Achim Meier

Achim Meier

Achim Meier


T +49 201 9220 24022

Real estate economist (ebs)
Industries Real Estate & Infrastructure , Health Care & Life Science

Areas of practice

As a German lawyer and real estate economist (ebs), Achim Meier, coordinator of the Real Estate & Infrastructure sector at Luther, specialises in private sector building law, real estate law and public procurement law. His clients include university clinics, hospitals, building companies and institutional builders.

Achim Meier is a proven expert when it comes to providing legal advice during the construction process of complex building, infrastructure and structural engineering and plant construction projects. He provides project development advice and also advises on matters pertaining to architectural and engineering law and on how to structure national and international public contract award procedures (e.g. PPP projects).

Furthermore, he represents his clients in judicial and extra-judicial disputes. A particular focus of his work is providing strategic advice, defending and enforcing supplementary claims, and developing claim management strategies.


Achim Meier studied law at the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, and real estate economics at the European Business School. While at university, he began specialising in real estate law and has been advising his clients in this area of law since being admitted to the German Bar and joining Luther’s predecessor firm in 2000. Achim Meier heads Luther’s practice group “Real estate law”, which comprises a team of about 60 lawyers. He is a member of the International Bar Association and of the Association of German Construction Law Lawyers (ARGE Baurecht) organised by the German Bar Association (Deutscher Anwaltverein).

Honors and distinctions
  • Chambers Europe 2024: Ranking in "Projects: Construction" (Band 3, first ranking in 2016, "tough and engaged")
  • Chambers Europe 2015: Ranking in "Projects: Project Finance/PPP" (Band 4, first ranking in 2011)
  • JUVE Guide 2023/2024: Award "Leading Advisor" (first award in 2012/2013) and listed under "Frequently Recommended" in "Real Estate and Construction Law" (first listed in 2010/2011, "strong negotiator"; "top advisor also in strategic questions regarding the placement of large construction projects on the market"; "many years of trustful cooperation and unreserved recommendation for the whole team", clients)
  • The Legal 500 Germany 2024: Award "Leading Name" in the category "Construction Law" (first recommendation in 2023, first mention in 2015, "Achim Meier and Martin Steuber form a perfect team with strategically innovative approaches and very experienced, in-depth knowledge of the legal principles and possibilities. The completely unusual knowledge of construction technology issues as well as the good market assessment of the construction industry as a whole also lead to positive results.") and recommendation in the category "Real Estate Law" (first recommendation in 2023, first mention in 2019, "Achim Meier with a clear focus and strong assertiveness.").
  • The Legal 500 Germany 2021: Mention in the category "Real Estate and Construction Law - Project Development"
  • The Legal 500 Germany 2018: Mention in the category "Public Law - Public Procurement Law" ("above-average commitment, strong decision-making and negotiating skills"; "has excellent specialist knowledge, strategic foresight in providing advice, good networking and industry knowledge in the healthcare sector")
  • Best Lawyers 2024: Recommended in "Project Finance and Development Practice" (first recommendation in 2018) and "Construction Law" (first recommendation in 2022)
  • WirtschaftsWoche 2022: Recommendation "Top Lawyer" in "Private Law" (first recommendation in 2021)

  • Providing public procurement law advice on the national “Post-Covid Action Programme for Children and Young People” (invitation to tender for project management services and educational services)
  • Providing legal advice to a ministry of education on the procurement of comprehensive laboratory services and rapid antigen tests
  • Providing legal and strategic advice to a ministry of health on the procurement of PCR tests for elementary schools and schools for children with special needs, as well as for fifth and sixth classes
  • Providing advice during the construction process and providing public procurement law advice to a large number of universities, university clinics and hospitals on the implementation of diverse large-scale construction projects (among other things, obtaining funding, developing procurement strategies, carrying out procurement procedures, providing legal advice during construction), investment volume of about EUR 6 billion, including:
    - Operating centre
    - Surgical unit
    - Heart centre
    - Life sciences research building
    - Centre for non-surgical medicine
    - Laboratory building
    - Construction of entirely new hospitals (“greenfield”)
    - Children’s clinic
    - Eye clinic
    - ENT clinic
    - Nuclear medicine
    - Proton therapy centre
    - Oncology clinic
    - Pathology unit
    - Research building
  • Advising Deutsche Telekom on awarding the contract for and outsourcing its Germany-wide facility management (technical, commercial and infrastructural facility management and construction work) – one of the largest tendering procedures for facility management services in Europe in recent years with a volume of several billion euros
  • Assisting with the strategic development of an organisation, investment and financing concept for the creation of a maximum care provider in the health care sector – pilot project involving complex issues in the fields of budgetary, constitutional, university, European, subsidy and public procurement law
  • Advising an energy group on the enforcement of recourse claims for breach of international investment protection treaties
  • Providing strategic advice to a leading plant construction company in connection with the construction of a power station in Finland (claim strategy)
  • Providing strategic advice to public building control and planning authorities in connection with the development of alternative procurement strategies
  • Providing structuring and advisory services in the field of public procurement law regarding an invitation to tender for general contractor services based on functional specifications for the construction of a new research building using a “partnering model”
  • Advising a credit institution on the creation of a comprehensive real estate portfolio, from the development of a basic strategic concept up to and including the final negotiation and implementation of all relevant contracts (property purchases, construction contracts, etc.)
  • Providing comprehensive advice during the construction process and rendering complex project restructuring services for the only university proton therapy centre in operation in Germany
  • Structuring and advising on a large number of architectural design competitions