Firms To Watch: Energy

With the addition of a team led by Boris Scholtka in January 2024 (previously at Ernst & Young Law), Addleshaw Goddard strengthened its capacities in regulatory and antitrust law. The focus here is on renewable energies.
Kapellmann und Partner supports project developments in the areas of onshore and offshore wind, photovoltaics and hydropower. The team advises energy suppliers, grid operators, project developers, planning companies, plant engineers, municipalities, investors and energy-intensive companies.
With a focus on renewable energies, Oppenhoff advises domestic and foreign energy suppliers, grid operators, municipalities, investors and project developers on transactions, project financing and contract issues as well as approval and objection procedures.
With particular experience in the area of ​​heat generation, Schalast Law | Tax is frequently instructed by municipal energy suppliers, but also advises companies from other sectors and, in addition to supporting transactions, is particularly active in the context of regulatory, insolvency and antitrust disputes.
Hamburg boutique Köchling & Krahnefeld Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB specialises in public energy law and regularly acts at the interface between environmental, planning and construction law.

Energy in Germany


CMS comprehensively advises on M&A and regulatory matters, which was recently demonstrated in advising the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection on measures to support gas companies that are significant for market stability as well as assisting Iberdrola with the development of the 476th MW Baltic Eagle offshore wind farm project. The team also advises on topics pertaining to LNG terminals, hydrogen, e-mobility and photovoltaics. Practice head Ursula Steinkemper advises national and international companies as well as public institutions on public law with a focus on environmental and planning law; Fritz von Hammerstein complements  this with expertise in the mining sector. Competition law expert Rolf Hempel is another key contact and regularly represents clients in administrative and appeal procedures.

Practice head(s):

Ursula Steinkemper

Other key lawyers:

Cosima von Rechteren; Christian Haellmigk; Shaghayegh Smousavi; Fritz von Hammerstein; Holger Kraft; Rolf Hempel; Friedrich von Burchard; Jochen Lamb


‘CMS offers individual solutions for various matters in energy law. The focus here is on completing tasks quickly and competently, with a comprehensive risk check being carried out.’

‘Shaghayegh Smousavi has extensive knowledge of energy law, particularly network charges and surcharges, and keeps track of the latest developments in this area and offers comprehensive advice on this.’

‘Seamless integration of the different practice groups and 100% reliability. Excellent team players, progressive management of one’s own carbon footprint, which is becoming increasingly important for us.’

Key clients

50Hertz Transmission GmbH

Aquila Capital

bayernets GmbH

Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz (BMWK)

Donaukraftwerk Jochenstein AG

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG

EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg

Hanseatic Energy Hub (HEH)


Mainova AG

NeuConnect Britain Limited c/o Fulcrum

Northland Power Inc

ONE-Dyas B.V.

Open Grid Europe (OGE)

RWE Supply & Trading GmbH

Siemens Project Ventures

terranets bw

Thyssengas GmbH

Trading Hub Europe GmbH


Work highlights

  • Advising the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK) on the stabilization of Uniper SE through the acquisition of a majority stake by the federal government in Uniper SE through a capital increase of €8 billion, the acquisition of the share package worth around €500 million held by the former majority shareholder Fortum and the creation of an authorized capital of €25 billion.

  • Environmental and planning law advice to RWE Supply & Trading GmbH on the planning of the LNG FSRU terminal in Brunsbüttel. Advice in particular on the emissions control approval procedures for the FSRU as well as in connection with the planning procedure for the expansion of the Brunsbüttel Elbe port as well as in other approval procedures for the project.

  • Advising Iberdrola on the development of the Baltic Eagle offshore wind farm project in the Baltic Sea.

Gleiss Lutz

Gleiss Lutz full-service approach offers national energy companies, investors and the public sector expertise in topics pertaining to offshore wind, PV, hydrogen, e-mobility and infrastructure. Cornelia Topf, who is well versed in M&A matters, and public law expert Jacob von Andreae jointly head the team. Most recent instructions include matters pertaining to the energy crisis, such as gas supply shortfalls and energy price caps as well as project work in the energy storage and green hydrogen sectors. Associate Lisa Kappler is experienced in public commercial law and recently assisted with M&A transactions as well as matters pertaining to the Supply Chain Due Diligence Act and ESG-related compliance as well as the implementation and enforcement of energy price caps.

Practice head(s):

Cornelia Topf; Jacob von Andreae

Other key lawyers:

Burghard Hildebrandt; Marc Ruttloff; Lisa Kappler


‘Excellent specialist knowledge and years of experience, very easy to contact and extremely pleasant to deal with.’

‘Burghard Hildebrandt is a proven expert in energy law, especially network issues such as planning and expansion, regulation and also public law matters.’

‘Very reliable and friendly contact; Exact implementation of requirements, professional appearance and comprehensive knowledge.’

Key clients

Steag GmbH

Lanxess AG

Norderland Naturstrom GmbH

Bezirksregierung Düsseldorf

DSM Nutritional Products

Amprion GmbH

RWE Generation SE

TotalEnergies Renewables SE

Bayer AG

BayWa AG und BayWa re

Forschungsinstitut für Kraftfahrwesen und Fahrzeugmotoren Stuttgart


Segro AG

NEOEN SA/Green Natural Capital

Alight AB

Land Baden-Württemberg

Kronos International / Kronos Titan

enercity Netz GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising STEAG and KSBG as lead counsel on the group-wide transformation and the sales process, in particular with regard to the negotiation of the necessary agreements with the financiers involved, the development and implementation of a restructuring plan, all corporate law measures to implement the transformation and the preparation and implementation of the sales process.

  • Advising a banking consortium consisting of Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB, ING DiBa, Deutsche Bank AG, Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale Bayerische Landesbank, Société Générale and BNP Paribas SA on the acquisition of a 24.9% share in TransnetBW GmbH the so-called Südwestkonsortium, consisting of 50 companies under the management of Sparkassenversicherung Holding AG.

  • Advising Lanxess in the billion-dollar dispute over the EEG surcharge pertaining to disk lease at the Chempark locations in Leverkusen, Dormagen and Uerdingen.

Hengeler Mueller

Hengeler Mueller‘s energy and natural resources team routinely cooperates with its other practices and international firms from the best friends network and comprehensively covers transactions and regulatory matters. Key competencies include the assistance with large infrastructure projects and disputes as well as advising on geopolitical influences such as the war in Ukraine; these are regularly called upon by financial investors, energy companies and transmission grid operators. Key contacts in the regulatory segment include Dirk Uwer, Jörg Meinzenbach and Daniel Zimmer, who are experienced in civil and public law proceedings in the gas and power supply sectors as well as in advising on infrastructure and grid projects. In the transaction area, Nicolas Böhm, Jens Wenzel and Sebastian Schneider focus on renewable energies. Moritz Rademacher (regulatory law) joined Kümmerlein at the beginning of 2024.

Other key lawyers:

Dirk Uwer; Jörg Meinzenbach; Nicolas Böhm; Jens Wenzel; Andreas Breier; Sebastian Schneider; Daniel Zimmer


Noerr's energy practice focuses on regulatory and contentious matters and advises federal and state ministries, investors, energy companies and suppliers as well as project developers. A recent highlight was advising the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection on the introduction of the energy price cap and gas price cap as part of a plan by the federal government. The team has additional expertise in matters pertaining to the renewable energies, on- and offshore wind, hydrogen, as well as e-mobility sectors; Christian Alexander Mayer is a key contact for ​mobility topics. Another mainstay are national and international transactions as well as financing, here, M&A experts Christoph Spiering and Tibor Fedke regularly take the lead. Katrin Andrä advises on corporate contract design and joined Christof Federwisch as practice co-head in early 2024; Federwisch previously headed the practice alone and focuses on large power generation and energy infrastructure projects, where he comprehensively advises international energy suppliers, investors and project developers on the entire lifecycle of a project, including acquisition and litigation. Key contact Cornelia Kermel is well versed in issues pertaining to concession procedures.

Practice head(s):

Christof Federwisch; Katrin Andrä

Other key lawyers:

Tibor Fedke; Cornelia Kermel; Holger Schmitz; Christoph Spiering; Martin Geipel; Christian Alexander Mayer; Anke Meier; Carsten Bringmann


‘Good specialist knowledge, flexible and quick response times.’

‘Practical; offer creative solutions and reliable contacts.’

‘Christian Alexander Mayer: Outstanding professional expertise and experience in advising the public sector – very flexible and always available for ad hoc inquiries.’

Key clients

Allego GmbH

Altice Group / Geodesia


EAM Netz GmbH






EWR Aktiengesellschaft


Foresight Group

Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz

Bundesministerium für Digitales und Verkehr


H2 Mobility

Hessische Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Energie, Verkehr und Wohnen

Iberdrola Renovables

Liwathon E.O.S

Mazda Motor Europe GmbH

Mer Germany GmbH

MET Holding AG

Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Innovation, Digitalisierung und Energie des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen


Nationale Leitstelle Ladeinfrastrukutr

Open Grid Europe

Orcan Energy AG

Plenium Partners


SAIC Motor Corporate Limited


SL Naturenergie Gruppe

Swisspower Renewables AG

Thüga AG

Veolia Group



Volta Charging

Work highlights

  • Advising the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection on the introduction of the energy price cap and the gas price cap introduced by the federal government.

  • Representing the Federal Republic of Germany in an ICSID arbitration against Austrian investors from the Strabag Group and in an ICSID arbitration against Irish investors.

  • Advising the Foresight Group on the design of a consortium with HH2E AG and HydrogenOne Capital Growth plc for the planning, construction and operation of a hydrogen plant.

A&O Shearman

A&O Shearman 's team focuses on energy-related transactions, while also covering various matters in the energy sector, such as plant and power plant construction and energy trading. Renewable energies are a core focus, here,practice head Nicolaus Ascherfeld advises at the corporate and M&A interface and assists international corporations, financial investors and companies with M&A and private equity transactions as well as joint ventures. He is supported by Max Landshut, who advises international clients on the entire project lifecycle, including equity structuring, regulatory frameworks and project contract drafting. Senior associate Alan Markgraf is a key contact for energy-related financing matters.

Practice head(s):

Nicolaus Ascherfeld

Other key lawyers:

Max Landshut; Rüdiger Klüber; Anna Masser; Udo Olgemöller; Alan Markgraf


‘A&O has very deep know-how in the project financing segment and, thanks to its global positioning, covers all jurisdictions relevant to us with predominantly its own capacities.’

‘Fantastic expertise with strong, experienced partners for almost every area. Very reassuring for clients carrying out complex transactions.’

‘Nicolaus Ascherfeld brings a wealth of experience as well as a calm and adaptable approach to complex transactions.’

Key clients

Uniper SE

Allianz Capital Partners, AIP Management, Norges Bank Investment Management

Fortescue Future Industries Pty Limited

Iberdrola S.A.

Électricité de France (EDF)

Hamburger Energiewerke (HEnW)

Uniper SE (Arbitration)

ILOS Projects GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising Uniper SE in connection with the €33 billion stabilization package agreed between Uniper, the federal government and Uniper’s former main shareholder Fortum Oyj.

  • Advising a consortium of infrastructure investors, consisting of Allianz Capital Partners, AIP Management and Norges Bank Investment Management, on the acquisition of 49.9% of the shares in the planned 960 MW He Dreiht offshore wind farm from EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG.

  • Advising Fortescue Future Industries on its joint venture with Tree Energy Solutions to develop the world’s largest integrated green hydrogen project and LNG terminal in Wilhelmshaven, Germany.

Becker Büttner Held, Rechtsanwälte Wirtschaftsprüfer Steuerberater

Boutique Becker Büttner Held, Rechtsanwälte Wirtschaftsprüfer Steuerberater focuses on the energy and infrastructure sectors and follows an interdisciplinary approach, thus covering related construction and real estate law issues. The core focus remains on regulatory topics, including the advice on grid access and merger control issues; Christian Theobald is a key contact for the latter two. Grid operators, municipalities and ministries as well as national and international companies call upon these competencies, which are complemented by sectoral expertise in the power, heating, e-mobility and hydrogen segments. Transactions and structuring expert Christian Held is experienced in the hydrogen sector. Juliane Kaspers (heating projects) returned to the firm in early 2024; she was previously at energy boutique Aecoute, which she co-founded.

Other key lawyers:

Christian Theobald; Ines Zenke; Christian Held; Tigran Heymann; Thies Christian Hartmann; Juliane Kaspers


‘Excellent expertise in energy law.’

‘Ines Zenke: Excellent expertise in the field of energy law, extensive and top-class network and excellent communication.’

‘Tigran Heymann is a central and always competent contact for all our energy-related questions. He has always found an excellent solution for us.’

Work highlights

  • Representation of eight plaintiffs against the E.ON/RWE merger in a total of 16 nullity actions before the European Court of Justice.

  • Representation of 176 gas network operators in a complaint procedure before the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court against the Federal Network Agency’s determination of the service life in the gas network.

  • Assisting with the Europe-wide tender by the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport for 900 locations for fast charging locations for e-vehicles.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance's energy and infrastructure practice assists energy services providers, project developers and financial investors with regulatory issues, national and international transactions as well as project developments and financing. The sector focus is on hydrogen, with similar expertise in advising on LNG, photovoltaics, solar and offshore wind projects as well as conventional energy matters. Practice head Mathias Elspaß is well versed in public law and is supported by M&A experts Anselm Raddatz and Markus Stephanblome as well as Florian Mahler; the latter is the co-head of the global projects team and a key contact for large-volume financing matters.

Practice head(s):

Mathias Elspaß

Other key lawyers:

Björn Heinlein; Anselm Raddatz; Markus Stephanblome; Florian Mahler


‘The team is characterized by a very team-oriented, closely interlinked way of working.’

‘I found the manner of open communication particularly pleasant.’

‘The team addresses the issues head-on, thereby preventing any anger from building up.’

“We did one of our largest transactions with them and don’t regret it for a moment.”

‘Broad-based, very experienced team that also provides very good international advice.’

‘Björn Heinlein has a lot of experience, understands the business and is very reliable.’


Dentons' energy team offers expertise in transactions and project work, including related financing with frequent ties to ​​renewable energies, as well as advising on LNG and conventional energy projects. Among the key contacts for transactions is practice head and offshore wind expert Thomas Schubert, while Gabriele Haas and Florian-Alexander Wesche are experienced in regulatory matters, another core focus of the practice. Here, recent instructions pertain to security of supply and price caps. The client roster includes energy suppliers, energy-intensive companies, energy providers and energy customers, which the team also advises on interfacing antitrust law matters as well as on e-mobility and charging infrastructure. Transaction experts Thomas Dörmer and Tim Heitling joined Hogan Lovells International LLP in January 2024.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Schubert

Other key lawyers:

Florian-Alexander Wesche; Gabriele Haas; Josef Hainz


‘Good cooperation between the German and Dutch Dentons teams regarding energy law.’

‘Gabriele Haas has also worked as an in-house lawyer for a long time and therefore knows the structures in companies and their requirements for external legal services very well. Excellent knowledge of energy markets. Great commitment and time flexibility.’

‘In-depth expertise in energy law and regulatory issues, extensive track record regarding transactions in the data center segment.’

‘Gabriele Haas has extensive experience in legal advice in the context of energy law/power grid operation/expansion of grid connection capacities, including the relevant regulations.’

‘Gabriele Haas is our contact person, always competent, up-to-date and efficient.’

‘Florian-Alexander Wesche offers a great perspective on business and legal issues in the energy sector. ‘

‘We find the Dentons team to be very open, friendly and approachable, whereby in addition to the high level of professionalism and technical quality in the collaboration, the cooperation and interpersonal interaction must also be emphasized.’

‘Thomas Schubert has impressed us since the beginning of our collaboration with his high level of professional expertise and extensive experience, which usually puts us in a better position in negotiations with contractual partners, for example, and therefore contributes very positively to our company’s development. Particularly noteworthy here are the tactical-strategic foresight and (when appropriate) refreshingly efficient, pragmatic and goal-oriented approach, which leads to the best results.’

Key clients





goetel GmbH


Stadtwerke Hamm GmbH

Slate Asset Management

Qualitas Energy

Commerz Real Nein

Trotec Holding GmbH

BayernLB, Dänemarks Exportkreditagentur (EKF)



e-mobilio GmbH



NORD/LB Norddeutsche Landesbank

Work highlights

  • Advising Slate Asset Management on the financing of Move About Group AB as part of the expansion of the electric vehicle fleet by more than 150 electric vehicles and the expansion of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles across Europe.

  • Advising Qualitas Energy on a partnership with Surplus Equity Partners to build a comprehensive wind energy portfolio in Germany.

  • Advising BayernLB as lender and agent and the Danish Export Credit Agency (EKF) as lender on financing for RWE AG for two offshore wind farms.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper advises across practices and various sectors and recently increasingly assisted with matters in the onshore and offshore wind, e-mobility and interfacing real estate segments, whereas a traditional focus remains on the gas sector. The key competencies include transactions and (international) project work, energy contract and energy trading law as well as energy regulation, here, practice head Michael Cieslarczyk boasts with relevant expertise; interfacing financing matters are covered by Wolfram Distler. In July 2023, Christopher Ollech was appointed counsel, he is well versed in project developments and contracts and regularly advises on issues pertaining to the EEG levy.

Practice head(s):

Michael Cieslarczyk

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Ollech; Wolfram Distler


‘Very practical, pragmatic, fast, competent.’

‘DLA Piper’s energy law team has very good market knowledge and extensive experience. Significant commitment of time and personnel to time-critical projects.’

‘Michael Cieslarczyk and Christopher Ollech work very quickly and efficiently. They have a pragmatic approach and give clear recommendations for action. Excellent knowledge of the electricity market in particular. Good coordination in integrating cross-border DLA Piper colleagues.’

Key clients

BASF SE / BASF Renewables

EFET – European Federation of Energy Traders

ESF Elbe-Stahlwerke Feralpi GmbH


Work highlights

  • Advising BASF SE on concluding a partnership with Vattenfall in the area of ​​offshore wind farms.

  • Advising BASF SE on the financing of the construction of the Hollandse Kust Zuid (HKZ) offshore wind farm, provided by a consortium of international lenders.

  • Advising ESF Elbe‑Stahlwerke Feralpi GmbH on all energy law issues as well as possible investments in various wind power and photovoltaic projects.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP comprehensively covers the energy sector and advises on project developments, transactions and related financing as well as regulatory and contentious matters. This is complemented by Christian Knütel's expertise in the offshore wind sector; he heads the offshore wind competence center in Hamburg and also assists with project developments, including related claim management and disputes. Additionally, the practice is experienced in the onshore wind, solar, hydrogen and geothermal sectors. Matthias Hirschmann heads the team and routinely advises on national and international M&A transactions, acquisitions and joint ventures, while Carla Luh is instructed by banks, sponsors, borrowers and investors on related financing issues. Stefan Schröder heads the firm's global energy transition practice and advises on regulatory law (including hydrogen infrastructure, low-emission and renewable fuels), transactions as well as energy and emissions trading. Counsel Tobias Flasbarth assists with transactions and energy projects and regularly represents clients before the German and European regulatory authorities. In January 2024, the team welcomed Tim Heitling and Thomas Dörmer from Dentons; both are well versed in transactions in the energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Matthias Hirschmann

Other key lawyers:

Stefan Schröder; Carla Luh; Christian Knütel; Tobias Faber; Tobias Flasbarth; Tim Heitling; Thomas Dörmer; Daniel Neudecker


‘The energy law team is always available; quick and efficient responses, including advice on very current issues.’

‘Stefan Schröder has extremely good knowledge of the industry and knows what is feasible and what is not. He provides solution-oriented, highly qualified and legally excellent advice.’

‘Hogan Lovells works quickly and reliably. The resources are well allocated and the lawyers are able to keep up with the transaction dynamics. The advice goes beyond the legal matters and the contracts are also examined on an economic basis.’

Key clients

Chubu Electric Power Co Inc.



Marquard & Bahls AG

Mitsubishi Corporation

Northland Power Inc

Storengy Deutschland

FNB Gas e.V.

Open Grid Europe GmbH

FluxysTENP GmbH

Sojitz Corporation


EB- Sustainable Investment Management

EWE Gasspeicher GmbH

Trading Hub Europe gmbH

Trianel GmbH

Hitachi Energy

Stadtwerke Aachen AG


Alliander AG

Berenberg Green Energy Junior Debt Funds

Baltic Power Sp. z.o.o.

Work highlights

  • Advising Chubu Electric Power Co Inc. on the acquisition of a strategic stake in Canadian geothermal energy company Eavor Technologies Inc.

  • Advising Open Grid Europe GmbH and Fluxys TENP GmbH as additional parties involved in two appeal proceedings by EnBW against the Federal Network Agency regarding the German network development plan of the gas transmission system operators and in a related legal appeal proceedings before the Federal Court of Justice.

  • Advising SVEVIND Energy GmbH on the implementation of one of the five largest hydrogen projects in the world in Kazakhstan.


Energy suppliers, project developers, financial investors, banks as well as states regularly call upon Linklaters' energy sector expertise in the transactions context, where Jens Hollinder Bäumer and practice head Thomas Schulz are among the key contacts. This is complemented by regulatory expertise, thereby advising on emissions trading and security of energy supply. The team also assists with transaction-related financing issues and dispute resolution and covers various sectors, including oil and gas, nuclear power, LNG, hydrogen and renewable energies as well as energy storage systems and e-mobility. Counsel Julia Sack is another key contact and is experienced in transactions and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Schulz

Other key lawyers:

Jens Hollinderbäumer; Julia Sack; Christopher Bremme; Jörg Fried


‘Very well connected, excellent knowledge of the energy market and a very practical approach providing concrete recommendations with a business focus. They live their values ​​and principles: every lawyer we have worked with has demonstrated a high level of commitment and ethics.’

‘Jens Hollinder Bäumer has demonstrated a high level of availability and responsiveness. He brought all the expertise necessary to make clear recommendations that accelerate the decision-making process. Overall: fast delivery given short deadlines, high quality in the analysis and extreme friendliness under high pressure. Excellent team, highly recommended!’

‘Thomas Schulz has excellent knowledge of the industry and can quickly familiarize himself with complex topics.’

‘The entire team is very business-oriented and therefore also very solution-oriented. They know how to weigh up risks and have a very good understanding of the needs of the client and the project.’

‘Thomas Schulz and Christopher Bremme are unreservedly recommended. Excellent expertise paired with excellent handling.’

‘The team always works with commitment and provides advice on transactions in the energy sector at the highest level. Thomas Schulz and Christopher Bremme are experts in their field who are always available and are strategic thinkers with an eye for the important details.’

‘Christopher Bremme is an excellent negotiator whose commitment to his clients is unparalleled and who meets the highest demands in terms of content and time. He is distinguished by his expert knowledge in the energy sector, which allows him to quickly familiarize himself with new issues and offer fast solutions to complex problems. Working with him is fun.’

‘Jens Hollinder Bäumer offers individual solutions and pragmatic approaches. Easy access to the team.’

Work highlights

  • Advising KfW on the acquisition of a 50% share in the project company for the planned LNG terminal in Brunsbüttel from the Dutch gas network operator Gasunie.

  • Advising EDP Renováeis on the acquisition of a 70% stake in the solar project developer Kronos Solar and its portfolio with 190 solar projects in various stages of development in Germany, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

  • Advising Westenergie AG on its cooperation with RheinEnergie AG to realign and strengthen their existing cooperation in the Rhine region pertaining to energy infrastructure, municipal utility investments and business models for urban and regional centers.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH's energy expertise covers transactions, regulatory matters and dispute resolution. The team advises on matters pertaining to renewable energies, conventional energy and grid connection. Practice head and antitrust expert Holger Stappert is experienced in regulatory law and recently advised on grid connection and marketing issues; Stappert is also experienced in dispute resolution. Transactions, joint ventures and restructurings are key competencies of Michael Bormann, he recently advised energy suppliers and financial investors on the acquisition of wind and solar energy parks, including cross-border acquisitions. Philipp Dietz also focuses his advice on cross-border matters.

Practice head(s):

Holger Stappert

Other key lawyers:

Michael Bormann; Philip Dietz; Angelo Vallone; Gerd Stuhlmacher; Guido Jansen; Tobias Leidinger; Stefan Altenschmidt; Richard Happ


‘The team has a very high level of expertise, industry knowledge and works in a practical and solution-oriented manner.’

‘Gerd Stuhlmacher is solution-oriented, has extensive specialist knowledge and valuable experience in the energy sector. He’s always a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Very competent, pragmatic, fast and efficient.’

Key clients













MET Holding



Work highlights

  • Advising Lausitz Energie Kraftwerke AG (LEAG) on the transformation to climate neutrality through complex hydrogen projects in Saxony, Brandenburg and Saxony-Anhalt.

  • Advice to and successful representation of Kraftwerk Plattling GmbH, which is part of the E.ON Group, before the LG Munich I in proceedings for additional payment of EEG levies amounting to more than €350 million to TransnetBW GmbH for an alleged electricity supply.

  • Advising Tennet TSO GmbH in proceedings regarding the postponement of the completion date for the grid connection of the Oersted OWP (offshore wind farm) Borkum Riffgrund 3 as well as additional costs in the three-digit million range incurred due to a delay caused by the pandemic.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright 's competencies cover transactions, project work and financing, which are frequently called upon by financial investors, banks and energy companies in the context of charging infrastructure for electric cars, geothermal, hydrogen and solar energy as well as offshore wind. Klaus Bader heads the firm's European energy practice and routinely assists with cross-border M&A and private equity transactions in the geothermal energy sector. Related financing topics are covered by Dirk Trautmann, who is regularly instructed by lenders, sponsors and borrowers. The arrival of M&A expert Maximilian Findeisen from Eversheds Sutherland in September 2022 strengthened the practice's expertise in the transactions space.

Practice head(s):

Klaus Bader

Other key lawyers:

Dirk Trautmann; Sebastian Frech; Tim Schaper; Maximilian Findeisen

Key clients


Infrared Capital Partners

Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale, Santander



Treïs Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Brightmark in connection with the planning and construction of a plastics recycling plant for the extraction of pyrolysis oil for further processing into ‘green’ propylene and ethylene.

  • Advising InfraRed Capital Partners on an investment of over €150 million in the electric mobility company JOLT Energy.

  • Advising the investor Treïs on the sale of Cycleenergy Holding GmbH to a collective of Austrian investors consisting of INVEST AG, Industrieimmobilienverwaltung AG and the company’s management team.


Raue's energy practice focuses on contentious matters in the renewable energy and gas delivery sectors, which is complemented by regulatory advice, such as on matters pertaining to the energy price cap, as well as antitrust law expertise and experience in M&A transactions and financing, with frequent ties to the venture capital area. Christian von Hammerstein heads the practice and is supported by Peter Roegele (public commercial, energy and antitrust law), who was appointed associate partner in January 2023. Hans Heller is experienced in the areas of energy storage and LNG infrastructure. In August 2023, Anna von Bremen (regulatory energy law) joined Osborne Clarke.

Practice head(s):

Christian von Hammerstein

Other key lawyers:

Bernd Beckmann; Hans Heller; Peter Roegele


‘Very reliable. Collaboration is calm and efficient. Quick responses from all lawyers.’

‘From my point of view, always legally sound. The lawyers also frequently point towards potential improvements.’

‘I can recommend Peter Roegele. Good understanding of our situation and the competition.’


‘Very good team. Highly competent, highly flexible. Always thinking and solution-oriented.’

‘Extremely experienced, focused on solutions.’

‘Excellent knowledge of the energy market; Always deliver within the deadline at the agreed price – very pleasant way of working.’

‘Peter Roegele has excellent knowledge of the energy market in all its facets; information on time and within budget, extremely pleasant to work with.’

Key clients

Dow Deutschland Anlagengesellschaft mbH

Elysium Solar GmbH


BSW Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft e.V.

Alpiq AG

Bundesverband Erneuerbare Energie e.V. (BEE)

decarbon1ze GmbH

Dr. Ryll Lab GmbH

EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG

envia Mitteldeutsche Energie AG

EWS Elektrizitätswerke Schönau eG

Gaskraftwerk Leipheim GmbH & Co. KG


Global Tech I Offshore Wind GmbH


Hausheld AG


LichtBlick SE

MITGAS Mitteldeutsche Gasversorgung GmbH

Priogen Energy B.V./GmbH

Quadra Energy GmbH

Stadt Bad Belzig

Swiss Krono

Techem Gmb

Tibber Deutschland GmbH


Work highlights

  • Supporting Danpower GmbH, Goodyiels Capital, Landwert Verwaltungs GmbH, LichtBlick Solarpark Calbe UG, Prolignis AG, BEKW Bioenergiekraftwerk Emsland GmbH & Co. KG, Junginger Naturenergie GmbH and ADC GmbH in the joint constitutional complaint against, among other things, the skimming of excess revenues from plant operators for generating electricity from renewable energies.

  • Advising Elysium Solar GmbH on CommerzReal’s entry into an agricultural photovoltaic project near Berlin with its impact fund Klimavest.

  • Preparation of various reports for the BSW Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft eV on the unconstitutionality and European law of the skimming of excess revenue at the expense of renewable energies.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP impresses with its expertise in transactions and related regulatory issues. The advice focuses on the offshore wind sector, but also covers LNG, hydrogen, waste-to-energy and geothermal energy projects. Malte Jordan regularly takes the lead here; he advises on M&A transactions and corporate restructuring and is regularly instructed by investors, project developers and banks on financing and investment matters. Jordan jointly heads the team with Thomas Hollenhorst, who has banking and capital markets expertise and routinely advises on the financing structuring of energy and infrastructure projects. Regulatory issues are covered by Thorsten Volz (also M&A) frequently advises on regulatory matters pertaining to power plant projects and grid infrastructure as well as renewable energies, emissions trading and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Malte Jordan; Thomas Hollenhorst

Other key lawyers:

Marcus Bechtel; Thorsten Volz; Christian Bauer; Felix Siebler; Sven Fretthold; Carolin Woggon; Wolfram Böge; Riko Vanezis


‘Above average level of commitment, strong team and proactive management of problems and challenges.’

‘Marcus Bechtel is characterized – of course in addition to his excellent expertise – by his calm and mediating manner. He recognizes and points out problems early on and also suggests proactive solutions for them.’

‘Completion of all tasks in a timely manner, even under time pressure.’

Key clients




BayWa re.


Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Erdwärme



Encavis AG

enercity Erneuerbare GmbH

Enervie Group


Goldman Sachs International

GP Joule

Greencoat Renewables PLC


HKZ Investor Holding B.V.

Höegh LNG AS

ING Bank




MEC Energy GmbH

Nextwind Management GmbH

NIBC Bank N.V.


NWG Charging GmbH


PNE Group

RWE Supply & Trading

Thüga Erneuerbare Energien GmbH & Co. KG


Work highlights

  • Advising Goldman Sachs as arranger on the €400 million financing of the acquisition of 49% shares in the Wikinger offshore wind farm from Iberdrola by Energy Infrastructure Partners.

  • Advising a consortium of international banks on the financing of BASF’s investment in the Hollandse Kust Zuid offshore wind farm, which comprises 140 wind turbines and has a total output of approximately 1.5 GW.

  • Legal and tax advice to enercity Erneuerbare GmbH, a subsidiary of enercity AG, on the acquisition of the Horizon wind farm portfolio, which includes 60 onshore wind farms with 166 wind turbines and a total output of 365MW, from the owners of the Norderland Group.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is experienced in transactions and project support and focuses on the renewable energy sector. Recent instructions include the advice on matters pertaining to solar energy, waste-to-hydrogen as well as on- and offshore wind; other recent topics include battery storage and charging infrastructure. Practice heads Claire Dietz-Polte and Holger Engelkamp are regularly instructed by utility companies, financial and infrastructure investors as well as PE houses in the context of transactions. This is complemented by regulatory expertise, where Janet Kerstin Butler as well as Dietz-Polte are key contacts for advising on transaction and project-related matters pertaining to unbundling requirements and grid infrastructure. The practice also assists with managing supply contracts and financing issues. M&A expert Silke Gantzckow joined Eversheds Sutherland in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Claire Dietz-Polte; Holger Engelkamp

Other key lawyers:

Heiko Alexander Haller; Janet Kerstin Butler


‘Very qualified and provides clear advice on all legal issues. In addition, the firm has offices/partner firms in many countries worldwide and the Frankfurt office acts as a very supportive cooperation partner in collaboration with them.’

Key clients



B Capital Partners AG

Deutsche Bank AG

BAE Systems Pension Funds

SCOR Investment Partners

BNP Paribas Asset Management



Work highlights

  • Advising Intel in connection with the planned construction of a state-of-the-art mega semiconductor factory in Magdeburg for an initial €17 billion.

  • Advising the infrastructure funds managed by B Capital Partners AG on the establishment of BCP Battery Holding as a platform for acquiring a pipeline of battery storage systems in Germany with a total output of over 300 MW.

  • Advising Macquarie on its purchase of Forliance, including the drafting of new model contracts for the purchase and sale of voluntary carbon credits and for collaborations with developers of climate protection projects.

Chatham Partners LLP

Boutique Chatham Partners LLP is renowned for its regulatory expertise in the context of large project developments and recently strengthened its transaction know-how with the addition of Malte Bever in December 2022 (previously at Hogan Lovells International LLP ). The arrival of Daniel Reichert-Facilides as senior sounsel in early 2023 (previously at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer) underlines the expertise in interfacing financing matters. Among the client roster are project developers, energy companies and investment companies, which instruct the team on topics pertaining to solar, PV, wind and hydrogen energy as well as battery storage. Practice head Felix Fischer frequently advises on issues in the offshore wind sector, while he also handles renewable energy matters. He is supported by Marieke Lüdecke, who was appointed partner in April 2023 and is experienced in project-related contract design.

Practice head(s):

Felix Fischer

Other key lawyers:

Marieke Lüdecke; Christos Paraschiakos; Thomas Hinrichsen; Rüdiger Zeller; Malte Bever


‘Chatham Partners provides multidisciplinary legal support for energy investments. Their pragmatic approach to problem solving makes them an asset in contract negotiations.’

‘Felix Fischer is an excellent legal advisor for energy investments with a particular focus on offshore wind power and Power-to-X. I would like to highlight his valuable contributions during the negotiations and his solution-oriented mindset.’

‘Expertise coupled with market knowledge and empathy for the client’s business ensure that Chatham Partners is viewed as part of the client team.’

Key clients

Arcus Infrastucture Partners

Athos Solar GmbH

CAVENTES Kapitalverwaltungs GmbH & Co. KG

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (Flagship Fonds CI III und CI IV)

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (Energy Transition Fund)

Deutsche ErdWärme GmbH

Northland Power

Ørsted Wind Power A/S

Parkwind N.V.

Quest Energy GmbH

RP Global Austria GmbH

Sasol Germany GmbH

Siemens Energy AG

Veja Mate Offshore Project GmbH

Work highlights

  • Regulatory advice to Parkwind on the implementation of the Arcadis Ost 1 project.

Dolde Mayen & Partner

Dolde Mayen & Partner's regulatory expertise in matters pertaining to grid access, grid operator unbundling as well as grid access remuneration is a key strength of the team, which also advises on energy projects, including interfacing environmental and planning law matters. Another mainstay is the representation of clients, including grid operators, energy suppliers and municipalities, before the Federal Network Agency and relevant antitrust courts. Practice head Christian Stelter (public commercial law, energy and raw materials) recently took over the practice management from Winfried Porsch (environmental and planning law); Porsch remains a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Christian Stelter

Other key lawyers:

Klaus-Peter Dolde; Bernd Schieferdecker; Moritz Lange; Matthias Hangst; Winfried Porsch


‘Partner-based advice from professionally excellent lawyers.’

‘The firm has a high reputation in administrative and regulatory law.’

‘Winfried Porsch is technically excellent and committed.’

Key clients

K&S Regenerative Energie GmbH & Co. KG

Prozesskostengemeinschaft XGen Strom

Work highlights

  • Advising a company on the ban on using gas to generate electricity as provided for in Section 50f EnWG and on securing district heating supplies through the use of gas.

  • Advising a company on various (deep) geothermal power plants.

  • Advising a company on the constitutionality of the skimming off of surplus revenues (including from renewable energies) through the energy price cap.


Daniel Marhewka heads Fieldfisher's energy & natural resources practice; his corporate and energy law expertise is regularly called upon in the context of national and international transactions as well as related financing in the onshore and offshore wind, PV, solar, hydropower and geothermal energy sectors. Sebastian Kamm also covers this intersection and advises companies and investors on transactions, restructuring, joint ventures and restructuring transactions. M&A expert André Happel joined Noerr in February 2023.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Marhewka

Other key lawyers:

Sebastian Kamm; Tanja Rüth; Alexandra Mützelburg


‘It’s a very well-prepared team, they know each other and work together very well. That makes a big difference.’

‘Daniel Marhewka has very in-depth knowledge of his field and really strong negotiating skills.’

Key clients


Greenvolt Power Solar Poland

IKAV Group

Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG

KGAL Gruppe

LHI Leasing GmbH

Simply Blue Holdings Limited

Loick AG / Loick Renewables GmbH



Efficiency Solutions


Work highlights

  • Advising the IKAV Group on the acquisition of the remaining shares in Geysir Europe GmbH from Daldrup & Söhne AG. The subject of the acquisition is the remaining shares of Geysir Europe GmbH and thus indirectly the interests in geothermal energy projects in various stages of development, in particular the Taufkirchen and Landau geothermal power plants.

  • Advising Greenvolt on the acquisition of three project companies and three solar park projects in development by Greentech.

  • Advising Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG on the financing of a PV solar portfolio in Poland by Green Genius.

GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB

GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB comprehensively advises international investors, the public sector and energy companies on project developments and transactions. The team’s strengths also include regulatory advice, including in connection with alternative marketing and energy supply concepts, e-mobility and the production of alternative fuels. The advice focuses on renewable energies, including solar, PV and wind energy, as well as on grid expansion matters. Co-head Thoralf Herbold is experienced in regulatory project planning, structuring and development and also jointly advises on transactions with co-head Achim Compes. Compes has additional experience in investment projects, energy supply contracts and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Thoralf Herbold; Achim Compes

Other key lawyers:

Wibke Schumacher; Liane Thau; Ilka Mainz


‘Very experienced and pragmatic team.’

‘We regularly instruct Görg on German transactions in the onshore and PV sectors, both for development projects and for projects that are already in operation.’

‘Thoralf Herbold is very pragmatic with great industry knowledge and practical, precise recommendations. Exceptionally good internal coordination.’

Key clients

Bundesministerium für Digitales und Verkehr

CEE Group

DHL Express


EB – Sustainable Investment Management GmbH

Energiewerke Hamburg GmbH / Gasnetz Hamburg

Global Tech I Offshore Wind GmbH

Green City

Land Brandenburg (Landesamt für Bergbau, Geologie und Rohstoffe)

NaGa Solar

Sächsisches Oberbergamt / Freistaat Sachsen

Schmeing Energy Holding GmbH


WP Altdorfer Wald GmbH

Allgäuer Überlandwerke GmbH

Land Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

STEAG / KSBG Kommunale Beteiligungsgesellschaft GmbH & CO. KG


Encavis AG

GvW Graf von Westphalen

GvW Graf von Westphalen's mainstays include the advice on energy law and regulatory issues, such as gas shortages, gas levy and the energy price cap, as well as project support in the hydrogen, wind and solar energy sectors, including related transactions. Helmut Kempf is also experienced in project support and complements this with expertise in contentious matters. Since June 2023, he jointly heads the team with Maximilian Emanuel Elspas, who comprehensively covers energy law, including disputes.

Practice head(s):

Helmut Kempf; Maximilian Emanuel Elspas

Other key lawyers:

Toralf Baumann; Antje Baumbach; Reinald Günther; Sebastian Rohrer; Guido Brucker


‘Very experienced and competent team in energy law. Very good coordination within the team regarding the distribution of tasks.’

‘Antje Baumbach and Toralf Baumann are very reliable when it comes to meeting deadlines. Pragmatic approach, not too academic. They also explain legal issues very well to a layperson.’

‘In-depth specialist knowledge across the entire team, with solution-oriented advice.’

Key clients

Amprion GmbH

Amprion Offshore GmbH

bmp greengas GmbH

Covivio Construction GmbH

E.ON Energie Deutschland GmbH

E.ON Energy Solutions GmbH

EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG

Encevo Deutschland GmbH

G+E GETEC Holding GmbH

Gödens GmbH

Hellenstein SolarWind GmbH

50Hertz Transmission GmbH

Ministerium für Energiewende, Klimaschutz, Umwelt und Natur des Landes Schleswig-Holstein

Ministerium für Infrastruktur, Energie und Digitalisierung Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Verkehr, Arbeit, Technologie und Tourismus des Landes Schleswig-Holstein

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries EMEA, Ltd.


Netze BW GmbH

Netze ODR GmbH

NeuConnect Britain Ltd.

PreussenElektra GmbH

SHS – Stahl-Holding-Saar GmbH & Co. KGaA

Stromnetz Berlin GmbH

STX Commodities B.V.

Syneco Trading GmbH

TenneT TSO GmbH

TransnetBW GmbH


Heuking's interdisciplinary advice was recently called upon in the context of LNG, gas, geothermal and PV energy matters as well as wind farm projects. Practice head Marc Baltus in Düsseldorf focuses on project work, energy contract law and regulatory issues, including export restrictions and price adjustments, while the focus in Hamburg is on dispute resolution and antitrust issues pertaining to the energy sector. Energy transactions are regularly supported from the Cologne, Frankfurt and Munich locations.

Practice head(s):

Marc Baltus

Other key lawyers:

Tobias Woltering; Sonja Groht; Christina Dahmen; Stefan Bretthauer; Oliver von Rosenberg


‘Tobias Woltering: Professional and constructive, pleasant to deal with, very good knowledge of the industry.’

‘Energy practice is a safe haven. If we are having energy work carried out under German law, this is our preferred choice. Very good quality.’

‘The team works in a practical manner and provides professional and precise advice.’

‘The firm offers a very precise and very short-term advisory service for high-profile cases.’

‘Commercial mindset and focus on pragmatic solutions. Honesty regarding the limits of the advice.’

‘Marc Baltus: Extremely responsive, a really smart legal advisor and very commercially minded. It is always a positive experience to contact him, he quickly finds practical solutions to complex situations.’

‘Heuking has a strong energy practice and offers its customers a full service offering. The firm has tremendous expertise in various aspects of energy law and it is always a pleasure to work with such an outstanding team.’

‘The team combines excellent expertise in energy law with insight into relevant market developments and expertise in all areas of law typically relevant to energy matters and projects. They are easy to contact, pleasant to work with and very efficient.’

Jones Day

Jones Day focuses on supporting international projects and transactions, including related financing issues, thereby covering oil and gas as well as nuclear power, hydrogen and renewable energies. These competencies are regularly called upon by asset managers, project developers as well as energy companies and are complemented by regulatory expertise and experience in the prevention and resolution of disputes; Practice head Johannes Willheim also regularly advises clients on arbitration, regulatory and antitrust proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Johannes Willheim

Other key lawyers:

My Linh Vu-Grégoire; Christian Krebs; Markus Hamann; Martin Wortmann

Key clients

EDF (Electricité de France)

EDF Deutschland GmbH



Work highlights

  • Advising Hynamics SAS (EDF Group) on the implementation of the Reallabor Westküste hydrogen project in Germany.

  • Advising Hynamics Deutschland GmbH on the establishment of a joint venture for green hydrogen and e-methanol.

  • Advising and representing RWE AG in state aid proceedings before the EU Commission in connection with the compensation payments to energy companies proposed by the German federal government for the political decision to end coal-fired power generation.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP's transaction-related expertise is mirrored in the practice management, where Tobias Larisch routinely advises investors and project developers as well as energy and industrial companies on national and cross-border transactions in the gas, oil, nuclear power, hydrogen and renewable energy sectors as well as battery storage. This focus was further strengthened in May 2023 with the addition of M&A expert Alexander Stefan Rieger from Hogan Lovells International LLP. Related regulatory and conflict-related issues are handled across practices.

Practice head(s):

Tobias Larisch

Other key lawyers:

Rainer Traugott; Alexander Stefan Rieger; Henning Schneider


‘Tobias Larisch’s team knows how to utilise its extensive experience in countless M&A transactions and corporate law in the energy environment.’

Key clients

Antin Infrastructure Partners

Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) & KKR


Worth Capital Holdings LLC




DB Schenker

Swiss Life Asset Management AG / Vauban Infrastructure Partners

Digital Realty Trust, Inc.

Work highlights

Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke‘s project financing and transaction support focuses on renewable energies, here, Christoph Torwegge is well versed in the sales support of large solar project portfolios. Since 2023, the energy team advises independently from the corporate practice and is led by practice head Daniel Breuer, who also focuses on the transactions segment, while also covering related regulatory matters. Regulatory competencies include the advice on tenders and PPAs as well as grid regulation, energy trading and decarbonisation; these were further strengthened with the arrival of Anna von Bremen (previously at Raue) in August 2023, she is well versed in energy-related contract design and litigation. Clients include asset managers, project developers and energy services providers. Thies Goldner (transactions, project finance and asset management in the energy sector) made partner in January 2024.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Breuer

Other key lawyers:

Christoph Torwegge; Anna von Bremen; Alexander Dlouhy; Thies Goldner


‘Very high level of personal commitment, internationally positioned and very high level of competence.’

‘What is remarkable is the speed of processing complex topics and the strict adherence to deadlines as well as the short waiting times in coordinating appointments. Fast response times to inquiries, a good atmosphere for discussion and empathetic interaction at eye level make working together pleasant.’

‘High level of expertise and a very wide range of topics are offered.’

‘Exceptionally high expertise in the team in terms of depth and detail. Very easy to work with. Uncomplicated and responsive.’

‘One feels very well looked after and listened to.’

‘I appreciate the company’s quick response, hands-on approach to meeting our needs, and very down-to-earth communication and collaboration.’

‘Daniel Breuer is a very responsive partner and working with him is pleasant. He has put together an extremely effective team.’

‘What I particularly appreciate about Osborne Clarke is their excellent technical know-how. This is particularly evident in advice in the heating sector, which has developed an unlikely dynamic. In the transaction area, we benefit from the law firm’s extensive experience in structuring transactions and collaborations as well as its good network in the market.’

Key clients


BASF enviaM Solarpark Schwarzheide


DAL Deutsche Anlagen Leasing / DLF Deutsche Leasing Finance

Centrica Energy Trading

Europäische Kommission

Friesen Elektra Energy


bauverein AG

Deutsche Windtechnik Offshore & Consulting



Trianel Windkraft Borkum

eCapital / Numbat GmbH

Elexon GmbH



Obton A/S


G2 Venture Partners

JOLT Energy GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising ABO Wind AG on the first German hydrogen pilot project and on PPA electricity marketing from German and European wind and solar parks to internationally operating corporate buyers.

  • Representation of the European Commission in a total of 16 proceedings before the General Court of the European Union in which various companies in the German energy industry challenged the European Commission’s two approvals for the E.ON/RWE asset swap.

  • Advising Solizer GmbH on the sale of a development platform for solar projects and a German photovoltaic project portfolio with a total output of approximately 1,500 MW.

Pinsent Masons Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater Solicitors Partnerschaft mbB

Pinsent Masons Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater Solicitors Partnerschaft mbB focuses on the sectors hydrogen, e-mobility, wind and bioenergy and advises national and international clients on energy regulatory issues, including grid access, price adjustment and emissions trading. The team also offers support in cross-border transactions and advises on market entry, including interfacing matters. This cross-practice expertise is called upon in the context of Smart City projects. Practice head Sönke Gödeke is well versed in corporate law as well as energy law. Christian Lütkehaus (project development and support) joined CTSP Legal in August 2023.

Practice head(s):

Sönke Gödeke

Other key lawyers:

Marc Salevic; Valerian von Richthofen; Peter Roesgen


‘Sönke Gödeke has a great deal of technical expertise, is pragmatic and creative in developing solutions and manages projects in a solution-oriented manner.’

‘Valerian von Richthofen: Very high level of specialist knowledge and extensive industry experience; practical and communicative.’

‘Absolutely competent. Above all, they bring the necessary technical and market knowledge for this special sector, including all special topics such as hydrogen.’

Key clients

AWG Abfallwirtschaftsgesellschaft mbH Wuppertal (AWG)

Everfuel A/S

GETEC Energie GmbH

Hamburger Rieger GmbH


Lok-Viertel-OS GmbH

WSW Energie & Wasser AG

Zweckverband |RBB Restmüllheizkraftwerk Böblingen

ACO Ahlmann SE & Co.KG


Aker Solutions AS


Stadtwerke Bielefeld GmbH

WSW mobil GmbH

Invesis Deutschland GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising Lok-Viertel-OS GmbH on questions relating to a large Smart City project in Osnabrück, particularly on innovative digitalization topics and sustainable heating concepts.

  • Strategic advice to several German operators of thermal waste processing plants, including Entega AG and AWG Abfallwirtschaftsgesellschaft mbH Wuppertal, on the entry, expansion and implementation of projects for the production of green hydrogen.

  • Ongoing advice and representation of the Hamburg Rieger Group on all energy regulatory and energy tax issues, emissions trading, the increased use of CleanTech and the conception of suitable decarbonization strategies.

Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing's energy expertise focuses on transaction and project support and covers all sectors, including photovoltaics, offshore wind and other renewable energies. This approach is mirrored in all three practice heads, the M&A experts Carsten Bartholl, Tillmann Pfeifer and Markus Böhme. The practice also advises on regulatory matters, here, Böhme frequently takes the lead, as well as market entry, insolvency-related matters, power supply contracts, security of power supply matters and the construction of power plants. The client roster includes both energy companies and project developers. Senior associate Jasmin Schlee is experienced in energy-related transactions.

Practice head(s):

Carsten Bartholl; Tillmann Pfeifer; Markus Böhme

Other key lawyers:

Janina Pochhammer; Jasmin Schlee


‘Experienced lawyers who prepare practical contract drafts. Well organized and reliable team. Good cross-location and interdisciplinary collaboration.’

‘Carsten Bartholl: Very pragmatic, extremely practical perspective and experience.’

‘Tillmann Pfeifer: Extensive experience in contract law, reliable cooperation.’

‘The team provides us with excellent interdisciplinary advice. Collaborations across multiple locations also work smoothly.’

‘Carsten Bartholl is very competent and nice, which makes the collaboration very pleasant on a personal level. He looks after his clients very well, is available when needed and has a very good team.’

‘Markus Böhme is a very competent and friendly partner who specializes in the energy sector.’

‘Carsten Bartholl is very reliable, professionally excellent with enormous industry knowledge and many years of experience. The collaboration is productive and fun.’

Key clients

Azrieli / Green Mountain

BP Europa SE

CEE Group


Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG

Encavis AG

Encavis Asset Management AG



GARBE Unternehmensgruppe

Vestas Group

Work highlights

  • Advising the CEE Group on the acquisition of the 154 MW Döllen solar park project.

  • Advising the Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas on negotiations for the German offshore wind project Nordseecluster.

  • Advising FRV-X, the venture department of Fotowatio Renewable Ventures, on a €10 million investment in the Berlin-based solar-as-a-service provider ecoligo.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP 's team is integrated into the firm's international Energy Industry Group and thus routinely advises on cross-border transactions and financing. Practice head Thomas Burmeister focuses on transaction support, while he is also experienced in regulatory matters. Florian Degenhardt is well versed in financing issues and instructed by banks, investors and sponsors. The regulatory advice includes sanctions, grid development and disputes; the team focuses on the solar, LNG, wind and geothermal energy sectors, as well as energy infrastructure.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Burmeister

Other key lawyers:

Hans-Georg Schulze, Jörg Kraffel; Florian Degenhardt; Petra Kistner; Lisa Reichstein


‘Successful mix of experienced lawyers with an overall focus and well-trained young talent which are introduced to large mandates.’

‘Thomas Burmeister is characterized by a high level of professional quality combined with a confident, considered management of the mandate. He approaches solutions proactively and unconventionally, does not nudge clients into arguments, always shows a clear solution.’

‘Lisa Reichstein is an outstanding young lawyer who is already able to structure difficult legal issues and provide excellent legal advice without losing sight of the economic context.’

Key clients

Baltic Cable AB

Amprion GmbH

Tennet TSO GmbH

50Hertz GmbH

TransnetBW GmbH




EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG

Ecobat Technologies

Tesvolt AG

Work highlights

  • Advising Fluxys on the acquisition of Macquarie Asset Management’s shares in Open Grid Europe (OGE), the largest transmission system operator in Germany.

  • Advising EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG on the sale of a minority stake of 24.95% in the transmission system operator TransnetBW Gmbh to Südwest Konsortium Holding GmbH.

  • Representation of Amprion GmbH, Tennet TSO GmbH, 50Hertz GmbH, TransnetBW GmbH and Baltic Cable AB in landmark proceedings, such as representation of Amprion and TransnetBW in the lawsuit against ACER before the European Court of Justice.


ADVANT Beiten offers support in transactions and projects in the photovoltaics, geothermal, onshore and offshore wind sectors as well as charging infrastructure for electric vehicles; Christof Aha and Christian Ulrich Wolf regularly take the lead here. Aha and Wolf share management of the practice with Stephan Rechten, who is well versed in regulatory matters, including procurement procedures. These capacities are complemented by experience in litigation and arbitration, including claims for damages and delivery disputes; Ralf Hafner is a key contact here.

Practice head(s):

Christian Ulrich Wolf; Stephan Rechten; Christof Aha

Other key lawyers:

Ralf Hafner; Sebastian Berg


‘Advant Beiten independently delivered a well-rounded solution of high quality without any management from the client.’

‘Christian Ulrich Wolf keeps the overall situation in mind during contract negotiations, immediately recognizes contradictions and quickly offers good solutions.’

Key clients

50Hertz Transmission GmbH

Ecovia Holding GmbH, Diersch & Schröder Gruppe

ENVIRIA Investor Solutions GmbH

Hamburg Energie


TransnetBW GmbH

Work highlights

  • Procurement law advice to 50 Hertz Transmission GmbH on various large-scale projects in connection with the energy transition (onshore/offshore).

  • Advising ECOVIA Holding GmbH on the acquisition of 100% of the shares in ENERGU GmbH.

  • Advising TransnetBW on the structuring and implementation of a procurement process for an innovative network booster.

Ashurst LLP

Ashurst LLP 's projects & energy practice, led by Maximilian Uibeleisen, supports national and international investors, project developers and energy companies in transactions and joint ventures and focuses on ​​renewable energies, as well regulatory matters, such as grid remuneration, the energy price cap and compliance. Other mainstays are the advice on power purchase agreements and interfacing financing matters.

Practice head(s):

Maximilian Uibeleisen

Other key lawyers:

Benedikt von Schorlemer; Simon Groneberg; Martin Eimer

Key clients



Octopus Energy

Vulcan Energy Resources





One Dyas


Green Investment Group

Macquarie Capital

Bullfinch Asset AG


Querco Fagetea

Westfalen AG

Versicherungskammer Bayern Versicherungsanstalt des öffentlichen Rechts

Starlight Energy LP

Mitsui & Co., Ltd.


Trina Solar

Work highlights

  • Advising Commerz Real AG on entering into a development cooperation to enter the German agri-PV market and on the acquisition of a large agri-photovoltaic project for its impact fund Klimavest.

  • Advising Octopus Energy on its entry into the German renewables market and on the acquisition of several wind farms in Germany.

  • Advising adidas AG on a Europe-wide virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) as part of the implementation of the group’s internal goal of climate neutrality at adidas locations by 2025.

Bird & Bird LLP

Project developers, energy suppliers, investors and suppliers instruct Bird & Bird LLP‘s practice on various issues pertaining to the planning, tendering, construction and operation of power plants, including contentious matters. Other competencies include project-related contract drafting, the advice on corporate PPAs, M&A as well as project financing issues. The advice focuses on renewable energies, including offshore wind, whereas the team also assists with conventional energy projects. The practice is led by René Voigtländer (regulatory, procurement, environmental and planning law) and Matthias Lang (regulatory, state aid, environmental and public commercial law).

Practice head(s):

René Voigtländer; Matthias Lang

Other key lawyers:

Hermann Rothfuchs; Lars Kyrberg


‘The support is very multidisciplinary, shows proactivity and willingness in all tasks and also helps our team with related issues outside the purely legal matters.’

‘Bird & Bird is deeply involved in all matters and adds value to our company’s daily operations.’

‘We would definitely recommend the Bird & Bird team to anyone interested in understanding and implementing a solar-as-a-service business model in Germany.’

‘Lars Kyrberg’s market knowledge, his proactive understanding of the economic aspects and fundamentals of solar business models as well as his first-class negotiation and legal editorial skills were of crucial importance to us.’

‘Lars Kyrberg not only has very intuitive legal experience, but has also contributed positively to the introduction of better legal practices for us.’

Key clients

Ampyr Solar / NaGa Solar

Canadian Solar

DS Smith

EDP Comercial

Fortum Oyj


Itron Inc.

JDR Cable Systems Ldt.

Reichmuth & Co Investment Management AG

TenneT TSO GmbH / TransnetBW GmbH

Tubit Systems

Work highlights

  • Advising TenneT TSO GmbH/TransnetBW GmbH on the award of a contract for a converter system for the SuedLink wind power line (SuedLink Project 4).

  • Advising EDP Comercial on several contracts for the construction, operation and delivery of solar PV energy from rooftop PV systems to commercial customers as part of EDP Comercial’s market entry in Germany.

  • Advising DS Smith on the partial construction of a cogeneration plant with the contractual partner E.ON.

Eversheds Sutherland

With the move of former practice head Werner Brickwedde (transactions, joint ventures) to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in April 2023, Eversheds Sutherland‘s practice is now led by Martin Weitenberg, who is experienced in transactions, regulatory matters as well as contract-related issues, such as power supply agreements and energy price caps. The team's overall focus on transactions was further strengthened with the addition of the two corporate and M&A experts Silke Gantzckow from Baker McKenzie in May 2023 and Steffen Schniepp from PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal AG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft) at the end of 2022. The practice focuses on the renewable energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Martin Weitenberg

Other key lawyers:

Silke Gantzckow; Steffen Schniepp


‘Fast, good, reliable, efficient.’

‘Martin Weitenberg is very competent and pleasant to deal with.’

Key clients


Norges Bank Investment Management


RWE Renewables

Schroders Greencoat Capital


Swiss Life Asset Management AG

The Renewables Infrastructure Group (TRIG)

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO)

Work highlights

  • Advising Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) on its planned acquisition of a minority stake in NeuConnect, the developer of the first direct current interconnector between Germany and the United Kingdom, from Frontier Power.

  • Advising The Renewables Infrastructure Group (TRIG) on increasing its share in the Merkur offshore wind farm from approximately 20% to 30%.

  • Advising the newly founded green electricity provider Q ENERGY Europe GmbH (previously Hanwha Q CELLS) on its cooperation with the solar energy specialist ENVIRIA to set up a 500 MW photovoltaic pipeline in Germany.

Greenberg Traurig Germany

Led by Martin Hamer (environmental law) and Dieter Neumann (project development), Greenberg Traurig Germany focuses on project support, which includes contract drafting, joint venture structures as well as financing and regulatory matters. The team is regularly instructed by financial services providers and energy companies on renewable energy projects as well as issues pertaining to the oil and gas sectors. Martin Borning is another key contact and recently advised on energy and raw materials trading, charging infrastructure as well as synthetic fuels and hydrogen projects.

Practice head(s):

Dieter Neumann; Martin Hamer

Other key lawyers:

Martin Borning


‘Professionalism, knowledge of energy issues and the industrial world in general, availability and creativity.’

‘Working with the team is fun and produces excellent results.’

‘Martin Borning: Expert for consulting in the area of ​​hydrogen and new technologies. His many years of experience in energy law really stand out.’

‘Dr. Martin Borning is currently building an agile team with a particular focus on the areas of hydrogen, Co2 and new technologies.’

Key clients

Enpal B.V.


Work highlights

  • Advising an international oil and gas company on a CO2 storage project in the Dutch North Sea.

  • Advising a European transmission system operator on the establishment of a pure hydrogen transport network.

  • Advising an international energy company on projects and contracts for the production of synthetic fuels.

GSK Stockmann

GSK Stockmann is experienced in advising on grid and power line expansion and is regularly instructed by two out of the four German power transmission grid operators; here, co-practice head Stefan Geiger frequently takes the lead and advises on environmental and planning law issues pertaining to the approval, implementation and construction of power lines. Another focus is placed on decentralised power supply, above all photovoltaics, heat supply and charging infrastructure, as well as gas infrastructure matters, where the team advises on planning procedures, licensing issues and contract drafting. Co-practice head Sören Wolkenhauer (energy, public procurement and state aid law) regularly advises on the latter area.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Geiger; Sören Wolkenhauer

Other key lawyers:

Justus Jansen; Jan Hennig; Andreas Geiger;  Andreas Geiger; Claudia Busch


‘Very easy to contact, excellent specialist knowledge, practical solutions.’

Key clients

Smart Power GmbH

TenneT Offshore GmbH|TenneT TSO GmbH

Land Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Bergamt Stralsund

revis bioenergy GmbH

50Hertz Transmission GmbH

Freie Hansestadt Bremen, für das Sondervermögen Hafen

Stadt Neuruppin Amt für Stadtentwicklung

Work highlights

  • Support for the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Stralsund Mining Authority in the planning procedure according to the LNG Acceleration Act (LNGG) and the Energy Industry Act (EnWG) at the Stralsund Mining Authority for the construction and operation of the sea and land sections of the Baltic Sea LNG project, including the newt reception station for cleaning the pipeline and the Baltic Sea connection pipeline.

  • Advising revis bioenergy GmbH regarding the establishment of a state-of-the-art biomethane and transformation plant for the processing of liquid manure on the coastal canal, including advice on private building law.

  • Advising TenneT and 50Hertz on onshore and offshore projects.

LEITFELD Richter Schellberg Schleifenbaum Sieberg Rechtsanwälte

Boutique LEITFELD Richter Schellberg Schleifenbaum Sieberg Rechtsanwälte specialises in regulated industries and advises energy suppliers and, to a lesser extent, energy-intensive industries and public sector clients on all matters pertaining to the production, storage and distribution of power as well as regulated network operations. In addition to energy law issues, the team also covers planning and antitrust law as well as clients' representation. Thilo Richter is a key contact and focuses on interfacing regulatory, constitutional and Union law matters in the context of decarbonisation.

Other key lawyers:

Thilo Richter; Christoph Sieberg; Stefan Tüngler; Konrad Riemer; Margret Schellberg


‘Stefan Tüngler has proven expertise. Results are very usable and practice-oriented for clients.’

‘Christoph Sieberg: High level of advisory expertise, clear communication and flexible accessibility.’

‘The team consisting of Christoph Sieberg, Margret Schellberg, Thilo Richter and Stefan Tüngler have known each other for many years and work extremely effectively and well together. Everyone has their own area of ​​expertise and is easily contacted at short notice, so that the law firm can cover a very broad spectrum.’

Key clients


Currenta GmbH & Co. KG


RWE Supply & Trading

RWE Generation

RWE Power

Uniper Global Commodities

Gemeinschaftskraftwerk Irsching

Avacon Natur GmbH

ONTRAS Gastransport GmbH

Work highlights

  • Expert advice to the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) in connection with overcoming the energy crisis; Advice in particular on the adjustment of supply contracts as well as on repairs and gas procurement levies in accordance with the Energy Security Act.

  • Constitutional complaint for Bayernwerk Netz GmbH against the BGH’s decision on the Federal Network Agency’s determination of the general sectoral productivity factor.

  • Advising the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy on the development of a compensation system for non-market-based interventions during a gas supply crisis.


Loschelder's energy team is integrated into the firm's cross-practice regulated markets group and impresses with its expertise in representing regulatory authorities. Recently, practice head Raimund Schütz, who specialises in public and contract law, represented various regulatory authorities in appeal proceedings by network operators against the setting of revenue caps. The team also advises private sector companies on energy-related issues.

Practice head(s):

Raimund Schütz

Other key lawyers:

Kristina Schreiber


‘Very good and easy to contact at short notice. Practical answers and no legal opinions.’

‘Kristina Schreiber is always very easy to contact and provides quick and well-founded information on the topics. She always takes into account the practical circumstances of the company and the market overall. ‘

Key clients

1&1 Energie GmbH

Regulierungskammer Bayern

Regulierungskammer Rheinland-Pfalz

Regulierungskammer Saarland

Regulierungskammer Hessen

Work highlights

  • Representation of the Bavarian regulatory authority in various appeal proceedings by network operators against the determination of the upper revenue limits of these network operators by the regulatory authority before the Munich Higher Regional Court and the Federal Court of Justice.

  • Representation of the Rhineland-Palatinate regulatory authority in various appeal proceedings by network operators against the determination of the upper revenue limits of these network operators by the Rhineland-Palatinate regulatory authority before the Koblenz Higher Regional Court and the Federal Court of Justice.

  • Representation of the Saarland regulatory authority in various appeal proceedings by network operators against the determination of the revenue caps of these network operators by the regulatory authority before the Saarland Higher Regional Court and the Federal Court of Justice.

Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte

Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte focuses on advising and representing energy companies and municipal utilities in energy law disputes, which are frequently advised on at the antitrust law interface and include pricing issues and mergers; Andreas Hahn is a key contact here. Practice head Markus Köhler routinely assists with mass, model and large-scale proceedings and regularly represents large pipeline operators in proceedings pertaining to pricing in connection with line utilisation before the Federal Court of Justice.

Practice head(s):

Markus Köhler

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Hahn; Malte Weitner; Martin Fink


‘High level of energy industry expertise.’

‘Strong negotiation skills and pragmatic implementation of practical solutions.’

‘Good atmosphere in the office. Team play for the benefit of the client.’

Key clients

Bmp greengas GmbH

EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG


Eqiunor ASA

Encevo SA, Luxemburg

Energiedienst AG, Reinfelden

Erdgas Südwest GmbH

Fluxys Deutschland GmbH

Fluxys TENP GmbH

Netze BW GmbH und Netze BW Wasser GmbH

GF Casting Solutions Leipzig GmbH

Schwarzwald Energy GmbH

Siemens Energy Global GmbH & Co. KG

Stadtwerke Böblingen GmbH

Stadtwerke Gießen AG (SWG)

Universität Konstanz

Work highlights

  • Advising EnBW mobility+ AG & Co. KG on the implementation of merger control proceedings before the Federal Cartel Office regarding the acquisition of a 25.1% stake by EnBW mobility+ AG & Co. KG in SMATRICS GmbH & Co. KG. The seller of the shares is the Austrian energy group VERBUND AG, which continues to hold a 74.9% stake in SMATRICS.

  • Representation of Stadtwerke Gießen AG (SWG) in a cartel administration case before the Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt a.M. in defense against a price abuse order from the Hesse State Cartel Authority, with which the cartel authority allegedly skimmed off SWG’s excessive water charges for the benefit of the state treasury.

  • Representation of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of the Environment before the Federal Administrative Court regarding the interpretation of §38 EnWG (basic supplier determination).

Redeker Sellner Dahs

Redeker Sellner Dahs fields regulatory expert and practice head Stephan Gerstner and specialises in regulatory issues pertaining to renewable energies, such as hydrogen and offshore wind. Other competencies include the advice on planning procedures and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Stephan Gerstner

Other key lawyers:

Olaf Reidt; Frank Fellenberg; Gernot Schiller

Work highlights


Rittershaus demonstrates expertise in the wind and photovoltaic energy sectors, where the team advises energy companies, project developers, investors and municipalities on transactions, tenancy law issues in connection with utility contracts as well as service contracts in the context of plant construction. Practice head Wolfgang Patzelt is a key contact for project-related construction law issues, including approval procedures and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Wolfgang Patzelt

Other key lawyers:

Christoph Rung; Ulrich Tödtmann; Ulrich Loetz; Anne Dankowski; Monika Bandel


‘Good experience in the energy sector, particularly transaction advice and licensing law for hydropower.’

Key clients

EHG Energie Handel GmbH, Hannover

NEW erneuerbare energien GmbH

Renaio Infrastrukturfonds S.C.A., SICAV-RAIF

WindEV GmbH & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Advising Renaio Infrastructure Fund SCA on the acquisition of two hydroelectric power plant packages consisting of seven operating companies and nine hydroelectric power plants in Italy from the insolvency administrator of Green City Energy Kraftwerkspark II GmbH & Co. KG and Green City Energy Kraftwerkspark III GmbH & Co. KG.

  • Advising a wind project developer on the first-time application of §45b BNatSchG before the Sigmaringen Administrative Court.