Germany: Energy 2018

In this chapter, we pick out 27 key names in German energy law. They are selected for their expertise counselling and representing energy companies, groups and investors in a wide range of energy matters, including transactions, disputes, infrastructure projects and compliance matters across the fossil fuels, renewables and nuclear sectors.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Dirk Uwer Hengeler Mueller, Düsseldorf
2. Kai Uwe Pritzsche Linklaters LLP, Berlin
3. Christof Federwisch Noerr LLP, Frankfurt

NOERR is home to seven individuals who are nominated in this chapter for their outstanding work in the energy space.
Head of the firm's energy practice, Christof Federwisch is one of the most highly regarded practitioners in the German market and enjoys an excellent reputation internationally as a first-class energy lawyer.
Tibor Fedke is a formidable practitioner and is regularly engaged by major names in the natural resources and renewable energy spaces to lead complex multi-jurisdictional transactions.
Uwe Erling is renowned in the sector as an authority on climate change and is noted, in particular, for his extensive knowledge of emissions trading regulations.

FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER receives three nominations in this edition.
Ulrich Scholz is considered "a very good operator" by market sources. His practice focuses on the intersection of competition and environmental law where he is noted for his impressive work representing major energy companies in German and European antitrust proceedings.
Ralph Kogge is well known for his work on large-scale international corporate transactions including joint ventures and management buy-outs.
Bernd Kunth also gains recognition this year and is particularly highlighted for his exceptional regulatory knowledge.

Full-service firm CMS HASCHE SIGLE achieves two listings in this chapter.
Planning specialist Fritz von Hammerstein’s expertise spans the energy, environment and mining sectors. He frequently counsels both domestic and international clients on planning and permit procedures for sector-related projects.
Sources highlight Holger Kraft as one of the top practitioners in the project finance space. He wins plaudits for his extensive transactional experience on major energy projects, particularly in the renewable sector.

Two outstanding lawyers from CLIFFORD CHANCE are nominated for their work in and around the energy and natural resources sector.
Head of the firm's energy and infrastructure group Björn Heinlein draws praise for his superb work on transactional and contractual issues relating to the energy space, most notably with regards to power stations and large-scale power distribution matters.
Anselm Raddatz heads the firm's German private equity group, combining extensive expertise in corporate and capital market transactions with longstanding knowledge of the energy and natural resources field.

Dirk Uwer tops our research this year and is one of two prominent practitioners nominated at HENGELER MUELLER. He is singled out by market sources for the extraordinary breadth of expertise he brings to his practice which has seen him represent large energy companies before higher regional and the federal constitutional courts in Germany.
Competition expert Thorsten Mäger is a well-recognised figure in the German market, noted for the quality of his advice, particularly when it comes to sector-related abuse of dominance matters.

Peter Rosin at WHITE & CASE stand out as "the elder statesman of German energy law", according to market commentators. He wins effusive praise from respondents and is internationally renowned for his expertise across the gamut of energy matters.
Thomas Burmeister is an extremely well known regulatory expert, highly regarded for his work particularly on grid regulation.

Christoph Moench at GLEISS LUTZ boasts over three decades of experience in planning, environmental and constitutional law. He is highly sought after by clients seeking advice on planning, permitting and approval matters in industrial project development as well as top-tier representation on key issues of federal law affecting the sector.
Tim Weber is a top-notch energy lawyer, noted particularly for his brilliant work handling transactions in the renewables space.

Peers single out LINKLATERS' Kai Uwe Pritzsche for the exceptional quality of his transactional advice to blue-chip corporate clients in the energy sector. He is commended in particular for his in-depth knowledge of German and European regulatory law, in addition to his strong corporate expertise.

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