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Environmental law

For many years now, numerous legislative approaches for protecting the environment have been adopted that go substantially beyond the simple granting or revoking of permits. Permits themselves – the granting of them, their maintenance on the sale or restructuring of a company and the consequences of their revocation – nevertheless play a very significant role for our clients. Our expertise covers the entire spectrum of environmental legislation, including the German Federal Immission Control Act (Bundesimmissionsschutzgesetz) and legal requirements relating to water supply and wastewater removal.

We also advise on liability risks and renovation requirements relating to existing contamination in the soil, groundwater or buildings.

Today, chemicals law is predominantly governed at EU level, via the REACH, CLP and Biocidal Products Regulations, for instance. Having advised leading waste-disposal and recycling companies, among others, we have also gained expertise in recycling law, which is equally increasingly being centralised at EU level.

Ultimately, environmental law plays a key role in climate protection and the German government's efforts to transform the supply of the energy market (Energiewende). We are, for instance, currently closely involved in issues relating to the trading of emission certificates, mining and nuclear law, as well as legal questions relating to all aspects of the German Renewable Energy Sources Act (Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz).

 

 

 

News & insights

Trees and sky

Publications: 09 JANUARY 2020

European environmental law and policy: What’s in store for 2020?

The start of a New Year is a good time to take stock as to what we can expect in European environmental law and policy over the next 12 months. Unlike previous years, 2020 is already shaping up to be a momentous year at both a European and member state level particularly as regards climate change. 

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Automotive parts

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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glass front

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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