Prof Dr Stefan Pützenbacher, Notary

Specialist lawyer for administrative law


  • Public law
  • Commercial lease law
  • Real estate law
  • Notary's office

Prof. Dr Pützenbacher advises domestic and international principals, project developers, owners of residential and commercial property as well as municipalities and municipal companies on construction planning, construction regulation and environmental law as well as on questions of monument protection and neighbour rights. This includes relevant aspects of the law on renewable energy. He is also active in advising banks, international fund and capital investment companies with respect to leased portfolio properties on legal questions in the interface between the law of tenancy and public construction law as well as with respect to real estate transactions. As notary, Prof. Dr Pützenbacher focuses on the drafting of tailor-made contracts in the area of real estate law.


What others say

Recommended for environmental and planning law – Legal 500 Germany 2020


"Expert for German legislation on environmental liabilities with a very calm and confident capacity to negotiate" – JUVE Handbook 2006/07


One of the most frequently recommended lawyers for public law – Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers® "Germany's Best Lawyers 2020"


Recent work

  • Advising the state of Hessen and the state of Brandenburg on awarding complex service concessions at major German airports 
  • Representing a leading company in the chemistry industry in civil and administrative law proceedings regarding environmental liability
  • Advising a real estate and capital investment company on the project development of a major construction project (construction of a skyscraper) in Frankfurt am Main
  • Advising local real estate companies on the renovation and conversion of commercial properties to residential (high-rise) buildings
  • Advising a trans-regional real estate company on the drafting and management of commercial property lease agreements in a shopping centre


Further qualifications and memberhips 

  • Honorary professor on construction law at Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
  • Frequent contributor to the journals IBR Immobilien- & Baurecht and IMR Immobilienverwaltung & Recht
  • Member of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Verwaltungsrecht in Hessen
  • Member of the research centres for environmental law and technology law
  • Member of the Frankfurter Juristische Gesellschaft
  • Member of Frankfurt Research Institute for Architecture • Civil Engineering • Geomatics


Publications (in German)

Events (in German)

Curriculum vitae 

  • Studied law and political science at the University of Trier, 1989 to 1994
  • Research assistant at the Institute for Environmental and Technology Law of the University of Trier (Prof. Dr Michael Kloepfer), 1991 to 1994
  • PhD on environmental law at the Humboldt University of Berlin, 1997
  • Legal clerkship at the Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt am Main, 1994 to 1997
  • Lawyer (Rechtsanwalt) since 1997, at Kapellmann since 2004
  • Notary since 2018