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    Energy

    Whether you are an energy provider, grid operator, municipal utility, infrastructure investor, project developer, manufacturer, a company active in an energy intensive industry, or a public authority: the turnaround in energy policy, increasing regulatory requirements, and digitalisation create ever increasing challenges for your sector. We understand this regulated market and the spectrum of legal issues you face. We are well-versed in all major topics currently facing the energy sector, such as energy production, grid expansion, network operation and energy trading. We can advise you comprehensively on all legal issues arising with respect to conventional and renewable energies. This includes M&A transactions, joint ventures, and all phases of a project, from planning and implementation through to operation, as well as on tender proceedings under energy law. We also provide representation before authorities and in contentious disputes.

    Focus

    Grid and infrastructure operator

    We advise and support grid operators with respect to all regulatory issues, especially in relation to the fulfilment of their statutory obligations, connection and network access issues, and grid and infrastructure expansion. The interrelation between regulatory issues and the regulation of fees, as well as the regulation of the network charges themselves form a special focus. We represent grid and infrastructure operators in court proceedings to contest regulatory decisions and in administrative procedures before regulatory authorities.

    • Advising grid operators of all voltage levels and pressure ratings on questions of network regulation and the regulation of network charges
    • Providing advice to grid operators (regardless of voltage levels and pressure ratings) on planning and expropriation law issues in connection with the upgrade or expansion of the grid
    • Developing and assisting with compliance concepts, especially the fulfilment of unbundling requirements
    • Advising on all issues related to metering operations (smart grids and smart metering)
    • Developing, assessing, and negotiating the relevant network and metering agreements
    • Advising operators of closed distribution grids and customer installations
    • Providing advice and representation in concession procedures
    Suppliers, traders and service providers

    We draft and assess the necessary supply and distribution agreements and service agreements, and lead negotiations on your behalf. We provide legal opinions on the interpretation of contracts and the effectiveness of contractual arrangements and represent you before civil courts.

    • Drafting, assessing, and negotiating agreements for the procurement and supply of energy or energy trading (in accordance, e.g., with EFET, ISDA and German Raiffeisen Association (DRV) standards)
    • Advising on regulatory issues related to energy trading (REMIT, EMIR, and MiFID II)
    • Advising on electricity market issues (e.g., balancing energy, interruptible load), as well as balancing zone management issues
    • Providing support with emissions trading and emissions trading systems matters
    • Drafting, reviewing, and negotiating contracts for services in the energy supply field.

    You can find more information on the Act on Due Diligence in the Supply Chain in our legal area ESG.

    Business and industry

    We advise industrial and medium-sized companies from energy-intensive sectors, such as the steel, aluminium, chemicals, and paper industries, as well as trading companies and hospitals, on:

    • specific compensation rules,
    • the reduction of network charges and usage fees,
    • power and energy tax law, as well as concession levels,
    • the operation of closed distribution systems and customer systems,
    • all contracts concerning energy, and
    • approval procedures and the defence against complaints and claims from neighbours.

    You can find more information in our sector Industrials.

    Public sector

    Public authorities turn to us for our expertise and operative advice. We support municipalities and their public utilities in all energy law issues and act as an expert for the German Federal Government and the European Union.

    You can find more information in our sector Public Sector.

    Professionals

    Dr. Marion Frotscher
    Hamburg
    Dr. Marion Frotscher
    Rechtsanwältin, Steuerberaterin, M.I.Tax
    Partner
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    Maik Benedikt Merkens
    Frankfurt/Main
    Maik Benedikt Merkens
    Rechtsanwalt, LL.M.
    Partner
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    Frank R. Primozic
    Frankfurt/Main
    Frank R. Primozic
    Rechtsanwalt, Licensed Specialist for Commercial and Corporate Law, Licensed Specialist for Tax Law
    Partner
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    Maren Dedert
    Hamburg
    Maren Dedert
    Rechtsanwältin
    Senior Associate
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    Hans Georg Neumeier
    Munich
    Hans Georg Neumeier
    Rechtsanwalt, Licensed Specialist for Administrative Law
    Partner
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    Dr. Jan Barth
    Freiburg
    Dr. Jan Barth
    Rechtsanwalt
    Partner
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    Dr. Andreas Imping
    Dusseldorf
    Dr. Andreas Imping
    Rechtsanwalt
    Partner
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    Teresa Werner
    Dusseldorf
    Teresa Werner
    Rechtsanwältin, Steuerberaterin, Licensed Specialist for Tax Law
    Partner
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    Mark Thönißen
    Frankfurt/Main
    Mark Thönißen
    Rechtsanwalt
    Partner
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    Fabian Eckstein
    Frankfurt/Main
    Fabian Eckstein
    Rechtsanwalt, LL.M. (Melit.)
    Senior Associate
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    Dr. Christof Aha
    Frankfurt/Main
    Dr. Christof Aha
    Rechtsanwalt
    Partner
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    Dr. Guido Ruegenberg
    Frankfurt/Main
    Dr. Guido Ruegenberg
    Rechtsanwalt, LL.M., Licensed Specialist for Tax Law, Dipl.-Bw.
    Partner
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    Inka Adam
    Frankfurt/Main
    Inka Adam
    Rechtsanwältin, Licensed Specialist for Labour Law
    Partner
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    Max Stanko
    Berlin
    Max Stanko
    Rechtsanwalt, Licensed Specialist for Procurement Law
    Partner
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    Bilgeis Mamedova
    Moscow
    Bilgeis Mamedova
    Diplom-Juristin, LL.M., Ph.D.
    Partner
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    Felix Busold
    Frankfurt/Main
    Felix Busold
    Rechtsanwalt, LL.M.
    Senior Associate
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    Lukas Vienenkötter
    Hamburg
    Lukas Vienenkötter
    Steuerberater, Certified Advisor in International Tax Law
    Senior Associate
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    Alexey Kuzmishin
    Moscow
    Alexey Kuzmishin
    Diplom-Jurist, LL.M.
    Partner
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    Daniel Rombach
    Freiburg
    Daniel Rombach
    Rechtsanwalt
    Senior Associate
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    Dr. Jenna Wang-Metzner
    Beijing
    Dr. Jenna Wang-Metzner
    Juristin
    Partner
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    Dr. Malaika Ahlers
    Berlin
    Dr. Malaika Ahlers
    Rechtsanwaltin, LL.M. (University of London)
    Partner
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    Sebastian Berg
    Berlin
    Sebastian Berg
    Rechtsanwalt, LL.M.
    Partner
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    Stephan Rechten
    Berlin
    Stephan Rechten
    Rechtsanwalt
    Partner
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    Nikolay Potanin
    Moscow
    Nikolay Potanin
    Diplom-Jurist
    Senior Associate
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    Christian Burmeister
    Berlin - Freiburg
    Christian Burmeister
    Rechtsanwalt
    Partner
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    Danah El-Ismail
    Berlin
    Danah El-Ismail
    Rechtsanwältin
    Senior Associate
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    Dr. Christian Heinichen
    Munich
    Dr. Christian Heinichen
    Rechtsanwalt
    Partner
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    Dr. Florian Böhm
    Berlin
    Dr. Florian Böhm
    Rechtsanwalt
    Senior Associate
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    Anja Fischer
    Munich
    Anja Fischer
    Rechtsanwältin, MBA
    Partner
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    Dr. Nadejda Kysel
    Frankfurt/Main
    Dr. Nadejda Kysel
    Rechtsanwältin, Notarin (Frankfurt am Main)
    Partner
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    Jan-Moritz Degener
    Dusseldorf
    Jan-Moritz Degener
    Rechtsanwalt, Business Graduate, Certified Foundation Consultant
    Partner
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    Vasily Ermolin
    Moscow
    Vasily Ermolin
    Rechtsanwalt
    Partner
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    Dr. Christian Ulrich Wolf
    Hamburg
    Dr. Christian Ulrich Wolf
    Rechtsanwalt
    Partner
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    Alexander Bezborodov
    Moscow
    Alexander Bezborodov
    Rechtsanwalt, LL.M.
    Partner
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    Dr. Jochen Pörtge
    Dusseldorf
    Dr. Jochen Pörtge
    Rechtsanwalt
    Partner
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    Natalia Bogdanova
    Moscow
    Natalia Bogdanova
    Diplom-Juristin, Ph.D.
    Senior Associate
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    Dr. Ralf Hafner
    Munich
    Dr. Ralf Hafner
    Rechtsanwalt, M.Sc.
    Partner
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    Dr. Oliver Ofosu-Ayeh
    Dusseldorf
    Dr. Oliver Ofosu-Ayeh
    Rechtsanwalt
    Senior Associate
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    Wilken Beckering
    Dusseldorf
    Wilken Beckering
    Rechtsanwalt
    Partner
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