BBH successfully supports the merger between ENERGIERIED and GGEW

The two Southern Hessian energy suppliers ENERGIERIED GmbH & Co. KG (Lampertheim) and GGEW AG (Bensheim) merged. Furthermore, ENERGIERIED’s water business was spun off as WASSERRIED GmbH & Co. KG. The contracts of the concentration were signed on 25/07/2023.

Negotiations on the merger between the two companies started in spring 2022. BBH provided strategic and legal support as well as advice on tax and business aspects in the ensuing process.

In addition to ENERGIERIED merging with GGEW, a new water supplier, WASSERRIED, was established and will be in charge of supplying the towns of Lampertheim and Bürstadt with water. There had been a common will to join forces for some time based on cross-shareholdings, a consortium agreement and the excellent partnership between both companies.

The quite complex structure of the transaction ensures that the companies and their shareholders benefit from the transaction. In the coming months, the integration of the two companies will be further advanced with the continued support of BBH.

“In such projects, the challenge is to reasonably involve all stakeholders and jointly develop a useful overall concept for an efficient cooperation to leverage synergies,” says BBH partner, public auditor and tax advisor Thomas Straßer.

BBH partner, lawyer and tax advisor Oliver Eifertinger is delighted: “In the end, we succeeded in finding a good starting point for tackling the challenges of the energy and heat transition with the solution we worked out.”

The BBH group is a leading provider of advisory services for energy and infrastructure companies and their customers. Energy and supply companies, particularly public utilities, municipalities and local authorities, industrial companies and international groups are among its core clients. The BBH group advises these and many other companies and organisations in all legal matters and also assists them with business and strategic advice.


Prof. Dr. Ines Zenke
Rechtsanwältin/Lawyer, Partner
Phone +49 (0)30 611 28 40-179

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