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... 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.

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22 December 2021

Porthos CCS Project reaches key milestones

De Brauw's multi-disciplinary energy and infrastructure group acts as project counsel to Gasunie, EBN and Port of Rotterdam on the Porthos carbon capture and storage (CCS) project. Last week, these parties set up the various entities they will use to develop, own and operate the Porthos Project. They also entered into several cooperation agreements. In addition, Porthos and its launching customers Air Liquide, Air Products, ExxonMobil and Shell signed the final contracts for the transport and storage of CO2.
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.

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

Chambers Europe, 2021

Insights

24 February 2022

EU proposal published on corporate sustainability due diligence

On 23 February 2022, the long-awaited proposal for a directive on corporate sustainability due diligence was published. The proposal contains obligations for companies regarding human rights and environmental adverse impacts of their own operations as well as the operations of their subsidiaries and the value chain operations of companies that they have an established business relationship with. We discuss the highlights of the proposal in this article.
24 February 2022

UPC is starting up – companies to begin preparations

After a long period of uncertainty, it looks like the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court (UPC) will become a reality, possibly by the end of this year. This change in the European patent system has implications for both existing and future patents. Companies will have to choose between European bundle patents or Unitary Patents, and whether they want their patents to be subject to the UPC's jurisdiction. This article summarises the basics of the "Unitary Patent package" and outlines the important choices that patent holders will face soon.
15 July 2021

Dutch government plans to introduce foreign investment screening with retroactive effect

A bill was recently submitted to parliament establishing a national security screening regime where target undertakings active in the Netherlands in vital processes or sensitive technology, are being acquired. In 2020, the Dutch government indicated its intention for the screening mechanism to apply retroactively. Under the current bill, the regime would apply to qualifying investments made after 8 September 2020.

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