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Energy: Regulatory

Energy: Regulatory


Our firm

Van der Feltz advocaten is an independent boutique law firm, based in The Hague, the Netherlands. The firm advises and litigates on matters of public and civil law. The firm focuses on the following sectors:

  • Government;
  • Real Estate;
  • Energy;
  • Industry.

Our clients active in the Energy sector range from utility companies, parties active in (sustainable) energy projects, public authorities, such as municipalities, provinces, and environment agencies to property developers, investors and businesses in the (chemical) industry.

Our Energy & Utilities Practice

Our Energy & Utilities Practice covers the whole chain of contentious and non-contentious matters of (fossil) energy and utilities law. With a particular expertise in planning, permits and environmental (and zoning) issues, enforcement, compensation, procurement and construction law, we are ideally positioned to advise clients on renewable energy projects and fossil energy exploration. This unique combination of expertise and experience on the cutting edge of public and private law sets us apart from competitors.

In 2018 Michelle de Rijke boosted our energy team, which also includes Jacques Sluysmans and Ronald Olivier. Our firm represents private companies and public authorities throughout the energy sector’s chain of exploration, production, transport and supply. This includes matters relating to (fossil) onshore and offshore gas production as well as renewable energy projects (biofuels, geothermal energy, wind energy and solar energy).

Energy Transition

As a result of the energy transition agenda, we expect that more current and future clients will seek our support in that area. In that respect we regularly advise our clients on the implementation of the legislative agenda for the Energy Transition, the Paris Agreement, and the Environment and Planning Act, as these are determining factors for how energy companies, industries, and (regional) governments will plan their future strategies and activities. Our team works at the level where public affairs and strategic legal advice meet, providing our clients with guidance and assistance through (politically) sensitive issues and projects, towards creative and innovative solutions.

Our service

Our clients appreciate that we work with them as partners in business and that we offer high quality combined with cost efficiency. We aim at longlasting relationships in which mutual trust, close contact and excellent accessibility are essential. To ensure a solutions oriented business approach we make it our business to know our clients’ priorities, sensitivities and internal processes.

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