Public Authorities

Broad-based expertise in all areas

Public business law has always been a cornerstone of our practice. 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 regularly advise institutions from across the entire public sector – from the federal government, states, municipalities to public sector entities and companies – in particular on cases that require large teams of advisors and coordination, given the wide range of legal areas involved.

The Legal 500 Deutschland 2023

“Outstanding combination of commercial and administrative law expertise ... (client)”

Public enterprises and PPPs

We provide comprehensive advice in areas where the public and private sectors overlap: 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.

We have advised on bidding procedures for privatising public utilities and waste management companies and helped to establish a wide range of public-private partnerships.

Constitutional and administrative law

Gleiss Lutz has a proven track record of advising the federal government, states, municipalities and other public sector entities. Trade associations and companies also regularly seek our advice on constitutional matters.

And even legislators rely on our expertise, for example in preparing and assessing draft bills.

Public procurement

We support our clients especially with new and complex procurement projects – from major urban development projects through to health sector tenders.

We provide consultation even before the project is put to tender, advising on the strategic options and issues that must first be considered. These include the choice of procedure and its structure, the setting up of procurement companies and purchasing associations, the bundling and splitting of contracts, and the type of contractual regulation model to be used. We guide our clients through the entire process, assisting with documentation and tenderer selection, and seeing to it that the awarding decision is legally sound.

European law

Gleiss Lutz is one of Germany’s leading law firms for European law, advising and representing public authorities and enterprises in proceedings before the Commission as well as European and national courts and drafting preparatory expert reports.

Ties established by our Brussels office in working closely with EU institutions on various procedures and proceedings allow us to seamlessly coordinate decision-making processes at both domestic and European level.


Gleiss Lutz advises Infineon, Bosch and NXP Semiconductors on billion euro investment in semiconductor manufacturing joint venture Mandate
Gleiss Lutz assists Federal Ministry of Health in defending ordinance on vaccinations for the 2022/2023 flu season Mandate
Gleiss Lutz advises Leuphana University of Lüneburg in connection with the founding of the European Centre for Advanced Studies with the University of Glasgow Mandate
Gleiss Lutz advises European Investment Bank (EIB) on a project financing for A6 motorway expansion Mandate
Gleiss Lutz advises bank consortium led by Norddeutsche Landesbank in the restructured financing of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH Mandate
Gleiss Lutz wins annulment of record State aid recovery order against Deutsche Post for the Federal Republic of Germany Mandate

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