Norton Rose strengthens German energy practice with additional partner hire in Frankfurt

5 May 2011

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International legal practice Norton Rose LLP today announced that renewable energy finance specialist Antje Günther has joined the Frankfurt office as a partner, effective from 1 May 2011. Antje joins from DLA Piper, where she has been a partner since 2006.

Antje represents financial institutions, corporates and funds in domestic and cross-border secured lending transactions. She has expertise in the financing of renewable energy projects, including wind, solar and geothermal.

Antje is part of the seven-partner strong German energy team at Norton Rose LLP which includes Frankfurt’s latest partner arrival Corrado Wohlwend as well as Ulf Liebelt-Westphal and Jens Suhrbier in Hamburg, Dirk Trautmann and Klaus Bader in Munich, and Brussels-based Christian Filippitsch. Norton Rose LLP opened a third German office in Hamburg on 1 May 2011 with seven newly appointed partners and one additional partner joining from the Norton Rose LLP London office.

Alexander von Bergwelt, the Head of Germany, Norton Rose LLP, commented:
“We have ambitious plans to grow our capabilities in Germany. Setting up the new Hamburg office was a big step in that direction. The arrival of Antje in Frankfurt, alongside Corrado Wohlwend, is another important piece of the puzzle for us. Energy is one of our key focuses in Germany, and adding a partner of the calibre of Antje means we will continue our growth with confidence.”

Simon Currie, Head of Energy, Norton Rose LLP, commented:
“The German energy market is the largest in Europe. But what is more significant today are the implications of the very recent move to temporarily suspend the operation of the oldest nuclear plants and review the future of nuclear power in Germany. Germany has always been at the forefront of the development of the renewables industry. If nuclear plants are closed and the previous agreement on life extension reversed then there will be a need for new generating capacity. Renewables will be part of the solution along with combined cycle gas turbines and new supercritical coal (if carbon capture storage becomes commercially viable). Norton Rose has developed a pan-European renewables practice and Antje and the entire new team are a great addition in Europe's most important market.”

Antje Günther, Partner, Norton Rose LLP, commented:
“For a banking lawyer that has built up a specialism in renewable energies, Norton Rose Group provides a great platform. The practice is clearly committed to energy as a core area. Couple that with the growth plans the practice has in Germany and in other international markets right now, and the move is a strong fit for my clients.”

With the opening of the Hamburg office and the two partner arrivals in Frankfurt, Norton Rose LLP in Germany now has more than 140 lawyers, including 36 partners.

For further information please contact:

Christine Wolf, PR and communications manager Germany
+49 (0)89 212148 339 christine.wolf@nortonrose.com
+49 (0)160 96812733

Gavin Collins, public relations manager
+44(0)20 7444 2466 gavin.collins@nortonrose.com
+44 (0)77 7065 0113

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