Firms To Watch: Planning and environment

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Planning and environment in Germany


Ranging from LNG terminals to large transportation projects, CMS' environmental and planning law practice impresses with its advice on infrastructure matters. Its in-depth expertise in network expansion, the energy industry and pollution control law enables the team to provide high-profile clients with comprehensive advice on specialist planning and project structuring as well as on environmental regulatory issues. In this context, the expertise of Christiane Kappes, who primarily acts in approval and planning approval procedures, water and mining expert Fritz von Hammerstein, and conservation and species protection lawyer Neele Ann Christiansen is particularly valued. Ursula Steinkemper complements the practice with competencies in industrial waste and climate protection law and jointly leads the team with Christian Scherer, who is considered an expert in infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Christian Scherer; Ursula Steinkemper

Other key lawyers:

Christiane Kappes; Fritz von Hammerstein; Neele Ann Christiansen


‘Broad team that delves deeply into detailed questions without losing practical relevance and a sense for feasibility.’

‘Neele Ann Christiansen: Very quick, thorough and practical exams. Outstandingly high responsiveness. High level of understanding for technical issues.’

‘Professional expertise, combined with fast response times and friendly interaction.’

Key clients

50Hertz Transmission GmbH

Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft & Klimaschutz (BMWK)

Donaukraftwerk Jochenstein AG

Femern Bælt A/S

Hamburger Wasserwerke GmbH

NeuConnect Britain Ltd.

Open Grid Europe (OGE)

RWE Supply & Trading GmbH

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive environmental and planning advice to NeuConnect Britain Ltd. on the plan approval, approval and land-use planning procedures for the 1.4 GW HVDC direct current interconnector between the UK and Germany with landfall and converter station in Wilhelmshaven.

  • Environmental and planning law advice to RWE Supply & Trading GmbH on the planning of the LNG FSRU terminal in Brunsbüttel as well as public law advice on the Lubmin LNG project.

  • Comprehensive advice to Donaukraft Jochenstein AG on the planning approval process for the construction of a 300 MW pumped storage power plant on the German-Austrian border.

Dolde Mayen & Partner

Dolde Mayen & Partner's broad environmental and planning practice is a recognised market player and provides comprehensive advice to large DAX companies and numerous public sector players on large construction and planning projects, environmental litigation, approval procedures and environmental due diligence. The team has particular expertise in emissions control, energy and soil protection law, with practice heads Markus Deutsch and Winfried Porsch regularly assisting with large transport and industrial planning projects. Klaus-Peter Dolde has in-depth expertise in waste and aviation law, while Bernd Schieferdecker oversees large network and energy projects and is also a recognised expert for water law issues.

Practice head(s):

Winfried Porsch; Markus Deutsch

Other key lawyers:

Klaus-Peter Dolde; Bernd Schieferdecker; Moritz Lange; Maria Marquard; Matthias Hangst


‘Klaus-Peter Dolde: As one of the leading and influential minds in environmental law with a comprehensive understanding, he receives excellent support from colleagues on related legal issues. As a client, a very comfortable situation. ‘

‘Klaus-Peter Dolde: Has a very quick grasp and a keen sense of economic but also political relevance of topics as well as concrete suggestions for dealing with them. The highest level of intellectual and argumentative precision comes together with outstanding legal knowledge and extensive experience in administrative law procedures and in courts. Markus Deutsch is also an intimate expert in all aspects of aviation issues relating to planning approvals and operating licenses.’

‘The team consists of absolute specialists in their individual legal areas who complement each other very well, so that no gap is left unfilled. The firm in Baden-Württemberg is unrivaled in environmental and planning law.’

Key clients


Airbus Operations GmbH

Amprion GmbH

Bundesanstalt für Immobilienaufgaben

Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Flughafen Stuttgart GmbH

Freistaat Sachsen

Gemeindeverwaltungsverband Plochingen

Großkraftwerk Mannheim AG

Holcim (Süddeutschland) GmbH

K&S Regenerative Energie GmbH & Co. KG

Kaufland Dienstleistung GmbH & Co. KG

Kraftwerk Reckingen AG

Land Baden-Württemberg

Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart

MM Gernsbach GmbH

MVV Windenergie GmbH

Papierfabrik Palm GmbH & Co. KG

Projektgesellschaft Neue Messe GmbH & Co. KG

Schluchseewerk AG

Stadt Homburg (Saar)

Stadt Ludwigshafen

Stadt Speyer und Stadt Germersheim

Stadtwerke München GmbH

SWK Schotterwerk Kirchen GmbH & Co. KG

TenneT TSO GmbH

terranets bw GmbH

TransnetBW GmbH

Trinkwasserversorgung Würzburg GmbH

Uhl Windkraft GmbH & Co. KG

Windpark Seewald GmbH & Co. KG

Zweckverband Bodensee-Wasserversorgung

Work highlights

  • Advising Stadtwerke München GmbH on public law issues in connection with the 2nd S-Bahn main line project and provision for the U 9 at Munich Central.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

In close cooperation with the firm's energy and procurement practices, the environmental and planning team at Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH is ideally positioned to assist with important infrastructure and industrial projects related to the energy and climate transition. The team is involved in various large decarbonisation projects and advises industrial companies on strategic issues as well as on emissions control, nature conservation and water law. Environmental lawyer Stefan Altenschmidt, who regularly advises clients in the steel and energy industries on ESG issues, is a sought-after contact for these issues. Other mainstays include large hydrogen projects, for which Sabrina Desens is one of the key contacts, as well as urban development projects, for which clients predominantly turn to urban development expert Martin Fleckenstein. As a construction and pollution control law specialist, practice head Stefan Kobes primarily advises on defense projects, while Tobias Leidinger has extensive expertise in nuclear law.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Kobes

Other key lawyers:

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


‘High professional competence and strong commitment, very good process management.’

‘Broad range and expertise. ‘

‘Stefan Altenschmidt: Offers expert, experienced, fast and efficient advice on emissions control law.

Sabrina Desens: She managed to involve numerous participants from various technical and scientific disciplines, some with different objectives, in such a way that a broad consensus could be achieved. The objective of the assignment was always taken into account. She has enabled the client side, which has an engineering background, to be able to confidently represent legal aspects in-house.

Key clients

Adler Real Estate

Aktien-Gesellschaft der Dillinger Hüttenwerke

ArcelorMittal Bremen GmbH



BP Europa SE

Bundesanstalt für Immobilienaufgaben

Bundesgesellschaft für Endlagerung mbH

Bundesministerium der Verteidigung




Exxon Mobil


Heimstaden GmbH

Land Berlin

Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf

Lausitz Energie Kraftwerke AG



Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH


Stadtwerke Leipzig



ThyssenKrupp Steel

Verallia Deutschland AG

Work highlights

  • Advising Dillinger Hüttenwerke on environmental and planning law, energy law, procurement and funding law on the transformation to CO2 neutrality.

  • Advising the Federal Ministry of Defense on the purchase of the MV shipyards in Rostock-Warnemünde for the Federal Republic of Germany for use by the naval arsenal for maintenance purposes of ships and other watercraft of the German Navy and NATO units in the Baltics.

  • Strategy consulting for paper and cardboard factory Varel GmbH & Co. KG on the complete decarbonisation of paper production on a large industrial scale using hydrogen.


POSSER SPIETH WOLFERS & PARTNERS specialises in public law and impresses with a wide range of expertise in environmental and planning matters, which large companies in the aviation, automotive and energy sectors regularly rely on. For instance, the team advises on various transformation projects related to the energy transition, including coal phase-outs, wind and solar park developments and hydrogen projects; environmental regulation expert Niclas Hellermann in particular assists with numerous approval proceedings in this context. The team further possesses strong litigation skills: Wolf Spieth, who is considered an expert for climate policy projects, represents both private companies and public sector clients in climate lawsuits and in public law proceedings. Constitutional lawyer Herbert Posser represents companies in large and complex planning approval proceedings, while Benedikt Wolfers is a sought-after contact for regulatory issues, particularly for clients in the automotive industry. Katja Schramm advises on the storage of radioactive waste and the nuclear phase-out.

Other key lawyers:

Wolf Spieth; Herbert Posser; Benedikt Wolfers; Niclas Hellermann; Katja Schramm; Justus Quecke; Marcus Liedtke


‘Outstanding legal expertise; binding and understandable advice that also reaches non-legal colleagues; very good accessibility and adherence to deadlines.’

‘Wolfgang Spieth and Niclas Hellermann: They are characterised by their quick understanding of our questions and their precise answers, which makes collaboration very efficient.’

‘Highly specialised boutique offering with a very strong team that can cover all regulatory topics in breadth and depth. Fast and pragmatic, excellent in litigation, for me it is one of the absolute top addresses in Germany.’

‘Wolf Spieth: Brilliant strategist, one of the absolute superstars in his field. Always at the forefront of legal developments, pragmatic and not doctrinaire, very solution-oriented with great negotiation skills. Very experienced, innovative.’

‘In particular, Justus Quecke, Niclas Hellermann, Marcus Liedtke and Wolf Spieth work closely with the clients’ legal department staff. Special legal problems are solved by the team in cooperation with the client. Working with Justus Quecke in particular is extremely pleasant and successful. The client’s special features are responded to with strategic foresight and these are fully and successfully taken into account when handling the case. Accessibility is guaranteed at all times and changing situations are responded to in a sound and competent manner in a very short time.’

‘Excellent network in science. Strategic thinking, the client’s requirements are almost always anticipated.’

‘Niclas Hellermann: Always stays precise and to the point. Thinks and advises proactively. Justus Quecke: Excellent in dealing with and structuring even very complex and multi-layered issues.’

‘Forward-thinking with a 360-degree view, partners stand for legal excellence, strategic approach and political tact. Triple AAA team.’

Key clients

Airbus Operations GmbH

Amprion GmbH

Bayerische Staatsforsten

Covestro AG

DOW Chemical


Hülskens Holding GmbH & Co. KG

innogy SE



Open Grid Europe GmbH


Peek & Cloppenburg KG

PreussenElektra GmbH


RWE Generation SE

RWE Nuclear GmbH

RWE Power AG

Scandlines Deutschland GmbH



thyssenkrupp Steel Europe GmbH

Uniper SE

Urenco Limited

Vattenfall Europe Wärme AG

VDA Verband der Automobilindustrie e.V.

Volkswagen aG

Wacker Chemie AG

Zeelink GmbH & Co. KG

Redeker Sellner Dahs

Redeker Sellner Dahs is particularly impressive in matters pertaining to network and energy infrastructure expansion and comprehensively assists with approval procedures as well as environmental, mining and pollution control law; approvals of large infrastructure projects as well as environmental due diligence primarily fall into the portfolio of practice head Frank Fellenberg and energy industry expert Olaf Reidt. The team also has strong litigation expertise: Kathrin Dingemann and Florian van Schewick, who made partner in January 2023, regularly represent both private companies and public sector clients in climate and environmental law litigation and regulatory control proceedings, for instance in relation to product regulations and immission control guidelines. The team is also adept at planning issues pertaining to urban development projects.

Practice head(s):

Frank Fellenberg

Other key lawyers:

Olaf Reidt; Kathrin Dingemann; Florian van Schewick; Gernot Schiller


‘Frank Fellenberg: Has excellent expertise in planning approval decisions, in particular excellent knowledge of environmental law. Working with him is also extremely pleasant.’

‘Combining special and outstanding professional skills with personal values during collaborations.’

‘Kathrin Dingemann and Frank Fellenberg: Provide utmost care and greatest ability to differentiate legal matters for the planning approval of public infrastructure projects.’

Clifford Chance

The focus of Clifford Chance's environmental and planning law team rests on energy and climate projects as well as on ESG issues: the group thus advises on environmental regulatory requirements and approval proceedings for LNG projects, CO2 terminals and projects for the production of green hydrogen and ammonia and further assists with project financing and transaction issues in collaboration with adjacent practice groups. Energy law expert Mathias Elspaß handles various projects to reduce CO2 emissions and is also considered the key contact for network expansion projects, while Thomas Voland, who is experienced in product compliance, primarily deals with ESG issues but also acts in contentious proceedings, for example when defending clients against climate claims. Senior associate Katharina Vollmer is recommended for her advice on ESG aspects of large real estate and infrastructure projects.

Other key lawyers:

Mathias Elspaß; Thomas Voland; Katharina Vollmer


‘Overarching specialist knowledge, especially in current or developing topics. Broad spectrum. Goal-oriented.’

‘Mathias Elspaß: Offers expert, objective and pleasant advice on approval procedures.’

Gleiss Lutz

Gleiss Lutz' project-related environmental and planning advice is aimed at energy suppliers and transport companies as well as public sector players seeking assistance with large infrastructure projects as well as research and climate protection projects. Here, planning support rest on the shoulders of Burghard Hildebrandt and practice head Marc Rutloff, who is further experienced in product regulation, environmental compliance aspects of joint ventures and M&A transactions and also advises public sector clients on climate-related issues and planning litigation. Counsel Eva Koch assists with environmental law at its interface with subsidy law and Lars Kindler, who focuses on energy and environmental law, made counsel in November 2023.

Practice head(s):

Marc Ruttloff

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Neun; Jacob von Andreae; Burghard Hildebrandt; Eva Koch; Eric Wagner


‘Very good specialist knowledge, high practical relevance, precise feedback on inquiries. Fast and efficient.’

‘Marc Ruttloff and Eric Wagner: pioneers in the field of ESG regulation. They promote interdisciplinary exchange that is essential for the success of sustainable transformation and, particularly with their specialist magazine (ESG) and seminars, prepare the ground for the joint definition of legal guidelines in ESG compliance.’

Key clients


Audi AG

BayWa AG

Bayer AG

Bezirksregierung Düsseldorf

Forschungsinstitut für Kraftfahrwesen und Fahrzeugmotoren

Kronos International

Land Baden-Württemberg

Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf


Mannheimer Verkehrsbetriebe

McKinsey & Company

Mercedes Benz Automotive Mobility


Norderland Naturstrom GmbH

Rheinkreis Neuss

Rolls-Royce International Limited


Stadt Mannheim


Volkswagen AG

Work highlights

  • Planning and environmental law advice to the owners of Norderland Naturstrom GmbH on the sale of the 365 MW Horizon wind portfolio, consisting of 60 onshore wind farms with 166 wind turbines, to energy company enercity.

  • Supporting a consortium led by the research institute in a research project to further develop the legal framework for self-driving bus shuttles in public transport with the aim of deriving legal policy recommendations for all legal areas in order to make modern transport concepts sustainable.

  • Advice to the state of Baden-Württemberg on the possibility of regulating the basic principles for wind turbines with direct effect in Baden-Württemberg, so that currently valid regional plans do not conflict with the approval of wind turbines on this point.

GSK Stockmann

GSK Stockmann's broad team specialises in urban development and infrastructure projects and also assists a growing client base with sustainability project-related ESG issues. The expansion of energy and network infrastructure represents one of Andreas Geiger's mainstays, who, in addition to overseeing a high-profile matter for the approval of an LNG terminal, also advises on environmental and planning aspects of planned motorway routes and high-voltage networks. Geiger co-heads the practice with commercial development specialist Jan Hennig, who focuses on mixed-use developments and environmentally friendly conversion projects. Wolfgang Wuerfel, who is experienced in subsidy and pollution control law, is a renowned contact for land-use planning matters.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Geiger; Jan Hennig

Other key lawyers:

Wolfgang Würfel; Kristina Marx; Frank-Florian Seifert; Mark Butt


‘High professionalism among all team members, high level of competence.’

‘Wolfgang Würfel: luminary in his field, his word also carries weight with official employees. When dealing with other parties, always professionally superior, always calm and friendly, but determined. You get the impression that he strives for a fair and practical solution in every situation.’

‘The team is excellently positioned in environmental and planning law and in the legal areas affected by this area, both in depth and breadth, and delivers reliable, creative and practical results in each individual case within specified deadlines.’

‘Wolfgang Würfel: Due to his technical expertise and experience, he is always an essential factor in the successful implementation of a project. He not only points out problems, but also proactively offers working solutions. We really value his advice. Skilled negotiator and good standing with authorities and politicians.’

‘GSK connects individual specialist areas and thus offers good solutions for multi-dimensional tasks. Additional work is also delivered in a very short time with high quality. There are also tips and ideas “outside the box” that help the entire project. The large number of specialists also makes it possible to answer specific questions with a very high level of detail.’

‘Kristina Marx: Stands for fast and high-quality work. She carefully records information from clients and adapts proposed solutions individually to the issue. The statements help enormously in convincing administrations of the right course of action.’

‘Jan Hennig: Always communicates professionally at eye level. Every issue is handled and coordinated excellently. The specialist expertise in spatial planning is outstanding.’

‘Frank-Florian Seifert: Handles tasks with a high level of professionalism and commitment.’

Key clients

50Hertz Transmission GmbH

Brillant 1964. GmbH

Business Campus Management GmbH

Center Parcs Entwicklungsgesellschaft Germany GmbH

Consus Real Estate AG

Daiwa House CB Real Estate B.V.

Die Autobahn GmbH des Bundes

Empira Asset Management GmbH

HB Reavis Germany GmbH


Land Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Red Grafton I S.à r.l. c/o

Siemens AG

Stadt Soltau

TenneT Offshore GmbH

TenneT TSO GmbH

Unibail-Rodamco Germany GmbH

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield Germany GmbH

mfi Development GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising Center Parcs development company Germany GmbH on the development of a holiday park with approx. 550 residential units and central facilities on a military conversion area of ​​approx. 120 hectares in Ribnitz-Damgarten (Baltic Sea).

  • Comprehensive advice to the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern on energy planning procedures according to the LNGG and the EnWG before Stralsund Mining Authority for the construction and operation of the sea and land sections of the ‘Baltic Sea LNG’ project.

  • Advising Daiwa House CB Real Estate BV, a joint venture between Capital Bay Real Estate Management GmbH and Daiwa House Modular Europe GmbH, on project development, purchases of various industrial properties with more than 100,000 m² of land area, on the construction and operation of Factories for modular and sustainable housing construction, through to further transactions throughout Germany and actual implementation of large-scale construction projects.

Hengeler Mueller

In addition to its in-depth expertise in environmental regulatory matters, ESG aspects of corporate transactions and soil and groundwater law, Hengeler Mueller also impresses with experience in infrastructure planning. High-profile companies predominantly instruct Jan Bonhage to assist with environmental regulatory issues and approval proceedings for transport and energy projects, while Vera Jungkind continues to regularly advise large industrial companies on emissions control law, pollutant regulation and contaminated site management. Fabian Quast primarily assists with ​​product compliance. Counsel Moritz Rademacher (licensing, environmental and state aid law) joined Kümmerlein as equity partner in January 2024.

Other key lawyers:

Jan Bonhage; Vera Jungkind; Fabian Quast


With expertise in energy law, environmental regulation and litigation, Noerr's broad expertise is primarily aimed at energy suppliers, real estate developers and public sector players seeking advice on urban development projects as well as at large companies in need of ESG advice. Energy lawyer Christof Federwisch represents clients in a variety of approval and planning proceedings in connection with offshore wind farm projects and is also involved in energy litigation, while practice head and compliance expert Holger Schmitz provides policy-oriented and litigation advice on large urban developments. Christian Alexander Mayer is considered a key contact for electromobility projects and has additional expertise in ​​product compliance.

Practice head(s):

Holger Schmitz

Other key lawyers:

Christian Alexander Meyer; Christof Federwisch; Peter Bachmann

Key clients

Atmira Gruppe

Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Deutsche Wohnen


HOWOGE Wohnungsbaugesellschaft mbH

Hessisches Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Energie, Verkehr und Wohnen

IBERDROLA Renovables

Landeshauptstadt Wiesbaden

Landesverband Erneuerbare Energien NRW

McDonald’s Deutschland

Nature Infrastructure Capital (NIC)

SEG Stadtentwicklungsgesellschaft der Landeshauptstadt Wiesbaden

SL Naturenergie Gruppe

Stadt Frankfurt

Stadt Köln

Swisspower Renewables AG

Work highlights

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

  • Advising Iberdrola on the planning approval proceedings for the construction of the Windanker offshore wind farm as well as on the tender for 7,000 MW in the German North and Baltic Seas.

  • Advising Deutsche Wohnen on the acquisition of a portfolio of twelve real estate project developments yet to be built, which includes approximately 1,500 residential and commercial units with a total of approximately 114,000 m² of rental space at twelve locations in Leipzig, Cologne, Dresden and Böblingen.

BBG und Partner

BBG und Partner handles a constantly increasing number of matters in the infrastructure sector and, with the expertise of its three practice heads Malte Kohls, Peter Schütte and Christoph Meitz, is able to comprehensively advise on network expansion projects as well as on the construction of LNG terminals in Germany. Kohls assists clients such as the Federal Network Agency and 50Hertz with planning approval proceedings and decisions and closely cooperates with Meitz, who is also instructed by companies active in the hydrogen economy to advise on environmental aspects of high-voltage overhead line projects. Schütte primarily focuses on approval and emissions control matters related to LNG projects. Drawing on the expertise of Jantje Struß, the group also handles climate projects in the transport sector.

Practice head(s):

Peter Schütte; Malte Kohls; Christoph Meitz

Other key lawyers:

Jantje Struß; Mara Gerbig; Sarah Langstädtler


‘Extremely client-oriented and competent team. There have particularly known strengths in nature conservation and environmental law.’

‘Peter Schütte: Has many years of experience and outstanding expertise in the legal areas mentioned.’

‘Mara Gerbig: Extremely competent both professionally and communicatively.’

Key clients

Bundesnetzagentur für Elektrizität, Gas, Telekommunikation, Post und Eisenbahnen

50Hertz Transmission GmbH

Niedersächsisches Landesamt für Straßenbau und Verkehr

Staatliches Amt für Landwirtschaft und Umwelt Vorpommern


Niedersachsen Ports GmbH & Co. KG

Ministerium für Verkehr Baden-Württemberg

M-Five GmbH Mobility, Futures, Innovation, Economics

Hypion GmbH

GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB

GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB's broad team advises clients across the entire spectrum of environmental and planning law and, in addition to companies from the energy sector, particularly often assists public sector players with planning law issues related to infrastructure projects. In this context, practice head Christoph Riese, who is considered an expert in energy law, and planning lawyer Kersten Wagner-Cardenal primarily act as project managers; besides its comprehensive public law advice, clients can also rely on the team's expertise in declaratory proceedings, environmental law review proceedings and litigation. Furthermore, Ferdinand Kuchler comprehensively advises on urban planning.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Riese

Other key lawyers:

Kersten Wagner-Cardenal; Ferdinand Kuchler; Thomas Christner; Ulrich Ramsauer


‘Quick understanding of technical problems.

‘Reliable, plausible reasoning.’

Key clients

Brandenburger Landesamt für Bergbau, Geologie und Rohstoffe

Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie

Carl Eichhorn KG Wellpappenwerke

Cölner Hofbräu P. Josef Früh KG

E.ON Energy Projects GmbH


Energie- und Wasserversorgung Bonn

Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg

Froneri Schöller Produktion GmbH

Früh Brauerei

Gaskraftwerk Leipheim GmbH & Co. KG

Gemeinde Alfter

Gemeinde Timmendorfer Strand

Hamburg Port Authority AöR

Hamburger Behörde für Wirtschaft Verkehr und Innovation

Koehler Renewable Energy GmbH

Landesregierung Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Niedersächsische Landesbehörde für Straßenbau und Verkehr

Nottenkämper GmbH

Papierfabrik Niederauer Mühle GmbH

Rhein-Sieg GmbH

SWB Energie- und Wasserversorgung Bonn/Rhein-Sieg GmbH

Stadt Elsdorf

Stadt Eschborn

Stadt Jülich

Stadtentwicklungsgesellschaft Wiesbaden mbH

Städtische Werke Energie + Wärme GmbH

Sächsisches Oberbergamt

Trianel Windpark Gande GmbH & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Legal representation of the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency in environmental damage litigation against Butendiek offshore wind farm.

  • Environmental law assessment of existing power plants and old locations for EWE AG, especially with regard to contaminated sites and liability.

  • Comprehensive public law advice and project development advice for Gaskraftwerk Leipheim GmbH & Co. KG on the development and implementation of a 600 MW gas power plant.

GvW Graf von Westphalen

GvW Graf von Westphalen impresses with its expertise in planning law and primarily applies it to assist with planning approval and approval proceedings for transport and energy projects. Public sector clients particularly turn to the team, which is led by planning lawyer Ronald Steiling, for advice on planning approval for motorway tunnels and high-voltage overhead lines, as well as in contentious cases. In the context of complicated planning matters, Corinna Lindau is also well versed in nature conservation and water law, while Ulrich Hösch advises various airports on aviation and noise protection issues.

Practice head(s):

Ronald Steiling

Other key lawyers:

Corinna Lindau; Ulrich Hösch; Sigrid Wienhues


‘Ulrich Hösch: Great commitment, reliable, great public law expertise.’

Key clients

Goldbeck Betonelemente Kirchberg GmbH

Gödens GmbH

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

Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Infrastruktur, Tourismus und Arbeit

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

Nahverkehrsservice Sachsen-Anhalt GmbH

REVITALIS FÜNFUNDZWANZIGSTE Grundstücksgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG

Regionalverband Großraum Braunschweig

Stadt Bottrop

Thüringer Landesamt für Bau und Verkehr

TransnetBW GmbH

Union Investment Real Estate GmbH

Zweckverband für den Nahverkehrsraum Leipzig

vhh – Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein GmbH

Work highlights

  • Acting as project manager for the Ministry for Energy Transition, Climate Protection, Environment and Nature of the State of Schleswig-Holstein (Office for Energy Plan Approval) in plan approval proceedings for the LNG connection line from Brunsbüttel to Hetlingen.

  • Advising the Ministry of Economy, Infrastructure, Tourism and Employment of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania on the 380 kV line Güstrow-Parchim Süd.

  • Advice to the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transport, Employment, Technology and Tourism of the State of Schleswig-Holstein on the A 20 (Elbe crossing) section 8.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

The environmental and planning law team at Hogan Lovells International LLP particularly focuses on compliance issues and advises both large DAX companies and international clients. The practice regularly assists with environmental compliance related to M&A transactions and public funding applications, but also comprehensively advises clients on land-use planning and soil protection due diligence in the context of real estate transactions; the key contact for these matters is practice head Thomas Dünchheim. Alongside supply chain due diligence expert Christian Ritz, he also increasingly advises companies on their ESG initiatives. The team further handles product-related issues; here, clients predominantly rely on the skills of Florian Unseld and Patrick Ayad, who has particular industry expertise in the automotive sector.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Dünchheim

Other key lawyers:

Florian Unseld; Christian Ritz; Patrick Ayad; Sebastian Gräler


‘Thomas Dünchheim: Well connected in science and politics and an excellent understanding of how public administration works. In addition to broad professional expertise, he impresses with a communicative and collegial working style, including when working with other consulting companies and law firms.’

‘Thomas Dünchheim: Has a lot of background knowledge that is not found in textbooks and legal commentaries.’

‘Excellent specialist knowledge across the entire range of public law. Excellent problem-solving approaches, not least through an enormous wealth of experience. Excellent top-level network in the public sector. Very high level of quality, reliability and adherence to delivery dates.’

Key clients

LEGO System A/S

Schwartauer Werke GmbH & Co. KG

Tafel Deutschland e.V.

Lenz und Johlen

Lenz und Johlen, who opened a new office in Berlin in November 2023, assists large real estate developers and commercial operators as well as public sector clients, particularly with urban planning matters and district developments. In this context, practice head Rainer Voß advises on water, soil and pollution control law and also represents clients in approval and development plan proceedings; Michael Oerder is a key contact for construction planning advice on commercial projects. The team's environmental law expertise is also in demand for industrial and infrastructure projects: Felix Pauli regularly advises wind farm operators and companies in the hydrogen industry on project-related developments of new systems. Inga Schwertner is one of the key contacts for water and soil protection issues.

Practice head(s):

Rainer Voß

Other key lawyers:

Michael Oerder; Felix Pauli; Thomas Lüttgau; Inga Schwertner


‘Rainer Voß: A highly esteemed lawyer who is always welcome at municipal level and is an excellent mediator when it comes to the approval of development plans or the creation of urban development contracts.’

‘Clear, precise assessments of facts. Reliable forecasts about the course of proceedings. Good network and high acceptance.’

Key clients

1. FC Köln GmbH & Co. KGaA


Action Deutschland GmbH

Aldi GmbH & Co. KG

Aqualand Freizeitbad GmbH & Co. KG

Art Invest Real Estate

Bauhaus AG

Bauwens GmbH & Co. KG

Becken Development GmbH

BIP GmbH Baumanagement und Objektsteuerung

BMR energy solutions GmbH

BPD Immobilienentwicklung GmbH

Caritas Stiftung Deutschland

Centershop-Korn Vertriebs GmbH & Co. KG

Chefs Culinar Süd

CONESTA Consulting & Construction GmbH & Co. KG

Confiserie Paul Reber GmbH & Co. KG

Corpus Sireo Real Estate GmbH

Covestro AG

Decathlon Sportartikel GmbH & Co. KG

Development Partner

Deutsche Post AG Zentrale, DHL

DFI Real Estate

EGP Trier

Einrichtungshaus Ostermann GmbH & Co. KG

ENNI Stadt & Service Niederrhein AöR

Euroboden GmbH


Evangelische Kirchengemeinde Köln und Region

Ferox Projektentwicklung GmbH & Co. KG

Ferraro Group

Frasers Property industrial

Gemeinde Engelskirchen

Gemeinde Morsbach

Gerchgroup AG

Globus SB Warenhaus Holding GmbH & Co. KG

Hafen Düsseldorf Reisholz Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH

Hagedorn, Gütersloh

Haus Rabenhorst O. Lauffs GmbH & Co. KG

HBB Hanseatische Betreuungs- und Beteiligungs GmbH

Hillwood Germany GmbH

Honestis AG

IG Gastro Interessengemeinschaft Kölner Gastronomen

Instone Real Estate Group AG

ITG Düsseldorf

Kliniken des Landkreises Lörrach GmbH

Kölner Sportstätten GmbH


Korthaus GmbH

Lidl Dienstleistungs- GmbH & Co. KG

Momeni Group


Ministerium für Wirtschaft NRW

Möbel Martin

Moderne Stadt GmbH, Köln

Movie Park Germany GmbH

Mr. Wash Autoservice AG

New Re GmbH

NRW Urban Kommunale Entwicklung GmbH

Pandion Real Estate GmbH

Ratisbona Handelsimmobilien

Regio Bahn Mettmann

Rhein-Sieg-Abfallwirtschaftsgesellschaft mbH


RWE Renewables GmbH

RWE Wind Onshore Deutschland GmbH

Schoofs Immobilien GmbH

Stadt Erftstadt

Stadt Gevelsberg

Stadt Niederkassel

Stadt Rheinbach

Stadt Stolberg

Stadt Witten

Thelen Holding GmbH

Ten Brinke Projektentwicklung GmbH

Terracolonia GmbH

Tessner GmbH

Tönnies Holding ApS & Co. KG

Unibail Rodamco

XXXL Lutz-Gruppe

Zott SE & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Advising Ferraro Group on the revitalization of the former industrial area in the Saarland city of Homburg and on the development plan process with the aim of district development.

  • Advising Unibail Rodamco Westfield on the refurbishment of one of the largest shopping centers in Germany.

  • Advising Thelen Group on the development of Essen 51, a pioneering new district in Essen.


Linklaters particularly often demonstrates its environmental and planning skills in planning and approval procedures for large electricity and gas projects: in this context, the team is not only involved in federal planning advice, but due to practice head Markus Appel's expertise, also covers contractual and climate protection aspects. Appel also increasingly advises on ESG and provides environmental due diligence and compliance assistance for IPOs, M&A transactions and project financing.

Practice head(s):

Markus Appel

Other key lawyers:

Sebastian Meyn

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive advice to TenneT on SuedLink, the “main artery” of the energy transition, and SuedOstLink projects.

  • Advising Amprion GmbH on upcoming planning proceedings (federal planning, plan approval) for the so-called HVDC corridor B.

  • Approval and environmental law advice, in particular due diligence on existing approvals and environmental compliance, for Carrier Global Corporation as part of the acquisition of Viessmann Climate Solutions.

avocado rechtsanwälte

avocado rechtsanwälte primarily advises transport, waste disposal and industrial companies as well as public sector players on issues relating to the waste management industry and waste law. The team's expertise includes recycling and circular economy matters, soil and groundwater contamination as well as contaminated site remediation projects; on the public sector side, the group also assists with legislation and the implementation of waste law sanctions. The practice is led by its four key contacts: Markus Figgen and Ralf Kaminski primarily advise clients on waste law compliance and also act in environmental criminal proceedings and disputes, Thomas Gerhold provides support for planning and adaptation projects, mainly in emissions and soil protection law, and Rebecca Schäffer is considered an expert for hygiene law, among other matters.

Practice head(s):

Markus Figgen; Ralf Kaminski; Thomas Gerhold; Rebecca Schäffer

Other key lawyers:

Matthias Peine; Michael Gayger


‘We find the team to be very, very competent and committed to any kind of issue. Here we find the highest level of service and competence across all areas of advice and representation on legal issues.’

‘Markus Figgen and Rebecca Schäffer: Offer competence, the highest level of industry experience and knowledge and extensive expertise by considering a wide range of positions and perspectives.’

‘What is outstanding is that the team works in a solution-related manner. There are no problem discussions. The work is goal-oriented and the customer is engaged with his topic.’

‘In the area of ​​waste management, recycling and waste law, avocado law attorneys cover all specialist areas in a law firm, not only in factual and technical questions, but also with thought-provoking impulses and suggestions on how to deal with new situations. Everything in absolute depth, with consistently good cooperation between the individual specialist lawyers.’

‘Ralf Kaminski: Offers excellent knowledge and expertise and can also get to the heart of it linguistically.’

‘Markus Figgen: Offers excellent knowledge and expertise and is very subtle during a detailed execution.’

‘Strong positioning in the waste disposal industry. Deep industry knowledge. Perfectly connected, so always up-to-date.’

‘Ralf Kaminski: A valuable contact. The work is solution-oriented, but always pleasant and personal.’

Key clients

AWB Köln GmbH

Asphalt Ladenburg GmbH

BDE Bundesverband der Deutschen Entsorgungs-wirtschaft e.V.


Custos Consult

Engel Umwelttechnik GmbH

GMVA Gemeinschafts-Müll-Verbrennungsanlage Niederrhein GmbH

KMR-Marine Surveyors GmbH

MAV – Mineralstoff – Aufbereitung und – Verwertung GmbH

PRS premium Recycling GmbH



Rheinkalk GmbH

Schönmackers Umweltdienste GmbH & Co. KG

Stadt Neustadt an der Weinstraße

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie has in-depth expertise in product-related environmental law and regularly advises on environmental and emissions control due diligence in the context of large-volume corporate transactions and product launches. Ulrich Ellinghaus is known for his expertise in product and supply chain compliance and is primarily instructed by companies in the automotive and chemical sectors, while counsel Andreas Schulz impresses with expertise in transaction-related environmental law, among other matters. The practice is led by administrative lawyer Marc Gabriel.

Practice head(s):

Marc Gabriel

Other key lawyers:

Ulrich Ellinghaus; Andreas Schulz

CBH Rechtsanwälte

CBH Rechtsanwälte focuses on infrastructure and urban development projects and is particularly often instructed by real estate developers and public sector clients. Led by public building law expert Stefan Rappen, the team advises on large residential and commercial developments and assists with real estate transaction-related approval proceedings and due diligence. Tassilo Schiffer frequently handles the legal project management of infrastructure projects and represents clients in approval and plan approval proceedings in connection with high-voltage overhead lines and offshore wind farms, among other matters.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Rappen

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Küas; Tassilo Schiffer


‘The team at CBH Rechtsanwälte works and advises professionally and reliably at all times.’

‘Christopher Küas: Always sees himself as part of our company and advises us professionally, trustingly and reliably at all times at very high legal quality.’

‘Stefan Rappen: Actively thinks in the interests of the client and supports the development of topic-related strategy. He also provides recommendations on expected practice when it differs from doctrine.’

‘The collaboration runs smoothly, from the beginning of the respective case through preliminary assessment to the final proceeding.’

‘Outstanding legal expertise and excellent cooperation with the respective CBH team, based on mutual trust.’

Key clients

Autobahn GmBH

Bezirksregierung Düsseldorf

CG Elementum AG

Corpus Sireo Aurum GmbH & Co. KG

Cube Real Estate GmbH

DEGES Deutsche Einheit Fernstraßenplanungs- und -bau GmbH

Die Developer



Land Mecklenburg Vorpommern

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive advice to Bonn Federal Network Agency as project manager for numerous projects related to ​​electricity network expansion, including Süd-Ost-Link and Süd-Ost-Link-Plus.

  • Advice to the Ministry of Economics, Infrastructure, Tourism and Labor of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania on the Ostwind III project; project management for an offshore line to connect an offshore wind farm to the onshore transmission network.

  • Advising the city of Siegen on the ‘Siegen. Knowledge connects’ projects from a public law, building law and procurement law perspective.


Dentons is particularly renowned for its expertise in packaging law and is also able to advise on product-related environmental issues and circular economy matters. Practice head Ilka Mehdorn is regularly instructed by industrial associations and consumer goods manufacturers to assist with environmental compliance, appropriate contract drafting and the development of recycling systems, but also advises on waste and packaging regulatory standards and frequently represents clients in administrative proceedings. Further expertise exists in ​​pollutant and disposal regulation.

Practice head(s):

Ilka Mehdorn

Other key lawyers:

Julia Pfeil


‘Experienced, competent, reliable, accurate.

Key clients

DPG Deutsche Pfandsystem GmbH

Stiftung Zentrale Stelle Verpackungsregister

TEDi GmbH & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Advice on packaging law to DPG Deutsche Pfandsystem GmbH, the operator of the German one-way deposit system, in connection with the extension of the deposit requirement to fruit juices and milk/milk mixed drinks as well as in connection with the draft of the EU Packaging Regulation of November 2023 and the Supply Chain Care Act.

DLA Piper

A large number of DAX companies from various sectors draw upon DLA Piper's expertise in environmental compliance, with the practice placing particular emphasis on ESG issues: Ludger Giesberts regularly advises on due diligence in supply chains as well as regulatory requirements and risks in connection with carbon footprints and sustainability standards. The team is also particularly adept in product-related advice on safety and environmental obligations to companies in the consumer goods industry, has experience in planning-related soil and pollution control matters and also regularly handles related litigation. Litigation expert Thomas Gädtke heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Gädtke

Other key lawyers:

Ludger Giesberts; Guido Kleve; Thilo Streit


‘DLA Piper’s team for environmental, planning and public law impresses with a very high level of professional competence, comprehensive economic understanding and a very pragmatic approach.’

‘Excellent technical understanding. The team has the ability to capture core aspects of complex issues in a nutshell and to identify options for action efficiently and effectively. ‘

Key clients

Avnet Logistics GmbH


Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Flughafen Koeln/Bonn GmbH

HeidelbergCement AG


Work highlights

  • Advising HeidelbergCement on the classification of bypass dust as a by-product or waste as part of an approval procedure according to Section 16 Paragraph 1 and 2 BImSchG.

Franßen & Nusser Rechtsanwälte PartGmbB

Franßen & Nusser Rechtsanwälte PartGmbB's environmental law advice is based on in-depth experience in product safety and product environmental law as well as expertise in the circular and waste management industry. Head of the product law team Jens Nusser regularly assists with construction product issues and is also well versed in issues relating to electrical law. Gregor Franßen heads the environmental law team and advises chemical companies on soil protection law and the disposal of hazardous substances. The practice also regularly acts in soil protection and product law litigation.

Practice head(s):

Gregor Franßen; Jens Nusser

Other key lawyers:

Marthe-Louise Fehse


‘Boutique with focused, very deep specialist knowledge and a lot of experience in the areas of environmental, waste and planning law.’

‘Jens Nusser: Negotiates in a focused and results-oriented manner. He knows how authorities “tick”.’

‘Pragmatic and very sound legal advice. Clear division into different legal areas.’

Key clients

Solvay GmbH

Hans Schmid GmbH & Co. KG


Schiefergruben Magog GmbH & Co. KG

Xella International GmbH

Landesamt für Geologie und Bergwesen


Deutsche Telekom AG

Compagnie de Saint-Gobain

Hauptverband der Deutschen Bauindustrie e.V.

Hörmann KG Verkaufsgesellschaft

Sonoma Internet GmbH – AMORELIE

Swiss Krono Gruppe

Gewobag AG

Techem Gruppe

Teufel Audio GmbH

VDMA e.V. (Verband Maschinen- und Anlagenbau)

vhi e.V. – Verband der deutschen Holzwerkstoffindustrie


Work highlights

  • Advising the Main Association of the German Construction Industry on the necessary further development of the legal framework for the recycling of construction products and construction waste.

  • Advising ZVEI eV on all regulatory topics, especially in the area of ​​construction product law, revision of the Construction Products Ordinance (BauPVO) and BauPVO acquisition, fire protection, standardisation.

  • Advising Deutsche Telekom AG on product safety and product environmental law, for example ElektroG, eco-design and implementation of the requirements in contract drafting.


Heuking is particularly well versed in building planning law and oversees both urban development and infrastructure projects. Wolfram Sandner jointly heads the practice with environmental law expert Thomas Nickel and regularly advises companies in the real estate industry on project-related contractual issues, development plans and approval proceedings as well as related disputes. Michael Below is considered a key contact for infrastructure projects and emissions control issues.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Nickel; Wolfram Sandner

Other key lawyers:

Michael Below

HFK Rechtsanwälte LLP

The infrastructure and industrial practice group of HFK Rechtsanwälte LLP primarily advises on project-related matters and represents clients in various planning approval and approval proceedings. Wulf Clausen regularly assists with technical planning issues, particularly in connection with climate-positive district developments and the environmentally friendly implementation of industrial projects; he jointly heads the practice with Till Kemper, who advises on smart city and energy infrastructure projects, and transport infrastructure expert Jörg Stoye.

Practice head(s):

Till Kemper; Wulf Clausen; Jörg Stoye

Key clients

Büroma Immobilien Verwaltungs- GmbH & Co. Kurfürstendamm KG


Flughafen GmbH Kassel

RTW Planungsgesellschaft mbH

Stadt Oberkochen

DB Netz AG

DB Station & Service AG

DEGES Deutsche Einheit Fernstraßenbaugesellschaft GmbH


Ingenieurkammer Hessen

Investment & Finance Consulting – IFC GmbH

Smarte Region Schleswig-Flensburg

Stadt Heidelberg

Stadt Hildesheim

Wirtschaftsförderung Hildesheim

Work highlights

  • Advising the RTW planning company on the planning, which has now been expanded to six planning sections, for the realisation of Regionaltangente West (RTW) as a regional light rail line in the rapid transit network of the Rhine-Main area.

  • Advising Investment & Finance Consulting – IFC GmbH Baugebietsentwicklung on urban development contracts in Galshütte, Frankfurt.

  • Assisting Flughafen Kassel GmbH with the development of the former airport site, especially with regard to a climate-neutral design.

Hoffmann Liebs

Hoffmann Liebs' environmental expertise is regularly evident in advice on soil protection and contaminated sites law. In this context, the practice assists various industrial companies with remediation contracts as well as with administrative and legal proceedings. Another focus is pollution control and major accident law in connection with large planned projects and real estate transactions. The team is led by environmental lawyer Volker Hoffmann, who advises on land recycling and industrial development projects, among other matters.

Practice head(s):

Volker Hoffmann

Other key lawyers:

Christian Thomas


‘Fast and focused advice.’

‘Volker Hoffmann: The head of the team, has a lot of experience and always offers practical solutions.’

‘The Hoffmann Liebs team can cover the entire range of environmental law as well as construction and planning law with great expertise.’

Kapellmann und Partner

Kapellmann und Partner has extensive planning law expertise, which it applies in the context of approval and plan approval proceedings, regulatory advice on real estate transactions and emissions control issues. The team regularly assists with the eligibility of wind farms, solar parks and commercial areas and also represents clients in environmental litigation and regulatory control proceedings related to large infrastructure projects. Hendrik Schilder, who advises on environmental compliance aspects of construction projects, and public construction law expert Christian Bönker jointly head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Hendrik Schilder; Christian Bönker

Other key lawyers:

Stefan Pützenbacher


Kümmerlein's team impresses with its expertise in large energy transition projects, including power plant decarbonisation and energy infrastructure projects. In the context of these projects, the group advises on transaction-related environmental due diligence as well as planning approval and approval proceedings. The team's project manager skills are reinforced by the expertise of its management trio: Bettina Keienburg  specialises in environmental and energy industry compliance, while Michael Neupert regularly acts in emissions control approval proceedings and Stefan Wiesendahl is particularly well versed in infrastructure approval law. In January 2024, the team also strengthened its position with the arrival of Moritz Rademacher, previously counsel at Hengeler Mueller, who has extensive experience in approval, environmental, mining and state aid law.

Practice head(s):

Bettina Keienburg; Stefan Wiesendahl, Michael Neupert

Other key lawyers:

Johannes Schulte; Moritz Rademacher


‘The firm is characterised by a particularly high level of competence, reliability and customer orientation.’

‘Michael Neupert and Bettina Keienburg: Not only have they proven themselves to be highly competent in legal matters, they have also shown themselves to be very well versed in assessing and processing technical issues. On top of that, they are always very pleasant to deal with personally and are always ready to provide support.’

‘Kümmerlein is an excellent commercial law firm with a 90-year tradition and modern charisma. The combination of experience and youth shapes their high quality standards. They handle cases in partnership with experienced experts for tailor-made solutions. Clear and honest communication is their credo. Kümmerlein convinces with flexibility, speed and efficiency.’

Key clients

Arcelor Mittal

Bernard Krone


Land Hessen

Land Nordrhein-Westfalen


Neptune Energy



Work highlights

  • Carrying out essential parts of the due diligence for Südwestkonsortium as part of its investment in TransnetBW.

  • Advising ArcelorMittal Bremen GmbH on the decarbonisation of a steelworks and electricity connection including the Weser crossing.


In the Berlin-Brandenburg region in particular, Raue counts various real estate developers and energy companies as well as public authorities among its client base and advises on construction and planning law proceedings in connection with the expansion of the Federal Chancellery and the redesign of the former Berlin-Tegel Airport. Furthermore, the practice regularly applies its expertise in building planning, nature conservation, energy and pollution control law in infrastructure and commercial projects as well as in district developments. Practice head Wolfram Hertel is experienced across the full spectrum of building planning law and further adept in monument law.

Practice head(s):

Wolfram Hertel

Other key lawyers:

Arne Ditloff

Key clients

ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg eV

Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG)


CMB Management GmbH

Caeli Wind GmbH

Dr. Kade GmbH

Elysium Solar GmbH

Euroboden GmbH

Immowert Immobiliengruppe

Land Berlin

Landesamt für Umwelt Brandenburg

Ministerium für Umwelt, Landwirtschaft und Klimaschutz Brandenburg

Onyx Power AG

Orafol Europe GmbH

Sonae Arauco Deutschland GmbH

Stiftung St. Matthäus

Tegel Projekt GmbH

Unternehmensgruppe Max Aicher

Zweite Caurus GmbH

Work highlights

  • Representation of the Federal Chancellery in connection with the planning of the extension of the Federal Chancellery in the Chancellor Park; Advice on building planning, building regulations, nature conservation and green space law.

  • Advising Orafol Europe on planning and emissions control issues related to an expansion project of an industrial site.

  • Advising Elysium Solar GmbH on the development of an agri-photovoltaic project in immediate vicinity to BER Airport.


Rittershaus' strong team is particularly adept at assisting with urban development and infrastructure projects; the practice portfolio includes land use planning and approval proceedings as well as comprehensive advice on building plans, emissions, noise and species protection in connection with residential construction projects. The group places a particular focus on future-oriented construction projects and not only advises on sustainable project development of commercial areas, but also increasingly on buildings rights in the wind power and photovoltaic sphere, with Wolfgang Patzelt being particularly visible. Practice head Hartmut Fischer is a sought-after contact especially for complex land-use planning issues.

Practice head(s):

Hartmut Fischer

Other key lawyers:

Wolfgang Patzelt; Christoph Rung; Daniel Pflüger; Thomas Hartl; Ulrich Loetz


‘In addition to material law knowledge, the firm also has enormous experience in specific authorities proceedings and can therefore provide congenial support in all environmental and planning proceedings. It enjoys a high reputation in public administration – especially when there are differing legal opinions.’

‘Wolfgang Patzelt: Offers identification with the client, commitment to the client, preparation, knowledge, quick-wittedness, effectiveness and diplomacy.’

‘Very good both personally and professionally.’

Key clients

6B47 Germany GmbH

AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG

Bonava Deutschland GmbH

Businesspark Konstanz GmbH

C7 Gruppe mit Projektgesellschaft HA Feldafing GmbH

Calvatis GmbH

DIBAG Industriebau AG

Ehret+Klien GmbH

EPPLE Projekt GmbH

GML Gemeinschafts-Müllheizkraftwerk Ludwigshafen GmbH


Höß GmbH & Co. Hausbau KG

Krematorium Werl GmbH

LE Windenergie GmbH & Co. KG

Monsheimer Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH

Raiffeisen Waren-Zentrale Rhein-Main eG, Köln

Trei Real Estate Berlin-Winsstraße GmbH

WindEV GmbH & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Advising Bonava Deutschland GmbH on the creation of necessary building rights for projects of 100 to 700 residential units in Mannheim, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Mainz, among others.

  • Advising Calvatis GmbH on the modification and construction of BImSchG systems in a chemical park as well as on contracts with infrastructure lines with other BImSchG operators in the chemical park.

  • Public law support for EPPLE Projekt GmbH for the project development of various housing projects (100 to 300 residential units) in Frankfurt, Baden-Baden, Stuttgart, Ludwigshafen, Heidelberg, Mannheim, Schwetzingen etc.

Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing advises industrial companies and public sector clients on land-use planning and environmental compliance and is also regularly involved in administrative proceedings. The team is particularly well versed in emissions control, waste and contaminated sites law, which it applies in industrial construction and expansion projects, among other matters; clients also regularly draw on its expertise in product-related environmental law. While Norbert Kämper primarily acts in approval and plan approval proceedings for commercial and infrastructure projects, Oliver Klöck, who took over the practice management from Kämper in 2023, is adept in regulatory health law. André Lippert (compliance) joined CMS in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Klöck

Other key lawyers:

Norbert Kämper; Roland Schmidt-Bleker; Walter Potthast


‘Professional appearance of employees and office environment. Rates are always easily accessible.’

‘Walter Potthast: Absolute specialist knowledge. Calm and level-headed way of approaching problems and then solving them professionally.’


ADVANT Beiten's public sector practice primarily advises on environmental law and permitting issues in connection with development projects and real estate transactions. Hans Georg Neumeier oversees several urban infrastructure and residential construction projects and represents real estate companies and the public sector in planning approval and approval proceedings. Neumeier jointly leads the practice with procurement and energy lawyer Stephan Rechten. The team possesses further expertise in environmental and licensing disputes.

Practice head(s):

Hans Georg Neumeier; Stephan Rechten

Other key lawyers:

Katrin Lüdtke


‘Katrin Lüdtke: Her extremely fast and thorough way of working is exemplary. She is a very important part of the team.’

Key clients

Franconofurt AG

Sappi Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advising and representing Franconofurt AG on conservation/environmental protection statutes of the city of Frankfurt as well as the relevant Hessian conversion regulations; among other things, regulatory review proceedings before the Administrative Court and appeal proceedings before the Federal Administrative Court as well as several objection proceedings and administrative court actions for the granting of approval.

  • Advising Sappi on the sale of graphic paper mills with regard to approval issues and environmental law.


The Public & Regulatory Law practice of ARQIS, founded in 2021, is increasingly in demand, particularly for its advice on ESG issues and the energy transition. While large companies such as Delivery Hero consult the team on regulatory sustainability issues and internal ESG structures, the team also provides comprehensive assistance with renewable energy projects to energy suppliers and mining companies. Both topics are covered by practice head Friedrich Gebert, who is also increasingly active in planning matters. Astrid Seehafer joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in August 2022 and advises on product compliance.

Practice head(s):

Friedrich Gebert

Other key lawyers:

Astrid Seehafer


‘Friedrich Gebert: A great lawyer. He not only has in-depth legal knowledge, but also has an excellent understanding of the needs of his client. He leads an extremely diverse team and is currently expanding his area at Arqis. He is the new generation of lawyers that Germany needs more of. His talent attracts more talent.’

‘Friedrich Gebert: A lawyer who managed the case excellently and deployed his team perfectly.’

‘The Arqis team is a diverse and professional team that understands how to center its clients and put their needs at the center. What is outstanding is the ability to quickly empathize with processes and ensure a sustainable flow of information within the process and team. In concrete terms, this means: Regardless of how many instances are involved in the process, a uniform processing status is ensured. This ensures long-term efficiency and effective collaboration.’

Key clients

Agile Robots AG

All4Labels Group GmbH

Bürgersolarpark GmbH

Delivery Hero SE

Dortmunder Energie- und Wasserversorgung GmbH

Ionity GmbH

Lausitzer- und Mitteldeutsche Bergbau-Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH

Meta Platforms Ireland Ltd.

Saxony Minerals & Exploration AG

Stadtenergie GmbH

Sunfire GmbH

Ton- und Kieswerke Kodersdorf GmbH

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive advice to Sunfire GmbH on all legal issues relating to the regulation of hydrogen and the ramp-up of the company’s industrialisation.

  • Advising Dortmunder Energie- und Wasserbedarf GmbH on all legal issues relating to energy law, from gas and electricity to renewable energies and charging infrastructure through to related disputes.

  • Advising Lausitzer- und Mitteldeutsche Mützen-Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH on relevant environmental and administrative issues.

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird is experienced in planning-related strategic and contentious soil protection and environmental matters; here, the group assists with commercial and energy projects. Waste law represents another mainstay, with Matthias Lang, who is also experienced in circular economy and environmental regulation, being the key contact; he jointly heads the practice with energy and planning lawyer René Voigtländer.

Practice head(s):

René Voigtländer; Matthias Lang

Other key lawyers:

Hermann Rothfuchs

Key clients

Aluminium Oxid Stade GmbH

Amprion GmbH

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to Amprion on several planning approval procedures for several high-voltage lines and successful representation in lawsuits and urgent legal protection proceedings before the Federal Administrative Court.

  • Ongoing advice to Aluminum Oxid Stade GmbH on circular economy plan approval procedures and approval procedures.

DOMBERT Rechtsanwälte

DOMBERT Rechtsanwälte's key strengths include advising energy suppliers and public sector clients at local and federal level on energy transition projects. The team assists with planning approval and approval procedures for projects related to the expansion of liquid gas and electricity grids as well as various wind farm and photovoltaic projects and further advises on climate protection and emissions control aspects. The practice is led by the planning law-savvy Jan Thiele and Janko Geßner, who is considered an expert in energy and administrative law.

Practice head(s):

Jan Thiele; Janko Geßner

Other key lawyers:

Maximilian Dombert; Tobias Roß

Key clients

50Hertz GmbH


Gemeinde Grünheide

Gewerbaufsichtsamt Oldenburg und Lüneburg

Landesbetrieb Straßenwesen Brandenburg

Qualitas Energy Deutschland GmbH



mea Energieagentur Mecklenburg-Vorpommern GmbH

Work highlights

  • Representing and advising 50Hertz GmbH in planning proceedings for network expansion and reinforcement as well as the approval of substations.

  • Advice from the State Trade Inspectorate in Lüneburg and Oldenburg in connection with liquid natural gas (LNG) terminals in Wilhelmshaven and Stade.

  • Advice to WEMAG AG and mea Energieagentur Mecklenburg-Vorpommern GmbH on planning and approval proceedings for numerous wind energy projects and photovoltaic projects in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania with an investment volume of over €100 million.

Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner

In the environmental and planning sphere, Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner primarily impresses with expertise in waste and pollution control as well as in product liability. The group comprehensively advises on the Packaging Act and the Circular Economy Act as well as on waste contract negotiations, damages claims and litigation. Here, practice head Olaf Konzak frequently applies his environmental compliance expertise.

Practice head(s):

Olaf Konzak


‘Broad, practice-oriented knowledge and practical recommendations.’

Greenberg Traurig Germany

In the context of urban development projects, Greenberg Traurig Germany applies its environmental and planning expertise in approval proceedings as well as in building and monument law issues. The team advises on district developments, particularly in the Berlin-Brandenburg region, both on a strategic and procedural level and also has expertise in water and pollution control compliance. Practice head Martin Hamer is well versed across all these areas and is further adept in waste management as well as climate and nature conservation law.

Practice head(s):

Martin Hamer

Other key lawyers:

Johann-Frederik Schuldt


‘Extremely thorough technical work with pragmatic results. Excellent collaboration between experts within the firm. Fantastic accessibility.’

Key clients

Aermont Capital

ARB Investment Partners



Barrick Gold

Benson Elliott




Garbe Industrial Real Estate

GE Power Systems GmbH


Linus Capital

Matheson Tri-Gas

Oxford Properties

Phoenix Spree


The Grounds

Vantage Data Centers




Work highlights

  • Advising Sector Seven on a district development for a university, office and hotel in the area of ​​BER airport with an investment volume of several hundred million euros, including advice on the development plan process and the issuance of building permits and preliminary decisions.

  • Legal representation of Berlinovo in a complex contaminated site case concerning a former industrial property in Karlsruhe before the Karlsruhe Regional Court, with the assertion of a compensation claim against the polluter.

  • Advising Aermont on construction law related to the development of the office and commercial building Stralauer Allee 15/16 with an investment volume of several hundred million euros, including the conclusion of several neighborhood agreements.

Köchling & Krahnefeld Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB

Public law boutique Köchling & Krahnefeld Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB is primarily active in large infrastructure projects, which the team accompanies from conception through to planning approval and approval procedures. The team assists clients with network expansion projects as well as with the construction and conversion of power plants and is a  particularly popular choice due to its expertise in emissions control law. The group also regularly handles contentious proceedings, particularly in relation to urban developments. Lutz Krahnefeld has expertise in waste and contaminated sites law and jointly heads the practice with Claire Pröbstle, who advises on environmental aspects of infrastructure projects, and Markus Ehrmann, who is adept in climate protection and energy law.

Practice head(s):

Lutz Krahnefeld; Markus Ehrmann; Claire Pröbstle


‘Lutz Krahnefeld: Has a very high level of legal expertise, outstanding experience in planning law, reliable and practical jurisprudence and an outstanding demeanor in negotiation situations.’

‘The firm is a boutique that has specialised in environmental and planning law for decades. In addition to its expertise in planning law, it particularly impresses with its proximity to practical environmental issues. The firm supervises both planning procedures and appeals procedures with excellent quality tailored to practical requirements. ‘

‘Claire Pröbstle: Offers a high level of legal expertise, outstanding commitment and reliability and special ability to work in interdisciplinary teams.’

Key clients

Amprion GmbH

Lausitz Energie Kraftwerke AG

Lausitz Energie Bergbau AG

Unibail-Rodamco ÜSQ Development GmbH

EEW Energy from Waste GmbH

Hamburger Energiewerke GmbH

Stromnetz Hamburg GmbH

OTTO Dörner Unternehmensgruppe

RBS Unternehmensgruppe

Staatliches Amt für Landwirtschaft und Umwelt Mittleres Mecklenburg

Novelis Koblenz GmbH

Speira GmbH

Raffinerie Heide GmbH

BGH Edelstahl GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising Amprion GmbH on plan approval procedures for high-voltage line projects (EnLAG project, underground cable pilot project) in North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony as well as on a approval procedure for a system to control load flows in connection with the aforementioned EnLAG project in North Rhine-Westphalia.

  • Advising and representing Lausitz Energie Kraftwerke AG and Lausitz Mützen AG on emissions control approval procedures in connection with the lignite phase-out and objection procedures.

  • Advising Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield on a proceeding that has now been successfully completed to cure the development plan for a large, mixed-use district in Hamburg’s Hafen City.


Loschelder's environmental and construction practice primarily applies its expertise in matters pertaining to water and environmental liability law as well as in planning advice on urban development projects. With adjacent advisory capacities in real estate law, Maike Friedrich predominantly assists private project developers and public sector clients with development and land use plans as well as approval matters and also frequently advises on emissions and noise protection law. Cedric Meyer is an experienced contact for environmental liability cases and material law issues.

Other key lawyers:

Cedric Meyer; Maike Friedrich


‘The team impresses with exceptional technical knowledge.’

‘Outstanding professionals with pragmatism.’

‘Cedric Meyer: Has excellent knowledge of his area and thus offers immediate added value for the client.’

‘Excellent specialist knowledge, good understanding of client’s problems, innovative solution concepts.’

Key clients

Cube Real Estate


Generali Real Estate s.p.A.

Snop Automotive Cologne GmbH

Stadt Bad Honnef

Stadt Köln

Work highlights

  • Advising WONKOMPANIE NRW GmbH on the development of a former industrial site with a size of over 10 hectares.


Various real estate industry and public sector players turn to LUTZ | ABEL RECHTSANWALTS PARTG MBB for advice on building permit and planning procedures, planning litigation and water and nature conservation issues. On project level, the team is primarily involved in residential construction projects and urban developments as well as in the development of wind turbines.; here, practice head Thomas Schönfeld's expertise in monument and urban planning law comes particularly into play.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Schönfeld

Other key lawyers:

Jan Bernd Seeger


Thomas Schönfeld: Has excellent specialist knowledge. He works client-specific and always delivers practical solutions. He is also very well connected with the authorities.

Key clients

BHB Bauträger GmbH Bayern

Erzdiözese München und Freising KdöR

Kutter GmbH & Co. KG

Pallottiner KdÖR

Sozialservice-Gesellschaft des Bayerischen Roten Kreuzes

Stadt Regensburg

WMF Group GmbH

WU Wohnungsunternehmen GmbH & Co. KG

Wertcontor GmbH & Co. KG

numa group GmbH

okl & partner

okl & partner's advice offering covers pollution control law, waste law and environmental compliance as well as representation in planning approval proceedings. Anno Oexle predominantly advises clients on infrastructure and industrial projects and is also a sought-after contact for recycling and circular economy law; he jointly leads the practice with compliance expert Alexander de Diego and Rainer Geesmann, who is experienced in planning law. Dominik Lück has extensive experience in waste management issues, including administrative law procedures. Stefan Kopp-Assenmacher left in July 2023 to found public commercial law boutique KOPP-ASSENMACHER Rechtsanwälte.

Practice head(s):

Anno Oexle; Alexander de Diego; Rainer Geesmann

Other key lawyers:

Dominik Lück

Key clients


AXA Konzern AG



Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, nukleare Sicherheit und Verbraucherschutz

Bundesverband der Deutschen Entsorgungs-,Wasser- und Kreislaufwirtschaft

Bundesvereinigung Deutscher Stahlrecycling- und Entsorgungsunternehmen


Deutsche Post AG


Enosys GmbH

Enretec GmbH



H & M Hennes & Mauritz

HiTec Recycling GmbH

ICL Group

INDRA Recycling GmbH


Miele & Cie KG

Omnirec GmbH


Redux Recycling GmbH


SAVAG Südhessische Abfallverwertungs-GmbH

STEIL Gruppe

Scholz Recycling GmbH

Stadt Gelsenkirchen

TSR Recycling GmbH & Co. KG

Umweltministerium NRW

Wasserstraßen- und Schifffahrtsverwaltung des Bundes

Work highlights

  • Advice and representation of the Lower Saxony State Office for Water Management, Coastal and Nature Conservation in plan approval procedures and water law permit procedures for the LNG terminal Wilhelmshaven I (Höegh Esperanza) and the LNG terminal Wilhelmshaven II (Excellerate Excelsior).

  • Comprehensive environmental law advice to CURRENTA Group on compliance issues following an explosion.

  • Out-of-court and in-court advice and representation of the city of Gelsenkirchen in connection with the defense against impending €40 million in environmental damage resulting from illegal dumping of waste in the port of Grimberg.


Oppenhoff's expertise in water, emissions and soil protection law primarily shows in energy projects and real estate transactions. Led by compliance expert Stephan Müller, the team is also increasingly advising on ESG issues as well as on German climate protection regulation. Environmental and energy lawyer Holger Hofmann further acts in approval and administrative proceedings and assists with the renovation and restructuring of commercial properties.

Practice head(s):

Stephan Müller

Other key lawyers:

Holger Hofmann


‘Fast and very practical advice.’

‘The Oppenhoff team consists of a large number of partners with different areas of expertise. The team is characterized by quick reactions and broad expertise.’

Stephan Müller: Has exceptional experience in foreign trade law, which also enables him to quickly determine whether a case requires in-depth analysis or whether a quick “brief orientation” is sufficient.

Key clients

Bundesministerium für Digitales und Verkehr

Compagnie de Saint-Gobain Zweigniederlassung Deutschland GmbH

Deutsches Luft-und Raumfahrtzentrum e.V.

Eastman Chemical

Energie Hub Moorburg GmbH

Ford-Werke GmbH

Tata Steel Germany GmbH

UL International Germany GmbH

Zeit für Brot

Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte

Particularly clients from the Baden-Württemberg region, which include both private companies and the public sector, rely on the construction planning and pollution control expertise of Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte, which it applies in the context of industrial construction projects as well as administrative litigation. Torsten Gerhard acts in litigation relating to spatial planning and approval issues and jointly leads the team with Christofer Lenz, who is well versed in raw material extraction issues and advises on both industrial projects and climate protection issues.

Practice head(s):

Christofer Lenz; Torsten Gerhard

Other key lawyers:

Jens Ritter


‘The support from the entire public law team is very extensive and intensive. As a client, you always have the feeling that your own case is the firm’s top priority. An extraordinary amount of time is taken for personal discussions. Even after the assignment was formally completed, questions were repeatedly asked about the progress of the case, which clearly shows the firm’s above-average interest in its clients.’

‘Christofer Lenz: An assertive negotiator who gets to the heart of even very complex processes and ultimately takes the other side along.’

‘Jens Ritter: Always available, handles all issues more than conscientiously and surprises with valuable details that hit the mark.’

Key clients

Deutscher Alpenverein Landesverband Baden-Württemberg

E. Breuninger GmbH & Co. KG

Fraktion Grüne im Landtag von Baden-Württemberg

Kies + Sand Maselheim

Landesbetrieb Vermögen und Bau Baden-Württemberg

Landesfischereiverband Baden-Württemberg

Röhm Gruppe Wendlingen

Sport Sohn Handel

Staatsministerium Baden-Württemberg

Verkehrsministerium Baden-Württemberg

Work highlights

  • Advising the state government of Baden-Württemberg on the enforcement of a correctional facility in Heidelberg.

PAULY Rechtsanwälte

PAULY Rechtsanwälte has strong expertise in waste and packaging law and in this context assists refineries, packaging and consumer goods manufacturers as well as companies from the waste management industry; the team also extensively applies its electrical law and circular economy experience in ​​product recycling matters and regularly advises on emissions control law. The practice is headed by environmental lawyer Markus Pauly  and further adept in packaging litigation, in which context it represents all eight dual systems in Germany.

Practice head(s):

Markus Pauly

Other key lawyers:

Nadja Wüstemann

Key clients

ALBA Group

ALBA Metall Nord GmbH


AfB gGmbH

Alle Dualen Systeme Deutschlands

Auctus Capital Partners AG

BP Europe SE/Ruhr Oel

BSH Bosch Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH

Befesa Zinc Gruppe

Berkenhoff GmbH

Bundesverband Sekundarrohstoffe und Entsorgung

Bundesverband der Altholzaufbereiter und -verwerter e.V., Berlin

Bundesvereinigung Deutscher Stahlrecycling- und Entsorgungsunternehmen e.V.

COPO Plast Kunststoffrecycling Winkler Heinrich e.K.

Carbolig GmbH

Castrol Germany GmbH

Duale Systeme Deutschlands

Europa Möbel-Verbund GmbH & Co. KG

Hornbach Baumarkt AG

IK Umwelt – Gruppe

IP Verpackungen GmbH

Interzero Circular Solutions Germany GmbH

Johannes Oetken & Söhne GmbH & Co. KG

Jokey SE

Lavazza Deutschland GmbH

MiRO Mineraloelraffinerie Oberrhein GmbH & Co. KG

PDR Recycling GmbH & Co. KG

PreZero GmbH

REWE Group/Penny

Recenso GmbH

Scholz Recycling GmbH

Silver plastics GmbH & Co. KG

Theo Steil GmbH

Tokai Erftcarbon GmbH

Verzinkerei Sahm GmbH

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive advice to BP Europa SE/Ruhr Oel GmbH on the classification of residues from a refinery as waste or by-product, on questions of producer liability and other questions of waste and pollution control law.

  • Advising IP Verpackungen GmbH, the European market leader for the production of disposable packaging, on the plastic ban directive and its implementation in Germany as well as further legal developments at national and European level.

  • Advising Jokey on strategic issues of future waste policy, including GreenDeal, Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP), EU Plastics Strategy.

Pohlmann & Company

Pohlmann & Company focuses on environmental compliance and ESG issues and advises companies from various industries on setting up their compliance systems. Close networks with international partner firms enable the team to carry out risk analyses on German, British and US environmental regulations. Practice head Uwe Erling has in-depth expertise in climate and emissions protection law and represents clients before authorities, particularly in the context of environmental cleanup projects. Former practice head Horst Schlemminger (environmental law, real estate law) retired in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Uwe Erling

Other key lawyers:

Tim Uschkereit

Key clients


Elektrizitätswerke WWS GmbH & Co. KG

MTP Wohn- und Gewerbebau GmbH


WTS/ Interseroh+

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive long-term environmental compliance advice to Celanese Group.

  • Ongoing environmental compliance advice to WWS electricity company on currently four projects.