Firm Profile > POSSER SPIETH WOLFERS & PARTNERS > Berlin, Germany

Palais Holler
10707 BERLIN

Public sector > Commercial administrative law Tier 1

Founded by a former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer team in 2018, boutique offering POSSER SPIETH WOLFERS & PARTNERS possesses clear strengths in the regulatory space, particularly with regards to vehicle regulation within the automotive sector. Here, innovative, future-oriented topics such as e-mobility and autonomous driving frequently take centre stage. The practice also handles constitutional matters such as banking supervisory law issues. Additional strengths can be located in the utility and waste disposal space as well as with regards to the housing sector. The team is further involved in legislative processes such as the development of a regional Covid-19 support scheme. The practice particularly impresses with the internationality of its instructions and its partners' 20 years of experience. Benedikt Wolfers and Burkard Wollenschläger are important key figures of the practice.


' Excellent expertise in environmental law, especially water law .'

' Dr. Wolf Spieth and Niclas Hellermann: Well-coordinated team, sensitive and open to practical aspects and sensitivities. Strategic, structured approach, experienced in process tactics. Briefs with a clear statement, eloquent. '

' Outstanding service and technical expertise, absolute adherence to deadlines, speed, very friendly, lawyers at eye level. '

'' Great legal expertise and practical experience in setting up public aid measures for the economy, their regulatory framework and their state aid approval; intensive and expert support throughout the entire process, from the basic decision on EU approval to operational activities. For short-term problems: available at any time; friendly; quick, competent, well-founded answers. Excellent didactic skills related to training . '

' Dr. Benedict Wolfers, responsible for the practice area of public law, brings with him in-depth specific specialist knowledge for the establishment of public aid measures for the economy. Dr. Wolfers also has excellent contacts with the federal ministries. Valuable companion in the state aid approval procedure vis-à-vis the EU-COM due to relevant practical experience, his negotiating skills and excellent knowledge of English. '

' Outstanding boutique for public commercial law. Where other very well-known law firms reach their limits, the work of PSWP often only really begins. The PSWP team not only claims to be particularly strong there and to be happy when it comes to new legal territory – you see it that way from the client's perspective. Very good, for example, in innovative fields such as the regulation of autonomous driving. '

'Outstanding work, commitment and availability from Benedikt Wolfers. What particularly sets him apart is – in addition to undisputed legal excellence – his flair for innovative solutions and what is politically feasible. Very good associate in the Wolfers team: Kai Uwe Opper. '

Key clients

Axel Springer S.E. / Goggo Networks

Bayern LB

Berliner Wasserbetriebe

BP Europa SE

BS Energy


Deutsche Wohnen AG

Deutsche Wohnen S.E.

Drägerwerk AG & Co.

Freistaat Bayern, Staatsministerium der Finanzen und für Heimat

Freistaat Bayern, Staatsregierung, Staatsministerium der Finanzen und für Heimat, Staatsministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie

Hamburger Wasserwerke GmbH


Juris GmbH

Landesbank Hessen Thüringen / HELABA

Landesbausparkasse West


Peek & Cloppenburg

PNE AG, Strabag SE, Mainstream (17 Beschwerdeführerinnen)

Provinzial NordWest Holding AG

Ree Technology

Sparkassen XY

Sparkasse Rhein-Nahe

Sparkasse Rhein Nahe und Sparkasse Koblenz

Stadt Düsseldorf

Stadtwerke Görlitz

Strabag / Schiedsverfahren Offshore-Wind


Public sector > Planning and environment Tier 2

Founded in 2018 by a former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer team, boutique offering POSSER SPIETH WOLFERS & PARTNERS focuses on assistance with large public sector projects of extensive political significance. Thus, the group was involved in negotiating the national coal phase-out for RWE and also participates in a significant constitutional appeal concerning the legal position on offshore wind projects. The practice's mainstays also include advice to the automotive sector as well as advising hydropower plants on water law matters; here, the practice's internationality becomes particularly apparent. The boutique is also expanding its transactional practice. The team around key contacts Wolf Spieth, Herbert Posser and Benedikt Wolfers can draw on longstanding experience and a good political network.

Other key lawyers:


Leading environmental boutique in Germany.

Wolf Spieth, Niklas Hellermann: outstanding and leading experts in environmental and planning law.

Large team of environmental law lawyers who clearly and stringently present the environmental law relationships and thus demonstrate the great practical relevance for those subject to law (especially companies and authorities).

Open discussion of current issues, also with regard to the practical consequences of a regulation. Proactive advice. Good team performance.

The Düsseldorf team around Dr. Herbert Posser is incredibly committed and young, yet absolutely highly qualified. The spirit of the Freshfields spin-off is still a little in the air and has a wonderfully motivating effect on the work.

In addition to the Düsseldorf partner Dr. Herbert Posser, Principal Associate Katja Schramm, is a great environmental and planning lawyer, excellent at organizing even very big things, always keeping an overview and yet keeping an eye on every detail. A brilliant mind in a very nice personality and an excellent lawyer. However, at the associate level there are many bright minds in this team, including Dr. Mannefeld, Dr. Gonsior or Mr. von Nordheim. It is a pleasure to work together with the young lawyers alongside the partner level.

All partners have extensive expertise in environmental and planning law.

Dr. Posser has an excellent knowledge of all constitutional and administrative law. He has an excellent strategic mindset and is also a very pleasant person to talk to.

Key clients



PNE AG Strabag SE Mainstream


Scandlines Deutschland GmbH

Amprion GmbH

Automobilindustrie(VW, Audi, Porsche)

Bayerische Staatsforsten

Covestro AG

Drägerwerk AG & Co


GNS Gesellschaft für Nuklear-Service mbH

HafenCity Hamburg GmbH und Billebogen Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG

Hülskens Holding GmbH& Co. KG

innogy SE

JEN Jülicher Entsorgungsgesellschaft für Nuklearanlagen mbH

juris GmbH

Knauf Gips KG



MEG High Court Macquarie Group

Neste Corporation

Open Grid Europe GmbH


Preussen Elektra GmbH

Rump & Salzman

RWE Nuclear GmbH

Sägewerk Schwaiger GmbH & Co. KG Bauwesen

Sea Wind Management GmbH


thyssenkrupp Steel Europe GmbH

Urenco Limited

Vattenfall Europe WärmeAG

The firm

POSSER SPIETH WOLFERS & PARTNERS was founded by a team of highly experienced partners and lawyers with the aim of providing high-quality, national and international advice and problem-solving in the entire range of commercially relevant regulation and environmental law. We emerged from the leading environmental and regulatory practice of one of the major international law firms.

We have more than 20 years exceptional experience and knowledge of regulatory and environmental-law projects that have broken new ground in the legal and economic development of Germany and Europe.

POSSER SPIETH WOLFERS & PARTNERS has extensive experience of highly complex cases with economic and political significance:

Negotiations: our advice is legally sound, commercially prudent and politically cognisant for your most important discussions and negotiations. We are there to help clients with their strategy and implementation.

Transactions: for decades, we have given advice on transactions whose success hinges on the successful handling of regulatory and environmental law matters; we know the issues and critical situations.

Litigation: we have more than 20 years’ experience of complex proceedings before administrative and constitutional courts, European courts, civil and international courts of arbitration as well as before regulatory and environmental agencies.

Groundbreaking projects for the future: we evaluate, structure and safeguard new, groundbreaking projects with clients. This includes political-legal communication and advice on potential new regulatory mechanisms and legislation.

Political know-how: we are well aware of political parameters for the implementation of projects that are often controversial. We have firm contacts that go back decades and a major reputation in the political sphere. We are able to lobby on our clients behalf, and we are used to distilling complex legal issues to the key points and coordinating with clients or their advisors legally and efficiently.

Teamwork: we have decades of experience in advising as part of multi-disciplinary teams and working closely with other consultants, whether these are internal or external, national or international. If requested, we can put together larger teams for our clients recruited from our network.

Areas of expertise

We know the sectors and cases in which regulation and environmental law become relevant:

Energy and climate regulation
We have been at the forefront of pivotal energy law projects and have helped to shape Germany’s energy transition from nuclear exit through to coal exit to offshore wind energy. We know all the issues, our team brings together outstanding experience and competence in the field of energy and climate regulation.

Automotive and new mobility
The regulatory challenges in the automotive sector are international and carry high liability risks. We know the technical foundations as well as all the hurdles and phases where regulatory advice is needed.

Industry and environment
We have got vast expertise in obtaining licenses to operate for major industrial projects and we give advice on the entire range of environmental law relating to industrial production, including transactions and dealing with NGOs and the public.

Finance and insurance
We advise on transactions and structural questions for public banks and insurance companies as well as on the regulation of financial markets, European banking supervision and bank liquidation.

Infrastructure and transport
We help clients with the making, securing and defending of their infrastructure project – from regional planning, line management and urban land use planning to complex approval procedures and planning law. We also provide innovative ideas for efficient regulations for the safeguarding of major infrastructure projects, for the inclusion of stakeholders and the public and for the defence of projects before courts.

Mining, water and raw materials
With our decades of expertise in mining law, mineral extraction and water management, we have shaped the legal landscape for companies and the state.

State and Europe
Both the state and the European Union change the landscape for companies by regulations and treaties. We are more than familiar with these instruments and the opportunities and risks they bring.

For more information about the firm´s experience please go to

Department Name Email Telephone
Dr. Wolf Friedrich Spieth +49 30 814 542 400
Dr. Herbert Posser +49 211 542 620 00
Dr. Benedikt Wolfers +49 30 814 542 400
Dr. Burkard Wollenschläger +49 30 814 542 400
Niclas Hellermann, LL.M. +49 39 814 542 400
Photo Name Position Profile
 Niclas Hellermann photo Niclas Hellermann Partner
Dr Herbert Posser photo Dr Herbert Posser Partner
Dr Wolf Spieth photo Dr Wolf Spieth Partner
Dr Benedikt Wolfers photo Dr Benedikt Wolfers Partner
Dr Burkard Wollenschläger  photo Dr Burkard Wollenschläger Partner
Partners : 5
Associates : 17

TESTIMONIAL: “Many years of experience bundled in the firm is exceptional. In particular, the enormous experience at the interface of business and politics is priceless.”

TESTIMONIAL: “Exceptional expertise in environmental law and regulation. In my estimation, no other practice can match this level of excellence. The team impresses with extreme commitment and very resilient statements. It is a real pleasure to work with them, both professionally and during their dealings with each other. This is even more true, while working with intense timelines and critical issues. The wealth of experience and their network are of enormous importance to our company”.

TESTIMONIAL: “Major public law mandates of great political significance, leading environmental law boutique in Germany. Practice stands out for the international nature of its mandates and more than 20 years of experience of the partners”

TESTIMONIAL: “Outstanding service and expertise, absolute adherence to deadlines, promptness, very friendly, attorneys at eye level”, “great practical relevance”

TESTIMONIAL: “Very high technical understanding and fast comprehension; open uncomplicated direct cooperation; high understanding for non-lawyers as well as cordial cooperation despite the difficulty of the topics”.

TESTIMONIAL: “Outstanding know-how, also in details; distinct understanding of the commercial background; eye for what is practically and realistically feasible; comprehensive forensic experience”.