Wouter Vandorpe, Of Counsel, Energy and Utilities

Wouter Vandorpe, Of Counsel, Energy and Utilities, Fieldfisher

I am Of Counsel in the Brussels office of Fieldfisher in the Energy and Utilities team.

I advise on energy law related matters (electricity/gas), renewable energy projects and drafting of energy contracts.

I have expertise in (large) energy projects and due diligence as well as negotiation with regulators on technical energy law; half is European Law and half is Belgian Law.

I act before the Belgian Council of State and Constitutional Court, and the European Court of Justice. I am also a researcher for the Institute of Environmental and Energy Law at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, and editor of the legal journal on environmental and energy law (M.E.R.).

Our team is involved in landmark energy cases in Belgium and the EU, including support issues, free movement, gas tenders, Zeebrugge hub, major acquisitions and smart energy or demand response. We also assist in licensing (environmental, building, supply, production etc).

Personally, I try to be a versatile lawyer with a practical approach. I am able to collect technical information and to identify precisely the problems. I strive to manage and complete projects, with attention to detail.

I recently published articles on smart energy (M.E.R.), gas regulation (GTDT) and on energy arbitration. My speaking engagements include seminars before VOKA, OVED, KULeuven and in-house seminars.

I speak Dutch (mother tongue), French, English and Spanish, and I have basic knowledge of German, Catalan and Russian.

In my spare time I am a trail runner and an outdoor and arts enthusiast.