Dr. Holger Schmitz

Rechtsanwalt, Graduate in Geography
Partner
Head of Regulatory & Governmental Affairs
Practice Group: Energy

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 for many years on preparing and implementing complex infrastructure projects.

Expertise

  • Constitutional and European law
  • Energy law
  • Environmental and planning law
  • Public sector compliance

Career

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

Selected Projects

  • Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy: Advising the ministry on the legislative package to reorganise the financing of nuclear waste disposal (decommissioning, disman-tling, 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 Ger-man market
  • EDF – Electricité de France on the development of a high-capacity gas and steam turbine power station in Brandenburg
  • 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
  • Veolia: Advising the environmental solutions company on the sale of an interest in water company Berliner Wasserbetriebe to Land Berlin
  • State Chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia: Advising the chancellery on establishing a spatial development plan

Distinctions

  • “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 con-tentious 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 mat-ters, in addition to his strength in grid charges and power generation”, Chambers Europe (2018)
  • “Holger Schmitz regularly advises governmental authorities on constitutional law matters and politically sensitive issues. He has a notable focus on the energy and infrastructure sec-tors”, 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 supervises [...] complex transaction mandates and projects, which cause recognition in the market.”, Legal 500 Germany (2017)
  • Recommended lawyer for public law, Chambers Europe, Legal 500 Germany and JUVE Handbook
  • Recommended energy lawyer, Who’s Who Legal

Memberships

  • Advisory Committee for Spatial Development at Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community
  • 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