With Oexle Kopp-Assenmacher Lück, almost 20 lawyers from the law firms Köhler & Klett and Kopp-Assenmacher & Nusser join forces across locations. Thanks to the combined and integrated expertise of the participating lawyers with their complementary experience and service portfolios, Oexle Kopp-Assenmacher Lück is one of the most prominent law firms in environmental and planning law in Germany.
Your navigators through environmental law,
planning law and public procurement law
“«first-class and at a very high scientific level»”JUVE Handbook of Commercial Law Firms (JUVE Handbuch Wirtschaftskanzleien)
“«highly qualified and dedicated»”LEGAL 500 – Germany’s Leading Law Firms
“«…enjoys an excellent reputation nationwide in environmental and technology law and is one of the strongest law firms in these practice areas. »”JUVE Handbook of Commercial Law Firms (JUVE Handbuch Wirtschaftskanzleien)
“«convinces through great technical understanding and extreme specialisation»”LEGAL 500 – Germany’s Leading Law Firms
“«is one of the leading German law firms in environmental, planning and technology law due to the combination of legal and technical know-how»”Handbook Law Firms in Germany (Handbuch Kanzleien in Deutschland)
Wir stehen für exzellente und prospektive Rechtsberatung
As part of our strategic development, we are pooling our existing competencies and experience across all locations in the new practice group „Climate, Transformation and Industrial Modernisation“ to advise our clients on the transformation of Germany as an industrial location towards climate neutrality. We are striving for further growth and are recruiting young and creative minds with a „next generation“ culture.
Neue Praxisgruppe Klima, Transformation und industrielle Modernisierung
Oexle Kopp-Assenmacher Lück combines the existing competencies and experience in environmental and planning law to form a new practice group „Climate, Transformation and Industrial Modernisation“. We advise our clients across our offices in transforming Germany as an industrial location towards climate neutrality with all its effects on the infrastructure as well as on existing processes, resources and products.
Oexle Kopp-Assenmacher Lück understand themselves as legal navigators and planning partners in climate protection law and all related legal areas. Our clients from industry, medium-scale businesses and the public sector benefit from even broader, more profound and more prospective legal advice based on existing expertise and experience.
Oexle Kopp-Assenmacher Lück provide outstanding consulting services. Decision-makers from industry, medium-scale businesses and the public sector value us as experienced navigators. Our legal advice creates added value. We open up scope for action and creative design.
Industrial transformation, climate protection, and circular economy
The fossil age, which long ago began with the invention of the coal-fired steam engine, is coming to an end with the decarbonisation of industrial processes already underway. Achieving the central climate protection goal – „net zero emissions“ – requires what is arguably the most ambitious economic modernisation process since the industrial revolution. The transformation into a climate-compatible, sustainable low-emission economy can only succeed through substantial investment, fundamental innovation, and entrepreneurial strategic foresight.
An important component of this industrial transformation is the realisation of a system focusing on circular economy. According to calculations by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, circular economy has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in key industrial sectors by 45 percent. This involves much more than the classic circular economy which is primarily targeted at the waste stage of products. A comprehensive circular economy is based on a lifecycle approach of closed production cycles and requires a fundamentally new design of products and production processes.
For years, we have been advising clients across industries and sectors on all legal issues related to the realisation of decarbonisation and circular economy. We actively shape the legal framework and support our clients from a wide range of industries in meeting the diverse challenges of industrial change.
Circular economy and disposal of waste
The importance of circular economy is growing, also because it has the potential to significantly reduce CO2 emissions. Circular economy is thus one of the key sectors on the way to the necessary decoupling of growth from resource consumption. However, the current legal framework does not yet take sufficient account of this finding; on the contrary, it hinders the development of circular economy in many places and sets wrong priorities.
However, a rethink is emerging here: The climate policy profile of circular economy has recently been clearly sharpened in political programmes such as the European Green Deal, the European Circular Economy Action Plan and the Coalition Agreement 2021 – 2025. If policymakers follow up these programme principles with action, the circular economy, which for reasons of health and environmental protection must be accompanied, at least until system perfection, by the reduction of pollutants, such as through the incineration and landfilling of pre-treated waste, is about to receive a huge boost. We are looking forward to accompanying the industry, in which we are deeply rooted, in this development.
Industrial facilities and strategic procedural management
Industrial and commercial facilities must be adapted to progressive and dynamic environmental standards at regular intervals. One example of this is the new “TA Luft 2021” (Technical Instructions on Air Quality Control 2021), which, among other things, implements a number of European requirements – in particular the BAT conclusions. Plant operators continue to invest in waste gas purification and emission reduction technologies, develop decarbonisation strategies and implement them. Plant-related adaptation requirements can also result from changes in market and customer requirements. A key competitive factor for the success of industrial and commercial plant operators today lies in the efficiency of immission control licensing procedures.
In providing legal advice, we rely on precise legal expertise, an understanding of the operational and technical context, communicative intuition, strategic procedural management and assertiveness. We have many years of experience in almost all branches of industry and, if necessary, can draw on a broad network of engineering firms, associations and other organisations. This enables us to provide tailor-made legal services – from the planning and design of plants to their ongoing operation.
Renewable energies and hydrogen
The switch to electricity and heat from renewable energies requires further – also decentralised – expansion of wind, solar and bioenergy projects. We support companies and the public sector in the realisation of projects for the expansion of renewable energies. Our expertise covers all legal aspects to be dealt with in the relevant planning and licensing procedures. We are familiar with the relevant issues and challenges of such projects.
We also advocate instruments for the urgently needed acceleration of planning and licensing. In this context, we support, for example, uniform nationwide assessment methods – for example, in the assessment of the protection of species in connection with wind energy and grid expansion projects.
Energy-intensive industries in particular have been investing in innovative processes for years in order to largely and permanently reduce process-related greenhouse gas emissions that cannot be avoided or can only be avoided with difficulty under the current state of the art. Hydrogen can become a key technology here. We support and assist companies in this transformation – especially with regard to the various fields of application of hydrogen and its infrastructural connection.
Infrastructure and planning
The energy and transport infrastructure in Germany is undergoing a massive modernisation process involving a significant need for investment. On the way to a CO2-neutral economy, railroads need to be modernised, ports and waterways expanded and high-performance power lines built. The political expansion targets for such spatially demanding infrastructure projects must be reconciled with a large number of environmental protection standards; they are also the focus of particular public attention. In regional planning and planning approval procedures, as well as in other approval procedures, scientific and legal issues are intertwined. It is necessary to work through the technical legal details while at the same time keeping a consistent eye on the project as a whole. Due to our comprehensive expertise – covering all sub-areas of environmental and planning law – in the same sub-areas of environmental and planning law, our many years of practical experience in dealing with approval authorities, experts and the public, as well as our team strength, we have all the competencies required to successfully support our clients in the realisation of their projects.
Water and wastewater
Water and wastewater law, including the law on administrative fees, has traditionally been one of our main areas of expertise. In addition to classical problems in this area, issues of water management, water withdrawal, prioritisation of use, water reuse, protection against heavy rainfall and floods, and the expansion and reconstruction of water management infrastructures have once again become the focus of our legal practice – not least due to the consequences of climate change. In addition, we deal with the implementation of the objectives of the Water Framework Directive, the individual design of management plans, licences under water law and plant-related water protection.
Plant protection products and fertilisers
Plant protection products and fertilisers make an important contribution to plant health and crop production. The requirements for these products are harmonised within the European Union. They ensure a uniform and high level of protection for human and animal health and the environment; in addition, they ensure the competitiveness of agriculture.
We advise companies in the crop protection and fertiliser industries on all regulatory issues as well as on the drafting of contracts.
Our well-established team of public procurement law experts attaches great importance to the highest quality and comprehensive support in all types of procurement procedures as well as time-critical procurement projects. We advise companies on their participation in public procurement procedures and the awarding bodies on the structuring and implementation of such procedures. Among other things, new legal requirements – such as those relating to sustainable and innovative procurement – must be taken into account. We have many years of experience and in-depth industry knowledge, particularly in the areas of waste management and disposal, environment, transport, healthcare, construction, infrastructure and architecture. Procurement law is not an island for us: Where necessary for success, we work closely with our environmental, municipal and corporate lawyers, your tax lawyers and technical consultants.
State aid and subsidies
In most cases, state aid or subsidies can only be awarded subject to the fulfilment of regulatory conditions. When structuring and granting public subsidies, loans and guarantees, it is necessary to take into account a wide range of national as well as Community legal framework conditions. We advise state aid and subsidy providers as well as private and public companies in the role of the grant recipient. We have many years of experience in state aid law and in-depth knowledge of the waste management and disposal, environment, transport, healthcare, construction, infrastructure and architecture sectors. Whether investment and expansion measures, monument protection and development projects, modernisation, privatisation and PPP (Public-Private Partnership), crisis aid and competition issues – we guide you through the pitfalls of subsidy and state aid law.
Contracts and corporate management
We advise on the drafting of articles of association, restructuring, corporate transactions as well as on strategic issues of corporate management. In addition to outstanding legal expertise, this requires entrepreneurial understanding, foresight in anticipating problems and creativity in developing the best possible solutions.
We also have particular expertise in drafting contracts at the interface with environmental law. Environmental law requirements must often be implemented by the market players concerned through civil law contracts. The task of drafting such contracts in a legally secure and practicable manner requires not only special legal expertise in civil and environmental law, but also in-depth industry knowledge and the ability to develop innovative solutions. In our law firm, such contracts are drafted and formulated in close cooperation between contract lawyers and environmental lawyers.
Litigation and dispute resolution
We advise and represent you in corporate law disputes and develop litigation strategies as well as strategies for out-of-court settlement of such conflicts.
We advise and represent you in asserting or defending civil liability claims as well as in state liability cases involving environmental law that are brought before the civil courts. In doing so, we combine our outstanding competence in environmental law with outstanding expert knowledge in civil litigation.
We advise and represent companies in the defence of climate lawsuits in which injunctive relief is sought and/or liability claims are asserted against companies under aspects of climate protection law.
Compliance, due diligence and crisis management
We advise in the context of compliance and due diligence audits. We identify environmental risks, assess them legally and develop practical solutions. Our exceptional specialisation and many years of experience in environmental law, which is not limited to transactional business, as well as our broad and resilient network, give our clients the decisive edge.
Our consulting services also include the development and implementation of company-specific compliance systems as well as their review and optimisation.
In addition, we have many years of experience in supporting companies in environmentally relevant crisis situations. We are able to act quickly and advise on the immediate measures to be taken as well as the proper communication with environmental authorities, public prosecutors, media and stakeholders. Finally, we work out reliable strategies for the final solution of the problems and implement them with our clients.
Special public law issues
As a result of the firm’s specialisation in technical issues which are constantly and dynamically developing, the clarification of legal questions which have not yet been conclusively clarified in case law and jurisprudence is part of our everyday professional work. In particular, the manifold intersections between administrative law and constitutional and European law must be taken into account.
The basis for the proper resolution of such novel and exceptional legal issues is our in-depth knowledge of public law, our confident command of legal methods, our comprehensive understanding of systems, and our ability to quickly grasp new or unfamiliar legal topics. The knowledge and experience we have gained through our work at the forefront of environmental and planning law enable us to provide competent advice to clients in unique case constellations, even outside the core area of our specialisation, and to assist in the resolution of legal problems in all areas of public law.
We understand ourselves as partners and navigators for our clients. We accompany our clients on their way into the future in a complex and dynamic regulatory environment.
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We are still looking for team players with a passion for environmental, planning and public procurement law. Bright minds who will work with us to further develop the innovative practice group „Climate, Transformation and Industrial Modernisation“. Sounds exciting? It is!
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