Every day Pels Rijcken’s Energy team works on the largest and most complex energy projects in the Netherlands. Such projects usually have significant public impact due to their financial, social or political relevance. We are consistently retained by our clients to advise on the latest energy (law) related developments. We are not only involved in practically all major wind farm projects onshore and offshore, but also in major – renewable – heat, as well as heat and cold storage and supply projects. We are also regularly retained for climate change matters, such as CO2 emission rights trading. We are leading in regulatory litigation in the energy sector. In addition to our successful regulatory practice, we also have a considerable transactional track record.



National and international corporates, as well as governmental and regulatory bodies hire Pels Rijcken where matters of prime importance are at stake. We are advising energy producers, suppliers and traders and energy project developers. Unlike other law firms, we are retained by the Dutch government to advise on strategic and politically sensitive energy matters.


Widely recognised

Our knowledge and expertise is widely recognised in the market. Not only do clients engage us to handle complicated issues, we are also represented in the boards and committees of important professional associations and journal editorial boards. Our Energy lawyers regularly lecture about energy related topics. They also frequently speak during seminars.



Ewoud de Vries | Energy, Real Estate | Senior associate

+31 70 5153 894 | |

Ewoud de Vries is specialised in property law and tenancy law and has a great deal of experience with issues concerning sustainable energy, such as ground lease arrangements surrounding windmill parks and rights of superficies for cogeneration. He followed the course in Energy Law at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Ewoud knows the commercial side of the energy market in the Netherlands and from this position has provided assistance with many business-to-business energy contracts. In his capacity as a lawyer, he has been involved in large property transactions, leases and due diligence investigations.


Robin Aerts | Energy | Senior associate

+31 70 5153 945 | |

After graduating in 1997, Robin worked for five years as a staff lawyer of the Council of State. He joined Pels Rijcken as an attorney in 2002. Robin’s practice focuses on spatial planning and environmental law. Because of his specific knowledge and experience, he is often engaged already at an early stage to deal with administratively sensitive issues. Robin has been involved in several large scale area developments and the construction of controversial wind farms, for example. Robin’s clients include various government authorities, companies and private individuals. He frequently publishes and lectures or is the introductory speaker in courses and at conferences.

Erik Pijnacker Hordijk

Erik Pijnacker Hordijk | EU & Competition, Energy | Partner

+31 70 515 37 29 | +31 6 26142426 | |

Erik covers the broad spectre of competition law, including merger control, cartels and abuse of dominance. He has represented companies before competition authorities around the globe. Erik is also a seasoned litigator. He has appeared in over 100 cases before the EU courts in Luxembourg in cases concerning competition, State aid, internal market issues and other disputes regarding EU law. He won the largest damage case ever regarding unlawful legislation against the Council and the Commission of the EU. Moreover, he has been actively involved in numerous cartel damages cases for over a decade. Erik joined Pels Rijcken as a partner in the summer of 2017 from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, where he had been a partner since 1991.


Edward Brans | Energy, Business & Human Rights | Legal counsel

+31 70 5153 232 | |

In his practice, Edward focuseson environmental liability under private and administrative law. In addition, he provides legal assistance in disputes concerning government liability (e.g. in the case of unlawful decisions, insufficient monitoring or inadequate enforcement). Edward also represents clients in cases aimed at countering and limiting the consequences of climate change; cases involving, for example, the use of geothermal energy (thermal energy storage), the storage of CO2 in geological formations and the realisation of designated flooding areas in the context of water management. In the area of environmental law, Edward has extensive experience in cases concerning soil contamination, asbestos or waste substances.

Iman Brinkman

Iman Brinkman | Energy, Business & Human Rights | Partner

+31 70 5153 753 | |

Iman Brinkman advises on energy projects, contracts and regulatory issues. Renewable energy projects are cornerstones of his practice. As a litigator, Iman is engaged in matters concerning energy-related topics, such as access to the gas and electricity markets, tariffs and trading issues. Iman acts for parties in every link of the energy chain. His clients include large (inter)national energy corporates, energy intensive industries as well as central and local governments. Iman lectures on energy law and frequently speaks at seminars. He also publishes regurarly. Iman is fluent in English, French and German.