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

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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 JĂĽrgen 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 KnĂĽtel 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 PĂĽstow 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 PĂĽstow assists the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure with the preparation and implementation of the car toll tender procedure.

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