Comment: In energy law, HL mainly comes highly recommended for its busy renewable energies activity. M&A rainmaker Hirschmann’s strong team underwent a rejuvenation process. At counsel level, a practiced team manages to work on the major transactions every year anew, e.g. advice to Merkur Offshore on project finance for the planned offshore wind farm. The deal pipeline is constantly filled by international projects, as work for EnbW in the Krieger Flak tender in Denmark shows. The Hamburg team advises the offshore industry on regulatory aspects, while other public law and public procurement issues are dealt with in Düsseldorf. HL has a strength in litigation; Munich partner Pörnbacher is seen as an energy sector expert for arbitration.
Recommended: Matthias Hirschmann (“in-depth know-how and experience in the offshore industry”, client; “highly experienced and solution-focused”, competitor), Karl Pörnbacher (arbitration), Dr. Christian Knütel.
Practice: ?M&A transactions, project development and finance, frequently in the gas sector, power plant construction, strong in the international oil and gas industry, in Germany mostly renewable energies, esp. wind and geothermal energy. Emissions and energy trading. Regulatory activity as well as cross-border litigation and dispute resolution. Clients: energy companies, plant construction companies, financial investors and public utilities. (7 partners, 5 counsel, 6 associates)
Clients: ?? EnBW on JVs with Siemens Financial Services and Deme Concessions Wind concerning Danish offshore wind farm Kriegers Flak; Merkur Offshore on project finance for offshore wind farm Merkur; Northland Power on acquisition of offshore wind farm project Deutsche Bucht; Statoil Deutschland on sale of Jordgas Transport to Gasunie and Open Grid Europe.
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