Raue LLP is one of the leading German law firms in the energy sector. We advise our clients on all matters governed by energy law and anti-trust law, as well as on questions of commercial and corporate law, procurement law, and public law. Our clients entrust us with representing them in landmark proceedings before courts of law and arbitral tribunals. One particular focus of our work lies on the development, negotiation, and realization of national and international energy infrastructure projects, and on acquisitions in this field. The advice we provide on policy-related and regulatory issues is integral to our services: We advise enterprises, trade associations, ministries, and government authorities on structuring the regulatory framework for the energy markets. We have an in-depth understanding of the energy markets and of the relevant technological developments. Additionally, we are counted among the most renowned teams in Germany in the field of climate change law and emissions trading.

Focus areas

Infrastructure projects

  • Development of power plant projects
  • Project development in the field of renewable energy (onshore and offshore wind projects, photovoltaics, hydropower, biomass)
  • Combined heat and power installations, gas-fired cogeneration modules
  • Energy storage facilities
  • Power line and pipeline projects
  • Permitting procedures pursuant to the Federal Immissions Control Act (BImschG), Energy Industry Act (EnWG), Federal Mining Act (BBergG), Offshore Installations Ordinance (SeeAnlV)
  • EPC agreements and operating agreements

Trade and distribution

  • Fuel and energy supply contracts
  • Price revision negotiations
  • Energy trading and energy derivatives trading (both on the energy exchange and OTC)

Mergers & acquisitions

  • Acquisition of companies and shareholdings in the energy sector
  • Cooperation projects / joint ventures
  • Infrastructure transactions
  • Privatization and “re-municipalization” of energy providers

Market regulation

  • Grid access and grid connection issues; regulation of grid fees
  • Anti-trust law in the energy sector
  • Concession law
  • Energy trade regulation (REMIT, EMIR etc.)
  • Issues governed by the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) and Combined Heat and Power Act (KWKG)
  • Representation of clients vis-à-vis the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur),, the Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt), and the European Commission, as well as in proceedings before civil and administrative courts and before the European courts
  • Advising energy trading enterprises on financial markets regulation

Natural resources

  • Water management
  • Gas generation (including biogas)
  • Waste management, including energy recovery from waste

Climate Change

  • Advising energy companies and industrial enterprises on the EU Emissions Trading System and other international trading schemes
  • Structuring of model agreements and framework agreements governing the trade in various types of emissions certificates
  • Advising international financial institutions (IFIs) on the laws governing climate protection
  • Advice on international flexible mechanism projects generating emissions certificates
  • Advice on the structuring and management of climate funds

Rankings

  • Designated “Law Firm of the Year 2016 for energy law” by the publishers of the monthly industry magazine “Rechtsmarkt,” JUVE, the leading publishing firm in the market
  • Ranked for Energy: Regulatory in Germany, Chambers Europe 2017
  • “Strong contentious team”, Chambers Europe 2017
  • “Very reactive while always remaining accurate and precise.“ Client, Chambers Europe 2017
  • “They are pragmatic, and provide real advice without long disclaimers.“ Client, Chambers Europe 2017
  • “Very good performance.“ Client, Chambers Europe 2017
  • “Profound knowledge but not over-academic – they are still hands-on and try to find practical solutions.” Client, Chambers Europe 2017
  • “Raue works efficiently, is always focused on the needs of their clients and is very responsive.“ Client/Competitor, Chambers Europe 2017
  • “Raue is worth every penny.“ Client/Competitor, Chambers Europe 2017
  • Recommended law firm for Energy Law, JUVE Handbook 2016/2017
  • “The excellent reputations“ precede the practice. JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2017
  • “It is their work in complex proceedings that is drawing particular attention of late.“ JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2017
  • “The resourceful team often proves it can adapt quickly to the rapidly changing energy market.“ JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2017
  • Raue is well positioned to advise on the upcoming sector digitalization with its vast experience in IP, IT and fintech.” JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2017
  • As an independent German outfit, this firm highly recommended in energy law enjoys an exceptionally good name in the market and offers preeminent regulatory expertise.” JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2017
  • “The firm provides fantastic service and works really fast. The lawyers are easy to reach by phone and reply very quickly to e-mails; if one of them isn’t available you can immediately contact another partner who will know what is happening.” Clients/Competitors, Chambers Europe 2016
  • “The entire team is very good; you can always get a strong answer.” Clients/Competitors, Chambers Europe 2016
  • Ranked for: Energy: Regulatory in Germany, Chambers Europe 2016
  • “A remarkable understanding of legal, economic and technical aspects of projects” Clients/Competitors, Legal 500 EMEA 2016
  • Ranked for Regulatory: Energy in Germany, Legal 500 EMEA 2016
  • “Highly recommended for its regulatory know-how in energy law”, JUVE Handbook 2015/2016
  • “Often seen in complex, politically charged advisory instructions with a high degree of litigation”, JUVE Handbook 2015/2016
  • “Well known for its expertise in regulatory matters, and often mandated for regulatory disputes involving the renewables sector.” Chambers Europe 2015
  • Ranked for regulatory law / energy sector, Legal 500 Germany 2015
  • “Our choice for regulatory matters, particularly those with a political element.” Client, Chambers Europe 2014