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Energy law and utilities

The current energy sector is developing at a rapid pace and becoming technically more complex, entailing a wide range of legal risks, opportunities and challenges. The energy and utilities sector interacts with various legal areas and thus requires a multidisciplinary approach when giving advice or legal support.

The acquired expertise can be classified into the following domains:

  • Regulatory issues
  • Energy contracts
  • Advice to new entrants
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Construction and permitting
  • Greenhouse gas emissions-related mechanisms
  • Public procurement
  • Litigation

Energy Expertise

Noticeable deals and highlights:

  • We advised one of Europe’s leading electricity and gas companies in relation to its power plant regarding the Belgian Government’s subsidy mechanism for gas power plants for electricity security of supply. 
  • Our team assisted in the contractual arrangement of large and small battery storage in the Belgian energy market. 
  • We assisted a major Swiss energy supplier on the Belgian part of its market integration as a supplier in France and the Benelux, specifically in various regulated matters such as the positioning towards the new federal gas framework, and reviewing trading and supply agreements. 
  • The team supported a large international solar company on the purchase of various industrial photovoltaic installations in the Walloon and Flemish Region. 
  • We provided strategic advice to a petrochemical company in the context of obtaining permits and subsidies for the construction of a hydrogen production project. 
  • We assisted multiple provinces with contractual and public procurement issues (preparation of documents, assistance in procedure, specific contracts) related to financing and cooperation structures with Energy Service Companies (ESCOs), energy production, cooperatives and local energy communities. 
  • Our team also offered expertise on an International arbitration (ICAC) involving an American company and a Russian company, relating to a commercial dispute.