Dr. Christine Bader



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Christine Bader

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Christine is a Partner in the Regulatory, Public Law & Competition group in the Hamburg office of Watson Farley & Williams. Her main areas of expertise are German and EU competition law and energy law. She also advises on public procurement and State aid, as well as on sanctions.

In competition law, she advises clients from a number of sectors and markets on the full range of competition issues such as merger control, joint ventures, co-operations and distribution schemes, investigations by the competition authorities, and compliance programmes.

In the energy and infrastructure sectors, she regularly advises on regulatory aspects of projects in renewable and also conventional energy, with a focus on permit, grid connection and remuneration of onshore and offshore wind projects. Her energy and infrastructure clients include investors, financing banks, project developers and utilities.

Experience Open

    Christine’s experience includes advising:
    • DC-Datacenter-Group GmbH on its new strategic partnership with MVV, an energy company headquartered in Mannheim, Germany.
    • A consortium of international banks on the €1.275bn financing of the 400 MW offshore wind farm Veja Mate in the German North Sea.
    • PGGM on the acquisition of a significant interest in the German offshore wind farm Baltic 2.
    • Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners on regulatory matters, including energy and grid regulation, unbundling, and merger control in relation to a joint venture with TenneT regarding the €384m investment in the offshore grid connection DoIWin3.
    • An international banking consortium on the financing of the German offshore wind farm project Global Tech I.
    • Allianz Capital Partners on the acquisition of several onshore wind projects and ongoing advice during operation of the wind farms.
    • A project developer on permitting proceedings and on grid connection of a refuse-derived fuel heat and power plant.
    • Hochland, one of Europe’s leading producers and refiners of cheese, on competition compliance, including compliance trainings and regular advice on purchasing and sales agreements and co-operation Projects.
    • Various clients in merger control proceedings.
    • A German municipality on a claim of a new ferry operator for access to port facilities.
    • A producer of automotive parts in an antitrust investigation by the EU Commission.

Education Open

  • 2010: Doctorate degree, University of Trier
  • 2001: Admitted to the German bar
  • 1998 – 2000: Legal traineeship in Trier and Brussels, Second State Exam
  • 1993 – 1998: Law studies at University of Trier, First State Exam

Author/Speaker/Awards Open

  • Speaker at the WAB Windforce conference, 9 June 2016: “The Offshore Wind Act – Remuneration and Financing of offshore wind projects“.
  • Speaker at the German Shipowners‘ Association (Verband Deutscher Reeder), 23 November 2015: “Sanctions on Iran – General Consequences for Shipping Companies” (Iran-Sanktionen – Allgemeine Auswirkungen auf die Schifffahrt).
  • Speaker at the WAB Windforce conference, 10 June 2015: “A Call for Tenders System for EEG Remuneration – Implications for Offshore Wind”.
  • Germany’s Tender for PV – An Overview, in: Global Energy Report April 2015, a special report issued by Project Finance International (with Stefan Kilgus).
  • Speaker at the Renewable Energy Finance Conference 24 March 2015 (Frankfurt School of Management): Current developments regarding renewable energy financing (with Malte Jordan).
  • Speaker in a panel discussion at the European Maritime Law Organisation’s 18th Annual Conference on European Competition Law and State Aid, 2012.
  • “Die Aktion kommt nicht überraschend” (Interview on EU Commission dawn raids in the liner shipping industry), Verkehrsrundschau, 21/2011, 19.
  • Abstimmung mit Wettbewerbern als Rettung in der Krise? – Zur Zulässigkeit von “Strukturkrisenkartellen” (article on crisis cartels), HANSA International Maritime Journal, 12/2009, 43-44.
  • Aktuelle Rechtsänderungen im Seetransport-Kartellrecht (article on the reform of the competition rules for maritime transport), HANSA International Maritime Journal, 9/2008, 220-222; 10/2008, 104-105; 1/2009, 67-69; 2/2009, 61-63.
  • Private Antitrust Litigation 2006, Chapter “Germany” (with Wolfgang Witz).
  • Private Antitrust Litigation 2005, Chapter “Germany” (with Wolfgang Witz).
  • The European Antitrust Review 2004, Chapter “Germany” (with Ellen Braun).
  • The European Antitrust Review 2003, Chapter “Germany” (with Ellen Braun).

Membership of Professional Societies Open

  • Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht e. V. (Association of German, Austrian and Swiss antitrust lawyers)
  • BWE (German Wind Energy Association, visiting member of the Legal Advisory Board)
  • WAB e.V. (member of the legal working committee)

Employment Record Open

  • 2008 – present: Senior Associate/Partner, Watson Farley & Williams LLP
  • 2001 – 2007: Associate/Senior Associate, Allen & Overy LLP

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