BAKER & MCKENZIE

Comment: B&M comes recommended in the energy sector and raised its profile. The addition of a Taylor Wessing team to the Berlin office is paying off in energy-related M&A. The laterals brought a number of new clients with them and cleverly used B&M’s international network to gain new clients who are interested in the German energy sector: Japanese company Chubu Electric Power was helped to enter the German market for offshore grid connections. B&M also advises on the public law aspects of the Renewable Energies Act. In the fields of self-supply, combined heat and power plants and direct marketing, the firm advises international energy utilities and energy-intensive companies, and litigates for these before the ordinary and arbitration courts.
Recommended: Dr. Tim Heitling (“pragmatic jurist, solution-oriented”, competitor), Dr. Thomas Dörmer, Prof. Dr. Jörg Risse, Prof. Dr. Joachim Scherer.
Practice: National and international transactions and finance in relation to energy law. Advice to energy utilities and international industrial companies, mainly on disputes and in arbitration, as well as regulatory advice focusing on public law and state aid law. Advice on renewable energy projects. (10 equity partners, 5 salary partners, 3 counsel, 3 associates)
Clients: ?? Chubu Electric Power on acquisition of offshore grid holding; regulatory advice to LEIPA concerning paper factory acquisition; Vattenfall regarding reallocation charge under the Renewable Energies Act and Cogeneration Act, franchises and electricity tax against Ante Holz Group; ING Bank on financing waste incineration plant; US hedge regarding German nuclear phase-out.
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