Firms To Watch: Energy

Leitfeld was founded in September 2021, fielding the trio Thilo Richter , Margret Schellberg und Christoph Sieberg, all previously at Flick Gocke Schaumburg. The regulatory boutique prodiminantely advises clients in the regulated industries.

Energy in Germany

Covers the regulatory core area of the energy sector, including expertise in other industry-specific issues and transactional matters in the energy sector. The ranking also includes two listings of the strongest law firms in regulatory and transaction-related advice.

Hengeler Mueller

Hengeler Mueller fields a team of industry experts from the firm’s transaction and litigation practices covering a broad range of subjects. It offers regulatory advice on the coal phase-out and water management, among other things. The group remains among Germany’s most active project and transaction practices, especially in the segment offshore wind and other renewable energies, where Nicolas Böhm, Jens Wenzel and counsel Andreas Breier in Berlin and Sven Erik Schneider in Frankfurt are among the main contacts. The regulatory expertise is often applied to forensic matters, frequently handled by Dirk Uwer, counsel Jörg Meinzenbach , Daniel Zimmer and counsel Moritz Rademacher in landmark proceedings, for example on redispatch remuneration and gas network fees. Recently, the practice was active in advising on energy storage and batteries, electromobility and smart grids. Clients are primarily energy companies, investors and start-ups, who can draw on the expertise of the firm’s best friends network and the Energy Law network, with existing ties to other European countries, the Middle East and Africa.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH advises on both regulatory and transactional matters. As well as its growing advisory capacities in energy trading, also noteworthy is the team’s unusually broad multidisciplinary set-up, having previously assisted with some of the largest coal and nuclear phase-outs, including well-known contentious proceedings. Advice on power plant projects increased further in 2020, in addition to the assistance offered with some of the first large-scale hydrogen mandates. The group also offers in-depth knowledge on corporate power purchase agreements, especially large-volume ones in the renewable energy sector. The team, led by Holger Stappert (Düsseldorf) is also visible in the representation of grid operators on repayment demands pertaining to EEG levy matters. In May 2021, the firm announced the formation of unyer, founded jointly with the French law firm FIDAL, internationally joining the competencies of law firms and related service providers. Düsseldorf-based Tobias Leidinger (energy, environmental, planning law) made partner in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Holger Stappert

Testimonials

‘Due to his many years of in-house experience, Gerd Stuhlmacher provides excellent and very practical advice on regulatory matters in energy trading. There is no need for lengthy explanations of how it works and the players in the market because the industry know-how is already available.’

‘Good availability, up-to-date expertise, quick response.’

‘Gerd Stuhlmacher’s experience is unique.’

‘Gerd Stuhlmacher understands the energy industry very well.’

‘Extremely client-oriented, clear and transparent approach, excellent project management including adherence to schedules and active management, a wide range of experience and helpful input of essential, important details. Intensive, effective development and implementation of goals and strategies, theoretical and pragmatic risk and opportunity assessment. All in all, an excellent, competent and successful representation of interests.’

‘Fast and accurate legal assessments.’

‘Holger Stappert: Extremely experienced, fast, knowledgeable.’

‘Fast, competent and comprehensive advice on energy management issues. Risks and opportunities from the respective circumstances are presented well.’

‘Angelo Vallone: Very experienced, opinionated, fast.’

‘Extensive knowledge of current energy industry law issues both in Germany and in the European Union. Practical solutions.’

‘Angelo Vallone meets our expectations exactly in the combination of profound knowledge of the subject area as well as the ability to convey this to us in a practical way and to make clear, solution-related suggestions in decision-making situations.’

‘Specialists in energy law, deep knowledge of details.’

‘Excellent legal advice in complex matters, taking into account strategic and negotiation tactical aspects.’

‘Precise and clear elaboration of legal issues, taking into account all aspects in a high degree of detail, but always easy to understand and comprehend.’

‘The professional appearance and knowledge of one’s own strengths stand out. In particular, this includes knowing which colleague within the law firm has to come on board with which topic in order to receive the most technically sound answers.’

‘Angelo Vallone in particular caught our eye with his expert understanding of our entrepreneurial perspective and mindset.’

‘Experienced both in the legal practice and in-house. On this basis, topics can be tackled quickly, pragmatically and in a way that is understandable for business colleagues.’

‘Gerd Stuhlmacher: Ability to work both with lawyers and with business colleagues – always with the solution for the client in mind.’

‘Absolutely practical. Pragmatic, clear, easy-to-understand wording in the draft contracts.’

‘Gerd Stuhlmacher: Absolutely practice-oriented and pragmatic. You get what you order.’

‘Excellent team with a wealth of experience. Very dedicated and result oriented.’

‘Many years of experience, excellent expertise and very good relationships with the regulatory authorities.’

‘Holger Stappert is one of the go-to people when it comes to regulatory issues. The greatest wealth of experience and a great deal of commitment.’

‘Karsten Köhler is extremely committed and takes full responsibility for the realization of projects (timeline, quality, etc.).’

Key clients

E.ON SE (und Konzernunternehmen wie Avacon)

Open Grid Europe (OGE)

Eneco B.V. (und Konzerngesellschaften wie Lichtblick)

BP

MET Holding (CH)

Alpiq (CH)

Statkraft Markets

Koolen Industries B.V.

goFlux

Grünwerke

THE FUEL TRADING COMPANY LTD

Work highlights

  • Advising Avacon on a joint project with Salzgitter Flachstahl and Linde for the CO2-free production of hydrogen for steel production.
  • Comprehensive post-M&A advice to E.ON SE on the integration of Innogy into the E.ON Group.  
  • Advising Lausitz Energie Kraftwerke AG and Lausitz Energie Bergbau AG on substantive law and procedural issues in connection with the phase-out of lignite-fired power generation in Germany, in particular negotiating, drafting and concluding the public-law contract between the lignite companies and the Federal Republic of Germany on compensation in Amount of €1.75 billion.

Becker Büttner Held, Rechtsanwälte Wirtschaftsprüfer Steuerberater

Becker Büttner Held, Rechtsanwälte Wirtschaftsprüfer Steuerberater specialises in energy and infrastructure law with several offices across Germany. The team handles a wide range of regulatory issues, with high volumes of corona-related matters as well as issues pertaining to emissions trading and sustainability in 2020. Other key areas were the Energy Industry Act (EnWg) amendment, the new supply chain act as well as compliance and whistleblowing matters. Transactional support, including the hydrogen sector, as well as advice on e-mobility and the coal phase-out are among the firm's core strengths. Due to its interdisciplinary set-up, the practice covers matters in areas such as construction and real estate. In January 2021, Christian Thole (gas and hydrogen industry) was promoted to partner and Malaika Ahlers (CHP, EEG, contracting, heat law), Dominique Couval (gas industry) and Christoph Lamy (renewable energies) each made partner counsel.

Testimonials

‘Comprehensive and practice-oriented energy industry know-how of regulation, energy tax and concession issues. The competencies of lawyers, engineers and business economists complement each other perfectly in the projects. The communication platform AK REGTP is a valuable support for the member companies when it comes to regulation/energy law.’

‘Strategy consulting: Christian Theobald.’

Work highlights

  • Advice to EV Halle, SW Leipzig, Sachsenenergie, eins energie, Naturstrom, SW Hameln, GGEW, TEAG in antitrust lawsuits before the European Court against the Commission’s approval decisions for the E.ON – RWE/innogy merger.  
  • Representation of 47 measuring point operators in administrative proceedings against the Federal Office for Information Security (urgent legal protection before the OVG NRW, main proceedings before the Cologne Administrative Court).
  • Advising eFarming GmbH & Co. KG on the realization of the eFarm project, a large hydrogen mobility project that includes the construction of a hydrogen infrastructure from production – using only renewable energies – to processing and fleet use in electric vehicles (including public transport buses) implemented.

Chatham Partners LLP

Hamburg boutique Chatham Partners LLP fields two very well-known specialists: Felix Fischer and Carmen Schneider, who jointly head the energy law team. While Fischer mainly covers regulatory issues and public commercial law, Schneider has longstanding experience in energy contract and energy trading law. Her core areas include energy supply agreements and corporate PPAs, EPC agreements, service agreements and, increasingly, P-2-P agreements. The team handles contentious and non-contentious work, assisting with negotiating project contracts as well as clients' representation in regulatory proceedings before the authorities, in particular the Federal Network Agency. Other core areas include supporting grid operators, advising on infrastructure projects in the offshore wind sector and increasingly on large-scale hydrogen projects. 

Testimonials

‘Experts in the energy supply sector! Short processing times, highly qualified, friendly team, good network. Felix Fischer personally takes care of the client, is an expert in his field, mediates clients if a client needs an expertise that is not available in the law firm.’

‘Dynamic boutique with a practical approach. Felix Fischer is experienced, committed and participatory. It feels like he’s someone on their own team. Carmen Schneider is experienced, knowledgeable and approachable.’

‘Excellent market understanding – entrepreneurial thinking & understanding of ‘the commercial people’. Advice with an all-round view: networks, producers, traders, sales. Carmen Schneider is the most complete partner I know in the energy sector: represents grids, traders, producers, sales – therefore always knows the perspective of both sides – contracts and litigation, a true one-stop shop.’

‘Clear legal advice, hands-on, no disclaimer battles, but weighing up opportunities and risks.’

‘Agile, easily accessible, fast, reasonable billing of expenses. Working in partnership with clients, but also a top appearance towards the contractual partner.’

‘Committed team, very pleasant atmosphere. Carmen Schneider: Expert in offshore and general energy law. Pragmatic solution finding based on extensive legal knowledge.’

‘Very pleasant, efficient, fast, friendly and flexible cooperation.’

Key clients

Ørsted Wind Power A/S

Parkwind N.V.

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Deutsche ErdWärme GmbH

AquaVentus Projektfamilie

Siemens Energy AG

Veja Mate Offshore Project GmbH

Athos Solar GmbH

CI III PQE GmbH & Co. KG

Skysails GmbH

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance enjoys an excellent reputation for its strong transactional practice. Anselm Raddatz and Markus Stephanblome are the key contacts for M&A matters pertaining to the energy sector and the team, led by Düsseldorf practice head Björn Heinlein, was active in several large transactions in the offshore wind sector in 2020. The firm is also well versed in project work and project financing, including advice on the planning and operation of liquefied gas terminals. Other key consulting areas were hydrogen energy, strategic international gas pipeline projects and investments in energy infrastructure. Clients benefit from the practice's international outlook and are offered sector-specific expertise in related areas such as antitrust, competition and employment law, both in Germany and its offices abroad. Markus Muhs joined Milbank at the end of 2020.

Practice head(s):

Björn Heinlein

Testimonials

‘Excellent coordination of complex projects, especially with combinations of energy law, corporate and financing issues.

CMS

CMS‘ expertise covers energy contract law as well as regulatory and transactional matters (including mergers, privatisations and restructurings). The team’s project work includes advice on plant construction and infrastructure measures, whereas a particular focus is on onshore and offshore wind as well as grid expansion projects, including project financing. Led by Stuttgart-based practice head Ursula Steinkemper (environmental and planning law), the group advises on corporate PPAs, matters pertaining to sales, cooperation and purchasing agreements and also increasingly on hydrogen economy mandates, including the development of mobility concepts. The firm launched its own hydrogen initiative, which offers support and sector-specific expertise via webinars, podcasts, blog posts and insights. The range of activities also includes advice on e-mobility and energy storage.

Practice head(s):

Ursula Steinkemper

Testimonials

‘We have had very good experiences with CMS Stuttgart as an excellent one-stop shop for all energy law, corporate law and antitrust law issues. In-depth industry knowledge and experience as well as constant contact persons and low fluctuation save expensive and time-consuming training periods.’

‘Rolf Hempel is a technically outstanding, experienced, dedicated partner who is always oriented towards the needs of the client.’

‘Thematically very competent in breadth and depth.’

‘Shaghayegh Smousavi: Has in-depth legal and economic knowledge in the regulated area. Has the ability to convincingly present complex issues with the required simplicity.’

‘Well structured consulting style, interested partners at eye level.’

‘High level of expertise – profound and broad expertise – ability to classify in adjacent areas of law – high communication skills.’

Dentons

Dentons significantly expanded its energy law practice with transaction and project specialists Tim Heitling and Thomas Dörmer in Berlin, who joined the team from Baker McKenzie in June 2020, M&A specialist Michael Krömker in Düsseldorf (until November 2020 at Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH) and Florian-Alexander Wesche (until December 2020 specialist for energy-intensive companies at Deloitte Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH) in March 2021. Transactional and project work remain the core focus of the team led by Thomas Schubert in Berlin, while regulatory advise is on the increase including matters pertaining to renewable energies and emissions trading. The hydrogen economy and digitisation of the energy sector are further growth areas. The team’s focus on advising financial investors is visible beyond the energy sector, such as in telecoms and waste management. Integrated into the firm’s global network, the African transaction practice too expanded in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Schubert

Key clients

Commerz Real

Enersis

Gazprom

Intermediate Capital Group (ICG)

Mobisol

Porsche

TNG

UniCredit Bank AG

VNG

Guizhou Changtong Group Intelligent Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advice on antitrust law to Porsche and Transnet BW on the establishment of a joint venture in the field of intelligent energy systems (autonomous and data-driven control of energy systems and networks), advice on global merger control and compliance.
  • Advising Commerz Real on the acquisition of a 49.9% stake in a wind farm portfolio from EnBW for the klimaVest fund set up by Commerz Real AG.
  • Advised Gazprom on several antitrust matters, for example in connection with the implementation of the commitments ending the European Commission’s abuse proceedings.

Gleiss Lutz

In 2020, Gleiss Lutz successfully expanded its energy law expertise in international infrastructure financing, hydrogen economy, e-mobility and CO2 pricing. Matters pertaining to the nuclear as well as coal phase-out remain a key topic and the regulatory workload focused on gas sector regulations, where the group is highly active in the complaint proceedings against the gas transmission tariff (REGENT) determination of the Federal Network Agency before the Federal Court of Justice. Other key areas are the application of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) and Combined Heat and Power (KWKG) legislation, support for industrial clients on self-supply and metering issues, as well as advice on grid expansion. Pertaining to the latter, the team is predominantely instructed by transmission system operators and the public sector, mainly in the context of large infrastructure projects. Cornelia Topf (Frankfurt; M&A and corporate) and Jacob von Andreae (Düsseldorf; public commercial law, compliance) jointly head the practice.

Testimonials

‘The practice offers legal ‘all-round care’ by experts for all areas of law affecting energy law at strategically excellent locations in Germany – supplemented by a location in Brussels, with good international connections. The practice is characterized by a trusting, friendly and at the same time ambitious cooperation among colleagues, which creates a pleasant working atmosphere among each other, but also for the benefit of the client.’

‘Marc Ruttloff is characterized by a very high level of competence and reliability combined with great courtesy and diplomacy and knows how to always create a pleasant working atmosphere with the necessary pinch of humour. His efforts to think outside the box and to get involved professionally and to network internationally are also worth mentioning.’

Key clients

Brookfield

InfraVia Capital Partners

Northern Data AG

Senvion

Total / SAFT

RWE AG

E.ON / Preussen Elektra

Gazprom export LLC

Nord Stream AG

SEGRO

Work highlights

  • Advice and representation of Gazprom export LLC in the determination procedures of the Federal Network Agency for the implementation of the EU network code on harmonized gas transmission tariff structures.
  • Advising RWE AG in connection with the conclusion of a public-law contract with the federal government to phase out lignite.  
  • Advising SEGRO on energy law.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s German energy law practice, headed by Matthias Hirschmann in Hamburg, is well integrated into the global Energy & Natural Resources practice group, which is led by a dual UK-US collaboration. Cross-border project work in the offshore wind sector as well as transactions in the energy sector constitute key advisory capacities, particularly the latter expanded in 2020. The firm’s financing experts, especially Carla Luh, further complement the transactional expertise. Increases in the regulatory advice on the hydrogen economy were noticeable, but the advisory focus remains on grid regulation and grid expansion in the gas sector, including appeal proceedings before the Federal Court (BGH) on the gas transmission tarriff (REGENT and AMELIE) determinations of the Federal Network Agency. The team is also increasingly active in advising on battery storage issues.

Practice head(s):

Matthias Hirschmann

Testimonials

‘Matthias Hirschmann’s team has a lot of experience.’

‘Matthias Hirschmann knows the sector and the people involved like no other.’

‘Excellent experience in all facets of offshore wind acquisitions, development, construction and financing. Hogan Lovells is our law firm of choice for our global offshore wind projects.’

Matthias Hirschmann is my favorite M&A lawyer worldwide.

Carla Luh is a very strict project finance lawyer.

‘In my experience, Hogan Lovells dedicates a great deal of partner time to clients and negotiations are often conducted by partners.’

‘Stefan Schröder: High competence with collegial tone and situational consulting concept.’

Key clients

Alliander N.V.

Commerz Real AG

Digital Charging Solutions (DCS)

DZ BANK AG

EIB and LBBW

Marquard & Bahls AG

Mytilineos S.A.

OMV

Partners Group

Silenos Energy Geothermie Garching a.d. Alz GmbH & Co. KG

Wintershall Dea Deutschland GmbH

Versicherungskammer Group

Daher

Diamond Generating Europe Limited

Enwor – Energie & Wasser VOR ORT GmbH

GRTgaz Deutschland GmbH

NetConnect Germany GmbH & Co. KG

Open Grid Europe GmbH and Fluxys TENP GmbH

STEAG GmbH

Trianel GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising Alliander NV and its German subsidiary, Alliander AG, on the sale of 75% of 450connect GmbH to a large number of companies in the German energy and water industry and on the establishment of a joint venture between the future shareholders.
  • Advising the Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) on the financing of four wind farms in Poland with a total capacity of 102.5 MW.
  • Advising Commerz Real AG on the acquisition of two wind farm projects in Brandenburg (Germany) with a total capacity of 11.1MW for the Impact Fund Klimavest.

Linklaters

Linklaters strengthened its partner roster in May 2021 with the promotions of Jens Hollinder Bäumer (Berlin; corporate) and Jörg Fried (Berlin; capital markets). The team led by Thomas Schulz (corporate, energy contract law, energy trading) enjoys a particularly good reputation for its transactional expertise. Traditional M&A matters as well as restructuring pertaining to renewable energies and conventional power plants are at the forefront of the advisory offering. Project work constitutes the second cornerstone, focusing on national and international projects in the offshore and onshore wind sector as well as geothermal and solar energy. The third cornerstone is regulatory advice, particularly on grid expansion issues. In 2020, the team increasingly advised on the hydrogen economy, e-mobility as well as energy litigation. Pertaining to the latter, the firm offers multidisciplinary advice from its experts in other practices, such as environmental, planning, financing and antitrust law. The firm also offers additional services in Legal Operations, LegalTech and Legal Design.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Schulz

Testimonials

‘A very broad team in energy practice, flexible and extremely competent.’

‘Thomas Schulz: Competent, efficient and adapted to every situation.’

Jens Hollinder Bäumer: Versatile and responsive.’

‘The firm’s energy law practice is very good at meeting and anticipating client needs and transaction teams are assembled accordingly. The quality of the work and its timeliness is consistently excellent.’

‘Thomas Schulz is an excellent lead partner for executing renewable energy transactions.’

‘Excellent client orientation, small but powerful team that develops in-depth knowledge of the client’s respective challenges.’

‘Christopher Bremme is very committed to his clients and negotiates very well. Thomas Schulz takes great care of his clients and has a lot of industry experience.’

Noerr

Noerr further expanded its transactional capacities in the energy sector in 2020. In addition to corporate experts Christoph Spiering and Tibor Fedke, the interdisciplinary team also has a sought-after financing group and a renowned dispute resolution practice, which is well known due to its representation in large arbitration proceedings. In addition to the coal phase-out, other key topics include renewable energies with a particular focus on onshore and offshore wind. Cornelia Kermel in Berlin is particularly well-versed in concession procedures, whereas Frank Hölscher, who joined the firm in October 2021 from Dolde Mayen & Partner, has longstanding regulatory expertise in advising grid operators. A growth area is mobility and related issues, for example clients are advised on matters such as electric vehicles and on CO2 pooling by car manufacturers. Christian Mayer (Munich; alternative mobility, administrative law) and Martin Geipel (Berlin; transactions, industrial and commercial clients, energy contract law, among others) made partners in January 2021. Hendrik Schlutt (Dresden; infrastructure law) was appointed counsel at the same time. Christof Federwisch (Frankfurt/Düsseldorf; energy generation plants, energy infrastructure) heads the practice group.

Practice head(s):

Christof Federwisch

Testimonials

‘Noerr has a problem-solving approach and focuses on the most important elements of the transaction for the energy industry.’

‘Tibor Fedke: focus, economic understanding, correct analysis.’

‘Martin Geipel offers very competent, practical advice on energy law issues.’

‘Extraordinarily good support and strategically good advice.’

Tibor Fedke is a very experienced lawyer who provides clear guidance even on very complex, unusual legal issues.’

‘Very high level of competence combined with high agility.’

‘Christian Mayer is an outstanding advisor on the legal framework for charging infrastructure.’

Key clients

Alte Leipziger/Hallesche Leben

Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur

Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie

Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Compleo Charging Solutions

DNV GL SE

E.ON S.E. / E.ON Rhein Ruhr GmbH

EDF – Electricité de France

ENGIE

ENTEGA AG

EWE AG

Hessisches Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Energie, Verkehr und Landesentwicklung

IBERDROLA Renovables

Land Baden-Württemberg /Verkehrsministerium Ba-Wü

Mazda Motor Europe GmbH

Meridiam

MET Holding AG

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

MOIA

Nationale Leitstelle Ladeinfrastruktur / NOW GmbH

Plenium Partners

Re-Wind

SAIC Motor Corporation Limited

SL Nature Energy Group

STEAG

Swisspower Renewables AG

Thüga AG

Veolia Group

Vinnolit

Volkswagen

Work highlights

  • Advice to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in the contract negotiations with the transmission system operators on the payment of budgetary funds to reduce the EEG surcharge.
  • Advising the Federal Republic of Germany in the ICSID arbitration proceedings, conducted by Strabag SE, among others, in relation to the regulatory framework for offshore wind farms in Germany.
  • Advising Alte Leipziger/Hallische Leben on the acquisition of a stake in the Veja Mate offshore wind farm.

Raue

Raue is a leading litigation practice in Germany and the first choice for some of the largest energy disputes in the market such as gas concession award procedures or instructions from grid operators on EEG levy matters. The experienced regulatory team, which acts as a standalone practice on matters such as redispatch determination by the Federal Network Agency, also offers strategic advice on the development of new business models as well as infrastructure projects. Renewable energies are a key advisory focus, while the team is increasingly instructed on matters pertaining to corporate PPAs and P-2-P models. Recent topics include smart metering, e-mobility and advising investors on green investment products. Additionally, the firm fields experts at the interface with antitrust and corporate law as well as its renowned venture and growth capital group. Joint ventures of energy suppliers are a particular area of expertise. Practice head Christian von Hammerstein‘s team includes Anna von Bremen (antitrust law and arbitration, among others) and Peter Roegele (antitrust law and financial supervisory law, among others), who made Associated Partner and Counsel respectively in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Christian von Hammerstein

Testimonials

‘We were always advised quickly and comprehensively with good expertise on our legal issues. Good industry contacts helped to find good solutions for new and complex issues. The team has many colleagues with special energy management expertise. It was always excellently managed to efficiently bring together the different colleagues and the different specialist knowledge in the interests of the client.’

‘Bernd Beckmann: I value his expertise in the energy industry and his pragmatism in contractual matters. We have always efficiently arrived at very good solutions. Our style has always been retained.’

‘The RAUE team is always top-notch in terms of content and very customer-oriented. ie always to the point. Listening, anticipating what we as clients want with our questions and concerns, in order to then answer precisely. Don’t write down any unnecessary hours, don’t acquire any unnecessary mandates, don’t produce any unnecessary papers, don’t beat about the bush. Very good.’

‘Very specialised, thorough and creative. At the same time humanly pleasant.’

Very experienced and reputable energy team, excellent contacts, fast and professional, broad-based. Christian von Hammerstein and Anna von Bremen have very good specialist knowledge and a deep understanding of energy law and the people involved.’

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

With a newly opened office in Düsseldorf in January 2021, Watson Farley & Williams LLP expanded its regulatory practice with newcomers Thorsten Volz and Torsten Wielsch (formerly of Pinsent Masons Germany LLP) particularly on matters pertaining to power plant and infrastructure grid projects, as well as carbon reduction, network charges and levies on energy-intensive companies. The firm's traditional focus is on large-scale cross-border transactions, with a particular emphasis on offshore wind. However, the team, jointly led by Malte Jordan and Thomas Hollenhorst in Hamburg, is increasingly expanding with additional advisory capacities in geothermal energy, restructuring and public procurement law. The German team's integration into the firm's global work practice led to experience in projekt work in Scandinavian countries as well as growing markets such as Argentina and Uruguay. Eckrolf Berg joined FPS in July 2020 after Ahmad Khonsari left the firm the previous month. Jörg Walzer left the firm in December 2020 to work in the trust business.

Testimonials

‘Excellent expertise, good value for money.’

Malte Jordan: Excellent negotiating skills, excellent market knowledge/expertise, excellent feeling for the commercial value of topics. He knows how to manage a process extremely efficiently for his clients.’

Key clients

Macquarie

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP)

Deutsche ErdWärme GmbH

DIF

The Renewable Infrastructure Group Limited

Storengy

Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale (NORD/LB)

EWE

KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH

APG

Tank & Rast

GP Joule

BayernLB

Energy Infrastructure Partners

Axpo

BayWa Re

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice (currently refinancing) to the banking consortium consisting of KfW IPEX-Bank, Natixis, Santander, CIBC, Commerzbank, Helaba, National Bank of Canada, Rabobank, Société Générale and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation since the financing of the €1.3 billion offshore wind farm project German bay.
  • Advising Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners as borrower on the issuance of a €130 million bond issued by Crédit Suisse to MetLife to refinance the acquisition of certain offshore substations.
  • Advising the Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale (NORD/LB) on the bridge financing of a wind farm portfolio in Poland in the amount of €45.5 million, which is being developed and built by the Danish developer European Energy.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP fields two renowned energy transaction lawyers: practice head Thomas Burmeister  in Düsseldorf and Jörg Kraffel in Berlin, Burmeister also covers regulatory matters. Also well known is the project financing practice led by Florian Degenhardt from Hamburg. In joint cooperation with the public commercial law, capital markets, antitrust, public procurement, banking supervision and construction law practices, the firm comprehensively covers energy law. While the focus is on large-scale transactions, particularly in the cross-border context, the regulatory practice was highly active in 2020 and involved in proceedings before the courts and relevant authorities, among others. Other focus areas include the hydrogen economy, European grid regulation as well as energy civil law.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Burmeister

Testimonials

‘Outstanding client orientation and service level. With in-depth knowledge of German and EU law, Thomas Burmeister constantly creates added value for us.’

Key clients

EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG

Baltic Cable AB

Next Kraftwerke

EWE AG

E.ON SE

TransnetBW GmbH

Amprion GmbH, Open Grid Europe GmbH, Energienetz Mitte GmbH, sowie Westfalen Weser Netz GmbH

Nowega GmbH

ING Bank N.V. and bank consortium

Commerzbank AG

Deutsche Bank Luxembourg S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advising the energy company EWE AG on the establishment of a joint venture with the Aloys Wobben Foundation, sole shareholder of the wind turbine manufacturer ENERCON, for the joint operation, planning and development of wind farms.
  • Advising the German-Swedish interconnector Baltic Cable AB in ECJ proceedings and the corresponding submission by the Swedish administrative court as well as the subsequent implementation under German, Swedish and European law from 2020, including support for the legislative process for interconnector regulation.
  • Advised an international consortium of financiers, including German banks such as KfW IPEX, Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank, Siemens Bank and export credit insurers (Euler Hermes, EKF and Atradius) on the €2.7 billion financing for the construction of the 640MW Yunlin offshore wind farm in Taiwan and ongoing advice on further construction progress payments, including construction delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic, changes in financing and new financing to cover further construction costs.

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP raised the profile of its energy law practice in 2020 in several ways, expanding existing client relationships in the energy sector, acquiring new mandates and also via the international network, particularly the London office. Nicolaus Ascherfeld (Hamburg) heads both the energy law practice as well as the corporate and M&A team in Germany, thus demonstrating particular transactional strength. Other key areas in 2020 include financing and refinancing, as well as offshore wind and oil, and several mandates pertaining to the hydrogen economy. The dispute resolution practice expanded with the arrival of arbitration specialist Anna Masser in January 2020. In May 2021, Max Landshut (M&A, joint ventures, restructuring) and Udo Herbert Olgemöller (public commercial law) made partners.

Practice head(s):

Nicolaus Ascherfeld

Testimonials

‘The mostly very pragmatic approach, the good availability of the partners for queries as well as the interdisciplinary teams and the international set-up with good regional coverage of the jurisdictions relevant to our business should be emphasized. All this on competitive terms.’

Wolfgang Melzer: Very thorough and precise way of working, very good financial knowledge.’

‘Very high level of expertise, very good industry knowledge, enormous experience that goes beyond the legal and is very valuable in tactical considerations, constant availability, friendliness. Criticism is very welcome and implemented.’

Key clients

Aloys Wobben Foundation (AWS)

European Investment Bank

Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM)

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA)

ENERCON Group

Uniper SE

Engie S.A./Engie Ineo

Hamburger Gesellschaft für Vermögens- und Beteiligungsmanagement (HGV)

KONINKLIJKE VOPAK N.V.

Wiener Stadtwerke

Mubadala

Senvion S.A.

Investec Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Advising a consortium of eight banks (Société Générale, SEB, KfW IPEX-Bank, BayernLB, Rabobank, ING, ASN and Kommunalkredit Austria) in connection with the refinancing of Global Tech I, an offshore wind farm in the German North Sea, with a volume of more than €500 million.  
  • Advising the Aloys Wobben Foundation (AWS), sole shareholder of the Aurich wind turbine manufacturer ENERCON, on the establishment of the joint venture (Alterric) with the Oldenburg energy service provider EWE AG.
  • Advising the European Investment Bank (EIB) on the financing of several large photovoltaic parks in Spain.  

Ashurst LLP

Ashurst LLP expanded its strong transactional practice in 2020 by successfully acquiring new clients and enhancing existing client relationships. Led by Maximilian Uibeleisen in Frankfurt, the team is establishing a footing in the German market, while it is already an integral part of the firm's international Resources & Infrastructure practice. Parallel to the expansion in the transactional space, the team's regulatory expertise is becoming increasingly important, including advice on PPAs, tendering procedures for EEG subsidy tariffs, green hydrogen and e-mobility.

Practice head(s):

Maximilian Uibeleisen

Other key lawyers:

Benedikt von Schorlemer

Baker McKenzie

In 2020, Baker McKenzie expanded its project work in the segments renewable energy, battery storage and e-mobility. Corporate PPAs, ESG standards and the hydrogen economy also became increasingly important. As part of an international law firm, the German team has a strong transactional group experienced in advising on renewable energies, power grids and power plants as well as numerous matters pertaining to outbound business. Other focus areas include power supply contracts as well as energy and infrastructure funds. In July 2021, Claire Dietz-Polte made partner, she jointly heads the group with Marc Gabriel and Counsel Holger Engelkamp.

Other key lawyers:

Silke Gantzckow

Key clients

EP Power Europe

KELAG

Work highlights

  • Advising EP Power Europe on the acquisition of the STEAG Power Minerals Group.  
  • Advising KELAG on the acquisition of twelve small hydropower plants in France and shares in seven small hydropower plants and six wind turbines in Portugal.  
  • Advising an infrastructure fund on the acquisition of a turnkey battery storage facility in Germany.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper is particularly well positioned on energy contract and energy trading law due to practice head Michael Cieslarczyk in Cologne, whose team frequently advises investment banks. In 2020, the cooperation of Cieslarczyk’s team with the corporate and financing teams in Hamburg and Frankfurt was strengthened to give transactional and project work matters more emphasis than in previous years. Another core team is the litigation group, which is well known in the market due its advice on large-scale arbitration proceedings, especially in the gas market, and on compliance issues. In the renewable energies space, the group is primarily active in the offshore wind sector. The firm launched its own e-mobility initiative and is well positioned for the important growth areas of self-supply and corporate PPAs. As part of an international law firm, the practice is a very good choice for cross-border mandates. It has particularly close ties to the Austrian, British, Dutch, Italian and Spanish teams. Financing expert Wolfram Distler returned to the Frankfurt office from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in August 2020.

Practice head(s):

Michael Cieslarczyk

Testimonials

‘Quick reaction and pragmatic solutions.’

‘Michael Cieslarczyk’s team impresses with its great expertise in the energy industry and its willingness to familiarize itself deeply with new topics. Even if we need the team at short notice, mature and high-quality contract drafts are made available to us.’

‘Christopher Ollech works in a very detailed and forward-looking manner. He understands how to put himself in the position of the given situation in a practice-oriented manner, how to ask meaningful questions and make comments, and thus how to draw up excellent draft contracts.’

Key clients

EFET – European Federation of Energy Traders

Insolvenzverwalter der Bayerischen Energieversorgungsgesellschaft (BEV), Axel Bierbach

ACT Commodities

Agder Energi Vannkraft AS

EWE

NetConnect Germany GmbH & Co KG

Javelin Global Commodities

EWE Go

Work highlights

  • Advising a large industrial group in connection with the acquisition of shares in a large offshore wind farm project, including advice on the entire project documentation as well as with regard to large-volume PPAs and all regulatory frameworks.
  • Advising a large energy infrastructure fund as part of its planned investment in a German offshore wind farm and in particular with regard to the conclusion of a large-volume PPA.
  • Advising a DAX company on two large-volume corporate power purchase agreements for the purchase of green electricity from Spanish and German renewable energy plants.  

Dolde Mayen & Partner

Dolde Mayen & Partner fields renowned experts in plant construction, who advise on power plants, energy lines and wind parks, as well as a very experienced team offering support with grid access issues. The focus of the former is advice on planning approval and licensing procedures, including representation in contentious proceedings before the Federal Administrative Court and the European Court of Justice. Winfried Porsch leads the team, which also includes Bernd Schieferdecker, Klaus-Peter Dolde , Markus Deutsch and Moritz Lange. Christian Stelter is the key contact  for matters pertaining to grid access obligations and charges as well as grid operator unbundling. Stelter regularly represents groups in proceedings conducted with legal cost pools, while the advice on hydrogen networks has also increased. Administrative lawyer Thomas Mayen remains one of the most renowned experts in the market. In October 2021, Frank Hölscher joined Noerr as of counsel.

Testimonials

‘Excellent and very efficient advice.’

‘Klaus-Peter Dolde and Bernd Schieferdecker offer advice at the highest level with a very good solution orientation and outstanding professional competence.’

Key clients

ALTUS AG

Amprion GmbH

EnBW

Fernwärme Ulm GmbH

Großkraftwerk Mannheim AG

Schluchseewerk AG

Terranets BW GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising a gas supply network operator in connection with the amendment of the EnWG on pure hydrogen networks.  
  • Representation of various legal costs communities in lawsuits before various OLGs and the BGH in connection with determinations of the BNetzA or state regulatory authorities.
  • Advising a network operator in the immission control approval process for the construction and operation of a phase shifting system.

GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB

GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB advises on the construction and operation of energy generation plants and energy storage systems, especially in the renewable energies sector. The team also offers expertise in electricity marketing, decentralised energy generation as well as integrated energy and e-mobility. Transactional advice includes active support as well as due diligence mandates, covering both share and asset deals. Other focal points of advice are planning approval procedures for grid expansion and the phase-out of coal. Thoralf Herbold (Cologne and Hamburg; specialised in renewable energies and energy trading) and Achim Compes (Cologne; M&A and project work expert) jointly head the team.

Practice head(s):

Achim Compes; Thoralf Herbold

Testimonials

‘Very high quality. 24/7 quick answers and creativity in overcoming practical challenges in transactions. Solve problems instead of creating them.’

‘Very well integrated with colleagues from other areas of Görg, very committed.’

‘GÖRG has played a crucial role in our success in the renewable energy space in the German market.

‘Reliability and internal cooperation, pragmatism, goal orientation, combination of legal, commercial and technical topics.’

‘Wibke Schumacher delivers a brilliant analysis of complex interrelationships and develops solutions capable of consensus from a legal and commercial point of view.’

‘The team offers maximum time availability, modern solutions, maximum reliability and meeting deadlines.’

‘Broad-based law firm, provides ‘all-round’ support.’

‘Achim Compes: Expert in the field of plant construction, energy law. Extensive knowledge of the municipal sector.’

Key clients

CEE Group

GasNetz Hamburg

Global Tech I Offshore Wind GmbH

Kraftwerke Mainz-Wiesbaden AG

KSBG Kommunale Beteiligungsgesellschaft GmbH & CO. KG

Land Brandenburg (Landesamt für Bergbau, Geologie und Rohstoffe)

Land Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

NaGa Solar Holding B.V.

Repower AG (Schweiz)

Sächsisches Oberbergamt / Freistaat Sachsen

Trianel Group

Trianel Kohlekraftwerk Lünen GmbH & Co. KG

Trianel Windkraftwerk Borkum II GmbH & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Representing Global Tech I Offshore Wind GmbH in legal proceedings against a grid operator to assert claims for compensation due to the delayed grid connection and EEG remuneration claims.  
  • Advising the Trianel Group on the acquisition of a portfolio of eleven wind farm projects in Germany (up to 182MW) from ABO Wind AG.
  • Ongoing advice to a subsidiary of NaGa Solar Holding BV based in Maastricht (Netherlands), since 2019 on the development of innovative solar parks in Germany.

GvW Graf von Westphalen

In April 2021, renowned energy lawyer Maximilian Emanuel Elspas, with transactional and regulatory expertise,  joined GvW Graf von Westphalen from ADVANT Beiten. The firm combines a broad team structure with interdisciplinary knowledge of the industry, including construction law, digitisation issues, environmental and planning law and insolvency law. Helmut Kempf in Düsseldorf heads the team. 

Practice head(s):

Helmut Kempf

Other key lawyers:

Maximilian Emanuel Elspas

Testimonials

‘Friendly, efficient, focused on the solution.’

‘Helmut Kempf: Well organized, efficient.

Very fast, focused, deep industry knowledge, reasonable fees.

Key clients

MVV Umwelt Asset GmbH

BEEGY Better Energy GmbH

Hitachi Europe GmbH

A. Hak Pipelines & Facilities B.V.

MVV Energie AG

MVV Trading GmbH

Nimex Petroleum Gruppe

PreussenElektra GmbH

Smiling Green Energy GmbH

ViMAP GmbH

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek successfully expanded its international portfolio in 2020 by acquiring several new foreign clients. The team, led by practice head Marc Baltus in Düsseldorf, is well positioned due to traditional advisory strengths in offshore wind and photovoltaic matters and also increasingly in energy storage, e-mobility, corporate PPAs and heat supply. Corporate expert Oliver von Rosenberg officially joined the energy law team in Cologne, complementing the firm’s interface competence with corporate law.

Practice head(s):

Marc Baltus

Testimonials

The team highly tailor their responses to our needs and provide business advice. Despite communicating with one person, the entire team is always up to date and ready to help.

‘Marc Baltus stands out in the energy market. Always ready to assist and very specific in reply.’

 

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright focuses on M&A, project work, financing and antitrust law as well as regulatory matters. The team, led by practice group head Klaus Bader, in Munich is particularly strong in advising on renewable energies with a focus on geothermal energy, onshore and offshore wind and the photovoltaic sector. The experts in geothermal energy are particularly active in Germany, whereas advice on solar systems is in high demand in Africa. In the transactional space, the firm handles both classic M&A and private equity matters. The firm’s venture and growth capital practice offers support with e-mobility funds, energy storage and the hydrogen economy. 

Practice head(s):

Klaus Bader

Other key lawyers:

Sebastian Frech; Dirk Trautmann

Testimonials

‘Very strong energy competence, international, solution-oriented, very fast response time and always with the goal in mind.’

‘Klaus Bader: Outstanding experience and commitment in the energy sector, strong negotiator, solution-oriented, technically well-versed.’

‘Very good networking of the partners/associates of the various branches in Germany and Europe, i.e. office-independent teams.’

‘Very personal, reliable and at the same time unobtrusive support. All colleagues calm down if necessary. The team is willing to make clear statements and positions, which is a welcome change from statements that clients have to interpret and avoid the responsibility that comes with clarity.’

Key clients

Société Générale and Erste Bank Group

BayWa r.e. Energy Ventures

wpd invest GmbH / Green Return Fund 3

Total Renewables S.A.S

Tauber Solar Group

Ancala Partners LLP

Energie 360° AG

Eavor Technologies Inc.

reev (emonvia GmbH)

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg

SUSI Sustainable Energy S.à r.l. / SUSI Partners

Work highlights

  • Advising Total Renewables SAS on the acquisition of a 23% stake in the Yunlin offshore wind farm off the coast of Taiwan.
  • Advising Société Générale and Erste Bank on financing in the energy sector/renewable energies, including the financing of the Bruck geothermal project.
  • Advising the Canadian investor Eavor Technologies Inc. with innovative geothermal technology on entering the Geretsried geothermal project.

Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing advises on transactional and financing issues, primarily in the sectors onshore wind and photovoltaics. Another key topic is plant construction, where offshore wind farms are a particular focus. The practice is also expanding its expertise in other power plants. Regulatory issues, including energy industry law issues, as well as environmental and planning law are also covered by the team. Salary partner Markus Böhme in Düsseldorf oversees the regulatory practice in Germany. Other key contacts are Carsten Bartholl, head of the international M&A and corporate practice, and Tillmann Pfeifer, who heads the corresponding German practice, both are based in Hamburg.

Other key lawyers:

Janina Pochhammer; André Guskow

Testimonials

‘Taylor Wessing works very client-oriented, the colleagues there are always available for their clients, with very short reaction times. The law firm has lawyers with specialist knowledge for all pending subject areas, who offer comprehensive advice for all areas of law.’

‘Carsten Bartholl and his teammates are very client-oriented, provide comprehensive advice and, in addition to excellent legal expertise, also have a very good understanding of economic issues. Negotiate in a goal-oriented, fair manner and are willing to compromise.’

‘The colleagues at Taylor Wessing have very in-depth knowledge of the industry and therefore know how to offer tailor-made solutions in the shortest possible time. The cooperation with the in-house colleagues runs smoothly and is always very professional. In the obligatory discussion of accounts, a good result was always achieved for both sides.’

‘Janina Pochhammer’s extremely quick comprehension and well-founded expertise ensure that the respective area of responsibility is coordinated in the shortest possible time and thus makes a significant contribution to the cost-efficient processing of assigned mandates.’

Technically well positioned. The comprehensive cooperation with different locations for special topics works smoothly. Fast processing. Good care.

Key clients

CEE Group

Clenergy Global Projects GmbH

Encavis Asset Management

Engie New Ventures / BNP Paribas

Farasis Energy (Zhenjiang) Co., Ltd

fos4X

GARBE Unternehmensgruppe

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy GmbH & Co. KG

Telefónica S.A.

Work highlights

  • Longstanding comprehensive advice to the CEE Group & ENCAVIS Asset Management on the acquisition of onshore wind and solar PV systems in various regions of Europe.
  • Comprehensive and cross-practice advice to Telefónica SA in connection with the expansion of the fiber optic network in around 6,000 communities in Germany.
  • Advised Engie New Ventures and BNP Paribas on a €100 million Series D-3 financing round in Heliatek, a developer and manufacturer of organic photovoltaic technology.

Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein

Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein is well positioned for matters pertaining to wind energy and photovoltaics. In addition to transactional and project work, the team also advises on planning and environmental law, Wolfgang Patzelt in Munich is a key contact here. Public law matters are handled by Margarete von Oppen in Berlin.

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP focuses on the renewable energy sector, primarily advising on transactions as well as funds. Solar parks, onshore and offshore wind farms and geothermal systems are at the core of the service spectrum, with a particular focus on offshore projects in the German North Sea. Due to the firm's international orientation, the team is well versed in handling cross-border mandates. René Voigtländer in Munich and Matthias Lang in Düsseldorf jointly head the team.

Other key lawyers:

Hermann Rothfuchs; Lars Kyrberg

Testimonials

‘The Energy & Utilities Group/ Regulatory & Administrative Practice Group at Bird&Bird covers the entire spectrum of energy law in our core markets. The highly experienced team is able to anticipate changes in key segments of this fast-moving industry (renewable energy, energy management, grids, digitization, storage, nuclear, oil and gas, mining and minerals).’

‘Matthias Lang: Excellent experience in the energy sector (with a particular focus on infrastructure, energy, regulation, state aid and environmental law).’

‘The cooperation with Lars Kyrberg is of the highest legal quality without being aloof; it remains practical. He is characterized by a high degree of understanding of the situation and the ability to comprehensively evaluate and implement a wide variety of aspects – including those from other disciplines. The cooperation with the client, colleagues and other stakeholders is very respectful.’

Key clients

PSA Gruppe/Opel

TenneT Gruppe

TransnetBW

Work highlights

  • Advising JDR Cable Systems Ltd. in negotiations, project management and litigation/arbitration regarding various purchase contracts and EPC project contracts for the internal cabling of offshore wind farms.
  • Advising TransnetBW and TenneT TSO GmbH on the negotiation of project and maintenance contracts for SuedLink.
  • Advising a project developer in the field of photovoltaics on a joint development agreement with a local project developer on projects in Germany based on corporate PPAs.

Jones Day

Jones Day established a wider footing in the German energy sector through instructions from large energy companies, with the firm’s international positioning particularly useful in cross-border mandates. The team handles transactional as well as contentious issues, in particular arbitration proceedings. Key topics include offshore wind, photovoltaics and green hydrogen. The group is led by practice head Johannes Willheim in Frankfurt and also offers expertise at the interface with financing and tax matters.

Practice head(s):

Johannes Willheim

Other key lawyers:

Kerstin Henrich

Testimonials

‘Johannes Willheim has an unbelievable track record in arbitration proceedings in the energy sector like hardly any other competitor.’

Industry knowledge – partner involvement – service readiness – excellent cross-border cooperation with other offices. The partners at Jones Day, especially Kerstin Henrich, are always involved, informed and available.’

‘Kerstin Henrich: Experienced top lawyer who combines excellent legal knowledge, negotiating skills and a serious, trust-building demeanor (also on the other side).’

‘Kerstin Henrich: Good lawyer with a good understanding of business, friendly, always available, always committed. She keeps calm even in difficult situations and manages to catch the other side again. You can rely on Mrs. Henrich.’

‘Jones Day’s energy team is one of the few that is really well positioned in Germany and Spain and offers a comparably high level of quality.’

Key clients

AREAM Advisory GmbH

EDF (Electricité de France) / EDF Deutschland GmbH / Hynamics SAS

Gazprom Austria

PJSC Gazprom / Gazprom export LLC

Hoerbiger Holding AG

Parkwind Ost GmbH

Renewable Energy Holding S.à r.l.

Work highlights

  • Representing PJSC Gazprom and Gazprom export LLC in an annulment proceedings against an arbitral award ending price revision arbitration proceedings initiated in 2015 with the Polish company Polskie Gornictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo SA (PGNiG).
  • Advised Électricité de France SA (EDF) through its subsidiaries Hynamics SAS and EDF Deutschland GmbH on their first investment in the German hydrogen sector.
  • Advising the aream group on the conclusion of an agreement with ERG for the development of a solar portfolio of around 600MW in eastern Germany.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP offers comprehensive advice on the segments coal, nuclear, renewables, gas and electricity. Headed by Düsseldorf-based Tobias Larisch, the team increasingly establishes itself in national and cross-border transactions, contentious proceedings as well as regulatory issues. In addition to well known energy suppliers, the client roster includes large private equity houses and infrastructure funds. The group regularly cooperates closely with the firm’s energy law practices in London and the US on cross-border matters. In October 2020, Nathalie Daghles, Martin Neuhaus and Harald Selzner joined Noerr.

Practice head(s):

Tobias Larisch

Testimonials

‘The firm’s industry knowledge, pragmatism and ability to respond to complex situations are key qualities.’

‘Tobias Larisch is simply outstanding. His ability to execute transactions and find innovative solutions is second to none. Above all, however, his ability to explain complicated legal issues to non-lawyers and lawyers simply, pragmatically and clearly is impressive.’

Key clients

BayWa AG

EG Group

First Sentier Investors

GASPOOL Balancing Services GmbH

NetConnect Germany

RWE AG

STORAG Etzel GmbH

TOTAL Deutschland GmbH

Ukraine

VNG AG

Wintershall DEA

Loschelder

Loschelder ‘s energy law team is part of its regulatory practice. Led by practice head Raimund Schütz, the team utilises its multidisciplinary expertise in an advisory capacity as well as contentious proceedings. The group receives regular instructions from state regulatory authorities and focuses on infrastructure issues, in particular grid access and grid charges.

Practice head(s):

Raimund Schütz

Other key lawyers:

Kristina Schreiber

Key clients

1&1

Regulierungskammer Bayern

Regulierungskammer Rheinland-Pfalz

Regulierungskammer Saarland

Regulierungskammer Hessen

Work highlights

  • Representation of the Bavarian Regulatory Chamber in a series of complaints proceedings by network operators against the determination of price caps regulations of these network operators by the Bavarian Regulatory Chamber before the Munich Higher Regional Court and the Federal Court of Justice.
  • Representing the Regulatory Chamber of Rhineland-Palatinate in a series of complaints proceedings by network operators against the determination of price caps regulation benefits of these network operators by the Regulatory Chamber of Rhineland-Palatinate before the Higher Regional Court of Koblenz and the Federal Court of Justice.
  • Representation of the Saarland Regulatory Chamber in a series of complaints proceedings by network operators against the determination of  price caps regulations of these network operators by the Saarland Regulatory Chamber before the Saarland Higher Regional Court and the Federal Court of Justice.

Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte

A cornerstone of Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte are contentious proceedings, covering both in-court as well as arbitration proceedings. Practice head Markus Köhler is also experienced in mass and model proceedings. Another cornerstone are energy disputes under antitrust law, where Andreas Hahn and Martin Fink are among the key contacts, both made partners in January 2021. The team also advises on matters pertaining to e-mobility and transactions as well as regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Markus Köhler

Key clients

EnBW

Fluxys TENP GmbH

Fluxys Deutschland GmbH

Encevo S.A.

GF Casting Solutions Leipzig GmbH

Stadtwerke Gießen AG

Stadtwerke München AG

VNG Verbundnetz Gas AG

Wien Energie AG

Yello Strom GmbH

Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke's energy law team fields practice head Daniel Breuer as well as head of decarbonisation Alexander Dlouhy and is a renowned transaction practice in the energy sector with particular experience in wind and solar parks. Breuer also advises on regulatory issues, such as energy trading law and the digitisation of the energy sector. Thomas Funke, like Breuer and Dlouhy in Cologne, is a key contact for antitrust matters.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Breuer

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Dlouhy; Thomas Funke

Testimonials

‘Osborne Clarke’s team has excellent legal knowledge of energy law. What also makes working with Osborne Clarke so special is not only the legal knowledge and skills, but also the fact that you are looked after by an entire team and you are always in good hands with all the partners and employees of the law firm feels.’

Alexander Dlouhy is an excellent consultant who deals intensively with the necessary contracts and works out target-oriented regulations and agreements in all areas. He always has the entire project in mind and knows how to give the necessary impetus and show new ways to lead the project to success in the interests of the client.’

‘Osborne Clarke works very client-oriented, negotiates assertively and goal-oriented. The law firm has experts on site for foreign transactions, which is very helpful.’

Work highlights

  • Advice to Ampyr UK Energy Development PTE Ltd. on the establishment of the joint venture AMPYR Solar Europe to secure an international project pipeline with more than 4GW solar photovoltaic in Germany, UK and the Netherlands.
  • Advice to DAL/DLF on project financing with KfW refinancing of Dutch wind and solar parks.
  • Representing 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 Commission’s two approvals for the E.ON/RWE asset swap.

PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal AG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft)

PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal AG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft) offers longstanding regulatory expertise in advising energy supply companies. The team, led by Peter Mussaeus in Düsseldorf, handles a wide range of topics such as decentralised energy generation and the hydrogen economy with additional advisory capacities in infrastructure projects, price regulation issues, as well as matters pertaining to state aid law, tax law and climate protection. The growth area transaction and financing is set to be further expanded. With the formation of an EU Energy Legal Hub with offices in Spain, Italy, Great Britain and Eastern Europe, the German practice is well poised in advising clients throughout Europe. Christoph Fabritius joined Ernst & Young Law in November 2020.

Practice head(s):

Peter Mussaeus

Other key lawyers:

Michael Küper

Key clients

Continental Reifen GmbH Deutschland

RheinEnergie AG

Shell Deutschland Oil GmbH

Vonovia SE

Xian Electric Engineering Co., Ltd.

ZIA Zentraler Immobilien Ausschuss e.V.

Progroup AG

Semcoglas Holding GmbH

Infraserv GmbH & Co. Höchst KG

VW Kraftwerk GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising Vonovia SE on the planning, conception and implementation of the energy center of the future, a pioneering project in the real estate industry to supply districts (including hydrogen production).
  • Advising Continental Reifen Deutschland GmbH on the special equalization regulation under the Renewable Energy Sources Act as well as on power plant issues and corporate restructuring.
  • Advising Volkswagen Kraftwerke GmbH on CHP funding.

Redeker Sellner Dahs

Redeker Sellner Dahs primarily advises on renewable energies. Practice head and antitrust expert Stephan Gerstner frequently handle issues pertaining to grid access and price regulation issues. Another focus is construction and planning law. The firm regularly cooperates with its strategic partner firm Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP on British and North American cross-border matters. 

Practice head(s):

Stephan Gerstner

Other key lawyers:

Olaf Reidt