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Benjamin Schirmer

Dr. Benjamin Schirmer

Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Verwaltungsrecht (Certified lawyer for administrative law)

CMS Hasche Sigle
Lennéstraße 7
10785 Berlin
Languages German, English

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 teams across CMS offices and practice areas and acts as a personal contact for all regulatory issues. His clients include public bodies as well as private companies across all industries.

Benjamin started his legal career with White & Case in 2009 where he was a local partner in his last position, before joining CMS in 2016 as a counsel.

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Relevant experience

Environmental, Planning and Construction Law

  • preparation of an expert analysis (together with Frontier Economics) on certain legal questions, in particular as regards planning and permit law, on the question whether Berlin-Tegel airport can be kept open
  • advice of various investors in connection with the acquisition of real estate portfolios including retail portfolios, shopping centres, hotels and project development on planning, building and environmental law aspects
  • advice of a large municipal building company on planning and building law questions with regard to the development of new residential housing projects
  • Advising and representing project developers and planning authorities regarding planning permission for large infrastructure projects, in particular in the context of motorway construction
  • Advising the project developer on the 16th construction phase of the BAB A 100 motorway in Berlin, including representation in proceedings before the Federal Administrative Court
  • Preparing an expert opinion on the dimensioning of the politically controversial B178n motorway, which was later presented in a public meeting
  • Advising a real estate investment management company on planning and environmental law issues in the context of acquiring several real estate portfolios

Public Commercial Law

  • advice and representation in legal proceedings of an online-community marketplace for travel bookings
  • advice and representation in legal proceedings regarding the charge of airport security fees and on questions of airport safety law
  • advice of an output service provider as member of a consortium in connection with the German road toll
  • Advising an international consortium of bidders on public law and regulatory issues and in particular on issues relating to the legislation pertaining to motorways in the context of the acquisition of Tank & Rast GmbH
  • Advising various companies in the context of acquisitions on all aspects of public commercial, environmental and soil protection law, including issues related to contaminated sites
  • Advising bidders on environmental and mining law issues in relation to the planned acquisition of Vattenfall’s German coal business (including open cast mining operations and coal plants)
  • Advising and representing a European gambling operator on an ongoing basis on public and gambling law issues, including administrative enforcement and blocking orders
  • Advising an automotive company in relation to a dispute about refrigerants and the European Directive on MACs (mobile air-conditioning systems) on environmental and European law issues, including on the EU’s type-approval system


  • preparation of a study fort he BDEW and the VBEW on questions of compensation in connection with the network expansion, in particular on the admissibilty of recurring compensation
  • preparation of a study on the status quo of compensation in connection with the network expansion
  • advice of a transmission system operator in connection with network expansion projects
  • Advising project developers (network operators), planning authorities and federal ministries in relation to the German “Energiewende“ (energy turnaround) and in particular on the expansion of extra-high voltage grids
  • Preparing a study on how to handle compensation in the context of grid expansion
  • Advising a transmission system operator regarding approval for a network expansion project, including advising on federal planning processes
  • Advising and representing the planning authority before the Federal Administrative Court in a proceeding regarding the approval of the “Süd-West-Kuppelleitung“, an important transmission line construction project that is part of the energy turnaround in Germany
  • Advising a government department in relation to the EU’s third legislative package for an internal EU energy market, in particular with respect to necessary legislative adjustments and the continued development of the laws applying to the approval of power transmission lines
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  • 2015: Certified lawyer for administrative law
  • 2009: Admitted as a lawyer
  • 2008: Second state examination in law
  • 2008: Trainee lawyer at Berlin Higher Regional Court
  • 2006 - 2008: PhD (summa cum laude) at the University of Osnabrueck; awarding of doctoral degree in 2009
  • 1998 - 2005: Law studies at the University of Osnabrueck
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  • Gesellschaft für Umweltrecht (German Association for Environmental Law)
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  • Die Entscheidungen des BVerwG zum EnLAG und BBPlG: Leitplanken für die Planfeststellung im Netzausbau, ZUR 2018, Heft 7-8/2018, together with Dr. Reinhard Ruge
  • Die Offenhaltung des Flughafens Berlin-Tegel – Eine rechtliche Herausforderung, Deutsches Verwaltungsblatt Heft 1/2018
  • "Wiederkehrende Vergütungen" für den Netzausbau, EnergieRecht Heft 1/2018, together with Carsten Wesche
  • Neustart des Netzausbaus? Nachjustierung durch das Gesetz zur Änderung von Bestimmungen des Rechts des Energieleitungsbaus, Deutsches Verwaltungsblatt Heft 5/2016
  • Informationstätigkeit gegenüber der Finanzaufsicht, Deutsches Verwaltungsblatt Heft 10/2015, together with Dr. Henning Berger
  • Der Netzentwicklungsplan: Gesetzliche Grundlagen und Bewertung, in: J. Böttcher, Stromleitungsnetze, 2015, together with Dr. Conrad Seiferth
  • Introduction to the German System of Public Law, in: T. Wegerich, Business Laws of Germany, 2014
  • Kommentierung von § 3 IFG (Schutz öffentlicher Belange), in: H. Gersdorf / B. Paal, Beck Online-Kommentar Informations- und Medienrecht Kommentar, seit 2013 mit fortlaufender Aktualisierung
  • Kommentierung von § 3 IFG (Schutz öffentlicher Belange), in: H. Gersdorf / B. Paal, Informations- und Medienrecht Kommentar, 2014
  • Energiewende und die Zulassung von Netzausbauprojekten, Zeitschrift für Umweltrecht Heft 10/2013, together with Dr. Conrad Seiferth
  • Keine Regierungsgeheimnisse: Bundesverwaltungsgericht fördert Akteneinsicht der Bürger, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung vom 9. November 2011, together with Dr. Henning Berger
  • Neue Netze für die Energiewende, Publicus 5/2011, together with Prof. Dr. Norbert Wimmer
  • Das Gesetz zur Beschleunigung des Ausbaus der Höchstspannungsnetze, Deutsches Verwaltungsblatt Heft 21/2010
  • Informationsfreiheitsrecht im Spagat: Das rechte Maß zwischen Informationszugang und Interessenschutz, Publicus 3/2010, together with Dr. Henning Berger
  • Marketingzuschüsse und Flughafenentgelte nach dem Charleroi-Urteil des EuG, in: C. von Bar u.a., Recht und Wirtschaft: Gedächtnisschrift für Malte Schindhelm, 2009, together with Prof. Dr. Norbert Wimmer
  • Länderbericht England, in: J.-P. Schneider, Verwaltungsrecht in Europa, Band 1, 2008, together with Guido Kleve
  • Konstitutionalisierung des englischen Verwaltungsrechts, Dissertation, 2007
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Lectures list

  • Bundesnetzagentur, Informationstag "Netzausbau und Mensch", 17.05.2018
  • Arbeitskreis Verwaltungsrecht des Berliner Anwaltsvereins, Rechtsfragen der Offenhaltung des Flughafens Berlin-Tegel, 22.02.2018
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