Subsidy Lawyers

Complex rules on state subsidies

The public sector provides subsidies in the form of grants, but also by means of low interest loans, guarantees, sureties and reduced prices when purchasing public property, etc. Providers and recipients of subsidies alike must comply with strict legal requirements to avoid the support being called into question. Key elements here include European state aid law, national budget laws and, for bidders, procurement law, with which they are generally required to comply when using the funds.

We advise both providers and recipients of subsidies

Our experts on subsidy law advise providers of subsidies when granting and monitoring the use of such funds, as well as recipients when applying for and using subsidies. This includes supporting them when subsidy providers carry out checks. We also advise on transactions in order to ensure that the transaction does not lead to loss of the subsidy or a subsequent request for repayment.

Where subsidies have been granted unlawfully or other issues arise, we advise both the public sector and the recipient of the subsidy in negotiations with the provider or during revocation or return proceedings, and also during any subsequent court proceedings.

Our subsidy law activities include:

  • Legal opinions on the lawfulness and lawful structuring of subsidies
  • Advice when applying for subsidies
  • Ensuring that transactions, privatisations and PPPs meet legal requirements
  • Compliance
  • Negotiations ahead of a demand to return subsidies
  • Representation in administrative proceedings and before the courts
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Christian Scherer
Dr. Christian Scherer
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Vergaberecht (Certified lawyer for procurement law) | Fachanwalt für Verwaltungsrecht (Certified lawyer for administrative law)
Germany, Cologne
Christian Scherer has more than 20 years experience advising on construction and planning, procurement, environmental and other public law issues with a special focus on public and private industrial...
Jakob Steiff
Dr. Jakob Steiff, LL.M. (Edinburgh)
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Frankfurt
Jakob Steiff is a partner and leads a team of five lawyers advising on procurement law, public commercial law and construction law at the firm’s Frankfurt office. He has extensive experience in planning...
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 to...
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 public...
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 law.
Florian Kuhlmann
Dr. Florian Kuhlmann
As­so­ci­ate
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Hamburg
Florian Kuhlmann focuses on public commercial law, advising companies and public authorities on procurement, administrative organisation, municipal and constitutional law matters. His practice also covers...
Noël Lücker
Noël Lücker
As­so­ci­ate
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Cologne
Noël Lücker advises on all aspects of public commercial law, including procurement, environmental, construction and planning law as well as foreign trade matters. His practice covers infrastructure...
Yves Steingrüber
Dr. 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). His clients...