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Alec Van Vaerenbergh

Work +32 (0) 2 500 16 46
DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Energy, environment and administrative/regulatory law


Alec Van Vaerenbergh advises a wide range of energy and industrial companies, governments and international organisations on energy and climate change regulations. His experience covers, among others, the EU's internal market in electricity and gas, government support regimes for renewables and security of supply, smart grids and carbon trading. Alec has ample experience in drafting, negotiating and litigating energy contracts, in particular with regard to innovative renewable energy projects (off-shore and on-shore). Alec is also regularly consulted by multinational clients on issues of EU environmental law relevant to their operations (e.g. environmental impact assessments, habitat protection, waste and packaging laws).



Within: Environment

DLA Piper handles environmental law issues in all three Belgian regions for a diverse client base, which includes private companies, multinational corporates and Belgian public authorities. Its credentials in the market are also reflected by the fact that it is regularly sought out to advise policymakers and legislators at the European institutions (the European Council, the European Commission and Parliament) on matters arising at the legislative level. Bob Martens and Alec Van Vaerenbergh are acting for the European Commission Directorate-General for Climate Action on the procurement and management of contracts relating to a common auction platform and a single auction monitor for the auctioning of emission allowances under the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS). In another matter, Martens, Van Vaerenbergh, Lieven Annaert and Thomas Sterckx are acting for the government of the Flemish Region on the development of the Uplace project in the North of Brussels. Martens co-heads the practice with Annelies Verlinden, who recently worked alongside Sterckx to represent the City of Antwerp in legal proceedings before the Council of Permit Disputes over a permit to build two underground car parks at the Gedempte Zuiderdokken. Kim Eric Möric is another key figure in the team, which saw Carole Maczkovics move to DALDEWOLF.

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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

    - DLA Piper UK LLP

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