Sector groups

Clients expect us not only to have the requisite knowledge in individual fields of law but also to be familiar with the special characteristics of particular sectors and topics of advice. In order to pool our expertise in this regard we have assembled, alongside our practice groups organised by fields of law, sector groups in which we pool our know-how on particular sectors and topics.

In our sector groups we gather know-how and organise specific further training of the lawyers involved. Contacts with associations and other institutions are also maintained via the sector groups.

 

„recommended law firm for the transport sector that can frequently use its role as market leading construction law firm in order to win instructions for numerous infrastructure projects" – JUVE Handbook 2016/17


„firmly established in plant engineering, airport or infrastructure projects"
– JUVE Awards 2013

 

Corporate compliance

Observing essential legal provisions (corporate compliance) is of crucial importance to companies today in order to avoid sanctions and consequences that could turn into a threat to their existence. We support companies and executives in avoiding such risks and managing crisis situations confidently. In addition to numerous medium-sized companies we advise groups of companies, of which several belong to the DAX 30.

High quality advice on compliance requires experience in numerous fields of law, whether in prevention or in defence situations. We are well-equipped in this respect, due to the broad professional composition of our firm. We have pooled our expertise in competition law, criminal law, employment law, corporate law and data protection law in the competence team for compliance. Longstanding experience of interdisciplinary team work and a high quality of staffing enable us to cope with even large scale corporate compliance issues at short notice. If the situation mandates it, we work together with cooperating firms abroad.

 

 

Ranked as one of the best law firms for compliance and D&O liability – WirtschaftsWoche "Top-Kanzleien" ranking of 12 May 2017

 

Leading law firm for compliance advice Legal 500 Germany 2017

 

Recommended for Corporate Governance/Compliance Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers® "Germany's Best Law Firms and Lawyers 2017"

 

Selected references:

  • Long-standing advice to an industrial group (DAX 30) in competition and corruption law compliance
  • Competition law investigations at several subsidiaries of an international technology company (including joint ventures)
  • Drafting and implementation of corporate compliance programmes for more than 20 medium-sized companies in different sectors
  • Conceptualising and implementing several e-learning programmes, often with a focus on foreign countries

 

Contact persons:

 

Dr. Oliver Kraft

Dr. Ivo du Mont

Dr. Walter Scheerbarth

 

Renewable energies

We advise on wind park projects both offshore and onshore, on biogas- and geothermal plants as well as photovoltaic parks and hydroelectric power plants of every size. Our clients include investors, power supply companies, project developers and planning companies, municipalities, network operators, banks, plant manufacturers and construction companies.

In the renewable energy group, we pool our know-how on all legal issues relevant to the development, financing, construction and operation of renewable energy production facilities. Alongside our advisory work we also take part in interdisciplinary professional dialogue. In this regard we actively engage in the activities of the relevant institutions and participate in events, e.g. the German Wind Energy Association (BWE e.V.), the Wind Energy Agency (WAB e.V.), Wind Agentur Bremen, and Renewable Energy Hamburg (EEHH GmbH).

Selected references:

  • RIFFGAT offshore wind park
  • alpha ventus offshore wind park
  • RWE Innogy GmbH
  • EWE Offshore Service & Solutions GmbH
  • Meerwind S/O für WindMW
  • DEME Group and Power@Sea
  • Global Tech I
  • PlanET Biogastechnik GmbH
  • Various onshore wind parks
  • Assistance in the proceedings for approval of sales brochures for submission to the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin)


Contact person:

Prof. Dr Ralf Steding

 

Airports

Airports are frequently confronted with specific legal problems by virtue of their peculiar business model and the strict regulatory environment in which they operate. Seven of the international German commercial airports are among our clients, and some of them have been so for many years. As a result of this long-standing consultancy experience, we have a profound understanding of the operational and economic processes of airports and the regulations that are relevant to them.

The broad professional composition of our firm enables us to support airports in almost all legal matters. This includes construction, real estate and procurement law as well as EU state aid law, competition law and public law. The scope of advice we offer is rounded out by our competence in company and employment law.

Selected references:


  • Berlin Brandenburg International Airport: extensive support in the fields of construction and procurement law for new build
  • Munich Airport: advice on construction and procurement law regarding the new terminal project
  • Several German commercial airports: representation in state aid proceedings before the European Commission
  • Düsseldorf Airport: drafting a fully-fledged airport-specific corporate compliance system

 

Contact persons:

Prof. Dr. Klaus Eschenbruch

Dr. Christian Bönker

 

Health sector

The health sector presents a multitude of special requirements to all concerned. In the planning and construction of healthcare facilities, special requirements must be observed for fire prevention and for compliance with hygiene standards. Principals assigning building projects in the health sector are generally subject to public procurement law. Strict compliance with procurement law is also a prerequisite for qualifying for funding under federal state hospital laws. Specific particularities of state aid law must be observed in the operation of facilities in the health sector.

In the health sector we advise public principals, construction companies and architecture and engineering firms in complex construction projects and procurement proceedings and represent them before courts and federal public procurement tribunals. We advise operators of healthcare facilities in the increasingly important area of state aid law. Furthermore, we are active in the management of mergers in and acquisitions the health sector.

Selected references:

  • Restructuring of St. Elisabeth Hospital, Ravensburg (Value > €200 m.), advising principal on all construction and procurement law issues
  • Klinikum Ansbach, advising principal on all construction and procurement law issues
  • Landkreis Ravensburg on the planned takeover of Krankenhaus 14 Nothelfer GmbH from the city of Weingarten
  • Procurement review proceedings relating to the procurement of the object planning contract for the new build of the portal clinic at the University of Munich
  • Constant advice on competition law to several international pharmaceutical companies
  • Klinikum Darmstadt: advice on project for central new build
  • Evangelisches Krankenhaus Holzminden: advice on project for restructuring and new build
  • Health insurance fund: constant representation in a series of procurement proceedings
  • University clinic: advice on procurement and contract law regarding neurology PP new build and central sterilisation new build

 

Contact person:

 

Prof. Dr Heiko Fuchs

 

Privately financed infrastructure (PFI)

Various forms of cooperation between the public and private sectors for the realisation of infrastructure projects in structural and civil engineering or in the areas of water, waste water, waste disposal and energy supply as well as in IT are released under the heading of privately financed infrastructure (PFI). They can provide an alternative to traditional forms of covering demand.

We have PFI expertise in all of our offices, coordinated by our PFI competence team. We provide comprehensive advice on the structuring and realisation of PFI projects. To the extent necessary for the usually required profitability comparison, we have recourse to economic and technical experts with whom we cooperate regularly. We focus on creating a project structure that is as clear as possible as well as on a transparent and true competition on a level playing field amongst as many bidders as possible. This is frequently the basic prerequisite for efficiently covering demand.

 

Renowned law firm for PFI – JUVE Handbook 2014/2015

 

"The procurement law and PFI team of Dr. Hans-Peter Kulartz from Düsseldorf […] belongs to the top level of sector pioneers." – Kanzleien in Deutschland 2013

 

Recommended law firm in the area of public private partnerships – Legal 500 Germany 2014

 

Selected references:

  • Structuring and implementation the7 PFI projects for the new build of three vocational training centres in federal state capital Kiel
  • Planning, construction and maintenance of training centre RomaNEum in Neuss (owner/ forfeiting model)
  • Planning, construction and operation of a student hall of residence on the Riedberg campus, Frankfurt a.M. (concession model)

 

Contact persons:

Dr Hendrik Röwekamp

Prof. Dr Heiko Fuchs

 

Tunnels and transportation

In this group we pool the special competences obtained in our practice regarding all legal issues relevant to this area, from procurement to project completion. We advise on tunnel and infrastructure projects of every size and represent clients in usually extensive and complex proceedings before courts and arbitral tribunals.

Alongside our advisory work we also take part in interdisciplinary and international professional dialogue. In this regard we actively engage in the activities of the relevant institutions and participate in events, e.g. the German Research Association for Underground Transportation (STUVA) and the Stuttgart Tunnel Construction Law Seminar (Stuttgarter Tunnel-Baurechtsseminar).

Selected references:

  • ATCOST21, Stuttgart 21, lot 1A (Filder tunnel) and lot 1B (Ober- and Untertürkheim tunnel), advising the contracted consortium (ARGE)
  • Feuerbach Tunnel , Stuttgart 21, lot 2, advising the contracted consortium
  • City Tunnel Leipzig, lot B, advising the contracted consortium
  • Stadtbahntunnel Karlsruhe, advising the contracted consortium
  • Jagdbergtunnel, motorway tunnel near Jena, advising and representing the contracted consortium
  • Neuer-Kaiser-Wilhelm-Tunnel, railway tunnel at Cochem, advising and representing the contracted consortium

 

Contact person:

 

Prof. Dr. Jochen Markus