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Dr Ludger Giesberts

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Dr Ludger Giesberts advises companies, financial institutions, commercial associations, public authorities and governments on all matters regarding the environment, EU, aviation, planning, privatisation, PPP and export control matters.He has represented companies before the European Court of Justice, as well as industry companies and ministries before the ECJ. He has also worked on a number of German and international airport privatisations. Moreover, Ludger advises on privatisations/PPP of city works and public utilities as well as financing of infrastructure facilities. Ludger's experience ranges from supporting airlines on night flight, noise protection and slot distribution matters to advising on all regulatory areas of aviation (airport charges, ground handling, planning, EU law, low cost, state aid). His work also covers representation of companies from the chemical and energy sector as well as the public utilities side relating to environmental law. Ludger heads the German Litigation & Regulatory group of DLA Piper.

Germany: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

DLA Piper frequently represents clients in insolvency and D&O disputes. Thomas Gädtke, who focuses on the aforementioned areas, successfully acted for two former board members of an insolvent company in litigation concerning alleged board liability. He also represented a former board member of a market research institute in a board liability case regarding an alleged breach of organisational duties. Practice head Ludger Giesberts and Frank Roth are also noted. Sebastian Schneider was made up to counsel. Former counsel Jan Bunnemann left the firm to found Fey Hill Bunnemann, which focuses on energy and insolvency law.

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Germany: Insurance

Advice to insurers

Within: Advice to insurers

DLA Piper stands out for its ‘substantial expertise, quick response times and a good understanding of economic interrelations’. As well as its corporate and insurance supervisory law expertise, the team is also well versed in handling pension and life insurance matters alongside product design work, and has recently expanded its compliance offering. The ‘solution-oriented’ Jan Eltzschig assisted Basler Versicherungen with the sale of its stake in Deutsche Ring Bausparkasse to Bawag Group and Gunne Bähr, who is noted for his ‘extensive industry knowledge’, provides regular advice to Aviva on life insurance matters. Ludger Giesberts heads the team, which also includes Volker Lemmer, who was appointed counsel.

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Germany: Public sector


Within: PPP

Ludger Giesberts is the central contact for PPP projects at DLA Piper and his clients include companies, financial institutions and authorities. The team’s range of expertise includes representing clients in sector-related litigation and advising on award procedures as well as construction, corporate and regulatory issues. Guido Kleve specialises in port and aviation law; he recently assisted Delta Port with the financing of infrastructure for inland ports, and represented Frankfurt-Hahn Airport in litigation against a freight handler. British Airways, KölnBonn Airport and Wisag Aviation Service are also clients. The ‘client-oriented’ Thilo Streit is also active and ‘has good contacts’ in the sector.

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Planning and environment

Within: Planning and environment

In addition to its traditional focus on product law, DLA Piper’s Cologne-based group is also active in planning law instructions, transactions and infrastructure projects as well as related environmental and planning law issues. Ludger Giesberts advised Nicopure Labs on product-related environmental law matters and European tobacco regulation as well as on waste and packaging law in connection with e-liquids for electronic cigarettes. Guido Kleve acts for authorities and companies on regulatory issues, and is particularly active in the areas of port and aviation, subsidy and state aid matters as well as energy and environmental law. Other clients include BASF, the European Chemicals Agency and James Hardie Industries.

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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

    - DLA Piper UK LLP

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