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Berlin, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Munich

Prof Dr Dirk Uwer

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Hengeler Mueller

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Public Law, Regulatory; Compliance, Crisis Management and Investigations; White Collar; Dispute Resolution; Life Sciences and Health Care.


Dirk has a broad public law practice with a particular focus on regulated industries, including: energy regulation and climate change; M&A transactions and restructurings in the energy sector; infrastructure projects; health care/life sciences (pharmaceuticals and medical devices regulation, regulatory data protection, reimbursements, statutory health insurance); compliance; data privacy and white collar.


Lecturer, Trier University, 1994-97; joined Hengeler Mueller in 1999; secondment to London law firm 2001-02; partner since 2006; honorary professor and lecturer Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University, Freie Universität Berlin and Technische Universität Berlin.


Member of the Board, Düsseldorf Bar Council; Member of the Advisory Board, University of St. Gallen Law School.


PhD (Dr iur), master’s degrees in Public Administration (Mag rer publ) and European Law (LLM).



Within: Compliance

Hengeler Mueller has great expertise in advising on compliance violations, for example fraud, corruption, insider trading and market manipulation, but also insolvency offences, regulatory violations and sanctions violations. The firm works closely with other practice groups on regular cross-border instructions, and is active across a wide range of industry sectors. Vera Jungkind advises on the data protection obligations of a Department of Justice monitor under German law, while corporate law expert Maximilan Schiessl was instructed by a DAX 30 company to assist the supervisory board with antitrust allegations and with the compliance structure. In addition, Wolfgang Spoerr advises a number of banks on various issues and assisted, together with Jan Bonhage, Nord Stream 2 AG with questions pertaining to US sanctions and foreign trade law. Dirk Uwer is also recommended.

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Germany: Compliance

Internal investigations

Within: Internal investigations

Hengeler Mueller’s practice combines expertise in the areas of compliance, internal investigations and white-collar crime; it also works closely with other areas, such as criminal procedural law, corporate, antitrust, data protection and insolvency law. It is conducting internal and external investigations for the Robert Bosch group globally in connection with the alleged manipulation of nitrogen oxide emissions from diesel vehicles. In addition, Hans-Jörg Niemeyer’s team recently successfully completed the representation of Calsonic Kansei; following the EU Commission’s antitrust investigation, the firm defended claims for damages. Daniel Weiß assisted an international retail group with investigating suspected fraud. The group was strengthened at the senior associate level: Ralf Christian van Ermingen-Marbach, who has expertise in white-collar crime and internal investigations, joined from the Düsseldorf public prosecutor’s office. Dirk Uwer and Wolfgang Spoerr also deserve special mention.

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Germany: Industry focus


Within: Energy

Hengeler Mueller offers a multifaceted spectrum of energy law advice with its 14-partner strong team, which covers regulatory matters, disputes and M&A projects, joint ventures and financing. From its Berlin office, the practice often handles projects in the renewable energy sector. Dirk Uwer assisted Centrica with the establishment of joint ventures with Bayerngas Norge in the area of exploration and extraction of crude oil and natural gas, while John Flüh and Nicolas Böhm acted as lead counsel for 50Hertz Transmission on the 20% acquisition of shares by State Grid of China. In other work, Thomas Meuerer and Andreas Austmann advised innogy on the merger of its British distribution business with SSE’s retail energy and ‘energy plus’ business for the creation of an independent energy distribution company. In the contentious space, highlights included representing DB Energie in the pursuit of repayment claims and claims to future adjustments of long-term power supply contracts with a large energy provider. Sebastian Schneider was promoted to partner at the start of 2018.

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Healthcare and life sciences

Within: Healthcare and life sciences

Hengeler Mueller expanded its healthcare practice with significant growth at associate level. The firm frequently handles transactional matters, but also has considerable expertise in regulatory and compliance issues. Recent highlights include Dirk Uwer representing AOK Bayern in several social law disputes concerning fundamental legal questions in the area of GP-centred care, including two appeal trials at the Federal Social Court, and the firm’s advice to Oaktree Capital Management on the acquisition of nursing home operator Vitanas, which was led by social security expert Wolfgang Spoerr and corporate lawyers Annika Clauss and Peter Weyland. Counsel Susan Kempe-Müller demonstrated her advertising law expertise in her advice to Euro Diagnostica regarding medical device advertising. Other clients include GlaxoSmithKline, Lilly Deutschland and Bioscientia Institut für Medizinische Diagnostik.

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Germany: Public sector

Planning and environment

Within: Planning and environment

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

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