Not everything is set in stone. Digitization and increasing regulatory requirements based on environmental, consumer and sustainability protection considerations pose enormous challenges in the value chain of a building for the planner, builder, financier and owner as well as its operator, tenant, leaseholder and all accompanying services. How may buildings be classified, what financial resources can be used or obatined, who builds, revitalizes and markets a building, which operator still dares to operate in which locations, which concepts and shopping experiences revitalize dying city centers, how does traffic and structural change affect the business, how will delivery be made on the last mile, who provides the necessary infrastructure, what kind of office spaces are needed today and where will the many people live later? These questions not only affect the construction and real estate industries and the retail sector, they apply just as much to logistics companies, the entire breadth of the care industry, the life science industry, but also providers of digital services.

The challenge is to develop innovative and sustainable projects and products that meet user requirements. Innovation in a static surrounding. This ranges from smart buildings, use of renewable energy to the creation of green and sustainable residential and commercial spaces to the development of good user experiences, first-class customer service and creative marketing concepts.

We offer the expertise to navigate our clients through the legal framework in this area, both in project planning, real estate transactions, structuring in stationary retail, divesting a business, negotiating with tenants and landlords or guiding and securing a strong brand identity, to name just a few examples.

What are you building on? Read more about our consulting services in selected industries:

Energy

In the traditional energy sector, we have been advising companies for many years on the structuring of distribution chains, the drafting and negotiation of distribution and supply contracts (including contracts with non-European suppliers) but also on energy-related transactions, e.g. corporate structuring, plant construction contracts or the purchase and sale of energy producing companies (partly also through participation in foreign public tenders).

Our practice touches on various areas of law, including contract law, antitrust law, commercial and corporate law, employment law, insurance law, copyright law, IT, public tenders, private international law, comparative law, arbitration and procedural law.

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Plant Construction

Whether wind or solar farms, power plants, automation systems, procurement industry, shipbuilding or aviation industry - mechanical and plant engineering is one of the leading industries in Germany with often an international context. The so-called industry 4.0, i.e. the fusion of computer tech and mechanical engineering, but also energy efficiency requirements, smart building and smart factory, IT and data security have an enormous impact on the industry.

We advise manufacturers and suppliers of complex, technically sophisticated and often highly innovative products, project developers and construction companies as well as purchasers of special supplies and services. Our services spread from the drafting of contracts for industrial plants and technical trades, to accompanying in the awarding process and support during execution and commissioning. Particularly in times of increased disruptive events leading to worldwide supply bottlenecks or supply disruptions, it is essential to make careful arrangements for project and payment schedules, for dealing with obstruction notices and change requests, for providing collateral and for structuring warranty obligations. Whether subcontractor, back-to-back or turnkey contract, whether FIDIC, Orgalime or ICC conditions, whether according to VOB or BGB - claims or counterclaims can arise in all project phases. Therefore, careful claim, anti-claim and risk management is indispensable. Here we offer legal advice as well as e.g. on governance, risk and compliance issues.

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Real Estate

We advise private and commercial real estate owners on corporate, often cross-border structuring, on the purchase and sale of real estate companies and/or real estate property, on the establishment of joint ventures. We support project developers and fund companies on real estate development or revitalization projects. This includes corporate law expertise as well as advice on construction and architectural contracts. Our real estate law expertise also includes regular assistance in commercial lease and/or rental matters, including the administration and enforcement of securities, collaterals and guarantees.

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Retail and E-Commerce

We offer comprehensive advice on all legal aspects of retail and e-commerce. We support in drafting general terms and conditions and privacy notices for retail and online stores or in complying with consumer protection and competition law in digital marketing campaigns. We advise on issues of trademark law and copyright and support in implementing business strategies. Should things not work out as planned, we can also assist you in enforcing your rights in the event of disputes with customers or business partners.

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Partner

Sibylle Weuster

Partner

Christoph Oertel

Partner

Philipp von Dietze

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