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Thomas Chellingsworth

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Loyens & Loeff

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Thomas heads Loyens & Loeff’s Energy & Utilities and Competition & Regulatory Teams in Belgium. He is also a member of the Corporate and M&A Practice Group and the Projects Team.


Thomas' practice focuses on the energy sector, including in particular renewable energy projects (onshore and offshore wind, biomass/biosteam), security of supply (capacity mechanisms, strategic reserves), grid tariffs, subsidy mechanisms (such as green certificates and, including State aid issues), domain concessions and licences, district heating, contracts (including corporate PPAs and FIDIC agreements), litigation and judicial review (Council of State, Markets Court,Brussels Court of Appeal, Constitutional Court).Thomas also has considerable experience in the field of competition law, with over thirty merger filings with the European Commission, the Belgian and the Dutch competition authorities. He is the author of several articles and publications about energy and competition law.Thomas speaks annually at the “Energy Law Capita Selecta” conference and contributes to the Energy Law Annual. Chambers & Partners Europe (Energy) and Legal 500 EMEA (Belgium, Energy) recognise him as leading individual.He is also mentioned in  A Word About Wind’s Power List. Thomas has been a member of the Brussels Bar since 1997.


2013: Local Partner, Loyens & Loeff; 2010: Counsel, Loyens & Loeff.
Prior to joining Loyens & Loeff in 2010, Thomas was a senior associate at another major law firm.


Thomas works in English, Dutch and French.


Thomas holds a Law degree from Universiteit Antwerpen (Belgium, 1996), an LL.M. in European Law from Universiteit Gent (Belgium, 1997) and a diploma in Economics for Competition Law from King’s College London (United Kingdom, 2009).


Banking, finance and capital markets

Within: Banking, finance and capital markets

Loyens & Loeff's banking and finance team is praised by clients for its 'responsiveness and pragmatism'. It works collaboratively with other practices to cover the entire ambit of advice on transactional, general advisory and regulatory issues to corporates and financial institutions. One of the cornerstones of the practice is in the project finance arena, where the group's 'in-depth knowledge and experience' is particularly evident in sectors such as renewable energy and infrastructure. The firm has been involved in the financing and development of all offshore wind farms in Belgium to date. Team head Marc Vermylen, Thomas Chellingsworth and others are acting as borrower's counsel to Northwester II NV on financing the development of a 218.5MW offshore wind farm in the Belgian part of the North Sea. Vermylen also recently led a team, which included senior associate Jan Missoul, in the advice to KBC Bank on the development, construction and financing of a biomass plant near Unilin’s production site in Wielsbeke, Belgium. Elsewhere, Vermylen and Koen Panis are sought-after for their experience in asset-based lending and trade receivables programmes; clients in this area include Wells Fargo, HSBC and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The group also handles various other transactions; a recent highlight involved Panis acting for Selecta Group on financing its acquisition of Pelican Rouge. It also has a notable real estate finance offering. In addition, the team also advises a wide variety of clients on the regulation of financial services and products, including investment funds, insurance companies and pension funds. In the debt capital markets arena, the group's work includes high-yield and convertible bond issues, among other matters.

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Industry focus: energy

Within: Leading individuals

Thomas Chellingsworth - Loyens & Loeff

Within: Industry focus: energy

Loyens & Loeff's energy sector practice group is headed by Thomas Chellingsworth and handles a range of construction projects, corporate and M&A transactions, financing and disputes. The group also has a strong track record advising clients in the sector on state aid issues. Associate Christine Delagaye is a key name to note for renewable energy matters.

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