Rising Stars

Firms To Watch: Construction (including construction litigation)

PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal AG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft) is particularly visible in the areas of plant construction, infrastructure and district development, where the group offers comprehensive advice on construction, architectural and real estate law.
A particular strength of Watson Farley & Williams LLP is the management of large infrastructure projects such as motorway construction - particularly in the form of PPP projects - and plant construction in energy production as well as the representation of international construction groups in defect processes. 

Construction (including construction litigation) in Germany

Includes construction-related advice for contractors and clients, advice for architects and on real estate-related project developments, as well as advice and representation in construction-related conflicts. The ranking also includes a list of the strongest law firms in the area of plant construction advice.

BREYER RECHTSANWÄLTE

BREYER RECHTSANWÄLTE specialises exclusively in private and public construction law, public procurement law and real estate law. With offices in Stuttgart, Frankfurt and Munich, as well as other European offices and international partner networks, the group is particularly well versed in advising on large-scale construction projects and represents clients in arbitration proceedings. A core strength of the firm are multi-party agreements, especially with cooperative aspects as well as in the context of complex large-scale construction projects. Name partner Wolfgang Breyer has extensive experience in these alternative processing methods and partnering models and also regularly acts as an arbitrator and adjudicator in national and international arbitration and adjudication proceedings. The other practice heads Michael Burdinski, Angelika Frohwein, Mario Verdugo Morales, Maximilian Regul and Sebastian Thomas have various advisory focuses and are, among other things, experienced in remuneration proceedings related to large-scale construction projects, advice in connection with disrupted construction processes, architectural and engineering law and construction  litigation as well as on the public procurement law and project management law. Private construction, architectural law and public procurement law specialist Annika Kühne made partner in September 2020 and also joined the practice management. Kühne advises clients on supplementary claims and liability risks. Most recently, the practice has added several public-private partnerships to its mandate portfolio.

Key clients

Köster GmbH / Baresel Tunnelbau GmbH

Leonhard Weiss Gmbh & Co. KG

Vector Informatik GmbH

Ed. Züblin AG

LBBW Immobilien Development

Max Bögl Bauunternehmung GmbH & Co. KG

Schleith GmbH

WMF Group GmbH

Flughafen Stuttgart Gesellschaft mbH

Fischer Weilheim GmbH

Fischer Wohnbau & Immobilien GmbH & Co. KG

ECE Projektmanagement G.m.b.H. & Co. KG

telc gGmbH

Prinzing Gebäudetechnik GmbH

Stadtwerke Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt am Main mbH (VGF)

Work highlights

  • Advice on the expansion of the Bundestag based on an IPA agreement.
  • Advising Bayer AG on the construction of a new production facility based on an IPA multi-party agreement.
  • Advising REWE on the construction of two logistics centers based on an IPA multi-party agreement.

CMS

CMS ‘s construction law practice impresses with an extensive track record of national and international plant construction projects, particularly in the area of renewable and conventional energy generation, including onshore and offshore wind turbines, and their grid connection in particular. Other industry focuses are the chemical, petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries as well as environmental technology and infrastructure. Jointly with other practices and the international network, the group advises on project developments in all project phases. The team, led by Martin Krause, also advises and represents clients in court and international arbitration proceedings on all construction disputes, such as the assertion of residual wage claims and the defence against claims for damages. Contentious construction law matters are a strength of Andreas Roquette. Katja Küpper focuses on advising the public sector on planning and construction contract matters as well as PPP projects, with additional expertise in architectural and engineering law. Infrastructure and plant construction expert Tom Christopher Pröstler has a focus on Asia, particularly dispute resolution, and made partner at the beginning of 2021.

Practice head(s):

Martin Krause

Testimonials

‘Very good networking in the industry. High professional level.’

‘Very trusting and cooperative partnership.’

‘Topics are solved quickly and pragmatically.’

‘Combination of legal and tax issues is excellent.’

‘European cooperation very well covered.’

Key clients

INEOS

WIRCON

Merkur Offshore GmbH

Veja Mate Offshore Project GmbH

Albert Speer & Partner GmbH

HOCHTIEF Infrastructure GmbH

Infraleuna GmbH

Iberbrola Renovables Deutschland GmbH

ONTRAS Gastransport GmbH Femern Bælt A/S

Luxcara GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising INEOS Phenol GmbH on the development of a new large-scale cumene production plant in the Marl Chemical Park. The advice covered the entire project development with a multidisciplinary approach including sales, licensing, settlement, real estate, planning and construction contracts.
  • Advising Luxcara on an investment in the construction of four solar parks in Denmark with the Danish project developer BeGreen A/S.
  • Advising Albert Speer & Partner GmbH on various Germany-wide large-scale construction projects in the field of project development, including the construction of the corporate headquarters for the MHK Group and procedural representation in various other large-scale projects.

Kapellmann und Partner

Kapellmann und Partner specialises in the construction and real estate sector and advises clients and contractors, particularly in the context of large-scale national and international projects. The client portfolio is comprehensively advised on plant construction matters, structural and civil engineering projects and infrastructure measures, including performance, remuneration and liability issues, supplementary review and processing as well as related tax and insurance law issues. The practice is headed by Werner Langen and Claus von Rintelen, who both have an advisory focus on the in and out-of-court settlement of major claims, such as the enforcement of insurance claims. Klaus Eschenbruch specialises, among other things, in construction contract law and advises on all aspects of the construction and operation of airports, while Martin Wittemeier 'convinces with his outstanding knowledge in the field of plant construction law, from contract drafting to construction supervision and defence against defects after acceptance'. At the beginning of 2021, Nikolas Brunskamp (focus on offshore wind farms), Andreas Papp (real estate law) and Julian Linz (remuneration and liability law issues) made partners.

Testimonials

‘We feel that we are in good hands at “Kapellmann” in all matters of law. From the appointment to the reception to the always well-prepared meetings, the professional handling and support is always noticeable.’

‘Above all, the excellent preparation and review as well as the fastest familiarization with complex (also technical) contexts should be emphasized here. In our eyes, the “strategies” are almost legendary.’

‘Extremely high technical understanding, fully on the subject. Takes a lot of work off your hands because you get full, order-related feedback.’

‘Dr. Jelitte: Very high level of expertise, very good availability, absolute reliability in terms of appointments and deadlines, optimal processing of the documents provided.’

‘Speed, pragmatism, efficiency.’

‘The law firm has outstanding knowledge in the field of (plant) construction law and related legal areas as required. The specialists from the individual areas compile their respective results and present them in clear (and also very understandable for non-lawyers) language and form. The work/advice is always solution-oriented and not problem-oriented. Good results can often be achieved in a short time.’

‘Martin Wittemeier impresses with his outstanding knowledge in the field of (plant) construction law, from the drafting of contracts and construction supervision to defending against defects/enforcing claims after acceptance. Mandate-related commitments are always kept. Dr. Wittemeier has a very pleasant and clear way of handling mandates.’

‘Collegial interaction at eye level, always available for the client, solution-oriented thinking, also taking into account the special requirements of public clients.’

Leinemann & Partner

Leinemann & Partner advises both contractors and clients, especially in the context of large-scale construction and infrastructure projects as well as structural engineering and project development. The group demonstartes particular strength in the area of infrastructure, where the team advises on motorways, bridges and waterways construction, among other things. Due to the close cooperation with the firm’s procurement law experts, public sector clients and bidders are supported in the context of procurement procedures. The team is also well versed in construction litigation and regularly assists with ways of alternative conflict resolution, such as arbitration proceedings. The latter is among the core strengths of Jarl-Hendrik Kues, he represents clients in construction disputes pertaining to structural and civil engineering, track, tunnel and road construction, supplements and the time management of construction periods. Marc Oliver Hilgers and Jochen Lüders are well versed in arbitration proceedings, supporting procurement review proceedings and the judicial assertion of claims from construction contracts or their defence. Practice head and name partner Ralf Leinemann has particular expertise in public procurement law and is ‘unrivalled’ when it comes to issues with an international connection, FIDIC and large-scale projects in the industry. In addition to real estate and construction law, Gabriela Böhm and Jonas Deppenkemper, who are also experienced in public procurement law, as well as Ralf Averhaus (private construction and architectural law) made partners in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Ralf Leinemann

Testimonials

‘Very high professional competence, clear communication, client-oriented way of working.’

‘Dr. Kues is one of the strongest construction lawyers we know. Also has a competent team around him.’

‘Incomparable railway competence.’

‘High level of care and attention, very quick familiarization and good understanding of the situation from an industrial and operational perspective. High reactivity. Credible advocacy, not just “legal classification”.’

‘Very fast-reacting team, which is characterized by extraordinary expertise. In counseling, the right balance between practice and dogma is always found. This practical approach and the feel for the specifics of the company clearly distinguish the law firm from its competitors. The high degree of identification with the company is also reflected in the fact that the team always speaks of “we” and “our company”. In contrast to lawyers from large law firms, lawyers are not above getting dirty in meetings on the construction site. The high level of technical understanding is also convincing again and again.’

‘Prof. Ralf Leinemann is an experienced partner with a great deal of foresight when it comes to consulting, extraordinary specialist knowledge and always with an eye on current technical changes, which clearly distinguishes him from the competition. Strong wingman in complex situations! Basically unrivaled for questions with an international connection, FIDIC and for large-scale projects in the industry.’

Key clients

ABT Wasser- und Umwelttechnik GmbH

Adolf Lupp GmbH + Co. KG

Anton Schick GmbH + Co. KG

ARGE A10/A24 Havellandautobahn

ARGE A94 Isentalautobahn

ARGE BAB A100 BA16 Los 6/7

ARGE Immigrath-Opladen

ARGE Neubau Isarbrücke Plattling BW 05

ARGE Salvador-Allende Brücke, Berlin

ARGE U5 Europaviertel

A. Frauenrath Bauconcept GmbH

Bauunternehmung Karl Gemünden GmbH & Co. KG

Bennert GmbH

Bietergemeinschaft Nordsee – Dredging International

Gerhard Lühn GmbH & Co KG

GSE Deutschland

Harzer Schmalspurbahn GmbH

Heitkamp Industrie Solutions GmbH

Hochschule Niederrhein

HSV Fußball AG

INKoBau Ingolstädter Kommunalbauten GmbH & Co. KG

Johann Bunte Bauunternehmung GmbH & Co KG

PORR GmbH & Co. KGaA

Progroup Paper GmbH

ProSite GmbH

Richard Ditting GmbH & Co. KG

Saarland

Top Spezialbau GmbH

UNIPER Kraftwerke GmbH

VAMED GmbH

Vedag GmbH

ViA6West

Volkswagen AG

Wupperverband

ZSB Zwickauer Sonderstahlbau GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising the bidding consortium North Sea Nassbarrger/ Van Oord – maintenance dredging of the Elbe on an order with an estimated value of €50 million, in which the client was able to prevail against a Chinese state-owned company.
  • Comprehensive advice to Porr on the so-called bridge disaster Rheinbrücke Leverkusen. Advice to the client on several lawsuits, evidentiary proceedings and arbitration proceedings as well as support in the settlement of accounts with all subcontractors and the Chinese state-owned company CRSBG as steel supplier.
  • Advice to Volkswagen on the acquisition of the planning and construction contracts and advice on the construction of the new battery cell factory in Salzgitter.

Redeker Sellner Dahs

The expertise of Redeker Sellner Dahs construction law practice is particularly strong in infrastructure projects such as road, rail and airport construction, as well as plant construction. From across four German offices, the practice advises on all aspects of construction projects, such as construction contract law, architectural and engineering law, purchase-related matters and construction product law, public construction and approval law, construction safety law and construction insurance and construction insolvency law. The group also assists with large-scale projects, including matters pertaining to defects, damage caused by delay, construction time extensions and contractual penalties. Dieter Merkens heads the team and is experienced in tunnel construction. Construction litigation expert Philipp Hummel is well versed in litigation against general contractors regarding construction delays. Thomas Thierau has experience in advising consortiums on construction law with regard to housing redevelopments, and Burkhard Messerschmidt is experienced in arbitration and adjucation proceedings, in particular with regard to architectural, engineering and project management law. Most recently, the group significantly expanded its advisory capacities in construction projects in connection with the nuclear phase-out, such as final storage solutions.

Practice head(s):

Dieter Merkens

Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein

Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein is active in advising on private construction law, offering clients comprehensive advice on the entire life cycle of projects, including all planning and construction phases. This includes advice on acquisitions related to land law, financing and obtaining building approval, as well as support during the planning and construction phase. The group is particularly experienced in handling complex projects with multi-party agreements and often relies on ways of alternative dispute resolution, such as project-related adjudication proceedings. A particular strength is the advice on projects with regard to Building Information Modeling (a digital method of construction project management). In addition to private clients, the firm is also regularly instructed by players from the public sector, including on infrastructure projects. A key focus in the public sector arena are interfacing public procurement law matters. The practice is headed by construction, architectural and engineering law specialist Thomas Richter, who solely focuses on projects and is well-versed in multi-party project issues. Thomas Krall is well versed in project developments, redevelopments and public infrastructure projects, while Antje Boldt is experienced in adjucation and arbitration scenarios. In January 2022, public construction and planning law specialist Stephan Kleber joined the team from BMMF Rechtsanwälte.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Richter

Key clients

Antal Bau GmbH

Accumulata Immobilien Development GmbH

Aurelis Real Estate GmbH

Barmherzige Brüder gemeinnützige Krankenhaus gGmbH

BayernGrund Grundstücksbeschaffungs- und -erschließungs GmbH

bfm-net GmbH

BohnZirlewagen GmbH & Co. KG Real Estate Process and Management Consulting

bpd Immobilienentwicklung GmbH

BTI Bogenhausener Tor Investment S.àr.l.

BohnZirlewagen Development Consulting GmbH

DFB-Stiftung Deutsches Fußballmuseum gGmbH

Drees & Sommer GmbH/Drees & Sommer AG

Falcon Signa 04 GmbH (SIGNA-Gruppe)

Flughafen München GmbH

F.X. Rauch GmbH & Co. KG

Gemeinde Oberschleißheim

Gemeinde Poing

Helmut-G.-Walther-Klinikum Lichtenfels GmbH

Jost Hurler-Gruppe

Kemptener Kommunalunternehmen

Klinik Wartenberg Professor Dr. Selmair GmbH & Co. KG

Kommunalunternehmen Klinikum Altmühlfranken AdöR

MAN Nutzfahrzeuge AG

Meixner + Partner Projektentwicklung Projektsteuerung GmbH

MEAG Munich Re Ergo Asset Management GmbH

München Alte Akademie GmbH & Co KG (Projektgesellschaft SIGNA-Gruppe)

München Karstadt am Bahnhof S.à r.l. (SIGNA-Gruppe)

Opes Immobilien GmbH

Projektgesellschaft Großherzog-Friedrich-Höfe, Saarbrücken mbH

Stadt Gersthofen

SIGNA Real Estate Management GmbH

Vitos Weil-Lahn gemeinnützige GmbH

Wöhr + Bauer GmbH Projektentwicklung

WSP Deutschland AG

Wüstenrot Haus- und Städtebau GmbH

ZAR Real Estate Holding GmbH (Single Family Office Familie Zarges)

ZM-I Zilch + Müller Ingenieure GmbH

Zurich Insurance plc

Work highlights

  • Ongoing legal advice to the Barmherzigen Brüder gemeinnützige Krankenhaus gGmbH on the construction projects in Munich, Straubing, Schwandorf and Regensburg.
  • Advice on construction law to the DFB Foundation German Football Museum gGmbH on the construction of the German Football Museum in Dortmund.
  • Project support for Opes Immobilien GmbH during the refurbishment (including adding one floor) of a historic premium property on City Hall Square in Copenhagen.

GvW Graf von Westphalen

The construction law practice of GvW Graf von Westphalen advises a broad client roster, including institutional construction project developers, real estate portfolio holders, international construction and engineering companies and public sector players. The firm places a special emphasis on the field of technical building equipment, where Robert Theissen is a key contact, among others. In addition to construction matters, claim management and the management of large-scale construction litigation, the group also covers newer topics such as BIM issues, lean management and alternative dispute resolution procedures. Practice head Thomas Senff is also a mediator and thus focuses on out-of-court dispute resolution, while Christin Esch focuses on architectual law. Esch also specialises in all aspects of BIM and lean management and is well versed in public procurement law. Recent focuses included power plant projects in the  context of phase-outs.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Senff

Other key lawyers:

Christian Esch; Robert Theissen

Testimonials

‘Always highly motivated and reliable consultants. Working with the team is fun even with complicated cases and drafting of contracts. The team is well connected and seems to appreciate each other. There seems to be a high proportion of women in the team, which I really like.

‘Partner Christian Esch: Very good expertise in architectual law, quick response and always with foresight.

‘In practice, the good professional competence in the field of construction law, including dispute resolution, mediation skills between the parties, always with a focus on the contractor. Solution-oriented, straightforward, honest in dealing with the customer are characteristics that distinguish the law firm from others.’

‘The friendly, professional competence, goal-oriented, solution-oriented way of working, always with an eye on the client’s needs. These qualities of Dr. Senff make the assignment of our group to the law firm Graf von Westfalen for legal issues in the field of construction law.’

‘Understanding what the client needs and not right for the sake of law. At the same time excellent specialist knowledge.’

‘Dr. Thomas Senff is an excellent construction lawyer with an eye on the essentials, including the technical and commercial context.’

‘Competent and friendly team.’

‘Can also explain difficult legal problems in a way that is easy to understand for non-lawyers and is very pragmatic.’

Key clients

Belle Époque IngBau GmbH

Stadt Mülheim a.d.R.

Mercury Engineering, Dublin

PM Group Ltd., Dublin, Irland

Uniklinikum Düsseldorf

Caverion Deutschland GmbH

PreussenElektra GmbH

HC34

Union Investment Real Estate GmbH

Elevion GmbH

Kofler Energies ./. GHM Gebäudemanagement Hamburg

euroterra GmbH architekten ingenieure

Flum Design

HANNEMANN & KRÜTZFELDT Architekten+Ingenieure GmbH

Nuckel Architekten

RMN Ingenieure GmbH

Schüßler-Plan Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH

Walddörfer Wohnungsbaugenossenschaft eG

The Ross Group

1. Strandweg St. Peter Grundstücksgesellschaft

AWG Abfallwirtschaftsgesellschaft mbH

GSK Stockmann

GSK Stockmann ‘s construction law practice covers all aspects of construction plans and projects, including the interfaces with environmental and planning law, public procurement and state aid law as well as private construction and architectural law. Practice head Jan Kehrberg focuses on project developments as well as construction, construction contract and public procurement law. Stefan Dorn is well versed in advising contractors on all construction and planning contracts, which includes the support of general planning contracts, the drafting and negotiation of construction contracts and the procurement of construction rights under public law as well as respective financing matters. Public construction law specialist Kerstin von Staa is particularly experienced in supporting approval procedures and representing clients before administrative courts. She made partner at the end of 2020 together with Claudia Busch (planning law) and Jonas Philipp Wilkens (project management). In January 2022, the group was also strengthened with salary partner Frederic Jürgens, previously at MELCHERS Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB, who is experienced at the interface between real estate and construction law as well as project developments.

Practice head(s):

Jan Kehrberg

Loschelder

Loschelder is particularly well-known for supporting complex large-scale construction projects. Often in cooperation with the real estate law experts, the practice supports clients in urban developments, including the purchase of the intended development areas, project development, leasing and sale. Besides the traditional focus on structural engineering, the team also assists with project-related areas such as logistics, infrastructure and plant construction, including construction litigation. The client base includes project developers, institutional investors as well as general contractors and insurers. The latter are represented, for example, in defending against claims on guarantees. Jürgen Lauer, Andreas Fink, Walter Klein, Oliver Kerpen and Mirko Ehrich head head the practice and each have a different focus. Lauer and Klein focus on litigation in the event of major accidents, Ehrich and Kerpen on project development for large-scale projects and Fink on plant construction. Robert Kessler is also well versed in the latter.

Other key lawyers:

Robert Kessler

Testimonials

‘Oliver Kerpen: Very good specialist knowledge, very reliable, very easy to reach, quick implementation, very personable and affable, solution-oriented.’

‘The law firm very competently covers the different areas that a company in the construction industry needs. Very cooperative, structured and goal-oriented way of working with clear statements about the legal opportunities and risks in the respective legal case.’

‘Very cooperative, structured and goal-oriented way of working. Very high commitment. Very competent legal advice with clear and well-founded statements. Of particular note are: Walter Klein and Oliver Kerpen.’

Key clients

IC International Campus

ARGE Nord-Süd Stadtbahn Köln

Art Invest

SIGNA

HOCHTIEF

Bauwens

KLEUSBERG

dip | Deutsche Industrie- und Parkhausbau GmbH, Bad Honnef

ProLogis

moderne stadt zur Förderung des Städtebaues und der Stadtentwicklung Köln

Atradius Kreditversicherung

Versicherungskammer Bayer

Gothaer Versicherung

Zurich Versicherung

Koelnmesse GmbH

Vanderlande Industries GmbH

Flughafen Köln/Bonn GmbH

Aktiengesellschaft Zoologischer Garten Köln

SMB Industrieanlagenbau GmbH

Kanzler Verfahrenstechnik

CAC |Chemieanlagenbau Chemnitz GmbH

Canzler Ingenieure

Aalberts Industries

Work highlights

  • Advising the public limited company Zoological Garden Cologne on the new construction of the South American area (tenders, construction contracts, planning contracts, advice during construction) for the Zoological Garden Cologne.
  • Construction-related advice and litigation of Art Invest regarding the construction project I/D Cologne; Construction-related advice for the Hohe Straße commercial building in Cologne; Construction law support in the processing of forward deals.
  • Legal advice accompanying construction, litigation and evidentiary proceedings regarding the collapse of the archive, litigation and advice on other construction phases for ARGE Nord-Süd Stadtbahn Köln.

LUTZ | ABEL RECHTSANWALTS PARTG MBB

LUTZ | ABEL RECHTSANWALTS PARTG MBB advises a broad client portfolio, which includes contractors, project developers and well-known companies in the construction industry as well as the public sector. The group’s advice covers ‘the entire spectrum of construction law with very good specialist knowledge‘, with a particular focus on supporting contractors with comprehensive project support for large-scale infrastructure measures. Another strength is the interfacing public procurement law advice to the public sector. Matters pertaining to construction litigation are primarily covered by ways of alternative dispute resolution procedures, while the team also handles high-volume proceedings before construction courts. Wolfgang Abel heads the practice and specialises in large-scale projects, particularly tunnel and motorway construction. Construction and architectural law specialist Ulrich Eix frequently advises contractors and public sector clients as well as planning departments. Recently, the firm has been involved in some of the largest partnerships between the public sector and construction companies in Germany.

Practice head(s):

Wolfgang Abel

Other key lawyers:

Ulrich Eix; Michael Stoll

Testimonials

‘A high level of expertise across the board.’

‘Extensive expertise, especially in the area of out-of-court dispute resolution.’

‘Professional way of working, agreements and deadlines are kept.’

‘Extremely good networking within the law firm with outstanding experts! The individual specialist teams coordinate with each other and you can rely on timely, practice-oriented preliminary work/elaboration.’

‘Transparent team structure. Competent contact persons. Perfect formal process support and documentation. Reliable availability.’

‘Michael Stoll has excellent expertise in private construction law, differentiated solutions. In the case of complex issues, strategic considerations are introduced.’

‘Michael Stoll asks if he can help with problems, is innovative and deals intensively with the matter himself and thus contributes his thoughts, also from a technical point of view.’

‘Due to its size, competence and the different specialist areas, the law firm can cover a wide spectrum. Our central contact guarantees short distances and fast processes.’

Key clients

Abel Mobilfunk GmbH & Co. KG

Adelholzener Alpenquellen GmbH

Alb Fils Kliniken GmbH

Allianz Handwerker Services GmbH

Arbeitsgemeinschaft Tunnel Hauptbahnhof 2. S-Bahn Stammstrecke (Wayss & Freytag Ingenieurbau AG, Max Bögl Stiftung & Co. KG, Ed. Züblin AG, Bauer Spezialtiefbau AG)

Arbeitsgemeinschaft VE 10 Oberirdisch West 2. S-Bahn Stammstrecke (Wayss & Freytag Ingenieurbau AG, Max Bögl Stiftung & Co. KG, Ed. Züblin AG, Bauer Spezialtiefbau AG)

ARGE A 3 Steigerwaldautobahn

ARGE Tunnel Cannstatt (bestehend aus Hochtief, Wayss&Freitag und BEMO Tunneling)

ARGE Tunnel RASTATT (HOCHTIEF Solutions AG, Ed. Züblin AG)

BAM Deutschland AG

Bilfinger Infrastructure Mannheim GmbH

Deutsche Wohnwerte GmbH & Co. KG

Die Zieglerschen e.V. / Die Zieglerschen Süd gGmbH

Dr. Gustav Schädla GmbH & Co. KG

Dussmann Gruppe

Ed. Züblin AG

ElringKlinger AG

Falkenstein Projektmanagement GmbH

Gielissen Interiors und Exhibitions GmbH

Handler Bau GmbH

HI Wohnbau-Gruppe

Hochtief Infrastucture GmbH

innovo Bau GmbH

Kliniken des Landkreises Lörrach GmbH

Klinikum des Landkreises Lörrach

Klinikum Memmingen AöR

Köster GmbH (Hochbau München)

Köster GmbH (vormals Baresel GmbH)

Kreiskliniken Böblingen gGmbH

Kusser Granitwerke GmbH

Landkreis Kirchheim

Landkreis Ostalbkreis

Landkreis Zollernalbkreis

Legat Living

Leonhard Weiss GmbH & Co. KG

Lindner Group (Lindner AG), Arnstorf

Raffinerie Heide GmbH

SAR Anlagenbau GmbH

STRABAG AG/ STRABAG GmbH

Süddeutsche Krankenversicherung a.G.

Verband der Metall- und Elektroindustrie Baden-Württemberg e.V.

WISAG Konzern

Work highlights

  • Construction-related advice to the working group Tunnel Hauptbahnhof 2. S-Bahn trunk line for the tunnel project through the city center of Munich.
  • Advice to Handler Bau GmbH as general contractor on the first project in Austria for a wood-hybrid residential building based on the principles of the multi-party contract.
  • Planning and construction-related advice to the Süddeutsche Krankenversicherung aG as the client for the new construction of their company headquarters, in particular for the draft and negotiations of the partnering contract according to the GMP model for the construction work.

Noerr

Noerr 's construction law practice offers national and international clients comprehensive advice on all construction and real estate law issues in the context of project development. This includes all aspects pertaining to large-volume residential quarter developments and large specialist properties such as logistics centres, university buildings and hotels. Volker Bock is particularly well versed in in and out-of-court litigation and jointly heads the practice with Stefan Weise (plant construction and project development). Peter Bachmann, who is experienced in the areas of planning, approval and securing of commercial sites, particularly with regard to environmental regulations, is also part of the core team. Expertise in infrastructure and plant construction projects complete the service offering.

Practice head(s):

Volker Bock; Stefan Weise

Other key lawyers:

Peter Bachmann

Testimonials

‘Volker Bock: Very committed, good negotiator.’

‘Expertise is extremely high. At the same time, the advice is absolutely practical.’

‘The cooperation with Volker Bock is very trusting with top results within a very short time.’

‘Volker Bock: Customer-oriented and business-oriented way of working; moderates the disputed parties, is solution-oriented and thus achieves quick, effective out-of-court solutions.’

‘Professional preparation and analysis. Explanation of the facts.’

‘High professional competence and very good negotiation strategies.’

Key clients

ATMIRA Gruppe

Catella Project Management

Commerz Real

Esterer WD GmbH

Gemeinde Bad Wiessee

GLP

Heine Optotechnik

Landeshauptstadt München

Linde AG

Sachsenmilch Leppersdorf GmbH (Theo Müller Group)

Serviceplan SE

Swisspower Renewables

Volkswagen AG

Wavin

Work highlights

  • Advising the City of Munich on the four-track expansion of the S-Bahn line 8 to the airport.
  • Advising Commerz Real on the acquisition and construction of the so-called Campus II, a student residence campus located next to the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.
  • Ongoing and comprehensive advice to GLP (formerly Gazeley) on the preparation and negotiation of all project contracts and on the development and leasing of all logistics properties in Germany.

CBH Rechtsanwälte

CBH Rechtsanwälte offers comprehensive advice, spanning the planning phase requirements to the completion of a construction project. Both private clients as well as contractors call upon the group’s expertise and include architects and planning departments, contractors, industrial groups as well as hospitals and municipal authorities. The practice management trio consisting of Arnd Holzapfel , Nils Mrazek and Markus Vogelheim specialises in private construction law as well as architectural and engineering law and assists with the realisation of specialist properties and infrastructure projects. Vogelheim also handles construction litigation in court, while Mrazek and Carolin Dahmen are experienced in arbitration proceedings.

Other key lawyers:

Carolin Dahmen

Testimonials

‘Well coordinated team with up-to-date knowledge and experience.’

‘As the owner of an architectural office, I have been relying a lot on the expertise of  Markus Vogelheim. For me, he is an absolutely trustworthy and highly competent contact person. My office has often benefited from his expertise and years of experience. His sympathetic way of dealing with his fellow human beings and his pronounced negotiating skills make him a particularly good lawyer for me.’

‘For many years we have been working exclusively and very well with Markus Vogelheim together. He represents us nationwide in all contractual matters, in out-of-court mandates and in court proceedings on the part of the defendant and the plaintiff. Mr. Vogelheim classifies the facts for us competently, calmly and objectively and realistically with a lot of experience – and thus directly usable for the management. He reduces the facts to the legal essentials, which represents a further quality for all parties involved. In the solutions he proposes, he combines the legal, economic and corporate strategic perspectives in a result-oriented manner.’

‘Miss Dahmen is an incredibly dedicated lawyer who is really there for us at any time of day or night and never misses appointments or tasks. She accompanies our issues in court and out of court excellently and very personally with the greatest commitment.’

‘Very good specialist knowledge, is easy to contact, is reliable when it comes to inquiries, finds creative solutions to problems, express themselves in an understandable way.’

‘The law firm proves to be well organized and well-established in the interaction between lawyers and secretaries. Accessibility is unrestricted.’

‘The team is always available and reacts within the shortest possible time. Even in the case of holiday absences, a competent contact person is always available. Callback requests are professionally recorded and never go unanswered. From the secretariat to the partner, everyone is always professional, polite and committed. Deadlines are followed in the background without notice or inquiries and notifications of upcoming deadlines are given with reasonable advance notice.’

‘Interfaces to adjacent areas of law, e.g. B. of public construction law, are processed within the law firm without any loss of information, so that seamless advice is provided.’

Key clients

Amand Gruppe

Evangelisches Klinikum Niederrhein GmbH

Historische Mitte Köln GbR (HMK)

INVITE GmbH

JOHANN BUNTE Bauunternehmerung GmbH & Co. KG

Kölner Verkehrsbetriebe AG

Landschaftsverband Rheinland

Maria Hilf NRW GmbH

Oertel & Prümm GmbH & Co. KG

Pfeffer Architekten

Rheinenergie AG

Rheinland Versicherung

Universitätsmedizin der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

WvM Immobilien + Projektentwicklung GmbH

zarinfar GmbH

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive advice to the Historische Mitte Köln GbR (HMK) on the new construction of the Cologne City Museum and the Kurienhaus (Dombauhütte) on Roncalliplatz.
  • Planning and construction-related advice to the city of Cologne on the implementation of the third construction phase of the north-south urban railway.
  • Contractual and construction-related advice to Miltenyi Biotec GmbH on the construction of new laboratory and office buildings and production facilities in Bergisch Gladbach.

FPS

The broad client base of FPS includes investors, asset managers, project developers, national and international companies as well as public sector clients such as transport companies and pension banks, which are advised on complex and large-scale construction projects, such as infrastructure and real estate projects. The team is led by Stephan Jüngst, who has longstanding experience in large-scale construction projects and claim management under construction law. Frank Beitz, who is primarily instructed by contractors, has industry expertise in the hotel sector and is well versed in construction litigation. In the summer of 2020, transaction specialist Eckrolf Berg joined the team from Watson Farley & Williams LLP, while in early 2021, tenancy and property proprietor law specialist Marco Andreas Rückert made partner.

Practice head(s):

Stephan Jüngst

Testimonials

‘Available, fast response time, goal-oriented.’

‘Very flexible law firm, wide range of specialist advice and quick processing of inquiries. Very good experience with construction law, public procurement law, tenancy law and public law.’

‘Mr. Beitz: Highly professional and very pleasant to deal with, very good advice on construction law, very good support in negotiations, mediation and processes. Very flexible. Fair billing.’

Key clients

HEAG mobilo GmbH

Stadt Darmstadt

Stadtwerke Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt am Main mbH (VGF)

Versorgungshaus und Wiesenhüttenstift, Stiftung des öffentlichen Rechts

Waisenhaus Stiftung d.ö.R.

Work highlights

  • Advising mobilo GmbH on the expansion of public transport on the Lichtwiese campus of the TU Darmstadt.
  • Advising Stadtwerke Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt am Main mbH (VGF) on all questions of construction and architect law, work contract law and work delivery contracts.
  • Advice to the supply house and Wiesenhüttenstift, foundation under public law, on all matters relating to real estate law and supervision of project developments on the subject of assisted living.

Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner

Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner advises private clients and building contractors on all phases of a construction project, including planning, approval, construction and any subsequent sale or rental. The group has a niche specialisation at the interface between product liability, insurance law and plant construction, while the team too is well versed in claim management. Construction and architectural law specialist Uwe Steingröver heads the team and has a focus on private construction law and litigation. Markus Beaumart  is well versed in the energy sector-related plant construction, with frequent instructions from power plant building contractors. Jörn Zons is experienced in international plant construction and cross-border ADR procedures. Hannes Reiher covers all aspects of construction projects.

Practice head(s):

Uwe Steingröver

Testimonials

‘The law firm can be reached at any time and offers practical solutions.’

‘The proactive cooperation of Mr. Zons, who submits proposals and makes suggestions for the processing of the cases.’

‘The top priority here is the extremely high level of professional competence, which is reflected, among other things, in the excellent typesetting and litigation quality. Communication with the client is understandable and transparent.’

‘Hannes Reiher convinces all along the line. First of all, there is the excellent professional competence, the typesetting quality and the transparent and understandable communication.’

‘Short response times, well-prepared draft briefs.’

‘Mr. Reiher is a broad-based lawyer with an eye for the essentials, but also the ability to profitably include findings that may only arise in the course of a procedure.’

Key clients

Kraftanlagen München GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising and representing a plant manufacturer in disputes with the client due to massive project disruptions and delays and mutual claims.
  • Comprehensive advice to a power plant builder in relation to disputes with the client Stadtwerke Kiel AG, with various subcontractors and with various insurers on the construction of a new gas power plant in northern Germany.
  • Advising a large power plant builder in relation to disputes with Uniper due to massive damage to the boiler of the Datteln 4 power plant and the mutual claims resulting therefrom, as well as advising on the enforcement of related coverage claims against Zurich Insurance.

Hecker, Werner, Himmelreich

A core strength of Hecker, Werner, Himmelreich is real estate project support with entailing construction projects. In addition to construction-related advice on residential quarters, the team also handles matters pertaining to specialist properties such as schools, hospitals, industrial test centres, indoor swimming pools, archive buildings as well as theaters and opera houses. The group has extensive expertise in construction litigation, supporting claimants, defendants and intervening parties. Another cornerstone of the service offering is the in and out-of-court representation of individuals such as engineers, architects and experts, as well as private companies and public institutions (including building contractors, construction material suppliers and municipality authorities) in liability, damages and remuneration proceedings. Helmut Weingarten heads the group and primarily advises property developers and general contractors. He also acts as an arbitrator in construction disputes.

Practice head(s):

Helmut Weingarten

Key clients

Stadtwerke Bad Kissingen

HDI Versicherung AG

CDM Smith Consult

BBR Vaillant

DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft

Storage 24 GmbH

Atrum GmbH

Deutsche Rentenversicherung Knappschaft Bahn See

Wasserverband Eifel-Rur

Bühnen der Stadt Köln

Stadt Köln

Stadt Bonn

Vollack GmbH & Co. KG

Beethoven Development GmbH

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP specialises in advising on large-scale cross-border plant construction projects, primarily in the energy and infrastructure sectors. The practice is routinely instructed on e-mobility infrastructure, digitisation in the infrastructure and energy sectors, data centres, the Internet of Things, and the expansion of fibre optics and broadband matters. The entire project life cycle is covered by the team, including claims management as well as in and out-of-court disputes. The practice is headed by Carla Luh, who specialises in advising banks, sponsors, debtors and investors on infrastructure and energy project financing. Christian Knütel advises on all project phases of international energy and infrastructure projects, especially offshore wind farms, while Tobias Faber is well versed in contract matters under procurement law as well as the execution and control of construction and installation works for power plant, energy and other international plant construction projects.

Practice head(s):

Carla Luh

Other key lawyers:

Christian Knütel; Tobias Faber

Testimonials

‘The team of Carla Luh, who was chosen to handle our projects, was very efficient, always very helpful, highly professional and above all customer friendly.

‘The team responded promptly and very efficiently; they delivered the funding documents within the proposed deadline.

‘The team has extensive experience in plant construction and excellent knowledge of the industry. The approach is pragmatic; the client’s wishes are taken into account.’

‘Christian Knütel has a lot of experience in plant construction, is very pragmatic and cost-conscious .

Key clients

Svevind

WTE Wassertechnik und International Financial Advisors Holding K.P.S.C (IFA)

SBE Steinmüller Babcock Environment GmbH

EVN AG

International Financial Advisors

GIG Green Energy Group

Northland Power Inc

Statkraft

Munich Airport International

Mytilleneos

Work highlights

  • Advised the Sustainable Engineering Solutions business of MYTILINEOS SA on the design, procurement and construction of the Protos Energy Recovery Facility in a joint venture with Standardkessel Baumgarte GmbH, one of the largest Energy-from-Waste (EfW) new builds in the UK . Also support for three other global projects.
  • Advising a consortium of WTE Wassertechnik GmbH and International Financial Advisors Holding KPSC (IFA) as a successful bidder for the Umm Al-Hayman wastewater project in Kuwait.
  • Advising a large international project developer on the project development and financing of the Taiwanese offshore wind farm Hai Long.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

The full-service approach of Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH comprehensively covers construction law advice but also project-related ‘competent advice on all legal issues ‘. Especially the close cooperation between the construction and procurement law practices is a key strength, where the group regularly advises public sector clients on public-private partnerships. The construction projects often include offices, laboratory buildings, fire stations and healthcare centres. The latter is a specialty of practice head Achim Meier. The team also regularly acts as an external contracting authority for public sector clients with regard to project management services, general planning services and construction procurement contracts. Stephan Götze, who joined the team from Baker McKenzie in April 2021, also acts at the procurement law interface.

Practice head(s):

Achim Meier

Other key lawyers:

Stephan Götze

Testimonials

‘Very high level of identification with the project. Fast development of customized contract solutions.’

‘Competent advice on all legal issues, well composed team.’

‘Achim Meier: Very broad specialist knowledge, solution-oriented work, high level of competence.’

‘Excellent law firm for construction and public procurement law. Outstanding expertise combined with excellent negotiating skills.’

‘Super high willingness to provide service. Always friendly. Always supportive. Very solution oriented. High legal expertise. Good networking. Extensive experience.’

Key clients

Bundesanstalt für Immobilienaufgaben

Universitätsklinikum Essen

Deichverband Duisburg-Xanten

EVH GmbH

Grundstücksverwaltung Stadt Essen GmbH

Klinikum Hochsauerland GmbH

Provinzial Rheinland Versicherungs AG

Quartier Heidestraße GmbH

Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg

Stadt Herne

Stadtwerke Leipzig GmbH

Verwaltungs-Berufsgenossenschaft (VBG) gesetzliche Unfallversicherung

SKIBA Ingenieurs GmbH

Deutscher Bundeswehr Verband e.V.

Work highlights

  • Advice to Rundfunk Berlin Brandenburg (RBB) on the further development of the location into a modern media and culture campus with structuring of the subsequent negotiation process after the architectural competition; Support for all specialist planner tenders and structuring and support for Europe-wide building tenders.
  • Advice to Stadtwerke Leipzig including project management on a major investment in hydrogen-capable gas turbines for the new combined heat and power plant south.
  • Project-related legal advice to Quartier Heidestraße GmbH on the development of Quartier Heidestraße in the Europaviertel, the largest coherent project currently being developed in Berlin.

Orth Kluth Rechtsanwälte

Orth Kluth Rechtsanwälte advises general planners and project developers on new construction projects pertaining to various sectors, such as healthcare, education and communication. Recently, fibre optic expansion topics were particularly prominent. The group is specialised in surety insurance matters, advising insurers on the securing of claims in the construction industry. Accordingly, in disputes, insurers are advised on how to defend against unauthorised claims. Other clients, such as architects and engineers are frequently represented in liability and remuneration disputes. Philipp Galaske, who specialises in construction litigation, plant construction law and project development, heads the practice together with Gary Klaft, who has experience in construction contract law and project support. Construction and architectural law specialist Daniel Strupp joined the firm in spring 2021 and previously worked for a medium-sized pharmaceutical company.

Practice head(s):

Gary Klaft; Philipp Galaske

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Strupp

Testimonials

‘Gary Klaft and his team can provide comprehensive advice on the development and realization of building projects, covering both public law and building and real estate law issues. They also represent us in court, especially in enforcing compensation claims.’

Technically top and the service is unique. My expectations are mostly exceeded. Excellent quality and top service.’

‘Philipp Galaske is technically top. He will definitely be one of the top lawyers in construction law. Has already advised on a housing project and successfully led a process.’

‘Always available and approachable.’

‘Dr. Gary Klaft is technically outstanding and personally very pleasant. I would hire Orth Kluth for that reason alone, so that he isn’t on the other side.’

‘Dr. Gary Klaft: Personally and professionally always approachable. Competence in all questions.’

Key clients

6B47 Corporate Solutions GmbH

6B47 Real Estate Investors Germany GmbH

Abbelen Group GmbH

AGO AG Energie + Anlagen

aib GmbH

AKASOL AG

Angeler Architektur & Projektmanagement GmbH

ARGE Baugrube Kattunbleiche 21

ARGE Bochum MARK 51’7 Los 2.1.2

ARGE Felssicherung Schalksmühle 2016

ARGE Neubau Tunnel Ostelsheim

bcs care Projektentwicklung GmbH

BETONIA Gruppe

Björnsen Beratende Ingenieure GmbH

Burchard Architekten GmbH

Codema Deutschland GmbH

Deutsche Glasfaser Gruppe

DYWIDAG-Systems International GmbH

Energetika Juric d.o.o.

ERGO Versicherung AG

Feldhaus Bergbau GmbH & Co. KG

Fletcher Priest Architects

Hartmann Architekten

Henkel AG & Co. KGaA

Implenia Construction-Sparte

inexio GmbH

Jülicher Immobiliengesellschaft GmbH

Keller Grundbau GmbH

Konsumgenossenschaft Weimar eG

Kreisstadt Bergheim

Meyer, Stefan als IV Schäfer-Bauten

Oberdörfer Meurer Planungsgesellschaft mbH

Park Office GmbH & Fonds KG

QBE Europe SA/NV

RWE Power AG

Siemens AG

Siemens Healthcare GmbH

SMS group GmbH

Triflex GmbH & Co. KG

ValeoSiemens eAutomotive Germany GmbH

William Prym Holding GmbH

ZETCON Ingenieure GmbH

Zurich Insurance plc

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive advice to the Deutsche Glasfaser Gruppe on numerous construction projects on all legal issues. Representation in several court proceedings.
  • Takeover of the project management for the RWE Power AG in the expansion of the new main administration campus in Essen by another building. Full advice on the transfer of the property to the project developer Lang & Cie. and conclusion of the corresponding rental agreement.
  • Advising the SMS Group GmbH on the project development of the new building for the Mönchengladbach head office; Continuation of the project development after obtaining the building permit.

STASSEN LLP Rechtsanwälte und Notare

STASSEN LLP Rechtsanwälte und Notare specialises in construction and real estate law and advises on all aspects in the real estate context.  Clients include national and international construction companies, architects, planning offices, engineers, construction groups, housing associations and the public sector. The team advises both general contractors and private clients and offers additional capacities via its in-house notary’s office. Name partner Dieter Stassen is regularly instructed by the Bund Deutsche Architekten and thus represents numerous architects in disputes. Anne Schönbrunn regularly advises the public sector during the construction phase and specialises in construction contract and architectural law, among other things. Florian Diestelmann, who is particularly experienced in the field of plant construction, is primarily instructed by building contractors, planning offices and contractors.

Practice head(s):

Dieter Stassen

Testimonials

‘High level of competence, clarity on the matter, quick feedback in every case. Even if there are problems, pragmatic solutions, high personal commitment.’

‘Dieter Stassen is a very competent, intelligent notary and lawyer who uses his competence and life experience to find pragmatic, legally impeccable and feasible solutions to difficult real estate problems.’

‘A contact person who distributes the tasks in the house. Great foresight and a high degree of personal commitment.’

‘Competence and above-average commitment in cooperation with clients.’

‘Mr. Diestelmann handles our cases in a very structured and detailed manner with a very good level of transparency in relation to the procedure /strategy for the optimal line of defence.’

‘Uncomplicated, building law boutique, discussions/exchange at eye level, very nice collegial team.’

‘Ms. Schönbrunn: Uncomplicated, pragmatic, goal-oriented.’

Key clients

Grüntuch Ernst Planungs GmbH

BEOS AG und ihre Tochtergesellschaften

Ortner & Ortner Baukunst Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH

ROBERTNEUN Architekten GmbH

Brenne Architekten

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to the Humboldt Forum Foundation on the new Berlin City Palace project and legal representation in various legal disputes.
  • Advising BEOS AG and its subsidiaries on drafting contracts for various construction projects; constant legal advice during construction and advice on project development for the new construction of a campus for innovative and creative companies in Berlin-Mitte.
  • Advice to Ortner & Ortner Baukunst on various construction projects; including advice on the master plan contract BV Siemensstadt 2.0.

Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing 's construction law team focuses on plant construction as well as infrastructure. Clients such as chemical, logistics and energy companies are supported throughout the entire life cycle of the project. Renewable energies and digital infrastructure constitute industry focuses, including offshore wind projects  – a focus of André Guskow – data centres and the fibre optic network expansion being further key sectors. The team also has 'very well-founded knowledge of the industry ' in the areas of logistics (mainly warehouse automation) and hydrogen production. The team is led by Janina Pochhammer, who represents clients before national and international arbitral tribunals as well as state courts. Michael Baumhauer (maritime plant construction) switched to of counsel status at the beginning of 2021.

Practice head(s):

Janina Pochhammer

Other key lawyers:

André Guskow; Michael Baumhauer

Testimonials

‘The colleagues from TW have very well-founded knowledge of the industry and therefore understand how to offer tailor-made solutions in the shortest possible time.’

The cooperation with the in-house colleagues runs smoothly and is always very professional.’

In the obligatory discussion of accounts, a good result was always achieved for both sides.’

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

Key clients

Almirall

Blohm + Voss

Boehringer Ingelheim

Clenergy Global Projects

Douglas / Parfümerie Douglas Deutschland

GARBE Unternehmensgruppe

OHB Gruppe

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

Telefónica S.A.

Vestas Offshore Wind

Vynova Gruppe

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive advice and contract negotiations for Douglas / Perfumery Douglas Germany on B2C e-commerce fulfillment and B2B central warehouse (establishment and operation of an omnichannel warehouse).
  • Comprehensive advice to Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy in connection with mutual claims against a logistics provider from several wind farm projects in Scandinavia.
  • Comprehensive and cross-practice advice to Telefónica SA in connection with the expansion of the fiber optic network in around 6,000 communities in Germany. Advising Telefónica on the establishment of a joint venture with Allianz Capital Partners for fiber optic expansion in Germany.

BRL BOEGE ROHDE LUEBBEHUESEN

BRL BOEGE ROHDE LUEBBEHUESEN advises project developers and investors and pursues an interdisciplinary approach, covering all relevant aspects. The group routinely assists with large-scale land, housing and hotel developments. The team is jointly led by Michael-Alexander Rojnic (experienced in the implementation of major projects), Mathias Münch (drafting contracts) and Verena Schepers (property developer law and construction litigation). Public procurement law expert Christian Kahle focuses on renewable energies law and environmental law.

Other key lawyers:

Christian Kahle

Testimonials

‘Good cooperation. Always well informed.’

‘Intensive examination of the relevant topics. Was able to contribute further experience and assert it in the negotiation.’

‘Outstanding and comprehensive knowledge of real estate (property) law/construction law combined with many years of experience in large projects and with corresponding references; also experts for public procurement, business and tax law in the office, so that all necessary aspects can be checked at short notice and taken into account for the result.’

Quick familiarization with complex topics; rapid development of client-oriented, individual and creative solutions, combined with strategic know-how and practicality.’

Comprehensive advice/support from the first project draft up to and including notarial certification; negotiation security; Flexibility; personal and time commitment; always based on the specifications and requirements of the individual case; Redundancies exist, ie stand-in when on holiday, everyone involved is always on topic, no loss of information.’

‘Michael Rojnic: Outstanding competence and extensive experience in the implementation of large projects. As a result, potential and risks can be identified quickly and obstacles to processing can be avoided.’

Christian Kahle: expert in procurement law.’

Easily accessible, always on topic, work out sound solutions at short notice (compromises/ comparisons if necessary), react immediately to requests for adjustments/ changes in the situation, are always friendly and polite in dealing with them.’

Key clients

Agrarfrost GmbH & Co KG

Aurelis Asset GmbH

BARK GmbH (vormals Commodus)

BECKEN Development GmbH

Bezirksamt Neukölln von Berlin

CloverMo GmbH & Co. KG

Dignus Immobilien GmbH

Enercity AG

FAY Projects

Fehlow GmbH

Galileo Garching, Neue Mitte am Hochschulcampus Garching

GIPAM German Investment Portfolio Asset Management GmbH

Grundstücksgesellschaft HEIMAT GmbH & Co. KG

Hamburger Hochbahn AG

HOCHTIEF Projektentwicklung GmbH, HOCHTIEF Infrastructure GmbH

HiWiDo GmbH (Bades Huk I)

Katharina Kasper ViaSalus GmbH

Maler- und Lackiererinnung Berlin

Mounting Systems GmbH

Mühlenau Projektgesellschaft mbH & Co KG (vormals Assetando Mühlenau Projektgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG)

Novum Group

VILEG GmbH & K.O.R.M. GmbH

Zalando SE

Work highlights

  • Advising Enercity AG on the new building project development of the future company headquarters on its own premises, including advice on construction and architectural law, anti-claim management and public procurement law.
  • Advising Dignus Immobilien GmbH on the purchase of the development area of the Philosophienviertel Forchheim near Nuremberg for around 330 apartments and on various replacement sports ground areas in Forchheim.  
  • Ongoing support to Agrarfrost GmbH & Co KG in various plant construction projects.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance is well versed in advising on plant construction and project development. The advisory offering includes the drafting of contracts, claim management and clients' representation in court. Due to the interdisciplinary cooperation, the team is well positioned for interface matters such as project management contracts and joint venture agreements as well as forward funding and forward purchase contract models. Practice head Michael Kremer specialises in cross-border plant construction in the pharmaceutical, chemical, oil and gas sectors. Plant construction and infrastructure matters constitute the practice's cornerstone, but the group also advises on the development of entire residential areas and on specialist properties.

Practice head(s):

Michael Kremer

Testimonials

‘The team always reacts very competently and very quickly.

‘If necessary, resources are available to expand the team at short notice.

‘The advice and negotiation is goal-oriented with the aim of reaching agreements, as far as these are justifiable for the client.

GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB

GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB advises on project developments with regard to corporate and tax law structuring and the team also covers the drafting and negotiation of all relevant contracts. The team, led by Jan Lindner-Figura, impresses in the context of specialist properties such as hotels, retail parks, multi-storey car parks, logistics properties and nursing homes. Jan Schellenberger is routinely instructed on project developments in the real estate, energy and infrastructure sectors, while Hans-Jürgen Rieckhof regularly takes on the project management of complex large-scale construction projects for the public sector.

Practice head(s):

Jan Lindner-Figura

Key clients

Addvalue Capital GmbH

AWO Kreisverband Köln

Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron – DESY Hamburg

European XFEL GmbH

Freie Hansestadt Hamburg – Fördern und Wohnen AöR

Gasnetz Hamburg

Lahn-Dill-Kreis

Rheinischer Sparkassen und Giroverband

Stadt Bad Schwartau

Trianel Gruppe

Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein AöR

Work highlights

  • Advising GasNetz Hamburg on the construction of a new thermal power station in Hamburg/Dradenau.
  • Advising the Rheinischer Sparkassen und Giroverband in connection with the renovation of the association building in Düsseldorf.
  • Comprehensive advice to Addvalue Capital GmbH in connection with the development and construction of care properties, currently in Bocholt, Krefeld and Magdeburg.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek routinely advises on large-scale plant construction and infrastructure projects, but also advises on individual trades and specialist properties. The group has noteable experience in advising public sector clients on public procurement law with regard to large urban project developments, such as tram line expansions and inner city redesigns. Stephan Freund and Thomas Nickel head the team and focus on construction dispute resolution, including ADR procedures, as well as construction planning law and the interface with environmental law. Armin Freiherr von Grießenbeck is well versed in public-private partnerships.

Practice head(s):

Stephan Freund; Thomas Nickel

Testimonials

‘The Heuking team is characterized by a very wide range of specialist knowledge and a very high level of competence in the area of construction and real estate law. Even complex questions are always answered promptly and in a well-founded manner.’

‘Stephan Freund represents us in complex building law issues and has done an excellent job both in assessing the legal starting point and in asserting our interests. In addition to his professional competence, he also distinguished himself as a pragmatic and solution-oriented consultant.’

Heussen Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Heussen Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH advises on project developments in all asset categories, including specialist properties, as well as on housing and district developments and the densification of inner-city locations. The group assists with the entire project life cycle, including acquistion of the property, procurement, planning permissions, new planning as well as the rental and sale. All infrastructural matters are also covered, often in cooperation with the public law experts. Practice head Norbert Huber advises, among other things, the public sector on large-scale construction and infrastructure projects and also covers aspects of public procurement law. The procurement law interface competence was further expanded in December 2021 with the arrival of Angelika Schwabe (also public and private construction law and real estate law) from BUSE. The interface between construction, real estate and architectural law was strengthened in January 2022 with the arrival of Torsten Prokoph from Hartmann Gallus und Partner.

Practice head(s):

Norbert Huber

Testimonials

Quick perception of the task. Even with difficult and complex specifications, good solutions were found and sensibly implemented.’

Possible situations are simulated and dangers and solutions are discussed in advance. In contrast to other law firms, we were advised with full competence and professionally.’

We were informed about all relevant positions and pointed out the risks. We have never experienced such good cooperation in any other law firm.’

Extremely professional. Consistent quality of advice in all legal areas relevant to us.’

Good internal cooperation. No duplications.’

The law firm covers several specialist competencies (in addition to building law) in-house and can therefore provide support across the board.’

‘Each individual case is processed quickly and conscientiously. Despite the fast processing times, the quality of the work is always high. Every lawyer is excellent in their field.’

Key clients

Ehret + Klein GmbH

Matrix Immobilien GmbH

REAL I.S. AG

Industria Wohnen GmbH

Nymphenburg Immobillien AG/ August von Finck

Geiger Unternehmensgruppe

Michael Weinig AG Blue Estate GmbH

Idea Med Group

KIRKBI

Centerscape Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG

Gasteig München GmbH

Industria Wohnen LAB GmbH, LAB Geodur GmbH, LAB SA (Frankreich)

Work highlights

  • Advising Industria Wohnen on various project developments, particularly in the residential sector.
  • Advice to Gasteig München GmbH on the general refurbishment of the philharmonic hall and the interim facilities.

Hoffmann Liebs

Hoffmann Liebs' construction law practice advises and represents clients and contractors on all aspects of construction law as well as plant construction. Public clients also regularly instruct the team on public procurement and state aid law matters. Thus, the group is well positioned for large-scale infrastructure projects – a specialisation of practice head Dirk Oldigs – as well as for specialist properties and entire urban district developments, including related contentious issues.

Practice head(s):

Dirk Oldigs

Testimonials

‘In the context of the mandates, advice was always provided directly by the responsible partner. He was involved in every step of the consultation down to the last detail. The advice was very solution-oriented and did not focus on highlighting risks. Individual solutions were identified during the consultation.’

‘Mr. Oldigs understands how to develop and explain technically flawless, practical solutions that are manageable for legal laypeople, even in complex situations, and to implement them in contract negotiations. In addition to the technical expertise, the appearance of Dr. Oldigs very pleasant and makes it possible to immediately create an open and trusting basis for cooperation.’

‘Short distances, clear statements, fast processing.’

‘Dr. Oldigs: High professional competence, solution-oriented.’

‘Always available, friendly, personal.’

‘Very good professional competence with great practical experience.’

‘Our contact person has very well-founded knowledge and is available almost “around the clock”.’

‘Good factual approach – good control for pre-trial solutions.’

Key clients

Köster GmbH

Bochum Perspektive GmbH

BeMo Tunneling GmbH

HOCHTIEF

Heitkamp Industrial Solutions

B+B Parkhaus GmbH & Co.KG

Kiel-Gruppe

Rud. Otto Meyer Technik GmbH & Co. KG

Stadtwerke Crailsheim

Wirtschaftsentwicklungsgesellschaft Bochum GmbH

Lauster Steinbau GmbH

Vonovia SE

Max Bögl

Work highlights

  • Advising Bochum Perspektive GmbH on the demolition, refurbishment and preparation for construction of the former Opel site in Bochum.
  • Advising Heitkamp Industrial Solutions GmbH on the assembly and billing of a raw material grinding plant in Erwitte.
  • Advising Köster GmbH on drafting and negotiating the contract for a bid for a refurbishment and new construction project for a hotel in downtown Cologne.

Jahn Hettler Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB

Jahn Hettler Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB was founded in 2019 by Maximilian Jahn and Steffen Hettler (both previously with Kapellmann und Partner ) and specialises in project development, property developer advice, private and public construction law and real estate law. The focus is on project support during construction and legal project management, with clients also benefiting from the close cooperation with the relevant experts and specialists, for example issues pertaining to fire protection, construction operations, construction physics and noise protection. As a trained construction physicist, Hettler focuses on noise protection, immission control law and construction noise issues.

Practice head(s):

Steffen HettlerMaximilian Jahn

Testimonials

‘Highly qualified in both the legal and back-office areas. Very well-established team that you can always rely on, even in time-critical situations.’

‘Dr. Hettler is characterized by a deep understanding of the law and his litigation experience. His pragmatic view of things leads to efficient, objective legal advice.’

‘Steffen Hettler can translate his deep technical understanding very precisely into convincing legal arguments.’

‘Although the team is of a manageable size, it also has the advantage that it is very focused on the issues with which it is mandated. As a customer or business partner, you have the feeling of being looked after exclusively. The practice’s assistant is very committed and coordinates her team very well “behind the scenes” and supports the legal team very well. Conclusion: high level of professional competence paired with well-running processes = very pleasant team.’

‘Due to his dual training (studied civil engineer/physicist), Steffen Hettler is a lawyer who knows what he is talking about when he talks about construction. Added to this is his extremely sharp, analytical expertise. Usually, Mr Hettler is always right in what he says. In addition, he masters the strategies to actually be able to convert this legal position into reality. Bottom line: if I want to be sure of getting my rights, if it’s actually legal, then I’ll get them through him.’

‘Mr. Hettler is always available as a contact person. Above all, I value his analytical way of thinking and his proximity to practice.’

‘Dr Jahn: Flexible, imaginative, able to take on different roles in negotiations.’

‘Dr. Jahn is very ambitious and also takes unconventional and creative paths to break up deadlocked constellations. With his help, we managed to avoid a legal dispute in the construction sector. Other law firms had not supported my idea.’

Key clients

MünchenBau PGA12 GmbH & Co. KG

Münchenbau DEN3 GmbH

Grundkontor Projekt GmbH

Sauer Bau und Projektentwicklung GmbH

Max Aicher Bau GmbH & Co. KG

S + S Grundbesitzgesellschaft mbH Karsten Schreyer

Krieger + Schramm GmbH & Co. KG Bauunternehmung

RFR Management GmbH

immero REAL ESTATE GROUP / LB 7 Real Estate GmbH

Matthäus Schmid Bauunternehmen GmbH & Co. KG

ImmobilienZentrum Regensburg

Siemens AG, Siemens Real Estate

BEUMER Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG

Jewel MyZeil GmbH & Co. KG (DWS)

Weinberger Wohnbau GmbH

Wohnbau Haußer GmbH

Hines Immobilien GmbH

KSC Stadion Betriebsgesellschaft mbH

MPC Real Estate Solutions GmbH

Wilma Wohnen Süd GmbH

Keller Holding GmbH

Fixemer Logistics GmbH

gsp Städtebau GmbH

Stadtwerke Hanau

PETER KEREN Bauunternehmung GmbH

RT Holding GmbH / RT Gruppe

Trianel Windpark Borkum

Hörmann Automotive Gustavsburg GmbH

UBM Development Czechia s.r.o.

TKP Krächan GmbH

Wohnbau Merkt GmbH

Sonnleitner Holzbauwerke GmbH & Co. KG

Porta Nova GmbH & Co. KG

MPC-Capital-Gruppe

Staytoo-Gruppe

BAM Deutschland AG

ARGE Klinikum Frankfurt Höchst

Fritz Herzog AG

Gisinger Wohn- und Gewerbebau GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising the Immero Real Estate Group on the gradual construction of 30 hotels with serviced apartments in various German cities.
  • Advice to BEUMER Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG on a supplementary claim due to construction time regarding the baggage handling system in Terminal 3 of Frankfurt am Main Airport.
  • Advising BAM Deutschland AG on, among other things, the preparation of a construction time addendum with the construction experts from faircm².

Kraus, Sienz & Partner

Practice head(s):

Christian Sienz

Lenz und Johlen

Lenz and Johlen combines its expertise in public and private construction law with planning, administrative and environmental law an is well known for supporting large urban residential district developments, also covering matters related to climate protection, sustainable energy supply, green building and new mobility. The construction and architectural law specialists Thomas Elsner and Philipp Libert jointly head the team, which also has extensive experience in plant construction and in the construction of specialist properties. The client base includes project developers, care facilities and medical care centres as well as retail companies, municipalities, communities and ministries. Inga Schwertner advises, among other things, at the interface between public construction and planning law and environmental law issues.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Elsner; Philipp Libert

Other key lawyers:

Inga Schwertner

Key clients

1. FC Köln GmbH & Co. KGaA

Becken Development GmbH

Bolder Arzneimittel GmbH & Co. KG

Bundesligaverein 1. FC Köln

Careforce GmbH

Caritas Stiftung Deutschland

Chefs Culinar

CP Cologne Projekt GmbH

Dornieden

Fellow Capital Partners S.a.r.l.

Gerchgroup AG

Hochtief Projektentwicklung

JSWD Architekten

kueppersgruppe

lanian Immobilien Gmbh & Co. KG

Med 360 ° Dr. Lessmann

Moderne Stadt GmbH

Pandion AG

Pareto GmbH

ProBonnum

Work highlights

  • Support for the Düsseldorf project developer Gerchgroup AG on the entire urban development of a new urban district Laurenz Carré in Cologne, including the entire civil law project management.
  • Advising 1. FC Köln GmbH & Co. KGaA on the construction of the client’s academy with three artificial turf pitches in Cologne’s green belt.
  • Advising Moderne Stadt GmbH on the Deutzer Hafen project, including construction and planning law, public procurement law, private construction and real estate law and monument protection law.

ROTTHEGE

ROTTHEGE both advises and represents project developers on construction and architectural law, including contentious matters. The group has extensive experience in advising on the development of urban districts. The team is headed by Martin Ludgen, who, corresponding with the overall approach, has particular experience in arbitration proceedings based on architectural law disputes and in the realisation of urban project developments. The team also advises on plant construction and specialist properties, such as clinics and research buildings.

Practice head(s):

Martin Ludgen

Key clients

BAUWENS Construction GmbH & Co. KG / BAUWENS Development GmbH & Co. KG

GERCHGROUP AG

Quartier Wilhelmshöhe GmbH

SSS Starkstrom- und Signal-Baugesellschaft mbH

SMNG Rechtsanwälte