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Dr. Niklas Ganssauge, LL.M. (Berkeley)


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Stadthausbrücke 1-3
20355 Hamburg
Languages German, English, French, Spanish

Energy law expert Niklas Ganssauge advises project developers, plant manufacturers, investors and banks regarding onshore and offshore wind farms and solar projects in Germany and abroad. His advice covers all stages of a project from planning to construction as well as the sale, acquisition and financing of wind and solar projects. Niklas has special expertise in drafting and negotiating general contractor, supply, maintenance and service agreements as well as construction contracts. His practice also includes advising on PPAs for wind and solar projects as well as advising hydrogen projects.

Niklas joined CMS in 2005 and was made partner in 2012. He gained international experience on secondments in Barcelona, New York and with ScottishPower in Glasgow.

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"clear mind", competitor

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2021 (GCLF)

"Recommended" for Energy Law

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2021 (GCLF)

"excellent informed perspectives" (competitor)

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2020 (GCLF)

Relevant experience

  • Advising Wircon GmbH on projects for Aurinko photovoltaic joint venture
  • Advising Stadtwerke München on acquisition of Jasna onshore wind farm project in Poland
  • Advising Encavis on signing a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) and on the financing for the Spanish solar park "Talayuela"
  • Advising Global Tech I Offshore Wind GmbH on comprehensive refinancing
  • Advising Stifel Europe Bank and M.M.Warburg on successful capital increase of Pacifico Renewables Yield AG
  • Advising Wircon on merging its operation and maintenance business for photovoltaic plants with Enovos.
  • Advising RAG Montan Immobilien GmbH on the sale of the German onshore wind farm "Gohlocher Wald"
  • Advising Enercon GmbH in the context of the acquisition of the wind turbine manufacturer Lagerwey
  • Advising Wircon on the acquisition, construction and financing of the largest Dutch solar farm "Delfzijl" (31 MWp)
  • Comprehensive advice to Iberdrola Renovables in the context of the development and construction of the German offshore wind farm "Wikinger"
  • Advising Wirsol on the development, construction and financing of solar farm projects in Germany and abroad
  • Advising Wircon on the acquisition, construction and financing of the largest solar farm in Scandinavia (61 MWp)
  • Advising montanSOLAR on the development, construction and sale of solar farm projects in Germany
  • Advising Iberdrola Renovables on the sale of its German onshore wind farm portfolio to MVV Energie
  • Advising Stadtwerke München on the investment in wpd's European onshore wind operations
  • Advising EnBW on operation and service agreements in the context of the investment of Macquarie Capital in the German offshore wind farm "Baltic2"
  • Advising Chorus Group on the acquisition and financing of two solar farms in Italy (10MWp) as well as on the acquisition and financing of a wind farm in France
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  • Solar Power - A Practical Handbook, Country Report Germany, Globe Law and Business, 2018
  • Projektverträge: GU-Vertrag und Servicevertrag, Beitrag in: „Solarvorhaben“, Jörg Böttcher (Hrsg.), 2012
  • Förderung Erneuerbarer Energien in Deutschland und Spanien, Economia 2009, p. 70
  • Faszination Erneuerbare Energien - Rechtliche Herausforderungen bei der Strukturierung eines EEG-Projektes, azur, Anwaltskarriere 2008
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  • 2002 - 2004: Trainee lawyer in Hamburg
  • 2001 - 2002: Ph.D., thesis on international private law topic
  • 2000 - 2001: LL.M., University of California, Berkeley
  • 1994 - 1999: Law studies in Kiel including studies in Lyon (1996) and Barcelona (1997/1998)
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CMS ad­vises Wir­con GmbH on pro­jects for Aurinko photo­vol­ta­ic joint ven­ture
Ham­burg – In­vest­ment com­pany x+bricks has es­tab­lished the Aurinko joint ven­ture to­geth­er with the Hopp fam­ily of­fice with the aim of con­struct­ing around 45 PV sys­tems by the end of 2022 on the roofs...
Law and reg­u­la­tion of con­sequen­tial dam­ages clauses in the en­ergy sec­tor...
1. Do the words “con­sequen­tial loss” have a giv­en mean­ing in law? Ger­man law – un­like Eng­lish or oth­er com­mon law jur­is­dic­tions – does not ex­pli­citly re­cog­nise the terms “con­sequen­tial loss”...
CMS ad­vises Glob­al Tech I off­shore wind farm on com­pre­hens­ive re­fin­an­cing
Ham­burg – Glob­al Tech Off­shore Wind GmbH, the op­er­at­ing com­pany be­hind the 400 MW Glob­al Tech I wind farm in the North Sea, has com­pleted a com­pre­hens­ive re­fin­an­cing of ex­ist­ing loans. The wind farm...
CMS ad­vises En­cav­is on sign­ing a long-term PPA and the fin­an­cing for a...
Ham­burg – CMS has ad­vised En­cav­is on sign­ing a long-term power pur­chase agree­ment (PPA) and on the fin­an­cing for a Span­ish sol­ar park. The ten-year PPA was con­cluded with a lead­ing in­ter­na­tion­al util­ity...
CMS ad­vises Stadtwerke München on ac­quis­i­tion of Jasna on­shore wind farm...
Stut­tgart / Warsaw – The mu­ni­cip­ally owned util­ity com­pany Stadtwerke München has ac­quired the Jasna wind farm pro­ject in Po­land from de­veloper WKN and its sub­si­di­ary Sevivon, which both be­long to...
CMS ad­vises Wir­con on mer­ging op­er­a­tions and main­ten­ance busi­ness (O&M)...
Ham­burg – En­ov­os Re­new­ables O&M GmbH has taken over the O&M activ­it­ies of Wir­con GmbH and ac­quired all the shares in Wirsol O&M GmbH. At the same time, Wir­con GmbH has been giv­en an op­tion to ac­quire...
CMS ad­vises WIR­CON on con­struc­tion of largest sol­ar park in the Neth­er­lands
Ham­burg – The largest sol­ar park in the Neth­er­lands, Sun­port Delfz­ijl, opened today. It be­longs to the Ger­man WIR­CON Group, a pro­ject de­veloper and en­ergy ser­vice pro­vider op­er­at­ing un­der the WIRSOL...
WIRSOL suc­cess­fully ad­vised by CMS: Ma­jor Ger­man sol­ar park con­nec­ted to...
Ham­burg – One of the largest Ger­man sol­ar power plants of the year has now been con­nec­ted to the grid. The Plütscheid plant in the fed­er­al state of Rhine­land-Palat­in­ate gen­er­ates peak power of al­most...
CMS ad­vises WIR­CON GmbH on real­isa­tion of biggest sol­ar park in Scand­inavia
Ham­burg – WIR­CON GmbH has com­pleted con­struc­tion of the Ler­chen­borg sol­ar park near the Dan­ish coastal town of Kalun­d­borg. The sol­ar power plant has a rated out­put of around 61 mega­watt peak (MWp)...
CMS ad­vises Joh. Ber­en­berg, Gos­sler & Co. KG on IPO of Chor­us Clean En­ergy...
Frank­furt am Main – CHOR­US Clean En­ergy AG, an op­er­at­or of sol­ar and wind parks based in Neu­biberg near Mu­nich, has suc­cess­fully com­pleted its IPO. The shares have been trad­ing in the Prime Stand­ard...
CMS ad­vised suc­cess­ful in re­la­tion to the leg­al struc­tur­ing and pro­ject...
Ham­burg – High­land Group Hold­ings Ltd., Siemens Fin­an­cial Ser­vices and Copen­ha­gen In­fra­struc­ture II, a fund man­aged by Copen­ha­gen In­fra­struc­ture Part­ners ar­ranged suc­cess­fully the fin­an­cing of Veja...
EnBW suc­cess­fully ad­vised by CMS: in­vest­ment by Macquar­ie Cap­it­al in off­shore...
Stut­tgart - EnBW has sold 49.89% of the shares in off­shore wind farm EnBW Balt­ic 2 to Aus­trali­an private equity in­vestor Macquar­ie Cap­it­al. The pur­chase agree­ment for the trans­ac­tion has now been signed...