Mr Jan Jakob Peelen > Dentons > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile

1082 MA

Work Department

Public Policy and Regulation


Jan Jakob Peelen is head of the Public Law practice in Amsterdam and a partner in the Energy group. He focuses on environmental law, planning, energy regulations and general administrative law. Amongst others, Jan Jakob advises on the development of various biomass power plants, waste-to-energy / waste-to-product projects, solar projects, and wind projects. In these projects, Jan Jakob assists the client throughout the duration of the project, from the preparation of the permit applications, up to the proceedings before the administrative courts.

In addition to the project development practice, Jan Jakob also regularly advises investors and financial institutions on M&A and project finance transactions in the energy space. Amongst others, Jan Jakob advises on investments in solar projects, wind projects, and biomass projects, where Jan Jakob advises the client on the regulatory issues to be taken into account in the investment decision.

Jan Jakob also advises clients in the chemical industry and the healthcare and life sciences sector on health and safety and environmental issues, such as in relation to the EU REACH Regulation.

Jan Jakob is recognized as one of the leading lawyers by the Legal 500 directory, in which clients describe him as ‘proactive’, ‘precise’ and ‘esteemed’.


2018 – current         Partner, Dentons Europe LLP
2015 – 2018            Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
2011 – 2015            Senior associate, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
2005 – 2011            Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP


Dutch and English


Dutch Bar Association
Association for environmental law (Vereniging voor milieurecht)
Association for environmental lawyers (Vereniging voor milieurecht advocaten)
Association for construction law (Vereniging voor bouwrecht)


2011                           Grotius, post graduate course on spatial planning and environmental law
2010                           IBR course on public construction law
2005 – 2008                Professional training Dutch bar association
1999 – 2005                Law, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

Lawyer Rankings

Netherlands > Energy: regulatory

Dentons‘ energy team draws on strengths from its corporate, finance, projects, environmental, regulatory and tax practitioners to advise on a range of traditional and renewable energy projects. It has particular experience in the wind, solar, biomass and waste-to-energy sectors. Practice head Jan Jakob Peelen is particularly known for his experience in permitting matters.

Netherlands > Energy: transactional

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.

Netherlands > Environment and planning

Dentons has ‘excellent knowledge regarding environmental law affairs’ and offers clients a dedicated environment and planning team. With Jan Jakob Peelen at the helm, the practice advises businesses on environmental permitting, planning, procurement, and public and administrative law, as well as handling related litigation. Valentijn Leijh is recommended for spatial planning and project development.