Infrastructure Planning

Achieving results,
streamlining processes.

Infrastructure facilities are the backbone of our economy. For many years, we have been assisting project developers and approval authorities with complex approval decisions and ensuring that even politically controversial large-scale projects are carried out in a legally sound manner.

The support of complex large-scale projects requires special technical, scientific and legal expertise. We have the competence and experience required to lead interdisciplinary teams and bring complex registration procedures to successful conclusion.

The infrastructure team at GSK Stockmann will find legally compliant and practical solutions to all legal issues. Our advisory services include in particular transport infrastructure, energy infrastructure, ports, and waterways as well as the approval of industrial plants. Our claim: Your goals are our benchmark. Your perspective.

Main areas of expertise

We like to have answers to every challenge and a solution to every issue. That is our ambition, always focussing on what drives your success.

A particular focus of the GSK Stockmann infrastructure team is transport infrastructure. We advise project developers and approval authorities on railway, road and airport infrastructure projects, to name but a few. The projects we regularly support are of national German or European significance.

Our consulting services regularly start with the preparation and review of application documents for planning approval procedures; this may include objection management, as well as the preparation and execution of discussion meetings. In addition, we prepare final statements for project sponsors and regularly act as administrative assistants for the regulatory authorities.

Large-scale transport projects are often hindered and delayed by strong resistance. To this end, we develop communication strategies with the project sponsors and defend approval decisions in court. If the land needed for the construction cannot be acquired by private contract, we represent the project sponsors in expropriation and transfer of ownership proceedings.

Our advisory services in the field of transport infrastructure focus in particular on the following areas:

  • Planning permission
  • Railway
  • Road
  • Aviation
  • Planning, public building law & environment
  • Project development
  • Plant engineering
  • Procurement & state aid
  • Dispute resolution

Another focus of GSK Stockmann’s infrastructure team is consulting on network and pipeline construction projects. We assist project developers and approval authorities with national and international natural gas pipelines, such as Nord Stream 1 and 2, extra-high voltage grids, distribution grids and district heating pipelines. 

We provide support through all stages of regional and federal planning procedures, as well as advising project sponsors and approval authorities on planning permission and regulatory authorisation procedures for network expansion projects. If the rights to use the required land cannot be acquired by private contract, we represent the project developers in expropriation and transfer of ownership proceedings.

Energy projects are often hindered and delayed when they come up against strong resistance. To this end, we develop communication strategies together with the project sponsors and defend approval decisions in court.

We provide consulting services in the field of network and line expansion, where we focus in particular on the following areas:

  • Energy
  • Public law/regulatory
  • Planning, public building law & environment
  • Plant engineering
  • Project development
  • Dispute resolution
  • Procurement & state aid

A further specific area of expertise for GSK Stockmann’s Hamburg infrastructure team is providing support for expansion projects at German seaports and inland ports.

We advise on water management and waterway planning approvals, and support project sponsors and approval authorities in carrying out legally compliant approval procedures.


When it comes to ports and waterways, our consulting services focus in particular on the following areas:

  • Planning permission
  • Water law, in particular water management and waterways
  • Planning, public building law & environment
  • Plant engineering
  • Project development
  • Procurement & state aid
  • Dispute resolution

We advise operators of industrial plants on the implementation of licensing procedures, in particular in the mining and energy sectors, steel and iron production, the manufacture of chemical products and mineral oil refining, wood and cellulose production, as well as the recycling and disposal of waste.

We provide consultations on the approval of industrial plants, where we focus in particular on the following areas:

  • Immission control
  • Planning, public building law & environment
  • Plant engineering
  • Project development
  • Procurement & state aid
  • Dispute resolution

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