Dr. Martin Geipel

Associated Partner
Practice Group Energy
Practice Group Regulatory & Governmental Affairs

Dr Martin Geipel specialises in the energy industry. His practice focuses on the optimisation of energy costs for industrial and commercial customers, regulatory issues in connection with transactions in the energy sector as well as energy trading. He also advises investors and plant operators in the renewable energy and combined heat and power (CHP) sectors on network connection and network access as well as on marketing capacities and produced energies.


  • Energy Industry
  • Renewable Energies
  • Constitutional and European Law


  • Legal studies at the Universities of Dresden, Sussex (UK), Kiel and Berlin
  • Experience with a energy law firm in Berlin
  • With Noerr since 2009
  • Admitted at the Berlin Chamber of Lawyers

Selected Projects

  • Advising an international energy production and energy trading company with drafting direct marketing agreements in accordance with the German EEG (2016)
  • Advising an international oil and gas trading company on the registration under REMIT in the EU (2016)
  • Advising Veolia on energy law implications of the acquisition of Nuon Energie und Service (2016)
  • Legal opinion for Amprion relating to certain aspects of the duty to pay the surcharge for the promotion of renewable energies (EEG-Umlage) (2016)
  • Advising CN’Air SAS on the acquisition of a wind farm project in northwest Germany, including setting up a holding and joint venture structure (2016)
  • Advising Gardner Denver relating to energy and electricity tax issues (2016)
  • Advising a municipal utility in a restructuring process relating to unbundling and network charges regulation issues (2016)
  • Advising Giesecke & Devrient relating to the obligation to implement an energy audit (2015)
  • Advising a European transmission system operator on regulatory and civil-law aspects of joining a platform for gas capacity booking (2015)
  • Representation of Vinnolit in a State aid examination procedure of the European Commission relating to the limitation of the levy for energy-intensive companies payable under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) as well as in respective legal proceedings before the European Court (2014 - 2016)
  • Advising a leading German research association on grid connection and financial promotion of CHP plants (2015)
  • Advising a large-scale dairy company on the reduction of energy-related costs, in particular power tax and surcharge for the promotion of renewable energies (2015)
  • Advising the German automotive supplier Schmiedetechnik Plettenberg on the limitation scheme for the levy for renewable energy sources (2014)
  • Advising BNP Paribas on voluminous gas trading and storage transactions in Germany and other European countries (2014)
  • Advising the German association of the bio-energy industry (Biogasrat) on the legislative procedure for the new Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) (2014)
  • Advising and representing the market area manager GASPOOL Balancing Services on the collection of claims from balancing excess/ shortfall quantities with exit network operators (2014)
  • Advising Swisspower Renewables on the acquisition of onshore wind farms in Germany (2014)
  • Advising a German group of mineral oil product traders on energy tax issues (2014)
  • Advising a gas storage operator on the regulatory requirements for storage operators in the European Union (2013)

Selected Publications

  • Der Fall Hinkley Point C – Sonderbehandlung für Atomenergie? [The case Hinkley Point C – Special treatment for nuclear energy?] (with Helge Heinricht), in: Jaeger/Haslinger (editors), Beihilferecht Jahrbuch 2016, p. 313 et seq.
  • Novelle des Kraft-Wärme-Kopplungsgesetzes 2016 – ein Überblick [Revision of the 2016 Cogeneration Act – an overview], in: VersorgungsWirtschaft 2/2016, p. 37 et seq.
  • Die Belastung von Eigenstrom mit der EEG-Umlage nach dem EEG 2014 [Burden of surcharge for renewable energies under the Renewable Energies Act 2014 for self-sufficiently produced power] (with Cornelia Kermel), in: Gundel/Lange, Energieversorgung in Zeiten der Energiewende, 2015, p. 107 et seq.
  • Aktuelle Entscheidungen des BGH zu Spannungsklauseln in Energielieferverträgen [Recent Decisions of the Federal Court of Justice re spread clauses in energy supply agreements], in: JM 2015, pp. 238 et seq.
  • Praxisrelevante Neuerungen der besonderen Ausgleichsregelung nach dem EEG 2014 für stromkosten- und handelsintensive Unternehmen [Relevant changes to the special compensation scheme for energy-intensive companies under the EEG 2014] (with Maximilian Uibeleisen), in: NJW 2014, pp. 3276 et seq. and NJOZ 2014, pp. 1641 et seq.
  • Das Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz 2014 (EEG 2014) – ein Überblick über die neuen Regelungen [The Renewable Energies Act 2014 (EEG 2014) – an overview over the new provisions] (with Jan Dinter), in: VersorgungsWirtschaft 8/2014, pp. 201 et seq.
  • Flexstrom, TelDaFax & Co.: Fallstricke und Vorkehrungen bei Insolvenzen im Energiesektor [Flexstrom, TelDaFax & Co.: Pitfalls and precautions in case of insolvencies in the energy sector] (with Philipp Takjas), in: VersorgungsWirtschaft 10/2013, p. 267
  • Unternehmenskauf bei Produzenten erneuerbarer Energien [Acquisition of renewable energy production units] (with Tibor Fedke), in: ZNER 2/2013, pp. 120 et seq.
  • Novelle des Kraft-Wärme-Kopplungsgesetzes 2012 – ein Überblick [Revision of the Cogeneration Act 2012 – an overview] (with Ines Schmidt), in: VersorgungsWirtschaft 7/2012, pp. 173 et seq.
  • Ein Rechtsrahmen für das Laden von Elektromobilen [The legal framework for charging electric cars] (with Christian Mayer), in: mobility 2.0, 1/2012, pp. 22 et seq.