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Project finance expert Werner Runge and energy transactional specialist Karine Kodde are the key contacts at Allen & Overy LLP, along with ‘proactive, knowledgeable’ counsel Marinus Winters. The practice’s key strengths include project finance, M&A, and international arbitration.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s department head Anja Mutsaers is ‘quick and sharp’. Marnix Leijten and Nicolien van den Biggelaar defended NAM against €1bn-worth of mass tort claims regarding the alleged depreciation of property values in Groningen brought about by NAM’s activities locally. TenneT is a key client.

Competition specialist Winfred Knibbeler is the partner to contact at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; he has ‘excellent knowledge of energy law’. Clients include Essent, Enexis, Shell International and Total E&P.

Highly experienced in various areas, including M&A, restructuring and insolvency, project finance and high-profile litigation, Houthoff’s department is active in oil and gas, conventional power, and renewable energy. The practice is headed by ‘very pragmatic’ corporate partner Willem de Nijs Bik.

NautaDutilh’s practice is jointly led by Harm Kerstholt, who advised energy supplier and digital service provider Delta on the unbundling of its network and commercial businesses, and Jaap Jan Trommel, who assisted Carlyle with its investment in Mazarine Energy.

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV’s department is particularly strong in high-profile project development and contract-related negotiation and litigation; it also handles M&A, and is active in oil and gas, conventional power and renewable energy. It is led by the ‘very client-focusedIman Brinkman, who has ‘in-depth knowledge of the sector’, and ‘experienced’ competition expert Berend Jan Drijber.

Renewable energy is a key strength of Bird & Bird LLP’s ‘communicative, energetic’ practice, which also handles conventional power matters. It is very strong in energy contracts and tariff agreements, and is led by the ‘well-connectedMichelle de Rijke. Corporate partner Sophie Dingenen, an expert in project agreements and project development, joined from Baker & McKenzie Amsterdam N.V..

Delta and DONG Energy are among the clients of CMS, which is active in areas including project development, corporate finance, M&A, litigation and restructuring. Practice head Cecilia van der Weijden advised WIRCON on its purchase of SunPort Delfzijl.

M&A expert David Griston leads the team at Clifford Chance, whose clients include Eneco, Chevron and PowerChina. Counsel Liesbeth Buiter is recommended.

Eversheds Sutherland B.V. has been assisting Statkraft with establishing solar PV projects in the Netherlands. Michel Chatelin, Rob Faasen and practice head Miriam van Ee are recommended.

Loyens & Loeff’s clients include ConocoPhillips and Eneco. Max Oosterhuis, Waldo Kapoen and senior associate Roland de Vlam head the four-partner team.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s practice head Wouter Hertzberger has ‘a thorough understanding of finance documentation’. He, Daphne Broerse and Jan Jakob Peelen regularly advise high-profile clients. Other experience includes project development, energy supply arrangements and environmental litigation.

Ploum Lodder Princen’s ‘responsive’ team shows ‘excellent legal and industry knowledge’; M&A, energy contracts and unbundling advice are key strengths. Department head Stephan Sluijters is supported by Maayke Maas-Cooymans and civil law notary Jolande van Loon.

Reijnoud Homveld and ‘incredible regulatory lawyerJan Erik Janssen lead Stek’s practice, which is ‘very good value for money’. Recent work includes handling transactions for Zenith Energy and regulatory disputes for Liander and Stedin.

Stibbe’s department acts for clients such as Air Liquide, Chevron and Engie. Martin In de Braekt heads the team, which includes ‘good negotiatorKirsten Berger.

Weero Koster leads the ‘responsive, knowledgeable’ team at Baker & McKenzie Amsterdam N.V., which acted for the developers of the NOP Agrowind wind farm.

The ‘proactive, always available’ Rutger Jansen leads Biesheuvel Jansen advocaten’s practice, with support from the ‘quick, practical and committed’ Inge Timmerman. Corporate work and project development are particular strengths; the team’s regulatory abilities are also noteworthy. Clients include Engie Energie Nederland.

Richard Fens, Gerard Kneppers and Bart Koolhaas lead the team at DLA Piper, which recently assisted Rabobank and ING with the financing of Parcom’s acquisition of Main Energie.

Corporate partners Jan Willem de Boer and Anouk Oosterom lead Linklaters’ team, whose clients include Alkion Terminals, Engie E&P Nederland and Uniper Benelux.

Intelligent, practical and experienced’ finance expert Kees Hooft leads Orange Clover Law’s energy team, which provides ‘high-quality service in M&A, project finance and regulatory matters’.

Simmons & Simmons LLP’s department is headed by the ‘strategic, skilful’ Rogier Schellaars, who represented 53 municipalities in proceedings before the Dutch Competition Authority. The team has strong transactional capabilities.

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