Comment: This firm respected in the energy sector tackles advice from its extremely strong ?public law practice and thus advises on major infrastructure projects, like natural gas pipeline Eugal. RSD is hired by a whole host of large energy utilities and network operators for its environmental and planning law expertise related to power plant and grid expansion. Disputes with diverse regulatory aspects are also among the firm’s strengths. Attention here was drawn by Karpenstein, who “delivers exceptionally high-caliber work with his team”, as one client praised. Having successfully wrapped up Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) proceedings for Vattenfall concerning compensation payments for the nuclear phase-out in December 2016, he litigated for the Swedish energy corporate in the same matter before the ICSID in Washington. Karpenstein also landed a high-profile instruction enforcing a claim for network charges for RWE Power.
Recommended: Prof. Dr. Olaf Reidt, Dr. Ulrich Karpenstein, Dr. Stephan Gerstner, Dr. Frank Fellenberg.
Practice: Renowned strength in ?environmental and planning law, planning approval for large plants, grid expansion and conservation law. Experience in litigation before ordinary and arbitration courts. Electricity and emissions trading, regulatory advice on the reallocation charge under the Renewable Energies Act concerning network charges and system stability. (11 partners, 4 associates)
Clients: ?? Gascade Gastransport concerning natural gas pipeline Eugal; litigation for RWE Power regarding construction of power plants; Vattenfall against German federal government regarding compensation for nuclear phase-out (Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) and ICSID); Vattenfall against state of Berlin concerning district heating network (Berlin Administrative Court (Verwaltungsgericht)); DB Regio concerning traction power price adjustment; Edis on underground cable projects.
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