The firm focuses on the construction industry, infrastructure, services and healthcare sectors and has specialist expertise in renewable energy matters. In early 2017, the Hamburg-based Hauke Schüler and the Düsseldorf-based Alexander Fandrey made associate partner. Fandrey has ‘very solid knowledge, which enables him to reply well even to new legal questions, and shows a fine sense for the resulting political questions’; he advises a German federal state on the award of 75 assignments for the provision of refugee accommodation. New instructions include assisting the state of Bavaria with the A7 federal railway project (Rothof viaduct), which was handled by Tobias Schneider, and advising a consortium of health insurers on the tender of framework agreements for the manufacture and supply of parenteral preparations in oncology, which was led by Hendrik Röwekamp.

Leinemann & Partner has an established public procurement practice particularly in the fields of construction and rail transport, while also handling defence, healthcare and IT procurement. The Berlin-based Thomas Kirch gained the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania’s Ministry of Energy, Economy and Digitalisation as a new client in a major IT project; while the Munich-based Stephan Kaminsky for the first time advises the US-based Amsted Rail Company, which is preparing framework contracts for the delivery of telematics systems for up to 90,000 DB Cargo freight cars. Another highlight is assisting Alexander Dennis Germany as bidder in the Berlin public transport company’s bid procedure for the delivery of city buses, which was handled by Timo May. Founding partner Ralf Leinemann advises an urban district on the construction of a district office, which includes procurement law advice.

The 12 lawyer-strong Boesen Rechtsanwälte advises both contracting authorities and contractors on procurement law and has long-term expertise in working with the construction, IT, service and supply industries. As well as handling contentious work, the lawyers frequently issue legal opinions and represent clients in bid protests. Founding partner Arnold Boesen can count on the assistance of Christian Goeres, Martin Upleger, Björn Quast and Alexander Eising. A highlight was advising the city of Düsseldorf on the planning and on all procedures for the construction of Wehrhahn tube line.

At CMS, practice head Volkmar Wagner and Stefan Höß focus on the IT sector, while Jakob Steiff handles healthcare and waste management instructions, Christian Scherer-Leydecker acts on defence and PPP projects and Hermann Müller specialises in infrastructure sector work including concessions. Like Matthias Kuß, almost all partners are experienced in handling construction sector instructions. In Düsseldorf, Thorsten Schätzlein, who made partner in the beginning of 2017, specialises in building and telecoms contracts. Scherer-Leydecker issued a legal opinion to the Federal Ministry of Transport, which aims at contributing to the improvement of federal highway operator models. Besides regularly representing GE Healthcare Buchler in bid procedures concerning the AOK federal association’s tenders for contrast agents, Steiff also assisted the city of Frankfurt am Main with selecting investors for the construction and operation of a multipurpose hall. Wagner advises the nuclear waste management company JEN on awarding construction and dismantling work for a nuclear research facility.

Görg Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB shows ‘strong committment in the processing of urgent projects’ and ‘handles conflicting priorities – tight deadlines and procurement law compliance – perfectly’. It ‘always provides the right specialists for practice and industry-specific issues’. Particularly recommended are the Hamburg team including Kersten Wagner-Cardenal, Oliver Jauch and associate Henning Wendt. The latter and Jan Peter Scharf are advising a water utility on water concession issues, while Jauch and Scharf are assisting a state-owned company with procurement matters related to the sale of land for several development projects. In Frankfurt, Kai-Uwe Schneevogl advises the EREFA project on electronic subsidies in public procurement, while Lutz Horn assists a hospital group with surgery renovations. In Berlin, Christoph Riese advises long-term client Trianel Windkraftwerk Borkum on tendering supply and services contracts for the construction of an offshore wind farm.

In procurement law, Heussen focuses on advising medium-sized companies and public sector clients (particularly educational institutions and municipalities), while it is also an established advisor in the defence and security industry. Key contact Uwe-Carsten Völlink, for example, gained the German subsidiary of an international defence group as a new client, which participated in the European GNSS Agency’s Europe-wide tender for the operation of the Galileo satellite navigation system; new client Rohde & Schwarz retained the lawyer for representation as joined party in a bid protest concerning the German army’s procurement of a radio system. Another highlight was advising the University of Applied Sciences Munich on an IT tender for a university association. Also in Munich, Helmholtz Zentrum is a regular client. The Frankfurt-based Wolfgang Trautner and Heinz-Peter Zirbes are particularly active handling procurement and contractual advice in construction projects.

The key lawyer for procurement law at K&L Gates LLP, Annette Mutschler-Siebert is acclaimed for her ‘high level of expertise and well structured presentation of solutions’. Her team ‘stands out, particularly when compared to other firms, as very client and practice-oriented when advising private companies’ and is active in a variety of industries. Mutschler-Siebert advises a bidding consortium participating in the Federal Republic of Germany’s procedure for the sale of Toll Collect shares and the conclusion of a new operating contract. Another new instruction is assisting Ströer with the tender procedure for outdoor advertising in several German state capitals. The state of North Rhine-Westphalia’s Ministry of Economic Affairs, Energy, Industry, Small and Medium-sized Companies and Handcraft retained the group for the establishment of a public procurement seal system in accordance with the new state procurement law. Other areas of expertise include telecoms licensing and discount contracts in the healthcare sector.

The Berlin-based Müller-Wrede & Partner Rechtsanwälte assists contractors and bidders with procurement procedures and bid procedures. The group focuses on the construction, real estate and energy sectors as well as on rail, healthcare, IT and other public services. State aid work includes Christoph von Donat’s advice to the Berlin-Brandenburg airport on its financing and the coordination of the project with the EU Commission. Also recommended are practice head Malte Müller-Wrede, Verena Poschmann, Carsten Bluhm, Gunnar Conrad and Veit Hirsch.

Redeker Sellner Dahs sees significant construction and environment procurement procedures, but also covers IT, health and municipal procurement. A highlight for Olaf Reidt was representing the Warnow water and wastewater association in a dispute with Eurawasser Nord concerning the remunicipalisation in the volume of €1bn, while the Bonn-based Heike Glahs advised a medical products public institution on the procurement for the cultivation and supply of cannabis. Matthias Ganske assisted an education non-profit organisation with the tendering of an IT system solution for the management of applicants and scholarship holders.

Beiten Burkhardt successfully represented defence and security industry clients and continues acting on IT, infrastructure and traffic procurements. Hans Georg Neumeier assisted the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) with several telecoms and IT procurements. Following the retirement of Berthold Mitrenga in the autumn of 2016, salaried partner Daniel Fischer joined the Frankfurt office from Schmidt, von der Osten & Huber in April 2017. In Berlin, Eva Kreibohm and Stephan Rechten made salaried and equity partners, respectively, at the beginning of 2017. The latter, together with Michael Brückner and Oliver Schwarz, advises the state of Saxony on the procurement for a new administrative data and language network.

Blomstein Rechtsanwälte is now on the panel of CSC Deutschland, which retained co-practice head Roland Stein for advice on general procurement law and procurement compliance matters. The other practice head, Pascal Friton, acts for the Falck group concerning the assignment of rescue services; on the contentious side, this included a European Commission complaint procedure. In another matter, Friton advised new client KfW Bankengruppe on an IT services procurement. Stein was retained by the Berlin State Chancellery to advise on the organisation of the 2018 anniversary of the German unification. Other clients include Tennet TSO and Siemens.

The Stuttgart-based Tina Bergmann and Andrea Vetter are the two contact persons for procurement matters at Dolde Mayen & Partner; the group mostly advises public clients and specialises in handling construction, infrastructure, IT and waste disposal matters. Vetter assisted a new client, a North Rhine-Westphalian city, with awarding a waste management services contract in accordance with the waste management plan. Bergmann represented a municipal company in a bid procedure concerning the e-procurement in a construction project. She also assisted the Stuttgart region’s association with conducting a Europe-wide procedure for the award of its new express bus lines. An ongoing instruction is advising the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ostwürttemberg on Europe-wide and national procedures regarding the award of construction services for the city of Aalen’s new vocational training centre.

On the public procurement side, Gaßner, Groth, Siederer & Coll. advises contracting authorities. Popular matters are transport services, land, construction project procurements as well as environmental and energy-relevant assignments (as part of Germany’s municipal provision of basic services concept); the group also handles subsequent bid procedures. A Saxon municipality was advised on negotiations with the local public procurement tribunal concerning the possibility of joint allocation of water supply and sewage disposal.

Graf von Westphalen is particularly successful in handling healthcare and IT sector contracts. Practice head Bettina Meyer-Hofmann, in Düsseldorf, advises a new client, the federal institute for post and telecoms, on a Europe-wide IT tender and also assists the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, which is awarding the planning, construction and operation of two new police stations to external service providers for the first time. Of particular importance to Alexander von Aretin, Dietrich Drömann and Ingrid Reichling is gaining several non-profit healthcare organisations – which are awarding both rescue services and refugee housing services – as clients.

Hogan Lovells International LLP has a ‘fast and pragmatic’ procurement law team with ‘good industry knowledge and international capabilities’, which is highly regarded in the defence, healthcare and energy industries. Brussels-based ‘excellent procurement and antitrust law expert’ Falk Schöning, who ‘always has business goals in mind and makes clear statements and risk assessments’, is a key figure in the defence industry. Counsel Jan Christian Eggers, who ‘works swiftly and precisely and is very available’, focuses on the healthcare sector. Two of Schöning’s long-term clients are Bombardier Transportation and the federal association of the German security and defence industry, while Eggers acts for Baxter and Exeltis. Practice head Marc Schweda advises energy and life sciences clients, while Thomas Dünchheim assisted Menden’s municipal utility with contracting aov IT.Services.

Lutz | Abel Rechtsanwalts GmbH offers an ‘excellent service level and representation in a client’s interest including practical recommendations, up-to-date knowledge and processing times, which are adapted to critical time conditions’. Particularly recommended is new-joiner Tobias Osseforth of Graf von Westphalen, who stands out for his ‘excellent expertise, extremely high accessibility and flexibility, resilience, skilful negotiation and clear communication’; he specialises in the IT sector. Also recommended for ‘fast turnaround times, a high level of expertise and creative suggestions’ is associate Christoph Richter. Together with practice head Mathias Mantler, he advises a municipal society on an IT project in the healthcare sector, while Osseforth and Christian Kokew assist a German archdiocese with procurement, subsidy and IT law matters. IT advice is also rendered to Oldenburg’s trade chamber.

Matthias Ulshöfer and Christofer Lenz are the key lawyers at Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte; both are experienced in healthcare and public transport matters. Transport company SWEG retained the group for several major rail transport tenders in the state of Baden-Württemberg. Another highlight is representing Falk Pharma before the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf regarding the admissibility of open-house tenders. On the international level, the British Accord Healthcare was advised on health insurance company Techniker Krankenkasse’s tender procedure for generics; and the group assisted several clients on the direct award and on the state’s wage dumping law.

The three procurement partners at Taylor Wessing focus on advising large ministries and clients in the infrastructure, defence, healthcare and IT sectors. Düsseldorf-based practice head Andreas Haak gained Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions and Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems as clients for participation in large defence tenders and representation in bid procedures. Together with Michael Brüggemann, he also advises German development bank KfW as external contracting body on the process for the complete reorganisation of IT systems. Another new instruction is advising a state transport ministry on the procurement for airport ground handling services. Healthcare work includes

Christoph Stumpf’s successful representation of Kohlpharma in preliminary proceedings concerning open-house contracts and advising FMS Wertmanagement on public procurement matters.

avocado rechtsanwälte is considered ‘fast and reliable’. Particularly recommended is Klaus Greb, who convinces with ‘swift processing, a very good knowledge of the law and practical, clear replies’. The group predominantly handles procurement matters pertaining to waste and wastewater services, concession contracts, IT and construction. For example, Markus Figgen and Rebecca Schäffer advise AVG Köln on the tendering of planning and construction work in connection with the construction of a biowaste fermentation plant. Together with Arne Glöckner, Greb assists the city of Hamburg with a pan-European tender procedure for the procurement of all internal and external postal services, which includes public institutions such as the senate and district administrations, courts and schools.

In Bremen, BBG und Partner specialises in public transport, energy and healthcare procurement procedures. Malte Linnemeyer is representing the Bayerische Eisenbahngesellschaft in two bid procedures related to the award of the diesel network Augsburg I and S-Bahn Nuremberg concession contracts. Niels Griem is currently involved in two major projects: the award of the entire S-Bahn traffic in Berlin for the states of Berlin and Brandenburg and the award of the S-Bahn Hannover on behalf of the Hannover region, the state transport company of lower Saxony and the Zweckverband Nahverkehr Westfalen-Lippe. Gerrit Landsberg assisted the transport company of Oberspreewald-Lausitz with tenders for regional and city bus transport services.

Waste and wastewater as well as public transport are key areas of work for Baumeister, Rechtsanwälte. The group acts for both medium-sized companies in bidding procedures and public contracting authorities. The names to note are Andreas Kersting, Stefan Gesterkamp, Jens Tobias Gruber, Stefan Sieme and Tobias Schneider-Lasogga.

Buse Heberer Fromm focuses on public transport and healthcare procurements. Practice head Stefan Pooth advised Zweckverband Nahverkehr Westfalen-Lippe, which conducted a €30m bid procedure for a central distribution service provider for train tickets. In addition, the group represented the doctors association Sächsischer Hausärzteverband in a bid procedure against AOK Plus, which included the novel issue of tendering a model project. The city of Marl retained the group for advice on the German first-time award of qualified patient transport services.

Frankfurt-based counsel Steffen Amelung is the only contact for procurement law at Clifford Chance, while covering a broad range of industry sectors. A highlight was representing Pfizer Pharma in numerous proceedings concerning discount agreements for Second Medical Use Drugs and for a partially patented active substance. A new matter is advising the city of Rodgau on the new award of electricity concessions and assisting Offenbach’s regional transport company with the reorganisation of the local public transport structure. ThyssenKrupp Aufzüge and Bayer Pharma are also important clients.

The procurement law group at FPS is headed by the Frankfurt-based Annette Rosenkötter. She advises the diocese of Limburg on, among other things, the tender of the St. Bonifatius Steinbach daycare centre and of planning services for the restoration of the Michaeliskapelle Kiedrich chapel. Similarly comprehensive was the advice rendered by senior associate Aline Fritz to the German Olympic Sports Confederation; a current highlight is the tender for passenger transport of the German team for the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang 2018.

GSK Stockmann offers a ‘very good price-performance ratio and keeps processing times to the agreed amount’. The group focuses especially on construction, IT, energy and waste disposal services. Christian Schmidt and Jenny Mehlitz have been advising BIM Berliner Immobilienmanagement since 2013 on the tender procedure for the sale of an old town bath with a refurbishment and use obligation. Jan Kehrberg is especially recommended as an ‘excellent expert in the real estate market, who shows good negotiation skills even in difficult situations’; he advises the state of Berlin and housing association HOWOGE.

Hengeler Mueller is ‘excellent’, as the group ‘convinces above all with expertise, high-quality work results and short processing times’. Jan Bonhage has a ‘very good understanding of corporate processes and the clients’ concerns’; most recently, he represented Deutsche Telekom as a shareholder of Toll Collect, which participated in the Federal Republic of Germany’s award proceedings for the truck toll and in the related review proceedings before the Federal Procurement Chamber. Other work included assisting DONG Energy with tendering offshore large-scale wind farm projects. The JCDecaux-Gruppe’s subsidiary Wall is a long-term client.

Linklaters’ practice led by Jan Endler in Berlin primarily deals with instructions from regulated industries, which include companies and public institutions from the energy, finance, infrastructure and public services sectors. Counsel Kristina Zych and six associates are also part of the group. It represented HSH Beteiligungsmanagement in a state aid proceeding concerning the privatisation of HSH Nordbank; in this context, it handles long-term advice to HSH Finanzfonds on the participation of the states of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein in HSH Nordbank. In addition, it is involved in an arbitration proceeding on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy against Toll Collect concerning the enforcement of claims for damages and penalties for the late commissioning of the truck toll system introduced in 2003. The group also assisted blood transfusion service DRK Nord-Ost with a merger control procedure which, among other things, concerns an already conducted procurement procedure and the obligation to tender.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH primarily handles projects, with the services ‘going beyond pure legal advice into the areas of communications and strategy consulting’ and spanning several areas of practice. This ‘pragmatic, targeted and solution-oriented approach’ is highly valued by clients. The 14-lawyer group mainly covers the construction, infrastructure, transport, health, IT and public services sectors. Of particular note are the ‘very committed, decisive and strong negotiators’ Essen-based Achim Meier and Henner-Matthias Puppel, who ‘both have excellent expertise, a strategic vision in their advice and a strong network and industry knowledge in the healthcare sector’. Together with practice head Ulf-Dieter Pape, Puppel defended the Hesse state-owned construction and real estate company against a complaint and represented the client in a bid procedure for the police headquarter of Southeast Hesse in Offenbach.

Procurement law at Menold Bezler is mainly handled by Stuttgart-based practice heads Beatrice Fabry and Frank Meininger, while Karsten Kayser and Martin Ott are also key figures of the team. The group predominantly advises public clients and their service partners in Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria on construction, transport and energy projects. A new highlight is providing procurement and contractual assistance to the Klinikverbund Südwest concerning the construction of the Flugfeldklinik Sindelfingen clinic, while the city of Karlsruhe is a client for the pan-European award procedure for the "Stadion am Wildpark" project. The group also advises Bw Fuhrpark Service / DB Fuhrpark Service on the re-tendering of all framework contracts for vehicle procurement and assists a Baden-Württemberg district with tendering all municipal waste management service contracts, which will result in about 30 procurement procedures.

In the area of public procurement, RWP Rechtsanwälte offers a ‘very good consulting level with reasonable processing times and value for money’. The group, which is led by Clemens Antweiler, is particularly experienced in handling traffic, infrastructure planning and IT procurements. He advises the German subsidiary of an international real estate developer on the investor selection process for the construction of a hotel and office complex worth €180m. On the contentious side, Antweiler represents a federal state’s public transport services company in an abuse complaint, which refers to the admissibility of a direct award of public transport services to an internal operator. Pascale Liebschwager, who advises a university on the preparation of a Europe-wide tender for a construction project, has ‘great expertise in public procurement law’.

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Press Releases in Germany

The latest news direct from law firms. If you would like to submit press releases for your firm, send an email request to