Born in Berlin in 1935, Wolf Büttner grew up in Lower Saxony after having been evacuated and expelled. After completing his studies of law, he successfully worked in the energy industry from 1966, latterly serving as head of department at the Hanover-based company BEB until 1990. In 1991, he moved to the Treuhandanstalt in Berlin, where he primarily focused on the privatisation of the gas industry. Together with Dr. Peter Becker, he founded our law firm in Berlin in March 1992. In representing the Eastern German municipalities in the so-called electricity dispute, which is known as the “Stromstreit”, they were able to significantly contribute to the reorganisation of the energy industry in the new federal states. Wolf Büttner was involved in establishing numerous municipal utilities. He always maintained close ties with BBH also in his capacity as Partner of Counsel. Throughout his life, Wolf Büttner engaged in volunteer work. He held political positions as a social democrat from 1972 to 1986 in the Burgdorf city council, where he acted as a parliamentary group chairman for several years, and also served – even into his old age – e.g. as chairman of the Burgdorf Senior Citizens’ Council. He passed away after a bicycle accident leaving behind his wife Ute, two children and four grandchildren. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family.
We bid farewell in sadness and gratitude to a colleague who was a friend and role model for us.
Prof. Christian Held on behalf of the BBH group