Thomas Burmeister | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice

Thomas Burmeister

Partner, Düsseldorf

T +49 211 49195 371

E thomas.burmeister@whitecase.com

“He enjoys an excellent standing in both the renewables and regulatory fields”

Chambers Europe 2016

Overview

A partner in the Firm's M&A and Energy group, Thomas' practice has a particular focus on energy-related transactions and the regulatory aspects of the value chain, including contract law, grid regulation and renewables.

In addition to advising clients out of court, he has also represented them in numerous legal disputes in front of authorities and courts.

Prior to joining White & Case, Thomas worked as a partner for another leading international law firm in Düsseldorf for several years. He also gained valuable experience working on secondment at a major German power supply company.

Bars and Courts

  • Rechtsanwalt

Education

  • Second State Exam, Higher Regional Court of Hamm
  • First State Exam, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel

Languages

  • German
  • English

Experience

STEAG GmbH and Bejing Capital Group Consortium Bid for EEW Energy, 2016

We represented a consortium consisting of STEAG GmbH and Bejing Capital Group in connection with the bidding process to acquire EEW Energy from Waste GmbH (EEW), the market-leading energy-from-waste company in Germany, from private equity investor EQT. We advised the consortium regarding the bidding procedure, due diligence, SPA negotiations, financing and merger control procedure. In the end, EQT has reached an agreement in principle to sell EEW to the competing bidder, Beijing Enterprises Holding, for approximately €1.4 billion.

Acquisition of offshore wind farm and FiT*

Thomas advised EnBW (Energie Baden-Württemberg AG) on its acquisition of the Albatros offshore wind farm and FiT.

Acquisition of a majority stake in E.ON Mitte*

Thomas advised a consortium of municipal shareholders on the purchase and financing of a 73.3 percent stake in E.ON Mitte AG from E.ON for approximately €610 million.*

Intended acquisition of Open Grid Europe*

Thomas advised a consortium of Allianz, CPPIB and Gasunie on the intended acquisition of gas transmission system operator Open Grid Europe from E.ON.

Intended acquisition of E.ON Energy*

Thomas advised a financial investor on the intended acquisition of E.ON Energy from Waste.

Acquistion of a stake in gas pipelines*

Thomas advised Fluxys on the acquisition of Eni's shares in the gas pipelines TENP (Germany) and Transitgas (Switzerland).

Acquisition of majority stake in Amprion*

Thomas advised Commerz Real on the acquisition of a 74.9 percent stake in power transmission system operator Amprion from RWE.

Wind park joint venture*

Thomas advised Stadtwerke München on a joint venture with RWE Innogy and Siemens Project Ventures, relating to UK offshore wind park project "Gwynt y mor".

Supply agreements proceedings*

Thomas advised RWE, EnBW, Vattenfall Europe and various suppliers on proceedings related to the drafting and negotiation of long term energy supply agreements.

Supply agreements litigation and arbitration*

Thomas advised on litigation and arbitration arising from contractual claims and disputes relating to supply agreements.

*Matters prior to joining White & Case.

Publications

  • Legal commentary on sec 75 – 88, 102 - 108 of the German Energy Industry Act (Kommentierung zu §§ 75-88, 102-108 EnWG), Praxiskommentar EnWG, Ed., Loose Leaf System, 2013, (co-editor)
  • Shaping the 'Energiewende' (Die Energiewende mitgestalten), azur100, Top-Arbeitgeber, 2012, (co-author with Guido Hermeier)
  • German Renewable Energy Act – EEG creates incentives for offshore (EEG-Novelle schafft Anreize für Offshore), dow jones energy weekly, Nr. 31, 2008, (co-author with M. Elspaß)
  • Network charges between cost-orientation and incentive regulation (Netzentgelte zwischen Kostenorientierung und Anreizregulierung), RdE, Issue 12, 2007, (co-author with U. Büdenbender, P. Rosin and M. Elspaß)
  • Grid use and balancing group system (Netznutzung und Bilanzkreissystem), Energiehandel – Praxishandbuch, Ed. Horstmann/Cieslarczyk, 2005

Awards & Recognition

Highly Recommended Lawyer, Best Lawyers/Handelsblatt 2015-2017

Energy Law

Leading Individual, Chambers Europe 2015-2016

Energy - Germany

Highly Recommended Lawyer, JUVE 2014/2015 and JUVE 2015/2016

Energy: Renewable Energy and Transactions