David Haverbeke, Partner, Energy and Utilities

David Haverbeke, Partner, Energy and Utilities, Fieldfisher


David Haverbeke has been a partner in the Brussels' Energy and Utilities department at Fieldfisher since September 2012.

David has been particularly active in the energy sector since 1999 and has advised Belgian and international clients in the energy and utilities sectors (including water and waste).

He 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).

David 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, David 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.

Recent quotes about David Haverbeke:

"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. Of late, he assisted PMV with the creation of a fund dedicated to energy-efficiency investments and energy-saving contracts." (Chambers Europe, Edition 2017)

"Fieldfisher's energy & utilities practice is part of the EU regulatory department and receives good marks for its 'accurate work' and 'good knowledge of regulations concerning energy service companies'. Recent work includes assisting the Commission for Regulation of Electricity and Gas with reforming the Belgian subsidy regime for offshore wind power. Practice head David Haverbeke is recommended, as is 'quick and flexible' of counsel Wouter Vandorpe". (Legal 500, Edition 2017, Belgium: Industry focus: Energy)

"Interviewees praise the depth of expertise provided by the team, one client noting that 'their office is very well specialised in the subject at hand, which results in a high-quality answer'". (Chambers Europe, Edition 2017)

 "high quality deliverables were always provided before the deadline" (Chambers Europe, Edition 2017)

"Fieldfisher’s energy and utilities practice, part of the EU regulatory department, has ‘a well-integrated pool of lawyers’. The team handles high-profile contentious matters, most recently acting for energy supplier Essent Belgium in court proceedings related to fines imposed for not complying with green certificates quotas." (Legal 500, Edition 2016, Belgium: Industry focus: Energy)

"David Haverbeke and Wouter Vandorpe are names to note at Fieldfisher, which advises on Belgian and EU regulatory issues. Recent highlights include advising clients on the implications of the Third Energy Package and compliance with the Emissions Trading System Directive" (Legal 500, Edition 2016, EU regulatory: Energy)

"Well-regarded practice acting on advisory and litigious mandates at both the European and Belgian national level. Active on regulation, construction and climate change. Boasts a client base of established energy providers and new market entrants." (Chambers, Edition 2016)

"Lead partner David Haverbeke has an excellent reputation for regulatory matters at both a domestic and EU level, particularly with regard to the liberalisation of energy markets."

"Broad energy practice, distinguished by its ability to advise on regulatory and competition matters at both a Belgian and EU level. Active on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including renewable energy project development and the construction of new power plants." (Chambers, Edition 2015)

"The firm routinely advises clients on a range of transactional and regulatory matters within the energy sector and recently assisted Elexys with negotiating electric trade and delivery agreements with large suppliers." (Legal 500, Edition 2015)


Chambers Europe Top Ranked Individual 2014

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