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The team at Allen & Overy LLP frequently handles contentious and non-contentious work across a wide range of energy projects. Counsel and competition specialist Marinus Winters and associate Tjarda van der Vijver advised Dong Energy, Eneco Holding and Nuon Energy on their application to the European Commission for an exemption to procurement rules. Werner Runge heads the practice.

The ‘friendly, knowledgeable and convincing’ Nicolien van den Biggelaar heads the practice at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, which handles regulatory matters involving oil, gas, nuclear and renewable energy. ‘Flexible, service-minded’ counsel Arjan Kleinhout has ‘very strong analytical skills and business knowledge’; he and the Brussels-based Jaap de Keijzer represented Gasunie and TenneT in proceedings regarding their tariffs.

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is noted for its strong state-side work, though it also advises corporations such as Chemours. Iman Brinkman heads the team; senior associate Robin Aerts is also recommended. Competition expert Erik Pijnacker Hordijk arrived from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in July 2017. Berend Jan Drijber left to join the Supreme Court.

The ‘outstanding’, ‘efficient’ team at Stek works to ‘very tight deadlines’; it is especially strong in litigation. ‘Trustworthy’, ‘practical and very thorough’ group head Jan Erik Janssen has ‘excellent regulatory and business knowledge’; counsel Stephanie Dielemans is ‘precise, accurate and committed’. Counsel Martha Brinkman is also recommended. Clients include Dong Energy, Eneco, Liander and Stedin.

Mostly active in renewable energy and electricity, Bird & Bird LLP’s ‘impressively knowledgeable’ team handles contentious and non-contentious work. ‘Calm, experienced’ department head Michelle de Rijkehas specialised knowledge of energy regulatory frameworks’; she handles administrative litigation, while Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa is the key civil litigator. Clients include Cogas and HVC Energie.

Keen, swift’ competition expert Winfred Knibbeler leads Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s department, with support from Onno Brouwer and litigators Hub. Harmeling and Jeroen van Hezewijk. Knibbeler and senior associate Alvaro Pliego Selie represented Nuon Energy in litigation against Allego regarding the provision of electricity for cars.

Frequently advising on large-scale conventional and renewable energy matters, Houthoff’s practice is headed by counsel Marjolein Dieperink. She, Willem de Nijs Bik and senior associate Marc van Beuge advised Eneco on a wide range of regulatory matters. Marielle Koppenol-Laforce represented Promneftstroy in insolvency litigation. Boskalis is another client.

Loyens & Loeff’s ‘creative’ practice is led jointly by Jan-Willem van Rooij, tax specialist Jan Bart Schober and regulatory counsel Roland de Vlam. The ‘iconic’ Max Oosterhuis represented the Port Authority of Antwerp in high-profile litigation regarding TenneT’s construction of a power grid from the Dutch coast to the Borssele wind park.

Involved in a wide range of energy matters, Norton Rose Fulbright’s practice has strong cross-border capabilities. Of counsel Matthijs van Leeuwen advised BritNed Development on its involvement in a pan-European electricity transmission trial. Project finance experts Wouter Hertzberger and Daphne Broerse are also recommended.

Stibbe provides ‘top service’ and has ‘a very commercial approach’; ‘deeply experienced’ group head Martin In de Braekt is ‘always available and delivers on time’. He advised Dong Energy, as developer, on the regulatory aspects of Borssele wind projects I and II. Kirsten Berger and environment expert Aaldert ten Veen are also recommended.

Van der Feltz Advocaten’s team counts Engie E&P Nederland and Cuadrilla Resources among its clients. Group head Jacques Sluysmans advised Shell and NAM on issues relating to politically sensitive gas extraction in Groningen; Godert van der Feltz is also recommended.

Baker McKenzie’s ‘seasoned’ practice is led by Weero Koster; though it has experience in renewables, oil, gas and conventional power, it is particularly active in wind energy. Koster advised the developers and operators of the 195MW NOP Agrowind project on various aspects of the development.

At Biesheuvel Jansen advocaten, the ‘calm, no-nonsense’ Rutger Jansen, who ‘really knows his stuff’, heads the team. He and ‘very knowledgeable, concise’ corporate expert Inge Timmerman advised INB Group on its development of a 44MW biomass plant in Amsterdam. Engie and RAI Amsterdam are additional clients.

With ‘good industry knowledge’ and ‘a positive outlook’, CMS’ department provides ‘useful, to-the-point advice’. Group head Cecilia van der Weijden represented Delta and RWE in arbitration against Elsta and Dow Benelux regarding restructuring the contractual framework of the Elsta cogeneration plant. ‘Outstanding’ oil and gas expert Martika Jonk is ‘recommended without reservations’.

Renewable energy is the key strength of Eversheds Sutherland (Netherlands) B.V.’s department. Miriam van Ee and Michel Chatelin acted for clients including Enduris and Infinergy. They also acted for Infinergy on a wind project on Tata Steel premises. Rob Faasen and Matthijs Bolkenstein are also recommended.

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