Achim Meier

Achim Meier

Achim Meier

Essen

T +49 201 9220 24022

Lawyer
Real estate economist (ebs)
Partner
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.

Practices
Vita

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
  • Best Lawyers (2023): Award in "Project Finance and Development Practice" and "Construction Law"
  • The Legal 500 Germany (2022): Recommended in Construction (‘Achim Meier: Very broad specialist knowledge, solution-oriented work, high level of competence.’) and Real Estate (‘Achim Meier with clear focus and strong assertiveness.’)
  • Chambers Europe (2022): Ranked in "Projects: Construction", Band 3 ("tough and engaged")
  • JUVE Guide (2021/2022): Awarded "Leading Names" and mentioned under frequently recommended in "Real Estate and Construction Law"
  • Best Lawyers (2022): Award in "Project Finance and Development Practice" and "Construction Law"
  • Chambers Europe (2021): Ranked in "Projects: Construction", Band 3 ("a strong adviser.")
  • WirtschaftsWoche (2021): Award "TOP Lawyer 2021" in the legal field "Private Construction law"
  • The Legal 500 Germany (2021): Mention in construction law, real estate law and project development ('leads the team and, through experience and industry knowledge, enriches the advice with many aspects that enable an assessment of the (economic) prospects of success of alternative paths').
  • JUVE Guide (2020/2021): Awarded "Leading Names" and mentioned under frequently recommended in "Real Estate and Construction Law - Building Law"
  • Best Lawyers (2021): Award in "Project Finance and Development Practice"
  • Chambers Europe (2019/2020): Ranking in "Projects: Construction" Band 3
  • The Legal 500 Germany (2020): Mentioned in real estate and construction law (including dispute resolution)
  • Best Lawyers (2020): Award in "Project Finance and Development Practice"
  • JUVE Guide (2019/2020): Mentioned under frequently recommended in "Real Estate and Construction Law"
  • The Legal 500 Germany (2019): Listed in "Real Estate and Construction Law - Construction Law (incl. Dispute Resolution)"
  • Chambers Europe (2018): Listed in "Projects: Construction" ("His customer-oriented approach, focusing on the needs of the project first and then exploring the limits set by the legal framework, helps espacially in solving complex tasks. Loyalty and integrity to his client are outstanding.")
  • The Legal 500 (2018): Listed in the category "Public Law - Public Procurement Law"
  • JUVE Guide (2018/2019): Mentioned under frequently recommended in the category "Real Estate Law Project Development and Plant Construction, Construction Law"
  • Handelsblatt / Best Lawyers - Deutschlands beste Anwälte (2018): Listing under Project Finance and Development Practice
  • Chambers Europe (seit 2012): Listed under "Projects"
    Clients praise Achim Meier of Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH for his commercial acumen, adding: "He thinks about what he needs to do in order to be successful." He is at his most visible in PPP projects. Chambers Europe has recommended Achim Meier 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 und 2015 for „Project Finance/PPP".
  • JUVE: a publishing house for legal information, has ranked Achim Meier for years among Germany’s frequently recommended lawyers and leading partners for “private construction”, “PPP” and “hospitals”. Competitors call him a “tough guy” and a “tough negotiator”. Clients praise his “brilliant way of handling negotiations” with “excellent expert knowledge, a strong understanding of business objectives and extraordinary strategic foresight” (JUVE Handbook Commercial Law Firms, 2010-2015).
  • The Legal 500 (since 2014): Listed in "construction". Quotes clients who appreciate his "excellent expert knowledge" and "strategic skills" (2014).
  • Chambers Europe: recommended Achim Meier in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 for “Project Finance/PPP”.
Clients

  • 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

Publications