Christof Federwisch

Rechtsanwalt (Lawyer)
Head of Energy
Practice Group: Regulatory & Governmental Affairs

Christof Federwisch specialises in power generation plants as well as energy infrastructure and has, for many years, advised banks, initiators and operators of energy installations on the implementation, the acquisition and the financing of their projects.


  • Energy law
  • Environmental law
  • Constitutional law


  • Legal studies at the Humboldt-University of Berlin
  • Trained as an industrial business management administrator (company degree and training program at Siemens AG, Berlin)
  • Experience abroad: Internship in Washington (USA)
  • With Noerr since 2002
  • Admitted to the Frankfurt Chamber of Lawyers

Selected Projects

  • Industrial consortium Advice on the setting up of a joint venture for the establishment of a hydrogen filling station infrastructure
  • Deutsche Landesbank Advice on project financing for solar parks in the United Kingdom
  • EDF – Electricité de France Advice on the realization of a modern gas and steam turbine power station in Brandenburg
  • International transmission system operator Advice on the European energy wholesale regulations (REMIT/EMIR)
  • Representing a project developer on the development of a large-scale onshore wind farm in Hessen
  • Swisspower Renewables Advice on the planned acquisition of wind parks in Germany
  • BNP Paribas Advice on high-volume gas trading and gas storage agreements
  • IBERDROLA Renovables Advice on the realization of offshore wind parts in the German EEZ
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Advice on the global amalgamation of its thermal power plant divisions with Hitachi
  • Goch town authorities Comprehensive advice on the awarding of energy concession agreements
  • ADM International Sàrl Advice on the implementation of the German Biofuel Sustainability Ordinance (Biokraftstoff-Nachhaltigkeitsverordnung)


  • Frequently recommended lawyer for energy law, JUVE Handbuch (2017/2018)
  • Frequently recommended lawyer for environmental and planning law, JUVE Handbuch (2017/2018)
  • Recommended as a lawyer with an industry focus on energy, Legal 500 Deutschland (2018)
  • Recommended as a lawyer for environmental and planning law, Legal 500 Deutschland (2018)
  • Recommended as a leading lawyer for energy, Who’s Who Legal Germany (2017)
  • Recommended lawyer for energy and renewables, Chambers Europe: Germany (2017)
  • “He is a true expert in the [energy] field. Clients describe him as ‘very user-friendly’, ‘results-driven’ and a ‘real asset’.”, Who’s Who Legal Germany, 2014
  • “Clients recommend renewable energy specialist Christof Federwisch for his ‘creativity and ideas. He knows how to use the law in the interest of his client’.”, Chambers Europe, 2014

Selected Publications

  • Author of Beck online commentary on public construction law; comments on the regulations on urban development measures in connection with measures to improve the agricultural structure and the regulations for determining the value of plots of land (sec. 187 – 199 German Building Code), as of 2018
  • Ermittlung von Mindestabständen zwischen Windenergieanlagen und Schutzobjekten. Der probabilistische Ansatz im immissionsschutzrechtlichen Genehmigungsverfahren (Determining minimum distances between wind turbines and protected objects. The probabilistic approach in emissions control approval procedures), in: ZNER 2018, 31 et seq.
  • Flugsicherheit bremst Windenergie aus, in: ZfBR 06/2015, p. 542 et seq.
  • Rechtliche Rahmenbedingungen für Projekte der Erneuerbaren Energien in Polen (Legal framework for renewable energy projects in Poland), in: Rechtliche Rahmenbedingungen für EE-Projekte, 2015
  • Ausgestaltung von Biomasselieferverträgen bei Biokraftstoffvorhaben (Design of biomass supply contracts in biofuel projects) (withTibor Fedke), in: Biokraftstoffe und Biokraftstoffprojekte, 2014
  • Windenergieanlagen im Störfeuer der Flugsicherung, in: NVwZ 2014, p. 403 et seq.
  • Business Improvement Districts – Leitlinien zur Verwirklichung von BID-Projekten in Deutschland (with Holger Schmitz), in: HDE, 2014
  • Das Recht der Erneuerbaren Energien in Deutschland, in: Erneuerbare Energien, ed. von Iberdrola, Pamplona 2010
  • Zulässigkeit von Biomasseanlage (Admissibility of biomass plants) (with Holger Schmitz), 1st ed. 2008, published by the Brandenburg Ministry of Infrastructure and Urban Planning
  • Einzelhandel und Planungsrecht (Retail and planning law)(mit Holger Schmitz), 1st ed. 2005, Erich Schmidt Verlag