Dr. Werner Brickwedde



Werner advises clients in corporate and cross-border M&A transactions in the renewable energy sector. With a strong M&A and project development skillset, he guides clients on their strategic energy transition investments and innovative carbon reduction projects.

While Werner’s corporate and M&A experience spans a broad range of industries, he has built a strong focus on and deep knowledge of the Energy & Infrastructure sector. His experience extends to acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures, complex shareholder arrangements and project agreements of a variety of alternative energy and sustainability projects, including offshore wind, storage and mobility.

Werner also has extensive experience in project development, including advising on Operations & Maintenance and energy-related projects, particularly upstream and midstream. His in-depth understanding of how these projects fit together and how risk is allocated enables him to provide commercial, forward-looking advice on complex, cross-border transactions.

Werner is recommended in Germany for energy transactions (JUVE 2022/2023, Legal 500 2023), M&A (JUVE 2022/2023, Legal 500 2024, Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers 2023/24. WirtschaftsWoche 2023) and corporate law (WirtschaftsWoche 2021).

  • Projects and transactions in which Werner has recently provided advice:

    • AIC on the sale of French Aéro Solutions SAS*
    • Consortium of utilities on the formation of a joint venture in relation to grid efficiency (450Connect)*
    • Deutsche Post/DHL on the acquisition of Prologis Germany CCII B.V.*
    • Experian on the acquisition of a majority stake in Bertelsmann's Arvato Financial Solutions Risk Management division*
    • Fontavis on the acquisition of a further share in the offshore wind park Trianel Windpark Borkum*
    • Gridspertise, a 50/50 subsidiary of Enel and CVC, on the establishment of a joint venture with the German energy technology company Cuculus GmbH for the provision of turnkey Metering-as-a-Service solutions
    • Investor in the planned acquisition of a 30% stake in a leading provider of competitive metering point operation in Germany, as part of a Series C financing round, a capital increase and the acquisition of existing shares
    • Leading global technology company in the negotiation and conclusion of numerous Power Purchase Agreements in relation to renewable energy projects in various European countries and in connection with regulatory reporting and risk mitigation obligations in connection with the potential classification of a portion of the PPAs as financial derivatives.
    • Marquardt & Bahls on the envisaged formation of a joint venture in relation to PV rooftop installations and vehicle charging infrastructure*
    • Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) on its €1,4B acquisition of a 50% interest in the Borssele 1 & 2 offshore wind farm in the Netherlands*
    • Real estate company on the planned cooperation with a renewable energy company in relation to the launch of and advice on funds focusing on wind and solar power in Europe
    • RSBG SE on the acquisition of Notion Systems GmbH*
    • RWE Offshore Wind on the acquisition of the 49% share held by the Canadian company Northland Power in the jointly established 1.6 GW offshore cluster in the German North Sea
    • RWE Renewables GmbH on a joint venture with Northland Power Inc. (NPI) to co-develop a 1.3 gigawatts cluster of offshore wind farms in the German North Sea*
    • Shell on the acquisition of a PV pipeline with a total capacity of 500 MW*
    • Shell on its agreement to acquire German sustainable mobility solutions provider SBRS GmbH from Schaltbau Holding AG*
    • Stadtwerke Krefeld on the planned takeover of Shell's German and British private customer business
    • Swiss asset management company in connection with the acquisition of a majority stake in wood-fired power plants in Germany by acquiring new shares following a capital increase and buy-outs
    • Swiss asset management company on the planned establishment of a joint venture with utility companies in Germany to participate in tenders for offshore wind energy projects
    • Swiss Life Asset Management AG on the establishment of a joint venture with B Capital Partners AG for the joint creation of a platform of battery storage projects*

    *completed prior to joining Orrick