Dr Stefan Kobes

Dr Stefan Kobes

Dr Stefan Kobes


T +49 30 52133 0

Certified Specialist in Administrative Law
Industries Energy

Areas of Practice

Dr Stefan Kobes has intensive specialist knowledge in the field of environmental pollution (inspection, appraisal, remediation, responsibilities, remediation contracts, exemptions according to the Environmental Framework Act (UmwRG), historical burden clauses in transaction business), as well as in general building plans (preparing and amending building plans and project and development plans), urban development contracts, soil protection regulations, expropriation, building ordinance (building permits, preliminary building notices, suits by neighbours), as well as in emission trading (Kyoto Protocol, Directive of the EU Commission, allocation, exemptions, pooling, transmission of certificates, verification, reporting, sanctions (register)). His clients come from the energy industry as well as from the ceramic, paper and wood industries. He also advises property developers, project developers and federal government-owned enterprises.


Dr Stefan Kobes was born in 1960. He studied law at the Universities of Kiel, Germany, Lausanne, Switzerland and Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. He specialised in public law and worked for the Administrative Court, Freiburg, Germany, the German University of Administrative Sciences in Speyer, Germany, and the German Institute for Foreign Trade Taipei, Taiwan. From 1989 to 1992, he worked on his dissertation regarding administrative law and was simultaneously working as a lawyer in public economic law. From 1993 onwards, he advised the Directorate for Environmental Protection/Contaminated Sites at the Federal Institute for Special Tasks Arising from Unification (BvS) where, before leaving, he was the director of a legal department consisting of a team of 10. Dr Stefan Kobes joined Luther’s predecessor firm in 2000; he has been a partner since 2001.


  • Advising an industrial association during the revision of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Act (TEHG) for the third trading period
  • Precedent proceedings before the Federal Administrative Court concerning the approval of monitoring concepts
  • Representing numerous companies from the paper industry during the allocation procedure and the following legal proceedings pursuant to the Allocation Act 2012 (emission level per unit of product/benchmark)
  • Representing the ceramics industry at the Federal Administrative Court in precedent allocation proceedings pursuant to the Allocation Act 2007(process-related emissions)
  • Representing numerous companies during the approval of monitoring concepts
  • Advising numerous sanction procedures concerning breaching the obligation to surrender due to incorrect reporting
  • Advising companies concerning the issues of decommissioning in emissions trade law


Honors and Distinctions
  • The Legal 500 Deutschland (2019): Listed in the category "Public Law - Environmental and Planning Law"
  • JUVE Guide (2018/2019): Mentioned under frequently recommended in the section "Environmental and planning law"
  • JUVE Guide (2018/2019): Mentioned under frequently recommended under the heading "Energy Science Law: Regulation, Energy Sector: Transactions/Financing"
  • Who's Who Legal (2018): Listed in the category "Environment"
    The Legal 500 (2018): Recommendation in the category "Public Law - Environmental and Planning Law"
  • Who's Who Legal 2018: Listung unter "World’s leading Environment lawyers"
  • The Legal 500: Germany (2016): Recommended in "Planning and environment".
  • JUVE Guide 2013/2014: frequently recommended lawyer in the category "Environmental and Planning Law"
  • The Legal 500 (since 2014): Germany: Listed in the category "Environmental and Planning Law"
  • Who's Who Legal: Germany (2013-2014): Listed in the category "Environment"
  • JUVE Guide (since 2010/2011): frequently recommended lawyer in the category "Environmental and Planning Law"
  • PLC (2010-2012): frequently recommended lawyers in the category "Germany: Environment"
  • Chambers Europe (2010): Ranking in the category "Germany: Competition/European Law"