Comment: Highly recommended firm in energy law. It is of course work in M&A and corporate that typically stands out. In the extensive work for Innogy involving the RWE carve-out, non-panel firm HM displayed its entire clout as a corporate and capital markets specialist, as well as the synergies with other practices and foreign partner firms. But there are competitors with better networks in the energy sector, e.g. White & Case. Nevertheless, HM is often the first stop for major market players (e.g. Tennet and Dong in renewable energies), as well as for those looking to enter the German market (e.g. work on the BCP Meerwind Luxembourg acquisition for China Three Gorges). Regulatory, once a gap in the service, is credibly represented by the two counsel Dr. Jörg Meinzenbach and Dr. Daniel Zimmer in Uwer’s team today. The firm also broadened litigation expertise in the energy sector: Berlin partner Bälz is often seen in arbitration involving gas price adjustment and supply.
Recommended: Dr. Dirk Uwer, Dr. Nicolas Böhm, Dr. Henning Bälz.
Practice: ?Corporate and ?M&A are the driving force of the practice, ?antitrust and unbundling advice are the specialty. Emissions trading and mining law expertise, advice on wind energy and solar issues. Further expertise in issues related to the Renewable Energies Act, Cogeneration Act and network access. (Core team: 12 partners, 3 counsel, 3 associates)
Clients: ?? RWE and Innogy on corporate reorganization; China Three Gorges on acquisition of BCP Meerwind Luxembourg; Vitol Group on acquisition from OMV Petrol Ofisi; EPH, PPF Investments on acquisition of lignite division from Vattenfall; defense of Tennet against suit by operator of Bard Offshore I (Oceanbreeze), against action for damages by Global Tech I Wind regarding delayed grid connection and against Uniper concerning closure of system-relevant power plants (Irsching 4).
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