Energy in Germany
Allen & Overy LLP
With project finance expert Norbert Wiederholt in Frankfurt and Hamburg-based transactional specialist Hans Schoneweg in the lead, the team at Allen & Overy LLP's strength lies in corporate work but it also handles regulatory matters pertaining to energy trading, including approval procedures and network access. Its clients are typically drawn from the oil and gas sectors but it is also increasingly becoming the team of choice for offshore wind parks and onshore solar and wind energy clients, which is not least due to the firm's international footprint. Murad Daghles moved to White & Case LLP in February 2019.
Other key lawyers:
Ashurst LLP has a strong profile for transactional work, which has led to an increase of its national and international transactional workload. The practice headed by Frankfurt-based Maximilian Uibeleisen has focus on offshore wind parks and power purchase agreements in the renewable energy sector.
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As part of the firm's international energy and infrastructure team, Baker McKenzie's transactional practice regularly handles cross-border instructions with the segments offshore - and wind parks in particular - and other renewable sources of energy constituting the team's key area of expertise. Its expertise also extends to network and energy storage transactions, power plant projects and supply contracts. The practice has furthermore been expanding its infrastructure offering and has become increasingly visible in the e-mobility sector. After Tim Heitling und Thomas Dörmer both joined Dentons in July 2020, Claire Dietz-Polte, who was promoted to counsel, took over as practice head. Frank-Rainer Töpfer retired in January 2019.
Evonik Industries AG
The Shell Petroleum Company Limited (Shell)
- Advice on energy law to Evonik Industries AG in connection with the sale of the plexiglas business to the financial investor Advent International, in particular on questions concerning electricity generation schemes as well as CO2-certificates.
- Advice to a leading global manufacturer of wind energy turbines with regards to the formation of a joint venture with a globally operating German wind farm developer.
- Advice to Shell Petroleum Company Limited on the stepped acquisition of all shares in the sonnen Holding GmbH, Europe’s largest distributor of rechargeable energy storage systems.
Becker Büttner Held, Rechtsanwälte Wirtschaftsprüfer Steuerberater
Becker Büttner Held, Rechtsanwälte Wirtschaftsprüfer Steuerberater's team stands out for its interdisciplinary structure. As part of a broad infrastructure practice, the energy law group acts for an extremely large number of energy suppliers and other plant and distribution system operators, including several municipal utilities. Manufacturing companies and public sector clients also call upon the team's many years of experience. Most notably, the Berlin and Munich-based team became a recognised player in the market thanks to its strong regulatory offering, while also becoming increasingly active in antitrust and corporate matters. Energy lawyer Christian Theobald and experienced litigator Ines Zenke are among the key individuals. Tigran Heymann, who, like Theobald, also handles antitrust matters in addition to energy law work, and energy contract expert Michael Weise were made partners in December 2018.
Other key lawyers:
- Legal representation of a provider for electricity and gas distributor networks in appeal proceedings at the BGH (Federal Court of Justice) against the Federal Network Agency due to preliminary fixings of equity yield rates of new and existing plants for providers of electricity or gas supply networks for the third regulatory period.
- Advice to several large and medium-sized energy supply companies on antitrust matters and before the European Commission and the antitrust agency with regards to the merger proposal of E.ON.
- In- and out-of-court representation of 125 German distribution system operators aiding in the defence against rights of appeal from the insolvency administrator of the FlexStrom-Gruppe.
BEITEN BURKHARDT combines its regulatory expertise with experience in project management and a strong transactional practice. Its clients also benefit from the close cooperation with the firm's public procurement and litigation practices, leading to particular expertise at these intersections. Its client base includes several municipal utilities, project operators and developers as well as a number of energy-intensive companies. Munich-based Maximilian Emanuel Elspas heads the practice, which includes public procurement expert Reinald Günther in Berlin, who made partner in January 2019.
‘Beiten Burkhardt are known for their intuition for the needs of their clients, their resourcefulness derived from experience and research and the careful handling of problems under great time pressure.’
50Hertz Transmission GmbH
LANXESS Deutschland GmbH
Netze BW GmbH
Transnet BW GmbH
Zhongtian Technology Submarine Cable Co. Ltd
- Continuation of advice and legal representation of the European Commodity Clearing AG on the implementation of the European market coupling in accordance with the network code capacity allocation and congestion management, as well as contractual advice on the restructuring of the Nordic electricity exchange and ongoing advice on energy law and regulatory matters.
- Advice to the Stadtwerke Heidenheim AG on the acquisition of over 20 wind power plants with an overall capacity of approximately 50 MW.
- Advice to the Netze BW GmbH on a regional planning procedure for the creation of a 110kV-power line.
Bird & Bird has carved out a strong renewable energy practice with a focus on offshore wind parks, most notably those in the German North Sea, but the team is also well versed in handling work pertaining to solar parks, geothermal projects and onshore wind parks. Much of its work is transactional in nature but the team also assists in setting up new funds. In both segments, the German practice benefits from its network and cooperation with international colleagues. René Voigtländer in Munich and Matthias Lang in Düsseldorf jointly head the team. Lars Kyrberg, who specialises in EPC projects and commercial contracts as well as power purchase agreements, and transactional specialist Stefanie Orttmann were made partners in May 2019.
‘One of the few teams that keep up with climate protection and the turnaround in energy policy, are active in important fields and react quickly to trends.’
‘The strengths of the team are the ability to take economic aspects into account and to make recommendations clearly and precisely. At the same time, the team meets deadlines and answers inquiries quickly. ‘
‘Matthias Lang is a highly professional advisor with an excellent technical and commercial understanding of the energy industry, always approachable and focused on the best possible solution.’
‘Matthias Lang is a very good communicator, very flexible and gives us the feeling that he really cares about the concerns of our company. A perfect contact person.’
- Advised the Sojitz Coporation on the selling of a 24 MW-solar park in Germany.
Clifford Chance remains one of the heavyweights in the market for national and international transactions, while, due to the team's energy regulatory, environmental and planning expertise as well as its in-depth financing know-how, it is also rated for its project work. The team is particularly active in the power and gas sectors, where it handles various matters from energy generation to energy distribution. This also includes electromobility, smart metering and smart market issues as well as urban quarter solutions, while the team led by Björn Heinlein also handles offshore projects. Mathias Elspaß is recommended for approval proceedings and infrastructure facilities. Counsel and project finance specialist Florian Kutzbach moved to Watson Farley & Williams LLP in November 2018.
Other key lawyers:
‘Very experienced and committed lawyers.’
‘The team actually works as a team. Flexible in use: from selective legal analyses to full service.’
‘Anselm Raddatz is very hands-on involved, which reduces unnecessary back and forth and leads to a very efficient process.’
‘Björn Heinlein offers unbeatable market knowledge and always has an overview. He offers an excellent overall package of market knowledge, customer focus, communication, very active involvement in projects and coordination of the overall project.’
China Southern Powergrid Inter-national (HK) Co., Ltd
German LNG Terminal GmbH
Global Infrastructure Management, LLC
ONTRAS Gastransport GmbH
State Grid Corporation of China
- Advised the German LNG GmbH, a joint venture of Vopak, Oiltanking and Nederlandse Gasunie, on the planning, construction and operation of one of the first German liquid-gas terminals in Brunsbüttel.
- Advised the China Southern Power Grid International Co. on the purchase of a 24.92% share in the Encevo S.A.
- Advice to the Banco Santander on the financing of an on-shore wind farm project in Uruguay, the advice provided also included the drafting of project contracts.
CMS provides wide-ranging advice in the renewable energy sector, including offshore wind parks as well as gas-to-power projects, traction batteries and hydrogen energy. Antitrust and regulatory matters constitute a key portion of its workload, but the firm's broad structure also enables the team to advise on financings, transactions, employment law matters and real estate aspects. Düsseldorf-based Friedrich von Burchard and Stuttgart-based Rolf Hempel jointly head the practice, which includes administrative lawyer Fritz von Hammerstein and counsel Cosima von Rechteren, who predominantly handles contentious work. In September 2018, Thomas Brunn moved to PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal AG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft).
Other key lawyers:
‘In addition to the very good legal advice, Rolf Hempel also assumes a process control function and thus also drives extra-judicial matters for his clients and is always well coordinated. This makes him indispensable, especially in very busy times.’
‘Rolf Hempel’s advice, even in very short-term antitrust law issues, is characterised by extensive professional expertise and experience and, at the same time, very practical work for the client.’
‘Jochen Lamb impresses with a combination of excellent legal know-how paired with a deep understanding of business backgrounds.’
‘Christian Friedrich Haellmigk is an expert in energy and antitrust law.’
‘Cosima von Rechteren has excellent expertise combined with excellent structuring and results orientation.’
50Hertz Transmission GmbH
Elektrizitätswerk der Stadt Zürich (ewz)
N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie / Gasunie Deutschland Transport Services GmbH
TenneT TSO GmbH
- Advice to the DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG on the demerger and sale of a fringe activity in the course of focussing the whole company on the exploration and production business.
- Comprehensive advice to the EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG on negotiations of the first long-term power purchase agreement for a planned subsidy-free solar farm in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania which renounces statutory funding programmes under the EEG (renewable energy law).
- Advised Fluxys SA and NOVATEK on the formation of a joint venture company to operate a head-end station to store liquefied natural gas in Rostock.
Dentons focuses on large-scale cross-border instructions, most notably transactions. For this purpose, Berlin-based team head Thomas Schubert regularly calls on colleagues from offices across the firm's international network to predominantly handle European instructions but also mandates from Canada, Russia, the US and China. With the arrival of counsel Gabriele Haas from Uniper in May 2019 and Jan Scharfenberg's appointment to counsel in March 2019, the team boosted its bench strength in the regulatory sphere. Antitrust expert Josef Hainz and corporate specialist Volker Junghanns were both elevated to the partnership in April 2019.
NIBC Infrastructure Partners
Veolia Water Technologies
- Advice to the Canadian energy infrastructure company Enbridge Inc. regarding the formation of a Joint Ventures with the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB).
- Advice to Goldwind, one of the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturers, on a £21 million-venture Capital Investment in Oxford Photovoltaics Limited.
- Advised ENGIE Deutschland GmbH on the acquisition of OTTO Luft- und Klimatechnik GmbH & Co. KG.
DLA Piper's energy team stands out for its strong transactional and project practice as well as for its expertise in energy contract and emissions trading law. In regulatory work, the team is particularly active in the gas sector, including liquid gas, where it focuses on infrastructure mandates and complaint and abuse proceedings before the Federal Network Agency. The team has also been handling an increasing amount of e-mobility work, such as charging station infrastructure matters, while also having experience in contentious proceedings, including arbitration. Cologne-based Michael Cieslarczyk heads the practice, which includes Carlos Robles y Zepf in Frankfurt, who made partner in May 2018 and frequently acts at the corporate and M&A interface. Former counsel and regulatory lawyer Stefan Schröder joined Hogan Lovells International LLP as partner at the start of 2020.
Other key lawyers:
‘Quick professional familiarity with the special features of the client. High availability and commitment to the interests of the client. Practical solutions. ‘
Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners
EFET – European Federation of Energy Traders
E.ON Climate & Renewables
Fluxys TENP und Fluxys Deutschland
- Advice to Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure partners in the course of their investment in a 475 MW onshore wind farm in Sweden.
- Advice to the European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET) through Michael Cieslarczyk as German counsel on the effects of a hard Brexit on energy trading companies based in England. Furthermore the drafting of a standard contract for corporate power purchase agreements.
- Advised ERG on financing the wind farm Linda with an investment volume amounting to approximately €30 million, in follow-up to the advice on acquisition and development of the wind farm.
Dolde Mayen & Partner
Public law boutique Dolde Mayen & Partner puts significant emphasis on plant construction work and energy sector-related regulatory matters. Its offering includes advice on grid access obligations, network access tariffs and associated regulations, the unbundling of network operators as well as power plant projects, spanning both the conventional and renewable energy sectors, alongside emission trading matters. Christian Stelter and Frank Hölscher head the regulatory practice from Bonn, while Stuttgart-based Winfried Porsch leads the team focused on plant construction. Thomas Mayen is recommended for regulatory issues.
‘Consistently very solid and unagitated lawyers with a high level of expertise and a law firm that acts in a pleasantly reserved manner in the market. The focus is on the interest of the individual client, not on collecting as many clients as possible.’
‘Christian Stelter’s briefs are very clear and precise, focused on the legally relevant questions. He resists the temptation to plunge the client into (cost-intensive) economic expert battles early and without thought.’
Großkraftwerk Mannheim AG
- Advice and legal representation of the EnBW AG against the Ministry of the Environment Baden-Wuerttemberg in the proceedings concerning the issuing of the decommissioning and dismantling permits for the nuclear power plants Philippsburg 2, Obrigheim.
- Advised a utility company on approval procedures under the emission control act regarding the construction of a thermal power plant.
- Legal representation of a large nationwide network operator in appeal proceedings regarding the equity yield rate.
Flick Gocke Schaumburg
Flick Gocke Schaumburg succeeded in consolidating and expanding its energy sector practice, which was established in 2017, and in strengthening its offering at the intersection with transactional and tax law, which are both key elements of the firm. Margret Schellberg, Thilo Richter, Christoph Sieberg and Michael Erkens jointly head the team, which predominately acts for energy suppliers and transmission system operators.
‘Highly reliable, practical and goal-oriented advice. Very precise work combined with quick response times.’
‘Margret Schellberg and Christoph Sieberg really stood out to us. It was particularly easy to bring up subjects, as both of them fully comprehend our in-house topics and industry sector. The psychological effects of contract preparations including negotiation skills and strategy are their special strong suits. Their specialist know-how was always up to date and if not, they acquired the knowledge quickly without significant charges.‘
TenneT TSO GmbH
- Legal representation of the BayernWerk Netz GmbH, E.DIS Netz GmbH and Avacon Netz GmbH in a complaints procedure at the OLG (Higher Regional Court) Düsseldorf concerning the general specifications of key elements for power supply systems.
- Advice to EWE AG on the second investment phase of a public offer to approximately 270 communities on stakes in the EWE NETZ GmbH.
- Advice to the Gelsenwasser AG on a nationwide bidding procedure for a stake in a large public utility in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer focuses on transactions, project finance and corporate restructuring. Led by antitrust expert Ulrich Scholz, the team has wide-ranging sector expertise and is recognised for its prominent client base, which traditionally includes RWE as well as various nuclear, oil and gas sector players.
The team at GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB stands out for its high proportion of wind park-related work, demonstrating expertise in both the onshore and offshore sectors. The team is also known to handle lignite and hard coal sectors work, which either pertains to reutilisation and recultivating issues or to licensing procedures for the construction of power plants. Providing assistance with the construction of high-voltage lines and representing energy generators in regulatory proceedings with grid operators are other areas of expertise. Cologne-based Achim Compes and Thoralf Herbold, who divides his time between Cologne and Hamburg, jointly head the team. Wibke Schumacher, who frequently acts at the corporate interface, is another key individual.
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Gleiss Lutz continues to focus on regulatory work with an increasing portion of its workload pertaining to energy funding and new technologies. Integrated into the firm's full-service offering, the team has many years of experience in advising on transactions and is increasingly involved in cross-border work, which is not least due to the expansion of its Paris and London infrastructure teams. Cornelia Topf in Stuttgart and Jacob von Andreae in Düsseldorf jointly head the team. Christoph Moench joined SammlerUsinger Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB as of counsel in January 2018, while Hans-Georg Schulze moved to White & Case LLP in May 2018.
Hengeler Mueller combines a strong transactional practice with wide-ranging regulatory expertise and, thanks to its tested best friends network, handles regular cross-border mandates. As well as advising gas and coal companies, its workload also includes several renewable sector instructions. In Berlin, the team has particular expertise in offshore wind park projects, while the Düsseldorf team's regulatory expertise in offshore grid expansions is particularly applied in the context of sector-specific law shaping proceedings. Dirk Uwer, who is particularly active in offshore network expansions and transactions, transactions specialist Matthias Hentzen, antitrust lawyer Thorsten Mäger and counsel Jörg Meinzenbach, who regularly advises on M&A-related energy law matters, are among the main contacts as well as offshore wind park expert Nicolas Böhm, Jan Bonhage, who specialises in public procurement, state aid and public commercial law, and litigator Henning Bälz.
Other key lawyers:
‘Solution-oriented team that not only waits for the client’s instructions, but proactively looks for the best solutions and points out possible dangers and complications.’
‘The energy law team at Hengeler Müller is characterised by both the quality of the legal advice and its high level of service. In this context, the outstanding support from Jörg Meinzenbach deserves special mention.’
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP)
DB Energie GmbH/Deutsche Bahn AG
DZ Bank AG
MVV Energie AG
TenneT TSO GmbH
- Advice to Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) on the €1.84 billion sale of shares in the offshore wind farm Veja Mate.
- Advised the DZ Bank AG on the issuance of a €250 million bond, the first Green Bond of the DZ Bank AG.
- Advised innogy SE on the sale of its majority stake in the innogy Grid Holding to RWE in the course of the takeover and dividing up of innogy by RWE and E.ON.
As a full-service firm, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek is well placed to handle energy-specific matters as well as issues at the interface with real estate, public procurement, tax and state aid law. The team handles purely national as well as cross-border instructions, where the firm's tested network of international cooperation firms comes into play. It is particularly well versed in advising renewable energy sector clients and continues to expand its electromobility offering. Conventional energy suppliers, energy-intensive companies and investors also instruct the team led by Marc Baltus. Felix Siebler moved to Watson Farley & Williams LLP in July 2018.
‘The team around Ute Jasper is closely connected, always well informed with each other, always delivers reliable, timely and well-founded legal statements that are prepared in a practical manner and, above all, can be implemented. You can absolutely rely on her team.’
‘Ute Jasper combines a high level of expertise with a quick grasp, the ability to immediately condense complex issues to the essential points and questions and to bring them to a legally secure and at the same time pragmatic solution. You can always rely on her! As a client, you feel in good hands with her.’
‘Marc Baltus is characterised by a broad and deep knowledge of energy law. With him you can discuss questions from a wide variety of areas and always receive reliable and practice-oriented advice.’
regio iT gesellschaft für informations-technologie mbH
ESWE Verkehrs-gesellschaft mbH
SET Swiss Energy Trading AG
- Advised a mineral oil trading company on energy law matters, e.g. the europe-wide distribution of gas-based fuels and the electromobility services with cooperation partners, including advice and coordination of advice via foreign law firms in a joint venture with a leading energy supplier in the e-mobility sector.
- Legal representation and comprehensive advice to an energy supplier on supply interruptions and termination of the contractual supply agreement with a company threatened with insolvency, as well as the completion of a transition agreement with the buyer of the supllied sites.
- Advice to a foreign energy supplier on contract design and regulatory issues concerning an energy-saving scheme based on batteries for so-called Peak Shaving and the proper performance of control energy.
Hogan Lovells International LLP is best known for its strong transactional practice. Team head Matthias Hirschmann specialises in advising oil and gas sector clients but is also experienced in cleantech work. The latter segment includes assistance with the sale of onshore and offshore wind parks as well as biomass power plants. In other work, the team regularly acts in proceedings before the Federal Network Agency. Counsel Tobias Flasbarth, who handles matters at the intersection of corporate and energy law, is a key member of the team. At the start of 2020, the practice gained regulatory energy expert Stefan Schröder from DLA Piper.
‘Stefan Schröder is able to get straight to the point with his technical expertise.’
Linklaters is recognised for its strong deal flow in large-scale transactions, most notably in the oil, gas and coal sectors, while the team also has notable experience in renewable energy work. Most of its work pertains to onshore and offshore wind parks but it also advises on geothermal and solar energy matters. Network operators frequently receive assistance with grid expansion issues, such as service contracts and public procurement matters. Handling stand-alone regulatory instructions, including those in a contentious setting, also form part of its portfolio. Berlin-based Thomas Schulz heads the team, which also includes Düsseldorf-based antitrust expert Christoph Barth, who made partner in May 2019. Kai-Uwe Pritzsche retired in November 2018 but subsequently started to work independently.
Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH's strength lies in providing energy providers and manufacturing companies with transactional and regulatory advice. Its scope spans renewable energy-related and nuclear phase-out advice as well as assistance with the construction of conventional power plants. Its workload also covers the segments e-mobility, smart metering and intelligent power grids. The team was also one of the first in Germany to get involved in a fine proceeding initiated by the Federal Network Agency on the grounds of accused market manipulation. In other work, the team has been increasingly active in project financing matters. Holger Stappert heads the practice, which includes Angelo Vallone. He handles the full spectrum of energy law.
Other key lawyers:
‘Rapid availability, well-founded expertise and close networking with the M&A practice of the firm.’
‘Very precise knowledge of the specific complex energy law and associated regulatory landscape, including related disciplines (e.g. energy tax law). Timely tracking of the numerous change processes in this dynamic environment and quick information. Practice-oriented and solution-oriented communication. ‘
‘Excellent expertise, coupled with commercial understanding. Unequalled in Germany. ‘
‘Very good quality of advice and high flexibility, even with somewhat exotic niches in energy law. High service level. ‘
‘Angelo Vallone has a high level of professional and personal competence. He anticipates problems and offers extremely practical solutions.’
‘Angelo Vallone offers very good energy management know-how paired with a sense for the essentials without getting lost in details. His clear legal opinions and recommendations, short response times, pragmatic approach and the openness to discuss controversial legal opinions are to be emphasised.’
‘Holger Stappert is very experienced and always on the go, creative and has a very good knowledge of the energy industry.’
‘Karsten Köhler combines a high level of expertise and quick availability.’
Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH
- Successful legal representation of the plaintiff in arbitration E.ON Kernkraftwerk GmbH against the respondent in arbitration Electrabel N.V./S.A. in arbitration proceedings. Amount in dispute approximately $700 million.
- Advice to the French Debt Fonds RIVE Private Investment on the mazzanine Holdco-project financing of a wind farm portfolio.
- Strategic legal advice to a large electricity producer on questions of constitutional, union and investment protection law with regards to the phase-out of coal in Germany.
Noerr succeeded in further expanding its transactional practice, leading to an increase of its transactional deal flow in Berlin, Dresden and Düsseldorf as well as its Hamburg office, which was set up in April 2017. In the regulatory sphere, the team is particularly active in concession procedures and offshore and onshore wind energy matters, while also handling a wide range of electromobility work. Emissions trading is another key area of expertise, where the team acts for energy suppliers and energy-intense companies. Düsseldorf-based Maurice Séché was elevated to the partnership in January 2019. The team led by Christof Federwisch also includes concession contract specialist Cornelia Kermel, corporate lawyer Tibor Fedke and regulatory expert Christian Alexander Mayer. Environmental compliance specialist Uwe Erling joined Pohlmann & Company in January 2020.
Other key lawyers:
‘Organically grown team with a good mix of specialists and generalists.’
‘Perfect coordination for cross-departmental mandates and consistently excellent quality for all contacts. Very efficient and goal-oriented processing of mandates with a coordinated focus on business-relevant strategies. You rarely see such a perfect match between legal precision and customer orientation. ‘
‘Tibor Fedke is the best man with great know-how and focus on customer requirements.’
‘From our perspective, Tibor Fedke is the driving force who with his enormous quality standards, outstanding commitment and the necessary overview ensures that the Noerr team can sustainably show extraordinary performance. With great empathy and sensitivity, he succeeds in transforming his high expectations into real motivation for his team. Competitors certainly have excellent lawyers to offer, but here it is the passion of an open-minded person that makes the difference.’
‘Katrin Andrä offers a high level of detailed knowledge and is digitally savvy.’
Its strong geothermal practice sets Norton Rose Fulbright apart from its competitors alongside its specialisation in energy storage and its growing activities in Africa and other growing markets. The predominately Munich-based team is part of the firm's international energy practice, which leads to regular cooperations with other European offices, particularly when handling cross-border mandates. As well as its extensive energy supplier client base, Klaus Bader's team also advises start-ups, most notably on digitalisation-related matters. M&A and PE specialist Sebastian Frech was elevated to the partnership in January 2019. Of counsel Christian Bauer joined Watson Farley & Williams LLP in September 2019, while antitrust and competition lawyer Christian Filippitsch moved to Reed Smith in at the start of 2020.
‘The practice has exceptionally high expertise, especially in an international environment.’
‘Dirk Trautmann is extremely client-oriented and an extremely strong negotiator.’
BayWa r.e. Energy
Tauber Solar / Sunpower Africa Development
- Legal representation and advice to Greece on the negotiations of obligations with the EU Commission regarding the sale of a large share in electricity generation from brown coal of the Greek energy provider Public Power Corporation to a third party.
- Advice to the European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET) on close-out-netting, insolvency-resistance and enforceability of the EFET-framework contracts under German law, including the preparation of a legal opinion for the EFET-framework contracts concerning electricity and gas for the members of the EFET.
- Advice to Tauber Solar/ Sunpower Africa Development on project developments (in particular long-term energy supply and concession contracts) and the financing of large-scale solar projects in several African jurisdictions.
PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal AG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft)
PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal AG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft)'s offering covers a wide range of matters, from grid regulation issues and network charges to advising energy-intensive companies and providing assistance with urban quarter-related energy supply projects. Advising on power plant projects and energy environmental law issues are also areas of expertise for the team led by the Düsseldorf-based Peter Mussaeus. Until spring 2020, he co-lead the practice with Boris Scholtka, who subsequently took on the lead of EY Law's energy practice. Michael Küper, who specialises in advising utility companies and energy-intensive companies, was made partner in July 2018, while transactional expert Thomas Brunn joined the team in September 2018 from CMS.
‘Very well-founded knowledge from a large number of reference processes. Compared to other law firms, the team is very flexible, checks legal feasibility and responds individually to the specifics of the client. The legal expertise is proven to be excellent. The apparatus behind Legal with regulatory experts etc. rounds off the very good performance. Comprehensible fees within reasonable performance.’
‘Peter Mussaeus: Outstanding industry knowledge, legally sound. Very good team composition. Unexcited, well-founded, reflected, very good specialist knowledge even in the economic outskirts.’
‘Dominik Martel: Direct contact person, excellent specialist knowledge, cooperation in legal and economic contexts: 100% trust in his statements. Very transparent, excellent specialist knowledge, excellent cooperation in complex legal and economic processes.’
Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie
DB Energie GmbH
ARGE EDL (Arbeitsgemeinschaft von Energiedienstleistern)
Heraeus Quarzglas GmbH & Co. KG
Tönnies Holding Aps & Co. KG
Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen AG (SSB)
- Advice to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy concerning the legal framework for a financial share of the affected owners in the added value of the network expansion.
- Legal representation in court of the DB Energie GmbH in several complaints procedures against rulings of the BNetzA regarding the authorisation of investment measures.
- Legal representation of the N-ERGIE stock company in a complaints procedure against a permit issued to the TenneT TSO GmbH .
Raue's team stands out for its regulatory expertise and has many years of experience in handling complaints proceedings before the Federal Network Agency, but it is also well versed in antitrust and public procurement matters, including power and gas concession proceedings. Christian von Hammerstein heads the team, which includes Friedemann Eberspächer, who made partner in January 2019. Eberspächer specialises in energy sector corporate, M&A and financing work.
Other key lawyers:
‘Very quick, very competent handling of complex issues in energy law with a particular strength when representing in court.’
‘Incomparable direct and targeted advice! Problems are recognised immediately and discussed and evaluated in detail.’
Redeker Sellner Dahs
Redeker Sellner Dahs combines its strong power plant practice with wide-ranging expertise in environmental law, the German Industry Act (Energiewirtschaftsgesetz, EnWG) and in the energy-intensive sector, which leads to regular instructions on compensation schemes and the Renewable Energy Sources Act. Olaf Reidt and Stephan Gerstner jointly head the team from Berlin.
Other key lawyers:
Bundesamt für Naturschutz
Dow Deutschland Anlagengesellschaft mbH
RWE Power AG
- Advice to a large energy and district heating supplier on the legal actions of the Land Berlin (Berlin Regional Government) concerning the obligation of tranfer of the district heating supply to the public sector.
- Legal representation of the TransnetBW GmbH as third party admitted to the proceedings in the legal case of the Free State of Thuringia/ Federal Republic of Germany regarding the federal planning of SuedLink.
- Advice and legal representation of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) in several administrative and legal procedures concerning the actions of a nature conservation association against the offshore wind farm Butendiek.
Taylor Wessing predominantly handles project finance and transactions with a particular focus on the renewable energy sector, most notably wind and solar parks. Thanks to the firm's international reach, the German team is regularly involved in cross-border mandates. The team also provides broad regulatory advice, including network charges and energy trading issues, while also increasingly expanding its offering at the interface with energy law and digitalisation. Hamburg-based Carsten Bartholl heads the team, which includes Düsseldorf-based regulatory and transactional specialist Markus Böhme.
Other key lawyers:
‘Well-rehearsed team with very good specific expertise in the respective legal field.’
‘Carsten Bartholl is a lawyer who not only presents and assesses the legal risks, but also points out potential economic risks that are not based on a legal risk.’
Also Energy Inc., USA
Clenergy Global Projects GmbH
ENCAVIS Asset Management AG
ERG Renew S.p.a.
Garbe Industrial Real Estate GmbH
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind A/S
Thuega Erneuerbare Energien GmbH & Co. KG
- Advised the CEE Group on the purchase of the onshore wind farm Aßlar.
- Ongoing advice to a large regional energy supplier on matters of energy distribution law.
- Advised the MHI Vestas Offshore Wind A/S on project contracts for the construction of two German offshore wind farms with an overall performance of more than 700 MW.
Watson Farley & Williams LLP
Watson Farley & Williams LLP has extensive experience in handling large-scale and international transactions with a clear focus on renewable energy and puts its geographical focus on Scandinavia, Latin American growth markets and Asia. With the arrivals of procurement, digitalisation and infrastructure specialist Felix Siebler from Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek in July 2018, project finance expert Florian Kutzbach from Clifford Chance in November 2018 and energy project specialist Christian Bauer from Norton Rose Fulbright in September 2019, the firm is one of the fastest growing in the market. In January 2019, the regulatory practice received a further boost with the arrival of Friedrich Maximilian Boemke from Corinius LLP.
Other key lawyers:
‘Watson Farley & Williams has in-depth knowledge of renewable energies.’
‘The teams around partners Marcus Bechtel, Wolfram Böge and Verena Scheibe are extremely team- and deal-oriented. Even tight deadlines are met at all times, the quality of the legal and tax audit results is always reliable and flawless.’
‘Marcus Bechtel deserves special mention as a responsible partner with outstanding and long-standing expertise in the renewables sector. He also has the ability to anticipate possible problems with foresight and to present solutions for them. ‘
Axpo Holding AG
Commerz Real AG
Dutch Infrastructure Fund
EWE Erneuerbare Energien GmbH
HSH Nordbank AG
KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH
- Advice to an international banking consortium on the refinancing of the loan of over €1.27 billion for the offshore wind farm Veja Mate.
- Advised Ellomay Capital Ltd. and Talasol Solar S.L.U. as debtor and sponsor on the project financing amounting to approximately €177 million in total for the construction of a photovoltaic plant with a maximum performance of 300 MW in Spain.
- Advice to the Blue Elephant Energy AG on the purchase of a majority stake in the solar park Montecristi, the largest solar park in the Carribean.
White & Case LLP has carved out a strong regulatory practice, handling contentious and non-contentious work. The practice continues to be one of the market leaders in this segment which is not least due its cooperation with the firm's solid transactional practice, and its in-depth financing expertise, including capital markets and antitrust experience. Handling energy law-related matters pertaining to mobility, such as storage technologies, and renewable energy - both are particular areas of expertise - are also part of its offering. Due to the firm's international network as well as the international memberships of team head Peter Rosin, who is a member of the EMEA Energy Infrastructure Core Team, and practice co-head Thomas Burmeister, who is part of the global Power Core Team and head of its Europe department, the team routinely handles cross-border work. Murad Daghles and local partner Thyl Haßler joined the Düsseldorf team in February 2019 from Allen & Overy LLP, while the practice also strengthened its Berlin presence with the arrival of local partner Hans-Georg Schulze from Gleiss Lutz in May 2018. The above-mentioned new arrivals boosted the team's transactional offering in particular.
‘Thomas Burmeister and Jörg Kraffel work quickly, reliably and efficiently.’
Baltic Cable AB
Central Puerto S.A
EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG
Open Grid Europe GmbH
RWE Generation SE
- Advised the TransnetBW GmbH on the rise in shares in a joint venture with TenneT, which was established for planning, developing, financing, constructing and operating the high-voltage direct-current line SuedLink.
- Advice to the German-Swedish interconnector Baltic Cable AB on compliance with the German and European legal framework for regulated network providers including the application of the network charge calculation and the cross-network charge calculations as well as the cross-border regulation EG 714/2009.
- Successful legal representation of the EnBW in proceedings concerning the demanded transfer of the district heat network of the EnBW against the Stadt Stuttgart including successful arguing for concession to the right of way for continuous operation of the district heat network.