Rechtsanwalt (German Lawyer) – Partner

Dr. Benjamin Klein

„fantastic negotiation management“ - JUVE Handbuch Wirtschaftskanzleien 2021/2022

Benjamin Klein has been involved in public procurement for over ten years. He advises public clients as well as companies on public procurement law issues in the construction, supply and service sectors. His expertise also includes consulting on public price law matters (VO PR 30/53) and data protection issues. Further areas of his expertise include the management of largescale and complex public procurement procedures for public clients in the construction and IT sectors, as well as advising bidders in these areas. He also has extensive experience in representing clients in public procurement administrative proceedings and in court. Benjamin Klein is co-author of various well-known commentaries on public procurement law, author of numerous specialist publications and permanent contributor to the journal "Vergaberecht". As an expert in the field of public procurement, he is also a sought-after speaker at lectures and training events. He studied law at the Free University of Berlin focusing on antitrust and competition law and completed a two-year foreign-language law course in US American law at the Humboldt-University in Berlin. After completing his first state examination in 2005, he worked as a research assistant in the field of public commercial law until 2007 at the Berlin office of the international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

He then worked as a research assistant for Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ulrich Battis at the professorial Chair of Constitutional and Administrative Law at the Humboldt-University of in Berlin until 2009. After finishing his legal clerkship in Hamburg, Berlin and Tel Aviv, he sucessfully completed the Second State Examination in Hamburg in 2011 and received his doctorate in public procurement law from the University of Osnabrück. From 2011 onwards he was as a lawyer at the renowned procurement law team of the law firm HFK Rechtsanwälte Heiermann Franke Knipp PartG mbB in Berlin and since 2016 a salary partner. He has been a partner of the law firm Eichler Kern Klein Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB since the first of June 2019.



  • Co-author in VOB-Kommentar Bauvergaberecht Bauvertragsrecht Bauprozessrecht, published by Franke/Kemper/Zanner/Grünhagen/Mertens, Werner Verlag, 7th edition 2019, in print, §§ 1/1 EU as sole author §§ 2, 8-9d, 13, 8-9d EU, 13 EU together with Franke.
  • Co-author in BeckOK Procurement Law, forthcoming.
  • Co-author in the VOB commentary, published by Jagenburg / Baldringer / Haupt, in publication with Kohlhammer.
  • Co-author in VOB-Kommentar Bauvergaberecht Bauvertragsrecht Bauprozessrecht, published by Franke/Kemper/Zanner/Grünhagen/Mertens, Werner Verlag, 6th edition 2017, §§ 1/1 EU as sole author §§ 2, 8-9d, 13, 8-9d EU, 13 EU together with Franke.
  • Co-author in the handbook "Verteidigungs- und Sicherheitsvergaben" published by Mösinger/Thomas, Verlag C.H. Beck, 2014.
  • Co-author in VOB-Kommentar Bauvergaberecht Bauvertragsrecht Bauprozessrecht, published by Franke/Kemper/Zanner/Grünhagen, Werner Verlag, 5th edition 2013, §§ 8, 9, 13 as well as 8, 9 EC and 13 EC together with Franke.
  • "Tender obligation of municipal property transactions two years after 'Helmut Müller' - Complete withdrawal of public procurement law", contribution to the commemorative publication "Bau- und Fachplanungsrecht - Festschrift für Bernhard Stüer zum 65. Geburtstag", published by C.H. Beck, 2013.
  • "Kommunale Kooperation zwischen innerstaatlichem Organisationsakt und Markt" (Monograph), Göttingen 2012, at the same time Universität Osnabrück, Diss., 2011.

Essays / comments on rulings in journals:

  • Comment on the ruling of the OLG Düsseldorf of 29 August 2018 - VII Verg 14/17 (annulment, proper cost estimate), VergabeR 2019, 222 f.
  • Comment on the ruling of the European Court of Justice of 19.10.2017 - C-198/16 (offer for undercosts), VergabeR 2018, 115 ff.
  • Note on the ruling of the ECJ of 05.10.2017 - C-567/15 (functional contracting authority concept), VergabeR 2018, 26 f.
  • Neues zu den Anforderungen bei der Verwendung von Normen, Zertifikaten und Gütezeichen in Vergabeverfahren", NZBau 2017, 469 - 472 (together with Michael Halstenberg).
  • Note on the ECJ ruling of 14.12.2016 - C-171/15 (optional grounds for exclusion, proportionality, self-binding), VergabeR 2017, 363.
  • Comment on the ruling of the OLG Koblenz of 16 March 2016 - Verg 8/13 (minimum wage, adherence to collective bargaining agreements); VergabeR 2016, 495 f.
  • "Research and development contracts between public procurement law and pricing law - specifications and scope", Deutsche Gesellschaft für Wehrtechnik, DWT-Info 2015, p. 33 ff.
  • Product specifications in the description of services: Addition 'o. glwlw.' kein 'Allheilmittel'", magazine "BK - Baukammer Berlin - Nachrichten für die Ingenieure im Bauwesen tätig", issue 1/2015, p. 84 f.
  • "Kommunale Kooperationen und Vergaberecht" (article), VergabeR 2013, 328.
  • Annual conference reports in the Deutsches Verwaltungsblatt (DVBl.) on the Düsseldorfer Vergaberechtstag (from 2006 to 2012 together with Dr. C. D. Hermanns) and on the Speyer Vergaberechtstage (from 2005 to 2012 together with Dr. Bernd Köster).
  • "The effects of the new article 104b GG on urban development funding" (essay), together with Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ulrich Battis and Dr. Benjamin Rusteberg, Deutsches Verwaltungsblatt (DVBl.) 2009, 673 ff.
  • "Permissibility of pledging KG general partner shares without an equity interest" (essay), together with lawyer Dr Alexander Hartmann, Zeitschrift für Bank und Kapitalmarktrecht (BKR) 2007, 323 et seq.
  • "The New Legislative Competence of Divergent State Legislation and the Enactment of a Federal Environmental Code in Germany" (essay), together with Dr. Dr. Uwe Müller, Journal for European Environmental and Planning Law (JEEPL) 2007, 181 et seq.
  • "Aus 16 mach 19 - Auswirkungen der Umsatzsteuererhöhung auf die Vergütung von Ingenieurdienstleistungen" (short article), Bau Heft 4/2006 - BDB (Bund Deutscher Baumeister, Architekten und Ingenieure e.V.) Information for Berlin-Brandenburg.
  • "Problems of towing illegally parked motor vehicles" (essay), Juristische Arbeitsblätter (JA) 2004, 544 ff.

Online publications

  • "Reform proposal 'shortly before close': 15-day period for the submission of an application for review after rectedremedy as an objection"; of 17/11/2015, no. 24182.
  • "Chaos of forms, farewell – does the public procurement law become easier in the future?" On the draft of the EU Commission for the new Single European Self-Declaration (EEE); of 25/01/2015, No. 21389.
  • "Product-neutral tendering and the addition or equivalent - Current developments in case law", AnwZert Bau- und Architektenrecht (juris GmbH), issue 20/2015.
  • "Caution when sending advance information before the upcoming Christmas holidays: No obligation to complain and no standstill period? (OLG Düsseldorf, decision of 5 November 2014 - VII-Verg 20/14); of 12/12/2014, No. 21022.
  • "Overall procurement of legal advice services together with other advisory services are generally contrary to public procurement law! (UK Brandenburg, decision of 03.09.2014 - UK 14/14); of 16/11/2014, No. 20815.
  • "Who writes, stays! Ineffectiveness of a concluded contract due to inadequate documentation of the threshold value estimate, the reasons for the exclusion of the bid and the failure to request additional payment" (UK Bund, decision of 27 May 2014 - UK 2-31/14); of 31/08/2014, no. 19921.
  • "Price checking authority (PÜ) not infallible! Proof of allegedly exceeded maximum price must be provided by the contracting authority! (LG Bonn, judgement of 18.12.2013 - 1 O 165/12); of 17/08/2014, No. 19874
  • "What does the client need to document and how?"; Commenting on to the decision of the VK Baden-Württemberg of 04.06.2014 - 1 VK 15/14, IBR 2015, 95 and VPR 2015, 41.
  • Submission of proof of qualification must be demanded"; Commenting on the resolution of the UK government of 17.06.2013 - VK 3-41/13, VPR 2013, 1036 (only online).