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Baker McKenzie's Public Law Practice Group in Germany




Dr. Susanne Mertens LL.M. | People | Baker McKenzie

Dr. Susanne Mertens is a member of the Public Law Practice Group in the Berlin office. She is renowned for her focus on public procurement law and, since 2009, has been recommended several times in JUVE Handbuch Wirtschaftskanzleien.


Dr. Susanne Mertens LL.M. | People | Baker McKenzie

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Dr. Susanne Mertens LL.M. | People | Baker McKenzie

  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Baurecht e.V. - Member
  • Deutsches Vergabenetzwerk (DVNW) - Member
  • ARGE Vergaberecht im DAV - Member
  • Deutscher Baugerichtstag e.V. - Member
  • Berlin-Brandenburger Baurechtstag e.V. - Member
  • University of Wuppertal (Bergische Universität Wuppertal) - Lecturer for Public Law and Private Real Estate Law master's course for REM + CPM


Dr. Susanne Mertens LL.M. | People | Baker McKenzie

  • (Attorney specializing in Public Procurement Law) (2017)
  • Fachanwalt für Bau- und Architektenrecht (Attorney Specializing in Information Technology Law) (2013)
  • Fachanwältin für Informationstechnologierecht (Attorney Specializing in Construction & Architecture Law) (2010)
  • Humboldt University of Berlin (Dr. iur.) (2004)
  • Higher Regional Court, Berlin (Assessor Exam) (2000)
  • University College Dublin (LL.M.) (1998)
  • University of Passau (Referendar Exam) (1997)

Germany: Public sector

Planning and environment

Within: Planning and environment

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.

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Public procurement

Within: Public procurement

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.

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Germany: Real estate and construction

Construction (including construction litigation)

Within: Construction (including construction litigation)

With offices in Berlin and Frankfurt, Baker McKenzie’s team has a strong profile for infrastructure and plant engineering work. Susanne Mertens and counsel Stephan Götze continue to act for Berlin Brandenburg Airport in damage claim proceedings and contentious contract supplement matters, while also advising several regional organisations on refugee accommodation issues. In Frankfurt, Jürgen Schramke, Jörg Risse and Ragnar Harbst have been representing a technology company in a number of arbitration and litigation proceedings, including complex plant engineering and cross-border elements, amounting to several billion euros.

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