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Event | 25 January 2024 | Dusseldorf, Germany | 12:00 pm – 7:30 pm CET

Navigating your energy transition journey: Opportunities and challenges for suppliers, industrials and other market players

The transition to a carbon-neutral economy is a seismic shift on a global scale, leaving no sector untouched. The urgent strategic, operational and reputational challenges are considerable, but so are the opportunities for growth.

Baker McKenzie is at the forefront of market-leading deals in the renewable energy and clean technology sector, and have long been advising, structuring, and supporting the development of the carbon markets, projects and carbon credits trading across key markets.

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Transform Powerfully: Baker McKenzie Energy Transition Dialogue
Navigating your energy transition journey: Opportunities and challenges for suppliers, industrials and other market players

Thursday, 25 January 2024, 12:00 pm to 7:30 pm CET
Baker McKenzie, Neuer Zollhof 2, 40221 Dusseldorf, Germany

We would like to share with you our know-how, best practices and practical insights from our energy transition work in various focus sessions, drawing from our experts across our local and EMEA network. We will be dealing with energy and infrastructure projects from a project development, merger control and antitrust, tax, IP and data perspective.

In order to organize your participation flexibly, you may attend the whole event or only specific sessions. Please register accordingly to the given time slots via this registration button.


You may select sessions from the following Energy Transition Menu that best fit to your energy transition journey. Please note that two sessions will always be held in parallel.

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  • Energy Transition Menu

Sign up for any of these sessions that best fit your energy transition journey:

Revolutionizing energy management: Lichtwiese Campus Case Study – pioneering sustainable energy management with the technology of digital twins

Speaker: Christopher Ripp (TU Darmstadt / I3DEnergy GmbH, Frankfurt)

The Technical University of Darmstadt investigated how digital twins and AI can address current challenges in energy management. This session discusses the complexities of modern energy management and reveals the project’s outcomes, highlighting how digital twins contribute to establishing sustainable energy management. The project resulted in a state-of-the-art energy management platform that manages extensive data collection of 380 million data points per day, employs advanced visualization standards, and features automated CO2 accounting while AI is used to suggest a cost and CO2 minimal energy supply continuously.

Key regulatory issues when investing in hydrogen/sustainable fuels

Speakers: Christopher Jones (Baker McKenzie, Brussels), William-James Kettlewell (Baker McKenzie, Brussels)

This session will cover key issues to consider from a regulatory perspective when investing in hydrogen/sustainable fuels projects. We will explore what are the key requirements applicable to the producer, and what are the legislation and support schemes aiming to make such projects bankable.

Common pitfalls in energy transition development projects

Speakers: Maximilian Voll (Baker McKenzie, Berlin), Heiko Alexander Haller (Baker McKenzie, Dusseldorf)

Many energy transition projects are greenfield projects and require comprehensive project development. This session will deal with the most common pitfalls in development contracts and the project set-up causing delays, cost increases and disputes and how to avoid them.

Antitrust and consumer protection in the energy space: Boundaries to information sharing and marketing

Speaker: Anika Schürmann (Baker McKenzie, Dusseldorf)

The session will focus on the boundaries set by antitrust and consumer protection laws to sharing information with competitors, suppliers and customers, taking into account the envisaged EU directive against greenwashing.

Investing in renewables and battery storage projects to gain flexibility and security in energy supply

Speakers: Holger Engelkamp (Baker McKenzie, Berlin), Guido Prearo (Tages Capital SGR S.p.A., Milano), Giorgio Telarico (Baker McKenzie, Rome)

This session will give a market overview of renewables and battery storage investment opportunities in Europe with a focus on Germany and Italy. Also, the session will give practical insights for the development of battery storage projects.

Energy price limits: Current structure and antitrust risks

Speakers: Jan Kresken (Baker McKenzie, Dusseldorf), Ricarda Brandhorst (Baker McKenzie, Dusseldorf)

This session will describe the current structure of energy price limits used in the energy markets (e.g., in Germany) as well as their impact on the European market and discuss potential antitrust risks for companies exceeding the limits.

Onsite Corporate Power Purchase Agreement (CPPA) projects – a sustainable and reliable option for energy procurement

Speakers: Daniel Bork (Baker McKenzie, Dusseldorf), Piotr Ciepiela (Baker McKenzie, Warsaw), Claire Dietz-Polte (Baker McKenzie, Berlin)

Renewable PPAs are one of the key decarbonization pathways for energy-intensive corporates across all industries. This session deals with onsite CPPA projects as one option for a more sustainable and secure energy supply and provides practical insights how to set-up and implement such projects.

The limits of joint ventures: Antitrust restrictions to collaboration with competitors, suppliers, and customers

Speaker: Nicolas Kredel (Baker McKenzie, Dusseldorf)

The transformation of the European economy, including the development of new markets, e.g., for hydrogen, require massive investments. Therefore, many companies are looking for partners to jointly develop new business. This session deals with the merger control and antitrust issues that could arise out of such partnering concepts.

Virtual Power Purchase Agreements – hedging against future energy fluctuations

Speakers: Manuel Somacarrera (Baker McKenzie, Madrid), Giorgio Telarico (Baker McKenzie, Rome)

Virtual power purchase arrangements are increasingly utilized because they enable the procurement of large volumes of renewable energy on a cross-border basis (e.g., for operations all over Europe) in a single transaction. This session deals with this special form of CPPA, as under such agreement no energy is physically transferred, but only green certificates. In fact, these agreements are purely financial transactions whereby certain particularities need to be considered.

Technology and IP challenges when collaborating across industries

Speaker: Patrick H. Wilkening (Baker McKenzie, Dusseldorf)

Collaborating across industries brings up, for example, questions on dividing up IP contributions and newly created IP (co-ownership, allocation by industry/use case) and how to deal with eventualities in a long-term relationship (exit management, liability). This session deals with typical IP issues and resolution paths in the collaboration/JV context.

Access to new energy infrastructure – Can third parties request access to new energy infrastructure, such as hydrogen networks and carbon storages?

Speaker: Jan Kresken (Baker McKenzie, Dusseldorf)

This session will deal with the antitrust risks related to providers of energy infrastructure, i.e., whether those providers can be obliged to grant access under the recent antitrust laws, and, if yes, under which conditions the access needs to be granted.

New business models in the energy sector from a tax perspective

Speaker: Rabea Pape-Lingier (Baker McKenzie, Dusseldorf)

This session will cover key issues to consider from a direct tax perspective in the context of selected new business models in the energy sector.

The New EU Data Act – Smart devices and data access in the energy industry

Speaker: Michaela Nebel (Baker McKenzie, Frankfurt)

Data is becoming more relevant for energy management. In this session, we want to look at how the EU Data Act may create a data economy around smart energy devices and if it may also become relevant for network devices.

  • Agenda


Dr. Daniel Bork is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Real Estate Practice Group in Dusseldorf. Prior to joining the Firm in 2014, Daniel served his legal traineeship at the District Court of Cologne. During this time, he also worked at the German Embassy in Switzerland and in the Firm's New York office. In 2018, Daniel was seconded to the Real Estate Practice Group of our Chicago office.


Ricarda Brandhorst, an associate, is a member of the Firm's Antitrust & Competition Practice Group in Dusseldorf. During her legal clerkship, Ricarda worked, amongst others, in a major law firm in Dusseldorf.


Piotr Ciepiela is an energy and environmental lawyer in Baker McKenzie’s Warsaw office. Before joining Baker McKenzie, Piotr worked in the legal department of the Polish Energy Regulatory Authority (URE) where he gained valuable experience in representation before civil courts in cases within the areas of conventional and renewable power, heat, liquid fuels, and gas. Piotr also has some pro bono experience, having cooperated in the past with environmental law charity ClientEarth.


Claire Dietz-Polte is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Public Law and Projects practice and co-head of the German energy and infrastructure practice. Claire leads the GER-AUT Energy, Mining & Infrastructure Industry Group and is EMEA Sustainability Lead of the Industrials, Manufacturing & Transportation Industry Group. Claire started her career in 2011 in the Energy M&A team of a leading international law firm and worked in the M&A / Energy & Infrastructure practice group of another international law firm from 2013 to 2016.


Holger Engelkamp is a partner in Baker McKenzie’s Corporate Practice Group and co-heads the German Energy & Infrastructure team. Prior to joining the Firm, he worked for international law firms in Berlin and Toronto. Holger completed a six-month secondment in 2012 / 2013 to one of the world's largest investor-owned power and gas companies, advising in connection with the merger of its gas unit with its energy trading business.


Heiko Haller has represented clients in more than 40 international arbitration cases involving disputes that arise during major infrastructure, construction and IT outsourcing projects. He is particularly experienced in disputes involving large energy projects, such as the construction of nuclear power plants and offshore wind farms.

Heiko co-chairs Baker McKenzie's German Dispute Resolution Group. He also advises pharmaceutical companies in contractual disputes and serves as an arbitrator in M&A-related disputes under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce and German Institute of Arbitration. In Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2023 - Future Leaders, Heiko is mentioned as "forward-thinking and innovative" and comes highly recommended for his "thorough approach, sharp mind, and seamless management skills". In Who’s Who Legal 2020 Heiko is "highly recommended" by peers as being "very strong with disputes in the pharmaceutical industry." He "knows the game" and is "one of the best you can find", and he is "knowledgeable arbitration lawyer" with a "very bright mind". Heiko is recognized for his "clear written communication and negotiation skills" in Legal 500 (2015) while "Clients praise Heiko Haller for his commercial mindset" in Chambers Global (2017).


Christopher Jones is a Principal in the European Competition Law Practice Group in the Brussels office. He joined Baker McKenzie in 2018.

Christopher's career has spanned more than 30 years at the European Commission, focusing on energy policy and competition policy.

During the last two decades, Christopher held a wide range of key energy posts including Director for Renewable Energy, Energy research and Energy Efficiency, Deputy Head of Cabinet for the Energy Commissioner and Deputy Director General for Energy.

He has been at the forefront of many major key energy and competition law decisions and innovations. He played a key role in the evolution of EU competition law towards the more economic and market based instrument it is today, and was instrumental in the successful implementation of EU merger control. He was the central EU official in opening up energy markets to competition as well as developing and implementing the core of the EU's energy policy as it is today; driving the '20-20-20' renewables and energy efficiency decarbonisation agendas, and setting the gas strategy and research policies.

Christopher is also an expert on competition policy, having spent 11 years in the field including responsibility for antitrust and mergers in the Cabinet of the Energy Commissioner, and as personal Policy Assistant to two Directors' General.

He is a leading academic in the competition and energy areas, as a part-time Professor at the European University Institute, editing and co-authoring a number of standard text books on Competition Law and Energy Markets, the Internal Energy Market, and EU Renewable Law and Policy, as well as books on merger control and the standard competition law reference work, the EU Competition Law Handbook.


William-James Kettlewell is a senior associate in the EU Competition and Regulatory Affairs Practice Group of the Brussels’s office.


Dr. Nicolas Kredel chairs Baker McKenzie's EMEA Antitrust & Competition Practice Group as well as the Firm’s global Future Mobility Group, he co-heads Baker McKenzie's German / Austrian antitrust practice and co-heads the Firm’s global Competition economics group. Nicolas has more than 15 years' experience advising on antitrust and competition law and is based in the Firm's Dusseldorf office. A seasoned antitrust lawyer, Nicolas is consistently recommended in various legal directories, including Chambers, Legal 500 and JUVE. He was awarded the ILO Client Choice Award three times in 2016, 2018 and 2020 for Antitrust (Germany).


Jan Kresken, a partner, practices in the area of competition law, especially in the automotive, chemicals, pharmaceutical and (re)insurance sectors. He holds a degree in law from the Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet Muenster (University of Muenster) and a master’s degree (LL.M.) in competition law, economics, and policy from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK. After his studies, he began his PhD in competition law at the University of Muenster. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, he worked as research assistant for Clifford Chance in Duesseldorf and as pupil barrister in the area of competition law for the German Bundeskartellamt (federal cartel office) and the firms Clifford Chance in Duesseldorf and Dierks & Bohle in Berlin.


Dr. Michaela Nebel is a partner in the Frankfurt office of Baker McKenzie. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie she studied law at the University of Passau. She obtained her Doctor of Law degree on a topic related to privacy in the Web 2.0. From July until December 2014 she practiced at the San Francisco office of Baker McKenzie. She is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), since May 2015 a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E) and since May 2017 a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US). She is also the author of numerous articles on information technology law, in particular on data protection law and e-commerce law, and the co-author of an English language commentary on the EU General Data Protection Regulation.


Rabea Pape-Lingier is a counsel and member of the German Tax Practice Group in Dusseldorf. She assists and advises multinational enterprises in international tax and transfer pricing matters. Rabea´s spectrum of work covers all aspects of tax planning and dispute resolution. Before joining the Firm in 2016, she worked in the International Tax / Transfer Pricing team at a Big Four accounting firm.


Dr. Stephan Schnorberger works for international businesses to facilitate cross-border activities in today's tax environment and to advocate the rule of law in transfer price controversies. Stephan also supports businesses by economic analysis and advocacy in competition matters such as business combinations, cartel damage cases and questions of abuse market power. Stephan is recurrently recognized as top advisor in international tax and transfer pricing on a global and national scale in industry rankings such as Euromoney Expert Guides, Wirtschaftswoche, Handelsblatt Research Institute, JUVE.


Dr. Anika Schürmann is a Partner in Baker McKenzie’s Dusseldorf office. She is a bar-certified professional in criminal law (Fachanwältin für Strafrecht) and has extensive experience in advising in all antitrust and white collar crime related matters. She is admitted to the Dusseldorf bar and is a member of the German White Collar Crime Association, the Criminal Law Section of the German Bar Association, the Criminal Law Commission of the German Women Lawyers Association, the Association of Female Lawyers in White Collar Crime and Criminal Tax Law as well as the German Association of Antitrust Lawyers. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie in 2013, Anika was a member of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s antitrust team (2007-2011), and practiced at Wessing & Partner, a Dusseldorf law firm that specializes in white collar crime law (2012-2013). Anika's antitrust and criminal law expertise has repeatedly been recognized by The Legal 500, the renowned German business magazine Handelsblatt has ranked her as one of Germany's Best Antitrust Lawyers since 2020 while the renowned German business magazine Wirtschaftswoche ranks her as one of Germany's Best Compliance Lawyers.


Giorgio Telarico is a counsel in the Banking & Finance Department. He has practiced as a lawyer since 2004 and has mainly dealt with the project finance sector throughout his professional life. Before joining Baker McKenzie, he worked as a member of the project finance team of leading Italian and international law firms, dealing with the most important transactions of the project finance area.


Dr. Maximilian Voll is a senior associate in Baker McKenzie's Infrastructure, Construction and State Projects Practice Group in Berlin. He advises and represents domestic and international clients on construction related matters and infrastructure projects as well as in public procurement procedures. He joined the Firm as an associate in 2017.

Maximilian holds a doctoral degree (s.c.l.) from the University of Göttingen, Germany. He obtained a master’s degree in law at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Maximilian regularly publishes and speaks on public procurement law related matters and is a lecturer for public procurement law at the Faculty of Law at the University of Göttingen.


Patrick Wilkening is a partner in the German Information Technology and Intellectual Property Group and is based in Baker McKenzie‘s Düsseldorf office. Prior to joining the Firm, Patrick practiced in the IT/IP group of a leading German commercial law firm for almost 14 years, including one year on secondment to the technology transactions group of a prominent Wall Street law firm. He studied law at the University in Passau and was admitted to the German Bar in 2008.

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