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Advising across the spectrum of complex power matters, our specialist team routinely delivers tailor-made solutions that are ready to be immediately implemented.

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Across both the Netherlands and Belgium, our specialists are involved in some of the largest power projects advising project companies, sponsors, offtakers, contractors and lenders.

Such experience ensures our knowledge and expertise are at the forefront of the industry, enabling us to advise on and address the most complex issues and points of interest in our clients’ projects. These include M&A transactions, project development (including construction and operation aspects), drafting and negotiating power sales agreements, regulatory issues, permits and relations with grid companies, regulators and other stakeholders.

Of particular note is our in-depth involvement in power projects for onshore and offshore wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, coal, gas and nuclear.

We also regularly advise industrial offtakers on their sourcing strategy, including the development of their own power production projects, as well as advising on regulatory issues such as closed distribution systems and direct lines.

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Short Reads - Legislative background On 22 December 2015, the Dutch Senate rejected the legislative proposal "STROOM", which included provisions to effectuate the Dutch Energy Agreement (Energieakkoord), by the narrowest of margins. Subsequently, a substantively similar legislative proposal, the Energy Transition Act (wet VET) was tabled and then shelved, as it was declared "controversial" by the Dutch House of Representatives, meaning that debate on the proposal was postponed until the new Dutch government was in office.

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14.03.2018 EU law
The Court of Justice of the European Union Rules that Intra-EU Investment Arbitration is Incompatible with EU Law: Reflections and Consequences for the Energy Charter Treaty

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23.01.2018 NL law
FAQ: wanneer is een subsidie overdraagbaar?

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20.04.2018 NL law
De harmonisering van milieuzones

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Speaking slot - Enterprise Europe Network Vlaanderen (a professional network of regional organizations whose mission is to help innovative SMEs to conquer foreign markets) organizes a seminar in Antwerp on how to find foreign business partners and how to deal with them. Stibbe's IP partner, Ignace Vernimme, gives a presentation titled: IPRs: a key tool for innovative SMEs to conquer foreign markets.

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05.04.2018 NL law
Dutch Government announces termination of natural gas extraction in Groningen

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