Dr Ulrich Karpenstein



1994 first State examination, 1999 second State examination. Research assistant in Mannheim and Fribourg (Switzerland), 1994‐1996. 1998 doctoral degree.

Joined the firm in 2000.


European law, constitutional law, State aid, commercial administration law (esp. energy, finance, health, and foreign trade).

Awarded by JUVE as “leading advisor in constitutional and commercial administrative law”. Recommended by Handelsblatt/​Best Lawyers in the ranking “Germany's best lawyers” in public law (since 2009), government relations practice (since 2020) and EU law (since 2014); awarded “Lawyer of the Year 2019” in public commercial law. Listed by Legal 500 as a “leading name” in public law – state aid law and recommended in commercial administrative law Recognized by Chambers Europe since 2021 in Public Law/​Constitutional Law – Germany.

Member of the Presidium of the German Lawyers' Association.

Represented the Federal Government, associations and companies in more than 100 proceedings before the Union Courts and the Federal Constitutional Court, e. g. in the NPD ban proceedings, on the nuclear phase‑​out, energy security and data retention; regular representation in landmark proceedings on intellectual property and critical infrastructure; representation and advice on the promotion of public services; litigation in countless administrative court and state liability proceedings. Regular assessment of legislative proposals.


Co‑​editor of the Neue Juristische Wochenschrift (NJW), the Europäischen Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsrecht (EuZW), the Münchener Kommentar zum EU Beihilfenrecht (4th ed. 2022) and an ECHR commentary (3rd ed. 2022).

Publications on European, economic administrative and constitutional law; commentaries inter alia in: Grabitz/​Hilf, “Recht der Europäischen Union”, Schwarze, “EU‑​Kommentar”, “BeckOK zum BVerfGG;" Monographs inter alia: “Praxis des EU‑​Rechts,” 2nd ed. 2013; “Europäisches Exportkontrollrecht für Dual‑​use‑​Güter,” 1998.



German, English, French

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Dr Ulrich Karpenstein

Dr Ulrich Karpenstein

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