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Germany: Environment 2017

A total of 28 practitioners are highlighted in this chapter, who have a proven track record in providing environmental legal advice to clients in transactional, litigation and regulatory matters, as well as strategic planning, dispute resolution and administrative procedures. Below we identify the most highly regarded practitioners in the industry.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Wolf Friedrich Spieth Freshfield Bruckhaus Deringer, Berlin
Erling Uwe Noerr, Munich
Dirk Uwer Hengeler Mueller, Düsseldorf

 Hengeler Mueller leads the way in our research with a triple listing. Dirk Uwer is regarded as “a very good transactional lawyer” by peers. He specialises in advising on environmental issues of major transactions and restructurings. He is joined by Thomas Schmidt-Kötters who has a reputation for always providing the highest-quality regulatory advice on large transactions in the industrial and energy sectors. Wolfgang Spoerr is also highly recommended on the basis of his planning, permitting and environmental law knowledge.

From Dolde Mayen & Partner Klaus-Peter Dolde is an eminent figure in German administrative law with over four decades of practice. He is noted for advising on environmental issues in relation to construction and energy projects. He is joined by Nils Ipsen, an “up-and-coming” lawyer in German environmental law.

Noerr is home to the “brilliant” Martin Ahlhaus, one of the top practitioners in the market according to our research. He specialises in environmental matters relating to production and trade and is particularly noted for his expertise in relation to product regulations and REACH. Alongside him Erling Uwe is described as a “brilliant practitioner” who stands out in our research for his notable environmental law expertise.

At Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Wolf Friedrich Spieth counsels both national and international clients regarding their major energy and industrial projects, in relation to the theoretically controversial issues involved. Clients include offshore wind parks, chemical companies, refineries and power plants, among others; they commend him for his “clear, succinct and meticulously worked-out advice”.

Birgit Spiesshofer of Dentons draws on a wealth of experience from her longstanding public law practice spanning almost three decades. According to respondents, “She has an extensive knowledge of environmental regulations.”

Luther is home to Stefan Kobes who is recommended for his expertise in environmental pollution law, advising clients from across the energy sector as well as ceramic, paper and wood companies.

Ludger Giesberts, head of DLA Piper’s regulatory group, is a well-known name in the market. He counts companies, public authorities, financial institutions and governments among his clients, who he advises on environmental law issues.

CMS Hasche Sigle’s Fritz von Hammerstein is a leading figure in German environmental law. He regularly advises and represents German and foreign companies in complex spatial planning and approval processes for large infrastructure and energy projects.

Thomas Nickel from Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek has particular expertise relating to contamination liability. He impresses clients with his “ability to see the bigger picture without losing attention to detail”.

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