BEITEN BURKHARDT

Comment: Highly recommended energy law practice. The integration of the Berlin regulatory team, which joined two years ago, was a success thanks to a clear team focus, and raised the firm’s visibility. Competitors now mainly praise its “very solid” regulatory advice. BB cemented existing client contacts and established many new ones. Besides regulatory advice and litigation for energy utilities, network operators and public utilities, most new clients were international: a Chinese undersea cable manufacturer and international renewable energies investor Amplio Energy hired the Berlin office for the first time. Munich partner Elspas’ practice increasingly acts as a regulatory advisor to international project companies and as a partner to M&A specialists in international transaction work. But there is still room to develop the far more lucrative international activity, incl. in the gas market.
Development potential: There lies unexploited potential in focusing on lucrative international work and building on gas activity. But the most important task is boosting BB’s presence in the Rheinland, to move closer to industrial clients.
Recommended: Dr. Maximilian Elspas, Dr. Sebastian Rohrer (“very strong”, “expert in offshore wind energy” competitors), Dr. Dominik Greinacher, Antje Baumbach.
Practice: Work in contracts and regulatory law, projects and deals for energy utilities and producers, network operators, energy traders and plant operators, esp. in the renewable energies sector. Activity on the interface with environmental and planning law as well as ?public procurement and ?state aid law. Preeminent regulatory expertise, esp. in energy law disputes. (1 equity partner, 6 salary partners, 3 associates)
Clients: ?? Nordsee Offshore MEG I on transferring approval for planned offshore wind farm; 50Hertz Transmission on regulatory law and in appeal proceedings regarding approval of investments and Renewable Energies Act; Amplio Energy on setting up energy store in Germany; European energy exchange regarding CACM Regulation; south German network operator regarding underground cabling.
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