Hall Of Fame: Transactional

Next Generation Partners: Regulatory

Next Generation Partners: Transactional

Rising Stars: Transactional

Firms To Watch: Energy

The transactional energy team at HabrakenRutten, formed in January 2022 by Sander Simonetti's arrival, was bolstered by the arrival of counsel Claire van der Hoeven who joined from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in March 2023.

Firms in the Spotlight Energy

Van der Feltz Advocaten

Van der Feltz Advocaten logo

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 …

View Profile...

Energy in Netherlands


Regulatory-focused Marjolein Dieperink has particular expertise in renewables contexts, advising on such issues as wind and heat projects and grids, tendering, permits and state aid. Dieperink is at the helm of AKD‘s energy group and is noted for her provision of ‘invaluable’ guidance to clients. Green energy is a prominent focus throughout the team; ‘excellent lawyer and negotiator’ Keesjan Meijering has expertise in sustainable energy, namely in heat and cold, and solar projects. Lennart Crain has experience advising on related corporate and M&A transactions, whilst Julian Versmissen has a specialism in cross-border real estate matters, energy transactions and negotiations involved therein.

Practice head(s):

Marjolein Dieperink

Other key lawyers:

Julian Versmissen; Lennart Crain; Keesjan Meijering; Maarten de Wit; Emile Euverman


‘They are true experts in the renewable energy sector and understand our business. The team is pro-active and knows how to connect on an interpersonal level. They are no-nonsense and efficient.’

‘Keesjan Meijering has a pleasant and respectful way of working with clients.’

‘Unique, seamless cooperation between the different departments at the firm which is hugely beneficial for a fast-growing company riding on the waves of change caused by the energy transition.’

‘I am immensely impressed by Marjolein’s expertise and knowledge of the energy market. She is not only highly academically inclined but also provides incredibly practical and sound advice. Her ability to swiftly identify connections by zooming in and out of complex issues is remarkable. Marjolein’s guidance has been invaluable, and I highly recommend her.’

‘Deep understanding of the energy and heating market and a willingness to find ways to make a project in a new market work, such as hydrogen for heating.’

‘Both Keesjan and Maarten stand-out for their passion and commitment to the subject at hand and their willingness to go outside the legal talk to take the time to understand the issue at hand without losing sight of the legal context we are in.’

‘Their practical approach and in-depth knowledge of developing renewable energy projects is comforting for us, in that we know that if we call with a legal issue or question, we can rest assured that it is in very capable hands.’

‘Keesjan Meijering has proven himself to be an essential part of our external legal team, is an excellent lawyer and negotiator, a great sparring partner, knows how the energy sector works and above all he is a likable person. Emile Euverman is an excellent lawyer – in my opinion, one of the best in his area of expertise, and has provided us with excellent, high-quality and practical advice on many occasions.’

Key clients

Duurzame Zekerheid Univé

Eteck + Infracapital


Edge Technologies


Fakton Energy B.V.

Vitec Energy

Solora B.V.


Green Real Estate




Work highlights

  • Advising a global infrastructure firm in preparation of its bid submission for the offshore wind permits for IJmuiden Ver sites Alpha and Beta.
  • Advised a London-based low carbon intensity hydrocarbon producer, having launched an objections procedure on behalf of the client, against the decision of the Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate to not renew its gas exploration permit on the North Sea.
  • Assisting Univé, who are developing their own solar energy portfolio including on-site electricity storage through large batteries, in the negotiations with contractors, structural engineers, purchasers of the electricity, and with the owners of the roofs.

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP’s energy practice which ‘comprises some of the most experienced and knowledgeable professionals in the field’ has impressive experience handling both regulatory and transactional work and ‘stands out for its very strong commercial, litigation and regulatory expertise’. The team’s workload features a variety of complex matters across the entire array of energy, from renewables to oil and gas, and includes PPPs and infrastructure. Advice ranges from financing, project development, procurement and construction to permitting, environmental and real estate work. A multitude of specialists oversee the offering: Marinus Winters who has significant experience advising noteworthy gas and petrochemical clients; Jochem Spaans who focuses on industry, climate change and energy projects; renewable project finance specialist Zeeger de Jongh; and M&A expert Charles Honée. The team has the capacity to handle both domestic and cross-border work.

Practice head(s):

Marinus Winters; Jochem Spaans; Zeeger de Jongh; Charles Honée

Other key lawyers:

Leon Hoppenbrouwers; Cees van Ginneken; Olivier Valk; Koen de Wit; Dominique Coumans; Grace McLeish; Rob van der Hulle


‘A top law firm, formed of committed and skilled lawyers with a practical approach.’

‘The team comprises some of the most experienced and knowledgeable professionals in the field, each bringing their unique strengths and specialties. We feel that they prioritise us as a client and our success above all else. The team really goes the extra mile to understand our specific requirements and works seamlessly together.’

‘The team is characterized by a shared dedication to us and every interaction reflects their commitment to quality. Both Koen and Cees have been exceptional; consistently raising the bar. I am proud to work alongside such remarkable individuals.’

Key clients




Castleton Commodities International





Kallista Energy

3i Infrastructure

Work highlights

  • Advising Vattenfall on the divestment by auction of their gas-fired power plant and solar farm in Eemshaven to RWE.
  • Advised Castelton Commodities International (CCI)  on the sale of shares in the MaasStroom and Enecogen power plants to Energetický a průmyslový holding (EPH).
  • Advised Energie-Nederland, the association of Dutch energy producers and suppliers, on the question whether the Dutch system of electricity netting is in compliance with EU legislation.


The energy practice formed of ‘very skilled legal professionals’ at BJTK is experienced advising its clients in both regulatory and transactional capacities and is overseen by the ‘hands-on and pragmatic’ Rutger Jansen. Renewable energy-related projects are a key focus of the team, and an area of expertise of Inge Timmerman. The firm's work portfolio includes advice on all aspects of significant project developments and acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

Rutger Jansen

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Eggers; Inge Timmerman; Rob van den Sigtenhorst


‘Rutger and his team are very skilled legal professionals who are easy to work with and have exceptional knowledge about the development of renewable energy projects.’

‘BJTK has a thorough knowledge of the renewable energy market and can deliver high-quality work with fair fees.’

‘Inge Timmerman is very dedicated and has practical solutions for complex legal problems.’

‘BJTK is a very good firm that excels in providing pragmatic advice and good industry knowledge. We are happy with the assistance provided by BJTK and would certainly engage them in the future.’

‘Lisa Eggers and Rutger Jansen were easy to work with. Both are creative in finding solutions.’

‘They work well as a team, which is great from a client’s perspective.’

‘They have a good network and are a team of very knowledgeable lawyers you can rely on.’

‘Rutger Jansen has a good understanding of the energy and M&A industries in general. He is also hands-on, pragmatic, and thinks ahead with the business.’

Key clients

Bio Energy Netherlands

BayWa r.e.

Biofuel Groningen

Blix Renewable Energy

Carbon Equity

CEE Group

Cooll Sustainable Energy Solutions

Energiefonds Overrijssel

Energy Solutions Group





NOP Agrowind

Patronale Life

Patronale Solar


Purple Sustainability Holding

Tion Renewables

Windpark Scheldewind

Zonnewei De Raak

Work highlights

  • Advised Power2X on the acquisition of a majority stake in Power2X by CPP Investments.
  • Advised CEE Group on the acquisition of an 82MW Dutch solar park portfolio from Chint Solar Europe and the project financing of such 82MW Dutch solar park portfolio.
  • Advised Power2X on the regulatory aspects in respect of the transportation and storage of the hydrogen produced by its facilities.

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird‘s transactional energy group is highly regarded for its ‘commercial focus, significant experience, superior drafting and peerless strategic thinking’. The team’s client portfolio contains such well-known names as TotalEnergies Renewables and McCains Foods Europe. The firm advises across industry sectors on a range of complex matters, including on the structuring, development and construction of large-scale projects, on high-value acquisitions, and internal restructurings. Sophie Dingenen, described as ‘one of the very best lawyers’, is at the head of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Sophie Dingenen

Other key lawyers:

Laurens Linnewiel; René Rieter; Roger van Buuren; Paul Waszink


‘The Bird & Bird team are best in class. Their commercial focus, significant experience, superior drafting and peerless strategic thinking are a real benefit to their clients.’

‘Sophie Dingenen is one of the very best lawyers I have come across in my career. She is extremely knowledgeable, and her experience blended with her common sense means she can accurately foresee how transactions will play out. She is an admirable blend of calm and authoritative.’

‘Laurens Linnewiel is a strong member of the team. He is knowledgeable and authoritative in his own right, with strong drafting skills.’

‘Marinke Moeliker is a dedicated member of the team.’

‘State of the art experts with a lot of partner involvement.’

‘Sophie Dingenen has helped us a lot with PPAs and virtual PPAs involving partners in France and Spain.’

‘The team stands out for its deep knowledge, quick response rates, problem solving attitude and broad geographical coverage.’

‘Good to work with, and they have a constructive approach.’

Key clients

TotalEnergies Renewables

Bonaire Brandstof Terminals

Hydrogenics Europe NV



McCain Foods Europe

GIGA Storage






Alternus Energy Inc

Canadian Solar

TenneT Germany

Work highlights

  • Advised TotalEnergies Renewables on the structuring of a consortium together with Ørsted for the development and construction of offshore wind park HKW in Europe, and the negotiation and drafting of all the development, construction and operation agreements in relation to the wind park.
  • Advised Bonaire Brandstof Terminals on the structuring, development and construction of a solar park, battery energy storage system and wind park on Bonaire.
  • Advising GIGA Storage on the financing of GIGA Storage’s acquisition of the closed distribution network from the bankruptcy estate of DAMCO Aluminium Delfzijl Cooperatie U.A.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance‘s ‘very open-minded and respectful’ energy group has a strong reputation for its capabilities assisting its roster of clients in a broad array of transactional work. Renewables are one of the key focuses of the team, which works on onshore and offshore wind as well as solar projects. The energy and natural resources work is often international in scope. Hein Tonnaer, who also co-leads the firm’s international renewables cohort, is at the helm of the group, alongside ‘excellent’ energy transition and renewables expert Liesbeth Buiter, who is particularly experienced handling project development, construction contracts and commercial project documents, and senior counsel Nanette Rutgers. A key example of the team’s work is its advice to SkyNRG on Europe’s first large-scale sustainable aviation fuel plant in the Netherlands.

Practice head(s):

Hein Tonnaer; Liesbeth Buiter; Nanette Rutgers

Other key lawyers:

Angela McEwan; Mike Niekoop; Lotte de Bruin; Charlotte Horsten; Philip Walsh; Han Teerink


‘Knowledgeable, up-to-date on latest developments, and a human touch to it, which is key’

‘Hein Tonnear and Mike Niekoop have a human touch.’

‘Hein Tonnaer and Liesbeth Buiter are accessible and client-focused.’

‘The CC team is very strong in all disciplines in a transaction. What I find particularly relevant and unique is the seamless way they blend multi-disciplinary teams and cross geographies that perfectly work together and also enjoy working together. They are very client-focused and remain pragmatic.’

‘In complex processes they do not overcomplicate but simplify and partners are comfortable to just think out of the box. Execution of deals is of top level.’

‘A very open-minded and respectful team.’

‘Very smart, above average sector and deal knowledge, always very positive attitude and responsive. You can basically work on any crazy deal or new structure with them, without any concern. They will get it done.’

‘Hein Tonnaer, Liesbeth Buiter, Han Teerink and Mike Niekoop area all excellent.’

Key clients

Vattenfall N.V.


Advario Projects


Blue Elephant Energy AG



EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG

Gemini Wind Park

DIF Capital Partners


Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A. (Rabobank)

InfraVia Capital Partners



UBS Asset Management


Work highlights

  • Advised SkyNRG, on Europe’s first large-scale sustainable aviation fuel plant in the Netherlands, DSL-01.
  • Advised CEE Group on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of the private limited liability company which holds the rights in a 102 MWp solar photovoltaic project from Ecorus.
  • Advised long-standing client Partners Group, a leading global private markets firm, acting on behalf of its clients, on the sale of a 20% stake in the Dutch offshore windfarm Borssele III / IV to Swiss Life.


‘Highly dedicated individual’ and corporate and M&A specialist Cecilia van der Weijden heads up the energy cohort at CMS. The group is equipped to assist with both transactional and regulatory cases, from acquisitions, expansions and developments of key energy projects to advising clients on the Dutch implementation of new energy-related legislation. Senior counsel, oil and gas-focused Martika Jonk, is a noteworthy team member.

Practice head(s):

Cecilia van der Weijden

Other key lawyers:

Martika Jonk; Marcellina Rietvelt; Marco Boudens; Femke Stroucken


‘Cecelia van der Weijden is a highly dedicated individual who oversees on a conceptual level the needs of clients. Said needs are fulfilled by the diverse and high-class team who work together to a high-quality, and who never forget that the personal touch drives a good result.’

‘The team covers a wide-array of knowledge bases and has a presence across multiple jurisdictions, which makes it easy to consolidate requests for advice.’

‘The team is well-organised and keeps on top of several moving workstreams. The understand client needs and priorities and are able to move quickly when necessary.’

‘Cecilia, Marcellina and Marco are all very diligent, and work well to tight timescales. They have a good quality of output and ensure successful transaction delivery.’

‘My experience with the team is very positive. I have experienced their substantive knowledge and the quick way they learned aspects of our case, which made our experience with the team pleasant and valuable.’

‘The team covers all legal areas that are relevant to solar projects at a high level. From project development to the construction of the solar park including corporate law, lease agreements, construction law, approval procedures, energy law, financing and grid connection contracts.’

‘You always get feedback in time, which makes you feel like you’re in good hands.’

‘They answer quickly, are competent, reliable and courteous and very friendly – you get the feeling that they enjoy working even when they are under time pressure.’

Key clients





BP plc

Dana Petroleum



Essent / innogy / E.ON



Glennmont Partners

Global Switch


Low Carbon



Susi Partners

Total Energies


Trio Investment






Work highlights

  • Advised IONITY on the expansion of its business, consisting of charging points for electric vehicles, in and beyond the countries where it currently operates, including advising on the acquisition of grid connections for its expanding charging network for electric vehicles.
  • Advised a joint venture of WIRCON et al on the development of Solarpark Valgenweg, which is now in an advanced stage of development.
  • Advised Glennmont Partners (part of Nuveen) on its participation in the controlled auction of part of Partners Group’s stake in Dutch operational offshore wind park Borselle III & IV.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek‘s energy team is highly regarded for its abilities handling the gamut of matters in both regulatory and transactional contexts. The integrated practice has a workload which consists of mandates involving electricity, oil and gas, and nuclear, as well as renewables such as wind, solar, hydrogen, biomass and heat. On the transactional side, key work includes advising the Port of Rotterdam on the first large CCS project in the Netherlands. Arjan Kleinhout, described as ‘the best there is’, is at the team’s helm along with Martje Verhoeven-de Vries Lentsch, who is particularly adept at advising on commercial arbitration matters and complex cross-border litigation in energy contexts. On the regulatory side, team changes included the departures of senior associate Claire van der Hoeven in March 2023 and of partners Menno Stoffer in April 2023 and Nicolien Van Den Biggelaar in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Arjan Kleinhout; Martje Verhoeven-de Vries Lentsch

Other key lawyers:

Michael Schouten; Jasper van Uden;


‘Billing is of good quality.’

‘You won’t find someone more experienced and knowledgeable than Arjan Kleinhout – the best there is!’

Key clients


Port of Rotterdam








Foundation Preparation Pallas Reactor (PALLAS)

Kingdom of the Netherlands

Varo Energy

Royal Vopak

Gate LNG Terminal



Schroders Capital


Enphase Energy

Work highlights


Dentons‘ energy practice is headed up by Jan Jakob Peelen who is noted especially for his ‘strong transactional knowledge and experience’. The team’s transactional workload includes advising oil and gas companies, commodity houses, and solar and wind developers on M&A transactions and joint ventures. Its regulatory caseload includes assisting clients with the securing of permits and approvals required for key projects in renewables contexts in particular.

Practice head(s):

Jan Jakob Peelen

Other key lawyers:

Marcel Janssen


‘Dentons’ energy team is very pragmatic, approachable, knowledgeable and very much value for money. Their fee and matter management is excellent, and they truly are a cross-practice group, which uniquely combines administrative law and transaction management skills in particular.’

‘Jan Jakob Peelen is an excellent partner. He is approachable, likeable, pragmatic, calm and very knowledgeable. He is unique by having an administrative law and permitting background which he combines with that with strong transactional knowledge and experience.’

‘The team has the skills, knowledge and expertise necessary to conduct public law proceedings. Advice provided is clear and input into proceedings is very professional. Administration and billing is very well done. It is very pleasant working with the team.’

‘Individually, there is an enormous practical experience present, as well as a good track-record in terms of procedures. The team communicates pleasantly too.’

‘The team has extensive knowledge of the topics that we deal with as a company and good capabilities swiftly interacting with each other in order to get the right team together for the case at hand.’

‘They are open and transparent in their communication in order to fully understand our needs as a client.’

‘Experts in understanding the case at hand.’

‘Good in understanding our needs, but also patient with us when explaining the legal constraints or articles in the law to us, since our company are not legal experts, we are tech experts. They are also always approachable for a quick catch-up.’

Key clients




Eurus Energy

Gasunie No

Gidara Energy

GIGA Storage

Low Carbon









Work highlights

  • Advising RWE Offshore on all regulatory and permitting issues regarding the 760 megawatts “Hollandse Kust West VII” development, located in the North Sea, which intends to combine offshore wind with electrolyser capacity for green hydrogen production, other flexible demand solutions and floating solar panels.
  • Advising GIGA Storage, the leading energy storage company that develops, creates and deploys large-scale energy storage projects, in respect of its opening of the largest battery storage facility in the Netherlands. Managed all the corporate and financing aspects of this ambitious project, as well as the related regulatory issues such as zoning, land use, environmental, permitting, and construction law.
  • Advising Low Carbon on the acquisition of multiple new ground-mounted solar projects, specifically advising on all environmental, permitting and regulatory issues, transaction documents, and power purchase agreements. On the construction side, also advised on all the relevant construction law issues, including the engineering, procurement, and construction; and operations and maintenance agreements.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's energy practice is experienced handling a variety of transactions in the renewables space, including high-value financing and M&A matters. On the regulatory side, the team's focus is also on renewables, with growing expertise advising on regulatory issues in connection with the financing, development and contractual aspects of complex solar deals and wind energy projects in both domestic and international contexts. Renewables expert Gerard Kneppers and M&A-focused Pieter Paul Terpstra oversee the practice.

Practice head(s):

Gerard Kneppers; Pieter Paul Terpstra

Other key lawyers:

Stefanie Postema; Arjen de Snoo

Key clients



Chint Solar

Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A.

Corre Energy



Green Create


Hamburg Commercial Bank

ING Bank




Segro PLC

Sienna Private Credit



Work highlights

  • Advised PowerField Netherlands on the raising of €135m in structured equity financing, for the funding of, among others, construction and development costs in relation to solar, EV charging and storage projects.
  • Advised Corre Energy as its sponsor counsel for the leading project in its development portfolio of Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) projects.
  • Assisted Prologis on their incorporating PR installations and EV-charging facilities into assets while structuring grid connections in compliance with applicable energy regulations.

Eversheds Sutherland

The project financing of energy projects is a key focus for Eversheds Sutherland's energy group. Additionally, the team handles disputes surrounding the development of significant projects, as well as the sale and acquisition of said projects. On the regulatory side, the team is able to assist in connection with post-completion documentation as well as PPAs, commercial agreements and M&A matters. Miriam Van Ee  and Michel Chatelin oversee the practice.

Practice head(s):

Miriam van Ee; Michel Chatelin

Other key lawyers:

Pim van Leersum; Wieger ten Hove; Max van Drunen; Natascha Geraedts

Key clients

Norges Bank Investment Management


United Momentum, Clean Electricity Generation


ib vogt



Iron Mountain




Perpetual Next

Cyrus One






Work highlights

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Transactional specialist Alexander Doorman is at the helm of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer‘s energy group, alongside regulatory-focused practitioners Winfred Knibbeler and Alvaro Pliego Selie, who harness their expertise in competition matters in particular. Examples of the team’s regulatory work include advising on carbon capture and storage, on proposed legislation, and assisting energy companies in connection with intensifying supervision by the ACM. On the transactional side, the team often advises on energy-related M&A deals.

Practice head(s):

Winfred Knibbeler; Alexander Doorman; Alvaro Pliego Selie

Key clients

HAL Investments


Essent and E.On group


IK Invest

RWE Generation

Work highlights


Houthoff‘s ‘excellent and very knowledgeable’ energy group has strong capabilities handling both regulatory and transactional work for its roster of clients. Its regulatory workload features guiding clients through issues including administrative disputes with regulators, as well as advising on planning and environmental issues, transmission tariffs, and on competition aspects of related matters. M&A and joint ventures form a large portion of the team’s transactional offering, wherein it handles restructurings and financings in the oil and gas and renewables sectors in particular. Jacques Kröner has particular expertise in transactional energy work, whilst team lead Kirsten Berger is experienced assisting with the full range. ‘True industry specialist’ Marc Van Beuge is a disputes-focused counsel to note.

Practice head(s):

Kirsten Berger

Other key lawyers:

Bas van der Mei; Marc van Beuge; Jacques Kröner


‘The team is very approachable, makes the client feel they can be contact them and asked any question throughout the transaction.’

‘The team as a whole is constantly up-to-date on developments and requests of the client which is very convenient. Discussing a topic with one member would effectively mean that the other members were informed on said topics as well.’

‘An excellent and very knowledgeable energy team. We worked with them on a gas case, and we were impressed.’

‘Marc van Beuge is a true industry specialist and is very easy to work with.’

Key clients




Corre Energy



TotalEnergies SE

Ocean Winds

Plastic Energy





Van Oord




Plant One


Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Varo Energy



Shareholders Alliander and Shareholders ZEH


Work highlights

  • Advised VARO, owned by Carlyle and energy trader Vitol, on its acquisition of 80% of the shares in Bio Energy Coevorden (BEC), one of the largest biogas manufacturers in Europe.
  • Advising Porthos, an EBN, Gasunie and Port of Rotterdam partnership, which aims to develop the first large-scale, open access, offshore carbon capture and storage (CCS) infrastructure in the Netherlands.
  • Advised DCC on its acquisition of PVO International B.V., a leading European solar and clean energy technology distributor.

Loyens & Loeff

Loyens & Loeff‘s energy group, which is based across both Amsterdam and Rotterdam, is co-headed by transactions and projects-focused Jan-Willem van Rooij, who is ‘fully dedicated and has great drive’, and regulatory specialist Roland de Vlam. De Vlam is supported on regulatory aspects of the practice by EU and national energy specialist counsel Max Oosterhuis. The team’s workload spans a vast array of energy work in both the regulatory and transactional space, including advising on energy infrastructure solutions, the energy transition, regulatory frameworks, and the repurposing and operation of large-scale projects. The portfolio ranges across different industry segments, and includes onshore and offshore wind, electricity and solar-related matters. On the transactional side, the practice was bolstered in January 2023 with the arrival of notary specialist Mark Rebergen, formerly of De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek. Also transactions and renewables-focused, senior associate Victor van Nuland is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Jan-Willem van Rooij; Roland de Vlam

Other key lawyers:

Max Oosterhuis; Victor van Nuland; Anne Brugmans


‘Jan Willem van Rooij and team stand-out for their knowledge of the market and business.’

‘The team is alert, proactive, flexible, and adaptable to the needs of our team. They keep a level of professionalism even in long-term client relationships, they are street smart and understand the M&A game.’

‘You know you have Jan Willem van Rooij fully on your side and it feels like his is part of your team and company. He is fully dedicated and has great drive to help one win. He knows his business and the rules of the game and uses his personal competencies to always search for ways to get the best deals.’

‘Jan Willem is very pleasant to engage and work with.’

‘A very dedicated team with full knowledge of the energy industry.’

‘Victor van Nuland has great knowledge of the industry, and is exceptionally dedicated, approachable and trustworthy.’

‘A highly dependable and efficient team with fitting and different experience levels in which tasks and questions finds their way naturally to resolution.’

‘Victor brings exceptional knowledge and skill to the table, yet is brief and to-the-point. He is able to present practical solutions for a very broad-range of issues.’

Key clients

ING Bank

Shareholders’ Committee of Stedin Holding

Stedin Netbeheer



Pure Energie


Morgan Stanley


Utility Support Group (USG)



KP&P Africa


Neptune Energy

Nogat and Noordgastransport


Chint Solar

Netbeheer Nederland



Green & Durable Energy

Ampyr Solar Europe

Mitsui Bussan Gas and Power Solutions

Work highlights

  • Advised Alliander on the divestment of Kenter to a consortium of APG and OMERS Infrastructure.
  • Advised the consortium of investors APG and OMERS Infrastructure on the acquisition of Groendus, the provider of an energy transition platform in the Netherlands, from NPM.
  • Advised NOGAT and Noordgastransport on the regulatory framework of repurposing and operating of offshore gas grid infrastructure for hydrogen.


The Rotterdam-based energy practice at NautaDutilh has strong capabilities handling transactional matters for its portfolio of significant clients, which includes well-known names in the energy sector such as Shell and ENGIE but also the Dutch state. Its work portfolio spans an array of complex matters, which are frequently of the multi-millions or multi-billions in value, high stakes and high-profile. The team handles energy transition matters, and advises clients on energy project strengthening and expansion across jurisdictions. Overseeing the practice are a multitude of experts: multi-sector M&A and contracting specialist Harm Kerstholt; upstream and midstream work-focused Jaap Jan Trommel; ‘great to work with’ counsel Lisa Schoenmakers; and Iris Kieft, who is developing the regulatory side of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Harm Kerstholt; Jaap Jan Trommel; Lisa Schoenmakers; Iris Kieft

Other key lawyers:

Ole de Vries


‘Know how and managing client expectations!’

‘Jan Jaap Trommel has great client relations.’

‘The team provides not only excellent legal advice, but also add value from a strategic and economic perspective.’

‘Harm and Lisa are great to work with, both professionaly and personally. We really enjoyed working with them on a very intense project. That really makes a difference.’

Key clients

AFS Group


Arcus Infrastructure Services


Copenhagen Infrastructure Fund

Discover Exploration limited

Dutch E-Waste Foundation

EIG Partners

Energie Beheer Nederland





Frank Energie

FRV Energy

Green Investment Group

Groendus Groep



Nebras Power

Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij





Octopus Energy



Provinciale Zeeuwse Energie Maatschappij

PZEM Energy Company (PEC)

Zeeuwse Energie Houdstermaatschappij (ZEH)

S&P Platts



SHV Holdings (& subs) incl. NPM


Spirit Energy



The Carlyle Group

The Dutch State

Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy


Vermilion Energy


Waldorf Investments

Warmtebedrijf Rotterdam

Work highlights

  • Advised the Dutch State (Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Economic Affairs) on “Project Nachtwacht”, a multi-billion euro energy transition case between the State and the regional energy grid operators Alliander, Enexis and Stedin and their respective public shareholders.
  • Advised PZEM N.V. with the carve-out of their wholesale activities in a very complex competitive auction process to Czech energy company EPH.
  • Representing TenneT in legal proceedings regarding TenneT’s project Zuid-West 380 kV Oost, which entails the realization of 68 km of new high-voltage grid.

NewGround Law B.V.

NewGround Law B.V.‘s regulatory practice is headed up by Erwin Noordover, who has noteworthy experience working in the renewables sector in particular, and André Gaastra, who has expertise in energy and broader environmental work. Energy transition projects are at the fore of the team’s workload. The practice handles regulatory aspects of the realisation, development and operation of projects, namely offshore solar farms and wind farms, with matters frequently of significant value.

Practice head(s):

Erwin Noordover; André Gaastra


‘They are very hands-on, easily accessible, and they think collaboratively with us.’

‘Erwin Noordover is great. He is very customer-oriented and solution-oriented, and has lots of experience in our sector, green energy.’

‘NGL has a very committed and experienced team that is top of the line when it comes to environmental and spatial law-related to renewable energy projects. They have vast experience in this field and are dedicated and creative. They will find the solution and work together with the client instead of just judging the legal risks.’

‘Erwin Noordover is the partner that stands out. He is one of the country’s leading experts in wind energy-related public law and has helped us in over a dozen cases.’

‘Erwin Noordover demonstrates not only a thorough knowledge of public law but is also able to support and cooperate in preparing proceedings that are novel and meet requirements from not only a legal perspective, but also a policy perspective.’

‘They are flexible and have the know-how and competence to give a complete picture to clients.’

‘Best in class in the Netherlands.’

‘Erwin Noordover is an excellent lawyer for projects in wind energy.’

Key clients

Eco-Fuels Netherlands B.V.

Windpark Greenport Venlo B.V.

Jenbacher B.V.

Oiltanking Amsterdam B.V.

Sonneborn Refined Products B.V.


Waterschap Rijn en IJssel

Zonnepark Groene Corridor B.V.

Pondera Consult B.V.


Koepel Delfzijl Zuid Uitbreiding

Windkoepel Groen

Bleubear Energy B.V.

Windpark De Drentse Monden en Oostermoer


Pure Energie Wind B.V.

Windunie Development B.V.

Windpark Goyerbrug B.V.

Gemeente Reimerswaal


SENSE-Hubs Project

Windpark Agro-Wind Reusel B.V.

Gemeente Waalwijk

Windpark Zeewolde B.V.

STAWAG Energy B.V.

TurbineZon B.V.

Windproject Brielse Brug B.V.

Windpark De Rietvelden B.V.

Goede Buren Windpark Streepland B.V.

Work highlights

  • Advising on the synergies between offshore wind, offshore solar and hydrogen production at sea and how they will be considered within the Solar Enhanced North Sea Energy Hub (SENSE-HUB).
  • Advising Prowind B.V. in all their activities in the Netherlands, including cases involving wind and solar farms and battery storage systems at those farms.
  • Assisted Koepel Windpark Delfzijl Zuid Uitbreiding successfully in the development of a wind farm of sixteen wind turbines, including several challenging legal proceedings.

Norton Rose Fulbright

The energy team at Norton Rose Fulbright is equipped to assist its client base on key project developments in energy contexts, including solar, wind and green hydrogen. Banking and finance specialist Wouter Hertzberger heads up the practice, in which Matthijs Van Leeuwen is a key name to note. On the regulatory side, Floortje Nagelkerke and associate Julia van der Grint advise on the range of matters, including those pertaining to the energy transition.

Practice head(s):

Wouter Hertzberger

Other key lawyers:

Matthijs van Leeuwen; Floortje Nagelkerke; Julia van der Grint

Key clients


Ballast Nedam


British Petroleum

Bluescape Resources

Denham Capital




IB Vogt GmbH

ING Bank

NOP Agrowind

Ørsted A/S


Sete Brasil Participacoes SA


Windpark Krammer BV

World Fuel Services

Energy Storage Netherlands




Green Investment Fund Ltd


Inpex Corporation


Work highlights

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV‘s The Hague-based energy team is headed up by ‘very involved practitioner’ Iman Brinkman who is experienced handling the full range of complex regulatory aspects of major energy projects. The team’s client roster is formed predominantly of central and local government bodies and institutions, whom the team advises on an array of regulatory issues, including those pertaining to large-scale developments of windfarm projects, the defense of challenged projects, and the development of future regulation, among other areas. Edward Brans has a focus on climate change and energy transition matters in particular; Lianne Barnhoorn 's practice also centres on energy transition issues.

Practice head(s):

Iman Brinkman

Other key lawyers:

Edward Brans; Lianne Barnhoorn


‘The energy practice of Pels Rijcken is unique – they have up-to-date knowledge on all aspects of the changing and dynamic energy sector, which is super useful for clients.’

‘Iman Brinkman is a very involved practitioner, who is very interested and keen to advise. He is clearly enthusiastic about the area of law and his work – he also works quickly, is always available for questions and gives very thorough advice.’

‘We value our longstanding relationship with Iman Brinkman. His excellent knowledge of the energy markets and skilled support underpin our business.’

‘Pels Rijcken has strong knowledge of various forms of energy on a large-scale, the increasingly complex market situation, and of energy transition and can assist us in all these areas as well as in contracts with other business parties.’

‘Iman Brinkman is often involved with governments but he also enjoys working with the business community. He knows how to add expertise in other areas at the right time.’

Key clients

Essent (E.ON)



Dutch State


Municipality of Rotterdam


Work highlights

  • Assisted the Province of Noord-Brabant successfully in administrative proceedings about the development of the Karolinapolder windfarm.
  • Assisted the Province of Zuid-Holland and the municipality of Vlaardingen successfully in administrative proceedings in which the WarmtelinQ heat transportation pipeline project was challenged.
  • Represented the municipality of Amsterdam in complicated legal proceedings about a heating project.


‘Exceptionally good lawyer’ Stephan Sluijters, Jolande van Loon, who focuses on real estate-related work, and public law specialist Maayke Maas-Cooymans co-head the Rotterdam-based ‘diverse energy team’ at Ploum, which has significant experience handling an array of transactional matters. It assists its roster of clients with the sale, development and acquisitions of key energy projects, namely solar and heat-related, both in domestic and cross-border contexts.

Practice head(s):

Stephan Sluijters; Jolande van Loon; Maayke Maas-Cooymans

Other key lawyers:

Alexandra Danopoulos; Geert de Nijs


‘They think outside the box and offer more than just legal services. They listen to their clients’ needs and offer the required services to an excellent quality – they are very knowledgeable in this area.’

‘Stephan Sluijters is an exceptionally good lawyer, who completes an excellent quality of work and cares about his clients. He is highly regarded in the sector and knows the industry well. He has very good engagement and availability.’

‘Sound legal and solution-oriented advice is what you look for when selecting an external lawyer and Stephan and his team provide that every time.’

‘Ploum has a diverse energy team with experts from various departments that work seamlessly together.’

‘Stephan Sluijters remains a joy to work with; he is hands-on, down-to-earth and a smart advisor.’

‘Jolande van Loon manages her department smooth and professionally.’

‘Stephan routinely advises energy companies, both oil and gas as well as renewable companies, to get the best out of their business. He is very cooperative and has impressive knowledge and insights – he is a true professional and an outstanding client handler.’

‘Stephan Sluijters and Geert de Nijs have exceptional knowledge within the energy sector and understand their client’s needs.’

Key clients

Eneco N.V.



European Energy

Shell and Eneco joint ventures Ecowende en Schakelwind

ABN AMRO Sustainable Impact Fund


SCW Systems




Dr. Zwiebelhofer GmbH


Work highlights

  • Advised Eteck Energie Bedrijven B.V. on the acquisition of ReDo, which is set to boost Eteck’s business in the sustainable heating projects.
  • Advised GroenLeven on the acquisition of Morrensolar, a major developer of carport solar projects.
  • Advised ABN AMRO Sustainable Impact Fund on the sale of MP Solar B.V., a portfolio company owning 18 solar Parks in Italy.

Simmons & Simmons

The energy group at Simmons & Simmons, which is noted for its capacity to handle ‘long-lasting and complicated projects’, is formed of a multitude of experts in their fields. The team has strong abilities to advise on the development and financing of energy projects; M&A-related transactions; and to handle disputes in the energy sector. Multi-disciplinary and cross-jurisdictional work are common features of its workload. Corporate specialists Rob Hendriks and David Shearer, who is noted for his ‘deep expertise’, co-head the team, in which Bart Koolhaas is also a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Rob Hendriks; David Shearer

Other key lawyers:

Bart Koolhaas; Siemkje Batenburg


‘The team is very experienced and has capacity to assist with long-lasting and complicated projects.’

‘We are delighted with David Shearer’s work. His approach to problem solving includes deep expertise of the issues.’

Key clients

AndGreen Fund

DZ Bank

Cairn Energy


Gate terminal

Hunt Oil Company

Lightsource bp

Orim Energy


Nedstack Fuel Cell Technology

Northwharf Nominees


State of the Netherlands

Stone City Energy

Work highlights

  • Acting as project counsel to a consortium of Stone City Energy, EDF, Nebras and Siemens Energy on the development, construction and financing of a $1.2bn combined-cycle gas turbine power plant in Uzbekistan.
  • Advising Gate terminal, a joint venture of Gasunie and Vopak, on the LNG import terminal’s proposed expansion of its regassification capacity from 12BCM to 16BCM per year.
  • Advised DZ Bank, the second largest bank in Germany, as lender in relation to the long-term project financings of ten solar projects located in the Netherlands.


The energy practice at Stek covers the gamut of complex regulatory and transactional matters. On the regulatory side, the team advises its clients in connection with litigious cases pertaining to tariff regulation, congestion, and hydrogen issues, among others. In the transactional space, M&A, contracting and project development advice forms the bulk of the workload. A multitude of specialists oversee the group: Regulatory expert Jan Erik Janssen, whose ‘outstanding knowledge’ means he ‘can be relied upon in a crisis’, leads alongside corporate experts Reijnoud Homveld, Claudia Beele, and Coen Thomas, as well as finance experts Sharon Kaufmann and Herman Wamelink. January 2024-promoted partner Veii Jacobs‘ dedication and expertise are truly commendablewhile senior associate Gerard de Jongh is noted for his ‘extraordinary abilities’ in regulatory law.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Gerard de Jongh; Veii Jacobs


‘Jan Erik Janssen is a very smart lawyer with great knowledge. He has helped us to prepare in a proper and efficient way, and to reply to the questions of the court and counter the answers of the other party.’

‘Coen Thomas is very knowledgeable in the industry, a very approachable and friendly person and an efficient negotiator, who provides creative solutions where possible and stays firm and civilised in negotiations when needed.’

‘The Stek energy team is extraordinary in its knowledge of the market across the entire energy landscape and they understand new actions swiftly.’

‘Gerard de Jongh and Jan Erik Janssen are my go-to lawyers for just about anything. Gerard has experience in just about all the fields with which an integrated utility engages, which makes him unique. He also has extraordinary abilities understanding extremely complicated files very swiftly and determining the way forward.’

‘Jan Erik Jansen can be relied upon in moments of crisis. He cares that his clients are doing the right thing and can critically assess whether we are on the right track. He has a  profound knowledge of the sector, and is able to understand every issue we have extremely quickly – the most straightforward lawyer I know – the man to go to.’

‘Very competent team members, pleasant to work with. Our go-to-firm for energy referrals in the Netherlands. We have complete trust that our clients will be in excellent hands.’

‘Jan Erik Janssen is extremely competent and has outstanding knowledge of the regulatory landscape in the Netherlands. Claudia Beele is very competent, easy to work with, pleasant and a great communicator.’

‘Claudia has an exceptional talent for bringing order to chaos, efficiently instructing and guiding her team to successfully complete even the most challenging tasks to a very high standard. Jan Erik has extensive and brings a wealth of knowledge to the table, and Veii’s dedication and expertise are truly commendable!’

Key clients

Alliander / Liander

Asper Investment Management





Energie-Nederland/Heat supply sector





Nature Energy

Netbeheer Nederland








Work highlights

  • Represented a distribution system operators through Netbeheer Nederland, in litigation before the Administrative High Court for Trade and Industry against the regulator, winning multiple billions of euros in extra allowed revenues and enabling tens of billions in investments in the grids.
  • Assisting Semper Power in the development and financing of its Battery Energy Storage Systems Castor (30MW/63MWh) and Pollux (30 MW/68 MWh).
  • Advised Equans on the contemplated (auction) sale of its heating business, and its geothermal business.


Stibbe‘s energy team, which is highly regarded for its ‘deep knowledge of both energy and industry markets’, handles a broad range of transactional work in both domestic and cross-border contexts. It advises on the development, expansion and operation of large-scale projects, as well as on the structuring of related joint ventures. Mandates are often of ultra-high-value and span sectors from oil and gas to wind and nuclear.  Martin In de Braekt, a ‘powerhouse lawyer in whose hands any complex energy project is safe’, leads the group; he has a strong reputation for his experience in the energy and industrial sectors, where he acts for key clients on a range of business and financial matters. Other key practitioners in the team include counsel Li Wee Toh and associate Jaap Waverijn.

Practice head(s):

Martin In de Braekt

Other key lawyers:

Li Wee Toh; Jaap Waverijn; Ali al Khatib; Stijn de Jong


‘The team has a deep knowledge of both energy and industry markets, and an ability to support companies in various legal fields related to our industry.’

‘Martin In de Braekt is proactive, solution-driven, and has a deep knowledge of markets, environmental concerns and legal implications.’

‘The energy team of Martin In de Braekt continues to be the go-to place for any complex energy project.’

‘Martin In de Braekt is a powerhouse lawyer in whose hands any complex energy project is safe.’

‘Martin’s team is very knowledgeable, on top of regulatory developments and very pleasant to work with. Their overall quality is outstanding.’

‘Martin In de Braekt is a very knowledgeable partner with an excellent network. Li Wee Toh is very approachable and outstanding in leading and managing deals.’

‘An energy practice with all the relevant legal expertise, which ensures quick responses, and a single point of contact covering all the legal matters.’

‘Ali al Khatib and Stijn de Jong have excellent expertise and are a pleasure to work with – they are communicative and have great availability.’

Key clients

Air Liquide




Eurus Energy Europe

GE Renewable Energy


Great Grey Investments (GGID)

Northland Power Inc.





Tulip Oil


VEN members

Work highlights

  • Advising RWE in a controlled auction concerning the €500m acquisition of a gas-fired power plant in the Eemshaven as well as an adjacent solar plant from Vattenfall.
  • Advising Air Liquide in respect of the Porthos-project – a project initiated by the Rotterdam Port Authority, Energie Beheer Nederland and Gasunie which entails the capture and usage of CO2 in the Port of Rotterdam and storage thereof in empty offshore gas fields.
  • Advising Tulip Oil on the sale of its 90% stake in German oil and gas company Rhein Petroleum GmbH to Beacon Energy plc.

Van der Feltz Advocaten

The Hague-based boutique firm Van der Feltz Advocaten houses an energy team which is equipped to advise its clients on a range of regulatory issues, including assisting with the ongoing revision of Dutch energy legislation. Its client portfolio contains such names as Eneco and TotalEnergies. Jacques Sluysmans and Michelle De Rijke, who is noted for her ‘great amount of experience’, are at the team’s helm. Ronald Olivier is a noteworthy senior associate, who has experience advising on matters in connection with onshore and offshore gas production, biofuels, geothermal energy and wind energy.

Practice head(s):

Jacques Sluysmans; Michelle de Rijke

Other key lawyers:

Ronald Olivier


‘Van der Feltz Advocaten has sound knowledge and a clear focus on the specifics of certain industries.’

‘Michelle de Reijke does not only look at the legal question at hand but successfully brings in her industry knowledge and broader strategic thinking to forward the interests of her client.’

‘A team of very flexible and devoted lawyers with good, in-depth knowledge of the industry and capability to quickly acquire new, often technical knowledge, where necessary.’

Key clients

Gasunie N.V.


Vattenfall N.V.

Vereniging van Waterbedrijven in Nederland

Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij (NAM)

ENGIE Nederland Retail B.V. and ENGIE Energie Nederland N.V.

Province of South-Holland

Tennet TSO B.V.


Vermilion Energy Netherlands B.V.

Stedin Netbeheer B.V.

Neptune Energy Netherlands B.V.

Cogas B.V.

Uniper Benelux N.V.


LC Energy B.V.

Enexis Netbeheer B.V.

Nogepa Nederlandse Olie en Gas Exploratie en Productie Associatie

TAQA Energy B.V.

ONE-Dyas B.V.

BAM Bouw en Vastgoed Nederland B.V. (BAM Energy Systems)



Municipality of Schiedam

Netbeheer Nederland

Energie Nederland

Rotterdam Rijn Pijpleiding (RRP)


Municipality of Rotterdam

Work highlights

  • Advising four major energy suppliers (Eneco/ENGIE/ Essent/Vattenfall) with regard to implications of the national measures to safeguard the security of gas supply.
  • Advising Vereniging van Waterbedrijven in Nederland (Association of Water Companies in the Netherlands) on obligations to supply drinking water and possible options to prioritise in delivering drinking water.
  • Advising on the public easements that will be needed for the development of the Delta Corridor project, comprising of a bundle of four pipelines between the Rotterdam port, Chemelot and the German Rhineland region.

Van Doorne

The ‘pleasant team’ at Van Doorne has experience advising its clients on both transactional and regulatory energy-related matters spanning hydrogen, carbon, heat, electricity and LNG. Léone Klapwijk has expertise in regulatory aspects of energy matters, whilst Diederik Maessen is transaction-focused; the pair oversee the practice. Other key practitioners to note include regulatory expert counsel Victor van Ahee, who has experience giving advice in connection with the energy transition alongside Klapwijk, and M&A-focused senior associate Yannie Lam, who joined in January 2023 from Eversheds Sutherland.

Practice head(s):

Léone Klapwijk; Diederik Maessen

Other key lawyers:

Victor van Ahee; Loes Pustjens; Rogier Schellaars; Daan Beenders


‘A pleasant team to work with, with relevant experience in the wide-range of energy-related legal matters, which is unique in the field.’

‘Victor van Ahee is a good adviser to work with in the field of energy and environmental matters. He has an eye for the business, not just the legal issues.’

‘Diederik Maessen is the go-to figure when it comes to energy projects. He has excellent sector knowledge, vast corporate and finance experience and extensive contract writing experience. In addition, he has a very practical approach and is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Pleasant to work with and well aware of all the developments in the energy sector. We appreciate the collaboration we have with the team.’

‘We appreciate the entire team. Victor van Ahee’s expertise stand-out.’

‘Diederik Maessen is an outstanding business partner, who I consider a trusted advisor, who is always aiming to help us as a client reach the best result. ’

‘Léone Klapwijk is very responsive and involved and feels more like a business partner than an external counsel.’

‘Diederik Maessen is a true energy projects specialist. He is very intelligent, understands the commercial and legal dynamics of a transaction and is able to translate complex legal issues into down-to-earth language. He is extremely pleasant to work with.’

Key clients



Port of Rotterdam


Royal Vopak




RockRose Energy


Tata Steel

Asper Investments

Asper Dorothea





Work highlights

  • Assisting Gasunie and Royal Vopak as their joint project counsel for the development of CO2next, where emitters can send their captured CO2 emissions by ship for permanent storage in depleted offshore gas fields.
  • Assisting Gasunie and Royal Vopak as their joint project counsel on Vopak’s contemplated acquisition of a 50% stake in Gasunie’s EemsEnergy LNG terminal, a FSRU-based LNG import terminal.
  • Advising one of the largest international oil and gas companies active in the North Sea on its bid of the offshore interests of the NAM, the Dutch oil and gas exploration and production company owned by Shell and ExxonMobile.