Matthias Lang

Bird & Bird (Dusseldorf)
Lawyer (Partner)

Matthias Lang is a partner in the International Energy & Utilities Sector Group at Bird & Bird (Düsseldorf office). He is a member of Bird & Bird’s Regulatory & Administrative Practice Group. He advises German and international clients on energy, regulatory, and environmental law as well as issues arising from public commercial law. He has additional expertise in corporate law, administrative, European and real estate law, as well as standardisation. Matthias is a former banker, and an environmental and corporate lawyer by training. He advises on complex infrastructure projects, including conventional and renewable energy generation as well planning and permit procedures for extra high voltage lines and other industrial installations. He has worked on numerous transactions in regulated industries, including energy, healthcare, and water. His work includes representing clients before the Federal Network Agency and other authorities in diverse administrative proceedings, before national and European courts and in arbitration proceedings. With his team, he has also advised on the transposition of European law, such as ROHS or the Third Internal Market Packet. Matthias is a regular contributor to conventional and online legal publications. He writes the section on permits for conventional power plants and wind farms for the “Berlin Commentary on Energy Law”. He commentates on international company law in the “Beck Online Commentary on the Limited Liability Company Act”. He has also published articles about disclosure and information obligations for sellers, buyers and banks in contaminated site transactions, on state aid to the coal sector, grid expansion and environmental protection in the extra high voltage grid, on the permitting regime for HVDC lines and the new 2014 Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG). Matthias also runs the German Energy Blog and frequently speaks at national and international seminars and conferences.

Articles

1935 Bulletin

Matthias Lang The German Federal Council passes the bill amending the Renewable Energy Sources Act as a result of successful negotiations between the German Government and the European Commission concerning state aid compatibility

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EEG 2.0 passes Bundesrat* In its last session before the summer recess, the Federal Council (Bundesrat) followed the vote of the Bundestag (Parliament) of 27 June 2014 regarding the revision of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG). Now Federal President (Bundespräsident) Joachim Gauck is (...)

Matthias Lang The German Parliament votes in favour of the new renewable energy sources act, which exempts existing power plants from the surcharge and contains certain exemptions for new power plants

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EEG 2.0: Bundestag Passes EEG 2014 Reform Bill After Lively Debate* The Bundestag after a lively debate has just voted in favour of the EEG 2014 reform package, in the form as proposed by the Committee for Economic Affairs and Energy and by the Environment, Nature Protection, Construction and (...)

Matthias Lang The EU Commission releases its State Aid guidelines for assessing public support projects allowing reductions for limited number of energy intensive sectors for the period 2014 to 2020

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New European Guidelines on State Aid for Environmental Protection and Energy 2014-2020 Allow Burden Reduction for Energy Intensive Sectors* The European Commission has released on 9 April 2014 its state aid guidelines for assessing public support projects in the field of energy and the (...)

Matthias Lang The German Federal Government plans to submit to the Parliament a new bill for a reform of the law applicable on renewable energy sources pointing out that the talks with the Commission concerning state aid-compatibility have not yet been concluded

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EEG 2.0: Federal Government and Federal States Reach Agreement on Important Issues of EEG Reform* After a meeting with the sixteen state premiers, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and Economic Affairs and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel declared that “a high degree of consensus had been reached” (...)

Matthias Lang The German Federal Constitutional Court declares the inadmissibility of a complaint challenging a provision of the Energy Act which obliges operators of private power plants to reduce power input on request of the grid operator in return for a compensation (German Electricity Grid)

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Constitutional Court Declares Complaint Against Curtailment Provision in Energy Act Inadmissible* In a recent decision the Federal Constitutional Court (BVerfG) declared a constitutional complaint (Verfassungsbeschwerde) inadmissible that challenged a provision in the German Energy Act (EnWG) (...)

Matthias Lang The German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy receives an update of a position paper on the German energy transition towards a mainly renewable energy supply (Energiewende)

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Initiativkreis Ruhr Committed to Energiewende, But Demands Adjustments* Initiativkreis Ruhr (IR), an association of 66 leading companies in the Ruhr area (Ruhrgebiet) handed over an update of a position paper on the German energy transition towards a mainly renewable energy supply (...)

Matthias Lang The German Federal Office of Economics and Export Control publishes information regarding the reduction of the surcharge promoting renewable energy sources for energy-intensive companies and rail operators

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BAFA Publishes Figures on Reduction of EEG Surcharge for Energy Intensive Companies* The Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) has published information regarding the reduction of the surcharge promoting renewable energy sources in Germany (“EEG-surcharge”) for energy-intensive (...)

Matthias Lang The EU Commission opens an in-depth investigation on the compatibility of the reduction granted to energy-intensive companies on the surcharge promoting renewable sources in Germany (EEG Surcharge)

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Commission Opens State Aid Investigation into German Renewables Surcharge Reduction for Energy-intensive Companies and Green Electricity Privilege* As previously expected, the European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to examine whether the reduction granted to energy-intensive (...)

Matthias Lang The EU Commission clears the merger proposed by a Russian energy supplier targeting a number of companies established in Germany and Netherlands (Gazprom / Wintershall)

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Commission Clears Acquisition of German and Dutch Gas Supply and Storage Joint Ventures by Gazprom* Applying the EU Merger Regulation, the European Commission has cleared a proposed acquisition of (i) joint control over WINZ and Wintershall Services of the Netherlands and (ii) sole control (...)

Matthias Lang The EU Commission adopts a framework under which Member states may compensate certain electro-intensive users for part of the higher electricity costs expected to result from a tightening of the Emissions Trading Scheme

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European Commission: State Aid Rules for ETS Post 2012 Electricity Costs and for CCS Ready Power Plants* The European Commission has adopted a framework under which Member states may compensate certain electro-intensive users for part of the higher electricity costs expected to result from a (...)

Matthias Lang The German Competition Authority deems the tendering process for the gas concession illegal and closes proceedings in view of the commitment to restart the tendering process (Markkleeberg)

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German Cartel Office Decision on Tendering Process for Gas Concession in Markkleeberg* After proceedings by the German Cartel Office that considered the tendering process for the gas concession in Markkleeberg near Leipzig in Saxony unlawful, a new tendering process will take place. The town (...)

Matthias Lang The EU Ministers meeting within the Competitiveness Council adopts a new coal regulation enabling Member States to grant State aid to facilitate the closure of uncompetitive mines until 2018

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EU Competitveness Council Extends State Aid for Loss-making Coal Mines Until 2018* EU Ministers meeting within the Competitiveness Council on 10 December 2010 adopted a new coal regulation enabling Member States to grant State aid to facilitate the closure of uncompetitive mines until 2018, (...)

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