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
Publications: 27 MARCH 2020
Massive economic effects of Covid-19 on the real estate sector, in particular, on lease agreements.Read more
Publications: 20 MARCH 2020
Foreign investors who consider to acquire German companies in the coming weeks or months should pay attention the following:Read more
Publications: 16 MARCH 2020
In order to contain the Coronavirus the German federal states as well as the German government have put strict measures into place. Schools and kindergartens have been closed as well as borders to most neighbouring states for private travel. In order to mitigate the economic consequences, the German government announced a comprehensive package of measures.Read more
News: 25 FEBRUARY 2020
Allen & Overy has advised Stadtreinigung Hamburg (SRH) on the takeover of all shares in the Rugenberger Damm waste incineration plant (MVR).Read more
The practice advises […] municipal authorities on urban development […] in an environmental and planning law context.
JUVE 2015/2016, Öffentlicher Sektor