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Dr Wolfram Distler

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Finance and Projects


Dr Wolfram Distler has broad experience in the financing sector and a market leading position in advising on corporate financings. He advises in particular both German and international financiers and borrowers on acquisition financings, take-over financings, syndicated corporate loans, project financings, financings of public private partnerships (PPPs), real estate financings, export financings and tax structured financings.

Germany: Industry focus


Within: Energy

Best known for handling regulatory, contract and commercial expertise in the energy sector, DLA Piper also handles transactions and project financing. The Frankfurt-based Wolfram Distler is the name to note for the last-mentioned area, while Cologne-based Michael Cieslarczyk leads the energy practice. The latter advised Energetický a průmyslový for the first time concerning the acquisition of stakes in Gas Connect Austria. Another one of his highlight instructions was assisting Fluxys TENP and terranets bw with separate complaint procedures against the federal grid agency Bundesnetzagentur’s resolutions to charge a redistribution levy and to change the network development plan. Trianel is another client. Michael Burg and one associate left for PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal AG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft) in January 2017.

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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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