Comment: One of the leading firms in construction, defending its top position with confidence. Its broad partner level boasts an outstanding reputation; a competitor praised Kapellmann for “outstanding expertise across the board”. The firm is ahead of most competitors in BIM, having handled some projects already. Other keys to its success are its distinctive competence in certain industries such as healthcare and its seamless cooperation among offices. This allows K&P to offer all-round advice on construction projects and regularly brings in new clients. The construction lawyers recently advised a German listed company on construction of its new headquarters; it had previously been a client of the antitrust practice. K&P’s strong position in plant construction can be seen in its advice to new client Nordsee One on the building of an offshore windpark and Bayer on plant planning. The promotion of three equity partners and three salary partners shows that the firm is committed to growth. However, the firm lost two young partners in Frankfurt and Munich, which is somewhat unusual for this stable firm.
Strengths: Project-oriented specialization.
Recommended: Prof. Dr. Werner Langen, Dr. Klaus Eschenbruch (“competent and factual”, competitor), Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Hunger, Dr. Christian Bönker (“competent in disputes”, competitor), Prof. Dr. Heiko Fuchs (“great expertise in architects’ law”, “good younger lawyer”, “competent and target-oriented”, competitors), Dr. Ralf Steding, Prof. Dr. Martin Havers (“quickly understands technically difficult matters”, “very good negotiator”, competitors), Dr. Martin Jung (“collegial and very knowledgeable”, competitor), Dr. Guido Schulz, Dr. Jochen Markus (“pragmatic”, competitor; tunnel construction), Dr. Thomas Jelitte.
Practice: Experience in contracts, architects’ and engineers’ law, ?public procurement and public law. Strong orientation towards major projects. Also handles arbitration and mediation, rent law, property issues. Construction-related criminal and state aid law. Founder Kapellmann acts as an arbitration judge. (39 partners, 50 associates)
Clients: ?? BVG Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe on construction of subway route U5; Braunschweig hospital on renovation and new construction; HDR TMK ongoing on US hospital in Weilerbach; Deutsche Bundesbank on renovation of Campus Ginnheim (public knowledge); Frankonia Eurobau on the project “Heimathafen Düsseldorf”.
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