Raue LLP 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

Compliance

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

Rankings

  • Ranked for Public Law in Germany, Chambers Europe 2017
  • “They work in a very goal-oriented way and have good interdisciplinary co-operation.“ Client/Competitor, Chambers Europe 2017
  • Ranked for Environmental and Planning Law, JUVE Handbook 2016/2017
  • Ranked for Constitutional Law and Public Law, JUVE Handbook 2016/2017
  • “My impression of the firm is very positive, the advice is hands on and the lawyers are responsive.” Clients/Competitors, Chambers Europe 2016
  • Ranked for Public Law in Germany, Chambers Europe 2016
  • Ranked for Public Law/Environmental and Planning Law, Legal 500 Germany 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