Studied at the universities of Kiel and Tübingen, articled at the higher regional court of Schleswig-Holstein. Admitted to the bar as a lawyer in 1994, specialist for administrative law since 2003, working primarily in public commercial law. In-house counsel with a project management company for Verkehrsprojekte Deutsche Einheit (large-scale transport infrastructure projects between eastern and western Germany in the wake of reunification) from 1993 – 1996. From 1996 – 1999, partner at a medium-sized law firm; from 1999 – 2009, founding partner of GSK Stockmann & Kollegen, Hamburg; since 2014, equity partner at HFK Rechtsanwälte LLP, head of the Hamburg office and leading the HFK practice group for environmental & planning law. Clients include public authorities and their enterprises (transport infrastructure companies, EU Commission, federal, state and local authorities, research institutions), private companies and investors.
Many years of experience providing legal and strategic advice for national and international infrastructure projects on behalf of the respective project developers, investors and public agencies, in particular in the areas of railways, roads, airports and energy utilities;
Legal advice in connection with the preparation and realization of planning approval procedures and environmental impact assessments;
Legal advice to project developers, local authorities, businesses and industrial undertakings as well as planners in connection with planning and zoning law (preparation of land-use plans) and approval procedures;
Ensures that the approval process (regional planning and planning approval) is sound, in particular in large-scale projects, represents clients in hearing procedures, prepares statements, responses and objections, advised on environmental and conservation law;
Legal advice in connection with early public involvement;
Represents project developers and public agencies in court proceedings all the way to the Federal Administrative Court;
Advises investors and regional administrative bodies, public agencies (public-sector enterprises, cities, districts, state and federal ministries and even the EU Commission) on issues related to regional and urban planning, zoning, municipal regulations, as well as energy and commercial law.
Centrum für Deutsches und Internationales Baugrund- und Tiefbaurecht e.V.
Chairman of a non-profit public foundation
Speaking and teaching engagements
Lecturer for project management and planning approval at the University of Applied Sciences for Public Administration of the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Course on planning law at the University of Kassel
Clausen et al., Auswirkungen der TSI Infrastruktur auf Vorhaben im Bereich des Hochgeschwindigkeitsbahnverkehrs, BayVBl. 2005, 711 et seqq.
Clausen, Beschleunigung des Netzausbaus, Herausforderungen für Netzbetreiber, Behörden, Gerichte, EMW 6/2011, 48 et seqq.
Co-author of handbook entitled “Projektmanagement von Infrastrukturprojekten”, editor Prof. Konrad Spang, University of Kassel, articles on planning law, stakeholder management, and early public involvement
Machbarkeitsstudie klimaneutrales Berlin 2050, prepared for the Berlin Senate, published in March 2014, author and legal expert
Co-author of a study subsidized by the BMVI on the networking of municipal public transit, ICT and energy structures
Studied at the University of Mainz. Articled in Schleswig and San Diego. Obtained doctorate at the University of Hamburg under Prof. Peters in 2003. Studied at the University of San Diego in 2004. 2005-2007: Associate at Sibeth in Frankfurt a.M. in the area of construction, real estate and corporate law. 2007-2010: lawyer at a medium-sized commercial law firm in Hamburg in the area of real estate, commercial and media law. With HFK Rechtsanwälte since June 2010.
Studied at Justus Liebig University in Gießen, Université de Bretagne occidentale, the German University of Administrative Sciences in Speyer, and Leuphana University in Lüneburg. Has been working successfully as a lawyer for public commercial law and assisting clients with transactions in the area of infrastructure projects and renewable energies for over 10 years now (cf: Kanzleien in Deutschland, Nomos 2014). Advises local governments and private project developers throughout Germany. Prior to joining HFK Rechtsanwälte LLP, Dr. Behle was working for an international commercial law firm where he was in charge of the area of public law within the environment and energy practice group.
Advises clients in connection with public law-related litigation and approval proceedings in the area of environmental, construction, road, architectural heritage protection, waste, emission protection, incident response, and planning law;
Support throughout construction planning procedures and planning approval procedures;
Ongoing consultant to municipal governments and local planning authorities.
Comprehensive legal advice throughout infrastructure, real estate and energy projects;
Solving conflicts with approval and regulatory authorities;
Public law-related due diligence in corporate acquisitions.
Studied law and journalism at the University of Hamburg. Thereafter, research associate at the Hans-Bredow Institute for Radio and Television Broadcasting, as well as articling student at the Hanseatic Higher Regional Court in Hamburg. Simultaneously completed post-secondary studies at the German University of Administrative Sciences in Speyer. 1999 to 2005, lawyer at Deringer Tessin Herrmann & Sedemund, Freshfields Deringer, and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Cologne. Main focus on telecommunication, information technology and media. Advised clients in administrative and court proceedings, contract matters, as well as corporate acquisitions and capital market-related transactions. 2005/06, personal aide to the Senator, 2006 through 2008, chief of staff at the president’s office of the Department of Economic Affairs and Labor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. 2008 through 2013, head of corporate development, in-house counsel and board member at Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH. 2013 through 2015, lawyer at Schlarmann & Ahlberg, Hamburg. Since 2016, lawyer with HFK Rechtsanwälte LLP.
Study law at the universities of Braunschweig and Würzburg, articled at the Bamberg higher regional court. Admitted to the bar in 1994. From 1990 to 1993, in-house counsel at Deutsche Genossenschaftsbank, Frankfurt, mainly working on the restructuring of agricultural production cooperatives in connection with the rebuilding efforts after the German reunification. In-house counsel and managing director of various municipal undertakings and subsidiaries of Würzburger Versorgungs- und Verkehrs GmbH, in particular energy generation and distribution, waste disposal including incineration, transportation including public transit and ports, telecommunication, and risk management from 1993 to 2007. Managing director of the municipal undertaking Technische Werke Friedrichshafen (later, Stadtwerk am See) from 2007 to 2011. At the same time, managing director of the municipal project company for T-City Friedrichshafen, joint venture project with Deutsche Telekom AG and later also with Deutsche Bahn AG, approximately 60 individual projects, in particular in the areas of energy/public transit/telecommunication, legal opinion with Omnibus Bill for the amendment of all relevant laws such as the Energy Industry Act (EnWG), Passenger Transport Act ( PBefG), as well as construction/building and tax regulations, from 2009 to 2016 (Vorschlag_Gesetz_Energie_ÖPNV_IKT_Elektromobilität). Wilken GmbH, software service provider, in particular to the energy industry and state, municipal, and church institutions, member of the management board and managing director from 2011 to 2016. Since 2016, lawyer with HFK Rechtsanwälte LLP at the Hamburg office. Clients include public entities and their undertakings (energy supply, trading and production, local transport), private companies, and investors, in particular in the aforementioned areas.
Advising energy utility companies on energy law, including regulations relating to new energy services;
Advising clients in connection with the development of new business fields drawing from over 20 years of practical experience, and particularly in the areas of energy supply, energy services, operative and strategic corporations and joint ventures aimed at expanding the value-added chain;
Legal and strategic consulting in connection with the planning and development of energy utilities in the areas of sales, generation including regeneration, and distribution, including grid takeover;
Legal consulting and steering of projects with financial support from public and private aid agencies, including funding applications;
Ensuring legal soundness in connection with the expansion and development of new business fields, in particular in proximity to regional administrative bodies, internally, for instance in developing or fine-tuning risk management mechanisms, and externally, for instance in connection with energy purchasing, generation, and development for large customer groups (private and business);
Representing clients in litigation all the way to the Federal Court of Justice (antitrust matters).
Numerous lectures on all of the aforementioned topics
Söchtig u.a., Dreifache Vernetzung der E-Mobilität: ÖPNV – IKT – Energie, expert opinion 2016 in connection with the showcase project BodenseEmobil, subsidized by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, business models for public transit and energy companies, omnibus bill for the Bundesrat
Söchtig, Windenergieanlagen, Maslaton (publisher), 2015, discussion of BayVBl 16/395 et seqq.
Söchtig, Mit IT-Lösungen in die Zukunft, in: Intelligente Verkehrssysteme und Telematikanwendungen in Kommunen, 2015, Sandrock, publisher
Söchtig, “Dynamik von unten” Ein Beitrag zur Energiewende in: Smart-City konkret, 2012 Hatzelhofer et al., publishers
Söchtig, Zusammenwachsen von Energie- Telekommunikations- und IT-Welt in: Elektrizitätsmesstechnik, 2012, Kathmann/Zayer, publishers)
1967-1972, studied at the universities of Kiel and Munich. 1972-1975, research assistant at the Institute for international law at the University of Kiel, and doctorate. 1975-1977, articled in Schleswig-Holstein and New York (UN legal department). 1978-1988, administration of the Free Hanseatic City of Hamburg (last as senior government administrator and assistant director of Hamburgische Anstalt für neue Medien). 1988-1994 regional administrator for the district of Plön. Admitted to the bar since 1994. 1996-2015, director of the association Verband norddeutscher Wohnungsunternehmen e.V., Simultaneously, member of the board and of the executive of GdW Bundesverband deutscher Wohnungs- und Immobilienunternehmen e.V.; Since 2015, working as a lawyer four HFK in the Hamburg office.