The Energy team has developed an extensive practice in advising and assisting clients in the Belgian and international electricity and gas sectors. It has acted on a wide range of commercial and regulatory matters, both in Belgium and abroad.
Members of the group are known in the sector for having contributed to the implementation of both the Electricity and Gas Directive in the Belgian federal law and regional laws, as well as in other Member States, including the drafting of project laws and secondary legislation.
A key aspect of our energy work is our assistance to clients in the setting-up and revision of specific fully-fledged energy contracts. We take into account the latest regulatory developments when setting up these contracts, and offer expertise in both regulated and commercial energy contracts.
On the regulated contracts side, this expertise includes negotiation on connection and access contracts, transit contracts or access responsibility contracts. Specific commercial energy contracts vary from gas and electricity supply general conditions and term sheets, to O&M/BOT contracts for energy projects, and to high standard energy contracts such as tolling agreements, wheeling agreements or DDCA agreements.
Advice to new entrants
Members of our team have assisted major players on entering the European electricity and gas markets. Our experience includes work on competition issues such as long term gas and electricity supply contracts, TOP clauses, multi-site contracts, green certificates and default supplying mechanisms.
We have led commercial court proceedings, proceedings before the Belgian Council of State and Constitutional Court and before arbitration courts.
Construction and permitting
Members of our team have assisted major players in their construction projects for new power plants, both fossil-fuelled and those based on renewable sources of energy. Our work in this area involves both the preliminary contacts with regulatory authorities and permitting administrations, and the development of adapted corporate and contractual mechanisms within the regulated framework of network access.