Matthias combines regulatory know how, commercial thinking and cross-border energy expertise.
Matthias is a partner in the International Energy & Utilities Sector Group at our Düsseldorf office. He is a member of Bird & Bird’s Regulatory & Administrative Practice Group.
He advises German and international clients on energy, regulatory, and environmental law as well as issues arising from public commercial law. He has additional expertise in corporate law, administrative, European and real estate law, as well as standardisation.
Matthias is a former banker, and an environmental and corporate lawyer by training. He advises on complex infrastructure projects, including conventional and renewable energy generation as well planning and permit procedures for extra high voltage lines and other industrial installations. He has worked on numerous transactions in regulated industries, including energy, healthcare, and water. His work includes representing clients before the Federal Network Agency and other authorities in diverse administrative 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 ROHS or the Third Internal Market Packet.
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 commentates on international company law in the “Beck Online Commentary on the Limited Liability Company Act”. He has also published articles about disclosure and information obligations for sellers, buyers and banks in contaminated site transactions, on 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 new 2014 Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG). Matthias also runs the German Energy Blog and frequently speaks at national and international seminars and conferences.