Raue provides comprehensive public-law advice to enterprises as well as to the Federal Government, to the Länder, and to municipalities. We represent our clients in proceedings before administrative and constitutional courts, and in negotiations with public authorities or enterprises, and we advise on proposed legislation and regulatory projects.

Focus areas

Construction law and planning law

  • Advising project developers and municipalities on planning and permitting procedures for construction and infrastructure projects
  • Advice on legal issues entailed by construction projects (monument protection, building encumbrances, set-off distance requirements, noise protection, and permits under the laws governing redevelopment measures)

Environmental law

  • Issues of real estate usage
  • Real estate transactions
  • Historic contaminations
  • Representation of project developers in procedures for permits governed by emission control laws before the competent authorities (in particular in permitting procedures for major infrastructure projects, e.g. power plants, pipelines, high-voltage lines, federal highways, federal railroads, federal waterways)
  • Climate protection law
  • Authorizations under water law, flood control requirements, groundwater protection

Administrative law constitutional law, state liability

  • Representing authorities and citizens in administrative court proceedings, as well as in civil court proceedings regarding state liability
  • Proceedings on conflicts between constitutional organs
  • Constitutional complaint proceedings before the constitutional courts of the Länder and the Federal Constitutional Court
  • Representation of clients before the constitutional courts of Germany and before the European Tribunal and Court of Justice
  • Preparation of expert opinions regarding regulatory issues as well as on claims under public-law contracts
  • Appearing as experts before committees of the Bundestag, the Länder parliaments, and municipal and city councils
  • Drafting proposals for legislation and regulatory projects
  • Advising clients on public-private partnerships

Chamber law

  • Advising and representation of self-governing chambers (such as chambers of commerce and industry) in all matters relating to chamber law


International trade law

  • Advice on matters of international trade law (import and export of dual-use items, the stipulations of the German Kriegswaffenkontrollgesetz/German War Weapons Control Act and the requirements under the United States International Traffic in Arms Regulations)
  • Advice on drafting codes of conduct to ensure compliance with export and arms control regulations within their enterprise.

European Union state aid law

  • Advising on issues of state aid, including the direct subsidies paid by a government to an enterprise, which must comply with European Union state aid regulations, as well as government guarantees, bonds, or those instances in which public authorities provide plots of land, goods, or services at other than arm’s length terms.
  • Representation in state aid procedures before the European Commission in Brussels

Budget law

  • Advice on all matters of budget law, particularly on the requirements for obtaining public grants
  • Advice regarding the defense of public authorities against baseless audit results and claims raised by the audit offices of the Länder, as well as the defense of enterprises against erroneous repayment demands and reimbursement notices


  • Recommended for Public Law in Germany, Chambers Europe 2020
  • “Notable strength in the energy, transportation and real estate sectors.“ Chambers Europe 2020
  • “Well regarded for its expertise in regulatory affairs.“ Client, Chambers Europe 2020
  • “Very structured and providing very good advice and assistance.“ Client, Chambers Europe 2020
  • “A good economical understanding and view on the market as well as a very fast reaction time.“ Client, Chambers Europe 2020
  • Recommended for Environmental and Planning Law, Legal 500 Deutschland 2020
  • Recommended for Commercial Administrative Law, Legal 500 Deutschland 2020
  • Recommended for Environmental and Planning Law, JUVE Handbook 2019/2020
  • Recommended for Constitutional Law and Public Law, JUVE Handbook 2019/2020
  • “Offers notable strength in the energy, transportation and real estate sectors, as capabilities range from energy supply contracts to media law and injunctions.“ Chambers Europe 2019
  • “There is seamless consultation between the team, so they are available at any time and without information gaps, even in projects of longer duration.“ Client/Competitor, Chambers Europe 2019
  • “Well regarded for its expertise in regulatory affairs at national and EU level.“ Chambers Europe 2018
  • “Clear language.“ Client/Competitor, Chambers Europe 2018
  • “Quick turnaround with high quality.“ Client/Competitor, Chambers Europe 2018
  • “Very committed.“ Client/Competitor, Chambers Europe 2018
  • “We have a very good impression of the firm, both technically and personally.“ Client/Competitor, Chambers Europe 2018
  • “Excellent service level.“ Clients/Competitors, Legal 500 EMEA 2018
  • “Precision and depth in the matter at hand, adherence to deadlines and willingness to communicate.“ Clients/Competitors, Legal 500 EMEA 2018
  • “They work in a very goal-oriented way and have good interdisciplinary co-operation.“ Client/Competitor, Chambers Europe 2017
  • “My impression of the firm is very positive, the advice is hands on and the lawyers are responsive.” Clients/Competitors, Chambers Europe 2016
  • “The lawyers make a really good impression as a team and they cover everything – they have an expert for all our questions,” Client, Chambers Europe 2015