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The practice at Allen & Overy LLP is led by project finance expert Werner Runge and energy M&A specialist Karine Kodde. Charles Honée advised Eneco on the unbundling of Eneco Holding into Eneco Groep and Stedin Groep. Van Gansewinkel is another client.

Frequently involved in international energy transactions, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s ‘proactive, very committed’ department is headed by the ‘practical’ Anja Mutsaers, who advised Vopak on its purchase of Exmar’s FSRU business. TenneT, Enel and GasTerra are additional clients.

High-value, cross-border M&A is a speciality of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s team; group head Alexander Doorman advised Neptune Energy Group on the Dutch aspects of its purchase of a 70% stake in Engie E&P. Dirk-Jan Smit and Shawn der Kinderen are also recommended.

Houthoff’s team is ‘fully aware of the commercial implications of regulatory frameworks’. Willem de Nijs Bik is the key contact, while the ‘constructive, flexible’ Jacques Kröner advised Shanks Group on its €482m merger with Van Gansewinkel Group. The shareholders of Delta and Essent are additional clients.

Major utilities and oil, gas and renewable energy companies are on NautaDutilh’s client roster. Joost den Engelsman and the New York-based Harm Kerstholt advised PZEM on the €488m sale of its retail business to EQT Infrastructure. Department head Jaap Jan Trommel counts Tullow Oil, Centrica and Total Nederland among his clients.

Bird & Bird LLP’s ‘proactive, client-oriented’ practice head Sophie Dingenen has ‘in-depth sector knowledge’; she assisted Kinect Energy Group with structuring two corporate power purchase agreements. Other clients of the ‘very conscientious, reliable’ department include Unisun Energy Group and Urenco.

The ‘calm, hands-on’ Jan-Willem van Rooij heads Loyens & Loeff’s ‘top-notch’ department; he advised Alliander and Enexis Group on their sale of Ziut to Spie Nederland. Other clients include PZEM, Unica and Meridian Mining. Waldo Kapoen is also recommended.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s practice is headed by Wouter Hertzberger, who advised the developers of the Nop Agrowind project on its €400m financing. Ballast Nedam instructed of counsel Matthijs van Leeuwen on its energy supply arrangement.

The ‘pragmatic, business-minded, hands-on’ team at Ploum counts Maas Capital Renewables and Stedin among its clients. Group head and ‘very strong negotiatorStephan Sluijters acted for Nuon-Vattenfall on the sale of its industry park in Emmen to Getec.

Stek’s department provides ‘practical, thorough, to-the-point’ advice to ‘very tight deadlines’. The ‘amicable, thoroughly knowledgeableReijnoud Homveld, who leads the practice, advised Stedin on its €610m purchase of Delta Netwerkgroep from PZEM. Jeroen Timmermans is also recommended.

Though particularly active in the wind and solar sectors, Stibbe also has strong experience in nuclear energy and oil and gas. Department head Martin In de Braekt acted for Eurus Energy on its acquisition of various onshore wind parks.

The ‘seasoned’ team at Baker McKenzie, which is led by Weero Koster, has ‘first-class industry knowledge’ and is especially active on wind projects. Koster assisted the developers of the Westermeerwind project on its €400m financing.

Cecilia van der Weijden leads the team at CMS; she assisted project company SunPort Delfzijl with a €40m financing from Landesbank Baden-Württemberg. Martika Jonk advised Premier Oil on the Dutch aspects of its $66m sale of Premier Oil Pakistan Holdings to Al Haj Energy.

Global Solar Investments, BeGreen and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy are among the clients of Eversheds Sutherland (Netherlands) B.V.’s practice, which is led by Miriam van Ee. Rob Faasen is also recommended.

Though known mostly for its M&A capabilities, Linklaters’ practice also handles project finance and restructuring. Jan Willem de Boer heads the team jointly with counsel Anouk Oosterom, who advised Centerbridge Partners Europe on its €600m sale of Vela Group.

Simmons & Simmons LLP’s ‘highly experienced’ team has ‘deep knowledge of the renewables sector’. ‘Reliable’ managing associate Andrea Chao advised PfalzSolar on the development of various Dutch solar projects. Marieke Driessen and counsel Frédérique Jacobse are also recommended.

Biesheuvel Jansen advocaten’s energy practice is transaction-focused. The ‘calm, collected’ Rutger Jansen and the ‘very knowledgeable, concise’ Inge Timmerman advised Engie on its purchase of Sungevity International from Solar Spectrum. Quirijn Biesheuvel is ‘a very experienced dealmaker’.

Counsel Liesbeth Buiter is the key contact at Clifford Chance; she specialises in project finance and real estate, though she also has experience in energy contracts and M&A.

DLA Piper’s practice is led jointly by projects specialist Gerard Kneppers and ‘very knowledgeable, service-minded’ restructuring and transaction expert Richard Fens. Pieter Paul Terpstra advised Navigant Consulting on its €10m purchase of Ecofys from Eneco.

Finance specialist Kees Hooft leads Orange Clover Law’s team, which welcomed Mark Loefs from Clifford Chance in September 2017. Hooft advised Bank Nederlandse Gemeenten and ING Bank on unrelated project and acquisition financings in the wind and oil sectors.

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