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The team at Allen & Overy LLP frequently handles contentious and non-contentious work across a wide range of energy projects. Counsel and competition specialist Marinus Winters and associate Tjarda van der Vijver advised Dong Energy, Eneco Holding and Nuon Energy on their application to the European Commission for an exemption to procurement rules. Werner Runge heads the practice.

The ‘friendly, knowledgeable and convincing’ Nicolien van den Biggelaar heads the practice at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, which handles regulatory matters involving oil, gas, nuclear and renewable energy. ‘Flexible, service-minded’ counsel Arjan Kleinhout has ‘very strong analytical skills and business knowledge’; he and the Brussels-based Jaap de Keijzer represented Gasunie and TenneT in proceedings regarding their tariffs.

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is noted for its strong state-side work, though it also advises corporations such as Chemours. Iman Brinkman heads the team; senior associate Robin Aerts is also recommended. Competition expert Erik Pijnacker Hordijk arrived from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in July 2017. Berend Jan Drijber left to join the Supreme Court.

The ‘outstanding’, ‘efficient’ team at Stek works to ‘very tight deadlines’; it is especially strong in litigation. ‘Trustworthy’, ‘practical and very thorough’ group head Jan Erik Janssen has ‘excellent regulatory and business knowledge’; counsel Stephanie Dielemans is ‘precise, accurate and committed’. Counsel Martha Brinkman is also recommended. Clients include Dong Energy, Eneco, Liander and Stedin.

Mostly active in renewable energy and electricity, Bird & Bird LLP’s ‘impressively knowledgeable’ team handles contentious and non-contentious work. ‘Calm, experienced’ department head Michelle de Rijkehas specialised knowledge of energy regulatory frameworks’; she handles administrative litigation, while Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa is the key civil litigator. Clients include Cogas and HVC Energie.

Keen, swift’ competition expert Winfred Knibbeler leads Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s department, with support from Onno Brouwer and litigators Hub. Harmeling and Jeroen van Hezewijk. Knibbeler and senior associate Alvaro Pliego Selie represented Nuon Energy in litigation against Allego regarding the provision of electricity for cars.

Frequently advising on large-scale conventional and renewable energy matters, Houthoff’s practice is headed by counsel Marjolein Dieperink. She, Willem de Nijs Bik and senior associate Marc van Beuge advised Eneco on a wide range of regulatory matters. Marielle Koppenol-Laforce represented Promneftstroy in insolvency litigation. Boskalis is another client.

Loyens & Loeff’s ‘creative’ practice is led jointly by Jan-Willem van Rooij, tax specialist Jan Bart Schober and regulatory counsel Roland de Vlam. The ‘iconic’ Max Oosterhuis represented the Port Authority of Antwerp in high-profile litigation regarding TenneT’s construction of a power grid from the Dutch coast to the Borssele wind park.

Involved in a wide range of energy matters, Norton Rose Fulbright’s practice has strong cross-border capabilities. Of counsel Matthijs van Leeuwen advised BritNed Development on its involvement in a pan-European electricity transmission trial. Project finance experts Wouter Hertzberger and Daphne Broerse are also recommended.

Stibbe provides ‘top service’ and has ‘a very commercial approach’; ‘deeply experienced’ group head Martin In de Braekt is ‘always available and delivers on time’. He advised Dong Energy, as developer, on the regulatory aspects of Borssele wind projects I and II. Kirsten Berger and environment expert Aaldert ten Veen are also recommended.

Van der Feltz Advocaten’s team counts Engie E&P Nederland and Cuadrilla Resources among its clients. Group head Jacques Sluysmans advised Shell and NAM on issues relating to politically sensitive gas extraction in Groningen; Godert van der Feltz is also recommended.

Baker McKenzie’s ‘seasoned’ practice is led by Weero Koster; though it has experience in renewables, oil, gas and conventional power, it is particularly active in wind energy. Koster and senior associate Jason van de Pol advised the developers and operators of the 195MW NOP Agrowind project on various aspects of the development.

At Biesheuvel Jansen advocaten, the ‘calm, no-nonsense’ Rutger Jansen, who ‘really knows his stuff’, heads the team. He and ‘very knowledgeable, concise’ corporate expert Inge Timmerman advised INB Group on its development of a 44MW biomass plant in Amsterdam. Engie and RAI Amsterdam are additional clients.

With ‘good industry knowledge’ and ‘a positive outlook’, CMS’ department provides ‘useful, to-the-point advice’. Group head Cecilia van der Weijden represented Delta and RWE in arbitration against Elsta and Dow Benelux regarding restructuring the contractual framework of the Elsta cogeneration plant. ‘Outstanding’ oil and gas expert Martika Jonk is ‘recommended without reservations’.

Renewable energy is the key strength of Eversheds Sutherland (Netherlands) B.V.’s department. Miriam van Ee and Michel Chatelin acted for clients including Enduris and Infinergy. They also acted for Infinergy on a wind project on Tata Steel premises. Rob Faasen and Matthijs Bolkenstein are also recommended.


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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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