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Public Law

The dynamic developments which both the economy and society are currently experiencing mean in turn that the regulatory framework in which companies, banks and investors, as well as governmental agencies and local public authorities, operate is changing at an ever increasing pace.

The German government's efforts to transform the supply of the energy market (Energiewende), the impact of digitalisation on all business models, new mobility concepts, demographic change, Brexit and the stricter requirements placed on the quality of administrative and participation procedures are just some factors on which the lawyers at Allen & Overy work together with companies from a broad range of industries on a daily basis, providing competent, legally sound, pragmatic and swift advice in local, national or international contexts.

We ensure that our clients are aware of the interplay between the various levels of legislation, each following its own, entirely independent legislative approach, in terms of public international, EU, federal, state and local law and bring together the legal evaluation of issues from the contrasting perspectives of various jurisdictions across the world.

Our qualified lawyers have been working in a highly specialised way for many years, a significant proportion have gathered practical experience in public administration and some have also gained a specialist qualification for German administrative law. The long-standing, deep-rooted integration in Allen & Overy's German and global networks means that the team is perfectly equipped to tackle complex projects which are often characterised by the numerous interfaces with other practice groups, such as Employment & Benefits, Data Protection, Intellectual Property, Corporate/M&A, Real Estate, Antitrust and Dispute Resolution.

Our legal expertise, combined with sector- and market-specific knowledge, supports decision-makers in both the private and public sectors. Our clients often benefit in particular from our wealth of experience in negotiating contractual agreements which strike a balance between public and private interests. In case of conflicts, we can represent you before the relevant courts of law right up to constitutional and European courts, as well as in proceedings before arbitral tribunals or other judicial panels.

Through our involvement in legal associations and various bodies, regular lectures and publications, we are repeatedly presented with the opportunity to analyse the latest developments in a broader scope beyond one to one application and the exclusively legal context and to make our contribution to the general discussion.

News & insights

Publications: 12 DECEMBER 2019

Allen & Overy publishes seventh edition of The Business and Human Rights Review

Allen & Overy’s Human Rights Working Group is pleased to announce the publication of the seventh edition of The Business and Human Rights Review.  

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News: 06 NOVEMBER 2019

Allen & Overy advises Kendrion on acquiring INTORQ

Allen & Overy has advised Kendrion N.V. (Kendrion), headquartered in Zeist (Netherlands) on acquiring INTORQ GmbH & Co. KG (INTORQ), a German manufacturer of brakes and clutches.

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Publications: 20 DECEMBER 2018

Foreign direct investment screening: Germany lowers FDI screening threshold for certain industries

On 19th of December 2018, the German government adopted amendments to the foreign direct investment screening regime.

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Publications: 02 AUGUST 2018

Foreign direct investment screening: Germany is getting tougher with non-European investors

On 1st of August 2018, the German government issued the first ever (precautionary) order prohibiting the acquisition of a German business by a foreign investor – the Leifeld case.

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The dynamic developments which both the economy and society are currently experiencing mean in turn that the regulatory framework in which companies, banks and investors, as well as governmental agencies and local public authorities, operate is changing at an ever-increasing pace.