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Germany: Government Contracts 2017

In this chapter, we recognise 29 government contracts specialists from 23 firms. The individuals selected advise public authorities and private-sector clients in relation to all issues surrounding public procurement, from drafting and structuring procurement bids and PPP contracts to bid challenges and disputes arising from such arrangements.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Hans-Joachim Prieß Blomstein, Berlin
Martin Schellenberg Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, Hamburg
Jan Byok Bird & Bird, Düsseldorf
Wolfram Krohn Dentons, Berlin


Regulatory and competition law boutique Blomstein leads our research this year with three listings. The “eminent” Hans-Joachim Prieß is “definitely one of the leading practitioners in the German market” and has over 25 years of experience advising clients on domestic, EU and international procurement issues. Pascal Friton is a key player in the market with a strong practice advising both bidders and contracting authorities on procurement issues in the IT and defence sectors. He offers clients “clear and effective counsel”. The “superb” Roland Stein is a “go-to lawyer” for both contracting authorities and bidders in the energy and finance industry sectors.

Bird & Bird is home to two excellent practitioners, including the “high-profile” Jan Byok who is held in high regard by peers and clients alike. Interviewees praise Byok as a “high-profile practitioner” with a fantastic reputation advising clients in matters involving complex technology and infrastructure projects in the public sector. In Hamburg, Heiko Höfler is a longstanding fixture in the market with considerable experience advising both private investors and public sector entities on government contracts relating to projects in the technology, infrastructure and defence sectors.

Two practitioners represent national full-service firm Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek. Ute Jasper heads the firm’s public sector and procurement department and “dominates the rail franchise market with her excellent industry knowledge”. In Hamburg, Martin Schellenberg garners praise for his “top-tier” procurement law practice and is “a composed, knowledgeable and innovative practitioner”, according to one respondent.

Volkmar Wagner is one of two singled out for praise at CMS Hasche Sigle for his work in public procurement. According to sources, he is “personable, receptive and knowledgeable”. Christian Scherer-Leydecker is a veteran of Germany’s procurement bar boasting over 20 years of experience advising both investors and public authorities undertaking major infrastructure and industrial PPP projects.

Wolfram Krohn in Dentons’ Berlin office handles a range of procurement and PPP contracts in the infrastructure, transport, IT and healthcare sectors. Interviewees agree that he is “a very prominent and active figure in the market”.

PwC’s Berlin office is home to Friedrich Ludwig Hausmann, who earns the recognition of peers for his “ability to bring a large infrastructure PPP projects to a successful conclusion”.

At Baker & McKenzie, Marc Gabriel heads the firm’s European procurement group and is praised for his expertise in healthcare procurement issues. He regularly advises national, European and international bidders and public authorities in tender and review proceedings.

Ralf Leinemann, at his own firm Leinemann & Partner, is active in procurement focusing on advising bidders in infrastructure projects. According to sources, “He really knows his stuff.”

Respondents are impressed with Andreas Neun’s procurement practice at Gleiss Lutz. “He is a calm and collected practitioner who never gets aggressive during negotiations handling parallel procedures with ease,” says one source. He is particularly knowledgeable advising clients in the healthcare and energy sectors.

At Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte, Matthias Ulshöfer is an accomplished procurement lawyer known for his ability to provide “forward-thinking, creative advice”. He regularly advises clients on the full range of procurement matters, including procurement-related competition issues.

CBH Rechtsanwälte’s Stefan Hertwig is “highly sought after” for his expertise advising public authorities and public companies on the granting of orders in public procurement procedures. He also regularly represents contracting authorities and bidders in review proceedings.


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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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