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Germany: Environment 2018

In this chapter we highlight 28 leading environment practitioners who are recognised for their top-tier work in transactional, litigation and regulatory matters, as well as strategic planning, dispute resolution and administrative procedures.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Martin Ahlhaus Noerr, Munich
2. Birgit Spiesshofer Dentons, Berlin
3. Uwe Erling Noerr, Munich

HENGELER MUELLER leads the research this year with three practitioners highlighted for their exceptional work in the field.
Dirk Uwer boasts “a very good reputation” and draws high praise from peers for his world-class practice. One source notes, “Dirk is an excellent environmental lawyer, especially when it comes to transactions.”
Thomas Schmidt-Kötters is a widely recognised figure in the German market and is highly sought after by clients, who include investors and companies, for his strong expertise in the sector.
Wolfgang Spoerr is a regulatory specialist and is well versed in handling contentious matters before various national tribunals.

NOERR sees two practitioners recognised this year as among the most highly regarded figures in the space.
Martin Ahlhaus is “an excellent lawyer” who stands out as the foremost environment expert in the country. He is noted for his particular expertise in product-related regulatory matters, most notably in relation to REACH.
Uwe Erling is recognised for his outstanding work handling a wide array of environmental matters across a range of sectors including mining, transport and energy.

Two lawyers at CLIFFORD CHANCE are highlighted in this edition for their impressive environmental law practices.
Sources can only speak highly of David Elshorst whom they describe as “a great negotiator” and “a thoughtful and knowledgeable practitioner”. One peer effuses, “I greatly admire his work.”
Manfred Rebentisch is a longstanding fixture in the domestic market and is widely respected for his invaluable sector experience.

At GÖRG PARTNERSCHAFT VON RECHTSANWÄLTEN, Ferdinand Kuchler is a first-rate attorney recognised by market sources for his adept handling of environment and planning matters.
Julian Nebel stands out among peers for his “in-depth knowledge of environmental law”, and is frequently engaged in dealing with public permits, land use planning and planning approval processes.

Birgit Spiesshofer at DENTONS is “a renowned lawyer in the field”. She continues to impress with her outstanding work, particularly in relation to corporate social responsibility matters, an area in which she is considered a leading name.  

Wolf Friedrich Spieth at FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER is “top of the market” according to respondents, who commend him for his extensive experience in the field.

DLA PIPER’s Ludger Giesberts is one of the leading practitioners in the market and is “great when it comes to waste management matters”.

Klaus-Peter Dolde at DOLDE MAYEN & PARTNER stands out as “one of the elder statesmen of environment law” and enjoys a great reputation in the market as a top-tier lawyer.

At GLEISS LUTZ, Clemens Weidemann boasts a highly respected environmental law practice and is a firm favourite among clients seeking strong expertise in waste management.

At HOFFMANN LIEBS FRITSCH & PARTNER, Stefanie Beste is an active figure in the German market. She comes “highly recommended” by peers, most notably for her work in relation to waste law and regulatory matters.

Stefan Kobes at LUTHER has “a great reputation” among peers for his fantastic work on environment, planning and regulatory matters. 

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