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Dr. Anke Empting

Rechtsanwältin, Partner, Head of German Public & Regulatory

About Anke

Anke is a Partner who specialises in Public Commercial Law/Public Sector and provides more than 10 years of experience in advising the public sector, here especially ministries, municipalities, municipal companies as well as institutes and enterprises of the Research & Development Sector. She offers her clients full legal advice in all areas, with a special focus on financing and structuring publically funded projects, and primarily on issues concerning EU law on state-aids, procurement law, legislation on prices as well as subsidy law. Anke represents her clients in and out of court. She regularly holds speeches, (in-house) seminars and workshops on current topics of her area of expertise.


Partner at Pinsent Masons, since 2016

Lawyer at a large German corporate law firm which cooperates with an international audit firm, Düsseldorf, 2013

Lawyer at a large German corporate law firm which cooperates with an international audit firm, Düsseldorf, 2011

Salaried Partner at a large German law firm, 2008

Lawyer at a medium-sized law form in the Ruhrgebiet, 2004

Doctorate in law, Ruhr-University Bochum, 2005

Admission as Lawyer (Rechtsanwältin), 2004

Studied law at Ruhr University Bochum


  • Legal advice to a large German research institute on EU law on state-aids and subsidy law matters with regards to the planning and organisation of different funds provided under EU subsidy schemes.
  • Legal advice to a large German industrial company as part of a joint project on the 6th energy research programme with a university and a public company
  • Legal advice to a large German IT service provider on subsidy law issues, full review of subsidy projects and transferability of subsidies as part of a spin-off model
  • Numerous cases of legal advice on procurement law issues, amongst others, legal advice during the creation and implementation of different in-house models, during procurement proceedings and as part of measures of remunicipalisation in relation to procurement law.
  • Legal advice on EU law on state aids to universities, companies and research institutes on implementing the specifications of the Union's framework (Unionsrahmen) for state aids to promote research, development and innovation
  • General legal advice during the creation of a health campus considering the regulatory framework (EU-law on state aids, subsidy law, procurement law)
  • Legal advice to state ministries as they prepared and carried out subsidy projects/patentfonds in order to ameliorate the use of research results

Publications/Speaking Engagements

Anke holds regular specialist lectures on research & development, EU law on state aids, financing, procurement law as well as all questions relating to universities.

Recent topics were, amongst others: "EU law on state aids – The EU Community guidelines", "Use of university infrastructure by spin-off considering aspects of EU law on state aid and procurement law", "Union framework: Reform of EU law on state aids – effects on universities", "The new cost models in Horizon 2020 and reform of EU law on state aids", "Patents and their promotion and use in a changing Europe", "Secondary occupations at universities – practice of provisions concerning the legitimacy of additional activities (jobs/employments) of academic personnel".