Prof. Dr. Thomas Dünchheim

Prof. Dr. Thomas Dünchheim


Email thomas.duenchheim@​

Phone +49 211 13 68 353

Fax +49 211 13 68 100

LanguagesEnglish, German

Practice groupGlobal Regulatory

"Outstanding networking with the public sector and companies, especially in NRW."

JUVE handbook, 2017/2018

Thomas Dünchheim is the "Go to - Lawyer" for legal questions relating to municipal enterprises, public bank institutions, state-related transactions and gambling law. He has more than twenty years experience in the area of public law, especially public commercial law, municipal law, environmental law and construction law.

Thomas is Head of Global Regulatory Continental Europe, Head of the Hogan Lovells International Gaming Initiative and the Environmental Law Group of our law firm. He was the Office Managing Partner of the firm's Dusseldorf office from 2016 to 2019.

Thomas holds a diploma in public administration (Diplom-Verwaltungswirt) and studied law at the University of Cologne from 1994 to 1999. From 1999 to 2009, Thomas was mayor of the city of Monheim and headed the Legal Department, the Departments Human Resources and Administration, Urban Planning and for the promotion of Trade and Industry Departments. Since 2016 he is Professor for Constitutional and Public Commercial Law at the EBS University in Wiesbaden.

Awards and recognitions


Public Sector: Public Procurement
Legal 500 EMEA


Public Sector: Planning and Environment
Legal 500 EMEA


Thomas Dünchheim is a "very good networker, proactive and highly active". (Client)
Legal 500


"very strong municipal contacts in Nordrhein-Westfalen" (Client)
JUVE handbook


"Dusseldorf Partner Dünchheim is still very popular with local authorities and gives them comprehensive advice on environmental and planning law issues."
JUVE handbook


"In the field of remunicipalisation the Dusseldorf Partner Dr. Thomas Dünchheim has a good reputation."
JUVE handbook


Recommended lawyer for environmental and planning law
JUVE handbook

Representative experience

Advising Alliander AG on the gas concession process of the federal capital Berlin pursuant to sec. 46 para 2 EnWG (Energy Industry Act).

Advising Autobahn Tank & Rast GmbH in matters concerning public law with regard to all motorway service areas pursuant to section 15 para. 1 Federal Motorways Act.

Advising Autobahn Tank & Rast GmbH on PPP operator models and building regulations regarding equipping/furnishing of SANIFAIR-facilities in ECE retail centres.

Advising enwor – energie & wasser vor ort GmbH in connection with the tender of the water concession of the city of Übach-Palenberg.

Advising Erste Abwicklungsanstalt (EAA) on procurement law issues and EU state aid legislation.

Advising Federal Ministry for Environment NRW regarding the review of the constitutionality of a law and constitutional complaint against Ecological Hunting Law.

Advising Federal Ministry for Environment NRW in connection with the antitrust implications of the present structure of roundwood marketing in the forestry sector.

Advising FMS Wertmanagement on procurement law and EU state aid legislation on the structuring and implementation of a (re)purchase of securities.

Advising FMSA on public law issues, in particular with regard to public law institutions, budgetary and constitutional issues.

Advising Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg on the tendering process re electricity grids pursuant to sec. 46 EnWG.

Advising Henkel AG & Co. KGaA regarding the possible strategic partnership with Harry's Inc.

Advising Rheinischer Sparkassen- und Giroverband (RSGV) on the legal status of Reserve Funds of RSGV.

Advising Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf on questions re the law governing savings banks (Sparkassen) and on corporate governance.

Advising Stadt Düsseldorf in the field of public transportation law.

Advising Stadt Duisburg relating to public procurement law.

Advising Stadt Köln regarding an expert opinion relating to the election of a deputy of the City of Köln.

Advising Stadtwerke Aachen AG (STAWAG) on network re-municipalisation projects and the acquisition of several wind farm projects.

Advising STEAG GmbH on comprehensive public law, European law, municipal law, concession contract and commercial law.

Advising STEAG GmbH on legal opinions concerning the transparency obligation of public-private companies.

Advising VKU Saarland regarding a legal opinion re the amendment of municipal commercial law in the Saarland.

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