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Norton Rose Fulbright

PPP Tier 2

The PPP team at Norton Rose Fulbright provides comprehensive advice to public sector organisations, sponsors, project companies and financial institutions on matters ranging from project structuring through to the conclusion of project and financing agreements. A focus lies on work touching upon construction and environmental law, privatisations and restructurings. Another core competence is handling projects in the transport sector. Dirk Trautmann and Michael Jürgen Werner, who divides his time between the firm’s Brussels and Frankfurt offices, jointly head the team. Counsel Martin Weber, who is based in Frankfurt, is also noted.

Advice to insurers Tier 3

Advising clients on transactions and insurance supervisory law matters alongside insurance distribution and brokerage issues are the central pillars of Norton Rose Fulbright’s practice, which also has notable experience in the warranty and indemnity insurance segment. Sven Förster, Eva-Maria Barbosa and Andreas Börner, who specialises in cross-border transactions, are the key names.

Data protection Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright’s data protection advice has ‘a high level of expertise, good knowledge of the economic underpinnings and a business sense’. The team focuses on international matters and cross-border advice. It handles large international GDPR projects in close collaboration with the firm’s offices in the US, London and Asia, advises on issues related to products based on the processing of data, and on data infringements, and has been notably active recently in cybersecurity matters. Jamie Nowak and Christoph Ritzer, who ‘does a good job’, are the names to note.

Lending and borrowing Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright provides ‘high-quality advice’, which is frequently drawn upon by national and international lenders such as banks and credit institutions but also companies acting as borrowers. Its offering includes assistance with acquisition, corporate and real estate finance as well as restructuring and insolvency-related matters. Practice head Oliver Sutter is ‘excellent, very pragmatic and solution oriented’. Hamburg-based shipping expert Timo Noftz has notable expertise in asset and project finance. Banking law expert Rüdiger Litten moved to Fieldfisher’s Frankfurt office in April, while of counsel Veit Sahlfeld joined the team from White & Case LLP at the same time. Markus Radbruch made partner in January 2019.

Project finance Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright predominately acts for lenders and advises them, in conjunction with various other departments and colleagues from other European offices, on financing matters concerning energy and infrastructure projects. Anthony Morton and Hamburg-based Timo Noftz, who assists lenders, lessors, lessees and sponsors alongside project companies and other corporate entities with national and international financing and leasing transactions for aircrafts, ships and railways, are key names. Of counsel Jonathan Mullender joined Watson Farley & Williams LLP as partner in March 2018.

Commercial litigation Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright’s dispute resolution team is valued by clients for providing ‘outstanding legal advice with a sense and understanding of legal issues’. With an extensive international network, the team can handle national and cross-border disputes in a wide range of practice areas, including insurance, banking and intellectual property. Practice head Jamie Nowak is ‘an exceptional talent in the market’; he focuses on industries including technology and transport. Sven Förster is also noted.

Corporate Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright’s corporate law team is ‘easy to reach’ and provides ‘a very good service’. It distinguishes itself from other practices by providing ongoing commercial advice to numerous banks, financial institutions and fintech companies. Klaus Bader and Frank Regelin jointly head the team, in which Klaus von Gierke is also recommended. Benedikt Gillessen, who handles stock corporation law in addition to capital markets transactions, joined White & Case LLP in October.


Energy Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright’s energy law practice, under the lead of Klaus Bader, focuses on regulatory and corporate advice in connection with energy projects and also has expertise in battery and pumped storage power plants and geothermal energy. Counsel Felix Dinger, of counsel Sebastian Frech and Christian Filippitsch, who is the key contact for antitrust law, are other names to note.

Equity capital markets Tier 4

The ‘good’ ECM practice at Norton Rose Fulbright is noted for its ‘quick response times’ and is increasingly active for banks but the team also advises issuers on IPOs, capital increases and other capital markets transactions, utilising its strong M&A experience. Benedikt Gillessen and practice head Frank Regelin are the names to note.

M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m) Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright’s M&A team stands out for its ‘fast processing and broad knowledge’. It has specialist expertise in energy and infrastructure, insurance, agribusiness and technology as well as in capital markets transactions. Newly promoted partner Marco Niehauskeeps a close eye on related fields thanks to his extensive experience in complex deals’ and Katrin Stieß is ‘reactive, unbureaucratic’ and ‘confines herself to the essentials’. Klaus Bader and Klaus von Gierke are also recommended.

Maritime and shipping Tier 4

Under Timo Noftz’ leadership, Norton Rose Fulbright acts for commercial and investment banks, lessors, shipping companies, charterers, shipyards, P&I clubs and ship operators on all aspects of maritime commercial law. It focuses on ship financing, the purchase and sale of ships as well as restructuring and insolvency advice. On the contentious side, the group specialises in the handling of cargo damage and is regularly involved in arbitration proceedings. Axel Boës left to co-found boutique firm KOCH DUKEN BOËS.

Real estate Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright is rated for its ‘high level of know-how’ and focuses on transactional work in the hotel and logistics sectors and on project development and financing work. ‘Goal-oriented negotiator’ Patrick Narr ‘handles deals confidently’; Maren Stölting, team head Stefan Feuerriegel, Thomas Hopf and of counsel Sven-Christoph Riepke are also noted. Katrin Scheicht moved to Pusch Wahlig Workplace Law in May 2018 and counsel Matthias Fischer joined Allen & Overy LLP in August 2017. Hendrik Theismann joined from Ashurst LLP in August 2018 along with four of counsels.

Antitrust Tier 6

The antitrust law practice at Norton Rose Fulbright has a strong focus on antitrust investigation and fine proceedings, merger controls, actions for damages and compliance advice. It is also gaining visibility in distribution antitrust law instructions. Practice head Maxim Kleine is noted.

Employment Tier 6

Providing quick and in-depth advice’, Norton Rose Fulbright’s ‘reliable and always available’ team receives regular instructions from national and international clients, most notably from the healthcare, technology, transport and finance sectors. Team head Cornelia Marquardt is the key name.

Tax Tier 6

Norton Rose Fulbright assists with a number of group reorganisations and M&A transactions, and advises on transport taxes such as VAT, insurance and energy tax. The practice’s key industries include finance and insurance as well as the transport sector. Tino Duttiné and Uwe Eppler are key names.

The firm

Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm. We provide the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 4000 lawyers and other legal staff based in more than 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa.

Areas of Practice

Recognized for our industry focus, we are strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare. Through our global risk advisory group, we leverage our industry experience with our knowledge of legal, regulatory, compliance and governance issues to provide our clients with practical solutions to the legal and regulatory risks facing their businesses.

Wherever we are, we operate in accordance with our global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. We aim to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of our offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.

Norton Rose Fulbright Verein, a Swiss verein, helps coordinate the activities of Norton Rose Fulbright members but does not itself provide legal services to clients. Norton Rose Fulbright has offices in more than 50 cities worldwide, including London, Houston, New York, Toronto, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Sydney and Johannesburg. For more information, see


We have offices in the world’s most important business, financial and regulatory centres and are active in strategically important growth markets. Our offices are located in Amsterdam, Athens, Austin, Bahrain, Bangkok, Beijing, Brisbane, Brussels, Calgary, Canberra, Cape Town, Casablanca, Dallas, Denver, Dubai, Durban, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Houston, Istanbul, Jakarta (in association with Norton Rose Fulbright Australia), Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Melbourne, Mexico City, Milan, Minneapolis, Monaco, Montréal, Moscow, Munich, New York, Ottawa, Paris, Perth, Piraeus, Port Moresby, Québec, Rio de Janeiro, Riyadh (in association with Mohammed Al-Ghamdi Law Firm), San Antonio, San Francisco, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore, St Louis, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver, Warsaw and Washington, DC. In Africa, we have alliances with firms in Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Zimbabwe

Number of partners (worldwide): 1,000+
Number of other fee-earners (worldwide): 2,000+

Total staff: 7,500+

Global Key Contacts

Financial institutions: James Bateson
Energy: Anne Lapierre and John Mauel
Infrastructure, mining and commodities: Nick Merritt
Transport: Harry Theochari
Technology: Nick Abrahams
Life sciences and healthcare: Stacey Martinez and Randy Sutton


Department Name Email Telephone
Financial institutions James Bateson
Energy Charles Whitney
Infrastructure, mining and commodities Dirk Trautmann
Transport Harry Theochari
Technology and innovation Sean Murphy
Life sciences and healthcare Huw Evans
Other offices : Amsterdam
Other offices : Athens
Other offices : Austin
Other offices : Bahrain
Other offices : Bangkok
Other offices : Beijing
Other offices : Bogotá
Other offices : Brisbane
Other offices : Brussels
Other offices : Calgary
Other offices : Canberra
Other offices : Cape Town
Other offices : Caracas
Other offices : Casablanca
Other offices : Dallas
Other offices : Dar es Salaam
Other offices : Denver
Other offices : Dubai
Other offices : Durban
Other offices : Frankfurt
Other offices : Hong Kong
Other offices : Houston
Other offices : Istanbul
Other offices : Jakarta (in association with Norton Rose Fulbright Australia)
Other offices : Johannesburg
Other offices : London
Other offices : Los Angeles
Other offices : Luxembourg
Other offices : Melbourne
Other offices : Mexico City
Other offices : Milan
Other offices : Minneapolis
Other offices : Monaco
Other offices : Montréal
Other offices : Moscow
Other offices : Munich
Other offices : New York
Other offices : Ottawa
Other offices : Paris
Other offices : Perth
Other offices : Piraeus
Other offices : Port Moresby
Other offices : Québec
Other offices : Rio de Janeiro
Other offices : Riyadh (in association with Mohammed Al-Ghamdi Law Firm)
Other offices : San Antonio
Other offices : San Francisco
Other offices : São Paulo
Other offices : Shanghai
Other offices : Singapore
Other offices : St Louis
Other offices : Sydney
Other offices : Tokyo
Other offices : Toronto
Other offices : Vancouver
Other offices : Warsaw
Other offices : Washington, DC
Other offices : In Africa, it has alliances with firms in Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Zimbabwe.