All German companies will soon have to report on their ownership structures to the German Transparency Register as a new law has abolished simplifications that previously applied to the majority of companies.
We have a profound legal, commercial and technical understanding of the regulatory frameworks in our core sectors.
We advise our clients on how to comply with regulation, especially in the Energy and Transport sectors, and regularly advise on complex matters where sector regulation intersects with EU competition law, for example in merger control, anti-trust and State Aid.
Across the energy sector, we advise on matters such as EU law requirements relating to grid assets, connections and usage, energy supply and trading (including PPAs), energy production (renewable and conventional energies) and environmental and planning issues. Foreign investment law advice is increasingly featuring in relation to energy and infrastructure projects.
In transport, our work includes advising on licensing, IATA and EU slot rules, the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, and the EU Port Services Regulation.
We regularly apply our deep understanding of relevant regulatory frameworks to matters across a broad range of industries ranging from utilities and telecommunications to healthcare and education, advising on EU and national data protection law, including compliance audits, privacy policies and transfer of data across borders; EU and US trade sanctions; implications of Brexit on tariffs and non-tariff barriers between the UK and the EU.
WFW represented Tea Energia Srl, a wholly-owned subsidiary of electricity and natural gas supplier Gruppo Tea, before the Regional Administrative Court of Milan on its request for the annulment of a sanction from the Italian Regulatory Authority for Energy, Networks and Environment regarding electricity imbalances.
On 10 June 2021, the German Parliament (Bundestag) adopted the Act on the Implementation of the Digitalisation Directive (Gesetz zur Umsetzung der Digitalisierungsrichtlinie, DiRUG) of the European Union, setting the framework for the online formation and registration of branches of new businesses in Germany.