Partners: Dr. Wolf Friedrich Spieth, Dr. Herbert Posser, Dr. Benedikt Wolfers, Dr. Burkard Wollenschläger, Niclas Hellermann, LL.M., Katja Schramm, LL.M.
Number of partners: 6
Number of lawyers: 22
POSSER SPIETH WOLFERS & PARTNERS (pswp) was founded by a team of highly experienced lawyers with the aim of providing high-quality, national and international advice and problem-solving in the entire range of commercially relevant regulation and environmental law. The team emerged from the leading environmental and regulatory practice of one of the major international law firms. The firm has more than 20 years of exceptional experience and knowledge of regulatory and environmental-law projects, which have broken new ground in the legal and economic development of Germany and Europe. pswp has extensive experience in advisory with highly complex cases having economic and political significance:
■ Groundbreaking projects for the future: the firm evaluates, structures and safeguards new, groundbreaking projects with clients. This includes political-legal communication and advice on potential new regulatory mechanisms and legislation.
■ Political know-how: pswp is well aware of different political parameters for the implementation of projects, that are often controversial. The partners have firm and longstanding contacts that go back decades and a major reputation in the political sphere. They are able to engage politically on their clients behalf, and they are used to distilling complex legal issues to the key points and coordinating with clients or their advisors legally and efficiently.
■ Litigation: pswp has more than 20 years’ experience with complex proceedings before administrative and constitutional courts, European courts, civil and international courts of arbitration as well as before regulatory and environmental agencies.
■ Transactions: for decades, the team has given advice on M&A transactions whose success hinges on the handling of regulatory and environmental law matters; pswp knows the issues and critical situations in its fields of expertise.
■ Teamwork: pswp is experienced in advising as part of multi-disciplinary teams and working closely with other law firms and consultants, whether internal or external, national or international. If requested, pswp can put together larger teams from their network for their clients.
Main Areas of Practice:
pswp knows the sectors and cases in which regulation and environmental law become relevant.
Energy and Climate Regulation
pswp has been at the forefront of pivotal energy law projects and has helped to shape Germany’s energy transition from nuclear exit through to coal exit to offshore wind energy, hydrogen economy and climate litigation defense. The firm knows all the issues, its teams bring together outstanding experience and competence in the field of energy and climate regulation.
Automotive and New Mobility
The regulatory challenges in the automotive sector are international and carry high liability risks. pswp knows the technical foundations as well as all the hurdles and phases where regulatory advice is needed.
Industry and Environment
The firm has vast expertise in obtaining licenses to operate for major industrial projects and advices on the entire range of environmental law issues and requirements relating to industrial production, including transactions, permit defense and dealing with NGOs and the public.
Infrastructure and Transport
The firm helps clients with the making, securing and defending of their infrastructure project – from regional planning, line management and urban land use planning to complex approval procedures and planning law. pswp also provides innovative ideas for efficient regulations for the safeguarding of major infrastructure projects, for the inclusion of stakeholders and the public and for the defence of projects before courts.
Mining, Water and Raw Materials
With decades of expertise in mining law, mineral extraction and water management, pswp has shaped the legal landscape for companies and the state. Finance and Insurance pswp advises on transactions and structures for public banks and insurance companies as well as on the regulation of financial markets, European banking supervision and bank liquidation.
State and Europe
Both the state and the European Union change the landscape for companies by regulations and treaties. The firm is more than familiar with these instruments and their associated opportunities and risks.