Ulrich Helm has been a partner in Hogan Lovells' Frankfurt office since 2000 and leads the German Infrastructure, Energy, Resources & Projects (IERP) practice.
For almost two decades he has specialized in plant construction projects and disputes concerning offshore wind farms, oil and gas platforms, exploration rigs and drill ships, conventional power plants, tunneling, road and social infrastructure as well as renewable energy projects. He has profound knowledge and exceptional experience in drafting and negotiating project contracts for international power plant and infrastructure construction projects with various parties covering multiple jurisdictions in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. His advice includes the entire life cycle of international construction projects – from planning and development, financing, construction phase and claim management to project M&A and post-construction disputes. Mr Helm's projects expertise covers some of the most prominent project proceedings in the history of the offshore and tunneling industry resulting for accidents; e.g. he advised and represented a supplier for drill ships in the London High Court proceedings with a mediation during more than five weeks in court with extensive disclosure and cross examinations about one of the largest accidents on a drill ship in history. Further Mr Helm has advised clients on groundbreaking conventional power plant construction projects in Asia and on some of the first ever renewable energy plants in Europe.
"Admired by his peers" Mr Helm focuses on the systematic preparation and execution of complex disputes, particularly in out-of-court negotiations and arbitration. He has comprehensively advised disputes and projects under FIDIC-based contracts such as the silver/yellow/white/red-books. He frequently represents clients as their party representative in arbitration proceedings related to these areas.
Mr Helm is recommended by leading legal handbooks such as JUVE, Legal 500 and Best Lawyer International (Infrastructure and Project Finance / Arbitration / Court Cases in Germany). He is a member of the ICC Commission on International Arbitration, DIS.