Firms To Watch: Commercial administrative law

GvW Graf von Westphalen represents private companies as well as public sector clients in administrative proceedings, including complaint proceedings before the Federal Constitutional Court, and has particular expertise in human rights.
LEITFELD Richter Schellberg Schleifenbaum Sieberg Rechtsanwälte predominantly advises on regulatory issues in the transport and energy sectors and represents clients in administrative test proceedings.

Commercial administrative law in Germany


POSSER SPIETH WOLFERS & PARTNERS impresses with in-depth expertise in regulatory issues as well as in administrative disputes and has extensive industry knowledge, particularly in the financial services, automotive and energy sectors. These enable the practice to advise both private companies and public sector clients on important economic and political issues: in addition to setting up Covid-19 rescue packages in the financial services sector, the team is involved in various proceedings pertaining to the regulation of diesel vehicles and advises companies on related environmental issues concerning the coal phase-out. Key contacts include Benedikt Wolfers, who has many years of experience in banking supervisory law and handles regulatory issues in the transport sector, and Burkard Wollenschläger, who, in addition to various proceedings in the automotive industry, also advises on price regulation in the water sector. With the arrival of counsel Frederic Geber from Hengeler Mueller in February 2023, the team also gained an experienced advisor on AI topics in the financial services sector and in relation to autonomous driving systems.

Other key lawyers:

Benedikt Wolfers; Burkard Wollenschläger; Herbert Posser; Charlotte Harms; Frederic Geber


‘Quick accessibility of relevant lawyers, immediate recording of relevant facts, response to client needs.’

‘Excellent at grasping complex issues and presenting them simply.’

‘High legal competence, solution-oriented approach. This firm’s focus is on public law, particularly in the areas of energy, climate and related areas. In addition to its ability to accurately analyse often complex legal situations surrounding these issues, this also requires a precise grasp of the political context. This competence sets the law firm PSWP apart in a special way.’

‘Burkard Wollenschläger: Stylistically an ace! Charlotte Harms: Very good briefs.’

‘First-class team, always working on new and difficult matters. It’s a pleasure to work with them.’

‘Benedikt Wolfers: A brilliant lawyer.’

‘High efficiency and competence. Excellent accessibility.’

‘Burkard Wollenschläger: Excellent contact in the automotive sector. Always available, efficient and reliable.’

Key clients

Axel Springer S.E.

Bayern LB

Berliner Wasserbetriebe

BP Europa SE

BS Energy


Deutsche Wohnen AG

Deutsche Wohnen S.E.

Freistaat Bayern, Staatsministerium der Finanzen und für Heimat

Freistaat Bayern, Staatsministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie

Freistaat Bayern, Staatsregierung

Goggo Networks

Hamburger Wasserwerke GmbH


Juris GmbH

Landesbank Hessen Thüringen

Landesbausparkasse West


Peek & Cloppenburg

Provinzial NordWest Holding AG

Ree Technology

Sparkasse Koblenz

Sparkasse Rhein-Nahe

Stadt Düsseldorf

Stadtwerke Görlitz


Volkswagen AG

Redeker Sellner Dahs

Redeker Sellner Dahs' broad public law expertise extends from policy-related litigation to assisting public sector clients with restructuring initiatives to regulatory advice to large companies, while the practice is also being perceived as a leading market presence in environmental regulatory projects. In addition to various administrative proceedings in which it advises on administrative enforcement against demonstrators or the reclaiming of Covid-19 emergency aid, the team is also increasingly representing the public sector in constitutional complaints and assists, for instance, with election audit matters. Constitutional lawyer Roya Sangi (counsel) is one of the key contacts for electoral law litigation. Practice head Tobias Masing represents the federal and state governments in various lawsuits and is considered an expert in financing and restructuring issues, while Ulrich Karpenstein advises on restructuring and nationalisation issues, among other matters.

Practice head(s):

Tobias Masing

Other key lawyers:

Ulrich Karpenstein; Roya Sangi; Frank Fellenberg; Christian Eckart; Matthias Kottmann; Florian van Schewick; Kathrin Dingemann


‘Kathrin Dingemann: An excellent lawyer.’

‘Tobias Masing: High professionalism; in-depth knowledge of relevant legal areas; Effective, targeted handling of cases.’

‘The Redeker law firm’s extremely high level of expertise in commercial public law is unique. A lot of experience. Convincing arguments. Sound research. Lawyers are highly capable in contentious cases. Very reliable and very pleasant to interact with.’

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance's commercial administrative expertise is especially valued by automobile manufacturers, technology and energy companies and federal ministries in matters relating to ESG and climate protection. The group particularly focuses on decarbonisation projects in the automotive industry, including advice on issues such as battery production and e-fuels use, among other matters. In addition to environmental regulatory assistance with high-profile transactions, practice head Mathias Elspaß is also involved in large public projects, including the planning of an LNG terminal. Climate litigation, nationalisation issues and product-related compliance advice for clients in the automotive sector however represent mainstays for the co-head of the European ESG Board Thomas Voland, who also advises legislators on the drafting of digitalisation and environmental regulations.

Practice head(s):

Mathias Elspaß

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Voland


‘Outstanding expertise in European law – strategically smart advice.’

‘Thomas Voland: Excellent advice, high level of competence, very good understanding of clients!’

Dolde Mayen & Partner

Dolde Mayen & Partner comprehensively covers the entire spectrum of commercial administrative law and particularly impresses with its litigation expertise; the practice represents both private and public clients in proceedings before the Federal Constitutional and Federal Administrative Courts, which frequently concern the review of Corona aid benefits as well as regulatory and budgetary issues in the finance, sports and TMT sectors. Markus Deutsch and Thomas Mayen regularly handle litigation to clarify the legality of various administrative activities at state and federal level. Mayen jointly leads the practice with environmental and municipal tax law expert Andrea Vetter.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Mayen; Andrea Vetter

Other key lawyers:

Markus Deutsch; Winfried Porsch; Matthias Hangst; Sebastian Nellesen


‘Top address for public law and municipal law.’

‘Matthias Hangst: An outstanding practitioner.’

‘In our view, this is a law firm that is one of the absolute best in its field in the area of ​​public law.’

Key clients

Adam Opel GmbH

Altus AG


Conterganstiftung, Stiftung des öffentlichen Rechts

Deutsche Börse AG

Deutsche Telekom AG


Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse

Landesamt für Besoldung und Versorgung Baden-Württemberg

Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart

Landesmedienzentrum Baden-Württemberg

Landesmesse Stuttgart GmbH

Landkreis Ludwigsburg

Ministerium für Finanzen Baden-Württemberg

Opel Automobile GmbH

Work highlights

  • Representation of the Federal Constitutional Court in a legal dispute with the AfD regarding the early notification and publication of its press release on the decision in organ dispute proceedings conducted by the AfD on the eve of the announcement date to members of the Justice Press Conference Karlsruhe eV.

  • Advice to various Bundesliga handball and ice hockey teams on issues regarding the reimbursement of Covid aid in professional sports.

Gleiss Lutz

Acting for both private clients and legislators, Gleiss Lutz impresses with comprehensive regulatory expertise, which it applies in large transactions in the energy sector as well as in connection with self-investigations and insolvencies in the transport sector. With additional expertise in data protection, foreign trade law and ESG, the team also advises on publicly financed projects, which include both infrastructure projects and Corona aid, and represents public sector clients in various administrative proceedings. Practice head Marc Ruttloff is particularly experienced in litigation and acts in climate litigation and landmark constitutional cases, among other matters. Burghard Hildebrandt primarily assists with funding law issues.

Practice head(s):

Marc Ruttloff

Other key lawyers:

Burghard Hildebrandt; Jacob von Andreae; Eva Koch


‘Marc Ruttloff: Very well versed across the full spectrum of commercial administrative law, including questions of supply chain diligence.’

‘High innovative strength, in-depth expertise even on relatively new topics (LkSG), consideration of client wishes, are accommodating in terms of costs.’

Key clients

AOK-Bundesverband GbR

Abellio Rail GmbH

Alight AB


Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Telekom AG

F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG

Globalfoundries Management Services Limited Liability Company & Co. KG

Infineon Technologies AG

Insolvenzverwalter der Wirecard AG


Markt Garmisch-Partenkirchen


Procter & Gamble Germany GmbH

Rechtsanwaltskammer Berlin

Telepass S.p.A / Atlantia S.p.A.

TotalEnergies Renewables


Work highlights

  • Advising Deutsche Bahn in an independent investigation into the train accident in Burgrain, reviewing the risk management system and providing comprehensive advice, particularly on compliance requirements under railway law.

  • Legal advice to Markt Garmisch-Partenkirchen on all legal issues in connection with the G7 summit, including security law aspects, as well as negotiation and drafting of all contracts with the federal government and the Free State of Bavaria and their authorities.

  • Advising Telepass SpA/Atlantia SpA since its market entry in Germany in connection with the client’s appointment as provider of European Electronic Toll Services by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.

Hengeler Mueller

In addition to public law and regulatory advice on large infrastructure projects, Hengeler Mueller is primarily known for its constitutional expertise and regularly acts in related proceedings at EU and federal levels. The practice's broad portfolio includes proceedings concerning the funding regulations for biomethane, the Berlin rent cap and various financial and investment protection issues. Constitutional and administrative lawyer Wolfgang Spoerr is a sought-after contact for litigation, while Jan Bonhage advises on state aid and public procurement aspects of large infrastructure projects and Dirk Uwer stands out for his advice to various clients in the health and energy sectors on modernisation and privatisation initiatives; the latter is also known as a gambling law expert. Counsel Frederic Geber (AI in the financial sector, autonomous driving) joined POSSER SPIETH WOLFERS & PARTNERS in February 2023.

Other key lawyers:

Dirk Uwer; Jan Bonhage; Wolfgang Spoerr; Erasmus Hoffmann

Hogan Lovells International LLP

The Global Regulatory practice of Hogan Lovells International LLP around public commercial lawyer Thomas Dünchheim focuses on municipal law and transaction-related compliance advice and counts large German and international companies as well as various municipalities among its client base. As a former local politician, Dünchheim has extensive expertise in budget law and is regularly instructed by large cities and municipal utilities to examine local economic and corporate law aspects of transactions and public projects as well as to assist with privatisation and re-municipalisation projects; he further possesses in-depth expertise in gambling law, which comes particularly to the fore in his regulatory advice to international clients on marketing strategies. The team is also active in dispute resolution and represents companies from the transport and TMT sectors in administrative complaint proceedings, among other matters.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Dünchheim

Other key lawyers:

Bernhard Kuhn; Sebastian Gräler


‘Very competent team that deals with all questions and cases incredibly quickly.’

‘Thomas Dünchheim: Competence, speed, sovereignty, calm and structure.’

‘High understanding of local economic contexts and very good expertise in state municipal regulations.’

Key clients

Air Canada

Akamai Technologies, Inc.

Autobahn Tank & Rast GmbH

Bandai Spirits Co., Ltd.


Bundesstadt Bonn

Center Parcs Leisure Deutschland GmbH

Deutsches Rotes Kreuz, Kinderkrankenpflege Nördliches Rheinland, GmbH

Duisburger Versorgungs- und Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH

EAM Beteiligungen GmbH

enwor – energie & wasser vor ort GmbH

DIF Core-plus Infrastructure Fund III Coöperatief U.A.

Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf


PROSOZ Herten Softwareentwicklungs- und Beratungsgesellschaft für Gemeinden, Städte und Kreise mbH

Verein für Bauforschung und Berufsbildung des Bayerischen Bauindustrieverbandes e.V

Investitionsbank Sachsen-Anhalt der Norddeutschen Landesbank

Stadt Mülheim (Ruhr)

Work highlights

  • Advising NRW Bank on various options for transferring the WestLotto Group from NRW.BANK to the state of NRW or a company of the state of NRW.

  • Advising EAM Beteiligungen GmbH on state aid, funding and municipal law in connection with the privatisation of BNG and NetCom.


The main pillars of Noerr's consulting services include, on the private side, regulatory and project-related advice to companies in the energy and financial services sectors, and on public level, advice to and representation of federal ministries in relation to their legislative and regulatory projects. In close cooperation with its energy group, practice head Holger Schmitz advises on the design of a regulatory framework for electric vehicles, the introduction of an energy price cap and the setting up of various federal research projects; the team's energy expertise also comes to the fore in representing the Federal Republic of Germany in two ICSID arbitration proceedings as well as in infrastructure projects. Funding issues, particularly in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, represent another mainstay. Carsten Bringmann is increasingly advising various casino operators on gambling law matters.

Practice head(s):

Holger Schmitz

Other key lawyers:

Carsten Bringmann; Christof Federwisch; Christian Mayer; Bärbel Sachs; Peter Bachmann


‘The support is very intensive and personal with a high level of professional competence. If anything is unclear, the internal network is accessed to quickly clarify even complex issues. With pragmatism, complex contract negotiations are led to a quick conclusion without the quality of regulations having to suffer.’

‘Collaboration works smoothly.’

‘Holger Schmitz: An excellent expert in the field of spatial planning.’

Key clients

Agricultural Bank of China Limited

Bazan Group Oil Refineries Limited

BlueBet Operations Ltd.

Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur

Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz

Bundesrepublik Deutschland


German Tote Service- und Beteiligungs GmbH / Wettstar GmbH

Handelsverband Deutschland – HDE – e.V.

Helaba Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen

ING Bank

Iberdrola Renovables


Norddeutsche Landesbank

Robert Bosch

SAIC Motor Europe B.V.

Thüringer Staatslotterie

VTB (Europe) Bank SE

Work highlights

  • Advising the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection on the introduction of the electricity price brake planned by the federal government as well as the gas and heat price brake.

  • Advising VTB (Europe) Bank on the conduct of its business in the interests of creditors and deposit protection with the main intention of ensuring compliance with sanctions law.

  • Advising ING Bank / Helaba Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen / Nord/LB, Norddeutsche Landesbank / Agricultural Bank of China Limited on the successful conclusion of a new financing agreement with STEAG.

Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte

Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte advises federal and state parties, large companies and industrial associations as well as various state governments and ministries on numerous constitutional and administrative law issues and proceedings. In addition to matters pertaining to political party and foundation financing, the team also assists with regulatory matters and administrative litigation in the financial services, tobacco and gaming sectors. The practice is further experiencing an increase in instructions in the transport sector; here, Henrike Schulte, who made partner in June 2023, advises on regulatory approval and road law. Torsten Gerhard represented the state of Baden-Württemberg in Covid-related proceedings and jointly heads the practice with Christofer Lenz, who has experience in policy-related constitutional law and is also increasingly assisting banking associations and film funding agencies.

Practice head(s):

Christofer Lenz; Torsten Gerhard

Other key lawyers:

Corina Jürschik-Grau; Henrike Schulte


‘Very practical solution, very good understanding of the client’s situation and needs.’

‘I experience a combination of professional expertise, speed and unpretentious as well as extremely pleasant, empathetic and binding communication as unique. Despite all the professionalism, the focus is always on the people involved and a targeted professional exchange. Extremely pleasant and professional cooperation!’

‘Henrike Schulte: An extremely great lawyer. Very competent and really always friendly. I would hire her again at any time. As a client you feel understood and supported.’

Key clients

Bitkom Bundesverband Informationswirtschaft, Telekommunikation und neue Medien e.V.



Bundesverband der Volks- und Raiffeisenbanken

Bundesverband Deutscher Tabakwaren-Großhändler und Automatenaufsteller


FDP-Landtagsfraktion Baden-Württemberg


Fraunhofer Gesellschaft

Freistaat Sachsen

Land Baden-Württemberg

Landtag von Baden-Württemberg

Land Nordrhein-Westfalen


Röhm Kies

Staatliche Toto-Lotto GmbH Baden-Württemberg

Work highlights

  • Constitutional court representation of the state parliament of Baden-Württemberg in fundamental proceedings on the debt brake in the state constitution against a motion by the FDP parliamentary group against the third supplementary budget for 2022.

  • Representation of the umbrella associations of the Volksbanks and savings banks at federal level in a test case involving hundreds of institutions brought by six savings banks and Volksbanks against a general order of the Financial Market Authority (BaFin) regarding so-called premium savings contracts before the Frankfurt am Main Administrative Court.

  • Representing the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in landmark proceedings before the Federal Administrative Court in connection with the issuance of local transport route permits.

A&O Shearman

A&O Shearman's expertise spans practice groups and locations and primarily addresses regulatory issues; here, its client base particularly includes companies in the energy and infrastructure sectors. The team primarily advises on sanctions and investment protection issues and assists with regulatory aspects of high-profile M&A transactions. The team further receives instructions on compliance issues relating to infrastructure and innovation projects. Practice head Udo Herbert Olgemöller's expertise extends from administrative law to European and constitutional law to foreign trade issues.

Practice head(s):

Udo Herbert Olgemöller


‘Always at the forefront of legal developments. Very quick and professional handling.’

‘Udo Herbert Olgemöller: Very knowledgeable, pragmatic legal advice tailored to client’s needs.’

‘A&O Shearman has extensive expertise in a large number of legal areas nationally and in many foreign jurisdictions. For more complex issues/legal questions, this ensures that all aspects can be examined from a single source. The firm has enough resources to handle even more extensive tasks at short notice.’

DOMBERT Rechtsanwälte

DOMBERT Rechtsanwälte focuses on municipal and constitutional law and regularly advises on school and nursery financing as well as on various projects and disputes in the health, construction and research sectors. The practice's broad consulting repertoire is reflected in the specialisations of its practice heads: while university law and financing issues in the education sector are covered by administrative law expert Klaus Herrmann and Beate Schulte zu Sodingen (nursery and school), Maximilian Dombert and Matthias Dombert focus on municipal and building planning law and assist various cities, hospital operators and real estate companies with strategic and contentious investment and budget issues. Dominik Lück mainly handles project management and as an expert in municipal, corporate and data protection law, primarily supports public contracting authorities.

Practice head(s):

Klaus Herrmann; Beate Schulte zu Sodingen; Matthias Dombert; Dominik Lück; Maximilian Dombert

Key clients

Bundesverband deutscher Wohnungs- und Immobilienunternehmen

Deutscher Kita-Verband

Genossenschaftsverband – Verband der Regionen e.V.

Landeshauptstadt München

Landeshauptstadt Potsdam

Landesregierung Sachsen-Anhalt

Landkreis Uckermark

Stadt Mittenwalde

Stadt Zossen

Verband norddeutscher Wohnungsunternehmen

Vernetzungsstelle Kita- und Schulverpflegung Brandenburg

Xella Technologie- und Forschungsgesellschaft mbH

Work highlights

  • Advice to the Federal Association of German Housing and Real Estate Companies and the Association of North German Housing Companies on the KfW funding stop for efficiency houses 55.

  • Advising the state capital of Munich on the new concept of the so-called Munich Funding Formula (MFF) to finance independent nursery providers in Munich.

  • Comprehensive data protection advice to the state capital Potsdam, particularly with regard to data protection aspects of administrative digitalisation.

GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB

GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB has expertise in dispute resolution, which is reflected in its representation of ministries and governments at state to federal level and predominantly addresses constitutional issues. Practice head Marc Schüffner regularly assists public sector clients with matters relating to their commercial legislative and regulatory activities and also has expertise in gambling, higher education and health law. Environmental and energy law advice represents another focus; in this context, the team advises on infrastructure projects as well as state aid and funding law, among other matters.

Practice head(s):

Marc Schüffner

Other key lawyers:

Henning Wendt

Key clients

Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales

Land Brandenburg – Landesamt für Verbraucherschutz, Arbeitsschutz und Gesundheit

Land Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Technische Hochschule Wildau

Vulkan Energiewirtschaft Oderbrücke GmbH

Work highlights

  • Representation of the Federal Ministry of Employment and Social Affairs in several test cases before the state social courts regarding the reimbursement of federal funds paid to municipalities for basic security for job seekers (Hartz IV).

  • Advising and representing the Brandenburg State Office for Consumer Protection, Occupational Safety and Health in regulatory measures against pharmaceutical wholesaler Lunapharm Deutschland GmbH.

  • Representation of the state government of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in model constitutional complaint proceedings brought by a wind turbine operator against the MV Citizens and Community Participation Act before the MV State Constitutional Court and the Federal Constitutional Court.

Greenberg Traurig Germany

Greenberg Traurig Germany particularly stands out in the Berlin-Brandenburg region due to its public commercial law advice to real estate and infrastructure companies. In addition to general housing market regulation issues, the team advises housing companies and associations, particularly on the Berlin rent cap, and also represents them in related constitutional complaints. Further to constitutional matters, the team also has expertise in regulatory obligations related to energy and recycling projects; Martin Hamer's expertise in waste and climate protection law is particularly sought after. Hamer jointly heads the practice with procurement expert Dieter Neumann, who advises on privatisation initiatives and project developments, among other matters.

Practice head(s):

Martin Hamer; Dieter Neumann

Other key lawyers:

Johann-Frederik Schuldt


‘Excellently adept to deal with complex contexts proactively and pragmatically. Creative suggestions and thorough technical work. Always very good cooperation between experts within the firm. Appropriate filling of tasks – fantastic accessibility.’

Various lawyers come together to address my legal issues and I always receive clear and precise answers. Always in teamwork.

Johann-Frederik Schuldt: Especially when it comes to new, extremely complex legal issues, he delves intensively into the respective topic. We discuss his results at various legal levels, both in theory and in practice. In addition, he endeavors to discuss proposed solutions through various channels.’

Key clients

Autobahn GmbH des Bundes

Barrick Gold

Verband Berlin Brandenburgischer Wohnungsunternehmen

Benson Elliott


BFW Landesverband Berlin-Brandenburg






Matheson Tri-Gas

Oxford Properties

Phoenix Spree Ltd.


Vinci Concessions Deutschland GmbH




Work highlights

  • Advising the Federal Association of German Housing and Real Estate Companies on the constitutionality and regulatory obligations of the Ordinance to Secure Energy Supply on Medium-Term Effective Measures (EnSimiMaV).

  • Representation of Covivio in 15 administrative and objection proceedings regarding the division of buildings into residential property.

  • Advising the federal government’s Autobahn GmbH on rent pricing for company apartments for employees, taking into account the budgetary and regulatory obligations of the public sector company as well as ongoing budgetary advice.

GSK Stockmann

In addition to its expertise in advising municipalities on commercial administrative law and project-related climate protection aspects, GSK Stockmann is increasingly assisting large companies and public bodies with regulatory matters and constitutional proceedings. The practice's policy-oriented advisory approach, which was further strengthened by the arrival of former Federal Minister of Justice Heiko Maas in January 2023, comes particularly into play in proceedings relating to the repeat of the Berlin election, network neutrality and in advice on the energy price cap. Jan Hennig, who is well versed in public construction and planning law, and energy and infrastructure lawyer Wolfgang cube jointly head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Jan Hennig; Wolfgang Würfel

Other key lawyers:

Heiko Maas

Key clients

CDU-Fraktion im Abgeordnetenhaus Berlin

Deutsche Telekom AG

Telekom Deutschland GmbH

Europäische Metropolregion München e.V.

Feinkost Käfer GmbH

Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg, Behörde für Umwelt, Klima, Energie und Agrarwirtschaft, Amt Energie und Klima

FSC Global Development GmbH

Gemeinde Eichenau

Gemeinde Eichwalde

KME Germany GmbH

Köhnlein GmbH

Landeshauptstadt München Referat für Stadtplanung und Bauordnung Stadtplanung

Ryanair DAC

Stadt Soltau

Work highlights

  • Advising Deutsche Telekom AG on constitutional law and conducting fundamental proceedings before the administrative courts to order a DNS block.

  • Advising the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg on a legislative proposal on climate protection in the building sector, in particular on the regulation of the use of air conditioning systems in buildings.

  • Representation of the CDU parliamentary group in the Berlin House of Representatives in proceedings before the Federal Constitutional Court regarding the constitutional complaint by several members of the House of Representatives against the repeat of the Berlin election in 2021.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Combined with competencies in environmental, planning and energy law, Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH is focused on advising on the energy transition and in this context assists with power plant decarbonisation as well as research and infrastructure projects. Stefan Altenschmidt is considered a key contact in this area and, as an ESG expert, also advises large companies on environmental compliance and due diligence obligations, in particular on the Supply Chain Due Diligence Act. Practice head Thomas Gohrke is experienced in public construction and real estate law and primarily advises publicly financed investment and construction projects in the university and university medical sectors. The team further demonstrates litigation expertise in representing companies and associations in Corona aid-related proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Gohrke

Other key lawyers:

Stefan Altenschmidt; Sabrina Desens


‘Thomas Gohrke: Fantastic, I don’t know of any comparable lawyer. Smart, very good advisor, constructive and solution-oriented.’

Key clients

Aktien-Gesellschaft der Dillinger Hüttenwerke

ArcelorMittal Bremen GmbH

BP Europa SE

Bayerische Versorgungskammer

Bundesgesellschaft für Endlagerung mbH

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

HeidelbergCement AG

IHK Industrie- und Handelskammer für München und Oberbayern

Land Brandenburg

Landeshauptstadt Potsdam

Lausitz Energie Kraftwerke AG

Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH

Stadt Köln

Stadt Leipzig

Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg


Work highlights

  • Advising the state of Brandenburg on the development of the Lusatian model for a new type of university medicine, which is also dedicated to health system research for the first time and is focusing on the Lausitz region as a digital pilot hospital.

  • Successful advice and representation of Verallia Deutschland AG before the Federal Administrative Court on access to environmental information available at the Federal Ministry of Economics.

  • Comprehensive public law advice to Dillinger Hüttenwerke on the transformation to CO2 neutrality.

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP focuses on municipal tax law, budget law and administrative and constitutional litigation, with immigration law representing a further mainstay. The team is led by administrative lawyer and regulatory expert Alexa Ningelgen and primarily stands out for representing German department stores in litigation against Corona shutdowns and further assists with public law and tax regulatory aspects of various transactions and joint ventures. Counsel Antje Weiss advises casino operators on gambling law and is also the key contact for budgetary issues.

Practice head(s):

Alexa Ningelgen

Other key lawyers:

Antje Weiss; Lene Niemeier


‘The public law/regulatory team is characterised by a high level of diversity and specialist expertise, an impeccable willingness to provide service and fast response times. MWE is a full-service law firm, in particular the commercial administrative law/public law practice area is optimally connected with other practice areas, especially with the real estate law practice.’

‘Alexa Ningelgen: impresses with a high level of expertise in commercial administrative law and fast response times. In contrast to many competitors, she communicates realistic results clearly and understandably.’

‘Antje Weiss: An excellent lawyer, she works very precisely and impresses with a high level of expertise – especially in development contribution law and commercial law.’

‘Lene Niemeier and Antje Weiss: understand how to convey legally complicated and highly complex topics in an understandable and accessible way – that’s what good client support should be like!’

‘Lene Niemeier: An extremely competent and always level-headed lawyer who you can always rely on. Alexa Ningelgen: An outstanding team leader with excellent skills, not only in the legal area. Antje Weiss: Particularly good at out-of-the-box thinking.’

‘The Business Administrative Law – Public Law team is a pioneer in diversity. With a female PoC as a manager, part-time models and a high proportion of women in the team, they do excellent work and don’t miss anything. The paths are direct and answers are binding. The atmosphere is also much more pleasant than in a team led and staffed entirely by men.’

‘Lene Niemeier: Obliging, pleasant to deal with and quick and clean in handling assigned tasks. She is approachable and provides access to her field. In contrast to many other lawyers, she allows advice on an equal level and still knows how to assert herself against the opposing party.’

‘Alexa Ningelgen and Lene Niemeier are a very good team.’

Key clients

Arolsen Archives

CE Guss GmbH & Co. KG

GALERIA Karstadt Kaufhof GmbH

KaDeWe Group GmbH

Löwen Entertainment GmbH

MACH Holding GmbH

Stadt Düsseldorf

Work highlights

  • Advising GALERIA Karstadt Kaufhof GmbH on proceedings against Corona shutdowns and the assertion of compensation due to Corona shutdowns.

  • Advising Löwen Entertainment GmbH on gambling law, particularly in connection with device setup and online products.

  • Advising Arolsen Archives on constitutional, international law and budgetary issues, most recently in connection with government grants.


Raue's administrative advice primarily focuses on litigation and is aimed at both private companies and public foundations and institutions. The team is particularly well connected in the Berlin-Brandenburg region and represents public institutions in policy-related administrative proceedings on media regulation and freedom of information and also acts in proceedings on tariff regulations and electricity price caps. In addition to his experience in constitutional law, practice head Wolfram Hertel also has expertise in public procurement and planning law.

Practice head(s):

Wolfram Hertel

Other key lawyers:

Arne Dittloff; Christoph-David Munding


‘Law firm with clear principles of cooperation and outstanding competence.’

‘Wolfram Hertel and Arne Dittloff: An outstandingly strong team in terms of expertise and communication.’

‘Christoph-David Munding: An experienced, quick and approachable conversation partner with a strategic eye. He has helped me many times!’

‘Christoph-David Munding: Excellent, excellent knowledge of administrative law, very good legal representation, calm and very level-headed, unreservedly recommended.’

Key clients


BEKW Bio-energie-kraftwerk Emsland GmbH & Co. KG


Danpower GmbH

Goodyiels Capital

Junginger Natur-energie GmbH

Landwert Verwaltungs GmbH

LichtBlick Solarpark Calbe UG

Medienanstalt Berlin-Brandenburg

Prolignis AG,

Robert Koch-Institut

Vereinigte Domstifter zu Merseburg und Naumburg und des Kollegiatstifts Zeitz


WilmerHale focuses on regulatory advice and litigation and counts large companies such as Meta as well as state-owned companies and state ministries among its client base. The team combines administrative and constitutional law skills with data protection and antitrust expertise and represents clients in related disputes before administrative courts and cartel offices as well as before the European Court of Justice; Hans-Georg Kamann regularly acts in regulatory disputes. He also provides regulatory advice on public digitisation and cultural projects and jointly heads the practice with Martin Seyfarth, who occasionally applies his policy-related administrative expertise in legislative procedures.

Practice head(s):

Hans-Georg Kamann; Martin Seyfarth

Other key lawyers:

Vanessa Wettner; Ulrich Quack

Key clients

Aeroxon Insect Control GmbH

Deutsche Bahn AG

Hessisches Ministerium der Finanzen

Meta Platforms, Inc

Stuttgart 21

Syngenta Agro GmbH

Work highlights

  • Representation of Meta Platforms Ireland Limited in proceedings before the Federal Cartel Office and subsequently in the appeal proceedings before the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court against the Federal Cartel Office’s prohibition decision of February 7, 2019 due to allegedly abusive data processing conditions, including handling data protection issues as co-counsel in the context of a complex, cross-court defense strategy.

  • Merger control/antitrust, state aid and public law as well as contractual advice to the Hessian Ministry of Finance in connection with the establishment of the AI ​​Quality & Testing Hub (AIQ), a joint venture between the state of Hessen and the Association of the Electrical Industry (VDE) for individually advising companies and organisations on the topic of AI quality and certification.