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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 and insights

Ornate architectural columns

Publications: 15 December 2023

EU’s “Defence of Democracy” Package – new lobbying disclosure requirements to come?

On 12 December 2023, the European Commission adopted its “Defence of Democracy Package”, particularly in view of the upcoming elections for the European Parliament in 2024.

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Publications: 15 December 2023

Germany tightens Federal Lobbying Act

On 24 November 2023, the upper chamber of the German parliament – the Bundesrat – approved relatively extensive changes to the German Federal Lobbying Act (Lobbyregistergesetz, LobbyRG) that had been…

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Digital computing vaults

Publications: 29 September 2023

Update – Germany tightens energy efficiency requirements: New challenges for companies and data centers

On 21 September 2023, the German Parliament passed the heavily discussed German Federal Act on the Increase of Energy Efficiency (Energieeffizienzgesetz – EnEfG) that aims at significantly increasing…

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electric meter

Publications: 09 May 2023

Germany to tighten energy efficiency requirements for buildings, companies and data centres

In April 2023, the German government proposed new legislation that aims to significantly increase energy efficiency requirements for buildings, companies and data centres. The government’s proposals…

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