Reliable power supply and a resistant infrastructure are a key driver of our economy. From the development of energy sources and their intelligent networking to spatial distribution (from source to consumer) - every company, whether as a buyer, supplier or manufacturer, depends on resilient and sustainable solutions. In times of volatile market conditions for fossil fuels and the expansion of renewable energies, suppliers and consumers have to face increasing regulatory and social challenges. We support you with our legal experience to tackle these challenges.

How can we support your project with legal energy? Read more about our consulting services in selected industries:

Automotive Industry

The automotive industry is undergoing a transformation. Not only e-mobility and autonomous driving, but also new requirements for environmental compatibility and changing mobility needs require the adaptation of existing products and business models. We can assist clients with our extensive expertise in this area. Together with our clients we develop practical solutions along the production, supply and distribution chains for all players in the automotive industry. Regardless of whether our client is an OEM, Tier 1/Tier 2 supplier or other market participant in this segment. We advise in daily business as well as in transactions and in disputes.

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Aviation

The aviation industry is not only a key player in the Hamburg metropolitan region, but also an important driving force on a global scale. It literally not only connects continents, but also acts as a multiplier for numerous sectors of the economy. It is a highly complex and global system with numerous players: aircraft industry, airlines, airport operators, air traffic control, security companies, etc. Not to forget the ground services such as ground handling or non-aviation services such as parking management, travel value businesses, etc., which are becoming increasingly important.

However, the industry is facing enormous challenges. Recent and possible future disruptions and the increasing requirements for sustainability and climate neutrality demand structural changes. We support you in achieving your goals with customized legal solutions.

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Digital Business

The amount of digital business models in the global economy is constantly rising. The rapid development of new technologies enables companies to introduce a wide range of scalable products to the market. Whether platform services, artificial intelligence or the use of blockchain technology for secure and transparent transaction processing, we help to develop and implement new business models in a legally secure manner. Our experts have extensive experience concerning the legal framework and requirements in the field of digitalization and can help you to exploit the potential of new technologies in compliance with the law.

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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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Hydrogen

The use of hydrogen in industry and transport as a versatile energy carrier of the future is increasingly being researched and tested. We offer legal advice on the development and implementation of new business models, cooperations, joint ventures or introductions of H2 technology as part of growth and future strategies.

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IT

There are few industries as innovative and agile as the digital economy. With new technologies and business models, it is the decisive driver for transformation in all areas of global economic life, but also for each of us in our everyday lives. Yet, this development is just the beginning. Once initiated, digitization is an ongoing development process. Not only does it require constant technical updates and upgrades, but the legislator is also constantly defining new regulatory requirements.

Software, Platform Services, AI, Cloud Computing, SaaS, Crypto, Blockchain, Big Data, Virtual Reality - Where is your company active? We support you in your daily decisions and in the realization of your strategic business goals, so that you will be legally compliant when operating in the market.

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Mobility Concepts

Mobility plays a big part in our daily life, which has undergone a major change in recent years. Our goal is to offer our clients comprehensive legal advice and support them in developing and operating sustainable and future-oriented mobility solutions. Whether it is about legal requirements for car sharing or taxi apps or about the drafting of contracts in the field of e-mobility - we are at your disposal with our many years of experience and know-how and look forward to supporting you in the implementation of your mobility projects.

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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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Renewable Energies

Wind, biogas, biodiesel, solar, wood pellets, hydrogen - the energy transition is bringing an enormous focus on renewable energies. At the same time, energy efficiency must be improved and grid expansion accelerated. The change in social interests and the constant and sometimes fundamental change in the legal framework pose particular challenges for companies.

We advise clients in this legal environment in plant construction and project business, in transactions and provide support in various legal issues.

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Your key contacts

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Philipp von Dietze

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Eckart Brödermann

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Eckard von Bodenhausen

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Johannes Struck

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Christoph Oertel

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Katharina Klingel

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Christine Dempe

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