Infrastructure matters have been criminally neglected in Germany in the past few decades. As a result, there is currently a significant backlog in investment with respect to roads, bridges and urban infrastructure. Federal, state and local authorities face the challenging task of eliminating deficiencies that have accumulated over decades within a manageable period. In the meantime, finance for the rebuilding of public infrastructure has become very readily available. The next decades are likely to be characterised by intensive investment activity in state infrastructure by public entities.
Infrastructure measures include:
- Motorway construction and privatisation
- Tunnel and bridge construction, light railway systems and subways
- Waterways and sluices
- Data networks, control and safety systems, data centres
- Electromobility and smart cities
- Road toll and payment systems
- And much more.
Investments in infrastructure take place within a complex legal environment. The securing of public construction rights typically requires significant lead times when infrastructure projects are implemented. Procurement and state aid law frequently cause further obstacles to expeditious investment activity. Technological developments, in particular, digital planning and construction implementation strategies (Building Information Modelling or BIM) promise to open up new possibilities. Managing all these framework conditions requires a high level of relevant know-how on the part of those implementing the project.
Our infrastructure practice team combines expertise from all legal areas relevant to infrastructure projects, and we can therefore offer you solutions that will lead reliably to successful project implementation. Our teams include, where necessary, experts on public construction law, procurement law and construction, architect and engineer law. Depending on the needs of your project, we can also consult colleagues from other areas, such as EU procurement law or public funding law.
- Public environmental and planning law
- (EU-) subsidy law
- Public funding law
- Procurement law
- Construction and architect/engineer law
- Legal issues relating to Building Information Modelling
- Legal project management (JurProM®)