Dr. Christian Knütel

Dr. Christian Knütel

Partner
Hamburg

Email christian.knuetel@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +49 40 419 93 508

Fax +49 40 419 93 200

LanguagesEnglish, Italian, French, German, Spanish

Practice groupCorporate & Finance

Recommended lawyer for Project Finance and Development Practice

Best Lawyers Germany, 2013–2015

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

2018-2019

Public Sector: PPP
Legal 500 EMEA

2018-2019

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

2018-2019

Banking and Finance: Project Finance
Legal 500 EMEA

2019

One source describes Christian Knütel as "purposeful and pragmatic." He acts on both domestic and cross-border projects, with a particular focus on offshore wind farms, offering expertise in project financing and regulatory issues, as well as representation in disputes.
Chambers Europe

2018/2019

Recommended lawyer for the energy sector: Transactions/Financing.
JUVE Handbook

2018

"extremely savvy lawyer who thinks along with his client and has a great problem-solving attitude," according to one impressed interviewee. Market commentators also note his expertise in technical contracts, equity agreements and financing issues.
Chambers Europe

2018

Christian Knütel gives the right advice.
Legal 500

2017

Christian Knütel has a broad knowledge and plenty of project expertise.
Legal 500

2015

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

2014 – 2020

The US publisher Best Lawyers ranks Christian Knütel among the best lawyers in the field of "project financing and development".
Best Lawyers

2014

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

Education and admissions

Education

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

Memberships

DIS Deutsche Institution fur Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit

WFO - World Economic Forum Offshore Wind Energy e.V.

Representative experience

Advicsing project developer regarding design and development of project agreements of a 1,000 MW offshore windpark in Taiwan.

Advising Starwind consortium regarding acquisition of a 27% involvement from wpd in Yunlin offshore windpark in Taiwan.

Advising two banks regading project financing of a windfarm portfolio in Chile with a financing volume of approx. USD 500m.

Advising Merkur Offshore GmbH regarding project development and financing of 400 MW offshore windparks in the North Sea.

Advising producers of offshore wind turbines regarding negotiations in connection with supply and service agreements for five projects in Germany, Belgium and France.

Advising several contractors regarding more than 40 sea cable and grid connection projects (inner array and export cables) in Germany, Denmark, France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Great Britain.

Advising energy provider regarding negotiations of several project agreements in connection with an offshore windpark in the North Sea.

Advising contractor of a GuD power station in Germany regarding negotiations of EPC and LTMA agreements and several  processing issues.

Advising contractors regarding claims and counterclaims due to delayed and interupted execution of several A/C and D/C onshore grind connections in the North Sea.

Advising producer of offshore wind turbines regarding several DAB actions against purchaser as regards a bigger offshore windpark in the North Sea.

Representation project company of offshore windparks in several disputes and close-out-negotiations against BoP contractor as regards an offshore windpark in the North Sea.

Represenation sea cable producer in an arbitration under ICC rules regarding alleged delivery of malfunctioned A/C inner array cables.

Advising sea cable producer regarding alleged series fault of a certain sea cable type.

Advising wind turbine producer regarding dispute in connection with several delays as regards a windpark in Norway.

Advice several investors and sponsors regarding all A-modell projects since 2015, in case of A8 (autobahnplus) and A9 (Via Gateway Thüringen GmbH & Co. KG) up to financial close.

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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