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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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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...
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...
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
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 institutions such as...
Rajiv Chandna
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...
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 t...
Clara Volkert
Dr. Clara Volkert
Seni­or As­so­ci­ate
Rechtsanwältin
Germany, Hamburg
Clara Volkert advises German and international companies on complex approval and planning permission procedures, water usage, renewable energy projects as well as product-related environmental...
Anna Leah Tabios Hillebrecht
Dr. Anna Leah Tabios Hillebrecht, LL.M. (Kyushu University), Attorney and Counselor at Law
Seni­or As­so­ci­ate
Germany, Hamburg
Anna Leah Tabios Hillebrecht specialises in international commercial and business law as well as in public commercial law with a focus on large-scale projects. She advises on complex cross-border...
Yves Steingrüber
Yves Steingrüber
As­so­ci­ate
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Cologne
Yves Steingrüber concentrates on public commercial law with special expertise in procurement law, energy law, environmental law and the legal aspects of public-private partnerships (PPP). He gained ...