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
News: 16 JUNE 2021
Allen & Overy has advised Charterhouse Capital Partners on the acquisition of the telecommunications and software company Telio from Deutsche Beteiligungs AG (DBAG). DBAG invests a portion of the sale…Read more
News: 14 JUNE 2021
Allen & Overy has advised the Roca Group, a world leader in the design, production and marketing of products for the bathroom space, in connection with the acquisition of the German manufacturer…Read more
Publications: 11 JUNE 2021
On 11 June 2021, the German parliament approved the Federal Act on Entrepreneurial Due Diligence Obligations in Supply Chains (“Gesetz über die unternehmerischen Sorgfaltspflichten zur Vermeidung von…Read more
News: 11 MAY 2021
Allen & Overy advises Franz Haniel & Cie GmbH on the sale of ELG Haniel GmbH ("ELG") to Luxembourg-based steel producer Aperam S.A.Read more
The practice advises […] municipal authorities on urban development […] in an environmental and planning law context.
JUVE 2015/2016, Öffentlicher Sektor