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Energy & Natural Resources: Transactional — Netherlands


Allen & Overy LLP - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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What the team is known for Outstanding transactional firm with strong energy regulatory capabilities. Advises major energy companies on the full spectrum of issues, including project finance, M&A and construction, as well as disputes. Especially assists major lenders with the financing of renewable energy projects, including wind and solar farm developments. Also possesses extensive experience in the oil, gas and electricity sectors. Regularly handles key energy-related litigation and arbitration mandates.

Strengths The firm particularly attracts praise for its project finance expertise, with market sources describing its lawyers as "very experienced in energy."

Work highlights Advised the lenders, which included Rabobank and ING, on the EUR215 million financing of the 100 MW Krammer Wind Park in Zeeland.

Assisted DONG Energy, Eneco and Nuon Energy with exemption applications to stipulated European procurement guidelines in the energy sector.

Notable practitioners

Marinus Winters earns the respect of sources as "a very good lawyer," with another interviewee noting that he "is fully dedicated to the energy sector." He concentrates on regulatory mandates in the electricity and gas sectors, including tariff and construction issues, as well as competition-related matters. He recently advised Uniper Benelux on the possible enforced closing down of its coal power plant on the Maasvlakte.

Werner Runge is well regarded for his strong project finance expertise, often advising lenders and borrowers on key energy developments. Interviewees enthuse that he "will walk the extra mile to make things work." He advised Landesbank Baden-Württemberg on the financing of several solar projects, including SunPort Delfzijl, Solar Park Veendam and Solar Park Groene Hoek.

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Baker McKenzie - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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What the team is known for Well-regarded energy practice with a strong focus on deals in the renewable energy sector. Especially active in the wind energy sector, it regularly handles project financing and development, as well as acquisitions and divestments. Also well versed in solar energy and gas, it regularly assists leading domestic and international energy companies and financial institutions.

Strengths The team's expertise in this sector is appreciated by clients, who admire its "solid and in-depth knowledge of the energy market." This source also commends the lawyers' "personal approach."

Additional interviewees highlight the firm's "client-focused service" as a key attribute.

Work highlights Assisted the developers and operators of the NOP Agrowind project with the EUR400 million financing, development and construction of a 195 MW wind farm.

Notable practitioners

Jason van de Pol and Lin Yuen are points of contact for this practice.

About the Team (content provided by Baker McKenzie)

Baker McKenzie is a leader in advising companies, governments, public authorities and financiers in the power, renewables, climate change, oil and gas and infrastructure sectors. Its Dutch and global Energy, Mining and Infrastructure (EMI) Group has a well-established reputation for delivering business-oriented advice, focused on anticipating client requirements and responding rapidly to any technical issues as they arise. It has over 100 international lawyers in the world's energy capitals and combines legal and industry capabilities to facilitate rapid and strategic deal execution with experience in cross-border and domestic transactions. Year-on-year, the EMI Group is one of the groups achieving strong growth and profitability. The Amsterdam based practice focuses on power, renewables and climate change.

Although over the years Baker McKenzie has had a significant number of clients active in the energy sector and has certainly done more than its fair share of transactions in that sector, up to 2014, it did not profile itself as an EMI practice in Amsterdam. Market trends prompted the Baker McKenzie Amsterdam office to expand its own EMI team, by hiring various well known practitioners in the market. To start this process, it hired 5 practitioners from the Norton Rose Fulbright Amsterdam energy team, in 2014, including principal Weero Koster, NRF's Head of Energy for the EMEA region and co-founder of NRF's Amsterdam office in 2002.

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Clifford Chance LLP - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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What the team is known for Respected transactional practice with a strong focus on project finance in the renewable energy sector, particularly offshore and onshore wind farms, as well as related advice on environmental permits. Also active in the oil and gas markets, where it regularly handles M&A and financing transactions. Acts for energy companies and financial institutions.

Notable practitioners

Hein Tonnaer is well known in the market for his project finance expertise, frequently acting on offshore and onshore wind projects. Clients appreciate his "experience in wind energy combined with project finance."

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CMS - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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What the team is known for Advises leading domestic and international companies on an array of energy-related M&A and financings. Well versed in the renewable energy sector, including wind and solar energy, as well as non-renewable power. Also combines with various other departments in energy matters, including in relation to competition, litigation and public procurement issues.

Strengths The team's efficiency earns plaudits from clients, who report: "They have a hands-on mentality" and "avoid large amounts of paperwork, which I appreciate."

Further clients admire the firm's thorough and accurate approach, noting: "They think through the details and when we receive advice, there are no mistakes. It has been really excellent."

Work highlights Assisted DONG Energy with offshore wind project tenders, including in relation to the Borssele I and II wind parks.

Advised Tesla on the EPC contracts for its Powerpack and Powerwall battery products.

Notable practitioners

Transactional lawyer Cecilia van der Weijden is praised as "brilliant and very efficient" by interviewees. Her practice spans M&A and project financing, acting for sponsors and lenders on renewable and non-renewable energy mandates. She acted for the SunPort Delfzijl project on the EUR40 million financing of its 30MW solar park.

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De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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What the team is known for Outstanding energy practice with an exceptionally broad scope of expertise covering M&A and finance transactions, disputes and regulatory issues. Especially active in the renewable energy market, including in relation to onshore and offshore wind projects, as well as LNG and gas storage mandates. Regularly advises large Dutch and international companies on high-profile matters, including in relation to energy transition.

Strengths Clients indicate that the firm "delivers excellent service," winning particular praise for the "ability to translate its knowledge into an effective strategy."

Further clients concur, noting that "their advice is spot-on."

Work highlights Assisted TenneT with several matters, including regulatory issues linked to the development of the Borssele, Hollandse Kust (Zuid) and Hollandse Kust (Noord) wind farms.

Acted for Port of Rotterdam on the development of an onshore wind farm on Maasvlakte 2.

Notable practitioners

Anja Mutsaers is highly respected among market sources, regularly handling domestic and international M&A and private equity deals in the energy space. Sources appreciate that "she always finds time" to help clients and has the ability "to keep a good atmosphere" during negotiations. She acted for Caldic on various cross-border transactions, including its acquisition of R2 Group and RoRe Technologies, as well as the sale of Caldic Group to Goldman Sachs' private equity funds.

Marnix Leijten regularly tackles litigation and arbitration cases in the energy space. Clients attest: "He is one of the best international arbitration lawyers I have seen; he is very alert and has strategic insight." He was involved in defending Enel against the enforcement of a court ruling in Albania, which involved an alleged breach of due process and natural justice.

Nicolien van den Biggelaar specialises in environmental law, often advising on regulatory issues associated with energy projects. Clients enthuse that she "knows really well what is allowed and what is not, and is very on-the-ball and accurate." She advised various municipalities as shareholders, including Rotterdam, The Hague and Dordrecht, on the proposed sale of shares in Eneco Groep.

Arjan Kleinhout receives impressive acclaim from market sources as "a regulatory energy expert," advising on issues such as project permits and tariffs. He played a key role in representing Gasunie before the administrative court, in relation to gas storage tariffs in the Netherlands.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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What the team is known for Broad energy practice with strength across the full spectrum of regulatory and transactional matters, covering such areas as dispute resolution, competition and restructuring. Well known for acting on coal tax litigation, as well as sale and purchase transactions in the oil, gas, electricity and renewables sectors. Regularly mandated by key domestic and international clients, including energy companies and funds.

Work highlights Acted for Neptune Energy Group on the acquisition of a majority stake in ENGIE's global E&P business.

Successfully represented Essent against the Kingdom of the Netherlands in opposition to the imposition of a coal tax.

Notable practitioners

Winfred Knibbeler uses his strong competition law knowledge to assist leading energy companies with disputes, especially concerning cartels, abuses of dominance and merger filings. He assisted Enexis with regulatory issues linked to legal unbundling requirements.

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Houthoff - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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What the team is known for Provides expertise on transactional and regulatory matters, acting for energy and utilities companies, financial institutions and government entities. Frequently acts on M&A transactions, financings and litigation in the oil and gas sector. Well versed in the renewable energy sector, especially wind and waste-to-energy projects. Collaborates closely with the firm's other departments, including in relation to competition, environmental law and litigation.

Strengths The team's accessibility is highlighted as a strength, with interviewees reporting: "They come up with practical solutions and listen to the client," as well as being "professional and friendly at the same time and always reachable."

Additional clients admire the firm's direct approach, noting that it provides "to-the-point advice."

Work highlights Advised Shanks Group on its EUR482 million merger with Van Gansewinkel, towards the creation of a waste-to-energy company.

Assisted the shareholders of Essent with its EUR200 million unbundling transaction, which occurred after the company's sale to RWE.

Notable practitioners

Kirsten Berger is a well-respected energy transactional lawyer, who clients describe as "very precise, practical and knowledgeable in this field." She is often mandated on wind, LNG and power plant projects, regularly advising leading energy companies.

Regulatory lawyer Marc van Beuge is described by clients as "very to-the-point, hands-on and responsive, with extensive knowledge." He regularly handles matters relating to gas, electricity, renewable and heat energy, with clients reporting that he "rolls up his sleeves and gets busy with the job if and when needed." He was involved in advising Eneco on various regulatory matters, including in relation to the launch of a battery storage-related product.

About the Team (content provided by Houthoff)

The Energy Agreement, the Paris climate agreement and developments in technology are dominating the energy sector. Houthoff’s experienced Energy Team identifies the commercial opportunities that these changes bring. Investments in wind and solar energy, biorefining and large-scale energy storage are all here to stay. CO2 emissions have to be reduced, which means that production processes need to be more efficient. This requires significant investment on the part of the industry. Houthoff is recognised nationally and internationally within the sector and helps energy companies, government bodies, manufacturers, investors and large energy consumers make smart and successful energy decisions.

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Loyens & Loeff - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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What the team is known for Top-notch energy team which is particularly adept in regulatory mandates. Has a vibrant practice in relation to offshore wind and solar projects, alongside strong litigation and transactional capabilities within the energy sector. Clients include major players in upstream and midstream oil and gas, utilities and renewable energy, as well as financial institutions. Especially well placed to advise on a variety of tax-related issues in the energy industry.

Strengths Sources appreciate the team's attentiveness and commercial acumen, noting its "responsiveness and good balance between accurate technical advice and business awareness" as key attributes.

Further interviewees say: "It is a broad and large independent firm, which is very strong in energy."

Work highlights Acted for Eneco and Stedin on a case against the municipality of Rotterdam, linked to the cost allocation involved in rearranging cables.

Advised DIF on the sale of all assets held by the DIF Infrastructure II fund to APG Asset Management.

Notable practitioners

Max Oosterhuis is noted by sources for his "wealth of experience" in energy matters, advising on both transactional and regulatory matters. He has extensive expertise on the range of upstream, midstream and downstream energy matters, regularly assisting domestic and international power companies, as well as government entities. He represented Port Authority of Antwerp in an appeal against the proposed route of a cable connecting the DONG offshore wind project to the Dutch mainland.

Roland de Vlam handles a range of energy and mining regulatory issues, with particular expertise in the renewable energy sector. He represented Contour Global Bonaire against a tariff ruling by the Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets, linked to power pricing regulations on the island of Bonaire.

About the Team (content provided by Loyens & Loeff)

Our energy practice is rooted in the energy sector with a premium domestic and international client base in all segments of the energy market:

  • global players in upstream and midstream oil & gas​
  • (inter)national energy and utilities companies
  • financial institutions
  • large industrial consumers
  • various parties engaging activities in the field of renewable energy

Developments and opportunities
The global energy sector as a whole progresses at a tremendous pace as it transitions from conventional to renewable energy sources. These developments provide new opportunities to market players which must be equipped to withstand the increasingly challenging environment under the constant scrutiny from regulators, lawmakers, tax authorities, shareholders and other stakeholders.

Our energy practice is at the core of these developments. Our integrated team of tax and legal energy experts can support clients in making sound business decisions. We furthermore can assist and represent clients in dispute resolution and litigation, in civil law and administrative cases.

Full-service practice
What sets us apart from our competitors is that we provide integrated tax, legal and notarial services. This is why work that has a tax and legal dimension, such as international (re-)structurings, investments/acquisitions, (project) financings, and investment management (funds) comes natural to us. We work toghether on a cross-boarder basis in our home markets the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg & Switzerland.

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NautaDutilh - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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What the team is known for Long-standing transactional energy practice, regularly entrusted by leading oil and gas companies, as well as project sponsors and government entities. Draws on its extensive experience in the oil and gas industry to advise on the full range of upstream, midstream and downstream matters. Able to combine transactional and regulatory expertise to provide a full service to clients. Active in the renewable energy sector.

Strengths The team's accessibility and business-minded approach attracts praise, with clients noting: "They are very responsive and commercially-oriented, providing concise advice. They are a great solution provider."

Further sources are impressed by its bench strength, highlighting the firm's "very broad and deep practice."

Work highlights Advised PZEM on the EUR488 million sale of its retail business to EQT Infrastructure, as well as on the EUR610 million sale of its grid company to Stedin.

Assisted Total with its acquisition of PitPoint, which involved due diligence and the drafting of transaction documents.

Notable practitioners

Jaap Jan Trommel is noted for his oil and gas expertise, with clients appreciating his "technical knowledge and business acumen." He advises both domestic and international clients on transactions in this sector, having recently acted for Centrica on the formation of a joint venture with Bayerngas Norge.

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The energy sector is in a constant state of transition owing to technical and political developments and associated regulations. NautaDutilh plays an innovative, leading role in these developments through its involvement in pioneering cases in the sector.

Our portfolio lists projects such as setting up the first continental gas exchange (ICE-ENDEX), the first gas storage in salt caverns in the Netherlands (Zuidwending), restructuring the gas market, the purchase by the national government of the Dutch gas and high-tension network, the first privatisation of an electricity producer (EZH), the first non-recourse project financing of an electricity power station in continental Europe, and the world’s biggest carbon capture and storage (CCS) project. NautaDutilh’s energy practice began with the first big natural gas find in the Netherlands in the 1960s. Our long experience, large network and broad practice are brought to bear as we support clients in arriving at innovative solutions. Our extensive experience with legal work in the sector enables us to tackle sector-specific cases – large and small – efficiently, and to support the client on points they may not have considered.

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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What the team is known for Transaction-focused practice advising utilities, banks, project developers and upstream companies on a wide range of matters ranging from M&A transactions, through project finance to commercial contracts. Particularly involved in the renewables, upstream oil and gas and energy infrastructure sectors. Also handles regulatory issues, including advice on permitting and environmental issues. Well integrated with the firm's esteemed international energy practice.

Strengths The firm's overall breadth of expertise is a draw for clients.

Work highlights Advised the developers of the 198 MW wind farm NOP Agrowind on EPC, O&M and PPA contracts related to the project.

Advised Ballast Nedam on energy supply arrangements in relation to the establishment of a penitentiary powered by various different energy sources such as solar and wind.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Wouter Hertzberger is a key point of contact for clients.

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Ploum - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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What the team is known for Transactional team with a strong focus on clients from the oil and gas sector, assisting with midstream and downstream matters. Developing its renewable energy practice, including solar and geothermal projects. Scope of expertise covers M&A deals, tendering, contracts and network registration. Provides a wide scope of service through its integration with the firm's environmental and planning, public procurement, competition and regulatory departments.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's dependably swift service, describing it as "reliable, knowledgeable and fast."

Additional sources are impressed by the team's practical approach, reporting that it is "modern and pragmatic."

Work highlights Assisted Nuon/Vattenfall with the divestment of its 115 hectare industry park in Emmen.

Advised Eneco on the formation of a 16.5km heat transmission network between Rozenburg and Rotterdam.

Notable practitioners

According to clients Stephan Sluijters is "solution-oriented, pragmatic" and possesses "commercial understanding." He handles a high volume of energy transactions, including in the oil and gas and renewable energy sectors. He advised Maas Capital Renewables on the establishment of a joint venture with Solar Access.

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Stek - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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What the team is known for Top-tier regulatory firm advising energy distribution companies and their representative organisations as well as prestigious domestic energy players on regulatory issues in and out of court, in addition to a growing corporate practice. Strong track record in energy-related litigation. Also has experience in advising regulators and the state on the electricity and gas markets. Has further enhanced its transactional offering, especially in the renewable energy sector.

Strengths Clients are quick to commend the team's attentive and detailed approach. Sources say: "Their response times are short and they never fail to provide advice even when faced with very tight deadlines. Their industry knowledge is excellent and the advice is always appropriate, to-the-point, practical and thorough."

Further clients appreciate the team's "hands-on mentality," reporting that the lawyers "work well together on issues where collaboration is required."

Value for Money The firm's fees are appreciated by numerous clients, who remark: "They are very efficient and we really get value for money."

Work highlights Successfully represented DONG Energy, RWE and Eneco in the reclamation of tariff payments from Gasunie.

Acted for Stedin on the EUR610 million sale of DELTA Netwerkgroep by PZEM.

Notable practitioners

Jan Erik Janssen attracts widespread praise from sources as "an outstanding regulatory lawyer," frequently advising leading energy distributors. He is especially appreciated by clients for his "very thorough yet practical approach." He acted for all electricity and gas distributors represented by Netbeheer Nederland on an appeal against newly imposed transportation tariff methods by the Authority for Consumers and Markets.

Reijnoud Homveld regularly handles transactions on behalf of energy companies, private equity funds and banks. Clients report that he "knows the energy sector very well" and is "a great sparring partner, who knows what the customer wants." He acted for Maas Capital and YARD Energy on the sale of two Finnish wind farms to Eurus Energy, as well as advising YARD energy on the sale of nine Dutch wind farms to Eurus Energy.

Martha Brinkman handles both advisory and contentious regulatory matters in the energy sector. Clients report that "she knows how to keep an overview of complex issues and is very accurate." She was involved in representing Tata Steel in claims against TenneT, relating to a power outage on TenneT's national grid in 2015.

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Stek is a go-to energy firm in the Netherlands. Stek’s regulatory team represents all the energy distribution companies as well as many household suppliers in the Dutch market and several large industrial energy consumers on strategic energy regulatory and public affairs issues in and out of court. Regulatory/disputes partner Jan Erik Janssen has been voted best energy lawyer in the Netherlands by his peers.

Counsel Martha Brinkman and Stephanie Dielemans-Goossens, both energy regulatory experts with stellar track records in civil and administrative energy litigation, are instrumental team members. Stek has again been successful for its clients in many well-known cases before the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets and civil and administrative courts and the Administrative High Court in the Netherlands. The team also frequently drafts all kinds of sourcing, purchase and sale agreements and general conditions for various market parties.

Stek also provides the full range of corporate, finance and regulatory services in the fields of M&A transactions and (renewable) energy projects (including biomass, biofuels, wind, geothermal, heat and solar). Clients include energy corporates, grid companies, financial institutions, new players, private equity funds and investors. The energy transactional and projects practice is led by partners Reijnoud Homveld and Jeroen Timmermans. Senior associate Claudia Beele is an instrumental part of the energy transactional and projects team.

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Stibbe - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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What the team is known for First-class transactional team engaged in market-leading projects in the offshore wind sector. Regularly entrusted by leading energy and industrial companies to handle M&A, financing and project development. Also handles the regulatory aspects of onshore wind projects, including permitting issues. Additionally well versed in handling natural gas-related mandates.

Strengths Clients are impressed by the firm's business-savvy outlook, reporting: "Apart from practical knowledge, they are extremely responsive and quite commercial in their approach."

Another client describes the team's advice as "sharp and realistic," whilst other sources appreciate its "hands-on mentality."

Work highlights Advised DONG Energy on the development of the Borssele 1 and 11 offshore wind project.

Assisted SEGRO with various aspects of its solar projects, including the drafting of agreements and tax issues.

Notable practitioners

Martin In de Braekt is lauded by one source as "the best energy lawyer in the Netherlands." Described by additional interviewees as "a very strategic thinker who gives sound advice," he regularly handles key deals in the offshore wind space, as well as related regulatory issues. He advised Eurus Energy on the acquisition of onshore wind parks in the Netherlands, as well as assisting with related regulatory issues.

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Senior Statesperson

Loyens & Loeff

From the Chambers Europe guide

Max Oosterhuis is noted by sources for his "wealth of experience" in energy matters, advising on both transactional and regulatory matters. He has extensive expertise on the range of upstream, midstream and downstream energy matters, regularly assisting domestic and international power companies, as well as government entities. He represented Port Authority of Antwerp in an appeal against the proposed route of a cable connecting the DONG offshore wind project to the Dutch mainland.

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Martin In de Braekt

Stibbe

From the Chambers Europe guide

Martin In de Braekt is lauded by one source as "the best energy lawyer in the Netherlands." Described by additional interviewees as "a very strategic thinker who gives sound advice," he regularly handles key deals in the offshore wind space, as well as related regulatory issues. He advised Eurus Energy on the acquisition of onshore wind parks in the Netherlands, as well as assisting with related regulatory issues.

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Houthoff

From the Chambers Europe guide

Kirsten Berger is a well-respected energy transactional lawyer, who clients describe as "very precise, practical and knowledgeable in this field." She is often mandated on wind, LNG and power plant projects, regularly advising leading energy companies.

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De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

From the Chambers Europe guide

Anja Mutsaers is highly respected among market sources, regularly handling domestic and international M&A and private equity deals in the energy space. Sources appreciate that "she always finds time" to help clients and has the ability "to keep a good atmosphere" during negotiations. She acted for Caldic on various cross-border transactions, including its acquisition of R2 Group and RoRe Technologies, as well as the sale of Caldic Group to Goldman Sachs' private equity funds.

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Stek

From the Chambers Europe guide

Reijnoud Homveld regularly handles transactions on behalf of energy companies, private equity funds and banks. Clients report that he "knows the energy sector very well" and is "a great sparring partner, who knows what the customer wants." He acted for Maas Capital and YARD Energy on the sale of two Finnish wind farms to Eurus Energy, as well as advising YARD energy on the sale of nine Dutch wind farms to Eurus Energy.

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Aeolian B.V.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Weero Koster is a sole practitioner at Aeolian B.V. and assists domestic and multinational energy companies with a range of renewable and non-renewable deals, including M&A and project finance. Interviewees say he is "client-focused, knowledgeable, a good negotiator and friendly," whilst other sources describe him as "very experienced, pragmatic" and someone who "gets the job done."

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Werner Runge is well regarded for his strong project finance expertise, often advising lenders and borrowers on key energy developments. Interviewees enthuse that he "will walk the extra mile to make things work." He advised Landesbank Baden-Württemberg on the financing of several solar projects, including SunPort Delfzijl, Solar Park Veendam and Solar Park Groene Hoek.

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Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Hein Tonnaer is well known in the market for his project finance expertise, frequently acting on offshore and onshore wind projects. Clients appreciate his "experience in wind energy combined with project finance."

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NautaDutilh

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jaap Jan Trommel is noted for his oil and gas expertise, with clients appreciating his "technical knowledge and business acumen." He advises both domestic and international clients on transactions in this sector, having recently acted for Centrica on the formation of a joint venture with Bayerngas Norge.

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Cecilia van der Weijden

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Transactional lawyer Cecilia van der Weijden is praised as "brilliant and very efficient" by interviewees. Her practice spans M&A and project financing, acting for sponsors and lenders on renewable and non-renewable energy mandates. She acted for the SunPort Delfzijl project on the EUR40 million financing of its 30MW solar park.

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Stephan Sluijters

Ploum

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to clients Stephan Sluijters is "solution-oriented, pragmatic" and possesses "commercial understanding." He handles a high volume of energy transactions, including in the oil and gas and renewable energy sectors. He advised Maas Capital Renewables on the establishment of a joint venture with Solar Access.

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Band 4

Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers Europe guide

Miriam Van Ee of Eversheds Sutherland leads the firm's energy offering, with extensive expertise in M&A, joint ventures and demergers in the oil and gas and renewables spaces. She is praised for her "practical and effective approach," by sources who add that "for her, it is only clients' interests that count." She assisted Blue Sphere Corporation with the development of biogas projects in the Netherlands, including advice on construction contracts, lease agreements and project finance.

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Up and Coming

Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Anouk Oosterom of Linklaters handles M&A and joint ventures, including in relation to oil and gas and renewable energy. Clients say she is "pragmatic and solution-driven," whilst additional sources describe her as "a very pleasant person to work with." She assisted Greenko Power Projects with its purchase of SunEdison's India-based wind and solar energy interests.

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