Stefan Hoffmann



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Stefan Hoffmann

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Stefan is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution group, based in Watson Farley & Williams’ Hamburg office. He specialises in dispute resolution and arbitration as well as advising clients on complex project developments, acting for developers, investors and banks in domestic as well as international transactions in the energy and the infrastructure sector.

Stefan advises across the entire lifecycle of projects from development, to construction through to completion and operation including the structuring and negotiation of M&A transactions and joint ventures.

Stefan is regularly engaged to draft, negotiate and manage project contracts (engineering, construction and operational contracts based on international standards such as FIDIC, NEC) as well as handling and avoiding disputes.

His experience ranges across the whole energy sector, including offshore and onshore wind energy as well as clean tech, energy storage and hydro power. Stefan also advises clients in relation to industrial plant projects in the mining, steel, waste, cement and mechanical engineering industries.

Experience Open

    Stefan’s experience includes advising:
    • Defending listed German utility in post M&A arbitration relating to the acquisition of German offshore wind farms (includes representation of client as respondent in subsequent annulment proceedings).
    • Acting as co-arbitrator in relation to a corporate dispute amongst joint venture partners in the machine tool industry.
    • Lenders on € 723m financing of “Trianel’s Offshore Windpark (TWB II)”. Stefan’s advice was reckoned being nominated as European Energy & Infrastructure Deal in Year 2017 by “The Lawyer”.
    • NORD/LB when financing the 475 MW Nysäter wind farm in Sweden. Stefan was instrumental in negotiating the FIDIC based EPC agreement, O&M agreement and power purchase agreement.
    • Advising PGGM on acquiring a significant interest in German offshore wind farm Baltic 2.

Author/Speaker/Awards Open

  • Regular presentations at trade events and conferences.
  • Conflict avoidance and resolution in wind park projects (Konfliktvermeidung und Konfliktlösung in Windparkprojekten), German Instituion of Arbitration (DIS), 2014.
  • Petersberger Schiedstage, presentation, dispute resolution in the area of Renewable Energy, 2013.
  • Arbitration Interactive – A case Study for Students and Practitioners, Frankfurt, 2002.
  • Export agreements – guideline for the drafting of export agreements (Exportverträge – Leitfaden zur Gestaltung von Exportverträgen), DIKH-Verlag, Bonn, 2001.

Membership of Professional Societies Open

  • Renewable Energy Cluster, Hamburg
  • German Institution of Arbitration (Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit e.V.) Cologne
  • Z/A – platform for logistics properties (Plattform Logistikimmobilien)
  • Hamburg Arbitration Circle e.V.

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