Holger Schmitz

Rechtsanwalt (Lawyer), Graduate in Geography, Partner

Regulatory and Governmental Affairs
Energy & Infrastructure
Compliance & Investigations
Environmental Social and Governance

Holger Schmitz

Holger Schmitz has comprehensive experience in providing regulatory advice on demanding transaction matters and regularly supports companies in state-regulated markets during licensing and authorisation procedures. Holger has also been advising and representing federal and state authorities as well as municipalities for many years on preparing and implementing complex infrastructure projects.


  • Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy: Advising the ministry on the legislative package to reorganise the financing of nuclear waste disposal (decommissioning, dismantling, temporary and permanent storage) and to establish a fund in the form of a foundation under public law
  • Federal State Government of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: Advising the state government on wind energy
  • Global Energy Interconnection Research Institute Europe: Advising this subsidiary of State Grid Corporation of China, the world’s largest network operator, on its entry into the German market
  • State Chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia: Advising the chancellery on establishing a spatial development plan
  • Landesvereinigung der Milchwirtschaft Niedersachsen: Advising the Dairy Association of Lower Saxony on the formal investigation procedure by the European Commission regarding State aid under milk and fat legislation
  • EDF – Electricité de France on the development of a high-capacity gas and steam turbine power station in Brandenburg
  • Veolia: Advising the environmental solutions company on the sale of an interest in water company Berliner Wasserbetriebe to Land Berlin


  • "Very competent from a professional and legal point of view", "innovative", clients, Juve Handbook (2022)
  • “Competent and dedicated manner, excellent written submissions, opinions and correspondence.”, Juve Handbook (2019)
  • “Holger Schmitz advises on various public law mandates ranging from judicial review proceedings regarding coal phase-out and planning procedures for renewable energy systems to emissions control and EEG levies. Clients appreciate Holger Schmitz for being "a very experienced and established lawyer, who has seen it all and just represents the client's interests with aplomb. He also guides the mandate and is always available." ”, Chambers Europe (2021)
  • “Holger Schmitz is acknowledged by market sources as a key player and "a name you hear again and again in notable projects." He frequently acts for federal ministries on both contentious and non-contentious mandates relating to energy projects.“, Chambers Europe (2019)
  • “Holger Schmitz is an experienced adviser in the regulatory field. He has a strong public law background, and advises on a range of constitutional, administrative and planning law matters, in addition to his strength in grid charges and power generation.”, Chambers Europe (2018)
  • “Interviewees opine that Holger Schmitz ‘focuses strongly on the client’s needs, which he is able to combine with knowledge of the complexity of regulatory affairs in order to find the best solution’.”, Chambers Europe (2017)
  • “Holger Schmitz [...] often acts on matters of political significance at both a national and European level and is well placed to assist corporate clients with energy issues.”, Cham-bers Europe (2017)
  • “Holger Schmitz is highly experienced in the management of transactions.”, Legal 500 Germany (2017)
  • “Holger Schmitz is praised for his ‘first-rate’ regulatory advice on demanding transactional matters in the sector. Moreover, his practice ‘is set up to ensure the success of his clients in complex and testing environments’.”, Who’s Who Legal Germany (2015)
  • “The versatile team around Holger Schmitz accompanies [...] selected transaction mandates and projects that have gained recognition in the market.”, Legal 500 Germany (2015)
  • Recommended lawyer for public law, Chambers Europe, Legal 500 Germany and JUVE Handbook
  • Recommended energy lawyer, Who’s Who Legal
  • Recommended lawyer for environmental law, Who’s Who Legal


Studied law and business geography at the Universities of Marburg and Berlin
At Noerr since 2001


  • International Bar Association
  • German-American Lawyers Association (DAJV)
  • Research and Academy for Spatial Planning
  • German Housing, Urban Development and Planning Association
  • Society for Environmental Law 
  • Professional Association of Practicing Geographers