Partner , BIRD & BIRD
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 during the privatisation of the Dutch energy market, her practice now mostly focuses on the structuring and, more specifically, the development and construction of national and international 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 related to legal consequences of the regulatory changes. She was Nominated Euromoney’s European Women in Business Law award ‘Best in Energy’ in 2016 and 2017.
Before joining us, Sophie worked both for other international law firms and in house where she led the legal aspects of the development of projects. She has extensive experience in providing strategic & boardroom advice.
Sophie is dual qualified in the Netherlands and in the UK.
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. Sophie speaks regularly on conferences and her numerous articles on energy-related subjects are published in both legal and industry magazines.