Loyens & Loeff

Thomas Verstraeten

Visitors address

Woluwe Atrium
Neerveldstraat 101-103
B-1200 Brussels
Belgium

Thomas Verstraeten

  • Attorney at law
  • Counsel

Thomas is a member of Loyens & Loeff’s Corporate and M&A Practice Group in Belgium. He is also a member of the Competition & Regulatory Team and the Utilities & Energy Team in Brussels.

Thomas’ practice includes EU and Belgian competition law and regulatory law, with a special focus on the energy sector.

He has broad experience in competition law,  more in particular filing merger control notifications with the Belgian and Dutch competition authority, as well as with the European Commission, including complex mergers. Thomas has also experience in assisting clients in cartel procedures and abuse of dominance cases. In addition, Thomas has represented members states and companies in state aid procedures before the European Commission.

Thomas is an expert in the energy law. Thomas assists different players in the energy sector such as renewable energy producers, electricity and gas suppliers, grid companies, industrial companies and energy exchanges. Thomas advises on topics such as grid access, grid connection, regulated tariffs, TPA, gashub contracts, gas and electricity exchange rules, balancing mechanisms, supply agreements, power purchase agreements, licenses and permits, green power certificates and subsidies. Thomas also assists clients in renewable energy projects such as on and offshore windfarms, biomass plants, solar energy and geothermic projects.

Thomas has a wealth of experience in litigation with regard to regulatory decisions of energy regulators (CREG, VREG en CWAPE) before the specialised chamber of the Brussels Court of Appeal, the Council of State or the Constitutional Court.

Thomas published several articles on competition law and energy law subjects.

Thomas has been a member of the Brussels Bar since 2002.

Education

Thomas obtained a Law degree from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) in 2001. In 2002 he obtained a DESS (LLM) in European Studies from IUIL (Luxembourg city) / Université Schumann III (Straatsburg). In 2002 Thomas did an internship at the Cabinet of Judge Lenaerts at the Court of Justice.

Languages

Dutch, English, French, Italian