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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).

 

 

 

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News: 22 SEPTEMBER 2021

Allen & Overy advises Germany's leading port operator HHLA on the entry of Chinese COSCO into the terminal business

Allen & Overy has advised Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) in connection with the strategic investment by COSCO Shipping Ports Limited (CSPL) in HHLA Container Terminal Tollerort (CTT).

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News: 21 SEPTEMBER 2021

Allen & Overy advises private equity investor Bridgepoint and PharmaZell on entering into exclusive negotiations with Novasep to create technology-driven leader for complex small molecules and ADCs

Allen & Overy has advised private equity house Bridgepoint through its Germany-based portfolio company PharmaZell GmbH on entering into exclusive negotiations with Lyon-headquartered Groupe Novasep…

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Publications: 02 JULY 2021

Germany’s New Supply Chain Act – Part 4 of 4 – FAQs

This briefing is Part 4 of a series of briefings aiming at providing an overview of the key elements of the new German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act.

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Publications: 02 JULY 2021

Clean hydrogen in Europe: The only way forward is together

Clean hydrogen is a central piece of Europe’s Green Deal goal of reaching climate neutrality. 

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