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Dr. Florian Wolf
Dr. Florian Wolf
Partner, Public Procurement and International Trade Law, ESG

Florian Wolf specialises in public procurement law and foreign trade law. He advises contracting authorities as well as national and international bidders on German and European public procurement law questions and represents his clients before the procurement review bodies. In particular, he focuses on advising clients with regard to tender procedures in the fields of defence and security. Florian also advises his clients on customs law, excise tax law, export control law and sanctions law as well as the German Freedom of Information Act.

Florian is ranked as one of the leading lawyers in Government Contracts by Who's Who Legal. Moreover, he is listed in WorldECR’s Directory of Experts as a specialist for export control and sanctions compliance.

Florian is admitted to the Bar in Germany (Rechtsanwalt).

Languages: German, English


Public Procurement Law

  • Successfully representing Recare Deutschland in review proceedings before the Higher Regional Court (OLG) of Karlsruhe regarding the exclusion from a public procurement procedure due to alleged violations of data protection law

  • Representing C.G. Haenel regarding the procurement of 120,000 assault rifles for the German Armed Forces, in particular representing the client in a review procedure before the Federal Public Procurement Chamber and the Higher Regional Court in Düsseldorf

  • Advising and representing a European construction company in various procedures in Germany, Sweden, Hungary and the UK (ECJ and Higher Regional Courts in Düsseldorf, Berlin and Hamburg)

  • Advising Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) on various public procurement procedures for ships for the German Navy

  • Advising Amprion on public procurement law issues in an award procedure regarding certain power plants (so called “besondere netztechnische Betriebsmittel”)

  • Advising and representing German Naval Yards Kiel on public procurement law as well as representing the company in various procurement procedures including the procurements of MKS 180 frigates and K130 corvettes

International Trade Law

  • Advice to and representation of Infineon AG regarding international trade law issues

  • Advising an industrial gas company on the import of chemicals

  • Advising a European company on human rights compliance

  • Advising and representing various companies and individuals on voluntary self-disclosures in cases of non-compliance with reporting obligations under the Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance (AWV)

  • Advising various industrial companies on export control and sanctions law concerning the supply of goods or the provision of services in connection with Russia, Iran, Ukraine, India and Israel

  • Advising international companies on alleged violations of German and European export control laws


Florian studied law at the universities of Osnabrück, Germany, and Budapest (Pázmány Péter Katolikus Egyetem), Hungary. Since 2014, he holds a Doctor of Laws degree (Dr iur) from the University of Osnabrück. Prior to joining BLOMSTEIN, Florian worked as an associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Berlin.

Florian completed his legal traineeship at the Higher Regional Court of Berlin, with stations at the Public Procurement Review Chamber of Berlin and at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s New York and Berlin office.

Publications (International Trade Law)

  • Commentary on Article 153 to 157 and 158 to 161 UCC, in: Dorsch, Zollrecht, 2018

  • Außenwirtschaftsrecht als politisches Mittel im Umgang mit Autokratien, ZfZ Zeitschrift für Zölle und Verbrauchsteuern 06/2023, p. 162-167

  • Exportverbote in den EU-Sanktionen gegen Russland: Eine Bestandsaufnahme nach neun Sanktionspaketen, ZfZ Zeitschrift für Zölle und Verbrauchsteuern 1/2023, p. 2-7 (with Tobias Ackermann)

  • EU-Sanktionsrecht: Zur Reichweite der Verbote, russische Güter zu kaufen, einzuführen und zu verbringen, Recht der Transportwirtschaft (RdTW) 11/2022, p. 418-423 (with Pascal Friton and Tobias Ackermann)

  • Exportverbote in den neuen EU-Sanktionen gegen Russland – unter besonderer Betrachtung von Luxusfahrzeugen und deren Zubehör, ZfZ Zeitschrift für Zölle und Verbrauchsteuern 04/2022, p. 98-102

  • Punkten mit Nachhaltigkeit - Menschenrechte und Umweltschutz in internationalen Lieferketten, azur 01/2021 (with Anna Huttenlauch)

  • Export control milestones: Franco-German military cooperation, WorldECR - The Journal of Export Controls and Sanctions, Issue # 92, September 2020, p. 23 (with Leonard von Rummel)

  • Changes to export controls for military end-users/end-uses in China, WorldECR - The Journal of Export Controls and Sanctions, Issue # 90, June 2020, p. 31 (with Timothy O'Toole)

  • Self-disclosure in Germany's foreign trade law - a review of the status quo, WorldECR - The Journal of Export Controls and Sanctions, Issue # 90, June 2020, p. 20 (with Laura Louca)

  • Technologietransfer: Ein oft übersehener Fall der Exportkontrolle, DWT-intern 1/2020, p. 18

  • Unzulässig: Dauerhafte Aussetzungen von Ausfuhrgenehmigungen für Rüstungsgüter, Europäische Sicherheit und Technik – ES&T 2020

  • US-Exportrisiko für deutsche Unternehmen in Bezug auf Flüchtlinge und Asylbewerber, US-Exportbestimmungen 6/2019 (with Timothy O’Toole, Brian Fleming, Collmann Griffin and Caroline Watson)

  • Genehmigungspflicht bei der Ausfuhr von Bestandteilen einer Großanlage, AW-Prax 2/2019, p. 73

  • US-Exportkontrollen: Extraterritoriale Reichweite der „600 Series“, US-Exportbestimmungen 2019, p. 10 (with Melissa Duffy and Michael A. Grant)

  • Erlass der Executive Order 13846 am 6. August 2018 und zugehörige Richtlinien, US-Exportbestimmungen 2018, p. 134 (with Timothy O’Toole, Brian Fleming, Aiysha Hussain)

  • Reichweite von Altvertragsklauseln in Sanktionsverordnungen, Anmerkung zu FG Hamburg, Urt. v. 05.12.2017 – 4 K 12/17, ZfZ 2018 Beilage 3, p. 48

  • Zukünftige US-Sanktionen gegen den Iran nach dem Ausstieg der USA aus dem JCPOA, US-Exportbestimmungen 2018, p. 82 (with Glen Kelley)

  • Die Zunahme ITAR-freier Beschaffungen in der Europäischen Union, US-Exportbestimmungen 2018, p. 70

  • Die Rückkehr des Protektionismus in der internationalen Handelspolitik sowie rechtliche und tatsächliche Gegenmaßnahmen, ZfZ 2017, p. 135 (with Roland Stein)

  • Die Zukunft der Antidumpingzölle auf Stahlprodukte aus China – Entscheidende Weichenstellungen für die europäische Stahlindustrie, ZfZ – Zeitschrift für Zölle und Verbrauchsteuern 6/2016, p. 166

  • Anmerkung zu BFH, Urt. v. 1.12.2015 – VII R 55/13 (Luftverkehrsteuerbescheide unionsrechtskonform), ZfZ – Zeitschrift für Zölle und Verbrauchsteuern 4/2016, p. 113

Publications (Public Procurement Law)

  • Commentary on sections 10, 10a, 10b, 10c and 10d VOB/A Abschnitt 3 (VOB/A-VS), in: Burgi/Dreher (eds.), Beck’scher Vergaberechtskommentar Bd. 2 Vergaberecht (VOB), as of 3rd edition 2019 (with Pascal Friton)

  • Commentary on section 121 ARC, in: Gabriel/Mertens/Prieß/Stein (eds.), Beck´scher Onlinekommentar Vergaberecht, as of 6th edition 2018 (with Roland Stein)

  • Regular contributions to Literaturbrief of forum vergabe e.V. (2016-2023)

  • Keine Ausnahme vom Vergaberecht für Kooperationen, NZBau 10/2023, p. 653 (with Ramona Ader)

  • Neuer Protektionismus? Vergaberecht als außenhandelspolitisches Instrument, NZBau 2/2023, p. 73 (with Hans-Joachim Prieß)

  • Anmerkung zu OLG Düsseldorf, Beschl. v. 08.06.2022 - VII Verg 19/22, VergabeR 1/2023, p. 92 (with Ramona Ader)

  • Umfang der Vorlagepflicht der in letzter Instanz entscheidenden einzelstaatlichen Gerichte, Anmerkung zu EuGH Urteil vom 06.10.2021 – C-561/19, jurisPR-VergR 12/2021 (with Pascal Friton)

  • Germany chapter, in: The Global Suspension & Debarment Directory, July 2021

  • Gestaltungsspielräume der Auftraggeber bei der Anwendung von Ausnahmen, Anmerkung zu EuGH Urteil vom 06.02.2020 – C-11/19, jurisPR-VergR 5/2021 (with Pascal Friton)

  • Die Bewertung von Bieterkonzepten in Vergabeverfahren, IR – InfrastrukturRecht 2020, p. 221 ff. (with Leonard von Rummel)

  • Horizontale Zusammenarbeit öffentlicher Auftraggeber, Anmerkung zu EuGH Urteil vom 28.05.2020 - C-796/18, jurisPR-VergR 8/2020 (with Pascal Friton)

  • The Protection Of “Key Defence And Security Technology” Under The Revised German Public Procurement Law And Its Compatibility With Article 346 TFEU, Procurement Law Journal (UrT) 2/2020, p. 89 (with Pascal Friton)

  • Kein Rechtsschutz gegen Vergabesperren außerhalb eines konkreten Vergabeverfahrens, Anmerkung zu KG Berlin Urteil vom 28.06.2019 – 9 U 55/18, jurisPR-Compl 2/2020 (with Roland Stein)

  • Ausschluss eines Bieters wegen mangelhafter Leistung bei einem früheren Auftrag, Anmerkung zu EuGH Urteil vom 03.10.2019 – C-267/18, jurisPR-VergR 2/2020 (with Pascal Friton)

  • Wirkung und Voraussetzungen der freiwilligen ex ante-Transparenzbekanntmachung, NZBau 9/2019, p. 560 (with Christopher Wolters)

  • Direktvergabe von Personenverkehrsdiensten mit Bussen, Anmerkung zu EuGH Urteil vom 21.03.2019 – C-267/17, jurisPR-VergR 7/2019 (with Pascal Friton)

  • Thesen zur Fortentwicklung des Vergaberechts - Bußgelder für Vergaberechtsverstöße, 19. forum vergabe Gespräche 2017 - Dokumentationsband

  • Finanzielle Sanktionen bei Nachforderungen, Anmerkung zu EuGH Urteil vom 28.02.2018 - C-523/16 und C-536/16, jurisPR-VergR 9/2018 (with Pascal Friton)

  • Zur Rügeobliegenheit bei de facto -Vergaben, VergR - Zeitschrift für das gesamte Vergaberecht 2/2018, p. 106 (with Christopher Wolters)

  • Wegfall der erforderlichen Qualifikation bei Eignungsleihe, Anmerkung zu EuGH Urteil vom 14.09.2017 – C-223/16, jurisPR-VergR 1/2018 (with Pascal Friton)

  • Die Vergabe von Rettungsdienstleistungen nach der Vergaberechtsreform, Euroforum E-Book Vergaberecht 2018

  • Vergabe von qualifizierten Krankentransporten, Anmerkung zu VK Westfalen Beschluss vom 15.02.2017 – VK 1-51/16, jurisPR-VergR 10/2017 (with Pascal Friton)

  • Die Rückkehr des Protektionismus in der internationalen Handelspolitik sowie rechtliche und tatsächliche Gegenmaßnahmen, ZfZ 2017, 135 (with Roland M. Stein)

  • Diskussionen gehen weiter - Zur Vergabe von Rettungsdienstleistungen, Behördenspiegel 11/2016

  • Zivilrechtliche Haftung bei Wettbetrug im Fußballsport, Hamburg 2015

Presentations (International Trade Law)

  • Export Controls – An Obstacle for Defence Business in the European Union?, GICA Autumn Conference 2023, Seoul, 11 October 2023

  • Supply chain obligations in the EU – what’s the effect on trade with Europe?, Lexology Masterclass, 27 June 2023 (with Anna Huttenlauch, Bruno Galvão and Michaela Hebestreit, Helpdesk Business & Human Rights)

  • Human Rights Due Dilligence – Umsetzung und Durchsetzung in der Verteidigungsindustrie, BDSV Fördermitgliedertag, Berlin, 4 May 2023

  • Sanctions and Medical Devices, Nielsonsmith conference: Trade Compliance in Life Sciences, Zurich, 15 March 2023 (with Denison Caldeiron, Fresenius Medical Care)

  • Exceptions from Sanctions Provisions for the Delivery of Medicines and Medical Devices to Russia, Nielsonsmith conference: Trade Compliance in Life Sciences, Zurich, 15 March 2023

  • Five dangerous traps in EU Russia sanctions, Nielsonsmith conference: Sanctions & Export Compliance in Europe 2023, Munich, 1 February 2023

  • Global Sanctions: (Almost) everything you wanted to know about sanctions but were afraid to ask, TL4 Webinar, 30 January 2023 (with Sue Millar and Stephen Ashley, both Stephenson Harwood; Timothy O'Toole, Miller & Chevalier; Fedor Poskriakov, Lenz & Staehelin)

  • German Supply Chain Act and its impact on Mexican businesses, COMCE Webinar, 17 November 2022

  • Duck and Cover reicht nicht – Praxistipps für Unternehmen zu Compliance und Due Diligence im Hinblick auf

  • Russland-Sanktionen, LINDENPARTNERS LAWLAB Webinar on the legal consequences of Ukraine war and Russia sanctions as well as their impact on the German economy, Berlin, 14 July 2022

  • Contribution to a mdr report on the effects of the Russia sanctions on the German economy, 24 May 2022

  • Russland-Sanktionen in der Mineralölbranche, AFM +E (German Foreign Trade Association for Petroleum and Energy) webinar, 23 March 2022 (with Roland Stein)

  • Übermittlung von Technologie, Know-how und Informationen ins Ausland. Exportkontrollrechtliche Risiken bei Datentransfers, DWT kompakt: Rechtsrisiken Mittelständischer Unternehmer in der Wehrtechnischen Industrie, Bonn, 10 November 2021

  • Chaos oder Kleinigkeiten – welche Auswirkungen hat das Lieferkettengesetz?, Online conference GS1 meets Cosmetics 2021, 7 October 2021

  • Praktische Auswirkungen des deutschen Lieferkettensorgfaltspflichtengesetz (LkSG) für Unternehmen, Arbeitskreisübergreifendes Webmeeting des Bitkom: Gesetzliche Anforderungen zu Sorgfaltspflichten in Lieferketten, 1 July 2021 (with Anna Huttenlauch)

  • Germany’s export controls: what you need to know, Webinar World ECR, 24 September 2020 (with Laura Louca)

  • „Customs Specialist“ course offered by the Hamburger Zollakademie, Berlin, May 2018, unit “Export Control” (with Christopher Wolters)

Presentations (Public Procurement Law)

  • Legal Challenges to Offset Agreements in the EU, GICA Spring Conference, Rio de Janeiro, 9 May 2024

  • Chances and risks in joint defence procurement, DKF - European Network for Offset, Counter Trade and Industrial Participation 2024 spring conference, Berlin, 12 March 2024 (with Christopher Wolters)

  • A Look Into The Crystal Ball: Where Are We Now – And Where Are We Going?, Nordic Public Procurement Forum 2023

  • Schnell, Schneller, BwBBG?, Defence and security division of forum vergabe e.V. (Gesprächskreis Verteidigung und Sicherheit des forum vergabe e.V.), Berlin, 16 November 2022

  • (Medical) Cannabis - one plant and a lot of legal questions!, AIJA International Arbitration Annual Conference & Public Procurement Law/Healthcare and Life Sciences Seminar, Berlin, 8 October 2022

  • Sustainable procurement through unequal treatment of third country bidders?, Public Procurement: Global Revolution XI, University of Nottingham, 14 June 2022

  • Totes Recht? - Plädoyer für eine Wiederbelebung der dynamischen Beschaffungssysteme und e-Auktionen, 4. IT-Vergabetag des DVNW, Berlin, 15 May 2019 (with Christopher Wolters and Eduardo Lucio Faccion, VP Sales at VORTAL)

  • Ex-Ante-Transparenzbekanntmachung – Chancen, Risiken, Rechtsschutz, 5. Deutscher Vergabetag, Berlin, 25/26 October 2018 (with Christopher Wolters)

  • Compliance und Integrität in der IT-Beschaffung, 3. IT-Vergabetag 2018, Berlin, 26 April 2018 (with Christopher Wolters)

  • Thesenvortrag - Bei der Fortentwicklung des Vergaberechts erscheint mir unerlässlich, dass nach Vorbild anderer Staaten Bußgelder für Vergaberechtsverstöße von Auftraggebern eingeführt werden, forum vergabe Gespräche, Fulda, 20 April 2018

  • EEG-Direktvermarktung und Stromsteuer: Aktuelle Rechtslage und Anforderungen an die Vertragsgestaltung, Forum Contracting seminar EEG-Direktvermarktung: Vertragsgestaltung und Fallstricke, Düsseldorf, 12 May 2016

impeccable knowledge of German public procurement law, pragmatic approach and strong business acumen
WWL Germany 2023
profound legal knowledge in public procurement law, understanding of business, good communicational skills, as well as a hands on and pragmatic approach
WWL Germany 2021