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Energy and Infrastructure, Belgium

The business world cannot afford to ignore issues related to energy. Nor can governments overly delay energy and infrastructure investments without compromising the continent’s, nation’s or region’s competitive position. It is important to deal with these issues in a pro-active way and with a long term vision in mind. The rising cost of energy and dysfunctional infrastructure have a huge impact on daily business. Finding the right solution for the supply and trading of energy and for economically sensible and regulatory compliant investments in infrastructure becomes more and more important. Our lawyers have extensive experience in dealing with these issues.

Whether you are a local or international company dealing with a complex issue related to energy use or management, or an energy supplier coping with a problem in relation to (traditional or renewable) energy production, transmission or distribution, we will find the right way to manage it. We also act for both public and private actors in major PPP and PFI infrastructure projects. Setting up a PPP requires a team of experienced lawyers working together on the organizational, financial, corporate, regulatory and tax issues of such partnership. Within our Brussels office we have this multidisciplinary approach and experience.

Main areas

  • Cogeneration (CHP) projects
  • Emission reduction and trading
  • Energy construction
  • Energy infrastructure
  • Energy performance
  • Energy supply contracts
  • Infrastructure (defence, education, energy (including biomass, nuclear, solar and wind), health, housing, sports, telecommunications, transport (including airports, ports, rail and roads), utilities, waste and water)
  • Liberalization of the energy market
  • PFI and PPP
  • Renewable energy (biomass, solar, wind, etc.)
  • Sustainable energy clusters and projects
  • Water

Examples of work

  • Assisting various companies in (re)negotiating and (re)drafting of energy supply contracts
  • Advising a major international energy supplier on the acquisition of a land lease to set up an energy plant
  • Assisting a leading European provider of photovoltaic solar panels in setting up its contractual documentation for the Belgian market
  • Assisting a leading UK based logistics REIT in the granting of a building right to an energy supplier for the construction of a windmill and the negotiation of an energy supply contract
  • Advising a global (Switzerland based) chemical company on its involvement in the creation of one of the largest industrial steam clusters in Belgium
  • Advising an international energy trading company on its long-term take-or-pay obligations in terms of the implementation of the 3rd energy liberalization package
  • Assisting a leading Belgian real estate developer in the negotiation and redrafting of the contractual documentation regarding a PPP infrastructure project
  • Assisting a local authority in setting up a major PPP senior housing project, including the drafting and negotiating of the contractual documentation
  • Assisting a US based venture capital firm in a public bidding procedure for the acquisition of a telecom tower located in Flanders and development matters in relation to a telecom tower in Wallonia

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