• Closely assisting the European Commission (DG Climate Action) with the procurement of a common auction platform and an auction monitor, as well as with the management of the contracts concluded with the selected service providers. The common platform is responsible for conducting the auctions by 24 EU member states of their greenhouse gas emission allowances in the third phase of the EU Emissions Trading System and the selected monitor supervises the auctions. DLA Piper's advice in this long-term assignment is not only innovative for laying the groundwork for the first massive-scale auctions of emissions allowances, but also for devising new multi-government governance processes since the procurement procedures are the first ever conducted at the same time on behalf of the Commission and of the individual Member States.
  • Conducting judicial review procedures before the Brussels Court of Appeal on behalf of 13 multinational industrial companies and their industry federation against a transmission tariff decision of the Belgian electricity market regulator disadvantaging large industrial consumers of electricity. This high-profile litigation is strategic since the judgment will determine the principles of allocation of electricity transmission tariffs between producers and consumers for the immediate future and may even have an EU-wide precedent value as the Court has been asked to clarify interpretations of various key provisions of the EU's internal electricity market legislation.
  • Acting for the ground handling company Aviapartner in various court procedures challenging the award of licences to operate at Brussels Airport to a third party. The legal challenge required a careful extrapolation of EU and national principles of transparency and non-discrimination to determine what is proper conduct for a private entity awarding, as a public service function, a limited number of licences.
  • Assisting a globally renowned marine infrastructure contractor in negotiations, contract management and dispute settlement related to two major and cutting-edge off-shore wind farm projects in the Belgian Exclusive Economic Zone of the North Sea. The client acts as the engineering, procurement, construction and marine installation contractor in these projects. DLA Piper's advice has, among others, focused on aligning contractual obligations of subcontractors, application of FIDIC model contracts and (successfully) obtaining relief through summary procedures.
  • Advising a large Mexican chemicals company on its industrial gases Clean Development Mechanism project under the Kyoto Protocol, including with regard to devising a structure for prospective EU-Mexico bilateral agreements.
  • Conducting different proceedings before the EU General Court against European institutions on behalf of clients not selected in award procedures.