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Dr. Friedrich von Burchard


CMS Hasche Sigle
Kasernenstraße 43-45
40213 Duesseldorf
Languages German, English

Friedrich von Burchard advises on energy law, regulation, renewable energies, in the upstream oil and gas sector as well as on managing stakeholders in complex energy and infrastructure projects. Having previously worked for several energy companies, he has long-standing in-house knowledge in German and European energy law, e.g. in the field of energy contract law, regulation and business processes in the electricity and gas industry, in all project and joint venture contracts in the upstream sector and in M&A transactions in the energy industry. His legal advisory work is complemented by regularly supporting his clients in dealing with public authorities on a German and European level.

Friedrich has been a partner since 2012. Prior to that, he worked in the energy industry: In 1989, he joined Ruhrgas AG where he subsequently held different positions within the company. From 2004 onwards, he headed E.ON AG’s regulatory management division. In 2008, he transferred to E.ON Ruhrgas AG to head the company’s energy regulation department. Until 2018 he was also the long-standing chairman of the German gas industry’s delegation that negotiates the Gas Cooperation Agreement and of the System User Committee of the European Association Eurogas.

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Relevant experience

  • Undertaking a study for Open Grid Europe GmbH on the European and German legal framework for hydrogen
  • City of Frankfurt am Main | Advice on pilot project regarding hydrogen mobility concept, run by the city of Frankfurt in cooperation with Mainova AG
  • Hanseatic Energy Hub GmbH | Advice during applying procedure for an exceptional approval by the German regulator, BNetzA (Federal Network Agency), for the LNG terminal in Stade
  • Advising N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie / Gasunie Deutschland Transportservices GmbH on the acquisition of a stake in the EUGAL pipeline project
  • Advising and representing GASPOOL Balancing Services GmbH / NetConnect Germany GmbH & Co. KG in the areas of grid access and balancing
  • Representing Upside Consulting GmbH in civil law proceedings and abuse proceedings regarding tariffs for decentralised supply from battery banks
  • Representing a transmission system operator in arbitration proceedings regarding fundamental market and network access issues
  • Representing a transmission operator in civil proceedings regarding the termination of transmission contracts
  • Representing Open Grid Europe GmbH in abuse proceedings conducted by Bundesnetzagentur regarding within-day capacities
  • Advising industrial customers / autoproducers regarding EEG /KWKG issues as well as energy supply and network access contracts
  • Advising an international investor on obtaining a special approval from the regulatory authority for a gas pipeline project in Germany
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Memberships & Roles

  • International Bar Association (member of the oil and gas law committee)
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  • Die Weiterentwicklung des Gasnetzzugangs – Kooperationsvereinbarung Gas X, in: Versorgungswirtschaft 2018, p. 261
  • Referentenentwurf des BMWi zur Aenderung der Gasnetzzugangsverordnung, in: Versorgungswirtschaft 2017, p. 172
  • Smart energy - Integration von Nachfrage und Erzeugung im sich wandelnden Energiemarkt, in: Gundel/Lange (Hrsg.), Energieversorgung zwischen Energiewende und Energieunion, Mohr Siebeck, 2017, p. 95
  • GasNZV und Kooperationsvereinbarung, DVGW Energie/Wasser-Praxis, 11/2010
  • Anreizregulierung, Interview mit e/m/w, 4/2006
  • Energiemaerkte und Energieregulierung, Interview mit e/m/w, 4/2005
  • Kommentierung der Art. 86, 154-156 EGV, in: Schwarze (Hrsg.), EU-Kommentar, Nomos Verlag, 1. Aufl. 2000
  • Netzzugang im Bereich der Gasversorgung, in: Schwarze (Hrsg.), Der Netzzugang für Dritte im Wirtschaftsrecht, Nomos Verlag, 1999, p. 191
  • Die europaeische Gasrichtlinie – eine erste Zwischenbilanz, ET 1998, p. 782 (mit Riemer)
  • Zur Frage der Zulaessigkeit einer Individualklage gem. Art. 173 Abs. 4 EWGV gegen Richtlinien, EuZW 1995, 255
  • Natural Gas and EU Energy Law, Nomos Verlag, 1995 (mit Eckert)
  • Vertrag ueber die Europaeische Union: Auswirkungen auf die Rechtsetzungsverfahren nach dem EWGV, DOEV 1992, S. 1035
  • Third Party Access and European Law, EuZW 1992, p. 693
  • Die Kompetenzen der EG-Kommission nach Art. 90 III EWGV, EuZW 1991, p. 339
  • Der Rechtsschutz natuerlicher und juristischer Personen gegen EG-Richtlinien gemaess Art. 173 Abs. 2 EG-Vertrag, EuR 1991, p. 140
  • Das Umgehungsgeschaeft beim Waffenexport in Drittlaender aus strafrechtlicher Sicht, Verlag Peter Lang, 1987
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Lectures list

  • "The Future of Hydrogen", IBA Conference 2019, Seoul, 26.09.2019
  • "The EU Winter Package – Shaping the European Energy Market", CMS Energy Group Workshop, Bratislava, 05.10.2018
  • "Trendsetting im Gas - Aktuelle Entwicklungen", BDEW-Infotag "Perspektiven in der Daten- und Marktkommunikation", Frankfurt, 30.05.2017
  • "Energy for Industry: Mining, Automotive, Manufacturing”, 11th German-African-Energy Forum, Hamburg, 25.04.2017
  • "Geplante Aenderungen der GasNZV“, Treffen der deutschen Energiejuristen der IBA SEERIL, Muenchen, 17.03.2017
  • "Contracting und Insolvenz: Warnsignale und Krisenmanagement“, Forum Contracting Jahres-tagung 2017, Berlin, 02.03.2017
  • "KoV – Kooperationsvereinbarung IX", GAT, Essen, 10.11.2016
  • "EU Natural Gas Legislation", Bukarest, 30.09.2016
  • "Smart energy - Integration von Nachfrage und Erzeugung im sich wandelnden Energiemarkt", 7. Bayreuther Energierechtstage, 10./11.03.2016
  • "Von der Kooperationsvereinbarung zum German Grid Code", Oldenburger Gastage, 01.12.2011
  • "Kooperationsvereinbarung IV – Stand und Ausblick", Berlin, 22.06.2011
  • "CAM Network Code Development", ENTSOG workshop, Brüssel, 19.05.2011
  • "Chancen und Risiken einer Europäisierung der Regulierung aus Unternehmenssicht", ICG-Branchentreffen Gas, München, 30.03.2011
  • "GasNZV und Kooperationsvereinbarung", gat, Stuttgart, 01.12.2010
  • "Gabi Gas: Das neue Bilanzierungssystem für Erdgas ab dem 01.10.2008", Essen, 13.03.2009
  • "Gas Markets and Regulation", Essen, 04.12.2008
  • "Umsetzungsanforderungen an die Gaswirtschaft" (Umsetzung des Regel- und Ausgleichsenergiemarktes Gas), gat, Dortmund, 12.11.2008
  • "Der Netzbetreiber und die Regulierung", Treffpunkt Netze, Berlin, 27.05.2008
  • "Anreizregulierung als Form der Entgeltregulierung am Beispiel Elektrizität und Eisenbahnen", BDI-BNetzA-Regulierungskonferenz, Berlin, 08.04.2008
  • "Regulatory Issues in the German Gas Industry", World Gas Conference, Amsterdam, 2006
  • "Das Anreizregulierungsmodell der E.ON AG", Euroforum, Berlin, 07.12.2005
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  • PhD on a criminal/public law topic
  • Trainee lawyer in Essen
  • Law studies in Freiburg
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CMS Get-to­geth­er at the IBA An­nu­al Meet­ing 2016, Wash­ing­ton, DC
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