Expertise and Experience that matter

von Beust & Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft

Personal advice

Von Beust & Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft provides personalised strategy, communication and business advice for companies, associations and corporations. The consulting firm helps its clients position themselves in the political and economic space and communicate their concerns sustainably. When dealing with public authorities, politicians, the media and societal groups and in unique communication situations, the firm provides a reliable basis for decision-making and also offers strategic advice that lets its clients act with confidence.
 
Von Beust & Coll. was founded in December 2013 by the managing partners Ole von Beust and Georg Ehrmann, with locations in Hamburg, Berlin and Brussels. In January 2017, Sebastian Frevel joined the consulting firm as its third managing partner. In January 2020 the managing partners broadened their range of services through an acquisition and now manage operations for their clients from permanent representative offices in Brussels and Berlin.  Tessa Rodewaldt and Nikolas Hill are also now involved as partners in the firm.
 
Von Beust & Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft relies on personal recommendations and takes on new advisory mandates only when a personal consultation by the managers or partners is guaranteed. The latter work closely with their clients and develop the right strategies together with them.

 

Political strategy and communications consultancy

The team of consultants support their clients in analysing, designing and implementing promising political strategies. The managers and partners broaden their clients’ networks and help to form new political and business relationships by personally reaching out to decision-makers at the state, national and EU level and maintaining permanent representative offices for their clients in Berlin and Brussels.

Their core business includes offering advice in unique situations and support in legislative processes, political analyses, stakeholder management and alliance-building, information procurement and the design of strategic and expedient event formats. When dealing in particular with critical situations and sensitive issues, the firm’s managers and partners offer support and advice for interactions with political stakeholder groups, NGOs and the public.

For associations and alliances of interest groups, von Beust & Coll. offers comprehensive specialised operational and strategic management from foundation to branch administration from the “Capital City Office” on Unter den Linden in Berlin.

 

Business consultancy and investor assistance

Another point of focus is national and regional business consultancy and investor assistance. Analyses from von Beust & Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft give clients a detailed assessment of their political, business and media environment in order to allow them to make their business decisions. Von Beust & Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft support its clients by performing analyses, recommending strategies and facilitating their implementation in a number of situations, including in the run-up to setting up partnerships, establishing subsidiaries, transactions or filling top positions, location searches and forecasts concerning the feasibility of projects.

Von Beust & Coll. also advise and support their clients in organising sales in the public sector.
 
With its contacts in the financial sector, the firm also specialises in supporting international investors and businesses to form new business relationships and establish their presence in Germany. It assists investors in implementing public projects. Classic fields of activity for our clients include dialogue with public authorities, organising citizen participation, accompanying media relations, setting up a specific network, and accessing the relevant stakeholders.
 
International business consultancy is provided by von Beust & Collegen International GmbH.

 

On-site presence: Hamburg, Berlin & Brussels

The teams at each of the three locations cover all consulting services for strategic processes and support in unique situations, from strategic advice to research and analysis and even comprehensive project management.

The main focus in Hamburg is business consultancy and investor assistance, provided by Dr Nikolas Hill, Tessa Rodewaldt and Henning Kinkhorst, with the maritime sector as a particular area of expertise.

In the Berlin office David Lommatzsch and Joschka Langenbrinck handle activities relating to public affairs. The separate “Capital City Office” on Unter den Linden is the registered office for the associations and alliances of interest groups represented by von Beust & Coll. The “Capital City Office” is the permanent professional representative office for the firm’s clients.

The von Beust & Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft team in Brussels includes former Member of the European Parliament Knut Fleckenstein, along with Matthias Spangenberg and Algara Castle, who bring expertise in European matters and a dense network of contacts in all of the significant European institutions, including Strasbourg and Luxembourg. The Brussels office is also available to clients as a permanent representative office, allowing them to keep abreast of the European Union’s effects on the economy.

With their years of executive and parliamentary experience, the consulting firm’s managers and partners also have a substantial network at their disposal in many German states and an understanding of regional and local structures. The firm also has a partner in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Dr Michael Vesper.

 

Expertise

Consultants at von Beust & Coll. combine expert political and communicative knowledge with experience of administrative practice and specialist industry knowledge. The executive consultants are brought in for specific tasks to drive projects forward and offer their specialist knowledge to clients.

The international consultancy team has proven expertise in numerous sectors: industry and trade, the maritime industry, the mobility sector (rail, road, shipping), finance, infrastructure and property, payment systems, gaming & gambling, the health sector (self-governance, medical devices) and the energy sector.

The excellent reputation and outstanding acceptance of the managers, partners and advisors at von Beust & Coll. also facilitate the independent mediation of conflicts between businesses, or between a business and the public.

By acquiring a consulting firm specialising in association management, von Beust & Coll. has expanded its range of consulting services and gained the opportunity to operate a “Capital City Office” for its clients in Berlin and Brussels.

Von Beust & Coll. creates a network and an atmosphere for its clients facilitating trust-based collaboration across political and economic camps and enabling the development of promising positions. The firm is regularly engaged by alliances of interest groups and associations to handle their executive management and representation of interests.

 

Integrity

All affiliates of Beust & Coll. are required to subscribe to the values of transparency, responsibility, trust, mutual respect, democracy and the rule of law. The firm fosters a culture of integrity, both internally and with its clients. The advice and representation of interests provided by von Beust & Coll. are independent, thorough and underpinned by verified information and professional analyses. Von Beust & Coll. represents the interests of its clients to its addressees openly and transparently and is listed in the EU Transparency Register under registration number 479298022355-68. A uniform register of all stakeholders is also supported for Germany.

Von Beust & Coll. or its managers or partners are members of various organisations including the SPD Economic Forum (Wirtschaftsforum der SPD), the CDU Economic Council (Wirtschaftsrat der CDU) and Green Economic Dialogue (Grüner Wirtschaftsdialog).  Colleagues in the firm are also socially, politically and civically engaged in a wide variety of ways. They are required to avoid any potential, actual or apparent conflicts of interest or to disclose and actively manage them. The management has taken measures to ensure a strict separation between the firm’s professional activities and other political offices, mandates and functions. This includes ruling out, in writing, the giving of any professional advice where there is a potential conflict. Any conflicts that might possibly arise must also be brought to the attention of both parties so that they can be avoided in accordance with legal regulations and reporting requirements and the practices and traditions of other organisations and administrations.

We advise you personally,
directly and credibly.

von Beust & Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft

  • Ole von Beust

    Managing Partner

    Ole von Beust

    Ole von Beust

    Ole von Beust is a lawyer and Managing Partner at von Beust & Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft. From 1993 to 2001 he was the parliamentary leader in the Hamburg Parliament and from 2001 to 2010 was the First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. Furthermore, he was also a member of the Federal Executive of the CDU in Germany. He continues to advise the council, currently helping the Committee on the Future. He has extensive media experience. He is Chairman of the Advisory Board at KuSBau and Senior Advisor at Equity Gate. Ole von Beust is active on various supervisory boards, for example at CH2 Contorhaus Hansestadt Hamburg AG and Box Direct. He helps the Advisory Board of Varengold Wertpapierhandelsbank AG, and brings years of experience to the Sustainability Board of ECE. His detailed knowledge of political decision-making processes and his non-partisan approach to tackling problems provide him with access to the politically relevant camps.

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  • Georg Ehrmann

    Managing Partner

    Georg Ehrmann

    Georg Ehrmann

    Georg Ehrmann is a lawyer and Managing Partner at von Beust & Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft. As an Executive Consultant, he supported numerous projects of Advice Partners, an international strategy consulting agency, for two years. For 13 years, Georg Ehrmann headed an international NGO that was based in Berlin and Brussels. Prior to that he was a legal advisor for a physicians' health insurance association. As an expert in UN and EU affairs and official adviser to the Federal Government, with numerous appearances before committees in the EU Parliament, Bundestag, Joint Federal Committee, and Landtag (state parliament), and as an expert in committees of inquiry, he has extensive experience in specific legislative procedures and political lobbying, especially with regards to healthcare. Through his appearances on nearly all media formats, TV, print and radio, he is also familiar with the "other" side of the fence, which is an important building block for assessing the success of public affairs measures. In addition to the implementation of interests of associations and companies, crisis prevention and communication have become two of his focal points due to his years of experience and advisory activities. He is also an assistant lecturer at the Fresenius Hochschule Hamburg.  Not only does he help clients in the healthcare industry, but he is also currently supervising an industry initiative to help implement the EU Directive Clean Power for Transport on behalf of BMVI, and is thus in regular contact with the responsible federal ministries.

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  • Sebastian Frevel

    Managing Partner

    Sebastian Frevel

    Sebastian Frevel

    Sebastian Frevel is Managing Partner of von Beust & Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft. An expert in corporate and public affairs, he has been advising companies and associations since 2004 and specialises in strategic representation of interests, political business reputation and stakeholder management. Another core focus of his work is organisational consultancy for associations and companies, for example, founding of an association, establishment of a representative office in the capital and public affairs structures in corporate groups.

    Previously, he was responsible for the public affairs portfolio of Advicepartners GmbH as its Managing Director - a business consultancy for strategy and communications management in Berlin. Sebastian Frevel has developed various political communications strategies for businesses and associations and has supported numerous legislative processes, predominantly concerning economic, environmental and consumer policies. He has many years of industry expertise in the industrial, retail, consumer goods, leisure and entertainment, and payment sectors. The political scientist has been an assistant lecturer in public affairs at the Quadriga Hochschule Berlin since 2013.

    He is, among other things, a member of de'ge'pol – the German Association of Political Consultants (‘Deutsche Gesellschaft für Politikberatung e.V.’) and the Society for the Study of Structural Political Issues (‘Gesellschaft zum Studium strukturpolitischer Fragen e.V.’) as well as founder of the ‘Hintergrundkreis’ (a select behind-the-scenes discussion group involving politicians and journalists) #Kabinett.

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  • Dr. Nikolas Hill

    Partner

    Dr. Nikolas Hill

    Dr. Nikolas Hill

    Dr. Nikolas Hill is an insurance broker, legal expert and associate at the consulting company of von Beust & Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft. From October 2004 to December 2005 he was an advisor to the deputy director of NDR. From 2006 until his appointment as State Secretary, in his role as Senate Director he was Head of Planning at the Hamburg Senate Chancellery. As of 15 March 2009 until the end of his service at the Hamburg Senate on 1.1.2017, Hill was first State Secretary of the Department for Culture, Sport and the Media, then later of the Department for Justice and Equality as well as director of Hamburg’s bid committee for the 2024 Olympic Games. Dr. Hill also volunteers for various organisations, e.g. mentoring at Quadriga Hochschule in Berlin, as an advisory committee member for impct.help. and for the Regenbogen Foundation Hamburg, and is member of the Wirtschaftsrat der CDU e.V.

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  • Tessa Rodewaldt

    Partner

    Tessa Rodewaldt

    Tessa Rodewaldt

    Tessa Rodewaldt (M.A., M.Sc.) is a political scientist and associate of von Beust & Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft. She studied at the University of Tübingen and the University of California at Berkeley as well as at the London School of Economics.

    She entered the professional world as an advisor to a member of the British House of Commons. She has more than ten years of experience in strategic policy consulting and in working together with companies, associations and NGOs as well as with political decision-makers at the state, federal, and EU levels. Before that, she was responsible for working with international companies from the logistics and IT industries for a Berlin-based consulting agency and worked for one of the leading German healthcare companies as a lobbyist.

    She worked for one of the leading public affairs agencies in London until 2009, where she was primarily responsible for mandates from the energy, water and technology sectors. Due to her extensive consultancy work, her strengths lie mainly in the development and implementation of effective political communication programs, strategy analysis, and the establishment and management of alliances/coalitions.

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  • Dr. Michael Vesper

    Partner

    Dr. Michael Vesper

    Dr. Michael Vesper

    Dr. Michael Vesper has been a partner at von Beust & Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft since 1 September 2018. He has decades of political experience and an extensive network of contacts from the worlds of politics, sport and economics. He is a founding member of the party “Die Grünen” (The Green Party) and was Chief of the party from 1983 to 1990. From 1990 to 1995 he was Parliamentary Director of the state party, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, in North Rhine Westphalia (NRW). As a member of NRW state government, Dr. Vesper led various departments between 1995 and 2005, until his final position as Minister for Urban Development, Housing, Culture and Sport. At the same time, he held the position of deputy state premier of North Rhine Westphalia under the direction of Johannes Rau, Wolfgang Clement and Peer Steinbrück. In 2006 Dr. Vesper became chairman of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB), a position he retired from at the end of 2017. Since 2018 he has been President of the Direktorium für Vollblutzucht und Rennen e. V. (Association for Thoroughbred Breeding and Racing) and is involved in several associations and initiatives including his roles as chair of Freunde und Förderer der RuhrTriennale e. V. (Friends and Sponsors of the RuhrTriennale), and advisor at Bonn Academy for Research and Teaching of Practical Politics (BAPP) and the German Committee for UNICEF.

    www.michaelvesper.de

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  • David Lommatzsch

    Senior Consultant

    David Lommatzsch

    David Lommatzsch

    David Lommatzsch (M.A.) has been a senior consultant for economic, financial and consumer policies at von Beust & Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft since 2017. He advises companies and associations on political positioning and organizes the representation of their interests in legislative processes. As a public affairs specialist, he focuses on political strategy advice, targeted information management, and exchange with political decision-makers. As Acting Managing Director, he is heading the work of the association for a client in the digital leisure entertainment industry.

    Before joining von Beust & Coll., David Lommatzsch was an analyst at the strategy and communication consultancy, Advicepartners GmbH. He was responsible for clients from the leisure, consumer goods and payment services industries. He accompanied and supported the legislative process at the EU, federal and state levels for these clients. He also organized the successful creation of an interest group as well as its political positioning.

    David Lommatzsch studied Political Science and European Studies at Maastricht University in the Netherlands and earned his Master of Arts in Political Economics in Berlin.

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  • Matthias Spangenberg

    Senior Consultant

    Matthias Spangenberg

    Matthias Spangenberg

    Matthias Spangenberg is Senior Consultant Public Affairs, Strategy and Communication at the consulting company von Beust & Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft in Berlin and Brussels. He advises companies and associations on the development and implementation of strategies for political positioning and lobbying at EU, federal and state levels. Mr. Spangenberg possesses long-standing experience in supporting legislative processes, particularly at the European level, and is also responsible for von Beust & Coll.’s office in Brussels.

    Before joining Beust & Coll., he was Regulatory and Governmental Affairs Manager at the globally operating fintech company Paysafe Group in London. Here he played a part in permanently positioning the company in the political environment and represented the company’s interests vis-à-vis lawmakers, supervisory and regulatory authorities as well as to associations at the EU and nation state levels. In the past, Mr. Spangenberg also worked as a senior consultant for strategy and communications consultancy Advicepartners GmbH, where he helped clients from various areas represent their strategic interests.

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  • Joschka Langenbrinck

    Senior Consultant

    Joschka Langenbrinck

    Joschka Langenbrinck

    Joschka Langenbrinck has been a senior consultant for public affairs, strategy and communication at von Beust & Coll. since May 2019 in the Berlin office. He supports clients in the financial services industry, the wholesale and retail industry as well as the digital leisure entertainment industry in the implementation of their political strategies.

    Before joining von Beust & Coll., the political scientist worked in the Berlin House of Representatives as coordinator of a parliamentary group, in the German Bundestag as a research associate of the former economic and energy policy spokesperson of the SPD parliamentary group and as a research associate for economic policy. Since 2018, he has also worked as an authorized representative for the independent business association “Wirtschaftsforum der SPD e.V.”, where he was responsible for the political positioning, strategic communications and the representation of the interests of member companies and associations from the finance- and insurance, the consumer goods and trade industries.

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  • Julia Lensing

    Consultant

    Julia Lensing

    Julia Lensing

    Julia Lensing has been a consultant at the Berlin office of von Beust & Coll. since 2020. She advises associations and companies on the development and implementation of strategies for political positioning and lobbying on a federal and state level.
       
    Before joining von Beust & Coll., she worked as a company lawyer at one of the largest entertainment companies in Germany, Löwen Play GmbH. In addition, she took on the role of commissioner for politics and communication at the company, where she was responsible for the company’s political work at a federal, state and district level. The role also included helping to shape the substantive political work of the industry associations.  As part of her legal traineeship, Julia Lensing worked for the Foreign Affairs Committee of the German Parliament and for the FDP state parliamentary group in North Rhine-Westphalia. She studied law at the University of Bonn.

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  • Sina Schneider

    Consultant

    Sina Schneider

    Sina Schneider

    Sina Schneider (MSc) is a consultant in the fields of public affairs, strategy and communication in the Berlin office of von Beust & Coll. She advises selected clients on the development and implementation of their political strategies and on the representation of interests in legislative processes. Her work focuses on knowledge- and stakeholder management.

    She studied International Political Economy at the London School of Economics (LSE) and at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. Prior to her start at von Beust & Coll., she worked in the field of Public Affairs and Communication in various countries (Malaysia, United Arab Emirates and Germany), for Daimler AG and Canon Middle East. She was also able to gather political experience by working for a Member of the German Bundestag. She is also a member of de'ge'pol COM, the Young Professionals Network of Political Consulting in Germany.

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  • Lisa Egermann

    Consultant

    Lisa Egermann

    Lisa Egermann

    Lisa Egermann (M.A.) is a consultant for public affairs, strategy and communication in the Berlin office of von Beust & Collegen, supporting selected mandates in the implementation of their political strategies.
    She studied European Studies at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) and the Metropolitan University in Prague. Before joining von Beust & Coll., Lisa Egermann worked for a Member of the European Parliament in Brussels and Strasbourg. Prior to that, she was in charge of the scholarship programs of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in the London office.

    As President of the "Network of European Women", Lisa Egermann is committed to improving the networking of women in political Berlin. The " Network of European Women " is a professional network of and for women from politics, media, NGOs and associations, which has existed for over ten years in Berlin. She is also a member of de'ge'pol COM, the Young Professionals Network of Political Consulting in Germany.

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  • Britt Sieber

    Consultant

    Britt Sieber

    Britt Sieber

    Since January 2020 Britt Sieber has been a consultant for public affairs, strategy and communication at the von Beust & Coll. Consulting Company in Berlin. She supports companies and associations in their political positioning and accompanies legislative processes at EU, federal and state level. Her main areas of expertise include environmental, transport and health policy.

    Before joining the von Beust & Coll. Consulting Company, Britt Sieber worked for Dr. Koch Consulting e. K., where she also supported clients in the development and implementation of political strategies and in legislative processes.

    Britt Sieber completed her Bachelor's degree in "European Studies" and her Master's degree in "European Governance" at the University of Osnabrück.

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  • Niklas Stilz

    Associate

    Niklas Stilz

    Niklas Stilz

    Niklas Stilz has been a student assistant at von Beust & Coll. since the 1st of September 2019. He supports the operative business of the Berlin office and assists selected clients with the conceptualization and implementation of their political strategies. He studied political science and media science at the University of Trier and the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. He is currently studying for a Master's degree in Democratic Politics and Communication at the University of Trier. Prior to his start at Beust & Coll., he worked for the ARD-Hauptstadtstudio and the Press and Information Office of the Federal Government.

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  • Dr. Ines Lasch

    Assistant to the Executive Management

    Dr. Ines Lasch

    Dr. Ines Lasch

    Dr. Ines Lasch has been an assistant to the executive management at von Beust & Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft in Hamburg since 2018. Since 1990 she has worked in various positions at German and Russian companies in the maritime business sector. Until the end of 2016 she worked in communication and central services at the Association of German Ship-owners (VDR). She studied Russian language and literature in Russia, is an author, professionally-trained writer for specialist publications and technical editor.

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  • Lilia Richter

    Assistant to the Executive Management

    Lilia Richter

    Lilia Richter

    Lilia Richter (M.A.) has been at Beratungsgesellschaft von Beust und Coll. since 2018 as assistant to the executive management at the Berlin office. She is largely responsible for organising and supporting the business operations for the office located in Germany’s capital. She is also oversees the project management for one customer in the digital leisure activities sector. She completed her studies in cultural and social sciences at Viadrina European University in Frankfurt (Oder). She also gained practical experience including her work at the Germany embassy in Moscow and at the German Bundestag.

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  • Michaela Korb

    Project Management

    Michaela Korb

    Michaela Korb

    Michaela Korb has been at von Beust und Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft since 2018 as assistant to the executive management at the Hamburg office where, in her role as a project manager, she supports projects concerning digital parking management and the health sector. She completed her studies in business management with a specialisation in marketing in Kiel. Ms. Korb has a variety of experience working in different branches, such as the automotive, sports marketing, tourism and education sectors.

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  • Ines Ulfik

    Office Management

    Ines Ulfik

    Ines Ulfik

    Ines Ulfik has been supporting Ole von Beust's consultancy firm since 2011, particularly in the areas of accounting and office management. Furthermore, Ines Ulfik helps manage strategic alliances when dealing with questions of accounting, and has performed services for the Maritimen LNG Plattform e.V. and the smartparking-Platform e.V. (since its founding). She is a trained lawyer and notary clerk and has also worked for the law offices of von Beust Rechtsanwälte since 2008. 

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  • Valeska Meyer

    Office Management

    Valeska Meyer

    Valeska Meyer

    Valeska Meyer has been working in office management and accounting at von Beust & Coll. since 2017.

    Ms. Meyer is on hand to answer questions relating to accounting, in particular for smartparking Plattform e.V.

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  • Nicole Vogt

    Reception/Office Management

    Nicole Vogt

    Nicole Vogt

    Nicole Vogt has worked for von Beust and Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft since June 2020. Ms. Vogt is primarily responsible for reception and office management at the Hamburg location. She also supports the entire team in all organisational and administrative matters.

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Selected references

We have customers from a wide range of sectors who place great importance on discretion in public interactions. For this reason, along with the necessary obligations of transparency, we do not generally publish references. The selected public projects listed below represent a small sample of our work.

Maritime LNG Plattform e. V.

Von Beust & Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft devised and founded “Maritime LNG Plattform e.V.” and was tasked with managing it and developing it further. The purpose of this association of more than 100 international industrial companies, shipping companies, ports and initiatives is to play an active part in building the framework conditions for the market launch of LNG (liquefied natural gas) in the context of the German federal government’s mobility and fuel strategy and the corresponding EU initiative in Berlin and Brussels, enabling the formation of modern and environmentally responsible transport chains. The platform is a partner of the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWI), and acts as a “hinge” between economics and politics to support the maritime energy transition to clean shipping.

You can find more information at www.lng-info.de

Smartparking – Plattform e. V.

Von Beust & Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft, together with the management of the Smartparking platform, was commissioned with enhancing digital parking management in German cities. A large number of providers of mobile parking systems on the German market have come together through the platform. Both communities and citizens benefit from the open and cross-competition platform. Cities and communities are thus introduced to the topic of digital payment systems and helped to introduce efficient and people-oriented solutions for cashless payment of parking fees. Von Beust & Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft is able to fall back on its many years of local political expertise in this regard.


You can find more information at www.smartparking.de

RSA Allianz

Von Beust & Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft co-designed the “RSA Allianz” alliance, which spans all kinds of insurance providers, and since 2018 has been managing the political communication strategy of the alliance. The aim was to create awareness for the general need for reform of the Morbi-RSA (morbidity-based risk structure compensation) with relevant decision makers and stakeholders in health policy and in the healthcare industry, science, in the media and in the professional public. The political goal of the alliance partner was to change finance flows within statutory health insurance in the mid- and the long term and to enable fair competition again. The activities here were aimed at the upcoming healthcare reform in the 19th legislative period.
 
You can find more information at www.rsa-allianz.de