Karsten Köhler

Karsten Köhler

Karsten Köhler


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Certified Specialist in Public Procurement Law
Industries Information Tech & Telecommunications , Energy

Areas of practice

Karsten Köhler advises public-sector companies on matters pertaining to public procurement and contract law in connection with the implementation of complex public procurement projects. He particularly focuses on providing assistance with plant construction projects in the energy industry (e.g. gas turbine and gas engine power plants) and on advising the housing industry on large investments (projects regarding the construction of new buildings, broadband cable projects, public procurement advice).


After studying law at the University of Leipzig (Germany) and completing his legal training in Saxony, Karsten Köhler was admitted to the German Bar in 2001 and joined Luther (or its respective predecessor firm) the same year. Since 2002, he has been a permanent member of staff of Vergaberecht, a magazine on public procurement law. Karsten Köhler became a certified specialist in public procurement law in September 2016. He is a frequent lecturer at public procurement law seminars.

    Honors and distinctions
    • JUVE Guide 2021/2022: Listed under "Frequently Recommended" in "Regulated Industries - Regulated industries - Healthcare: Hospitals, MVZs, Pharmacies" (first listed in 2016/2017, "Long, trusting cooperation")
    • JUVE Guide 2019/2020: Listed under "Frequently Recommended" in "Corporate Law" (first listed in 2016/2017)
    • The Legal 500 Germany 2024: Mention in "City Focus Leipzig" (first mention in 2023)
    • The Legal 500 Germany 2023: Mention in the category "Public Law - Public Procurement Law" and in "Industry Focus - Energy" (first mention in 2021, "legally very well versed, excellently informed in the healthcare industry.")

    • Since 2004, comprehensive public procurement and contract law advice and assistance in connection with the construction of new/structural alterations to existing power plants, including gas engine and gas turbine power plants, amongst other things, for public utilities/generation companies (total investment/planned > €800m)
    • Since 2009, advice to more than 20 leading housing companies on the restructuring of, and the award of contracts for, the supply of broadband cable to several hundred thousand housing units
    • Public procurement law advice and litigation services in large construction projects in the hospital sector (total investment/planned > €500m, 2013-2019)
    • Assistance with municipal infrastructure projects, including the construction of eight new school buildings (total investment/planned > €200m, 2017-2019)
    • Strategic legal advice and conducting of arbitration proceedings in connection with a publicly subsidised plant construction project (€60m, 2010-2019)
    • Legal assistance with the award of approximately 30 concessions regarding electricity, gas, water/waste water and district heat (2010-2019)



    • forum vergabe e.V.
    • DVNW Deutsches Vergabenetzwerk
    • SDWC Schweizerisch-Deutscher Wirtschaftsclub e.V.