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Van der Feltz Advocaten

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Van der Feltz advocaten is an independent boutique law firm, based in The Hague, the Netherlands. The firm focuses on the Construction, Real Estate, Energy, Industrials, Government and Public sector.  The firm’s lawyers advise and litigate on both public and private law matters, often operating at the interface of the two. They focus on matters …

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Energy: transactional in Netherlands

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP’s multi-disciplinary offering draws on strength from its project financing, regulatory, environmental and real estate practitioners to provide a holistic approach to transactional energy matters. The firm is at the forefront of industry developments – as evidenced by its highly active international hydrogen group – and the practice has recently been advising a number of Dutch data centres on energy-related issues. Werner Runge is a name to note for financing matters, and PPP / PFI projects. Other key practitioners include Zeeger de Jongh, Marinus Winters, Charles Honée and Leon Hoppenbrouwers. Jochem Spaans re-joined the firm from NautaDutilh in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Zeeger de Jongh; Marinus Winters; Charles Honée; Werner Runge; Leon Hoppenbrouwers; Jochem Spaans

Other key lawyers:

Grace McLeish; Soufjan El Baroudi

Testimonials

Very responsive, practical, sound advice.

Partners are of the highest quality, creative, quick and firm, but practical.

Very knowledgeable, and they keep an aye on the operational processes of the client.

Pragmatic approach.

Easy going, promptly available, just nice to work with.

Always pushes for the best result for the borrower.

Key clients

SwifterwinT op Land

Zonnepanelendelen

DMO (Windpark)

Sunrock Assets Holding

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Under the leadership of Menno Stoffer and Nicolien Van Den Biggelaar, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek continues to act as lead counsel in large transactions, high-profile litigation and regulatory matters. The firm is a member of 'Best Friends', a network of independent European law firms, and with offices in Brussels, London and Shanghai, is well placed to handle cross-border matters. The team is active on many facets of the energy industry from oil and gas, to nuclear, to renewables. Stoffer is recommended for financing issues and acts for sponsors, investors, contractors and financial institutions.

Practice head(s):

Nicolien van den Biggelaar; Menno Stoffer

Other key lawyers:

Michael Schouten; Bernard Spoor; Diederik Maessen

Testimonials

Highly experienced and versatile.

Team size matches the task at hand.

Clear and transparent division of work and responsibility within the team.

Easy to confer with and agree on practical steps.

They bring in the firm’s other expertise when needed with ease and without additional burden to client.

Bernard Spoor is highly experienced.

Bernard Spoor has a gentle and determined style.

Bernard Spoor is focussed on making the transaction a success all the time.

Key clients

Gasunie

Port of Rotterdam

Porthos (consortium of Port of Rotterdam, Gasunie and EBN)

TenneT

Royal Dutch Shell

GasTerra

Ørsted Wind Power

Impax Asset Management

Nexstep

Westermeerwind Wind Farm

Drentse Monden Wind Farm

Delfzijl Wind Farm

NAM

The Dutch State

Cofra

Gate Terminal

Royal Vopak

Stichting Voorbereiding PALLAS reactor

NEA / Gemeenschappelijke Kernenergiecentrale Nederland (GKN)

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy

Vestas Wind System

Cooperative Rabobank

Varo Energy Netherlands

Work highlights

  • Acting as project counsel to Gasunie and Port of Rotterdam on the development of the HyTransPort.
  • Acting as project counsel to Gasunie, EBN and Port of Rotterdam on the development of the Porthos CCS project, the first large CCS project in the Netherlands.
  • Assisted Danish developer Ørsted with its €1.38bn divestment of a 50% interest in the Borssele 1 and 2 offshore wind farms to NIBM.

NautaDutilh

The energy team at NautaDutilh has ‘a very broad skillset’ which it utilises to handle high-profile energy transactions in a fast-changing energy environment. Harm Kerstholt has 20 years’ experience in the sector and is recommended for M&A, projects work and contracts, while managing partner Jaap Jan Trommel handles corporate energy work for domestic and international clients. Senior associate Lisa Schoenmakers is well versed in contractual and commercial matters. The practice group was further strengthened with the arrivals of  Nima Lorjé  and Iris Kieft in May and October 2021, from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and ENVIR Advocaten, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Harm Kerstholt; Jaap Jan Trommel; Lisa Schoenmakers

Other key lawyers:

Ole de Vries; Nima Lorje; Iris Kieft

Testimonials

‘They know what to focus on in their due diligence research.

The corporate and tax team are always available to answer doubts and questions.

I can call them anytime of the day (and night) and the focal points of the teams are always prompt in giving me an answer.

They are always available to assist us with last minute requests.

Very approachable and efficient, very client-oriented.

All-round and knowledgeable team and able to advise us as a “one stop shop”.

‘I especially appreciate that all team members are approachable, down-to-earth and easy-going’.

‘Very strong practice, with a strong presence in energy and infrastructure’.

Key clients

Groendus

Neste

Engie

Eneco

Nebras Power

Shell

TotalEnergies

Chevron

Warmtebedrijf Rotterdam

Nouryon

Petrobras

PZEM

PensionDanmark

SHV Holdings (& subs) incl. NPM

Vermilion

Sonnedix

Vopak

Siemens Energy

Work highlights

  • Advising PZEM with the restructuring and planned subsequent carve-out of its wholesale activities in a competitive auction process.
  • Assisted CrossWind, a joint venture between Shell and Eneco, with the successful tender for the offshore Windfarm at Hollandse Kust (Noord).
  • Advised Coolblue Holding on its acquisition of Servicehouse as a result of which it has become an energy supplier in the Netherlands.

Stibbe

Well known in the market for advising on high-profile M&A in the sector, Stibbe's energy and infrastructure group has recently handled wind farm, power plant, exploration and production (E&P), carbon capture and storage (CCS) and waste to chemistry (W2C) projects. The practice also undertakes the negotiation and drafting of commercial contracts, financing matters, litigation and regulatory issues. Practice head Martin In de Braekt acts for sponsors, developers, contractors and lenders on finance and construction matters. Counsel Li Wee Toh is recommended for on- and offshore-wind and energy-transition projects.

Practice head(s):

Martin In de Braekt

Other key lawyers:

Li Wee Toh

Testimonials

Martin In de Braekt’s team remains the energy team to beat in The Netherlands.

They are a full-service team that delivers everything any complex project or proponent could need.

True strategic and tactical advice, based on a foundation of 30 years’ experience.

Martin In de braekt is the best all round energy lawyer in The Netherlands.

Martin In de Braekt is very experienced and approachable.

Martin In de Braekt is a trusted advisor.

Key clients

Air Liquide

EDF

Eneco

EPZ

Eurus Energy Europe

GE Renewable Energy

innogy

Northland Power Inc.

Ørsted

RWE

SEGRO

Uniper

Tulip Oil

Westermeerwind

W2C (Waste-to-Chemistry) consortium (Air Liquide, Nouryon, Enerkem, Port of Rotterdam, Shell)

Windpark Fryslan

WPD

Work highlights

  • Advising Air Liquide in relation to the Porthos-project.
  • Advising Tulip Oil Holding on the sale of Tulip Oil Netherlands to Kistos for €220m plus €163m of contingent payments.
  • Advising both AG Real Estate/Heylen Warehouses and Belfius Bank on a €16.3m real estate project financing provided by Belfius to a joint venture company of Heylen in relation to the development of multiple solar panel projects by Heylen in the Netherlands.

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird’s energy team is led by Sophie Dingenen, who is ‘knowledgeable, communicative and client focused’ and has strong renewables credentials, as evidenced by her position on the board of the Dutch Wind Energy Association (NWEA). The practice has recently been working on cutting-edge energy projects, including hydrogen and blockchain-related energy technologies, and has considerable expertise in contractual and commercial matters, including corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs). Roger van Buuren is a name to note for project finance work.

Practice head(s):

Sophie Dingenen

Other key lawyers:

Arnoud Knijnenburg; René Rieter; Margot Besseling; Roger van Buuren

Testimonials

Bird & Bird has proven expertise regarding PPAs in the Netherlands.

One of the key strengths of B&B is the speed of responsiveness.’

Sophie Dingenen provided us with very efficient support.

The flexibility with which they responded to our request for a fixed fee has been highly appreciated.

Sophie Dingenen is always responsive and returns questions and requests extremely quickly.

The practice has access to a wide range of legal areas, a full-service partner.

The team is committed to the clients’ success.

Sophie Dingenen provides a first-class service.

Key clients

Bonaire Brandstof Terminals

Cummins

Eurus Energy Europe

Borealis

Alternus

BayWa

Lagerwey

Enercon

Unisun

Urenco

United Caps

Innogy

Pacifico Energy

Vestas

Work highlights

  • Acting as lead counsel to state-entity Bonaire Brandstof Terminals on a project to secure energy supply to households.
  • Acting as lead counsel and providing all legal services to blockchain company Equigy regrading its flexibilisation services for TSOs.
  • Advising Cummins on several matters, including the structuring of a consortium with Bilfinger, and the negotiation and drafting of all the contractual documentation for the development and construction of a hydrogen facility for RWE in Eemshaven.

Clifford Chance

With strong corporate, finance and tax capabilities and a large international network, Clifford Chance is able to undertake high-profile and high-value cross-border energy deals with ease. The practice handles both Dutch and English law and has considerable experience in M&A and project financing. The team, which is co-led by Hein Tonnaer, Liesbeth Buiter and counsel Nanette Rutgers, has recently been advising on wind, solar and datacentre projects. Tonnaer is particularly recommended for project finance in the renewables sector and energy transition matters.

Practice head(s):

Hein Tonnaer; Liesbeth Buiter; Nanette Rutgers

Other key lawyers:

Angela McEwan; Mike Niekoop; Lotte de Bruin; Philip Walsh

Testimonials

We selected Clifford Chance as they really stood out from the other firms, most notably in terms of understanding the project and its background and providing valuable insights and learnings.

Liesbeth Buiter is very engaged, pro-active, knowledgeable and a real asset in negotiations.

Really hands-on, practical advice.

Quick and knowledgeable.

Key clients

Vattenfall

Waterland Private Equity

BEEGO/Blue Elephant Energy

ING Bank

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co

Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners (DTCP)

Partners Group

Encavis Infrastructure Fund III

Work highlights

  • Advised leading European energy company Vattenfall and Vattenfall Duurzame Energie in relation to an agreement with BASF on the sale of a 49.5% stake in the Hollandse Kust Zuid offshore wind-farm.
  • Advised long-standing client Waterland Private Equity (and its portfolio company Heliox), on its strategic partnership with Macquarie’s Green Investment Group to deliver electric vehicle charging-as-a-service across Europe.
  • Advised BEEGO IPP in relation to the financing and acquisition of the entire issued share capital in the project companies holding the (land) rights concerning four ground-mounted solar projects (located in Ommelanderwijk, Kampen, Leek and Markelo, and with an aggregate total of 58.963 MWp), from Chint Solar Nederland Projecten.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

The energy and natural resources group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is well known for advising on large cross-border transactions as well as regulatory and risk-related matters. On the corporate side, the practice handles M&A, joint ventures and restructuring, and is also active in financing, litigation and competition work. Winfred Knibbeler heads the team and counts leading energy suppliers, and electricity and gas network operators, among his clients. Counsel Alvaro Pliego Selie is recommended on the regulatory side of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Winfred Knibbeler

Other key lawyers:

Alvaro Pliego Selie

Key clients

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)

Cargill

ClientEarth

ConocoPhillips Company

Enexis

Essent

PGGM

Royal Boskalis

RWE

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to Essent on all of its strategic energy-regulatory matters in the Netherlands.
  • Successfully represented Essent in a confidential market-wide investigation into B2C sales practices by the Dutch energy regulator, ACM.
  • Ongoing advice to Enexis on all of its strategic energy-regulatory matters in the Netherlands.

Houthoff

The team at Houthoff offers clients a full-service energy and utilities practice, which handles transactions, projects, and commercial contracting and regulatory matters. The group has considerable experience in M&A transactions and restructurings in the traditional and renewable energy markets; it also stands out for its niche expertise in the waste to energy sector and its experience in the development of storage projects, including CCS facilities. Practice head Kirsten Berger acts for energy and industrial companies on projects, joint ventures, and financial matters.

Practice head(s):

Kirsten Berger

Other key lawyers:

Jacques Kröner; Marc van Beuge

Testimonials

We had very comprehensive support from the Houthoff team in relation to our commercial business.

Kirsten Berger is available, commercially savvy and technically excellent.

Kirsten Berger is an excellent negotiator and provides clear analysis on complex matters.

Key clients

Porthos (EBN, Gasunie & Port of Rotterdam joint venture)

ENGIE

Corre Energy

Petrogas

Huntsman

Plastic Energy

NOGEPA, VEN, VGN, VLNG

Sungrow

Twence

Van Oord

Uniper

Varo

DCC

Climeworks

Work highlights

  • Acting as project counsel to Porthos, an EBN, Gasunie and Port of Rotterdam partnership, which aims to construct and operate the first large-scale, commercial, open access, offshore carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility in the Netherlands, using depleted gas fields on the Dutch continental shelf.
  • Advising energy sector investment company, Kistos, on the proposed de-SPACing transaction with Tulip Oil Holding (as seller) regarding the acquisition of all the shares in Tulip Oil Netherlands, the joint owner of various interests in offshore gas fields on the Dutch continental shelf.
  • Co-counsel (with Irish law firm Arthur Cox) to Corre Energy regarding the development of a large-scale electricity storage facility.

Loyens & Loeff

The ‘knowledgeable, sharp, engaged and solution-focusedLoyens & Loeff combines corporate, project finance and tax expertise in the Netherlands and Belgium to advise on high-profile transactions in the energy sector. The full-service practice acts for developers, banks, corporates, funds and utilities on financing, project development and regulatory matters. The team is co-led by Jan-Willem van Rooij, who handles M&A, Roland de Vlam  and the Brussels-based Koen Panis. Max van Oosterhuis stepped back from the partnership but has taken up an of counsel role.

Practice head(s):

Jan-Willem van Rooij; Roland de Vlam; Koen Panis

Other key lawyers:

Max Oosterhuis; Victor van Nuland; Michiel Schul

Testimonials

Specialised in renewable energy.

Knowledgeable about all the legal aspects of solar installations.

Jan-Willem van Rooij is balanced, a good listener, knowledgeable, sharp and engaged.

They were knowledgeable, responsive and sensitive to fee pressures.

We consider them to be a market leading full-service transactional Dutch firm.

A very strong and well-deserved reputation for energy and corporate matters.

Jan-Willem van Rooij is great at team leading and has excellent commercial awareness and client management skills.

Victor van Nuland is responsive and has strong corporate legal expertise.

Key clients

Pure Energie (formerly Raedthuys)

Augusta & Co

re:cap global investors

Vattenfal

ZonXP

HyGear Technology and Services

Port of Rotterdam

Engie

Eneco

Riverstone

The Shareholders’ Committee of Stedin Holding

Sunrock Investments

Lightsource BP

KiesZon

Groendus

Nederlandse Vereniging van Banken

Alliander

AG Real Estate

Heylen Energy

Belfius

EBN

Province of Fryslân

Astronergy / Chint

ONE-Dyas

OCI

Fugro

Vermillion

Yara

ConocoPhilips

Macquarie

KKR

Hess Corporation

ENI

Blackrock

BASF

Work highlights

  • Advising wind development company Pure Energie on an ongoing basis regarding the legal and tax aspects of the development, sale and acquisition of onshore wind farms and solar project in the Netherlands.
  • Advised Re:Cap on the acquisition of two new photovoltaic projects in the Netherlands (total installed capacity of 29.2Mw) by FP Lux Group.
  • Advised HyGear Technology and Services on its sale of HyGear to clean energy solutions provider Xebec Adsorption Inc.

Ploum

Ploum has notable experience in the oil and gas sector, in particular with regard to the mid- and downstream segments, but also in relation to exploration and production. Clients value the combination of public and environmental law which the team employs on both traditional and renewable energy projects. The practice has sseen a sustained uptick in renewables instructions and has also been advising on a hydrogen project, recently. Stephan Sluijters has 20 years’ experience in energy transactional matters and Maayke Maas-Cooymans is the name to note for public law work. Other key practitioners include Jeroen Terstegge, Jolande van Loon and Lucas Lustermans.

Practice head(s):

Stephan Sluijters; Jeroen Terstegge; Jolande van Loon; Maayke Maas-Cooymans; Lucas Lustermans

Testimonials

Stephan Sluijters and his team are very available and quick to react on any upcoming issues.

They are knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with while developing contracts.

Ploum is professional and efficient.

They have a highly respected presence in the energy sector.

Very client-orientated, fast, intelligent and flexible.

The team covers the full range of energy related projects.

Frequently involved in high-profile energy and corporate related transactions and on top of all developments.

Jeroen Terstegge is an outstanding lawyer who is very knowledgeable.

Key clients

BayWa r.e.

BP

The Netherlands Petroleum Stockpiling Agency (COVA)

Eneco

GroenLeven

One-Dyas

VNPI / VOPAK

Vattenfall

Social Investment Managers and Advisors (SIMA) and Angaza (Angaza)

Orgaworld Nederland

CrossWind Shell and Eneco joint venture)

Renewable Energy Factory

European Energy

Joulz

ABN AMRO Sustainable Impact Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised BayWa r.e. / GroenLeven on the sale of various solar parks to various investors.
  • Advising Deltalinqs as project manager of “H-vision”, regarding various legal aspects concerning the intended development of a hydrogen plant.
  • Advised European Energy on several acquisitions from Vattenfall, resulting in its introduction into the Dutch renewable-energy market.

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons covers a broad range of transactional and litigious energy matters, including development and financing, M&A and disputes. The practice group acts for utilities companies, financial institutions and government entities, often working closely with the firm's wider international network to provide a joined-up service in cross-border mandates. Former practice co-head Marieke Driessen left for Stibbe in January 2021, whilst David Shearer and Ivo van Dijk joined from Dentons and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, respectively, the following April. Shearer now heads the team alongside 30-year veteran, Rob Hendriks.

Practice head(s):

Rob Hendriks; David Shearer

Other key lawyers:

Luc Cohen

Testimonials

Simmons & Simmons is a well established name in the Netherlands.

‘They are reliable and pleasant to deal with.

‘They focus on getting the transaction done.

‘David Shearer is very pleasant and constructive.

‘David Shearer knows what the true issues in a transaction are.

‘Dealing with David Shearer is swift and efficient and all parties get the result they want and hoped for.

Key clients

The State of the Netherlands

Shareholders of Eneco

Macquarie Gate terminal (Vopak/Gasunie)

Nedstack

Centrica

EAM Solar

PfalzSolar

Stone City Energy

ABN AMRO

DZ Bank

ING Bank

NIBC Bank

European Investment Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised DZ Bank in relation to the long-term project financing of the 18.16MWp Zwette solar plant, located in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands.
  • Acting for Nedstack with respect to its joint venture with LAVO Hydrogen Storage Technology to develop utility scale Hydrogen PEM fuel cell storage products in Australia.
  • Advising Stone City Energy (as sponsors’ counsel) on the development, construction and financing of a $1.2bn combined-cycle gas turbine power plant in Uzbekistan.

Stek

Offering ‘a strong team with a deep understanding of the energy market’, Stek’s integrated transactional, project finance and regulatory group is across both the traditional and renewable energy sectors. Clients value the group's broad expertise, which includes M&A, joint ventures, and commercial contracts alongside a strong regulatory and public law capability. Key practitioner Reijnoud Homveld acts for energy companies, financial institutions, private equity funds and investors. Claudia Beele was promoted to partner in January 2021 and Coen Thomas joined from Allen & Overy LLP the following month.

Practice head(s):

Jan Erik Janssen; Reijnoud Homveld; Claudia Beele; Coen Thomas; Jeroen Timmermans; Herman Wamelink; Sharon Kaufmann

Testimonials

I’m very satisfied with Stek and their energy transactional practice.

They have been instrumental in helping us successfully implement our investment strategy in the Netherlands where we had no previous experience.

They were very quick to understand our needs and proposed a broad team from day one.

Claudia Beele is very dedicated and meticulous.

Reijnoud Homveld has shown a great level of flexibility in helping us transact with inexperienced and sometimes difficult counterparties.

The individuals are real experts and enjoy the law they practice.

‘They are client focussed and easy to deal with, nothing is ever too difficult.’

Without exception, all individuals involved understand the unique challenges we were facing, queried, challenged and collectively developed the right pathway.

Key clients

ABN AMRO

Asper

Carbon Collectors

Commerzbank

EBN

ENECO

ENERCON

Klimaatfonds

Limburgs Energiefonds

TAQA

Vattenfall

Yeager Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised Asper on its first investment, via its Dutch Energy Transition co-investment platform, in Dutch sustainable heat networks.
  • Advised Vopak, Whitehelm Capital and Groningen Seaports on their joint venture in respect of the development of a large solar park located in Eemshaven, Groningen province.
  • Advised Enercon on the sale of its 40% shareholding in Windpark Krammer to Kallista Energy.

Biesheuvel Jansen advocaten

Biesheuvel Jansen advocaten offers ‘a team of top-quality, extremely driven and dedicated individuals’ who dedicate their time to transactions and projects in the renewable energy sector. It has particular experience in onshore and offshore wind parks, solar parks, and hydrogen, biomass and biogas plants. M&A and energy lawyer Rutger Jansen heads the practice and is ‘sharp in negotiations with a great sense of the business needs’.

Practice head(s):

Rutger Jansen

Other key lawyers:

Inge Timmerman

Testimonials

Excellent knowledge about the energy sector including in the field of renewable energy projects.

Great team to work with.

Rutger Jansen and Inge Timmerman are excellent hands-on partners leading a great team of experienced lawyers.

Rutger and Inge distinguish themselves by their corporate M&A knowledge above their energy and projects expertise.

I definitely recommend this firm to others.

Inge Timmerman is an extremely diligent, precise and responsive lawyer.

Inge Timmerman never misses a detail and will probably never do so.

Rutger Jansen is very commercial, with a real can-do attitude.

Key clients

Engie

CEE Group

Pacifico Energy Partners

Patronale Solar

BayWa r.e.

GroenLeven

Prowind

Power2X

Bio Energy Netherlands

OrangeGas

INB Group

Energiefonds Overijssel

Windpark Koningspleij

Windpark Scheldewind

YARD Energy

EPICO

Enerzjyk Skûlenboarch

Carbon Equity

Work highlights

  • Advising Patronale on several transactions in the renewable energy sector in the Netherlands.
  • Advising CEE Group on the proposed acquisition of a large ground-mounted PV plant in the Netherlands with an expected, installed, nominal capacity of approximately 47kWp.
  • Advising Pacifico on several transactions and projects in the renewable energy sector in the Netherlands.

CMS

The Dutch energy and climate change group at CMS offers ‘a lot of experience in the sector combined with a team that covers all aspects of transactions’. It often works in tandem with teams in the firm's global network to handle cross-border transactions. With a strong focus on the renewables sector, the group is experienced in on- and offshore wind and solar PV projects, biomass and biogas generation, and electricity storage. Cecilia van der Weijden heads the practice which was strengthened with the Ocober-2020 hire of Bart-Adriaan de Ruijter from Kennedy Van der Laan.

Practice head(s):

Cecilia van der Weijden

Other key lawyers:

Martika Jonk; Arno Moret; Femke Stroucken; Simon Sanders; Bart-Adriaan de Ruijter

Testimonials

‘Very pragmatic advice and ability to work well on cross-border deals.

‘Martika Jonk is a very pragmatic and experienced advisor and delivers a clear, understandable and client-friendly service.

‘Cecilia van der Weijden has the necessary sensitivity to master difficult situations calmly.

‘Cecilia van der Weijden is always patient and rational in the face of difficult situations.

‘The team is formed by specialists from different disciplines, with deep knowledge and experience of the industry.

‘I appreciate Cecilia van der Weijden’s deep knowledge and experience of the energy industry, and her practical and commercial approach.

‘The energy team of CMS has successfully supported my company on complex matters related to our highly specialised carbon capture utilisation and storage business.

‘Striking in my experience with the CMS team is their can-do mentality and lean approach, while avoiding needless side steps.

Key clients

AEB (Afval Energie Bedrijf Amsterdam)

Allego

Aquila Capital

Aroundtown

BAM

CBRE

Dana Petroleum

De Meerlanden

DKV

Duurzame Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij Holland

Enercon

Eni

Essent/Innogy

Ford

Global Switch

Greencoat Capital

Green Investment Group

GroenLeven

In Monte Investments

Intralox

LindeGas

Lukoil

Maersk

Metawater

Microsoft

NextGen

OH Eins

Orsted

SaarLB

Sanquin

Shell

Stadtwerke München

SUSI Partners

Synchroon

Trio Investment

TRMEW Obron

Uniper

Vattenfall

Warburg

Wircon

Ymere

Work highlights

  • Advised AEB on the sale of its 50% interest in heat supply company Westpoort Warmte to the municipality of Amsterdam.
  • Advised De Meerlanden on the development of a biomass plant and heat infrastructure to supply heating to commercial real estate in the Schiphol area.
  • Advised Allego on the expansion of its infrastructure of electric-vehicle charging-points in and beyond the countries in which it is currently active.

Dentons

The multidisciplinary energy team at Dentons is able to draw on expertise from corporate, project finance, projects, environmental, regulatory, construction and tax practitioners. Servicing traditional and renewable energy companies, the practice has particular experience in wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal and biomass projects. Jan Jakob Peelen heads the team and acts for energy companies, investors and financial institutions. David Shearer  left for Simmons & Simmons in April 2021.

Practice head(s):

Jan Jakob Peelen

Other key lawyers:

Jacqueline Bell

Testimonials

Jan Jakob Peelen is an experienced lawyer with great availability.

Prepared to meet tight deadlines.

Jan Jakob Peelen is in the lead, a very modern lawyer with great people skills and great legal experience.

The team has good knowledge regarding the energy sector and all the issues that are related to this topic from a legal standpoint.

Jan Jakob Peelen has good knowledge about this topic.

Key clients

Bluefield Partners

BNG Bank

BECC

Eurus Energy

Gate Terminal

Kommunalkredit Austria

Nordsol

Rabobank

RoundShield Partners

RWE

Shell

Statkraft

Stichting Groenfonds

Total

Triodos Group

Veolia

Work highlights

  • Advising Shell on the planning and environmental aspects of its participation in the largest geothermal development in the Netherlands (Warmte van Leeuwarden), as well as a group of banks in respect of obtaining the financing for the project.
  • Advising Rabobank on an innovative equity release financing structure for Begro.
  • Advising Lithion Power Group, which provides power solutions to the global oil and gas pipeline industries, in connection with the acquisition of key assets from Lithium Werks, a leader in lithium iron phosphate cell manufacturing technology.

Eversheds Sutherland (Netherlands) B.V.

Eversheds Sutherland (Netherlands) B.V.’s energy offering was bolstered, recently, by the arrivals of Wieger ten Hove from Simmons & Simmons and Max van Drunen from DLA Piper in February and April 2021, respectively. Advising on the full life-cycle of projects, including development, construction, financing, and corporate and operational matters, the practice has particular strength in the renewables segment and is experienced in onshore and offshore wind power, solar generation, heat supply and grids, and clean technologies, among other areas. Miriam van Ee and Michel Chatelin co-head the team.

Practice head(s):

Miriam van Ee; Michel Chatelin

Other key lawyers:

Pim van Leersum; Wieger ten Hove; Max van Drunen

Testimonials

They are able to put the best team on the transaction even if the team members work at different offices.

They really put the client first.

Their level of expertise, not only in the more general energy market but also in relation to wind energy, is strong.

Key clients

Energiefonds Overijssel

United Momentum, Clean Electricity Generation

Shell

ib vogt

Solarfields Projecten

Solarcentury

Statkraft

Iron Mountain

Infinergy

Glennmont

Kingspan

Perpetual Next

Cyrus One

Work highlights

  • Advised NBIM on its initial investment in renewable energy infrastructure, a €1.38bn acquistion of a 50% interest in the Borssele 1 & 2 offshore wind farm in the Netherlands.
  • Advising Vloeivelden Hollandia (a joint venture of Solarfields Projecten and Green Invest) on the Zonnepark Vloeivelden Hollandia project.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright acts for a range of clients, including utilities, banks, project developers, upstream companies and start-ups on financing and corporate energy matters. The team is led by banking partner Wouter Hertzberger and includes Matthijs Van Leeuwen, who is experienced in national and international off- and onshore wind projects, LNG terminals and gas storage projects.

Practice head(s):

Wouter Hertzberger

Other key lawyers:

Matthijs van Leeuwen

Testimonials

Very committed, with a personal touch.

Wouter Hertzberger is very pleasant to work with as he is super down to earth, pragmatic and available when needed.

Wouter Hertzberger gives his team space to flourish.

Key clients

Ballast Nedam

BritNed

British Petroleum

Bluescape Resources

Denham Capital

DNV-GL

Engie

HSBC

IBVogt

ING Bank

NOP Agrowind

Orsted

RWE/Essent

Sete Brasil Participacoes

Westermeerwind

Windpark Krammer

World Fuel Services

Energy Storage Netherlands

In Credible

Kroningswind

Ventolines

Green investment fund

Rabobank

Work highlights

  • Advising Rooftop Energy, as borrowers counsel, in respect of the (i) envisaged financing of its growth strategy and (ii) the refinancing of the company’s existing debt obligations in current operational solar projects.
  • Advising Kroningswind on the financing of an 80MW onshore wind farm in the Netherlands, which will consist of 19 wind turbines.
  • Advising Windpark Zeewolde on the financing of a large onshore windfarm.

Van Doorne

Van Doorne handles a range of transactional, regulatory and contentious matters in the energy sector and is particularly experienced in corporate M&A, contracts, tax, litigation and arbitration. Léone Klapwijk joined from Loyens & Loeff in October 2020 and now heads the team alongside Hugo Reumkens and Rogier Schellaars. Reumkens is recommended for corporate work and is well versed in international deals, while Schellaars is a name to note for disputes.

Testimonials

The practice is based in the Netherlands but fully international in work and knowledge and is also culturally sensitive.

Key capabilities include the seamless integration of Dutch law in English pleadings and concepts.

They are true lawyers and very flexible and adaptive.

The individuals stand out for being approachable and available 24/7 by phone or in person.

They fight beyond limits and are true lawyers – not mere advisors.

The team was well balanced, drawing expertise from different legal fields and industry knowledge.

The team acts with one voice in its communication with the client.

‘Hugo Reumkens is an authority in his field of corporate governance expertise’.

Key clients

Stedin Holding

Arowana International UK Limited & VivoPower International

Fortum Holding

Exem Energy

Heerema Marine Contractors Nederland

Warmtebedrijf Holding

Sunrock Investments

Work highlights

  • Advised the supervisory board of energy grid construction, maintenance and mangement company, Stedin Group, on governance matters in support of discussions with the shareholders’ committee regarding an equity contribution of €200m and associated changes to Stedin’s governance.
  • Advised Fortum on the contemplated sale of its district heating business in the Baltics to Partners Group.
  • Advised BOM, Yard Energy and Doen Participaties on their investment in Rural Spark.

AKD

AKD’s multi-disciplinary energy team is led by Marjolein Dieperink and has notable expertise and experience in the sustainable heat sector. It is also active in the solar, wind, CCS and decommissioning areas. The practice is recommended for regulatory, contracting, transactional and project finance work.

Practice head(s):

Marjolein Dieperink

Other key lawyers:

Julian Versmissen; Lennart Crain

Key clients

Unive

Eneco

Maersk

Solarcentury / Statkraft

Eteck

Vattenfall

EssentGemeente

Utrecht

Edge Technologies (former OVG)

Ennatuurlijk

Work highlights

  • Assisting Coöperatie Univé with negotiations with contractors in relation to a solar PV installation.
  • Counselling Eneco with respect to its heat activities in the city of Rotterdam.
  • Advising Tweede Kamer (Enquetecommissie gaswinning Groningen) in relation to a Dutch Parliamentary committee of inquiry into natural gas extraction.

Baker McKenzie

The energy, mining and infrastructure team at Baker McKenzie acts for companies, governments, public authorities and financiers in the traditional, renewables and climate transition sectors. It has recently been handling a number of high-profile disputes, as well as acting in cross-border and domestic transactions. The team is led by Juliana Dantas, who specialises in tax work. Former team co-head John Paans left for Deloitte in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Juliana Dantas

Other key lawyers:

Frank Kroes; Koen Bos; Valérie van den Berg

Key clients

Egeria

Shell

Schneider

Gazprom Neft

Engie

Intrum Nederlands

Koolen Industries

Work highlights

  • Recently represented and advised Shell in relation to a sovereign immunity issue stemming from a dispute between Hydro (based in Italy) and the government of Albania.
  • Ongoing representation of Italy-based company Tolo Green regarding its dispute with Chinese joint-venture partner Shanghai Aerospace Automotive Electromechanical Co.
  • Engaged by Shell for to provide substantial, long-term support of its global IP legal team.

DLA Piper

The energy and natural resources group at DLA Piper focuses on the renewables’ market, establishing multidisciplinary teams to handle the finance, corporate, real estate, regulatory and contentious aspects of energy deals. Particularly strong in project finance, the team is led by Gerard Kneppers and Pieter Paul Terpstra.

Practice head(s):

Gerard Kneppers; Pieter Paul Terpstra

Other key lawyers:

Richard Fens; Arjen de Snoo; Jaap Lameijer; Stefanie Postema

HVG Law LLP

HVG Law LLP is well known in the market for its regulatory expertise, but the practice also advises on energy transactions and disputes, and is experienced in international deals. The firm is aligned with EY Tax and cooperates with consultancy's international arm as part of the global EY Law network. Sander Simonetti heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Sander Simonetti

Testimonials

Solid practice.

Adaptive to customer needs and culture.

Proactive in thinking how to help the project outside of the box.

Highest professional standards visible in deliverables.

Key clients

Deddens Renewables

Broadview Energy Solutions

Netherlands Climate Fund

Essent

NV Juva / Westland Infra

KIC EIT InnoEnergy

AEB Amsterdam

Association of Energy Grid Operators ( Netbeheer Nederland )

Chubu

De Jong Packaging Group

HAAS Heat

Rendo

SPIE

Chemours

Greenchoice

Waternet

Pondera

The Dutch Solar

Groenleven / BayWay

Stedin Holding

WBL Limburg Water

Universal Energy Solutions

Gate Invest

Work highlights

  • Advised Deddens Renewables on the project development of a complex 120MW combined wind/solar park and its subsequent sale to Royal Dutch Shell.
  • Advised Broadview Energy Solutions on its acquisition of international biogas company DMT.
  • Advised the Netherlands Climate Fund on its acquisition of the Riessen solar park.