Sophie is a corporate and projects partner, based in The Hague and Amsterdam. She heads our Dutch Energy Team and sits on the steering committee for our global Energy & Utilities Group. She co-heads our International Renewables Group and is responsible for the development of the firm's wind practice globally. Sophie is a board member of the Dutch Wind Energy Association (NWEA).
Sophie has been advising the energy sector since 1999 on all corporate, projects and contract matters. After being involved in all the major energy transactions and regulatory changes during the privatisation of the Dutch energy market, her practice now mostly focuses on the structuring and, more specifically, the development and construction of (cross-border) energy projects. Sophie has vast experience in drafting and negotiating key project agreements – for both conventional and renewable energy projects – which are often the basis for securing project financing.
With a corporate background, Sophie also advises national and international (energy) companies on privatisations, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and restructurings. In addition, Sophie has advised energy companies and financial institutions on the contractual and corporate issues, eg, related to legal consequences of the regulatory changes. She regularly advises on innovative structures such as corporate PPAs enabling acceleration of the renewable energy transition. She was Nominated Euromoney's European Women in Business Law award 'Best in Energy' in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Sophie features in the Legal Power List of A Word about Wind on the 33rd position. The Legal Power List is the 'who's who' of the most influential lawyers operating globally on the biggest deals in wind energy.
Before joining Bird & Bird, Sophie worked both for other international law firms and in house where she led the legal aspects of the development of multi-billion cross border projects. She has extensive experience in providing strategic and boardroom advice.
Sophie is dual qualified in the Netherlands and in the UK.
Sophie often speaks on conferences and her numerous articles on energy-related subjects are published in both legal and industry magazines. She is a member of a number of professional associations, including the Dutch Energy Law Association (NeVER), the International Bar Association (IBA) and the UK Society of Construction Law.
"Energy expert Sophie Dingenen is ‘very conscientious and reliable’, ‘strong in negotiating complex contracts’ and ‘a pleasure to work with’"
"Bird & Bird LLP’s ‘proactive, client-oriented’ practice head Sophie Dingenen has ‘in-depth sector knowledge’"…"‘very conscientious, reliable’ department'"
"Clients praise the lawyers' deep knowledge of energy […] matters. Other sources describe the team as 'highly qualified, with a lot of knowledge about the market.'"
Chambers Europe, 2017
Ranked as Noted Practitioner
The firm's sector-specific expertise is appreciated by clients, who attest: "They have a good overall knowledge of energy matters and are very clear in their advice."
Chambers Europe, 2018
"Communicative, approachable" energy expert Sophie Dingenen..."
Renewable energy is a key strength of Bird & Bird LLP’s ‘communicative, energetic’ practice, which also handles conventional power matters. Corporate partner Sophie Dingenen, an expert in project agreements and project development joined in 2016…
Legal 500 EMEA, 2017
Clients praise the lawyers' deep knowledge of energy regulatory matters. Other sources describe the team as "highly qualified, with a lot of knowledge about the market.
Chambers Europe, 2017
'Sophie Dingenen is "highly energetic", with "excellent interpersonal skills".'
Legal 500 EMEA, 2016
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