FRANZ NIEPER​

*1965
LAWYER | PARTNER

  • until 2000

    Vocational trainings in IT and in banking
    Law studies in Osnabrück and Leiden (Netherlands)
    Legal traineeship at the Higher Regional Court (OLG) of Oldenburg
    Research assistant at the European Legal Studies Institute, Osnabrück

  • 2000 until 2005

    Inhouse lawer in construction material industry in Goslar and Duisburg (in particular M&A international)
    Sworn translator and interpreter for English and Dutch

  • 2005 until 2010

    Head of legal and investor relations with a pv-solar company in Oldenburg and Prenzlau

  • 2010 until 2013

    Head of legal affairs with a shipping company in Bremen;
    Lawyer in private practice in Bremen with a law firm specialised in renewable energies;
    Advisor for a Chinese start-up company (offshore foundations) in Wilhelmshaven

  • 2013 until 2021

    Head of legal and contract management for an offshore construction company (installation of subsea cables) in Leer (wind projects in Germany, UK, USA, Taiwan, Netherlands)

  • since 2021

    Partner in KEF

  • Focus Areas

    - General, comprehensive legal advice for businesses
    - Plant construction contracts
    - International contracts
    - Contract negotiations (in particular FIDIC contracts)
    - Contract and claim management
    - Project structuring
    - M&A

  • Qualifications

    - Languages: business fluent in English and Dutch
    - Certified mediator (DAA, Oldenburg University), business mediation
    - Specialist training commercial and corporate law
    - Postgraduate studies in wind energy technology and management (2020/21)

  • Membership/Social Commitment

    - Hanseatic bar association (Rechtsanwaltskammer) Bremen
    - Bremen Lawyers Association / German Lawyers Association (DAV)
    - German Maritime Arbitration Association (GMAA)
    - Lectureships at FOM, Jade University of Applied Sciences and at Hanse Law School
    - Member of the advisory board of Hanse Law School (HLS)
    - MIT (SME Association)
    - MENSA
    - Association of Alumni of Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation
    - Rotary Club Hude-Oldenburg
    - Oldenburg energy cooperative (Oldenburger Energiegenossenschaft, OLEGENO)