Dr Ulrich Karpenstein



Born in Brussels in 1968. 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, and healthcare).

Listed as “leading lawyer in constitutional law and commercial administrative law” by JUVE. Listed as one of the Best Lawyers in “Germany's best lawyers” in public law (since 2009) by Handelsblatt, – as only German lawyer – in EU law (since 2014) and in government relations practice (since 2020), awarded “Lawyer of the Year 2019” in public commercial law. Listed by Legal 500 as “leading name” in public law – State aid and recommended in economic administrative law. Listed by Chambers Europe 2021 in public law/​constitutional law – Germany.

Member of the board of the German Lawyers' Association.

Plenipotentiary of the Federal Government, counsel for associations and enterprises in over 80 proceedings before ECJ and  Federal Constitutional Court, for example in a proceeding involving banning the NPD, on the phase‑​out of nuclear power, emissions trading and telecommunications data retention; regularly serving in fundamental intellectual property proceedings; charitable organisations and the German Länder on conformity of subsidies for not‑​for‑​profit services with law governing state aid; Litigation representation in countless administrative court and state liability proceedings. Regular assessments of legislative bills


Co‐editor of Neue Juristische Wochenschrift (NJW), of Europäische Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsrecht (EuZW), and of “Münchener Kommentar zum Beihilfenrecht” (Munich commentary on State aid law) 3rd ed. 2021 and of a commentary on the European Convention on Human Rights.

Publications: various articles on constitutional law and European law, co‐author of various commentaries on economic administrative and EU law, including in Grabitz/​Hilf, “Recht der Europäischen Union” (law of the European Union), Schwarze, “EU‐Kommentar” (EU Commentary), selected monographs: “Praxis des EU‐Rechts” (EU‐Law for practitioners), 2nd ed. 2013, “Europäisches Exportkontrollrecht für Dual‐use‐Güter” (European export control law for dual‐use goods), 1998.



German, English, French

Dr Ulrich Karpenstein

Dr Ulrich Karpenstein

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