Matthias’ clients benefit from his deep entrepreneurial knowledge and longstanding expertise in the international energy and regulatory sector.
He is a partner in our International Energy & Utilities Sector Group, based in our Düsseldorf office. He is also a member of Bird & Bird’s Regulatory & Administrative Practice Group, and sits on the Steering Committee for our global Energy & Utilities Group. Furthermore, he co-heads our Energy Digitalisation Group.
Matthias studied economics at Wirtschaftsakademie Hamburg (now Hamburg School of Business Administration) and worked in the banking sector before he studied law in Trier and Geneva. His PhD at Humboldt University in Berlin was on a topic relating to environmental and corporate law. During his Referendariat (clerkship) he worked in Hamburg, Brussels and London. Following his admittance to the Berlin bar in 1998, he spent a year working as a foreign associate for an international law firm in New York, and following this, was admitted to the Düsseldorf bar since 2002.
His regular advice to clients includes energy, regulatory, and environmental law and he also advises on public commercial legal matters. He also specialises in corporate law, administrative, European, and real estate law, as well as standardisation issues.
With an outstanding track record advising clients on all aspects of the German Energiewende (energy turnaround) and cross-border energy issues, including both conventional and renewable energy generation as well as planning and permit procedures for extra high voltage lines and other industrial installations, he is highly sought after. He has worked on numerous complex infrastructure projects, including transactions in regulated industries, such as energy, healthcare, transportation and water. His work includes representing clients before the Federal Network Agency, ministries and other authorities in diverse administrative, regulatory or legislative proceedings, before national and European courts and in arbitration proceedings. With his team, he has also advised on the transposition of European law, such as the Third Internal Market Package and various European environmental directives and regulations, including REACh, WEEE and ROHS.
Matthias is a regular contributor to conventional and online legal publications. He writes the section on permits for conventional power plants and wind farms for the “Berlin Commentary on Energy Law”. He covers international company law in the “Beck Online Commentary on the Limited Liability Company Act”. He has recently also published articles on oil and gas law in Germany, prosumer legislation, the digitisation of the energy transition, state aid to the coal sector, grid expansion and environmental protection in the extra high voltage grid, on the permitting regime for HVDC lines and the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG). Demonstrating the high regard in which he is held worldwide, Matthias is chairman of the oil and gas committee of the International Bar Association and on the board of the German-American Lawyers' Association (DAJV) for Düsseldorf. He is also listed as top legal practitioner advising on energy law in Euromoney’s 2018 Energy and Best of the Best Expert Guides, the 2018 Who’s Who Legal Energy and the Who’s Who Legal Germany 2018. He frequently speaks at national and international seminars and conferences and teaches post graduate energy and environmental law courses at Technische Universität Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin.