Katharina Weiner

Dr. Katharina Weiner is a certified specialist lawyer for public procurement law and Counsel in the Public Sector & Regulatory department in Düsseldorf as well as a member of the Global Reorganizations Group. Before joining Baker McKenzie in 2008, she worked in the area of public procurement law at the European Commission in Brussels and completed the Government Contracts Program at George Washington University Law School in Washington DC. She has been named as a recommended lawyer for the area of public procurement law by Who's Who Legal several times since 2014 and as a Next Generation Lawyer for the area of public procurement law by Legal 500 in 2017. Katharina specializes in transactional public law and advises global clients and the public sector on reorganizations, project developments and M&A transactions. With her focus on regulatory and public law aspects (e.g. sustainability, supply chain compliance and ESG/EHS), Katharina has extensive experience and expertise in structuring, implementing and managing cross-border reorganizations in highly regulated sectors (in particular healthcare, IT, infrastructure and transport as well as defense and security), where she regularly takes on the cross-sector coordination. Katharina's practice also includes advising on subsidy and EU state aid law aspects, in particular in connection with investment projects in Germany. She advises on all phases of project development, from site selection and project structuring to the structuring of the legal framework for subsidies and the contractual implementation of the project. In addition, Katharina focuses on supporting globally active companies as well as governments and state institutions with major projects affecting the public sector. She advises and represents bidders and contracting authorities in procurement and review proceedings.

In brief In Germany, a new criminal offense of improper lobbying came into force on 18 June 2024[1]. Its impact on the lobbying activities of companies may not be underestimated. Amongst others, the practice of paid lobbying at ministries or other public bodies by mandate holders is now subject to criminal prosecution. It will hence be vital for companies to critically review lecture and consultancy fees for mandate holders as well as remuneration for supervisory…