Dr Stefan Kobes

Dr Stefan Kobes

Dr Stefan Kobes

Berlin

T +49 30 52133 0

Lawyer
Certified Specialist in Administrative Law
Partner
Industries Energy

Areas of practice

Dr Stefan Kobes advises on all matters pertaining to building planning and environmental law, in particular in the context of planning approval procedures, the preparation of development plans, the enforcement of permits under building and immission control law, the removal of contaminated sites and disposal of waste, emissions trading issues and the energy transition, as well as the obligation to maintain the required distances under major-accidents law. His clients include companies from energy-intensive industries, such as the ceramics, paper, and wood materials industries. In addition, he acts as an advisor to builders, project developers, property owners, industrial associations and the public sector, in particular, corporations and institutions, federal enterprises and public utilities. Stefan Kobes is a member of the Environmental Committee of the Berlin Chamber of Commerce and Industry, of Gesellschaft für Umweltrecht (a German environmental law society), and of Ingenieurtechnischer Verband für Altlastenmanagement und Flächenrecycling (ITVA) (a German association that is concerned with contaminated sites and the recycling of land). From 2003, he was for 15 years a member of the Secretariat of the “Working Group on Emissions Trading to Combat Greenhouse Gases” of the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, which worked on the introduction of emissions trading in Germany.

Practices
Vita

Dr Stefan Kobes tudied 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.

Honors and distinctions
  • Best Lawyers (2022): Award in "Public Law"
  • The Legal 500 Germany (2021): Mention in environmental and planning law, commercial administrative law
  • Who's Who Legal (2021): recommended as National Leader in "Energy"
  • JUVE Guide (2020/2021): Mentioned among frequently recommended in "Public Sector - Environmental and Planning Law" and "Regulated Industries - Energy Law"
  • Best Lawyers (2021): Award in "Public Law"
  • The Legal 500 Deutschland (2019/2020): Listed in the category "Public Law - Environmental and Planning Law"
  • JUVE Guide (2019/2020): Mentioned under frequently recommended in the categories "Energy Law" and "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" 
  • JUVE Guide (2016/2017): Frequently recommended lawyer for "Regulated Industries" as well as in the area of "Public Sector - Environmental and Planning Law"
  • The Legal 500: Germany (2015-2017): Recommended in "Planning and environment".
  • JUVE Guide (2013/2014, 2014/2015): 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"
Clients

  • 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

Publications

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