Monthly Dose of Germany: June 2023

We would like to share some interesting insights into the German Legal market and recent developments as well as interesting events and publications with you. This edition of our "Monthly Dose of Germany" is presented by our French Desk, headed by Thomas Born.

Building law: New regulatory mechanism for onshore wind energy

Amendments to the Building Code and the new Wind Energy Area Requirements Act

We are currently experiencing a trend reversal in the area of building planning law. Amendments to the Building Code and the new Wind Energy Area Requirements Act will facilitate obtaining building permits for wind turbines. 

The ambitious goal of the Act on Renewable Energies (EEG 2023) is to increase the share of renewable energies in the country to 80 per cent by 2030. To achieve this, two per cent of Germany's land area are to be zoned as reserved for wind mills by the federal states (Länder). Currently, only 0.8 per cent of the territory is earmarked for this purpose. The installed capacity has so far fallen far short of the targets. Various amendments to the law are now aimed at accelerating the expansion of wind energy and simplifying approval procedures.

In our article we give an overview of the relevant legal changes and their effects.

Article by Rebecca Gulden and Dr. Katja Schwenzfeier

Read full article here.

A milestone for AI regulation: European Parliament approves new legal framework for artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) is on everyone's lips, not least due to the rise of generative AI tools. Its rapid development and increasing influence on all areas of life are undeniable. AI applications can be found in companies across almost all sectors. But while AI is constantly opening new opportunities, it also poses the challenge of understanding and managing the risks associated with its use. The speed at which AI systems are being developed has outpaced legislation and created a regulatory gap that needs to be closed urgently. With the adoption of the long-debated proposal for an "Artificial Intelligence Act", the European Parliament paved the way on 14 June 2023 for the first harmonised regulatory framework for AI systems within the European Union.

Read more about the scope of application and terminological standardization and risk-based regulation of generative AI and find out what companies can already do today to be prepared.

Article by Dr. Till Contzen and Klaus Gresbrand

Read full article here


Transaction News

We at Deloitte Legal Germany are constantly advising on numerous complex transactions and challenging projects.

We would be delighted to explain our services portfolio to you and discuss with you how we at Deloitte Legal Germany can assist you with your projects, whether in the field of Corporate Reorganizations, M&A transactions, including carve-outs, general commercial, employment law, IT/IP or LMC/LMS. Just reach out to us!

In order for you to better understand how we have helped other clients, we would like to hereinafter showcase information on a project that our teams have recently advised on.

Deloitte Legal advises JobRad on SE transformation
Under the lead management of Stuttgart-based corporate partner Michael Schneider, Deloitte Legal has advised JobRad Holding on its change of legal form from a GmbH (German limited liability company) to an Aktiengesellschaft (German stock corporation) with subsequent transformation into a Societas Europaea (SE). The JobRad Group is one of the leading providers of innovative services for sustainable and flexible bicycle mobility.

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Deloitte Legal Webcast Series

In our German language Deloitte Legal Update webcast series, we address current legal issues and developments that are important for corporate practice.

We are taking a break from our bi-weekly webcast over the summer months  and will be back on 6th September.

You can download the presentations of our recent webcasts here:

  • Regulation and Compliance - Mastering Complexity with RegMonitoring by Deloitte here (in English language)
  • Implementation and use of IT systems from employment and data protection law perspective – practical implementation and best practice here (in English language)

In our Webcast Archive, you can find a list of previous webcasts and also download the corresponding presentations.

Should you be interested in topics discussed during one of our German language webcasts, do not hesitate to contact the respective presenters – they will be delighted to provide you with additional information in the English language.


Deloitte Legal Tech Fair

The legal market is evolving rapidly in terms of technology, legal operations and what the legal department of the future will look like. At the first Deloitte Legal Tech Fair on 12 September 2023 in Düsseldorf, we would like to share new and exciting insights on this topic with you.

The event will not only give you the opportunity to learn about the latest trends and developments in legal technology and legal operations, but also invite you to exchange and discuss with interested parties and users from legal practice and industry.

From 16:00 to 19:00 you will have the opportunity to learn more about innovative technologies and solutions at various stands. Legal tech experts will be on hand to answer your questions and provide insights into the exciting world of legal technology, its application areas and individual legal tech modules. Presentations by legal tech experts on current topics will complete the event programme.

Save the Date!
Tuesday, 12 September 2023 | 16.00 CEST 
Read more and register here


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