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Dr. Frank-Rainer Töpfer

Dr. Frank-Rainer Töpfer is a partner in Baker & McKenzie's Berlin office. He practices mainly in the areas of zoning law, environmental law, law of state aid, as well as mining and metals. Dr. Toepfer regularly advises companies and public authorities in all aspects of real estate law and environmental law, especially in relation to national and international real property portfolios of commercial and residential buildings. He has also acted as legal advisor for companies regarding planning procedures for mining projects and for wind farms and solar parks.

On April 1, 2015, the German Federal Cabinet (Bundeskabinett) approved a legislative package introducing broad restrictions on the use of hydraulic fracturing technology (fracking) in Germany. The legislative bill prohibits hydraulic fracturing in certain areas to protect drinking water supply, health and nature, and sets strict limits on unconventional fracking…