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Raue > The Legal 500 RankingsRaue is a leading litigation practice in Germany and the first choice for some of the largest energy disputes in the market such as gas concession award procedures or instructions from grid operators on EEG levy matters. The experienced regulatory team, which acts as a standalone practice on matters such as redispatch determination by the Federal Network Agency, also offers strategic advice on the development of new business models as well as infrastructure projects. Renewable energies are a key advisory focus, while the team is increasingly instructed on matters pertaining to corporate PPAs and P-2-P models. Recent topics include smart metering, e-mobility and advising investors on green investment products. Additionally, the firm fields experts at the interface with antitrust and corporate law as well as its renowned venture and growth capital group. Joint ventures of energy suppliers are a particular area of expertise. Practice head Christian von Hammerstein‘s team includes Anna von Bremen (antitrust law and arbitration, among others) and Peter Roegele (antitrust law and financial supervisory law, among others), who made Associated Partner and Counsel respectively in January 2021.
‘We were always advised quickly and comprehensively with good expertise on our legal issues. Good industry contacts helped to find good solutions for new and complex issues. The team has many colleagues with special energy management expertise. It was always excellently managed to efficiently bring together the different colleagues and the different specialist knowledge in the interests of the client.’
‘Bernd Beckmann: I value his expertise in the energy industry and his pragmatism in contractual matters. We have always efficiently arrived at very good solutions. Our style has always been retained.’
‘The RAUE team is always top-notch in terms of content and very customer-oriented. ie always to the point. Listening, anticipating what we as clients want with our questions and concerns, in order to then answer precisely. Don’t write down any unnecessary hours, don’t acquire any unnecessary mandates, don’t produce any unnecessary papers, don’t beat about the bush. Very good.’
‘Very specialised, thorough and creative. At the same time humanly pleasant.’
‘Very experienced and reputable energy team, excellent contacts, fast and professional, broad-based. Christian von Hammerstein and Anna von Bremen have very good specialist knowledge and a deep understanding of energy law and the people involved.’
Media > Press and publishing Tier 1Raue is one of the top addresses for the representation of publishers in Berlin and across Germany, not least due to practice head Jan Hegemann‘s extensive experience as well as the team’s established client relationships, with Axel Springer in particular standing out as a key client. The practice frequently advises on the legality of publishing online articles or hate comments on social media, but also assists with pre-tial issues, represents companies in court in proceedings on freedom of speech, as well as advising companies in media crisis situations. In January 2021, Felix Laurin Stang and Anna-Sophie Hollenders were promoted to the partnership, while counsel Jan Sorge left the firm at the beginning of 2022.
‘The cooperation with Raue is exceptionally good. The mixture of very fast response times and excellent assessments (also friendly, smart and always calm) is something that greatly enriches the client’s everyday work. Raue not only thinks legally, but also very journalistically. However, Raue is never unjustifiably offensive, but always delivers very precise risk assessments and gives us the choice of how far we want to go.’
‘Jan Hegemann represents with unparalleled experience and quality. In direct cooperation as well as in court, he shines through intellectual speed, cleverness, detailed knowledge of the case, rhetorical brilliance, commitment and reliability. It’s a pleasure to see him in court.’
‘Entrepreneurial approach. Understand where you want to go, but also draw attention to legal pitfalls.’
‘Michael Gläsner has an eye for the whole, but also for details.’
‘Andreas Nelle at Raue takes his role as Legal Counsel seriously and not only supports us with his team in legal matters, but also gives us valuable advice as a young start-up.’
‘Raue and Partners is an excellent law firm for start-ups and technology companies with a focus on international financing rounds.’
‘Andreas Nelle and Michael Gläsner: Both true experts when it comes to Series A, convertible bonds and ESOP.’
‘Legal expertise (corporate law, IP, nonprofit, tax, etc.) and fast implementation times when required.’
‘Very pragmatic and extremely good mediators.’
‘Whatever legal challenge arises, they always find a suitable solution, quickly and promptly. Developments in the hospital market that could have a legal impact are shown to us at an early stage and design options are presented. We feel we are in the best of hands – and have been for years.’
‘Maren Bedau: Very creative in implementing new cooperation models, high level of competence in negotiating contracts and dealing with business partners, her legal knowledge is outstanding.’
‘Jörg Adam has excellent know-how in hospital law, very experienced in litigation, we trust his legal advice.’
‘Stephanie Wiesner: Precise, fast and always with practical solutions. Very pleasant to work with.’
‘High level of expertise also in new legal issues. Courage to break new ground and make clear assessments.’
‘ Maren Bedau: High level of expertise; friendly but determined negotiating behavior; Clarity in assessing risks without undue caution; Advice with foresight and real help in decision-making; pleasant representative with a good team of experts in the 2nd row and high commitment.’
Industry focus > Telecoms Tier 3Raue has an established practice advising on the management of frequency allocation procedures and fee regulation issues. Practice head Kornelius Kleinlein is particularly active in local loops matters. The group also handles matters pertaining to satellite communications as well as the postal and broadcasting sectors, with antitrust mandates covered by Michael Bergmann. Other key topics include the expansion of fixed and mobile networks as well as fibre optic infrastructure.
‘Particular competencies in the relevant areas of law in public commercial administrative law, equally strong staffing. High quality of advice, good reputation in the industry .’
‘On-time delivery, industry knowledge, tactical understanding.’
‘Incredibly fast familiarization, even in administrative law “peripheral issues”, absolute reliability, trusting cooperation, always hit the right “tone”, hardly any adjustments to briefs necessary when Raue is commissioned. ‘
‘Dr. Dittloff: Reliable; quickly incorporated into topics that are not commonplace; excellent & transparent communication. dr Hertel: Realistic success assessments, on schedule & excellent quality .’
‘The RAUE law firm and its representatives embody an extraordinary combination of tradition and progress in their appearance – whether in court, in out-of-court negotiations or in advising clients. The sensitivity in appearance is paired with a special clarity of language and extremely structured legal considerations. The special technical expertise of the lawyers in their areas of focus ensures a well-founded decision-making basis for the decision on subsequent steps. The entire team conveys the feeling of handling the case with the utmost care, the necessary foresight and special commitment. The client support and cost transparency are pleasant and exemplary.’
‘Wolfgang Kuhla: Exemplary, absolutely serious appearance in court, you can feel the court’s respect for the lawyer’s personality. Wolfgang Kuhla is able to summarize even complicated issues with particular clarity, both verbally and in writing. A special instinct and strategic skill in negotiations are flanked by enormous specialist knowledge and a wealth of experience and convey the feeling of being perfectly represented.
‘Christoph-David Munding has a very special expertise in public law and real estate law, so that he can impart his knowledge precisely. In the entire extremely pleasant consultation and representation, you can feel the special experience that he has gained for the law firm in numerous extensive clients. He keeps his own connection to the client, reacts immediately to inquiries and has a clear and well-founded concept in the performance of mandates. Typesetting and clarity of language are exemplary .’
‘Very well coordinated team. Precise analyzes and very quick answers, even to complex questions. Excellent contract analysis and risk assessment. Optimum support throughout the awarding process right up to the award. Professional handling of interactions with the contracting authorities (Q&A, transmission of documents).’
‘Bettina Tugendreich’s team advises us on the tenders as part of our large construction project. The experienced practice is broadly positioned and has accompanied us very well – especially in a very complicated legal dispute. We are very satisfied.’
‘Dr. Bettina Tugendreich: She is an experienced public procurement lawyer with a high level of expertise and clear recommendations. Always keeps a cool head, even in difficult process situations. Maxim Horvath: Very pleasant lawyer, responds quickly to our inquiries .’
‘The Raue law firm always convinces with excellent work results, at the highest level. Interdisciplinary and cross-legal cooperation within the law firm, very broad, in-depth specialist knowledge in various legal areas ensure that advice is always of the highest quality, even on highly complex matters, and – if appropriate – also contains new and very innovative solutions.’
‘Miss Dr. Bettina Tugendreich (partner) has outstanding expertise in the field of public law, particularly in the area of public procurement law and related areas of law. An ideal consultant who works out the best possible solution even for highly complex and particularly difficult matters. The cooperation with Mrs. Dr. Virtuous is always very pleasant.’
‘Mr. Maxim Horvath (Associate) convinces with very well-founded knowledge in the areas of public law and public procurement law. Highest precision, astute conclusions and diplomatic negotiation skills characterize Mr. Horvath. Very pleasant cooperation.’
‘Dr. Wolfram Hertel is a proven specialist in the field of public law. Very pleasant cooperation. ‘
Germany > Antitrust Tier 6Raue covers a wide range of antitrust issues including compliance matters, merger control and damages claim proceedings for both plaintiffs and defendants. The practice's industry expertise in regulated industries is particularly notable, with the team being increasingly active in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and hospital sectors. Michael Bergmann heads the practice from Berlin and has longstanding experience in assisting with cartel damages, fine proceedings and compliance matters. Christian von Hammerstein also has expertise in the energy sector, as does Anna von Bremen, who made non-equity partner in January 2021.
‘Very client-oriented, very practical, very solution-oriented, with a keen eye for what is economically and legally feasible.’
‘Responsiveness, precision, foresight, manners, address.’
Germany > Employment Tier 6Raue ‘s individual and collective employment law expertise is evident in restructurings, including those related to insolvency, and transactions. Sascha Herms is a key contact here and jointly heads the practice with Judith Heyn, who is well versed in employment law issues pertaining to the public sector and healthcare. Heyn is also a key contact for occupational pension schemes, whereas Herms and numerous other team members provide assistance with labour court proceedings. The ongoing advice features topics such as compliance, data protection and works constitution matters.
Raue > Firm Profile
Raue is a corporate law firm with international reach. More than 80 attorneys advise clients on transactions and operational issues and represent them in regulatory proceedings and disputes.
Its base in Berlin reflects the firm’s particular strengths in regulated markets (energy, healthcare, media and telecommunications), in the area of venture capital and in policy-related issues. Moreover, the Raue team has significant experience in the real estate and infrastructure sectors, in the digital economy, as well as with the arts and cultural institutions. Raue has been advising stakeholders in these focus areas for decades. The attorneys understand the economic and technological factors shaping these sectors and know the relevant market players.
Representing clients in disputes before courts and in arbitration proceedings is a central part of Raue’s work throughout all practices. The attorneys use the insights gained through their comprehensive litigation experience when structuring agreements and realizing projects, helping to avoid disputes in the future.
The independence and manageable size of Raue allow to consistently represent the interests of all clients without reserve.
Raue is constantly involved in international projects. The attorneys advise clients from abroad regarding their investments in Germany, as well as German clients pursuing activities outside the country. In this context, all clients benefit from the significant international experience of Raue’s attorneys.
Staff FiguresLawyers : over 70
LanguagesGerman English French Hebrew Italian Polish Russian Spanish Dutch
It is part of the Raue spirit to recognize and respect the uniqueness of every employee and every client, regardless of origin, skin color, age, gender, sexual orientation or identity. In our management committees, we strive for a variety of perspectives because we are convinced that this can enhance the quality of management decisions.
We attach importance to increasing the proportion of women in management positions and support them on their way, e.g. with special career training for women. Women make up 39 percent of our associates, 38 percent of our counsel and 29 percent of partners (including associate partners). There are 25 percent female partners on the management board of Raue.
Corporate Social Responsibility/Pro Bono
Raue encourages its partners and associates to use their skills for the common good and to help individuals in particular need of assistance, also without remuneration. Our professional attitude as attorneys is underpinned by our willingness to give back to our communities, and we foster the pro bono activities our attorneys pursue. This means that wherever we serve a client pro bono, our work will meet the same high standards that apply to any other services we provide. We are willing to lend support to those in need who would otherwise not be able to afford adequate legal advice, and whose cause convinces us that our work will contribute to the good of the community. Our firm is a founding member of Pro Bono Deutschland e.V., the first German association of leading corporate law firms promoting pro-bono legal advice and encouraging attorneys to volunteer their services.
Another component of our CSR commitment is the Peter Raue Preis. With the Peter Raue Preis, the corporate law firm Raue supports individuals or institutions who set an outstanding example of social, civic or cultural commitment. The award, which is endowed with 10,000 euros, was awarded for the first time in 2021. With the Peter Raue Preis, the law firm picks up on the values the vigor and the enthusiasm of its namesake partner Prof. Dr. Peter Raue. The lawyers of the law firm Raue feel committed to his example. The choice of name for this award pays tribute to his outstanding involvement as a citizen of the city of Berlin, as a lawyer and as a promoter of the arts and the common welfare.
Further information at https://raue.com/en/peter-raue-preis/
Raue is constantly involved in international projects. We advise clients from abroad regarding their investments in Germany, as well as German clients pursuing activities outside the country.
In this context, our clients benefit from the significant international experience of our attorneys. For many years, our team formed part of a leading US law firm. Most of our lawyers have lived in other countries for longer periods of time, working or pursuing a degree. This is reflected by the many languages spoken at our firm: Besides our second working language English, attorneys are able to communicate and work in French, Hebrew, Italian, Polish, Russian, and Spanish.
Raue has established strong and proven working relationships with leading law firms in Europe, the United States, and many other major foreign markets. The projects on which we have collaborated with our partner firms have fostered the ability to provide seamless advice as integrated teams. As an independent firm, we are able to select lawyers from premium partner firms in the relevant jurisdictions on a mandate-by-mandate basis for each international project, thus ensuring that the team is best suited for the individual needs of the client and the mandate.
Press Releases28th June 2022 Raue advised VALUES Real Estate on the acquisition of an office building with the Hilden Job Centre as main tenant for its VALUES Public Sector fund. The seller of the property is Auric Investment. Raue also advised VALUES Real Estate on the acquisition of a kindergarten for the institutional daycare fund VALUES Daycare Invest.
28th June 2022 Raue comprehensively advised the Hamburg-based hydrogen company HH2E AG on an equity financing. With HydrogenOne and Foresight, two private equity investors are taking a stake in the green energy company HH2E. The HH2E founders and board members retain the majority of the shares.
19th April 2022 Raue advises Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe AöR (BVG) on the tender and approval of the new digital call-bus sharing service for Berlin. BVG has now awarded the contract to the Via company for a service in eastern parts of the city.
19th April 2022 Raue Law Firm is awarding the Peter Raue Prize this October for the second year in a row. Applications are being now collected. The deadline for entries is May 31, 2022.
1st April 2022 Raue comprehensively advised German Urban Air Mobility (UAM) provider Volocopter on its Series E funding round with a volume of 153 million euros. Volocopter intends to use the new the money raised to assist with the certification of Volocopter’s electric passenger air taxi and to accelerate Volocopter’s commercial launch in first cities worldwide.
1st April 2022 Raue hat das deutsche Flugtaxi-Unternehmen Volocopter umfassend bei einer Series E-Finanzierungsrunde im Volumen von 153 Millionen Euro beraten. Volocopter plant, mit dem neuen Kapital die Zertifizierung des elektrischen Passagierflugtaxis und die Markteinführung in ersten Städten zu beschleunigen.
4th March 2022 Raue advised Zeitsprung on the production of the feature film "Lieber Thomas" (Dear Thomas) The film has been shortlisted for the German Film Award.
1st March 2022 As of March 1, Raue is further expanding its real estate law practice with the arrival of Associate Partner Stefanie Rzeniecki. Stefanie Rzeniecki joins Raue from EY Law in Berlin, where she advised as Associate Partner on real estate law since mid-2019.
24th February 2022 Raue has advised the EdTech startup Tomorrow’s Education GmbH on its seed financing round. The round is led by Mediahuis Ventures, the venture capital firm of European media group Mediahuis. Other investors include the leading UK Education Fund Emerge Education and angel investors like Verena Pausder, Celine Flores Willers, and Kai Roemmelt.
15th February 2022 Raue advised Zeitsprung on the production of the Documentary „The Schettino Files".
15th February 2022 Raue advised the Swiss Life ESG Health Care Germany fund on the acquisition of two medical centres in Mannheim and Heidelberg from Heidelberg-based project developer Erhard & Stern.
15th February 2022 Raue hat den Swiss Life ESG Health Care Germany Fonds beim Erwerb von zwei Ärztehäusern in Mannheim und Heidelberg vom Heidelberger Projektentwickler Erhard & Stern beraten.
15th February 2022 Raue, together with Swedish partner law firm Cederquist, comprehensively advised Prima Materia on a 100 million euros investment in Munich-based AI start-up Helsing. The investment is still subject to investment approval by the relevant authorities.
15th February 2022 Raue advised the shareholders of Labiotech UG (haftungsbeschränkt), which operates an independent news media covering European biotech innovation, on the sale to Inova, the leading biopharma partnering platform.
24th January 2022 Raue has elected Counsel Dr. Hans Heller to Equity Partner effective from 01. January 2022. Two senior associates were appointed as counsels.
19th January 2022 Raue has comprehensively advised the planning consortium "Das Neue Gartenfeld" on the legal planning for the model quarter of the future Das Neue Gartenfeld in Berlin-Spandau. For this purpose, ENGIE Deutschland and GASAG are forming a joint venture and investing a double-digit million sum in the development of sustainable solutions for energy, mobility and digitalisation. Both energy service providers have now signed the contract for the realisation of the new Gartenfeld district with the developers, Planungsgemeinschaft Das Neue Gartenfeld GmbH & Co.KG. The development plan is expected to be approved at the end of 2022.
19th January 2022 On October 1, the six-part documentary series COLONIA DIGNIDAD. EINE DEUTSCHE SEKTE IN CHILE, a co-production of LOOKSfilm, Netflix, WDR, SWR, ARTE, Canal 13, and Surreal Films will launch on Netflix.
19th January 2022 Raue advised energy system provider GP JOULE on the conclusion of a power purchase agreement (PPA) for regional solar power with Airbus Helicopters in Donauwörth. The PPA, as signed by both companies, will secure long-term low electricity prices for Airbus, thereby strengthening its Donauwörth plant and helping to reduce the company's CO2 emissions.
19th January 2022 Raue advised the French energy group ENGIE SA on the conclusion of a renewable energy power supply contract for the chemical group BASF. Both companies signed a corresponding Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), which is to run for 25 years.
4th November 2021 Raue advised Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) AöR, Germany’s largest local transport company, on the acquisition of a 42.000 sqm transport logistics site in Berlin from a private operator. In addition to the property and real estate, the acquisition also included substantial transport infrastructure and employees.
27th August 2021 Raue comprehensively advised proptech start-up Tiko Real Estate Technologies ("Tiko") on its US$65 million Series A financing round. The financing round was led by the digital tech fund and private investor network of btov Partners. Tiko's shareholder base includes other well-known venture capital investors such as Rocket Internet and business angels. The equity financing round was accompanied by a debt investor.Tiko's innovative tech platform allows any homeowner to sell their house in a few days. This is done using a data-driven valuation algorithm. The financing round ensures Tiko's continued rapid growth. The capital raised will be used to further strengthen Tiko's data-driven valuation algorithm and to continue the international expansion beyond its home market of Spain.Raue advised Tiko on all German law aspects of the financing round especially on all corporate issues.About TikoTiko is a Proptech company, launched in 2018 in Spain by its founder and CEO, Sina Afra, and co-founders Ana Villanueva, Can Günay and Paco Sahuquillo. Today, Tiko is present in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Bilbao, Malaga and Seville. With an ambitious expansion plan in Europe, its model is based on applying technology to the real estate sector. The key to its rapid success is its technology platform, which only needs homeowners to fill out a short form to send them a purchase offer within 24 hours.Advisors to Tiko:Raue, Berlin (German Law): Prof. Dr. Andreas Nelle (Partner, Lead, Corporate/M&A, PE/VC), Dr. Michael Gläsner (Counsel, Corporate/M&A, PE/VC).
27th August 2021 Raue advised Turin-based technology start-up Tau ACT GmbH („Tau“) on an extension of its Series A- financing round to raise a further 10.25 million euros. Investment company Finindus N.V., founded by the international steel group ArcelorMittal S.A. and the Flemish Region, joined Tau as a new investor. In addition, various existing shareholders, including the German specialty chemicals company ALTANA, took the opportunity for further investments. Raue had already comprehensively advised Tau in its Series A financing round in 2020 and in February 2021.Raue advised Tau on all corporate and tax issues related to the financing round.About TauFocused on applications for automotive, energy and agriculture, Tau makes protective coatings for copper, aluminum and steel wire more durable, resistant and light. Tau’s proprietary DryCycle and LILIT technologies meet the demands of electrical automotive engineering for ever smaller, lighter and yet more powerful and reliable electric motors. DryCycle technology offers higher performance, greater sustainability and stronger reliability in wire enameling. By using only solvent-free polymers, DryCycle reduces the production of harmful VOC during the coating process and lowers carbon dioxide emissions. Tau has offices in Turin (Italy), Moscow (Russia) and Berlin (Germany).Advisor to Tau, BerlinRaue, Berlin: Prof. Dr. Andreas Nelle (Partner, Lead, Corporate/M&A, PE/VC), Dr. Friedhelm Unverdorben (Partner, Tax), Dr. Michael Gläsner (Counsel, Corporate/M&A, PE/VC), Susann Steinecke (Associate, Tax).
15th March 2021 Raue, together with BGH attorney Dr. Peter Rädler, secured a historic victory for GASAG/NBB. On 9 March 2021, the Cartel Panel of the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) handed down its decision that the State of Berlin is bound to award the tendered concession for the operation of the gas supply network in Berlin to NBB Netzgesellschaft Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH & Co. KG, the network subsidiary of GASAG, the Berlin-based utility.
24th March 2020 Berlin, 24. März 2020 - Raue comprehensively advised Tau, the Turin-based e-mobility and advanced materials venture, on its Series A-financing round led by a EUR 4.5 million investment of German specialty chemicals company Altana.
13th March 2020 With effect from 1 January, Raue elected Friedhelm Unverdorben as partner. In addition, seven senior associates are promoted to the newly created counsel position. Four associates have been appointed senior associates.
13th March 2020 According to the recently published azur100 ranking, Raue is one of the TOP employers for lawyers in Germany and was able to move up to the 42nd place.
Legal Developments20th January 2020 With the sentence of the 26th of September 2019, cause C-63/18, the European Court of Justice has held the Italian legislation that limits, in a general and abstract manner, the portion of a contract that the tenderer is authorised to subcontract to third parties, as non-compatible with European law in subject of public contracts.
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