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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
    • Christoph Moench - Gleiss Lutz
    • Herbert Posser - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    • Olaf Reidt - Redeker Sellner Dahs
    • Wolf Spieth - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    • Fritz von Hammerstein - CMS
    • Benedikt Wolfers - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

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Dolde Mayen & Partner’s market-leading practice is particularly visible in the energy sector; it continues to represent energy provider EnBW in claims for damages proceedings against the state of Baden-Württemberg and the Federal Republic of Germany regarding nuclear power plant decommissioning as part of Germany’s nuclear phase-out. On the non-contentious side, the team has been busy advising on new legislation, such as assisting several districts with the obligation to collect organic waste separately. Planning law matters included advising several transmission systems operators on approval proceedings for very high-voltage lines; the aviation sector is another key area, one in which the team advises on night flight bans and runway construction approvals. Markus Deutsch, Klaus-Peter Dolde and Bernd Schieferdecker are recommended.

A particular highlight for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has been advising Volkswagen on the emissions scandal; the global recall of diesel vehicles required a cross-border team, covering all regulatory and product law issues. Other large projects for the team included advising Vattenfall on divesting its brown coal and water power divisions, involving numerous mining and environmental issues. The team regularly handles contentious energy sector matters, recently acting for RWE in a constitutional complaint against the Federal Republic of Germany regarding its nuclear phase-out without compensation. Herbert Posser regularly acts for large energy providers; Benedikt Wolfers is also recommended along with Wolf Spieth, who has a focus on low-carbon energy. Wolfers and Stephan Denk are among the leaders of the firm’s pan-European practice.

Gleiss Lutz’s ‘confident and service-oriented’ team features the highly regarded Christoph Moench, Burghard Hildebrandt, Clemens Weidemann and Michael Uechtritz. It has strong planning and project development expertise, where recent work includes advising Amprion on a very high-voltage line project. The practice benefits from the increased demand for advice in the automotive sector and won a foreign car manufacturer as a client who sought advice on diesel vehicle emission data verifications. It also handled a large number of constitutional appeals and regularly renders transactional environment advice. Jacob von Andreae is now a partner.

Noerr covers an impressive range of topics, including a number of groundbreaking matters. The team drafted a study on a potential aviation industry emission trading scheme for the European Commission, while the Federal Ministry of Traffic and Digital Infrastructure received advice on subsidies for electronic mobility solutions. The majority of planning law matters relates to wind farms, where the team acts for several regional authorities. Practice head Holger Schmitz is recommended along with Martin Geipel, Robert Matthes, Martin Ahlhaus, Peter Bachmann and Christof Federwisch. Fabian Raddatz has been promoted to partner.

Recent work for CMS includes advising on a wide range of contamination, soil and water protection matters. A highlight has been acting for an aluminium manufacturer in contamination investigations at one of its sites. Planning approval procedures are another area of strength – the team often works for Verbund Innkraftwerke and also advised builder Femern on one of Europe’s largest infrastructure projects, the Fehmarnbelt fixed crossing between Denmark and Germany. Contentious work included acting for an industrial group in taking legal action against a decontamination order. ‘Excellent adviser’ Fritz von Hammerstein heads the team, which includes Ursula Steinkemper and Dirk Rodewoldt.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH provides ‘quick, practical and target-oriented advice’. It acts for an impressive number of well-known steel and paper manufacturers but also advises companies and associations from other industries. The team’s increased focus on nuclear energy recently resulted in new client wins from the industry. Emission trading issues are another area of strength. The highly regarded Stefan Altenschmidt is ‘always fully informed’ and has a particular focus on emission trading and control legislation; he is recommended along with Claudia Schoppen. Stefan Kobes has particular expertise in urban developments.

Redeker Sellner Dahs provides ‘quick, service-oriented and competent’ advice on a wide range of contentious matters, with clients including industry associations and public authorities. The team regularly represents clients before the Federal Constitutional Court, including defending the city of Hamburg against actions brought by environmental organisations regarding the river Elbe deepening project, Europe’s largest water traffic construction project. Gernot Schiller, who has ‘a good grasp of commercial aspects, coupled with legal excellence’, is recommended along with Olaf Reidt and Tobias Masing, who has a focus on planning and aviation security law.

Waste law matters is a key focus of avocado rechtsanwälte, which regularly advises waste management companies on commercial waste ordinance issues as well as on recyclable material and electronics laws. Companies from the raw material and scrap iron sectors are also clients. A mining operator received advice on groundwater decontamination contracts. Companies from waste-producing industries also regularly receive advice, an area of focus for Ralf Kaminski and Markus Figgen, who both also assist universities such as RWTH Aachen with waste and installation authorisation law matters; Thomas Gerhold is an expert in the latter.

Baker McKenzie regularly advises global companies on supply chain issues, an area in which it can leverage its international network. Ulrich Ellinghaus has particular expertise in product-related advice and regularly acts for Hewlett-Packard. Environmental law is a focus area for Joachim Scherer and Frank-Rainer Töpfer, who advised Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania’s energy ministry on two planning approval procedures regarding offshore wind farm connections.

Baumeister, Rechtsanwälte is highly specialised in construction, planning and environmental law and regularly acts for companies in urban land-use planning and construction approval proceedings regarding industrial plants. Contentious work included successfully representing Lörmecke-Wasserwerk in proceedings against a stone quarrying company, which wrongly received approval of a site expansion. Georg Hünnekens, Andreas Kersting and Martin Beckmann are recommended.

Boutique firm Gaßner, Groth, Siederer & Coll. covers an impressive range of environmental matters, with a particular focus on water law. The team furnished an opinion for the state of Brandenburg’s environment ministry on the operation of pumping stations by river maintenance associations. Hartmut Gaßner is well regarded as an expert in waste as well as climate change law; he is recommended along with Thomas Reif and Klaus-Martin Groth, who advises on environment, energy and construction law matters.

Hengeler Mueller is recommended for transactional advice and environmental aspects of real estate. It advised DONG Energy on selling its 50% stake in Gode Wind 1 offshore wind farm to Global Infrastructure Partners and assisted Magna International with soil and groundwater monitoring issues. Jan Bonhage and Wolfgang Spoerr are recommended along with Thomas Schmidt-Kötters, who focuses on product-related advice.

With a construction sector focus, Lenz und Johlen regularly acts for retailers on site issues and advises builders on urban construction projects. Sidol received advice on the conversion of its former industrial site to a residential quarter. The team covers a broad range of matters, among them advising a pharmaceuticals company on the handling of radioactive medical products and assisting a number of mid-cap companies with flood plain demarcations. The team has seen an increase in wind farm work. Christian Giesecke and the ‘constructive and technically brilliant’ Inga Schwertner are recommended.

White & Case LLP provides ‘an impressive level of service’, mainly in the context of transactions. Standalone work included advising 50Hertz on new grid expansion legislation in relation to high-voltage line construction projects. Other work included advising the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety on subsidies for regional climate protection projects. Norbert Wimmer is able to ‘reduce complex legal concepts to their essence and negotiate outcomes that meet the requirements of all participants’. Henning Berger is also recommended.

Brandi Rechtsanwälte is well regarded for its ‘swift and incredibly practical advice’. It acts for a number of major manufacturers, among them Südzucker, which received advice on setting up a new site. The team also regularly advises a radioactive waste disposal company. ‘Well-connected’ practice head Martin Dippel has ‘outstanding practical acumen’. Nils Gronemeyer is also recommended.

CBH Rechtsanwälte Cornelius, Bartenbach, Haesemann & Partner is a great choice for advice on construction and infrastructure matters. It advised aurelis Real Estate on a freight depot conversion and the Federal Network Agency on grid expansion matters. Energy law is a particular focus of the team, which regularly acts for providers such as E.ON. Jochen Hentschel is a water law expert, Stefan Rappen has ‘comprehensive knowledge’ and Manfred Haesemann ‘argues effectively’.

DLA Piper acts for a sizeable number of international corporations in relation to product safety matters and recalls. An automotive supplier received advice on the potential recall of vehicles, a matter led by Ludger Giesberts, who is head of the firm’s litigation and regulatory practice. The public affairs department is able to bring to bear expertise in legal frameworks and includes recently recruited of counsel Jürgen Roters, who is a former mayor of Cologne.

GSK Stockmann has ‘excellent subject matter knowledge’ with a focus on real estate and infrastructure matters; it advised DB Station&Service on the new construction of Munich’s main train station. Andreas Geiger is recommended along with Jan Hennig and the ‘assertive’ Wolfgang Würfel, who led on several urban construction projects. Frank-Florian Seifert has been promoted to partner.

Graf von Westphalen’s team has increased its infrastructure sector focus. It advised the state of Schleswig-Holstein’s Landesbetrieb Straßenbau und Verkehr on several major motorway projects, including representation in contentious matters. ‘Experienced and competent negotiator’ Sigrid Wienhues is recommended along with Alexander von Aretin, Ronald Steiling and of counsel lawyers Werner Schnappauf and Gerald Hennenhöfer.

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s advice is ‘targeted and shows detailed subject matter knowledge’. Thomas Dünchheim has a focus on municipal law and policy consultation; he advised Sanifair on regulatory matters, federal building law and public law issues regarding the installation of rest rooms in train stations and shopping centres. The highly regarded Patrick Ayad and Sebastian Polly focus on product-related advice, an area where the team has been busy with advising car manufacturers on exhaust emissions. Bernhard Kuhn covers the gamut of environmental law. Norbert Heier has been promoted to partner.

Linklaters frequently advises on transactions as well as planning and approval procedures for large energy projects. The team assisted E.ON with its restructuring into two separate listed companies. Chemicals legislation and product-related environment law are other areas of expertise. Practice head Markus Appel has ‘deep subject matter knowledge’.

Taylor Wessing’s team is recommended for its ‘practical advice’, most notably to companies from the oil and gas or chemicals industries, often in relation to contamination, soil protection and emission control issues. Another strength is advice to retailers on project developments, a focus area for Dietmar Mampel and Roland Schmidt-Bleker. Torsten van Jeger has extensive renewable energy expertise. Dieter Lang is ‘well considered and reliable’. Christoph Janssen and Alexander Köpfler have been promoted to partner. Norbert Kämper heads the practice.

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