Dr. Stefan Altenschmidt, LL.M. (Nottingham)

Dr. Stefan Altenschmidt, LL.M. (Nottingham)

Dr. Stefan Altenschmidt, LL.M. (Nottingham)


T +49 211 5660 18737

Settori economici 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 issues and is the co-author of the commentaries on the German Renewable Energy Act,

Berliner Kommentar zum EEG” and a practice guide on emissions trading (Praxishandbuch Emissionshandel).


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 (2020): Ranking in "Public Law: Planning and Environment" Band 3
  • kanzleimonitor.de (2019/2020): Recommendation in "Energy Industry Law"
  • Best Lawyers (2020): Recommended in "Public Law"
  • Legal 500 Deutschland (2020): Auszeichnung "Führende Namen" in Public Law, Planning and Environment, Mentioned in Industry Focus Energy
  • JUVE Handbuch (2019/2020): Mentioned among frequently recommended in Energy Law and Environmental and Planning Law
  • Chambers Europe (2018): Listed in "Public Law" ("supervises things very well and is aware of tactical issues and how to assess commercial and political questions." // "You can completely rely on him to get things done.")
  • Best Lawyers (2019): Recommended in "Public Law"
  • Chambers Europe (2018): Ranking in "Public Law: Planning and Environment"
  • The Legal 500 (2018): Recommended in "Public Law", "Energy Law", "Planning and Environment"
  • JUVE Handbuch (2018/2019): Recommended in "Energy Science Law: Regulation, Energy Sector: Transactions/Financing" and "Environmental and Planning Law".
  • The Legal 500 Deutschland (2018/2019) Mentioned in "Industry Focus Energy - Regulatory Advice" and "Public Law - Environmental and Planning Law".
  • Handelsblatt / Best Lawyers - Deutschlands beste Anwälte (2018): Awarded in "Public Law"
  • Who´s Who Legal (2017): Listed in "Environment"
  • JUVE Guide (2016/2017): Listed in "Public Sector: Environment and planning" and "Energy: Transactions and financing"
  • kanzleimonitor.de (since 2016): Listed in "Energy Law"
  • Handelsblatt / Best Lawyers - Deutschlands beste Anwälte (since 2016): Listed in Environmental Law and Public Law
  • The Legal 500: Germany (since 2014): Recommended under Planning and environment.
  • Best Lawyer (since 2014): Listed in the category "Environmental Law"
  • Chambers Europe (2013-2015): Ranking „Environment"
  • Chambers Europe (since 2013): Listed in the category "Public Law: Planning and Environment"
    Market perception by clients "Without the knowledge and commitment of the Luther lawyers, we wouldn't have been successful."

  • 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
  • Saint-Gobain Glass: appeal and action for annulment before the European Court of Justice regarding the NAP II decision of the Commission
  • Dillinger Hüttenwerke, Hüttenwerke Krupp Mannesmann, Saarstahl and ThyssenKrupp Steel: advice and representation in court on emissions trading law issues, e.g. at the European Court of Justice
  • Oxea/Ruhrchemie: advising on a permit for storage for waste including lodging a claim with the Higher Administrative Court (OVG) in North Rhine-Westphalia
  • E.ON Kraftwerke, Saint-Gobain, Pilkington and RWE Power: representation in a test case against the German Emissions Trading Authority at the Federal Administrative Court