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Dr. Stefan Altenschmidt, LL.M. (Nottingham)


Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
Graf-Adolf-Platz 15
40213 Dusseldorf

Phone +49 211 5660 18737
Fax +49 211 5660 110

Languages: German, English
Curriculum vitae

Dr Stefan Altenschmidt was born in 1971 in Essen, Germany. He studied law and social science at the Ruhr Universität in Bochum, Germany, where in 2001 he was awarded a doctorate for his thesis on issues concerning the Regional Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia. In 2002, he completed a four month traineeship in the legal department of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. In 2006, he received his LL.M. in environmental, planning and regulatory law from Nottingham Law School, England. From 2003 to 2011, he worked for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, most recently as “Counsel” for environmental and planning law. In 2008, he was seconded for four months to the London office of Freshfields. Dr Stefan Altenschmidt has been a partner in Luther’s Düsseldorf office since May 2011 and is responsible for the practice area Environment, Planning, Regulatory (EPR).

Areas of Practice

Dr Stefan Altenschmidt’s specialist areas are environmental, planning and regulatory law. He advises companies and trade associations, in particular, on environmental law, climate protection and emissions trading law as well as planning law. He represents his clients at national administrative and constitutional courts and at the European Court of Justice. Dr Stefan Altenschmidt regularly holds seminars and publishes articles relating to environmental and energy law issues and is the co-author of the commentaries on the German Renewable Energy Act,

Berliner Kommentar zum EEG” and a practice guide on emissions trading (Praxishandbuch Emissionshandel).

  • E.ON Kraftwerke: advising on planning law regarding a new build power station in Datteln, Germany
  • RWE Power: successfully appealing to the Federal Constitutional Court regarding the unconstitutionality of a judgment issued in an emissions trading matter
  • Saint-Gobain Glass: appeal and action for annulment before the European Court of Justice regarding the NAP II decision of the Commission
  • Dillinger Hüttenwerke, Hüttenwerke Krupp Mannesmann, Saarstahl and ThyssenKrupp Steel: advice and representation in court on emissions trading law issues, e.g. at the European Court of Justice
  • Oxea/Ruhrchemie: advising on a permit for storage for waste including lodging a claim with the Higher Administrative Court (OVG) in North Rhine-Westphalia
  • E.ON Kraftwerke, Saint-Gobain, Pilkington and RWE Power: representation in a test case against the German Emissions Trading Authority at the Federal Administrative Court