Dr Stefan Altenschmidt, LL.M. (Nottingham)

Dr Stefan Altenschmidt, LL.M. (Nottingham)

Dr Stefan Altenschmidt, LL.M. (Nottingham)


T +49 211 5660 18737

Industries Energy , Real Estate & Infrastructure

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, including as co-author of the commentaries on the German Renewable Energy Act, the Water Resources Act and the Federal Immission Control Act from the Berlin Commentaries series and the Emissions Trading Practice Manual and as co-editor of the Green Building Practice Manual. 


Dr Stefan Altenschmidt 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).

Honors and distinctions
  • Chambers Europe 2023: Ranking in "Public Law: Planning and Environment"(first ranking in 2014), currently Band 2 ("Our questions are often very complex and yet he manages to talk about the topics to a non-legal audience in a very accessible way.", client)
  • JUVE Guide 2023/2024: Recommendations in "Public Commercial Law" and "Regulated Industries - Energy Law" (first recommendation in 2012/2013) („fast and competent“)
  • JUVE Guide 2022/2023: Recommendations in "Public Sector - Environmental and Planning Law" (first recommendation in 2013/2014)
  • The Legal 500 Germany 2022: Award as „Leading Individual“ in „Planning and Environment“ (first Award in 2015, first mention in 2014), listed in „Industry Focus – Energy“ (first listed in 2018) and „Commercial Administrative Law“ (first listed in 2021), ("Dr. Altenschmidt always responds to our inquiries in the shortest possible time, precisely and comprehensively. He is able to present complicated issues in an understandable way. He pays attention to details without getting lost in them.")
  • Who's Who Legal 2023: Recommendation as “Global Leader” in "Environment - Climate Change" (first recommendation in 2019)
  • kanzleimonitor.de 2019/2020: Recommendation in "Energy Industry Law" (Rank 5) (first recommendation in 2015/2016)
  • Best Lawyers 2024: Recommendation in "Environmental Law" (first recommendation in 2014), "Public Law" (first recommendation in 2017) and "Energy Law" (first recommendation in 2021)
  • WirtschaftsWoche 2023: Recommendation as „Top Lawyer“ in „Environmental and Building Planning Law“ (first recommendation in 2021)

  • 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
  • ArcelorMittal, Dillinger Hüttenwerke, Hüttenwerke Krupp Mannesmann, Saarstahl and ThyssenKrupp Steel - advice and legal representation in emissions trading matters
  • Opencast lignite mine operators - consultation on the coal phase-out
  • Uniper Kraftwerke - water law advice on the operation of a hydropower plant including the conduct of administrative court proceedings
  • Air China - advising on emissions trading and international law contexts
  • German defence company - administrative law and state liability law advice in connection with the economic sanctions against Russia and the revocation of export licences for a combat training centre
  • Various industrial companies - advice and representation in standard control proceedings against conflicting development plans with the designation of new residential areas in the vicinity of existing production plants.
  • Leading company in the food industry - successful representation in opposition proceedings before the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control to limit the EEG levy for an independent part of the company


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