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David has significant experience in providing strategic advice and assistance in the liberalisation of the energy markets, including drafting legal and regulatory frameworks in the electricity and gas markets and drafting regulated and negotiated contracts in LNG, natural gas and electricity markets (project development, transit, supply, and trading).

He has developed an extensive practice in advising and assisting clients in the Belgian and European electricity and gas sectors and acted in various EU member states on a wide range of commercial and regulatory matters including, energy contracts, construction and permitting issues, greenhouse gas emissions related mechanisms, financing and public procurement.

Finally, he has extensive experience in proceedings before commercial courts, the Belgian Council of State, the Constitutional Court, the European Court of Justice and various arbitration courts. His recent work includes acting as arbitrator (ICAC, CEPINA) in commercial disputes. He is also a visiting lecturer at the Centre for Energy Law at the University of Aberdeen.

What others say…

David Haverbeke is very pleasant to work with. Thorough knowledge of the energy sector. A very good sparring partner for complex issues.

Legal 500, Industry focus Energy

Clients enthuse that David Haverbeke has a deep knowledge of Belgian energy regulation and regulatory workings, which he is able to share in an easy-to-understand and commercially astute way. 

Chambers Europe 2020, Energy

Brussels-based David Haverbeke frequently advises clients on matters relating to EU subsidies, public procurement and interactions with regulators. Clients enthuse that he offers an “outstanding performance”, boasting “experience in litigation, out-of-the-box thinking, being quick and efficient with excellent response times.”

Chambers Europe 2019

The 'efficient, pragmatic and solution-oriented' team at Fieldfisher is highlighted for its 'in-depth know-how of the energy sector'. Key names to note include practice head David Haverbeke and of counsel Wouter Vandorpe, who attract praise for their 'regulatory knowledge' and ability to 'translate and interpret regulations in practical cases'.  

The Legal 500 2019

Head of the energy department David Haverbeke is described by clients as 'a brilliant lawyer' with an 'innovative mindset'. He regularly advises on regulatory energy matters, and is also active on utilities and climate change mandates

Chambers Europe 2017

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