Germany: Environment 2019

In this chapter we recognise 26 environmental lawyers in the German market who are selected for their excellence in regulatory, litigation and transactional matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Birgit Spiesshofer Dentons, Berlin
2. Wolf Friedrich Spieth Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Berlin
3. Uwe M Erling Noerr LLP, Munich

Leading full-service firm Noerr achieves an impressive three listings here.  
Uwe Erling is “a first choice in the market”, according to market commentators, whom he impresses with his outstanding practice in environmental law.
Martin Ahlhaus ranks highly this year and earns widespread praise from peers who describe him as “a product stewardship expert and a first choice in Germany”.
Holger Schmitz is a well-respected figure in the German market who is praised by respondents as “a true environment expert”. He has particular expertise in advising state authorities on establishing infrastructure projects.

Top-tier firm Hengeler Mueller also receives three listings in this chapter.  
Dirk Uwer stands out as one of the leading players in Germany’s environment market, and is extensively praised for his skill in transactional matters.
Thomas Schmidt-Kötters enjoys “an excellent reputation in the market” for his considerable experience advising corporations and investors on regulatory issues pertaining to large industrial projects.
Wolfgang Spoerr is a well-regarded figure in the market, whose practice focuses on environment-related contentious matters before state bodies and national courts.

Birgit Spiesshofer at Dentons is one of the country’s foremost environmental practitioners and is highly praised as “an outstanding practitioner in the field”. She is a renowned specialist in complex public law matters.

Respondents highlight Wolf Friedrich Spieth of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as “one of the top names in the market”. He is an expert in environment law pertaining to industrial projects and emissions trading. 

Ludger Giesberts with DLA Piper is held in high esteem by peers for his “outstanding work in the full range of environmental issues”.

Clemens Weidemann at Gleiss Lutz is described as “a very well-known name in environment law” and “a great lawyer with very good experience in water law”.

Klaus-Peter Dolde of Dolde Mayen & Partner is one of the best-known names in the German market for environment law, whose practice spans emissions control, radiation protection and conservation law.

Martin Schröder at Seufert Rechtsanwälte is a widely respected name among peers and clients alike with a wealth of expertise in emissions and genetic engineering law.

Ulrich Ellinghaus at Baker McKenzie is an accomplished figure in the market, with a well-developed practice that advises on environmental and regulatory compliance matters.

David Elshorst of Clifford Chance enjoys a fantastic reputation for his excellent work in transactional environmental law, emissions trading and environmental planning.

Fritz von Hammerstein at CMS Hasche Sigle is “a very renowned name who sits at the top of the German market” for his work in environmental law. His environmental legal knowledge intersects with his broad practice in mining law and project planning matters.

Michael Schäfer at Chatham Partners is widely recognised as a leading environmental law expert. He focuses on the environmental dimension of infrastructure and real estate projects.

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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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