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Lawyers for public construction and planning law, project development

The challenge of construction and infrastructure Projects

Major public infrastructure and construction projects present the parties involved with an array of challenges: high investment means correspondingly high risks, many construction, planning and environmental regulations need to be complied with, and the often high level of public interest can include intense criticism.

Prudent, far-sighted project planning and management is becoming ever more important, whether in relation to designating new commercial zones or extending existing zones, redeveloping land, urban planning or conducting approval and planning assessment proceedings for a major infrastructure project.

We provide support at every stage of project development

From construction planning procedures, approvals and planning assessment proceedings, including official requirements and public participation, to project and development plans, urban planning agreements and environmental impact assessments, our lawyers specialising in construction and planning law offer expert advice at every stage of a project.

Our clients include developers of industrial plants, power stations, wind farms, mines, gas storage facilities and waterway constructions, as well as developers of infrastructure such as roads, airports, harbours, pipelines and overhead power lines.

We advise you on planning, structuring and implementing your project, highlight potential risks, suggest solutions and assist you when communicating with the authorities and third parties. If required, we will also defend your licence or planning permission against third party lawsuits.

Special demands of environmental protection

In addition to the environmental impact assessment often required as part of planning and approval procedures, authorisation for a project is frequently dependent on strict regulations related to protecting nature and wildlife or to water law. Careful preparation and comprehensive legal support are essential for smooth completion of the complex procedures involved.

Our experts in environmental law help you to accelerate lengthy licensing procedures, avoid expensive court proceedings and ultimately secure important investment decisions.

Our services around public construction and planning law

We provide public construction and planning law advice in the following areas in particular:

  • Planning permission
  • Development plans, land use plans and regional plans
  • Urban planning agreements
  • Urban redevelopment procedures
  • Land reallocation processes
  • Expropriation procedures
  • Site development
  • Tax and revenue law

The projects for which we provide support with regard to construction and planning law aspects include:

  • Office and residential complexes
  • Urban development/redevelopment measures
  • Shopping centres and retail projects
  • Traffic route and infrastructure projects 
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Dr. Fritz von Hammerstein
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Verwaltungsrecht (Certified lawyer for administrative law)
Germany, Hamburg
Fritz von Hammerstein has been a CMS partner since 1992 and is a certified lawyer for administrative law. He focuses on environmental and planning as well as energy law and is particularly noted...
Christian Scherer-Leydecker
Dr. Christian Scherer-Leydecker
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Vergaberecht (Certified lawyer for procurement law) | Fachanwalt für Verwaltungsrecht (Certified lawyer for administrative law)
Germany, Cologne
Christian Scherer-Leydecker has more than 20 years experience advising on environmental and planning, PPP, procurement and other public law issues. His clients include project developers, operators...
Volkmar Wagner
Dr. Volkmar Wagner
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Vergaberecht (Certified lawyer for procurement law) | Fachanwalt für Verwaltungsrecht (Certified lawyer for administrative law)
Germany, Stuttgart
Volkmar Wagner specialises in advising and representing contracting authorities and bidders on public procurement and public commercial law. He provides strategic advice to awarding bodies in order...
Jakob Steiff
Dr. Jakob Steiff, LL.M. (Edinburgh)
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Frankfurt
Jakob Steiff is a procurement and public commercial law partner in our Frankfurt office. He has extensive experience in planning and managing complex procurement procedures for public bodies as well...
Ursula Steinkemper
Dr. Ursula Steinkemper
Part­ner
Rechtsanwältin | Fachanwältin für Verwaltungsrecht (Certified lawyer for administrative law)
Germany, Stuttgart
Ursula Steinkemper advises and represents companies and public authorities on all public law and in particular environmental and planning law issues. She specialises in advising on complex approval...
Detlef Bischoff
Detlef Bischoff
Of Coun­sel
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Duesseldorf
Alongside his work as a lawyer, Detlef Bischoff supports CMS in different business units on business and product development, with a focus on the needs of large medium-sized companies but also public...
Benjamin Schirmer
Dr. Benjamin Schirmer
Coun­sel
Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Verwaltungsrecht (Certified lawyer for administrative law)
Germany, Berlin
Benjamin Schirmer’s practice focuses on environmental, planning and construction law and specifically on infrastructure and energy sector projects. In case of large transactions, he coordinates...
Dr. Rajiv Chandna
Coun­sel
Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Vergaberecht (Certified lawyer for procurement law)
Germany, Frankfurt
Dr. Rajiv Chandna advises national and international companies as well as public authorities on all areas of public commercial law, in particular on building and planning law, environmental law and...
Mirko Zorn
Dr. Mirko Zorn
Coun­sel
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Berlin
Mirko Zorn regularly represents domestic and international clients in real estate transactions and advises them on asset management matters. His practice is also focused on complex development projects,...
Nicole Köppen
Nicole Köppen
Seni­or As­so­ci­ate
Rechtsanwältin
Germany, Frankfurt
Nicole Köppen advises private companies and public bodies on all aspects of public commercial law, with a focus on construction and planning law, environmental law as well as public procurement...