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Dr. Christian Knütel

Partner
Hamburg

Dr. Christian Knütel

Christian Knütel's broad International Project practice covers all stages of energy and infrastructure projects, from works, supply and service contracts, and project financing to post-construction litigation and project M&A. Especially in the PPP/infrastructure and on and offshore wind sectors, Christian is a recognized authority, having worked on a big variety of major domestic and international projects. 

Christian is always up to speed with the technical background of projects and the current trends on project and finance contracts. He works closely with the firm's regulatory, banking, arbitration and M&A teams, and coordinates with overseas colleagues on cross-border projects. In addition to various other publications on project and energy/infrastructure topics, he is co-editor and author of the legal textbook on project finance and PPP (Rechtshandbuch Projektfinanzierung und PPP), 2nd edition 2008, and author of the offshore wind chapter in the new standard textbook on capital projects (Rechtshandbuch Anlagenbau), Munich 2015.

Recommended as top lawyer for 'Project Finance and Development Practice'

Best Lawyers Germany, 2013-2015

Representative Experience

Advising a project company on the further development an 400 MW offshore wind farm in the North Sea.

Advising a major utility on the participation in a tender for the development and construction of a major offshore wind farm in Denmark.

Advising manufacturers of offshore wind turbines on the negotiations of various supply and service contracts for five projects in Germany, Belgium and France.

Advising a development bank on the participation in the financing of the offshore wind projects Global Tech I and Borkum West II.

Advising the financing banks on the project financing of various onshore wind farms in Germany.

Advising several contractors on more than 30 sea cable projects (inner array cable and export cable) in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK.

Advising a major utility on the negotiations of several project contracts with regard to an offshore wind farm in the North Sea.

Advising contractors on claims and counterclaims based on the delayed and disrupted execution of various A/C and D/C offshore grid connection systems.

Advising the lenders to a consortium of sponsors on the A model A6.

Advising DZ Bank, Deka Bank, and NIBC Bank NV as MLAs on the project financing of the PPP project 'JVA Bremervörde.'

Education and admissions

Education

  • Second State Exam in Law, Berlin, 2001
  • Dr. iur., Universität Hamburg, 1999
  • First State Exam in Law, Universität Hamburg, 1997
  • University of Rome, 1995
  • University of Freiburg, 1994

Memberships

  • DIS Deutsche Institution fur Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit

2010

Pragmatic lawyer and constructive negotiator

Chambers Europe

2013

Sources praise Christian Knütel for his solution-oriented approach and vast knowledge of this sector: "He is really pragmatic and very driven by finding solutions." "He has an outstanding industry practice and knows this entire offshore industry very well

Chambers

2015

Clients say: "He performed an absolutely outstanding job of getting people on board. He is excellent at keeping calm under intense pressure, especially during negotiations, where he did a really great job."

Chambers Europe

2014

Clients praise his "ability to understand the business we do and also to drive things forward and give correct advice."

Chambers

2011

Market sources consider him to be an intelligent and experienced finance expert

Chambers Europe

2012

Clients applaud Christian Knütel's depth of expertise in energy and infrastructure. "He is pragmatic and truly defends his client's interests without jeopardising the project"

Chambers Europe

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