Dr. Holger Stappert

Dr. Holger Stappert

Dr. Holger Stappert


T +49 211 5660 24843

Settori economici 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. 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 (2020): Ranking in "Energy: Regulatory" Band 2 (Clients value Holger Stappert for his "very good legal advice, conduct of proceedings and long experience in energy law, arbitration and litigation," further highlighting the "very pleasant co-operation.")
  • Best Lawyers (2020): Award in "Competition / Antitrust Law / Energy Law"
  • JUVE Guide (2019/2020): Leading advisor on Regulatory Law in "Energy Industry", mentioned as frequently recommended in "Energy Law" and "Antitrust Law"
  • The Legal 500 Deutschland (2019/2020): Listed in "Antitrust Law" and "Industry Focus Energy - Regulatory Advice" ("many years of experience in the energy sector", "based on very good industry knowledge")
  • JUVE Guide (2018/2019): Mentioned under frequently recommended in the sections "Antitrust Law" and "Energy Industry Law: Regulation, Energy Sector: Transactions/Financing"
  • kanzleimonitor.de (2018/2019): Listed in "Energy Law"
  • Best Lawyers (2018): Award in "Competition / Antitrust Law, Energy Law"
  • Chambers Europe (2018): Ranking in "Energy: Regulatory" ("He has excellent knowledge and is very well connected.")
  • Who´s Who Legal (2018): Ranking in the category "Energy"
  • JUVE guide (2017/2018): Frequently recommended lawyer for antitrust law ("outstanding knowledge in the energy industry", competitor)
  • JUVE guide (2017/2018): Frequently recommended lawyer for energy law ("Expertise and price-performance ratio", competitor)
  • Chambers Europe (2017/2018): Listed in "Energy: Regulatory"
  • Euromoney's Expert Guides (2017): Listed in "Energy and Environment" as one of the leading lawyers in Energy
  • Handelsblatt / Best Lawyers - Deutschlands beste Anwälte 2016: Listed in Competition/Antitrust and Energy
  • kanzleimonitor.de (since 2016): Listed in "Energy Law"
  • Chambers Europe (2016): Listed in "Energy: Regulatory"
  • Peers and clients alike value Holger Stappert's regulatory expertise. One source mentions: "He stands out by knowing the practicalities of specific energy regulations."
  • The Legal 500 Germany (2016): Listed in the energy sector and recommended for antitrust law: "… is eloquent and stress-resistant“
  • Who’s Who Legal (since 2015): Energy
  • The Legal 500 Germany (2014-2015): Recommendation in the areas of antitrust and regulatory.
  • Expert Guides (2014): Ranking in the area of antitrust.
  • Chambers Europe (2013): Recommendation for his expertise regarding regulatory and competition issues in the energy sector. Sources praise his "excellent understanding of an industrial company's need for precise and quick legal advice."
  • Guide to the World's Leading Energy Attorneys - Ninth edition (since 2012): Recommendation as an "outstanding practitioner in Germany"
  • Best Lawyer guide (since 2009): "Lawyer of the Year 2012" in the area of energy
  • Deutsche Top-Juristen Kartellrecht Handelsblatt" (top German lawyers antitrust) (October 2011): Listing
  • Chambers Europe (Since 2010): personally recommended in the "energy" rankings
  • International Best Lawyers guide (since 2009): ranked as a leading lawyer in Germany in the areas of "antitrust" and "energy law"
  • JUVE guide (since 2008): frequently recommended lawyer for "antitrust" and "energy law"

  • 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


Member of the advisory board of the Cologne Institute of Energy Law (Institut für Energiewirtschaftsrecht - EWIR).