"Gleiss Lutz's 'spotless' public law practice has broad coverage and is 'one of the best in Germany'."
Legal 500, 2012
Public law has long been a particular strength of ours. As one of the few law firms with such broad experience and expertise in this area, Gleiss Lutz has renowned experts who bring to bear their specialist legal knowledge and industry insight in advising and representing clients.
We advise on all issues of building and planning law, especially regional planning matters and the preparation or amendment of development and land utilisation plans. We negotiate urban planning contracts with local authorities, and assist and represent our clients in building permit procedures. We also regularly provide advice on major infrastructure projects. Clients benefit from our lawyers’ wealth of expertise in the areas of air traffic, railway projects, and road and plant construction, in particular. A special focus of our practice is advising clients on establishing and expanding commercial, industrial, and large-scale retail projects, as well as on renewable energy and development projects.
When implementing projects, clients increasingly require specialist advice on environmental law. We develop practical solutions that minimise legal risks while taking full advantage of all legal options. Our lawyers have years of experience in dealing with authorities, planners, and technical experts, as well as the environmental expertise needed for corporate and real estate transactions.
We regularly act for clients in a broad range of regulated sectors. In particular, we have in-depth knowledge of the energy and infrastructure (public utilities and waste management, transport, healthcare and telecommunications/media) industries.
Our team has extensive experience in privatisations, the sale of holdings in municipal utilities, and the structuring of innovative models for the provision of public services by private parties, such as in the area of traffic infrastructure. For example, Gleiss Lutz has advised on bidding procedures for privatising public utilities and waste management companies, and has helped to establish a wide range of PPPs.
Gleiss Lutz has a proven track record of advising the German federal government, states, municipalities, and other public sector entities. Organisations and companies also regularly turn to us for advice on issues regarding constitutional law. Legislators themselves rely on our expertise, for example in preparing and assessing draft bills.