The construction and engineering industry is a technically demanding business, often involving long-term projects, and its participants work in a very complex market environment with high risks and often tight profit margins. Therefore, the initial structuring of a project, as well as the regulatory preparation, tendering, negotiation, and execution of the full range of necessary contracts with all parties involved is paramount.
Leinemann Partner have an unmatched record in Germany and beyond in advising highly complex projects from their inception to completion. For the same reason, our experts are in demand internationally to provide these concise, and diligent services, because they are not only rooted in the ability to provide sharp legal analysis, but also in a well established background of technical understanding.
Many of our clients handle construction and structural engineering projects abroad or cooperate with international contract partners in domestic projects. The FIDIC conditions of contract have now become an international standard – especially in the structural Engineering sector and large-scale projects. We work constantly with this standard and can boast a large team of English-speaking lawyers with many years of experience in providing legal advice and conducting cases in this area at their fingertips. Some of the partners at our law firm also accept mandates to act as arbitrator or a member of a Dispute Adjudication Board (DAB) – frequently following the rules set down by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris.
International Construction Projects
Construction projects in foreign countries involve many challenges. Bridging cultural differences, negotiating in a different language, and understanding other legal systems are only some of these issues. At Leinemann PARNTER we are well prepared for such challenges: between our 10 lawyers we speak 10 different languages, and we understand the importance to negotiate on a cultural level, before we would recommend final dispute resolution measures.
Therefore, the acquired knowledge of other legal systems and cultures, that our lawyers have gained, and the sensitive appreciation for other cultures and legal systems, enables us to initiate participation in alternative mechanisms of dispute resolution in mediation, adjudication and arbitration proceedings in English, such as, for example under the Arbitration Rules of the International Chamber of Commerce, Paris (ICC).
Civil Engineering and Construction
The German construction and engineering industry is one of the five most important industries in Germany. It is also one of the most relevant, and sought after players of its kind in the world. Every year, a turnover of more than 500 billion Euros is generated in this area, both nationally and internationally. The requirements in this industry are high, but not only in technical terms. Increasingly, the success of infrastructure and construction projects depends on a clear legal landscape. In many countries, this legal landscape is very uncharted, and, in the light of the considerable sums of money that are at stake, quality legal expert advice has become all the more essential. Even though problems of large projects are frequently discussed, there are still relatively few publications and court decisions that deal with the legal side of this complex matter.
At Leinemann Partner, we have a long-standing experience in this specialist area of law. We support our clients in all project phases, from the tender and negotiation, all relevant contracts, and through to the execution, commissioning and acceptance of the project.