Planning and environment in Germany

Allen & Overy LLP

The public authorities and private investors regularly instruct Allen & Overy LLP's environmental and planning law practice in the area of project and urban development. Thereby the group assists retail companies among others with issues related to planning law admissibility. The group also advises on planning law pertaining to new construction as well as extension works on clinic buildings and research facilities. The advice spectrum further includes the representation in court as well as the assistance with transactions. Olaf Otting heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Olaf Otting

Other key lawyers:

Udo Herbert Olgemöller

avocado rechtsanwälte

The trio Markus Figgen, Ralf Kaminski and Thomas Gerhold jointly head avocado rechtsanwälte's environmental and planning law team, which is recommended for its 'quick reactions and good organisation' as well as its 'very large know-how and deep industry expertise'. Mainstays of the practice include waste, chemicals and immission control law, but also soil protection and contaminated site as well as water law.

Practice head(s):

Markus Figgen; Ralf Kaminski; Thomas Gerhold


Quick and flexible reaction times.

Always available, always in action, a partner on whom one can rely on at all times.

All lawyers of the firm have excellent expertise as well as outstanding market-specific knowledge of our sector. This applies to every single contact at the firm, no matter from which practice area.

Markus Figgen – very good industry knowledge and pragmatic explanation of legal issues are some of his fortes.

Ralf Kaminski has outstanding knowledge of waste law. His advice illustrates legal positions very precisely and simultaneously transparently enough that even legal laymen can follow his deliberations without any problems. Ralf Kaminski very competently and confidently represented us also in difficult negotiations with authorities.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie's environmental and planning law practice includes waste law as well as plant and product-related environmental law, but also covers regulatory issues pertaining to transactions in the energy sector. A particular forte is the extensive advice offering on product-related environmental law. Here, the activity spectrum ranges from advising automotive corporations on future regulations of automated and autonomous vehicles to the coordination of global recalls and the assistance of textile and pharmaceutical companies with matters pertaining to use restrictions of certain ingredients. The team is led by Marc Gabriel and also frequently advises on environmental, construction and planning aspects of real estate transactions and financings. Ulrich Ellinghaus is the key contact in Frankfurt.

Practice head(s):

Marc Gabriel

Other key lawyers:

Joachim Scherer; Ulrich Ellinghaus; Janet Butler; Andreas Schulz

Work highlights

  • Regulatory advice of several market leading manufacturers of heating and pump technology, particularly on questions concerning technical regulations, product safety, renewable energies, energy efficiency and product-related environmental law.
  • Conduct of a large-scale compliance audit for an internationally active manufacturer of production facilities for electronic components and screens, with respect to product regulations in the jurisdiction of the companies headquarters as well as for 13 subsidiaries of the client in various jurisdictions across the globe.
  • Public law advice for the specialty chemicals company Evonik on the sale of its methacrylic branch, including the plexiglas business to the financial investor Advent International.

Baumeister, Rechtsanwälte

Environmental law advice, including the nationwide representation of companies from the industrial, energy, mining, utility, waste management and logistics sectors in approval and administrative proceedings, is part of public law boutique offering Baumeister, Rechtsanwälte's core competencies. Another mainstay of the practice is the assistance with registration procedures pertaining to the construction and operation of plants such as nuclear plants, production plants in the chemical industry and waste incineration plants. Martin Beckmann and Georg Hünnekens are the key contacts.

Other key lawyers:

Martin Beckmann; Georg Hünnekens

BBG und Partner

Clients value BBG und Partner's 'extensive expertise in the area of environmental and planning law'. The Bremen-based unit advises on major infrastructure projects, including port infrastructures, nuclear plants, mining, road construction and offshore energy generation. Legal representation in court, for instance in immission control disputes and plan approval decisions, is another core competence. The team, which is jointly led by Peter Schütte and Malte Kohls, is considered 'very skilled and exceptionally client-oriented'.

Practice head(s):

Peter Schütte; Malte Kohls

Other key lawyers:

Christoph Meitz; Jan Boris Ingerowski


Very skilled and exceptionally client-oriented.

Extensive as well as cross-practice advice and assistance, good cooperation between different lawyers for cross-practice issues – also across firms.

Jan Boris Ingerowski in the area of environmental and planning law: pleasant contact with appropriately vital expertise, also cross-practice advice and support, high level of collaborative skills – good cooperation with other lawyers.


Work highlights

  • Advised 50Hertz Transmission GmbH in a 380kV transmission line project with respect to environmental law and planning regulations according to NABEG (law to accelerate grid development).
  • Advised EWE Erneuerbare Energien GmbH with respect to environmental law and planning regulations on various onshore windpark projects as well as on redress procedures.
  • Represented the city of Bremen in court in cases concerning administrative law with respect to a large offshore port infrastructure project.


Frank Obermann heads BEITEN BURKHARDT's environmental and planning law team, which advises on the full range of construction and planning law issues to ensure the desired development of construction and infrastructure projects. Thereby the group assists the federal government, federal states, municipalities, private investors, developers and constructors and also defends construction projects before the courts. In the field of environmental law, the team advises on matters such as soil and groundwater contamination, but also on immission control approval procedures.

Practice head(s):

Frank Obermann

Other key lawyers:

Hans Georg Neumeier; Katrin Lüdtke; Stephan Lampert

Key clients

Star.Energiewerke GmbH & Co. KG

Netze BW GmbH

MVL Mineralölverbundelung GmbH

Westnetz GmbH

Fuchs + Partner GmbH

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive advice for Star.Energiewerke GmbH & Co. KG in connection with one of the largest environmental damages (480ha ground contaminated by PFCs) of the municipal drinking water supplier.
  • Supervised Netze BW GmbH on a regional planning procedure for a 110kV power line.
  • Comprehenisve advice for MVL Mineralölverbundleitung GmbH Schwedt with respect to all questions surrounding the operation of crude oil pipelines.

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird's environmental and planning law team advises on project-related environmental law, for instance in matters related to environmental torts and responsibilities of remediation of contaminated sites, and also has expertise in construction planning law and Federal State Building Order. In product-related environmental law matters, the group assists clients from various sectors such as automotive, technology, energy and public utilities. The soil protection and environmental due diligence during transactions is another area of activity. René Voigtländer heads the practice from the Munich office.

Practice head(s):

René Voigtländer

Other key lawyers:

Matthias Lang; Hermann Rothfuchs

Key clients

Aluminium Oxid Stade GmbH

Amprion GmbH


Work highlights

  • Represented Aluminium Oxid Stade GmbH in a suit against a land-use plan for the extension of an industrial area, as well representation in several suits on planning approval decisions related to water rights.
  • Advised a security company on requirements for the protection against electromagnetic fields.
  • Advised Sojitz on the acquisition of a chemical logistics company.

CBH Rechtsanwälte

The team behind Cologne-based trio Manfred Hansemann, Stefan Rappen and Tassilo Schiffer at CBH Rechtsanwälte Cornelius, Bartenbach, Haesemann & Partner advises investors, companies and the public authorities on major infrastructure and construction projects. Here, the group assists clients with project site acquisitions, planning permission decisions, urban land-use plan proceedings and building permission procedures. The team also has deep expertise in power supply line projects, district developments and housing projects.

Practice head(s):

Manfred Haesemann; Stefan Rappen; Tassilo Schiffer


Technical qualification, personally very pleasant collaboration, short-term processing of matters. Negotiation skills in conversation with third parties.

Stefan Rappen – pragmatic, solution-oriented, with an eye for the bigger picture.

‘René Scheurli – proven fire protection expert, who has practical experience.’

Work highlights

  • Supported the company Fond of new Campus with the development of one of the most digitalised buildings in Germany at a size of 13,000sq m.
  • Advised Gasunie Deutschland GmbH Co KG within the scope of a planning approval procedure for the construction of a 30km natural gas pipeline from the grid connection point in Walle to the VW plant in Wolfsburg.
  • Project development and support of the attainment of construction permission by Amelis (project corporation comprising Aurelis Real Estate GmbH in Duisburg and Amand Gruppe in Ratingen) for a new residential area in Cologne (ca. 1.000 housing units).

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance's environmental and planning practice stands out for its advice on complex and politically significant major projects in the energy sector, the chemicals industry and the transport area. Here, the assistance with real estate-related planning law matters is a core activity for the team, which is due to the close cooperation with the firm's real estate practice. The group is also frequently consulted in relation to transactions. Practice head Mathias Elspaß represents energy suppliers, network operators and the chemicals industry among others, in approval proceedings for infrastructure facilities.

Practice head(s):

Mathias Elspaß

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Voland


Excellent expertise and very good understanding of the respective approval situation of its clients. At the same time a very pleasant contact on a personal level and absolutely reliable.

Key clients

German LNG Terminal GmbH

Amprion GmbH

URENCO Deutschland GmbH

Bayernets GmbH

50 Hertz Transmission GmbH

State Grid Corporation of China

Work highlights

  • Advised German LNG GmbH, a joint venrure of Voepak, Oiltanking and Nederlandse Gasunie, on the planning, construction and operation of one of the first liquid gas terminals (LNG) in Germany in Brunsbüttel, including the connectivity of the railway and road infrastructure, as well as extension of the port.
  • Comprehensive advice to Ampirion on planning regulations and approval regulations for a 350km high-voltage direct current transmission line, including the converter, at the highly controversial grid junction Osterath. This is a pilot project for a so-called hybrid cable, meaning a transmission line through which both direct current as well as alternating current is transmitted.
  • Advised URENCO Deutschland GmbH on proceedings concerning the use of dues for the search for suitable nuclear waste repository sites.


CMS' very large environmental and planning law practice, which is composed of 26 lawyers, acts for the public authorities and private corporations on the full range of regulatory, environmental and planning issues. The group's focus is on various sectors such as energy, industry, mining and infrastructure. The advice spectrum includes approval and planning approval procedures, product-related environmental law compliance, contaminated sites as well as project development and transactions. Judicial representation is another key competence of the team, which is jointly led by Fritz von Hammerstein in Hamburg and Ursula Steinkemper in Stuttgart. Christiane Kappes, who focuses on nature conservation and species protection law among other matters, is also part of the 'very broad' practice as is counsel Anne Rausch, who focuses on product and plant-related environmental issues.

Practice head(s):

Fritz von Hammerstein; Ursula Steinkemper

Other key lawyers:

Christian Scherer-Leydecker; Christiane Kappes


Very broad practice, with expertise in nearly all areas of law.

Ursula Steinkemper (CMS Stuttgart) has distinct expertise, is quick, flexible and also considers for the client important economic aspects in every decision and proposal. In addition, working with her is very pleasant on a personal level.


Key clients

50HertzTransmission GmbH

Verbund AG und Innwerk AG

Femern A/S

Otto/Hermes group


TenneT TSO GmbH


DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG

Hamburger Wasserwerke GmbH

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive advice for Femern Bælt A/S on the planning approval process for the fixed link across the Fehmarnbelt (combined railway and motorway tunnel between Fehmarn and Lolland).
  • Advised Küpper Projektentwicklung on a project for the development and operation of Wuppertal football stadium, including for event purposes, as well as reconstruction of a multi-purpose hall for handball and associated car parks with respect to construction planning law (as well as procurement and contract law).
  • Advised NeuConnect consortium on the planned HVDC interconnector between the UK and Germany.


Advice on product-related environmental law, especially in the recycling sector, and assisting the product and packaging industry are the mainstays of Dentons' environmental and planning practice. 'Excellent top lawyer' Ilka Mehdorn heads the team from Berlin and is supported by Frankfurt-based  Julia Pfeil, who made partner in April 2019.

Practice head(s):

Ilka Mehdorn

Other key lawyers:

Julia Zeitz-Krüger; Julia Pfeil


Extremely deep knowledge of single subject matters (even in niche areas), then able to perfectly connect this with general specifications. Creative, always available, incredibly efficient in implementing as well as very quick, knowledge of the market and participants. No problem continues to exist without a solution, very high recognition and acceptance by all participants, clarity, transparency, always on excellent level. Indeed always phenomenal performances.

Ilka Mehdorn –  she is an excellent top lawyer.

Key clients

DPG Deutsche Pfandsystem GmbH

Stiftung Zentrale Stelle Verpackungsregister (Zentrale Stelle)

Emerson Electric Co.

Work highlights

  • Has advised the operating company of the German deposit scheme for single-use packaging (DPG Deutsche Pfandsystem GmbH) since its foundation with respect to packaging laws (product specific environmental laws and regulations).
  • Comprehensive advice of the foundation Zentrale Stelle Verpackungsregister, e.g. advice on packaging laws, competition law, such as on the development of specifications for the packaging registry for ca. 700.000 packaging manufacturers, the development and harmonisation of a market share calculation process for the market shares of dual systems and development of minimum standards for recycling-friendly design.
  • Ongoing advice to Emerson Electric Co. on various questions concerning product specific environmental laws, e.g. Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive and battery legislation.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's environmental and planning practice in Cologne has particular strength in product law. In addition, the group, which is instructed by DAX 30 companies as well as other national and international corporations, advises on planning law issues and assists with planning law aspects of various infrastructure projects as well as transactions. Ludger Giesberts heads the partner duo, in which Guido Kleve is the other key figure. The latter has significant expertise in the infrastructure area, where he advises on approval issues, financings, compliance matters and contracts.

Practice head(s):

Ludger Giesberts

Other key lawyers:

Guido Kleve; Thilo Streit


The collaboration with the firm in environmental matters is excellent. Besides its outstanding competencies the firm also stands out for its high communication capabilities. During the intensive professional exchanges on equal footing, an almost collegial work atmosphere developed, which gradually increased the quality of results.

Particularly the collaboration with Ludger Giesberts and Hildegard Falter is characterised by a mutual, for both parties beneficial appreciation. Their legally outstanding competencies are paired with a personally approachable manner, which makes dealing with them uncomplicated and pleasant.

Key clients

Bundesamt für Verbraucherschutz und Lebensmittelsicherheit

CCR Logistics Systems AG


Work highlights

  • Represented the Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety in three court cases of state liability against lawsuits of companies which were suing for compensation due to the delayed approval of pesticides.
  • Respresented CCR Logistics Systems AG before the Higher Administrative Court Magdeburg concerning the interpretation of § 15 BattG, as well as advivising on legal policy (de lege ferenda) with respect to the BattG (batteries act).

Dolde Mayen & Partner

Renowned for its 'pronounced client-orientation and expertise', Dolde Mayen & Partner fields a practice that is 'particularly well versed in planning and environmental matters'. In the area of environmental law, its expertise ranges from immission control, nuclear and radiation protection, nature conservation and water law to waste and soil protection law as well as genetic engineering and substance law. The group advises on environmental impact assessment, access to environmental information, environmental liability and environmental subsidies. In the field of public construction law, the team assists clients with planning procedures for major projects in the retail and infrastructure area and commercial and industrial settlements as well as with urban development measures. The team is jointly headed by Stuttgart-based Winfried Porsch and Bonn-based Markus Deutsch. Name partners Klaus-Peter Dolde and Bernd Schieferdecker are recommended.

Practice head(s):

Winfried Porsch; Markus Deutsch

Other key lawyers:

Klaus-Peter Dolde; Bernd Schieferdecker; Moritz Lange


The firm fields a small team with great experts in different public law fields and is particularly well versed in environmental and planning law. There’s a good mix of very experienced colleagues and a rising younger generation. Especially in Baden-Württemberg the team has excellent contacts to authorities and planning authorities. There, the firm’s reputation is also outstanding, so its assessments and requirements are universally accepted. The group works thoroughly and extensively even under time pressure and leaves no detail unconsidered. Promised processing times are kept without exception.

Exceptional knowledge of water law and specific expertise in water law approval procedures. Particularly notable is Bernd Schieferdecker.

Winfried Porsch and Matthias Hangst are an outstandingly coordinated team that has no expertise gap in environmental and planning law. In addition, they are exceedingly committed and deliver a high work input. Complex issues and matter constellations are approached in a structured manner and explained comprehensibly even to laymen. Out and in court absolutely recommendable.

Key clients


Großkraftwerk Mannheim AG

Opel Automobile GmbH

Röther Immobilien GmbH

Work highlights

  • Appraisal, advice and representation of EnBW AG against the Ministry of the Environment of Baden-Wuerttemberg in the legal proceedings for the approval of the decommissioning and disassembly of the nuclear power plants Philippsburg, Neckarwestheim and Obrigheim.
  • Represented Großkraftwerk Mannheim AG in an approval procedure concerning the discharge of purified wastewater of its coal power plant.
  • Advised a consortium of municipal transport companies on the intended planning permission of a transnational tramway project between two major cities.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

In environmental law, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer predominantly advises investors and companies from the energy, industry, mining and infrastructure sectors. The team has competencies in the nuclear industry and in the assistance with offshore wind projects in Europe as well as with wind and solar energy projects, while in the transport arena the group is also advising on various airport, rail and port projects in Europe. Juliane Hilf heads the practice, which also includes Michael Ramb.

Practice head(s):

Juliana Hilf

Other key lawyers:

Michael Ramb

Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner

Olaf Konzak, previously at LLR Legerlotz Laschet Rechtsanwälte GbR, heads Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner's environmental and planning law practice since September 2018. The central pillars of the practice are environmental and waste law as well as chemicals and substances law. The group advises national and international companies on public construction and construction planning law.

Practice head(s):

Olaf Konzak

Other key lawyers:

Puya Raad


The firm covers many practice areas. All partners and employers are competent and helpful.

‘The partners have very good expertise.’

Olaf Konzak – broad expertise in environmental law and high assertiveness in negotiations.

Key clients

MAD Recycling GmbH

GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB

The broad environmental and planning law practice at GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB acts for companies and private project developers, but also for the public authorities on planning and realisation of construction projects. Here, the group assists with matters such as immission control approval procedures for industrial facilities and planning approval procedures for infrastructure projects that require a building permit. If necessary, the team, which is led by Kersten Wagner-Cardenal, also represents clients in court.

Practice head(s):

Kersten Wagner-Cardenal

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Christner; Christoph Riese; Marc Schüffner; Jan Peter Scharf; Thoralf Herbold; Ferdinand Kuchler

Gaßner, Groth, Siederer & Coll.

Assisting clients in the nuclear, water, waste and construction spheres with approval proceedings and environmental impact assessments are key topics for Gaßner, Groth, Siederer & Coll.. Other advice areas include contaminated site remediation, soil protection law, immission and traffic noise protection as well as conservation law. The team, which includes key contact and name partner Hartmut Gaßner, is instructed by ministries, associations and research institutions.

Other key lawyers:

Hartmut Gaßner

Gleiss Lutz

The environmental and planning practice at Gleiss Lutz, whose client base includes large corporations as well as the public authorities, advises on all matters related to accidents, contaminated sites, product-related environmental law, waste and packaging as well as industrial settlements. Compliance is playing an increasingly important role for the team, which does not only generate stand-alone business, but also acts as a service unit for other focus groups such as the energy and real estate practices. Berlin-based Andreas Neun heads the practice, which also includes key contact Burghard HildebrandtClemens Weidemann, who is known for his expertise in gambling and public commercial law, joined MELCHERS Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB as of counsel in January 2019.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Neun

Other key lawyers:

Burghard Hildebrandt; Marco König


Good connection of public and private law. Good understanding of processes and leeways for decision-making processes in public administration.

Burghard Hildebrand has a competent and self-confident appearance, which simultaneously is not arrogant. He does not shy away from dissent and searches for solutions. He has a good understanding of translating technical aspects into legal texts.

Graf von Westphalen

The environmental and planning law practice group at Graf von Westphalen continues to be involved in major plan approval matters and infrastructure projects, especially in the motorway sector. The three-partner team also acts for project developers and housing corporations and advises on immission control proceedings. Hamburg-based Ronald Steiling heads the team, which also includes Sigrid Wienhues as well as Munich-based Ulrich Hösch, who regularly advises commercial airports. Notably, the team has grown by the arrival of three additional associates.

Practice head(s):

Ronald Steiling

Other key lawyers:

Sigrid Wienhues; Ulrich Höschen

Key clients

Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft und Verkehr des Landes Schleswig-Holstein

vhh – Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein GmbH

Malteser Hilfsdienst gGmbH

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

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

Gemeinde Henstedt-Ulzburg

Work highlights

  • Supervision of Flughafen München GmbH on the planning approval procedure for the extension of Terminal 1.
  • Advice and supervision of Hessen Mobil – Straßen- und Verkehrsmanagement on the planning approval procedure of the innercity motorway extension and construction project BAB A 66 – Tunnel  Riederwald.
  • Represented Konsum Genossenschaft e.G. both in, and outside, of court on a legal proceeding concerning the approval for operation for the revitalisation of a food market in Berlin-Lichtenberg.

Greenberg Traurig Germany

Greenberg Traurig Germany's environmental and planning law practice maintains its transnational focus and advises on major international projects. Thus the team assists with the full range of environmental and plant issues during cross-border transactions and benefits from its strong network of US and European offices. Building societies instruct the practice in relation to construction and planning matters. Martin Hamer heads the team, which was strengthened by the arrival of energy lawyer and counsel Martin Borning, previously at Linklaters, in June 2019.

Practice head(s):

Martin Hamer

Other key lawyers:

Martin Dressel; Martin Borning


Excellent expertise, outstanding associates, strategic expertise, phenomenal negotiation experience and skills as well as best-possible network of investors, project developers, authorities and real estate lawyers.

Extremely efficient and professional work manner. Extremely high expertise and large wealth of experience.

Broad and quickly accessible expertise, distinct practical experience and constant availability.

‘Outstanding service level, particularly: processing times in time-sensitive matters, very good industry expertise, very short familiarisation with specific issues (for example mining law for underground storage of gas), excellent and goal-oriented cooperation (national/international and across industries). Appropriate team sizes for efficient cooperation as well as brilliant knowledge of public law with specific expertise in energy and mining law.

The consideration of particular requirements across different industries was excellent and the client-orientation also stood out.

Martin Hamer distinguishes himself from its public law colleagues in other major firms through his professionality, his extremely distinct expertise and his pragmatic approach, that is rare to find in this area. His distinct negotiation skills are unique within this market segment.

Martin Hamer – excellent client-orientation, national and international focus across industries and advice on special matters, extremely efficient and technically sound, high-quality assistance even in time-sensitive matters. High motivation and interaction with clients, excellent assistance and advice as well as team formation for special issues and high flexibility.

Johann-Frederick Schuldt – high motivation and interaction with clients, advice across industries, technically sound and efficient. Excellent client support. High flexibility.

Key clients



Matheson Tri-Gas

Barrick Gold


Benson Elliott


Tristan Capital Partners

Bundesverband Freier Wohnungsunternehmen

The Collective

Work highlights

  • Assessment of the regulatory requirements for Barrick Gold concerning a complex transnational waste shipment of several hundred tonnes of mercury from Peru and Argentina to Germany via Panama, the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland, including contractual realisation and obtaining of official authorisation.
  • Advised Taiyo Noppon Sanso Corporation (and its subsidiary Matheson Tri-Gas) on the acquisition of the European industrial gas business of Praxair, Inc. in connection with the fusion of Praxair, Inc. with Linde AG. Within the scope of the fusion, comprehensive assessment and advice on a variety of questions relating to environmental law.
  • Advised Berlinovo in connection with alleged violations of drinking water regulations in hospital buildings in Brandenburg.

GSK Stockmann

GSK Stockmann's environmental and planning law team is well versed in advising on construction and planning law aspects of real estate, infrastructure and regeneration projects, but also assists with environmental issues such as immission protection. Markus Butt heads the 23-strong team, which also includes Arne Gniechwitz, who joined from  KPMG Law Germany in July 2018 and has expertise in port and waterway matters. Andreas Geiger is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Markus Butt

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Geiger; Wolfgang Würfel; Jan Hennig; Stefan Geiger; Frank-Florian Seifert

Key clients

Hendrik van Caem

Infineon Technologies AG

Bayerische Versorgungskammer / STRABAG

IKEA, IKEA Verwaltungs-GmbH

50Hertz Transmission GmbH, 50Hertz Transmission GmbH

Land Berlin, HOWOGE Unternehmensgruppe, HOWOGE Wohnungsbaugesellschaft, mit beschränkter Haftung

Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wirtschaft, Infrastruktur, Verkehr und Technologie

DB Netz AG


Bayerische Versorgungskammer, Bayerische Versorgungskammer

Rohde & Schwarz Unternehmensgruppe, R & S Immobilienmanagement GmbH

EDEKA Konzern, EDEKA Handelsgesellschaft Südwest mbH, Niederlassung Offenburg

Goodman Group, Goodman Germany GmbH

GESOBAU AG, Niederlassung Berlin, Wilhelmruher Damm 142

Office Plaza Unterschleißheim GbR

Work highlights

  • Advised Infineon Technologies AG on the approval for the expansion of wet chemistry in Dresden with respect to emissions protection law.
  • Advised IKEA regarding new store concepts for 30 metropolitan markets worldwide.
  • Legal supervision of 50 Hertz Transmission GmbH for the planning, approval and construction of an underground high-voltage project in tunnel forming method.

Hengeler Mueller

The six-partner team at Hengeler Mueller focuses on environmental and planning law advice in the real estate and energy sectors both on national and international level. Here, good synergies emerge in collaboration with other practices such as energy, procurement and criminal law. The team frequently supports the real estate practice group in transactions. Additional core competencies exist in product-related environmental law, product compliance as well as in assistance with major infrastructure projects particularly in the renewable energy sector. Jan Bonhage, Fabian Quast and Wolfgang Spoerr are part of the core group in Berlin, while Vera Jungkind, Thomas Schmidt-Kötters and Dirk Uwer are based in Düsseldorf.

Practice head(s):

Jan Bonhage; Vera Jungkind; Fabian Quast; Thomas Schmidt-Kötters; Wolfgang Spoerr; Dirk Uwer

Key clients

CEP Central European Petroleum GmbH

Groupe PSA

Nord Stream 2 AG

Nord Stream AG

Robert Bosch GmbH

Stadler Rail


Axel Springer SE


The Blackstone Group International Partners LLP/QUINCAP Investment Partners GmbH & Co.KG

Work highlights

  • Representation of Central European Petroleum GmbH in a judicial review procedure before the Federal Administrative Court concerning mining royalties.
  • Advised Groupe PSA at the industrial site Rüsselsheim in connection with the strategic partnership between Opel and Segula Technologies and the creation of a European engineering campus.
  • Advice on the planning approval procedure for Nord Stream 2, including consultation of Poland and on the Espoo procedure.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

In environmental and planning law, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek predominantly acts for project developers and very actively advises on housing construction. The team behind Thomas Nickel also assists municipalities and investors with construction site development and existing plants in the food industry. In the area of environmental law the representation of clients in matters related to air pollution control is the central expertise, as well as the environmental law advice to chemicals companies.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Nickel

Other key lawyers:

Wolfram Sandner

Key clients

Allianz Real Estate Germany GmbH – Stuttgart-Vaihingen

Land Baden-Württemberg wegen Luftreinhalteplanung


Stadt Hofheim am Taunus/Entwicklungsgesellschaft Hofheim

Sapphire Immobilien Investment GmbH

Work highlights

  • Prepared and executed the proceedings for the modification of the development plan in support of securing the future developmental potential of the existing works premises of a globally active electrical appliance manufacturer.
  • Prepared and executed the proceedings for the drafting of a development plan to ensure the extension of a factory site (paint manufacturing) of a globally active chemicals company in a Bavarian city.
  • Represented the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg (Ministry of Transport; regional council Stuttgart) in various contentious administrative proceedings which concern the continuation of the clean air programme for the metropolitan area of Stuttgart to protect against fine dust pollution and nitrogen dioxide emissions.

Hoffmann Liebs

The environmental and planning law team at Hoffmann Liebs Fritsch & Partner Rechtsanwälte mbB, besides its traditional focus on soil protection and contaminated site law, also acts for industrial companies in immission control approval procedures. Additionally, the group advises on environmental due diligence in company and real estate transactions, both on seller and buyer side. Other mainstays are the assistance with water, waste and chemicals as well hazardous substances law. After Roland Hartmannsberger left in March 2019 to found Hartmannsberger Franke Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbBVolker Hoffmann now heads the team on his own.

Practice head(s):

Volker Hoffmann

Other key lawyers:

Christian Thomas


The collaboration between different practice areas (environmental law, procurement law, planning law) is excellent. We got the impression that this is the result of an exceedingly good atmosphere within the firm.

Uncomplicated interaction with each other, not to formal. Good technical understanding. Good in getting their head wrapped around the problem.

Volker Hoffmann has exceedingly high expertise in environmental law and is always proactive to understand technical (engineering specific) issues in order to increasingly optimise his legal advice.’

Work highlights

  • Development of a 5.5ha-sized former railway ground in Wuppertal on which residential housing (ca. 300 units) as well as the accompanying infrastructure are to be built. Several ground and water contaminations are present on the grounds.
  • Comprehensive advice with respect to ground protection law for a company subsidiary on a company site in north Germany where various contaminations were found. Advice relating to the guiding analysis of the contaminated site and possible sale of the site.
  • Ongoing advice of an e-commerce company on product compliance and the corresponding required safety inspections as well as labelling requirements.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP's broad practice advises on environmental and planning issues in regulated public sectors such as energy, water, environment and infrastructure as well as on project-related matters in the plant construction industry. Additionally, the group focuses on assistance with environmental-specific issues such as fracking, mining law, renaturation, plant rehabilitation and sewage sludge incineration. The team, which is jointly headed by Thomas Dünchheim in Düsseldorf and Patrick Ayad in Munich, is also frequently instructed to advise on environmental due diligence in relation to transactions, for instance related to the sale or purchase of chemical parks. Ayad is the main contact for product-related environmental law advice, where he assists automotive companies as well as corporations in the consumer and industrial goods sectors in Europe, Asia and the US with numerous product-related regulatory issues, including procedures before approval and market monitoring authorities.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Dünchheim; Patrick Ayad

Key clients

AVG Abfallentsorgungs- und Verwertungsgesellschaft Köln mbH

Autobahn Tank & Rast GmbH


LEG Management GmbH

Office First Real Estate GmbH

Philips Lighting GmbH

Ford of Europe

Hyundai Motor Group (Hyundai und Kia)

ZF Friedrichshafen

Work highlights

  • Advised Abfallentsorgungs- und Verwertungsgesellschaft Köln mbH on the formation of a joint venture whose aim it is to build and operate a sewage sludge incineration plant.
  • Advised STEAG GuD Herne GmbH on the approval of a gas and steam power plant in Herne with respect to all questions concerning environmental law and planning regulations within the framework of the approval procedure.
  • Comprehensive advice on environmental law to Akasol for its flotation in the regulated market (Prime Standard) of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

Köhler & Klett, Rechtsanwälte

Waste and immission control law, environmental torts as well as environmental and planning law issues related to company transactions are core competencies of Berlin and Cologne-based environmental and planning law boutique Köhler & Klett, Rechtsanwälte. Name partner Wolfgang Klett advises corporations and industry associations, particularly in the recycling and waste disposal sectors, on environmental matters, while Anno Oexle assists companies from the chemicals, energy, waste disposal, logistics and transport sectors with the realisation of industry and infrastructure projects. Hagen Weishaupt, Rainer Geesmann, Alexander De Diego and Anne-Louise Schümer are other key contacts. Environmental lawyer Ortrud Kracht, previously at her own firm, joined the team in September 2018.

Kapellmann und Partner

Advice on issues pertaining to construction planning and approval procedures as well as matters related to development law and judicial review proceedings are some of the central pillars of Kapellmann und Partner's environmental and planning practice. Other competencies exist in environmental and nature conservation law as well as in neighbourhood and monument protection law, where the group advises on matters such as neighbourhood associations, immission control and environmental liability. Hendrik Schilder in Düsseldorf and Christian Bönker in Berlin jointly head the team.

Practice head(s):

Hendrik Schilder; Christian Bönker

Other key lawyers:

Johannes Grüner; Stefan Pützenbacher; Bernd Wust


Extraordinarily practice-oriented team in the environmental, planning and public law practice. Very deep know-how across the whole spectrum, particularly in the area of renewable energies, with a team of experts in Munich.

Bernd Wust – we value his high technical competence, his commitment, his temporal flexibility and sociable manner.

Bernd Wust – excellent know-how in the area of renewable energies, across all related matters: acquisitions, approval proceedings, financings, project sales, due diligence, fund raising.

Lenz und Johlen

Lenz und Johlen's environmental and planning practice is instructed by retail companies in the food and furniture sectors, sports companies as well as project developers in the housing arena. In the field of environmental law, the team assists the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia with a proceeding concerning air pollution control plans. The 'strong team', which has 'extremely high skills and an excellent reputation with authorities', is led by the trio Rainer Voß, Inga Schwertner and Alexander BeutlingBéla Gehrken, who has excellent know-how of the retail industry, made partner in January 2019.

Practice head(s):

Rainer Voß; Inga Schwertner; Alexander Beutling

Other key lawyers:

Michael Oerder; Thomas Lüttgau; Markus Johlen; Christian Giesecke; Felix Pauli


Sound expertise, big wealth of experience, good network and good reputation in the sector.

The strong team is very good in environmental and planning law matters and always finds a practical solution; also in complex cases. In this field, I don’t know of any better firm. The team is personally adequately equipped for matters and doesn’t unnecessarily involve associates, unlike some other firms.

Inga Schwertner – excellent, focused, quick and very good, always very reliable with agreements, also has a good reputation with the judiciary, very pleasant collaboration with colleagues.

To me, Thomas Lüttgau is at the forefront; he isn’t only technically very good, but also scores due to his manner and personality. Due to his communicative strength, one can also engage him in direct negotiations.

Lüttgau stands out for his excellent competence;  the ability to communicate complex legal issues in a comprehensible manner; and the uncomplicated collaboration as well as good availability.

Rainer Voß and Philip Libert – both lawyers have high expertise and a deep social skills.

Key clients

REWE Group


ACTION Deutschland GmbH

Decathlon Sportartikel GmbH & Co. KG

Ten Brinke Wohnungsbau GmbH & Co. KG

Moderne Stadt GmbH, Köln

Ministerium für Umwelt, Landwirtschaft, Natur- und Verbraucherschutz NRW

HBB Hanseatische Betreuungs- und Beteiligungsgesellschaft


Porta Service- und BeratungsGmbH

Ratisbona Handelsimmobilien

Smurfit Kappa

Gerchgroup AG

Gevi Projekt Leverkusen GmbH

REHASAN Kliniken Holding GmbH

Art Invest Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Represented the Ministry of the Environment of North Rhine-Westphalia in proceedings concerning regulations on air quality (driving ban for diesel vehicles).
  • Supervised the project developers Gerchgroup AG on the entire  urban development plans of a new urban quarter in Köln-Mülheim, Deutz Areale, including the entire project management with respect to civil law, and contractual design.
  • Advised and represented REHASAN Kliniken Holding GmbH on the construction and conversion of a mother-and-child clinic with 400 apartments in Norddorf on the island of Amrum.


Under the leadership of the 'outstandingMarkus AppelLinklaters continues to focus its practice on the assistance with complex planning and approval procedures in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Managing associate  Sebastian Meyn's activity in product-related environmental matters is another central pillar of the practice, whose offering has expanded by chemicals and waste law matters. The advice spectrum is complemented by environmental and planning law advice in transactions. The team was further strengthened by the arrival of two associates.

Practice head(s):

Markus Appel

Key clients

TenneT TSO GmbH

TenneT Offshore


Linde Group

Letterone Corporate Advisor Limited


50Hertz Transmission GmbH

OWP Butendiek GmbH & Co. KG


Volkswagen AG



The representation of federal and state authorities in water law issues is one of the central pillars of Loschelder's environmental and planning law practice. In addition, the team has been increasingly advising on immission control matters, for instance the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia in proceedings pertaining to air pollution control. The client base includes large and medium-sized companies as well as federal and state authorities. Cedric Meyer heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Cedric Meyer


Quick reaction, very personal, take the time for clients, good-quality responses, willingness to see the bigger picture and good English skills.

‘Excellent, open-minded team. A nowadays long-established practice with a young mind.

Good team of experts.

Cedric Meyer – very friendly, competent, trustworthy, always a sympathetic ear and flexible.

Cedric C. Meyer is an excellent specialist in environmental law.

Cedric Meyer, very good lawyer with broad knowledge across the full spectrum of public law. Good communication.

Key clients

Umweltministerium NRW


SIGNA Real Estate


Signature Capital


Umweltpartner Vogel AG

Verband der deutschen Lederindustrie

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive advice for BLB NRW on the sale of its properties in North Rhine-Westphalia.
  • Advised and represented the Ministry of the Environment of North Rhine-Westphalia in the legal actions (appeal) of Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V.
  • Restructuring of the Märkisches Zentrum in Berlin for Kintyre with a project value of over €100m.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH's environmental and planning practice  demonstrates particular strength in form of Gernot-Rüdiger Engel's advice to the energy and industrial sectors. In the area of environmental law the team also continues to act on nuclear and coal phase-out matters. In the planning law field, the group assists with issues related to major urban development and housing projects and also increasingly with plan approval procedures. Stefan Kobes heads the cross-office practice from Berlin. Stefan Altenschmidt is another recommended key contact as is senior associate Sabrina Desens, who focuses on water law.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Kobes

Other key lawyers:

Stefan Altenschmidt; Martin Fleckenstein; Gernot-Rüdiger Engel; Tobias Leidinger


‘The team has wide-ranging knowledge of energy, the German Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Act (TEHG), planning and environment law.’

‘Stefan Altenschmidt is an expert in energy and TEHG law.’

Key clients

Zapf GmbH








Exxon Mobil

ThyssenKrupp Steel

Salzgitter Flachstahl

Compagnie de Saint-Gobain







Work highlights

  • Representation of ArcelorMittal Bremen GmbH in an action for failure to act against the European Commission before the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, in connection with the non-implementation by Brussels of a legally binding court decision of the administrative court of Berlin within the framework of the European Union Emissions Trading System.
  • Advised the Helmholtz Centre Berlin for Material and Energy GmbH on nuclear, radiation protection and environmental law with respect to a complex nuclear decommissioning and deconstruction procedure with public participation.
  • Represented ExxonMobil Production Deutschland GmbH in a preliminary ruling procedure before the European Court of Justice concerning the treatment of natural gas production within the European Union Emission Trading System.

Lutz Abel Rechtsanwalts PartG mbB

Thomas Schönfeld heads LUTZ | ABEL RECHTSANWALTS PARTG MBB's environmental and planning law practice. The Munich-based unit represents clients in construction and plan approval proceedings before authorities and courts, but is also experienced in negotiating urban development contracts with municipalities. In the environmental field, the team has expertise in the areas of immission control, water, nature conservation, soil protection and waste law.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Schönfeld

Other key lawyers:

Michael Bihler


Thomas Schönfeld has outstanding technical knowledge and authority structures. He offers solutions and decision-making aids, that are practical in every respect. A very good availability is warranted.

Key clients

Gemeinde Hohenkammer

Sozialservice-Gesellschaft des Bayerischen Roten Kreuzes GmbH

Work highlights

  • Supervised the municipality of Hohenkammer on a land use planning process for the extension of a waste treatment business.
  • Supervised Sozialservice-Gesellschaft of the Bavarian Red Cross on a preliminary decision case with the aim of generating substantial additional building rights in the social sector.


Holger Schmitz heads Noerr's environmental and planning law practice, which offers advice on various areas such as transactions, energy and construction projects as well as urban developments. Additional core competencies include the advice to ministries on experimental legislation and nuclear waste disposal financing as well as assisting federal states and investors with wind energy expansion. Martin Ahlhaus, who is adept in product-related environmental law as well as chemical and substance law, left the firm in June 2019 to work autonomously.

Practice head(s):

Holger Schmitz

Other key lawyers:

Christian Mayer


The fortes of Oppenhoff & Partner's environmental and planning practice rest on its advice on waste water and waste disposal matters as well as on water, soil and emission control protection. The team, which is led by Stephan Müller, has expertise in approval proceedings, environmental law related to the development of production plants, assessment of contamination risks, chemicals law and environmental liability and criminal environmental law.

Practice head(s):

Stephan Müller

Other key lawyers:

Holger Hofmann

Key clients

Deutsches Bundesministerium

Führendes internationales Industrieunternehmen

US-amerikanischer Automobilhersteller

Eastman Chemical


Work highlights

  • Repeated commissioning by a US automobile manufacturer with respect to site-specific questions surrounding energy and environmental law.
  • Advised a leading international industrial company on an intricate restructuring agreement between several parties for a former company operating site.
  • Repeated commissioning by a German Ministry (both in court and outside of court), amongst others in connection with third party claims in accordance with the Environmental Information Act and the Freedom of Information Act.

Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte

Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte's environmental and planning law practice focuses on the energy and transport sectors. The advice spectrum includes advising retail companies on planning law matters, assisting automotive suppliers with environmental issues as well as advising corporations from the packaging industry, for instance on immission control issues. Christofer Lenz heads the team, which also has experience in the forensic representation of private companies and the public authorities.

Practice head(s):

Christofer Lenz

Other key lawyers:

Torsten Gerhard; Corina Jürschik


Christofer Lenz: clever, tactically well-versed and – which doesn’t apply to many in his field- very well connected in the political, administrative and economical sphere.

Key clients

E.Breuninger GmbH & Co. KG (Betreiber von hochwertigen großflächigen Einzelhandelszentren und innerstädtischen Kaufhäusern)

Deutscher Bundestag

Tubex Holding

Staatsministerium des Landes Baden-Württemberg

Sport Sohn Handel GmbH (großer Sporthändler)

HJS Emission Technology GmbH (Automobilzulieferer)

Forst BW

Landtag von Baden-Württemberg

Verkehrsministerium Baden-Württemberg

Landesregierung Thüringen

Bremer Straßenbahn AG

Wichtel Akademie GmbH (großer privater Kitabetreiber)

CDU Bundespartei

Südwestmetall (Arbeitgeberverband der Metall- und Elektroindustrie in Baden-Württemberg)

Üstra AG Hannover

Albtal-Verkehrs Gesellschaft

Deutsche Funkturm GmbH

Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart

Landkreis Reutlingen

Umwelttechnik BW GmbH

Landesregierung Nordrhein-Westfalen

Work highlights

  • Advised the automotive supplier HJS Emission Technology from North Rhine-Westphalia on the subject of driving bans of diesel engine vehicles and the enabling of retrofits for passenger cars, municipal vehicles and delivery vehicles.
  • Advised Tubex GmbH on the extension of production capacities with respect to emission protection law.
  • Advised Sport Sohn Handel GmbH & Co. KG on planning regulations questions concerning regional planning law, urban land use planning and the Environmental Information Act.


Public commercial law-focused firm Posser Spieth Wolfers & Partners, which was founded in 2018 by a former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer team, offers 'bundled expertise on highest level' in pioneering regulatory and environmental law projects. Thus, the three main contacts Wolf Spieth, Herbert Posser and Benedikt Wolfers advise the most affected energy suppliers LEAG and MIBRAG on coal phase-out. Other mainstays of the practice include advising automotive industry clients on matters related to the emission scandal as well as on regulatory issues such as autonomous driving. Niclas Hellermann, who is a 'rising star' and 'excellent environmental law expert', is often recommended.

Practice head(s):

Wolf Spieth; Herbert Posser; Benedikt Wolfers

Other key lawyers:

Burkard Wollenschläger; Niclas Hellermann


The longstanding experience, which is bundled within the firm, is unique. Particularly the enormous wealth of experience at the interface of economy and politics is invaluable.’

PSWP is excellent in nearly every field of public law and belongs to the best public law firms in Germany. A big advantage lies in its focus on public law, thus avoiding conflicts with other practices. Due to its former affiliation with Freshfields, all lawyers are able to advise large corporations, the public authorities and international companies.

Unique expertise in public commercial law. In my opinion, no other practice can demonstrate such excellence.

Wolf Spieth has excellent expertise in national and European environmental law and knows how to pragmatically integrate this into the commercial construct of a corporation.

Wolf Spieth – solution-oriented and knowledgeable expert with out of the box thinking.’

Wolf Spieth surely is one of the best experts in environmental and energy law. The legal excellence, combined with a distinct political instinct, makes him an excellent conversation and work partner.

Herbert Posser – quick grasp of what the client needs and a broad foundation of experience, which he applies in a profitable way.

‘Niclas Hellermann – excellent analyst and team player. Besides outstanding legal knowledge also a very high technical understanding.

Key clients


RWE Power AG

RWE Nuclear GmbH

Airbus Operations GmbH

Amprion GmbH


BP Europa SE

Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e.V

Covestro AG

DEBRIV Deutscher Braunkohlen-Industrie-Verein e.V.


EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG

Ernst & Young Law GmbH

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Bundesministerium der Finanzen

Lausitzer und Mitteldeutsche Bergbau-Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH

LEAG Lausitz Energie Kraftwerke AG

Merck KGaA

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

Orsted A/S

Orsted Wind Power Germany GmbH


PreussenElektra GmbH

Scandlines Deutschland GmbH

Solvay GmbH

thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG

Uniper SE

Vattenfall Europe Nuclear Energy GmbH

VCI Verband der Chemischen Industrie e.V.

Wacker Chemie AG

Latham & Watkins LLP


Work highlights

  • Advised Airbus comprehensively on regulatory questions regarding environmental law and planning regulations, as well as in relation to an industrial park in Hamburg.
  • Comprehensive supervision of Amprion on the mandatory national requirements planning, including five deliberation meetings in connection with the 330km long electricity highway (Emden-Osterath).
  • Represented the car manufacturing industry (VW, Audi and Porsche) against claims by DUH against type approval and discontinuation of VW diesel vehicles.


Raue's environmental and planning law practice advises on purely non-contentious matters, for instance project developers on the implementation of housing projects, as well as litigious matters. Core competencies of Wolfram Hertel's team include immission control, construction and water law among others matters.

Practice head(s):

Wolfram Hertel

Other key lawyers:

Klaus Goecke; Cornelia Gorn


Raue is unique in Berlin. The group offers expertise for many real estate-related issues and delivers this in an unagitated, precise and very valuable manner.

Wolfram Hertel – very balanced and realistic in assessing enforceable rights, resource-saving working, always committed and winning, even in conflict with the opposite party.

Redeker Sellner Dahs

The eight-partner team at Redeker Sellner Dahs regularly assists the public authorities and private project sponsors with politically sensitive projects. The environmental and planning law competencies are particularly apparent in energy and major infrastructure projects. Furthermore, the team has extensive experience in the forensic area as well as in environmental and planning-specific fields such as mining law, chemicals law and aviation law-related plan approval decisions. Tobias Masing heads the practice, which also includes Olaf Reidt.

Practice head(s):

Tobias Masing

Other key lawyers:

Olaf Reidt; Kay-Artur Pape; Frank Fellenberg; Gernot Schiller


‘Constant availability, short processing times, friendly interaction.’

‘Frank Fellenberg is extremely knowledgeable, pleasant collaboration, a personal point of contact.’

‘The provides a convincing and broad-ranging service that makes it possible to liaise with additional specialists when new questions arise. The cooperation between partners and associates functions seamlessly and harmoniously. Clients are regarded as equals and the treatment is very inspiring and goal-oriented. The extensive expertise provides the basis for the firm’s convincing sovereignty both in legal and strategic matters as well as during court proceedings.’

‘Tobias Masing convinces with his considerate and friendly advising style and his ability to approach special challenges the clients face with an impressively fine feeling for the situation. The strong combination of calmness on the one hand and awareness of possible caveats on the other hand makes clients ready to take informed decisions.’

Key clients

50Hertz Transmission GmbH

ABG Allgemeine Bauträgergesellschaft mbH & Co. Objekt Ottensen I KG


Aurelis Real Estate GmbH & Co. KG

Bayer AG

Beiersdorfer Immobilienentwicklung GmbH

Betreiber Autoteststrecke

Bezirksamt Pankow von Berlin

Bundesamt für Naturschutz

Bundesaufsichtsamt für Flugsicherung

Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie)

Conradi + Kaiser Industries

Currenta GmbH & Co. OHG

Dänisches Energieunternehmen und seit 2015 TenneT

Deutsche Annington Beteiligungsverwaltungs GmbH (Vonovia SE)

DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung

Dow Deutschland Anlagengesellschaft mbH

ESF Elbe-Stahlwerke Feralpi GmbH

Evonik Industries AG

Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH

Flugplatz Freiburg-Breisgau GmbH

Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg

Freistaat Sachsen

Freistaat Thüringen


HD-Nahwärme Verwaltungs GmbH

Heidekreis-Klinikum GmbH

Hessisches Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Verkehr Energie und Landesentwicklung

HT-Verfahrenstechnik GmbH

Ingenhoven Architects

Köhler & von Bargen Immobilien OHG

Kölner Sportstätten GmbH

Land Niedersachsen

Land Sachsen-Anhalt

Land Sachsen-Anhalt,

Ministerium für Umwelt, Landwirtschaft und Energie

Landesamt für Straßenbau und Verkehr, Leipzig

Landesministerium in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Landkreis Spree-Neiße

LHS Entwicklung GmbH

Ministerium für Umwelt, Landwirtschaft, Natur- und Verbraucherschutz des Landes NRW

Momentive Performance Materials, Leverkusen/Albany, NY (USA)

PANDION real estate GmbH

PLANET-Holding Deutschland AG

Planta Tabak Manufaktur

Region Hannover

Rheinmetall Immobilien GmbH

Robert Bosch GmbH

Rostock Port GmbH

RWE Power

Sächsische Binnenhäfen Oberelbe GmbH

Senatsverwal-tung für Stadt-entwicklung und Wohnen

Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt

SG Einkaufs GbR Holsten Quartiere Hamburg

Stadt Freiburg i. Br.

Stadtwerke Saarlouis

Transnet BW


Zentralverband der Deutschen Seehafenbetriebe e.V.

Work highlights

  • Advised 50Hertz Transmission GmbH on the Hansa PowerBridge, a project for an undersea cable for the transmission of high voltage direct power between Germany and Sweden and through the Baltic Sea.
  • Advised and represented a Danish energy company, and since 2015 TenneT, on the construction of an offshore high voltage cable project between Denmark and the Netherlands.
  • Represented the city of Hamburg in a legal action of local residents against the widening of the federal motorway A 7 (Altona tunnel) to eight lanes before the Federal Administrative Court.

Taylor Wessing

In the planning sphere, Taylor Wessing's seven-strong practice group focuses on construction planning advice to the retail industry on one hand and on the other on advice and forensic representation related to airport planning, especially on selection procedures in accordance with the German Ground Handling Ordinance. The assistance with transactions in the health sector complement the planning practice. In the field of environmental law, Norbert Kämper's team advises industrial and commercial companies on waste disposal as well as on contaminated sites and immission control issues. Salary partner Alexander Köpfler frequently acts on real estate-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Norbert Kämper

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Köpfler; Roland Schmidt-Bleker


Thanks to the broad service offering, the group can always give sound advice; the networking between individual lawyers of the firm while advising on complex matters is excellent.

Walter Potthast stands out for his high expertise, is always approachable and delivers sound advice on issues.

Key clients

CEE Group

Clenergy Global Projects GmbH

REWE Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Clenergy Global Projects GmbH on the acquisition and realisation of the currently largest planned photovoltaics project in Germany.  
  • Represented a mineral oil company in court in a case concerning contaminated sites.
  • Advised a municipal transportation authority on the selection procedure for ground handling services at the regional airport.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP's environmental and planning law practice is involved in major infrastructure and road construction projects. Product-related environmental law, particularly product-related regulatory advice in the automotive sector, is another mainstay of Norbert Wimmer's two-partner practice. Clients benefit from its close-knit cooperation with the European law practice as well as from its competencies in international trade law. The group is also consulted in major transactions, for instance in relation to due diligences of nuclear plant, industrial park and real estate sales. Anna Burghardt, who joined as counsel in December 2018 from Linklaters, has expertise in chemicals and hazardous substances law as well as in water, soil protection and mining law.  

Practice head(s):

Norbert Wimmer

Other key lawyers:

Henning Berger

Key clients

Land Baden-Württemberg

Work highlights

  • Advised the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg on the financing of the project Stuttgart 21 (amongst other constructions, and connectivity of the underground station Stuttgart, connectivity of Stuttgart airport, and conversion and construction of essential railway lines in the Stuttgart region).  

Wolter Hoppenberg

Wolter Hoppenberg's environmental and planning law team focuses on advising on nature, immission, soil and water protection as well as on mining matters with particular expertise in approval proceedings. Michael Hoppenberg and Thomas Tyczewski are the key contacts. Since its merger with DE WITT in January 2019, Siegfried de Witt, Peter Durinke, Corinna Durinke and Harriet Krause strengthen the practice from its new office in Berlin. The merger raises hopes for a bigger market presence in the area of plan approval proceedings for infrastructure projects as well as environmental and planning law.

Practice head(s):

Michael Hoppenberg; Thomas Tyczewski