BIRD & BIRD

Comment: Recommended firm in the energy sector. After the departures last year, the rising quality of the remaining team was on display. The linchpin is Voigtländer, who brings his regulatory expertise into play for the energy sector group. The team reacts flexibly to market trends and thus wins new clients on the interface with ?trademarks and unfair competition, e.g. concerning the trademark implications of generating and using electricity from renewable energies. The corporate lawyers are increasingly integrated into regulatory advice to public utilities and network operators going beyond traditional energy deals, e.g. the merger of the largely RWE-owned EWV and another distribution network operator. The ?public procurement, environmental and planning and state aid law practices also displayed their strengths.
Recommended: Dr. René Voigtländer, Dr. Matthias Lang, Dr. Christian Kessel.
Practice: Regulatory related to franchise agreements and renewable energies, also litigation in appeal proceedings before the Federal Network Agency and ordinary courts, incl. for TSOs; corporate regarding cooperation between public utilities and distribution network operators; energy-related M&A and energy contracts as well as energy antitrust. Advice on plant construction on the interface with public law. Renewable energies, esp. project development and financing of photovoltaic and wind energy plants, contracts and ?distribution law in the offshore market. (Core team: 8 equity partners, 4 counsel, 6 associates, 1 of counsel)
Clients: ?? Amprion on planning approval for extra-high-voltage line; EWV on merger with distribution network operator; NBE Nordbahn Eisenbahngesellschaft on state aid law concerning reallocation charge under the Renewable Energies Act; ongoing corporate, capital markets and M&A advice to Entrade Energiesysteme; gas company on building gas compressor station.
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