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: 09 NOVEMBER 2020
Allen & Overy has advised a syndicate of eight banks in connection with the refinancing of Global Tech I, an offshore wind park in the German North Sea, with a volume of more than half a billion…Read more
Publications: 19 JUNE 2020
What foreign investors need to consider Germany is one of the few countries in the world where the doors are wide open to foreign investment. With an export-oriented national economy, Germany thrives…Read more
Publications: 03 JUNE 2020
The German Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) screening rules were amended, bringing important parts of the health care sector under the regime applicable to critical infrastructure. Some, but not all,…Read more
Publications: 07 MAY 2020
German court rulings rarely find their way into international newspapers – but this one is different: In times of "corona bond"-discussions and further increased bond acquisition programmes of the…Read more
The practice advises […] municipal authorities on urban development […] in an environmental and planning law context.
JUVE 2015/2016, Öffentlicher Sektor