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 > Environment and planning

Dentons’ dedicated public law team attracts significant mandates in the energy, infrastructure and real estate development spaces. Jan Jakob Peelen heads the practice and focuses on environmental law, procurement law and general administrative law. Valentijn Leijh was recently promoted to partner and advises private parties and government institutions on project development, zoning and planning law.

Netherlands > Energy: transactional

The energy team at Dentons is made up of experts in corporate, project finance, projects, environmental, regulatory, construction and tax. It is particularly experienced in the renewables sector, where it advises on wind, solar and biomass projects. Jan Jakob Peelen leads the practice, which was strengthened by Jacqueline Bell‘s arrival from Allen & Overy LLP. David Griston left for an in-house role at Bouncebackability.

Netherlands > Energy: regulatory

The energy team at Dentons takes a holistic approach to regulatory matters, leveraging the expertise of its corporate, project finance, projects, environment, regulatory, construction and tax groups. With a focus on renewables, the practice is active in wind, solar, and biomass projects. The Amsterdam group utilises Libryo technology to keep track of changing regulations across multiple jurisdictions. Jan Jakob Peelen heads up the team, which includes David Shearer, who made partner in 2020. David Griston left for an in-house role at Bouncebackability.