Dr Holger Stappert

Dr Holger Stappert

Dr Holger Stappert


T +49 211 5660 24843

Industries Energy

Areas of practice

Dr Holger Stappert has always focussed on antitrust law in his work as a lawyer, providing advice to clients during high-profile merger control, abuse of dominance and antitrust fine proceedings at German and European levels. He has for many years provided antitrust compliance advice and carried out internal investigations. As a result of further specialisation, Holger Stappert also has extensive knowledge and many years of experience in all areas of energy law and energy contract law and coordinates the Energy sector at Luther. He is an experienced advisor when it comes to providing transaction advice and representing clients before antitrust and regulatory authorities, in state courts and in arbitration proceedings.


Dr Holger Stappert studied law in Bielefeld and Bonn (Germany) from 1989 to 1995. After completing an internship in the Legal Department of the German American Chamber of Commerce in Atlanta (USA), he worked as a Research Assistant for the German Parliament from 1996 to 1998. His legal training included working for the German Federal Cartel Office and renowned business law firms, amongst others.

Holger Stappert was admitted to the German Bar in 2001, working for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer from 2001 to 2007. In 2005/2006, he spent several months advising an international energy trader as part of a secondment. Holger Stappert joined Luther as a Partner in 2007 and has since been heading Luther’s energy practice at a national level, as well as within Luther’s international network of law firms.

Holger Stappert is a frequent publisher on current issues in antitrust and energy law and a regular speaker at seminars, conferences and symposia.

Honors and distinctions
  • Chambers Europe 2023: Ranking in "Energy: Regulatory" (Band 1), (first ranking in 2010, "Holger Stappert is an excellent lawyer and is always on hand to answer any questions that I have.", "He does not limit himself to answering the questions but also proactively makes suggestions.", "Holger Stappert is excellently connected in the energy scene, which means that besides the pure energy advice you have a good feeling about what is happening in the market.", "He is very reliable, flexible and always available and open even for very short-term inquiries.", "Holger Stappert is a master in his field.")
  • JUVE Guide 2022/2023: Award "Leading Name" (first award in 2013/2014) and listed under "Frequently Recommended" in "Regulated Industries -  Energy Law" (first listed in 2008/2009, "top strategist", "very good, extensive cooperation, results are thoroughly researched and well usable") and "Antitrust Law" (first listed in 2008/2009, "good strategist", client)
  • The Legal 500 Germany 2023: Award "Leading Name" (first award in 2019) and recommendation in "Industry Focus - Health" (first listed in 2014, "Very competent, always up-to-date, very communicative and pleasant to deal with."), recommended in "Antitrust Law" (first recommended in 2022, first listed in 2014, "Excellent specialist with long experience in antitrust law, very communicative and open."; "Experienced, calm, thinks outside the box.") and in "City Focus Düsseldorf"
  • Who’s Who Legal 2023: Empfehlung „Global Leader“ in den Rubriken „Energy – Oil & Gas“ und „Energy – Power/Electricity“ (erste Empfehlung in 2022) sowie Empfehlung „National Leader“ in Rubrik „Germany – Energy“ (erste Empfehlung in 2015)
  • kanzleimonitor.de 2018/2019: Recommended in "Energy Law" (first recommended in 2016/2017)
  • Best Lawyers 2024: Recommended in "Energy Law" (first recommended in 2009), "Competition/Antitrust Law" (first recommended in 2010) and "Corporate Governance and Compliance Practice" 
  • Best Lawyers 2012: Award "Lawyer of the Year" in "Energy Law"
  • WirtschaftsWoche 2023: Recommendation "Top Lawyer" in "Energy Law" 
  • Expert Guides 2021: Recommended in "ENergy and Natural Resources" (first recommended in 2012) and "Competition and Antitrust" (first recommended in 2013)
  • Guide to the Wolrd"s Leading Energy Attorneys 2013: Award "Outstanding Practicioner in Germany" (first award in 2012)

  • Schmolz + Bickenbach - Representation in antitrust proceedings against steel producers 
  • Carcoustics International - Representation in antitrust proceedings for acoustically effective components
  • Dual System - Antitrust advice on volume clearing under the dual systems
  • Uniper Global Commodities – Defense against allegation of market abuse pursuant REMIT
  • TrailStone - Sale of the direct marketer e2m Energy2market to the French EDF Group
  • Eneco - Acquisition of LichtBlick SE
  • MEAG Munich Ergo Asset Management - Participation in Steag-Fernwärme
  • Open Grid Europe - Acquisition of TSO jordgasTransport from Statoil in JV with Gasunie
  • E.ON - Post-Merger Integration of Innogy SE into the E.ON Group
  • E.ON – Reorganisation of Avacon, Bayernwerk, EDIS and Hanse-Werk
  • Vertically integrated gas wholesale company – reorganisation and strategic re-positioning
  • Financial investor - Indirect participation in Nord Stream 2-project and EUGAL pipeline
  • Avacon - Innovation project with Salzgitter and Linde on for emission-free steel production from "green" hydrogen
  • Statkraft - Network connection of pumped-storage power plant Erzhausen
  • Aurubis - Harbour City district heating project in Hamburg
  • E.ON Energy Projects - Industrial power plant project for DSM Nutritional Products at the Grenzach-Wyhlen site
  • WEMAG Netz - Application for concession agreement in Ludwigslust and Grabow
  • Avacon Netz - Application for concession agreement in Stuhr und Weyhe



  • Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht e.V.
  • German Arbitr­ation Institute (Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit)
  • Member of the advisory board of the Cologne Institute of Energy Law (Institut für Energiewirtschaftsrecht - EWIR)
  • Member of the advisory board of the Forum Contracting e.V.