Public Policy GERMANY

The strategic decisions that companies and associations make often need to be regarded from multiple perspectives, based on legal, economic and political experiences. Our lawyers provide not only pure legal consulting, but also take political and other aspects of public life and perception into consideration in order to enable our clients to optimally realize their business objectives.

Our public policy team is committed to the longstanding tradition of WilmerHale. It has achieved success in countries all over the world in fields in which the law, business and politics come together. Many of our attorneys have many years of experience as political decision makers or experts in administration. The international public policy group includes among its members the long-time general director of the European Commission Claus-Dieter Ehlermann and former German Federal Minister for Transport Matthias Wissmann.

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Seyfarth, Martin

Martin Seyfarth

Partner-in-Charge, Berlin Office

+49 30 20 22 64 30 (t)

martin.seyfarth@wilmerhale.com

Wissmann, Matthias

Matthias Wissmann

Senior International Counsel

+49 30 20 22 64 26 (t)

matthias.wissmann@wilmerhale.com

Seyfarth, Martin

Martin Seyfarth

Partner

+49 30 20 22 64 30 (t)

martin.seyfarth@wilmerhale.com

Wissmann, Matthias

Matthias Wissmann

Senior International Counsel

+49 30 20 22 64 26 (t)

matthias.wissmann@wilmerhale.com

Schleyer, Hanns-Eberhard

Hanns-Eberhard Schleyer

Senior Counsel

+49 30 20 22 63 56 (t)

hanns-eberhard.schleyer@wilmerhale.com

Meschede_Katrin

Dr. Katrin Meschede

Senior Associate

+49 30 20 22 63 25 (t)

katrin.meschede@wilmerhale.com

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Regina Klostermann

Associate

+49 30 20 22 63 05 (t)

regina.klostermann@wilmerhale.com

Experience

The Berlin public policy team counsels on complex projects that relate to the public sphere. For example, we:

  • Provide advice in politically sensitive transactions and infrastructural projects, especially in regulated markets such as the energy, communication and transport industries.
  • Realize public private partnerships (PPP) by offering support services to both private entities and the public sector to ensure the successful design of joint projects.
  • Provide advice in privatization processes by offering consulting services for selling, restructuring and privatizing processes, both for the acquiring party and the selling party.
  • Advise on the national implementation of EU directives, including representing companies and associations on the implementation of the EU End of Life Vehicles Directive, the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive and the EU Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive. We are also strongly involved in designing the collective return system for the can deposit program.
  • Strategically develop alternative proposals in drawing up and implementing new laws.
  • Provide legal analysis and categorize, in terms of their strategic political orientation, legislative projects in Germany and Europe. We have advised investment banks in evaluating new regulations that were planned in various policy fields, while consulting equity investment companies on legislative initiatives in tax policy.
  • the German team represented the German foundation initiative (Stiftungsinitiative der deutschen Wirtschaft) in its negotiations with international partners on the compensation of former forced laborers under National Socialism, which led to the establishment of the German foundation "Erinnerung, Verantwortung und Zukunft ” (Remembering, Responsibility and the Future) while ensuring legal security for German companies in the United States.