Plant Design & Construction

Mechanical engineering as well as plant design & construction are among the five most important industries in Germany. Every year, member companies of the German Engineering Association “Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbauer” (VDMA) generate sales in excess of EUR 500 billion.

Quite often, project teams are faced with very demanding situations in terms of  planning, engineering and logistics. The successful completion of a project starts with  thorough risk assessment and a well balanced contract adequately reflecting   chances and risks,  and requires skillful claims management during implementation. Given the large sums of money and high risks at stake, professional advice and legal expertise are essential.

More often than not, German contractors doing business with international clients have to accept the fact that their contract is governed by foreign law, which makes it more difficult to reliably assess the legal risks.

Furthermore, there are various models for international construction contracts (FIDIC, NEC, JCT, ICE), which have become international standard for large building projects in many regions. German contractors who are awarded projects abroad now have to deal with these international terms and conditions.

Klaus Sauerbier has more than 12 years’ experience in negotiating large-scale engineering and construction contracts   worldwide; he provides expert advice tailored to his clients’ needs in the following areas:

  • Preparation and negotiation of engineering and building contracts
  • Assessment of bid documents (Bid Support)
  • Procurement agreements for large-scale projects
  • Legal risk analysis
  • Claims and contract management

In particular, Klaus Sauerbier has extensive experience in negotiating large-scale contracts and claims in the Spanish-speaking countries of South America, as well as in Spain, Scandinavia, Western Europe, and the Middle East.