Comment: Highly recommended firm in energy law. Of the Big Four, PwC boasts the largest and most multifaceted team, allowing coverage of the relevant topics with in-depth internal specialization. With well-known regulatory lawyer Scholtka the firm took its regulatory expertise to the next level and was seen in various proceedings against the Federal Network Agency, as well as advising on key political issues surrounding the development of the national and European legal framework. Competitors note how PwC is coming out on top against the market power of BBH in its long-time core activity, advice to public utilities. Both firms enjoy a good flow of work here, allowing standardized advice. Thanks to interdisciplinary cooperation, PwC is performing well in the current fields e-mobility and digitalization, so it can address market trends early on.
Strengths: Seamless cooperation with accountants.
Recommended: Dr. Boris Scholtka, Peter Mussaeus, Dr. Sven-Joachim Otto.
Practice: Broad activity focusing on regulatory. Also M&A and energy antitrust, management of claims for the return of network charges. Plant construction on the interface with public law, incl. power plant projects. Financing, esp. network acquisitions. Litigation concerning renewable energies, incl. reallocation charge under the Renewable Energies Act, contracting, price models. (5 equity partners, 17 salary partners, 29 associates)
Clients: ?? Theo Müller Group on gas and steam power plant project; Infraserv regarding site heat supply; Vattenfall Wasserkraft in appeal proceedings against Federal Network Agency regarding exemption from network charges for a pumped-storage power plant; regulatory advice to and litigation for DB Energie; Rostock public utilities on antitrust concerning excessive district heating prices.
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