Energy

Energy & Industry

Het Energieakkoord, het Klimaatakkoord van Parijs en technische ontwikkelingen beheersen de energiesector. Het ervaren Energieteam van Houthoff signaleert de commerciële kansen die dit met zich brengt. Investeringen in wind- en zonne-energie, bioraffinage en grootschalige energieopslag zijn niet langer weg te denken. De CO2-uitstoot moet worden teruggebracht, het productieproces moet dus zuiniger en hiervoor zal de industrie flink moeten investeren. Houthoff is (inter)nationaal binnen de energiesector erkend en staat onder andere energiebedrijven, overheidsinstanties, producenten, investeerders en grote energieverbruikers bij om slim en succesvol in de energiesector te kunnen bewegen. Ons Energieteam heeft hierbij een marktleidende positie verworven op het gebied van duurzame energie.

  • “Clients stress the practice’s scope, one referring to ‘the breadth the team can cover.’”
    Chambers Europe, Energy & Natural Resources: Regulatory & Transactional (2021 Edition)
  • “Seasoned team, holding strong industry wide expertise providing support in all dimensions.”
    Legal 500, Energy: Transactional (2021 Edition)
  • “Very competent team.”
    Legal 500, Energy: Regulatory (2021 Edition)
  • “Speedy product delivery, good availability, accuracy, solution-driven, understand clients’ desires and excellent tactical skills.”
    Legal 500, Energy: Transactional (2021 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Energy: Transactional (2021 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Energy: Regulatory (2021 Edition)
  •  "They always have the capacity to help us. It’s never a problem to get assistance within a day or two, and the quality is always very good.’”
    Chambers Europe, Energy & Natural Resources: Regulatory & Transactional (2020 Edition)
  • “A client greatly appreciates the team’s ‘pragmatic and business-oriented approach, in combination with thorough experience.’”
    Chambers Europe, Energy & Natural Resources: Regulatory & Transactional (2020 Edition)
  •  "With Houthoff we found a dedicated team player that is geared towards swift, practical and strong solutions for international initiatives from multinational companies in pursuit of hitting their ambitious sustainability targets. They help us meet our challenges in putting in place renewable energy power purchase agreements across the world.”
    Legal 500, Energy: Transactional & Regulatory (2020 Edition)
  •  "In depth knowledge and experience in the oil and gas business and related transactions, good understanding of the business and commercial issues that are key to the client. Next to that its responsive communication and ability come up with creative solutions to get there, also on non-legal issues.”
    Legal 500, Energy: Regulatory (2020 Edition)
  •  "Practical and commercially focused when needed combined with a broad and deep expertise on corporate law, finance, security, M&A, regulatory, etc. I am confident to tackle a new challenge or negotiation with Houthoff, and confident they can help settle a fair structure with a view to the real risks. Belong to the small group of the best finance and energy firms in the Netherlands.”
    Legal 500, Energy: Transactional & Regulatory (2020 Edition)
  •  "Sound knowledge and outstanding expertise about energy business in general and our business in particular. In energy business relevant and practical experience is key, otherwise engaging outside counsel is useless. Houthoff has succeeded in locking in this experience and therefore is able to give high quality no nonsense and relevant advice. Compared to other firms the team holds a very competitive position, the number of law firms that can supply equivalent services is very limited.”
    Legal 500, Energy: Transactional & Regulatory (2020 Edition)
  •  "The team is hands-on, services minded and very pleasant to work with. They bring ample knowledge and expertise and to the heavy lifting to get the deal done!”
    Legal 500, Energy: Transactional & Regulatory (2020 Edition)
  • “Clients are impressed by the team’s ability to ‘strike a good balance between commercial and legal issues.’”
    Chambers Europe, Energy & Natural Resources: Regulatory & Transactional (2019 Edition)
  • “All required expertise is available at one firm.”
    Chambers Europe, Energy & Natural Resources: Regulatory & Transactional (2019 Edition)
  • “The ‘pragmatic and client-focused’ team at Houthoff is considered to be ‘a great addition to any legal department.’”
    Legal 500, Energy: Transactional (2019 Edition)
  • First Tier firm
    Legal 500, Energy: Transactional (2019 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Energy: Regulatory (2019 Edition)
  • "Additional clients admire the firm's direct approach, noting that it provides 'to-the-point advice'."
    Chambers Europe, Energy & Natural Resources: Regulatory & Transactional (2018 Edition)
  • "The team's accessibility is highlighted as a strength, with interviewees reporting: 'They come up with practical solutions and listen to the client,' as well as being 'professional and friendly at the same time and always reachable'."
    Chambers Europe, Energy & Natural Resources: Regulatory & Transactional (2018 Edition)

Onze expertise binnen de energiesector

M&A-transacties binnen zowel de olie- en gasindustrie als de duurzame energie hebben vaak complexe structuren. Houthoff adviseert onder meer multinationals, private-equitykantoren en overheden over transacties op de energiemarkt. Bedrijven in de nichemarkt 'van afval tot energie' zijn gebaat bij diepgaande (fullservice) kennis over het regelgevend kader. Ons Energieteam heeft die specialistische kennis en treedt op als adviseur in uiteenlopende zaken binnen deze niche. Nederland biedt steeds meer ruimte voor innovatieve offshore windprojecten. Onze energiespecialisten hebben een belangrijke positie verkregen op dit gebied. Zij staan zowel ontwikkelaars als financiers van grote windprojecten bij.

De energiesector begeeft zich op het raakvlak van publiek- en privaatrecht. In ons Energieteam zitten daarom specialisten op het gebied van onder meer energierecht, ruimtelijk- en economisch bestuursrecht, milieurecht, M&A, procesrecht (inclusief cassatie), aanbestedingsrecht, strafrecht en mededingingsrecht. Ons ongeëvenaarde track record binnen de energiesector bevestigt onze sectorkennis. Wij leveren niet alleen de hoogste kwaliteit, maar kijken altijd verder dan het probleem en bieden toekomstbestendige oplossingen.

  • Assisted Corre Energy B.V. with its plans to raise EUR 10 million through an initial public offering on Euronext Dublin.
  • Advised Kensington Capital Acquisition Corp. II, a NYSE-listed special purpose acquisition company, on the merger agreement with Wallbox and Wallbox's listing as a Dutch N.V. on NYSE through the merger.
  • Advised Vermeer Corporation on its acquisition of the electric-powered horizontal directional drilling (HDD) and fluid systems technology from Normag.
  • Advised Siemens with its acquisition of Culgi. Culgi provides expertise and develops software solutions for multiscale chemistry simulation, from quantum chemistry to molecular dynamics.
  • Advised the Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group Foundation (NRG) on the sale of its 100% interest in ECN Wind Energy Facilities B.V. and its 50% indirect interest in ECN Windturbine Testpark Wieringermeer C.V. to CIC EWEF B.V., the newly established Dutch subsidiary of Connected Infrastructure Capital GmbH (CIC).
  • Houthoff advised Petrobras Global Trading B.V. on a USD 3,250,000,000 revolving loan and letter of credit facility agreement between Petrobras Global Trading B.V. as borrower, Petro;leo Brasileiro S.A.; Petrobras as guarantor, Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank as the administrative agent and The Bank of Nova Scotia, Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. and Mizuho Bank, Ltd as joint bookrunners and joint lead arrangers.
  • Houthoff assisted Royal IHC in the sale of its subsidiary Vremac Cylinders to Vydraulics. Vremac Cylinders is a modern designer and manufacturer of hydraulic cylinders, swivels and piston accumulators. Its products are designed to operate in harsh conditions in the dredging, offshore, civil engineering (bridges and lock gates) and heavy machinery markets.

  • Advised Vivo Energy on a transaction with Engen which adds operations in eight new countries and 230 Engen-branded service stations to Vivo Energy's network.

  • Advised Vitol on its agreement with IFM Investors to acquire Buckeye Partners' 50% equity interest in VTTI, the leading global independent provider of energy storage. After completion, VTTI will be owned 50% by IFM Investors and 50% by Vitol.
  • Assisted Twence, a waste processing company that produces energy, in the acquisition of Empyro. The Empyro plant produces pyrolysis oil, green steam and electricity from biomass by polygeneration.

  • Advised Nuclear Research Group (NRG) on the sale of its dosimetry services division to Mirion Technologies.

  • Represented Simadan in the sale of its businesses to Parcom Capital and John Swire & Sons. Parcom Capital will acquire the businesses Noba and Rotie. John Swire & Sons will acquire Biodiesel Amsterdam, Tankstorage Amsterdam and Cleaning & Services Amsterdam, a cleaning terminal for (bulk) trucks. The transactions are subject to Dutch and UK antitrust clearance.
  • Representing an energy company in an arbitration under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules
  • Together with Skadden Arps we advised ExxonMobil on matters of Suriname law in connection with an offshore oil and gas drilling project in Suriname.
  • Houthoff represented Varo Energy in the acquisition of United Fuel Groep BV, which resulted in the expansion of Varo Energy's retail network with 22 retail service stations in the Eastern Netherlands and wholesale and lubricants business activities.
  • Successfully represented the Republic of Colombia and the former state-owned energy company Ecopetrol against Llanos Oil in a Supreme Court litigation. Llanos Oil claimed that they have been wrongly deprived of their exploration license for oil and gas. The core of the legal battle was whether a Dutch court has jurisdiction in this case that seems to be purely Colombian. The Supreme Court has decided that a Dutch court has no jurisdiction in this matter.
  • Advised Attero in a dispute with RWE regarding a long-term landfill gas contract and in drafting new long-term gas sales agreements.
  • Water control board “Aa en Maas” is building a new biogas plant. For the operation the water control board will take residual heat from the municipal waste product centre. Moreover, the water control board will supply generated biogas to the nearby Heineken brewery. Houthoff is drafting and negotiating the agreements (including the PPA) and giving regulatory advice.
  • Advised Huntsman on the amendment of several major site energy and utilities contracts with Eurogen/Air Liquide.
  • Acting as Petrobras Dutch counsel in connection with Claim Foundations claiming compensation on behalf of investors for the fraud issues at the parent company in Brazil.
Kirsten Berger

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Amsterdam
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+31 20 605 61 73
+31 6 1296 7383
Willem de Nijs Bik

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Amsterdam
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+31 20 605 61 66
+31 6 5356 6533
Jacques Kröner

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Rotterdam
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+31 10 217 25 44
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Marc van Beuge

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Amsterdam
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+31 20 605 65 82
+31 6 2298 7889

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Amsterdam
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+31 20 605 69 18
+31 6 1496 9273