Comment: A broadly positioned, leading firm for energy law providing all-round energy advice. Von Hammerstein and Kraft’s Hamburg team enjoys a good name for offshore projects among competitors, which it cemented by drafting and negotiating project contracts for the EnBW offshore wind farm Albatros and the sale of offshore wind farm Deutsche Bucht for Northland Power. The corporate expertise required to set up the project companies came from Lamb’s Stuttgart office. CMS gained ground in other advisory segments, landed new clients, e.g. a foreign energy utility, and strengthened existing relationships. The firm consistently operates on the in-demand interfaces with antitrust, regulatory, environmental and planning law in work related to grid expansion, the dismantling of nuclear plants and the expansion of pumped/gas storage power plants, always combined with a wealth of experience in energy litigation.
Strengths: High level of expertise in regulatory issues, ?corporate, ?antitrust and ?environmental and planning law, incl. water and mining law, litigation experience.
Recommended: Dr. Fritz von Hammerstein (environmental and planning law), Dr. Christian Haellmigk (antitrust), Dr. Holger Kraft (“motivated and competent”, client), Dr. Jochen Lamb (corporate); Shaghayegh Smousavi.
Practice: Broad advisory portfolio: ?M&A transactions, esp. in offshore wind farms, restructuring of municipal energy utilities, advice and litigation regarding antitrust, insolvency and regulatory, gas storage and power plant projects, banking and finance ( ?bank lending and acquisition finance and project finance) as well as ?environmental and planning law. (Core team: 15 partners, 16 associates)
Clients: ?? Northland Power on sale of offshore wind farm Deutsche Bucht; EnBW on drafting and negotiating project contracts for offshore wind farm Albatros; all-round advice to EnBW on corporate structuring of project company for offshore wind farm Hohe See; Flexstrom in more than 140 insolvency rescissions; Tennet in Federal Administrative Court (Bundesverwaltungsgericht) proceedings against planning approval complaints regarding 380kV cable Ganderkesee-St. Hülfte.
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