Watson Farley & Williams (“WFW”) has advised Bavarian municipal infrastructure association Laber-Naab Infrastructure GmbH (“LNI”) on the fourfold expansion of its membership from 12 to 48 local municipalities. With its expanded membership, LNI is now one of the largest municipal infrastructure associations in southern Germany.
The firm has also been retained to advise LNI going forward in relation to pending tendering procedures for planning, construction and material services and the operation of fibre optic networks, as well as on financing matters including subsidies, and regulatory advice relating to telecommunications law.
Parsberg-headquartered LNI was established in 2014 as a public infrastructure company to support municipalities in Bavaria on the development and expansion of their broadband infrastructure. Its main goal is coordinating the expansion of the fiber optic networks in the Regensburg and Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz districts, leveraging synergy effects for efficient planning and construction.
The WFW Germany team advising LNI is led by German Regulatory, Public Law & Competition Head and Partner Dr Felix Siebler, supported by Hamburg Senior Associate Verena Sauer, Hamburg Associate Dr Jonathan Möller and Munich Associate Annabelle Forster.
Felix commented: “We are delighted to have been chosen by LNI to advise them both on their membership expansion and their ongoing plans to accelerate the development of southern Germany’s digital infrastructure, which will be such a major benefit to the region. That they chose us to do so, entrenches WFW Germany’s status as a key legal adviser to Germany’s public sector, especially as regards digital infrastructure”.