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Real Estate & Public Lawyers

We can help with your public law matters

Our specialised team has many years of experience in advising investors, companies and the public sector on all practical aspects of issues relating to public law. We consider commercial aspects as well as the technical/scientific circumstances and requirements when handling projects and transactions.

Our "Public" service portfolio

  • Licensing and planning permission procedures
  • Environmental law advice
  • Project development, public planning and construction law
  • Procurement law for bidders or contracting bodies
  • Advice on administrative law for trade and industry
  • Advice on transactions and restructuring
  • Public private partnerships and privatisation
  • Advice on foreign tradePolitical consulting
  • Compliance and crisis management
  • Representation in litigation and verification procedures

How our expertise can help you

We can help you to structure complex public law procedures such as procurement procedures and planning and licensing proceedings in a legally secure way, implement them efficiently and complete them successfully. We identify risks in advance, offer solutions and support you in your communication with project participants.

We are very accustomed to working closely and constructively with experts from other fields, such as planners, engineers and other specialists, as well as with banks and authorities.

This avoids costly court cases and enables you to plan your investment with certainty. If required, we can represent your interests in court, drawing on our extensive litigation experience.

What others say about us

"Recommended practice for restructuring and transactions in the public sector."
(JUVE, 2011/2012)

"The scope of the advice it provides is impressive, both in relation to the wide range of sectors covered, such as energy, chemicals, water and port traffic, and the size of the projects."
 (JUVE, 2010/2011)

"The strengths of the frequently recommended practice include handling several major projects with long timelines."
 (JUVE, 2009/2010)

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Fritz Hammerstein
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, planning as well as energy law and is particularly noted for...
Stefan Höß
Dr. Stefan Höß
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Munich
Stefan Höß is a frequently recommended real estate expert and advises real estate companies and investors on their transactions. He also provides ongoing advice to ensure a successful asset m...
Matthias Kuß
Dr. Matthias Kuß
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Verwaltungsrecht (Certified lawyer for administrative law)
Germany, Berlin
Matthias Kuss advises German and international investors on the structuring of real estate transactions (asset and share deals) as well as on real estate portfolio development and optimisation in...
Christiane Kappes
Dr. Christiane Kappes
Part­ner
Rechtsanwältin
Germany, Hamburg
Christiane Kappes is an environmental and planning law specialist with a particular focus on nature conservation and species protection matters and special infrastructure, mining and energy sector...
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...
Hermann Müller
Dr. Hermann Müller, LL.M. (The University of Edinburgh)
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Hamburg
Hermann Müller specialises in public commercial law and advises his clients on foreign trade, public planning and building law, state aid, infrastructure projects, procurement, public law contracts ...
Dirk Rodewoldt
Dr. Dirk Rodewoldt, MRICS
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Verwaltungsrecht (Certified lawyer for administrative law)
Germany, Stuttgart
Dirk Rodewoldt advises German and international investors on project developments and real estate investments. He has special expertise in planning and environmental law, approval proceedings, urban...
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...
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...
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...