Mr Sophie Dingenen > Bird & Bird LLP > The Hague, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile

Bird & Bird LLP
ZUID-HOLLANDPLEIN 22
2596 AW DEN HAAG
Netherlands

Work Department

Sophie is a Corporate & Projects Partner heading our Energy Team and sits in the Steering Committee for our global Energy & Utilities Group. She co-heads our International Renewables Group and is globally responsible for the development of wind.

Position

Sophie has been advising the energy sector since 1999 on all corporate, projects and contract matters. After being involved in all the major energy transactions and regulatory changes during the privatisation of the Dutch energy market, her practice now mostly focuses on the structuring and, more specifically, the development and construction of national and international energy projects. Sophie has vast experience in drafting and negotiating key project agreements – for both conventional and renewable energy projects – which are often the basis for securing project financing.

With a corporate background, Sophie also advises national and international (energy) companies on privatisations, cross border mergers and acquisitions, and restructurings. In addition, Sophie has advised energy companies and financial institutions on the contractual and corporate issues related to legal consequences of the regulatory changes. She regularly advises on innovative structures such as Corporate PPAs enabling acceleration of the renewable energy transition. She was Nominated Euromoney’s European Women in Business Law award ‘Best in Energy’ in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Before joining us, Sophie worked both for other international law firms and in house where she led the legal aspects of the development of projects. She has extensive experience in providing strategic & boardroom advice.

Sophie is dual qualified in the Netherlands and in the UK.

She is a member of a number of professional associations, including the Dutch Energy Law Association (NeVER), the International Bar Association (IBA) and the UK Society of Construction Law. Sophie speaks regularly on conferences and her numerous articles on energy-related subjects are published in both legal and industry magazines.

Career

Sophie is a Corporate & Projects Partner heading our Energy Team and sits in the Steering Committee for our global Energy & Utilities Group. She co-heads our International Renewables Group and is globally responsible for the development of wind.

Before joining us, Sophie worked both for large international law firms, and in house where she led the legal team on the development of several cross border multi-billion projects.  Through her in house roles, she gained extensive experience in providing strategic & boardroom advice to relevant stakeholders and she is seen by her clients as a true business partner rather than an external lawyer.

Languages

English and Dutch

Memberships

  • Dutch Energy Law Association (NeVER)
  • International Bar Association
  • UK Society of Construction Law

Education

  • Civil law, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (1996-2002)
  • Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test, College of Law, London (2007)
  • Commercial and Business Law, College of Law, London (2006-2007)

Lawyer Rankings

Netherlands > Commercial, corporate and M&a

Bird & Bird LLP partners are ‘super hands-on and proactively involve the right specialists within the firm, drafting side documents, and proposing alternative solutions to concerns‘. Practice head Pauline Vos ‘proposes solutions that always take account of the bigger picture and the deal specifics‘. Sophie Dingenen and René Rieter are also noted. Vos and Rieter advised Telindus Netherlands on its acquisition of Umbrio Group, a leading specialist in IT and network operations, monitoring, and analytics. They also advised Riverside Partners, the Boston-based private equity firm, and portfolio company Calero Software on the acquisition of A&B Groep and cMerge IT.

Netherlands > Energy: regulatory

Corporate and projects partner Sophie Dingenen heads up the team at Bird & Bird LLP providing expertise especially in the renewables space; she is counsel to URENCO ChemPlants where she advises on all project-related matters. Dingenen is assisted by associate Tialda Beetstra who has a focus on regulatory matters. The practice has counted Air Products, ENGIE Group, and Rendant among its clients. Michelle de Rijke joined Van der Feltz Advocaten in October 2018.

Netherlands > Energy: transactional

Bird & Bird LLP handles the structuring and development of national and international energy projects, especially in the wind and solar sectors. Sophie Dingenen, who is dual-qualified in the Netherlands and the UK, is advising Unisun Energy Group on the acquisition of a solar portfolio and on the development of future projects. She is also project counsel to URENCO ChemPlants and provides strategic advice to the URENCO board. Other clients include Suntech, Eurus Energy Europe, and Better Energy Group.