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Christoph Mank

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Christoph Mank is a partner in the firm’s Berlin office. He is a member of the Energy, Infrastructure and Resources practice and has extensive experience in the renewable energy sector. He is skilled in advising on construction and engineering projects, and also advises landlords on commercial tenancy law. Furthermore, he has comprehensive experience advising on dispute resolution issues. His clients include construction corporations, closed funds, property companies and private investors.

Professional Background

Christoph Mank qualified as a lawyer in 1996 and joined K&L Gates in January 2007 from a large international law firm. In 2006 he qualified as a Specialist Lawyer in Construction and Architecture Law and in 2011 he qualified for Tenancy and Condominium Law.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Construction and Real Estate Working Group of the German Bar Association (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Bau- und Immobilienrecht im DAV)
  • German Society for Building Law (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Baurecht e.V.)
  • Deutscher Baugerichtstag e.V.
  • Institute for Building Law, Freiburg (Institut für Baurecht Freiburg im Breisgau e.V.)
  • Commercial Property Working Group of the German Bar Association (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Mietrecht und Immobilien des DAV)
  • Pro Bono Advice for Legal Guardians of Minor Unaccompanied Refugees

Additional Information

  • “Reform of construction contract law planned in Germany”, Author, K&L Gates Construction Law Blog, 3 December 2015
  • “Unreasonable disadvantage to contractor: Securing warranty claims by standard terms and conditions restricted by German Federal Supreme Court”, Author, K&L Gates Construction Law Blog, 3 September 2015 
  • “Independent evidentiary proceeding—A legal tool in Germany to avoid construction court proceedings,” Co-Author, K&L Gates Construction Law Blog, 29 April 2015
  • “European Court of Justice overturns additional requirements for the marketing of construction products in German Building Rules List,” Co-Author, K&L Gates Construction Law Blog, 26 January 2015
  • “Preliminary court injunction or adjudication−new legal tools to avoid excessive duration of construction court proceedings in Germany?,” Co-Author, K&L Gates Construction Law Blog, 1 October 2014
  • “No Compensation for Clandestine Employment in Germany!” Co-Author, K&L Gates Construction Law Blog, 30 June 2014
  • Advising a UAE company during EPC contract negotiations for two offshore converter stations in the North Sea.
  • Advising a Dutch construction company with respect to contractual issues for three off-shore wind farms in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea.
  • Advising a German-Austrian consortium on the development of a biomass utilization project in Austria.
  • Advising a French-German telecommunications company on contractual issues regarding telecommunications engineering in a railway construction project.
  • Advising a large German construction company on the development of a waste conversion plant in Brandenburg and Hesse.
  • Advising a bidder with regard to the Jade-Weser-Port tender procedure.
  • Advising two German restoration companies regarding the restoration of the New Museum (Neues Museum), Berlin.
  • Advising a property developer regarding several residential developments in Berlin.
  • Representing a large German construction company on all contentious issues relating to several construction projects, especially in East Germany (including mixed developments, residential developments, shopping malls, office space and administrative buildings).
  • Representing a non-profit organization regarding disputes with architects arising from a failed development project.
  • Representing condominium owners in a dispute with the developer regarding defects of the town houses.
  • Representing a Luxembourg-based fund in a dispute relating to the acquisition of a 40 m portfolio.
  • Advising the landlord of the Galeries Lafayette building in Berlin.
  • Advising an Irish investor on a hotel property development in Essen, Germany.
  • Advising the property management of over 800 residential units in Berlin.
  • Advising the asset management of over 500 commercial units (office, retail and logistics) throughout Germany.