Tobias Osseforth, Mag. rer. publ.


  • Public Procurement Law / Government Contracts Law
  • Planning of public procurements
  • Implementing EU-wide and national public procurement procedures
  • Carrying out e-procurement with all common e-procurement systems
  • Design of public procurement documents
  • Drafting contracts and contract clauses
  • Help with the creation of service descriptions
  • Realization of architectural competitions
  • Design tailor-made negotiated procedures
  • Setting up competitive dialogues and innovation partnerships
  • Development of VgV-procedures (procurement of architectural services and engineering services)
  • Design of framework contracts and framework agreements
  • Granting of concessions (works concessions and service concessions; KonzVgV)
  • Calls for tenders in the field of defense and security (VSVgV)
  • Support in the procedural documentation (contract award notice)
  • Defense against recovery claims regarding subsidies
  • Appeal procedures; representation before the public procurement tribunals and before courts
  • Strategic consulting (support in setting up contracting authorities, development and optimization of procurement guidelines and forms, creation of forms, optimization of public procurement management, compliance for public authorities and companies; for example through measures for so-called "self-cleaning")
  • Project-related legal advice (securing of government grants, process Optimization, due diligence)


  • Health Care & Life Sciences (hospitals, nursing homes and health insurance funds)
  • State authorities (ministries and subordinate authorities, governments and judicial bodies)
  • Municipal authorities (district offices, districts, municipalities and administrative communities)
  • Construction and infrastructure – construction public procurement law; VOB/A (nurseries, kindergartens, schools, sports and multi-purpose halls, hospitals, nursing homes and multi-storey car parks)
  • IT and telecommunications – IT Public Procurement Law
  • Energy and utility industry – Public Procurement Law for public utilities and district heating companies (SektVO)
  • Science & Research (universities, reserach institutes)
  • Art (museums, theaters and conservatories)
  • Churches and charitable organizations
  • Authorities and organizations with security tasks (BOS)
  • Transport (student transport services, disabled transport services, rail transport / public passenger transport, Regulations (EU) No. 2016/2338 and (EC) No 1370/2007)
  • Concessions: construction concessions and service concessions (KonzVgV)
  • Defense and Security Area (VSVgV)
  • Public-private partnerships; PPP


  • JUVE handbook 2019|2020: Often recommended lawyer (Government Contracts Law, "very good expertise, goal-oriented and solution-oriented work", client; "he is becoming more and more visible and he is really very good", "creative mind with high problem-solving skills", competitor)
  • WirtschaftsWoche: Recommended as TOP lawyer 2019 Public Procurement Law
  • Handelsblatt & Best Lawyers 2019: Tobias Osseforth is one of the best lawyers in the field of Public Law in Germany
  • The Legal 500 Germany 2019: Recommended lawyer and honored as "Next Generation Lawyer" for the second year in a row ("characterized by his fast, solution-oriented work")
  • JUVE handbook 2018|2019: Often recommended lawyer (Government Contracts Law, "very detailed expertise combined with high analytical precision", competitor; "goal-oriented and solution-oriented, very good and trusting cooperation", client)
  • The Legal 500 Germany 2018: Recommended lawyer and honored as "Next Generation Lawyer" "excellent expertise, extremely high accessibility and flexibility, resilience, clever negotiation and clear communication")
  • JUVE handbook 2017|2018: "Very good expertise as well as goal- and solution-oriented work"
  • The Legal 500 Germany 2017: Recommended lawyer ("also takes time for additional questions")
  • The Legal 500 Germany 2016: Recommended lawyer ("technically excellent")


  • Law studies at University of Passau (Germany / Bavaria)
  • Law studies at King's College London (scholarship)
  • Administrative Science at University of Speyer (master's degree "Mag. rer. publ.")
  • 2005–2008 Management consultant at kuhr & partner in Cologne
  • 2006–2011 Co-founder, co-partner and general manager of the start-up company 1st Steel in Cologne
  • 2011–2016 Lawyer and associated partner of the law firm Graf von Westphalen (GvW) in Munich
  • Since 2012 Co-editor and author of the legal commentary Public Procurement Law published by WEKA Verlag (Dieckert/Osseforth/Steck)
  • Since 2015 Certified lecturer at the Bavarian School of Administration (BVS)
  • Since 2016 Certified Public Procurement Lawyer
  • Since 2016 Member of the Awards Committee at the Bar Association Munich for awarding the title of Certified Public Procurement Lawyer
  • Since 2016 Vice Chairman of the Association of Certified Public Procurement Lawyers (VFV)
  • Since 2016 Lawyer and partner of the law firm LUTZ | ABEL
  • Editor of the refereed journal “Vergabepraxis & -recht”
  • Ongoing speaker activity for various seminar providers


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The Legal 500 Germany: Recommended lawyer and awarded as "Next Generation Lawyer" 

"excellent expertise, extremely high accessibility and flexibility, resilience, clever negotiation and clear communication"