Dr. Christian Knütel

Dr. Christian Knütel


Email christian.knuetel@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +49 40 419 93 508

Fax +49 40 419 93 200

LanguagesEnglish, Italian, French, German, Spanish

Practice groupFinance

Christian Knütel's broad international project practice covers all stages of energy and infrastructure projects, from works, supply and service contracts, and project financing to post-construction litigation and project M&A. Especially in the PPP/infrastructure and onshore and offshore wind sectors, Christian is a recognized authority, having worked on a big variety of major domestic and international projects. 

Christian is always up to speed with the technical background of projects and the current trends on project and finance contracts. He works closely with the firm's regulatory, banking, arbitration and M&A teams, and coordinates cross-border projects with overseas colleagues. In addition to various other publications on project and energy/infrastructure topics, he is co-editor and author of the legal textbook on project finance and PPP (Rechtshandbuch Projektfinanzierung und PPP), 2nd edition 2008, and author of the offshore wind chapter in the new standard textbook on capital projects (Rechtshandbuch Anlagenbau), Munich 2015.

Besides Christian is honorary General Counsel of World Forum Offshore Wind Energy e.V. (www.wfo-global.org).

Awards and recognitions


Public Sector: PPP
Legal 500 EMEA


Real Estate and Construction: Construction (including construction litigation)
Legal 500 EMEA


Banking and Finance: Project Finance
Legal 500 EMEA


Clients say: He performed an absolutely outstanding job of getting people on board. He is excellent at keeping calm under intense pressure, especially during negotiations, where he did a really great job.
Chambers Europe


Clients praise his ability to understand the business we do and also to drive things forward and give correct advice.

Education and admissions


Second State Exam in Law, Berlin, 2001

Dr. iur., University of Hamburg, 1999

First State Exam in Law, University of Hamburg, 1997

University of Rome, 1995

University of Freiburg, 1994


DIS Deutsche Institution fur Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit

Representative experience

Advising a project company on the further development of a 400 MW offshore wind farm in the North Sea.

Advising a major utility on the participation in a tender for the development and construction of a major offshore wind farm in Denmark.

Advising a development bank on the participation in the financing of the offshore wind projects Global Tech I and Borkum West II.

Advising the financing banks on the project financing of various onshore wind farms in Germany.

Advising several contractors on more than 30 sea cable projects (inner array cable and export cable) in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK.

Advising a major utility on the negotiations of several project contracts with regard to an offshore wind farm in the North Sea.

Advising contractors on claims and counterclaims based on the delayed and disrupted execution of various A/C and D/C offshore grid connection systems.

Advising the lenders to a consortium of sponsors on the A model A6.

Advising DZ Bank, Deka Bank, and NIBC Bank NV as MLAs on the project financing of the PPP project "JVA Bremervörde".

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