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    • Klaus Eschenbruch - Kapellmann und Partner
    • Marc Oliver Hilgers - Leinemann & Partner
    • Martin Krause - CMS
    • Werner Langen - Kapellmann und Partner
    • Ralf Leinemann - Leinemann & Partner
    • Burkhard Messerschmidt - Redeker Sellner Dahs
    • Rainer Schilling - SMNG Rechtsanwälte
    • Thomas Thierau - Redeker Sellner Dahs

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CMS’ ‘leading’ practice gives ‘timely advice on complex construction law matters’ with a focus on large-scale international energy projects, including the construction of plants, power stations, wind farms and solar parks. The team assisted EnBW with a construction project to link foundations and wind turbines together at Hohe See wind farm. It also advised WIRCON on the construction of a large solar park in Denmark and negotiated numerous construction and joint venture contracts for Outlet Centres International. The team provides ‘professional representation in disputes’, where it recently acted in arbitration for a Spanish energy company surrounding the construction period and addenda for a gas turbine facility. Martin Krause, Andreas J Roquette and Nicolai Ritter are the key figures.

Kapellmann und Partner shows ‘a strong, hands-on mentality’ and ‘high client orientation’. The ‘well-coordinated’ practice is highly visible in the energy and infrastructure sectors. It also continues to advise on large-scale projects, such as the HafenCity urban mixed-use project in Hamburg and the Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport. Recent energy sector work includes handling new wind farm projects for Nordsee One and Trianel; Ralf Steding and Martin Wittemeier are recommended for their ‘good knowledge of the offshore market’. Werner Langen recently advised Koelnmesse on renovations and the construction of exhibition halls. Another client is Karlsruher SC, which is being advised on the demolition and new construction of its football stadium.

Construction and public procurement firm Leinemann & Partner focuses on infrastructure, building construction and offshore wind farms. It assisted new client Leoni Kabel with the contract design and new construction of the Fabrik der Zukunft in Roth. P Anush Rienau regularly acts for Arge Hafentunnel Bremerhaven, being built by Züblin and Hochtief. Ralf Leinemann has been representing a Dutch energy company in a construction-related arbitration, while Armin Preussler has been acting for BASF in a damage claims case. Marc Oliver Hilgers is recommended and Thomas Maibaum joined from SNP Schlawien Partnerschaft MBB.

Redeker Sellner Dahs continues to advise public institutions and private companies. Burkhard Messerschmidt, who is also active as an arbitrator, has been advising a large German infrastructure company on extensive change orders during the construction of an electronic interlocking system. The practice has many clients in the power plant and wind farm industries, such as a blast furnace construction company which it is advising regarding the construction of a gas power plant in Saudi Arabia. The hotel sector is another busy area, where Thomas Thierau is advising an international group on four new hotels. Alexander Leidig and Lars Klein were promoted to partner.

AGS Legal focuses on construction law disputes in the context of project developments in plant construction and infrastructure. It has expertise in enforcing and defending against claims, as well as handling claims management as part of project support and has experience across a variety of alternative dispute resolution methods. Wendelin Acker and Burkard Lotz jointly lead the practice, which focuses on renewable energy but also the construction of data centres. Sigrid Roskosny and Peer Feldhahn are advising a plant construction company regarding an offshore project and Dietmar Lampe has been defending DB Station&Service in proceedings concerning Siegburg/Bonn railway station. Other work included acting for ReGe Hamburg regarding the reorganisation of the Elbphilharmonie concert hall.

Arnecke Sibeth primarily advises contracting authorities during the development, planning and execution of projects. A new client is SIGNA, which the team has been regarding the construction of the Mall of Ku’damm in Berlin and the conversion of the Alte Akademie in Munich for mixed use. The team is also advising on general contractor agreements pertaining to a large European logistics centre. Practice head Maximilian Gutsche is ‘quick and precise’ and managing partner Thomas Richter is ‘unparalleled in legal project management and partnership construction’; Steffen Holatka, Simon Kopp and Eva Mäschle were promoted to salary partners.

Graf von Westphalen’s construction team includes ‘proven experts’. The ‘eloquent’ Robert Theissen has been advising new client Euromicron on various large-scale projects, including the Eurotowers in Frankfurt and the BV Bühnen in Cologne. A regular client is Union Investment regarding construction projects, such as the RiemArcaden in Munich and the DomAquarée Berlin. The ‘outstanding’ Thomas Senff advised Bilfinger on the Hochtaunuskliniken project, in which an extraordinary termination had to be enforced. Lutz Leonard Lamprecht and Johannes Schuhmann were promoted to partners; Lorenz Czajka leads the practice.

The ‘highly competent’ team at Lutz | Abel Rechtsanwalts GmbH focuses on infrastructure projects, including PPPs and railway, tunnel and building construction. It is advising the general contractor and Arge Tunnel Widderstall on the Ulm-Wendlingen high-speed rail line project. Road-related work includes Wolfgang Abel, the ‘pragmatic’ Michael T. Stoll and Robert Castor advising the working group on construction of the A94 Isental highway. Other names to note are recently promoted partner Sebastian Schwartz, who focuses on construction litigation, and Michael Bihler, who joined from KNH Rechtsanwälte’s recently closed Munich office and is an expert in advising public contracting authorities.

Noerr is mainly active in plant construction and project development in the CEE region, as well as handling contentious matters; clients note that the firm is capable of ‘avoiding court cases by providing good advice’. The team is currently handling an arbitration for an international plant construction company surrounding the enforcement of repayment claims relating to a chemicals plant. Another client is a leading lighting company regarding the construction of an LED factory in Malaysia. Stefan Weise is the key name to note along with recently promoted partner Volker Bock, who is also an ‘experienced’ figure.

An established firm in construction, public procurement and real estate law, SMNG Rechtsanwälte is active in building construction projects across the retail, office, hotels, logistics and residential segments, as well as in infrastructure. Recent work includes advising an investor regarding a large mixed-use building project in Bremen, as well as acting for an international manufacturer of property facades on building contracts and their implementation in London, Malmö and Copenhagen. Clients in contentious matters include plant constructors, facade planners and contracting authorities, as well as architecture and engineering firms. Firm founder Rainer Schilling is recommended.

Baker McKenzie’s construction team is noted for its ‘result-driven and precise analysis’, as well as ‘quick response times’. New mandates included advising several state-owned institutions on construction, contract and architectural law matters with regards to the influx of refugees. Practice head Jürgen Schramke focuses on contentious cases and counsel Stephan Götze, who is co-head of the group, has been acting for a US technology company in the construction of data centres in Germany and the US. Susanne Mertens is also recommended.

Bornheim und Partner covers private and public construction law, plant construction, architecture and engineering law and PPP projects. The spectrum of expertise stretches from shopping centres and office buildings to stadiums, clinics and technical facilities. Helmerich Bornheim is the key figure.

Breyer Rechtsanwälte exclusively covers construction, public procurement and real estate law, with a focus on large-scale projects in southern Germany. Daniel Junk has been providing comprehensive construction law advice for the national garden show in Heilbronn. Newly promoted partner Angelika Frohwein is representing the University Clinic in Ulm in several legal proceedings arising from construction of the surgical ward. Other clients include Ed. Züblin, Strabag and TÜV Süd.

Boutique CBH Rechtsanwälte Cornelius, Bartenbach, Haesemann & Partner assists contracting authorities, architects and developers with the planning and execution of projects. It provides ‘multidisciplinary and independent advice’ and is ‘regionally very well connected with public decision makers’. Manfred Haesemann is ‘one of the top construction lawyers in Cologne’ and Markus Vogelheim is ‘result-driven’. Nils Mrazek has been acting for a large German construction company as a new client on the construction and renovation of several establishments. The firm also advises regional city authorities on the construction and refurbishment of public buildings.

At Clifford Chance, private construction law expert Stefan Löchner heads the practice together with Michael JR Kremer, who focuses on plant construction. The firm assisted a large German technology company with the implementation of converter platforms for several offshore clusters and advised Bayer on a new factory. AEW Europe and Art Invest are regular clients.

The project development specialists at FPS include certified specialist lawyers for construction and architecture law. In Munich, Florian Wiesner advised Freo Projektentwicklung on the refurbishment of Bahnhofsplatz 1 and Jörg Kadesch acted for GEG German Estate Group on the Neue Pasinger Mitte development. The team in Hamburg has been busy advising six regional residential construction and project development companies.

GSK Stockmann’s newly established projects and public sector practice group has construction law expertise that focuses on residential real estate and the energy sector; the team was bolstered by the arrival of Stefan Geiger as local partner from Stenger LLP Rechtsanwälte. In recent work, Jan Kehrberg advised HoWoGe Wohnungsbau on the Elisabeth Aue development project, totalling 5,000 apartments. Oda Wedemeyer, who is ‘client-oriented with an ability for problem-solving’, has been acting for Turbo Sol PE2 to enforce guarantee claims in plant construction. The ‘highly qualified’ Bernhard Laas and ‘strong negotiator’ Dirk Brückner are also recommended.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek’s ‘very knowledgeable, well-connected and reliable team’ focuses on project management. Armin Freiherr von Grießenbeck handles several project developments in the HafenCity urban regeneration in Hamburg, such as the construction of Campus Futura. The firm is defending JadeWeserPort against construction-related claims. Carsten Schrader and the ‘solution- and client-oriented’ Carsten Wagner advised HVZ on the refurbishment of the HVB towers in Munich. Stephan Freund leads the practice.

Hogan Lovells International LLP focuses on plant construction, energy and infrastructure matters; it has expertise in ongoing projects, claims managements and other disputes. Clients note the firm’s strength in ‘complex contractual matters with technical requirements’ and appreciate its ‘international network between the lawyers and important stakeholders’. Practice head Ulrich Helm and ‘strategist’ Tobias Faber have ‘deep expertise’ in plant construction. Clients include Merkur Offshore and Talanx.

At Loschelder, Jürgen Lauer covers architectural law, Andreas Fink focuses on plant construction, with Walter Klein and Mirko Ehrich covering architects’ and engineers’ liability; Ehrich also has expertise in construction insolvency. The firm has been acting for Bilfinger in a contentious matter regarding Düsseldorf Airport and assisting Zurich with defending insured architects and engineers against claims relating to several large German building projects.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH focuses on hospital projects but also covers categories as varied as power plants, trade fairs and residential apartments. Henner-Matthias Puppel is acting for Hochtaunus-Kliniken in two PPP projects and related legal proceedings. Practice head Achim Meier has been advising Messe Essen on its new building. Project development expert Gerd-Ulrich Kapteina, who is a former Düsseldorf administrative court judge, and construction planning lawyer Martin Fleckenstein were hired from Sammlerusinger Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB; Helmut Miernik also joined from an in-house role at Bilfinger.

With ‘sound construction law expertise’, Orth Kluth Rechtsanwälte advises contracting authorities on project developments, plant construction and litigation, with notable expertise in architects’ and engineers’ liability. Key figure Gary Klaft assisted Keller Grundbau with the enforcement of claims relating to specialist foundation engineering services to build wind turbines. Other clients include 6B47 Real Estate Investors and Buchner Bründler Architekten.

At boutique Stassen LLP Rechtsanwälte und Notare, Dieter Stassen, Florian Diestelmann and Uwe Mehlitz are particularly active in private construction law and counsel Joachim Crewett covers public construction law. The firm advised a large German bank regarding the refurbishment of its headquarters, regularly represents ZBI Zentral Boden Immobilien in contentious matters and continues to act for the contracting authority in the reconstruction of the Berlin City Palace.

Taylor Wessing almost exclusively focuses on industrial and maritime plant construction, increasingly including offshore wind farms, energy plants and oil and gas projects at sea. The team advised an international logistics provider on an EPC contract for the construction of a fully automated distribution centre in Dubai. It also advises on contract management and handles arbitrations. Michael Baumhauer heads the practice, which notably includes lawyer and qualified engineer Martin Launer. Janina Pochhammer, Christine Weyand and Sebastian Gärtner were promoted to partners.

Zirngibl is active in private construction law, particularly in building construction for companies, architects, engineers and project controllers. The team around Lars Adler and Andreas Dingler advised various German clinics on construction law matters. Patrick Gasch assisted several project development companies with contract design, during construction and in disputes.

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