Global law firm Baker McKenzie is pleased to announce the strategic partnership with Walter Boltz, an esteemed industry expert in the field of energy and gas regulation. This partnership enhances Baker McKenzie’s ability to harness its market experience, global footprint and collective commitment to offer comprehensive and strategic guidance to clients in an ever-evolving energy landscape. 

Walter Boltz assumes the role of Senior Energy Advisor, drawing on his extensive experience in the Austrian and European energy markets and deep regulatory expertise. This collaboration demonstrates Baker McKenzie’s role as trusted legal and strategic partner in a dynamic energy sector. It seamlessly integrates the firm’s existing legal prowess with strategic regulatory perspectives, helping clients to navigate pivotal developments in regulatory frameworks pertaining to electricity, gas and hydrogen.

"In light of the unparalleled challenges in the energy sector, we welcome Walter Boltz to our firm. His strategic experience synergizing with our firm’s global expertise ensures an integrated approach. This allows us to cater to the needs of our clients with even greater precision," says Andreas Traugott, Partner and Energy Law Expert at Baker McKenzie.

Walter Boltz, Senior Energy Advisor at Baker McKenzie, commented: "In a time of significant transformation in the energy industry, this partnership equips us to adeptly address the intricate legal and regulatory challenges that the energy transition brings. I am very impressed with the breadth and depth of expertise and global reach of Baker McKenzie and see it playing an important role in helping to solve our clients’ challenges."

The global energy transition and decarbonization are one of the world’s most pressing issues of today. With this transformation come new challenges, especially for businesses – including meeting demanding new legal and regulatory requirements, strategic realignments, but also new questions linked to the substantial investments in renewable power generation and infrastructure. The partnership with Walter Boltz enhances Baker McKenzie's capability to address these complex challenges at the highest level. 

Walter Boltz is a Senior Advisor specializing in European Energy matters. He has held key roles, including being a member of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) Board of Appeal and the Energy Regulators Regional Association (ERRA) Strategic Advisory Council. Walter's extensive experience spans more than two decades, encompassing his tenure as Vice-Chair of the ACER Board of Regulators and Vice-President of the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER). He led the Austrian Regulatory Authority E-Control for 15 years, chaired significant gas working groups, and actively contributed to the development and implementation of crucial energy regulations and packages. Walter's influence extended to the Ukrainian Gas Transmission Sys-tem Operator GTSOU LLC during its unbundling process from 2018 to May 2020. His expertise in energy issues, coupled with over three decades of management and consulting experience, makes him a prominent figure in the field.
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