Tobias Osseforth, Mag. rer. publ.


Public Procurement Law / Government Contracts Law

  • IT Procurement Law (procurement of software; preparation of EVB IT contracts; outsourcing etc.)
  • Procurement of framework agreements (with particular attention to the ECJ, judgment of 19.12.2018, case C-216/17 – Obligation to indicate at the outset the quantity and maximum amount of services that will be covered by that agreement)
  • Practical experience in the health sector (hospitals, nursing homes, health insurance companies)
  • Cooperation with research institutions
  • Building Contract Law (new construction and renovation of schools; kindergartens; concert halls and museums; BIM procedure;) incl. purchase of facility management services
  • Procurement of architectural and engineering services (property planner; structural engineer; other specialist planner; project manager) – VgV-Procedure
  • Designing architectural competitions (building construction and urban planning)
  • Awarding transport services (school transport and other transport services)
  • Purchase of catering and catering services (as public contracts or service concessions - KonzVgV)
  • Supporting entities operating in the water, energy, transport and postal services sectors (SektVO)
  • Advice for entities in the fields of defense and security (Directive 2009/81/EC)
  • Defense against reclaiming of funds
  • Review procedures; representation before the procurement chambers and before courts
  • Strategic advice (support in setting purchasing bodies, development and optimization of procurement guidelines and forms, creation of forms, optimization of procurement management, compliance for public clients and companies; e.g. through measures for so-called "self-cleaning")
  • Legal advice during the project (securing funding, process optimization, due diligence)

Digitization & Innovation

  • Legal advice on digital transformation for innovative companies
  • Support in regulatory issues regarding algorithms
  • Development of solutions for data protection and cyber security
  • Solving questions of Liability Law when using artificial intelligence (AI)
  • Tailor-made IT contracts (cloud, SaaS, data science, on-premise solutions etc.)
  • Legal advice on the digital transformation to Administration 4.0
  • Support in the innovation, procurement, optimization and implementation of GovTech (digital solutions for citizens and the administration)


  • 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, research institutes)
  • Art (museums, theatres 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
  • Innovative companies


  • Handelsblatt & Best Lawyers 2021: Tobias Osseforth is one of the best lawyers in the field of Public Law in Germany
  • Legal 500 Germany 2021Recommended lawyer and honored for the forth time in a row as "Next Generation Partner"
  • Recommended lawyer in the area of Government Contracts, Who’s Who Legal (WWL) Germany 2021: WWL says "Tobias Osseforth has an excellent grasp of business needs and can explain complex government contracts issues simply and sympathetically” according to impressed sources, who add, “He finds solutions in seemingly hopeless situations."
  • JUVE handbook 2020|2021: Often recommended lawyer (Government Contracts Law, "high commitment in the mandate and high quality", "with him I know that the client is in good hands", competitors)
  • Handelsblatt & Best Lawyers 2020: Tobias Osseforth is "lawyer of the year 2020" and one of the best lawyers in the field of Public Law in Germany
  • Legal 500 Germany 2020: Recommended lawyer and honored for the third time in a row as "Next Generation Lawyer" ("I got to know Tobias Osseforth as a walking encyclopedia of Public Procurement Law. There is no area of Public Procurement Law in which he is not very brilliantly versed.", Client)
  • 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" ("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 Specialist Lawyer in Public Procurement 
  • 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


Handelsblatt Deutschlands Beste Anwälte 2021 Tobias Osseforth

Legal 500 Deutschland 2021 Next Generation Lawyer"Lawyer of the year 2020" and one of the best lawyers in the field of Public Law in Germany 2021

Handelsblatt & Best Lawyers 2021


Next Generation Partner
Legal 500 Deutschland 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021