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David Haverbeke

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Specialised in energy and related utilities’ law.

Areas of practice include:
- strategic advice and assistance in the liberalisation of the energy markets
- drafting legal and regulatory frameworks relating to the liberalisation of the electricity and gas markets
- drafting regulated and negotiated contracts in LNG, natural gas and electricity markets (construction, transit, supply, trading) and transport market (railway, air, road), including competition issues
- assistance to the development of renewable energy projects (wind, solar, biomass, hydro)
- advsing on developments of water and waste legislations
- related commercial/administrative litigation and arbitration.

Specialties: Energy Law, Climate Change, Water and Waste Laws


David has more than 20 years' experience and has been particularly active in the energy sector since 1999 and has advised Belgian and international clients in the energy and utilities sectors (including water and waste).

He has significant experience in providing strategic advice and assistance in the liberalisation of the energy markets, including drafting legal and regulatory frameworks in the electricity and gas markets and drafting regulated and negotiated contracts in LNG, natural gas and electricity markets (project development, transit, supply, and trading).

David has developed an extensive practice in advising and assisting clients in the Belgian and European electricity and gas sectors and acted in various EU member states on a wide range of commercial and regulatory matters including, energy contracts, construction and permitting issues, greenhouse gas emissions related mechanisms, financing and public procurement.

Finally, David has extensive experience in proceedings before commercial courts, the Belgian Council of State, the Constitutional Court, the European Court of Justice and various arbitration courts. His recent work includes acting as arbitrator (ICAC, CEPINA) in commercial disputes. He is also a visiting lecturer at the Centre for Energy Law at the University of Aberdeen.


Dutch, French, English


Industry focus: energy

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David Haverbeke - Fieldfisher

Within: Industry focus: energy

The 'efficient, pragmatic and solution-oriented' team at Fieldfisher is highlighted for its 'in-depth know-how of the energy sector'. The group handles a range of commercial and regulatory matters for its client roster, which includes Axpo Benelux, 3E and Valeco. It acted for Borealis on the development of a large energy infrastructure project at Antwerp harbour. The group is also instructed by the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators on legal and regulatory matters across all EU member states. Key names to note include practice head David Haverbeke and of counsel Wouter Vandorpe, who attract praise for their 'regulatory knowledge' and ability to 'translate and interpret regulations in practical cases'.

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