Prof. Dr. Norbert Wimmer | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Norbert Wimmer
Norbert Wimmer

Prof. Dr. Norbert Wimmer

Partner, Berlin

“Norbert Wimmer ‘appreciates the complexities of various contrary interests.’ He is recommended for his excellent ‘binding statements.’ ”

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2014

Overview

Norbert's practice focuses on regulatory and public law, with a particular emphasis on the infrastructure (transport and energy), media and telecom sectors.

Clients who have benefited from his experience include federal and state institutions, as well as private investors from Germany, other EU member states, as well as the US, the Middle East and Asia.

Norbert brings clarity and local knowledge on EU and German national law to foreign investors, ensuring that their business operations are fully compliant with all applicable regulations. He has successfully advised on numerous projects, many of which were publicly disputed before German or EU courts, or by public authorities. He has successfully litigated claims for indemnification or state liability in a number of complex and high profile cases.

Norbert has been regularly recognized by JUVE for many years as a "Recommended Lawyer" in the areas of Public Law, including Environmental/Planning, and Telecom and Media Law. He is Honorary Professor at the European Legal Studies Institute of the Osnabrück University's Legal Department.

Bars and Courts

  • Administrative Lawyer
  • Rechtsanwalt

Education

  • Second State Exam, Higher Regional Court of Berlin
  • Traineeships at the German Federal Constitutional Court, the German Privatization Agency (Treuhandanstalt/BvS), the German Environmental Protection Agency (UBA) and law firms in Brussels and Paris
  • Research Assistant, Humboldt University of Berlin
  • Dr jur, Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg
  • Research Assistant, Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg
  • First State Exam, Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg

Languages

  • German
  • English
  • French

Experience

BDBOS

Jointly leading the White & Case team which advised the Federal Ministry of the Interior and BDBOS (German Agency for Digital Radio of Security Authorities and Organisations) on the planning and building of a Germany-wide comprehensive digital communications network.

Kabel BW / Unitymedia / Liberty Group

Providing long-term advice to Kabel BW, the Unitymedia companies as part of Liberty Global i.a. regarding cooperation agreements with public and private broadcasters, VoD providers, collecting societies and other rights owners, and related technical services, as well as applicable media and telecommunications regulations.

Berlin Airports

Providing long-term advice on matters including the operation, expansion and closure of Berlin's Schönefeld, Tegel and Tempelhof airports, for example, with regard to new terminal buildings and concessions for third party investments at the new BER airport.

Federal Ministry of Transport – Roads

Leading the White & Case team which, as a part of a consortium, has been advising the German Ministry of Transport on a series of highway PPPs.

Daimler AG

Advising Daimler with regard to the refrigerant dispute, a conflict notably with the EU Commission and the French government regarding the compliance of Mercedes vehicles with the EC MAC directive.

Federal Ministry of Finance

Advising on matters including the liabilities for soil contamination in the course of the TLG privatization process.

Free State of Thuringia

Providing representation before the German Federal Administrative Court in a key dispute regarding planning approval for the "South-West interconnecting line" ("Süd-West Kuppelleitung").

German Federal Ministry for the Environment

Advising on the implementation of the 3rd EU Energy Package, notably regarding required amendments to the German energy legislation, including the Incentive Regulation Ordinance.

Vattenfall Europe AG

Advising Vattenfall Europe AG on the divesture of the transmission grid operator 50 Hertz Transmission GmbH to the Belgian grid operator Elia Systems Operator and Industry Funds Management.

Private Concessionaire

Assisting in obtaining the required building and operating permits for a controversial project, including before the administrative courts, as well as successful representation in a subsequent state liability case before the civil courts.

Speaking Engagements

"Competition Law: The provision of telecom services by municipalities", 2012: Osnabrück University

"Infrastructure Project Finance and Permit Procedures – an international comparison of political risks and bankability", 2011: Bauhaus University Weimar

"Constitutional Law: Legislative Outsourcing", 2011: Humboldt University of Berlin

"Broadcasting law and the fast pace of technical development", 2011: University of Freiburg/Br

"Administrative and Constitutional Law: The degree of control – Observations on decision-making prerogatives in judicial practice", 2009: Osnabrück University

"Internet Services and Competition Law: Media convergence and new information services provided by public sector broadcasters: Is the Public Value Test of any help?", 2009: Bayreuth University

Publications

  • The Uber case – A Lesson for the Sharing Economy? (Der Fall Uber – ein Lehrstück in Sachen Sharing Economy?), MMR, Issue 11, pp. 713-714, 2014
  • Net Neutrality – developments in Germany and at EU level, ECLP, Issue 10, p.3 et seq., October 2013
  • Commentary on Sections 42 and 43 of the German Telecommunications Act, Beck'scher Online-Kommentar zum Informations- und Medienrecht, Ed. Gersdorf/Paal., (Kommentierung der §§ 42 und 43 TKG)
  • The plans for a net neutrality regulation – comments on the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology's draft of June 17, 2013, MMR, pp. 636-641, 2013, (Die Pläne für eine Netzneutralitätsverordnung – Anmerkungen zum Entwurf des BMWi vom 17. Juni 2013) (co-author, with Franzis)
  • The European public as an argument – thoughts on the ECJ’s short news reports ruling, Beharren, Bewegen, Festschrift für Michael Kloepfer, Ed. Claudio Franzius et al. Berlin, pp. 751-772, 2013, (Europäische Öffentlichkeit als Argument – Überlegungen zum Kurzberichterstattungs-Urteil des EuGH)
  • Comment on the General Court's Mediaset judgment of June 15, 2010 – T-177/07, MMR, Issue 9, pp. 632-633, 2010, (Anmerkung zum Mediaset-Urteil des EuG vom 15.6.2010 – T-177/07)
  • Inquisitorial principle, duty to inform, preparatory written pleadings in administrative court procedure, Commentary on Section 86 VwGO, Verwaltungsgerichtsordnung mit Nebengesetzen. Ed. K. F. Gärditz. Cologne, 2013, (Untersuchungsgrundsatz, Aufklärungspflicht, vorbereitende Schriftsätze im Verwaltungsprozess, Kommentierung des § 86 V)
  • Network expansion and Natura 2000 / species protection, a study commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Technology, 2012, (Netzausbau und Natura 2000/Artenschutz, Studie im Auftrag des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Technologie) (together with Froelich & Sporbeck GmbH & Co. KG and the Kiel Institute for Landscape Ecology)
  • Selected Aspects of German Public Economic Law, Business Laws of Germany, Vol. 2, Chapter 16, 4th edition. Ed. Thomas Wegerich. New York, upcoming 2015, (co-author, with Christoph Arhold, Henning Berger et al.)
  • New networks for the ‘Energiewende’, Publicus, No. 5, p. 5 et seq., 2011, (Neue Netze für die Energiewende) (co-author, with Benjamin Schirmer)
  • Comment on the General Court's Mediaset judgment of June 15, 2010 – T-177/07, MMR, Issue 9, p. 632-633, 2010, (Anmerkung zum Mediaset-Urteil des EuG vom 15.6.2010 – T-177/07)

Awards & Recognition

Lawyer of the Year 2014: Environmental Law, Best Lawyers/Handelsblatt

Highly Recommended Lawyer: Public Environmental and Planning Law, JUVE 2015/2016

Highly Recommended Lawyer: Media and Telecommunications, JUVE 2015/2016

Highly Recommended Lawyer: Media/Public Law/Regulatory Practice, Best Lawyers/Handelsblatt, 2015

Leading Individual: Public Law and Telecommunications (Media) – Germany, Chambers Europe 2016