About Blixt

What we believe

At Blixt we believe in the advantages of a truly liberalised energy market. Liberalisation enhances private initiatives aiming at a sustainable and low carbon energy production and energy efficiency. Such initiatives are strongly needed in a time confronted with the effects of climate change.

However, private initiatives alone will not resolve the need for a change of our energy system and our energetic behaviour. Public authorities must continue efforts for fully opening the energy markets, as well as ensure access to energy services at an acceptable price for all energy consumers, both industrial and residential. At the same time, a stable regulation encouraging initiatives that will help us to reach the goals in renewable energy sources and energy efficiency that are needed by 2020 and thereafter is what Blixt applauds.

In line with our vision, Blixt assists energy companies, industrial customers, centralised and decentralised, on- and offshore producers, financial institutions, associations, consumers, ..., in all legal aspects of Belgian and European climate and energy law. Likewise, we do not work for regulators or transmission or distribution system operators. We offer you the highest quality of legal assistance, backed by our track record, our scientific activities and our commitment and engagement in the climate and energy sector. Our prices are reasonable and transparent, preferring other than hourly billing.

Blixt does not aim at becoming the largest law firm active in the energy and climate change sector. Your specific problem will preferably be dealt with by both of the partners.



Our services to you

Producers and suppliers can rely on our experience as a counsel of many of the new entrants in the Belgian market. Our commercial insight, gained with our substantial in-house experience, allows us to integrate our services (contracts, regulatory, public affairs, …) with the needs of all departments within your company.

Owners, promoters, contractors and lenders can entrust us all contractual (EPC, O&M, PPA, real estate, ...) and regulatory (permits, subsidies, ...) aspects for new projects or for the reconversion of existing installations. We have been involved in three offshore wind projects, several onshore renewable energy projects and the revision of existing installations.

Large consumers can be confident of our know-how of the legal and regulatory specificities of the Belgian energy and climate change market, as do several of the biggest energy offtakers in Belgium.

In the worst case, we support and represent our clients before all Belgian courts and arbitrators.

We work for national and international clients in four languages: Dutch, English, French and German.

Recent work includes:
- Regulatory and contractual framework for closed distribution systems
- Regulatory and contractual aspects of on shore renewable energy projects
- Regulatory and contractual aspects of off shore electricity production
- Litigation against network tariffs (injection tariffs for large producers and for small scale PV owners)
- Remit
- Litigation on disputed invoices of several electricity and natural gas suppliers
- Preparation of draft legislation both in the field of energy law and in the field of climate change law


Your contacts

Tinne Van der Straeten (Malle, 1978) studied African Languages and Cultures at the University of Ghent (2000). In 2008 she obtained her master degree in law (University of Brussels). She became a member of the Brussels Bar in October 2010.

Tinne started her professional career as a research assistant at the University of Louvain (UCL) and the University of Leuven (K.U.Leuven). Thereafter she worked for the Flemish green party, Groen. She was vice-president from November 2005 until June 2007. Tinne Van der Straeten was a member of parliament (federal Chamber of Representatives) from June 2007 until June 2010 and was appointed Secretary of the Chamber of Representatives. She is a local municipal counsel in Koekelberg (Brussels Region).

In the Chamber, she was a member of the Economical Commission, the Subcommission Nuclear Safety and the Special Commission Climate Change. She focused on all aspects of the federal policies on energy and climate change. The main Belgian quality newspapers applauded her parliamentary work.

De Morgen granted her 4 out of 5 stars and wrote “became the climate and energy specialist of the Parliament. Is regarded as the reference within all political parties.” De Standaard gave her 8/10 points; as the “demon of minister of energy Magnette” she “devoured energy files” whereby “she dug sometimes so deep that the problems she discovered where unexplainable to laymen“, but whereby she also “expertly fought the nuclear deal between the government and Suez”.

Tinne is a junior affiliated researcher at the Centre for Environmental and Energy Law of the University of Ghent. She is also a member of the board of directors of ODE (the association of renewable energy producers), of the University of Brussels (VUB), of Cyclo (a social initiative aimed at promoting cycling in Brussels), of the Royal Flemish Theatre (KVS) and of the local health centre of Molenbeek.

tinne.vanderstraeten@blixtlaw.eu
+32 494 33 74 35
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Tim Vermeir (Ukkel, 1973) studied law at the University of Brussels (bilingual candidature, K.U.Brussel and FUSL) and at the University of Leuven (1996). He also obtained an LL.M. at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (Germany).

After his studies, he did a four months internship at the legal department of London Electricity PLC, being able to follow up closely the last preparations of the liberalization of the UK retail market for electricity and natural gas. He became a member of the Brussels Bar in January 1998 and worked for some of the larger firms (CMS De Backer, Altius, Loyens & Loeff). Before setting up Blixt, he was a partner at Publius.

Tim Vermeir is also a junior affiliated researcher at the Institute for Environmental and Energy Law of the University of Leuven, teaching in several courses, and is a member of the editorial board of the law journal Milieu- en Energierecht. He has written many scientific articles on climate and energy law.

Tim is a former president of the Brussels Young Bar Association, Vlaams Pleitgenootschap bij de Balie te Brussel, and president of the environmental council of the municipality of Tervuren. He is a member of the Environmental College of the Brussels Region (Milieucollege / Collège d’Environnement) and the initiator of the Brusselse Energiemiddagen, Brem. He is also a board member of a school group in the municipality of Tervuren.

tim.vermeir@blixtlaw.eu
+32 496 47 65 16
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