"This leading German firm has a very professional approach, offering access to the full spectrum of legal disciplines needed for major energy projects."

Chambers Europe 2012

Energy

Gleiss Lutz’s energy practice is widely recognised as a market leader. With our in-depth knowledge of the industry and the challenges it faces, we provide legal advice along the entire energy value chain. Our clients include major energy providers and grid operators, as well as municipal utilities and international investors. We assist clients in a broad range of national and international projects. Our global network of leading local law firms enables us to cover all major jurisdictions around the world. This gives us the flexibility to put together hand-picked teams best suited to the task at hand.

Power generation

The complex nature of power plant construction projects makes it necessary to draw on know-how from a wide range of legal areas to ensure successful completion. With our outstanding public law practice we make sure that the necessary planning and permission procedures are carried out effectively and efficiently. We also advise clients on the various issues that arise in connection with power plant construction, such as regarding emissions trading, investment protection, and mining – an area with growing significance when it comes to carbon capture and storage as well as natural gas storage facilities. We also have longstanding experience in providing extensive guidance on the legal framework for the use of nuclear power in Germany. This includes counselling clients on the regulatory aspects of operating nuclear power plants, as well as on legal issues relating to the disposal of radioactive material.

Renewables

In addition to major technical challenges, companies face numerous legal hurdles when creating renewable generation capacities. We assist clients not only with permit procedures and project financing, but also advise on other key aspects such as grid connection, power feed-ins, and feed-in tariffs. We regularly help deliver (onshore and offshore) wind, solar, biomass projects, in each case creating the optimal legal structure and implementing.

Grid operation and expansion

We advise on all aspects of German and European regulatory law – from issues of unbundling and third-party access, to tariffs and congestion management mechanisms. We also represent clients in these and other matters vis-à-vis regulatory authorities and before German and European courts.

What’s more, we assist clients who are expanding their grids, providing help with the requisite planning and permit procedures so that they can be brought to a swift conclusion. Grid expansion also gives rise to a host of other legal issues. To reap the full benefits of exemption from the statutory provisions governing unbundling and grid access, for example, the necessary applications need to be prepared promptly and professionally.

Energy supply

Gleiss Lutz advises and represents companies in all energy supply chain matters. On the procurement side, clients frequently have to deal with civil law disputes and antitrust issues. Suppliers in the retail market must often bring their contracts in line with general terms and conditions. We also defend clients where they are being investigated for excessive pricing.

Energy trading

Trading in energy and CO2 certificates is subject to certain special legal requirements. In OTC trading, for instance, drafting relevant agreements (such as EFET agreements) requires specialist legal knowledge and experience. Capital market-based trading is likewise governed by special rules and regulations. In both areas, we help our clients deal with the relevant legal issues.

Transactions

The energy sector offers attractive investment opportunities, ranging from power plant projects, to the construction of (onshore and offshore) wind farms, solar farms, and biomass facilities, to acquiring shares in grid operators or energy providers. We have advised on a whole host of such transactions, applying our comprehensive sector expertise and market knowledge, and counselling on all questions regarding corporate and contract law. We also have extensive experience in advising on the financing issues that often arise in this context.

Your contact

Dr. Cornelia Topf
Taunusanlage 11
60329 Frankfurt
T +49 69 95514-335
E cornelia.topf@gleisslutz.com

Dr. Marcus Dannecker
Lautenschlagerstrasse 21
70173 Stuttgart
T +49 711 8997-346
E marcus.dannecker@gleisslutz.com

Awards

European Offshore Wind Deal of the Year: Meerwind, Project Finance Magazine 2011