Uniquely positioned to play our part

... to advise on the whole spectrum of energy: from oil & gas (including LNG) and nuclear to renewable energy (including onshore and offshore wind, solar, heat and, biomass) and carbon storage and hydrogen. We have longstanding relationships with leading State-owned entities in national and international energy infrastructure, and with all major players in the traditional and renewable energy sector.

We are actively involved in many matters relating to global energy transition, climate change litigation and the restructuring of the energy market. Global energy transition marks new territory in the Energy sector and cannot be addressed by stand-alone expertise: it requires a multidisciplinary and cross-border approach.

Trusted experts in almost every key project, vital litigation, pivotal regulatory, and every significant transaction in this sector – we are the only law firm in the Netherlands that integrates inhouse expertise in transactions, regulation, litigation and criminal enforcement within its unrivalled Energy practice. We provide advice that is both thorough and innovative, as well as legally excellent and pragmatic with in-depth, systemic market and sector knowledge with regard to the complex energy system. No other law firm in the Netherlands can say that.

Recent Matters

13 October 2021

Gasunie issues inaugural sustainability-linked bond

De Brauw assists Gasunie with the issuance of its inaugural Sustainability-Linked BondN.V. Nederlandse Gasunie has successfully issued its inaugural Sustainability-Linked Bond (SLB). The issue amounts to EUR 300 million with a tenor of 15 years, maturing on 13 October 2036. Gasunie is the first company in the European gas transmission sector to issue a SLB. The bond was issued in accordance with Gasunie's recently published Sustainability-Linked Bond Framework, which follows the ICMA Sustainability-Linked Bonds Principles. The adoption of this framework is part of Gasunie's efforts to broaden its ESG financing sources.De Brauw is pleased to have been able to assist its long-term client Gasunie with the establishment of its Sustainability-Linked Bond Framework and incorporate this framework into the Euro Medium Term Note programme in the form of two ambitious ESG targets. This first-of-a-kind issuance for Gasunie underlines the broader market trend of an increased focus on the ESG aspects of financing arrangements. Next to the rise of sustainability-linked financing arrangements (in which the ESG performance is linked to certain financial consequences), there is also a lot of activity in the green bond market, where the proceeds are used for certain eligible green projects.
10 October 2021

Westermeerwind Wind Farm successful in subsidy proceedings

De Brauw successfully represented Westermeerwind Wind Farm - the largest Dutch near-shore wind farm, located in the Noordoostpolder and generating an amount of energy comparable to the consumption of 160,000 households - in objection proceedings and in appeal proceedings before the Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal (CBb) against the Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. The case revolved around the government's intention to recover tens of millions of euro in subsidies for the wind farm, based on alleged non-compliance with state aid rules. On 26 April 2021, the CBb ordered the minister to recalculate the reduction in subsidy for the Westermeerwind wind farm, in favour of Westermeerwind.
8 October 2021

Akastor and Baker Hughes establish a joint venture company to deliver global offshore and onshore drilling solutions

On 1 October 2021, Akastor and Baker Hughes completed the establishment of a joint venture, creating a global full-service offshore and onshore drilling equipment company. The new company will be known as HMH and combines two of the best-known equipment manufactures in the industry. HMH aims to support the offshore drilling industry’s transition toward more energy-efficient solutions, as well as deploying technologies and service solutions to make the sector more competitive through increased drilling efficiency. Moreover, the Company’s service and technology portfolio will provide a solid foundation for future growth, both within drilling services and when pursuing opportunities towards adjacent industries such as renewables and mining.

An outstanding energy practice with an exceptionally broad scope of expertise. Clients highlight the team's 'large network and coordination skills'.

Chambers Europe, 2021
Chambers Europe, 2021