Holtrop S.L.P. blog

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Piet Holtrop is an international lawyer with more than 20 years' experience, the last 17 of which have been spent advising in the renewable energy sector in Spain. After more than 5 years defending the interests of thousands of renewable energy producers against the cutbacks introduced by successive national governments, Piet Holtrop has become a leader in the sector, participating in the public debate via his blog "Bruselas, Luxemburgo o Madrid" on energíasrenovables.com, the blog "La energía como Derecho" ("Energy as a Right") published in 20minutos.com, and writing as a member of the Club of Experts for energynews.com and movilidadeléctrica.com (the latter being a the leading Spanish institution for the development of the electric car). He also publishes regularly on the websites of Fundación Renovables ('Renewables Foundation'), El Periódico de la Energía ('The Energy Newspaper') and other publications. He is a committed defender of the need to change the current energy model, something that he considers urgent in the short-term and inevitable in the long-term.


Piet Holtrop is an active participant in the sector organizations APPA, UNEF, AEDIVE, the Platform for a New Energy Model (PX1NME), Secartys, the Energy Efficiency Cluster of Catalonia, the Winemaking Cluster of Catalonia, and the Biomass Cluster of Catalonia. He is a regular speaker in events and conferences organized by these organizations, and provides his legal opinion to the Legal Working Group of APPA and the PPA Working Group of UNEF.


He has defended and promoted petitions regarding self-consumption and the payment system for renewable energies before the Petitions Commission at the European Parliament. He meets regularly with European Commission public servants with respect to almost a dozen claims brought by our firm, which has resulted in detailed correspondence between the European Commission and the Spanish Government. Furthermore, he represents APPA and PX1NME in national and international tribunals on a Pro Bono basis.


With Dutch origins and raised in Germany, Piet Holtrop is fluent in Dutch, English, German, Spanish, Catalan and Friesian; he can also defend himself in French. These skills have allowed Piet Holtrop to provide advice in a wide variety of international transactions. He studied International Law at the University of Groningen before working firstly as an in-house lawyer in the financial sector with the Dutch merchant bank Kempen & Co, latterly moving into the Spanish jurisdiction with the Catalan firm JAUSAS, prior to finally founding HOLTROP S.L.P. Transaction & Business Law in 2008.
Piet Holtrop carries the transactional spirit in his DNA. He is an expert in M&A and has advised in over 1.000 MW of photovoltaic and hundreds of MW in wind power transactions. He is a point of reference in everything that concerns the regulation and legality of renewable energies, energy efficiency, smart cities and the energy transition more generally.


His firm was awarded the Eurosolar Prize in 2015 for its untiring defense of renewable energies.

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As a food technology engineer, Maria Ferrer brings to the firm technical consulting experience with respect to the renewables and winemaking sectors. She has broad experience in the Agri-Food industry, collaborates in the M&A transactions we work on and advises on technical questions that impact on the sector’s regulation. The defense and promotion of sustainability is the fundamental basis upon which she carries out her work.

Maria represents our firm in the ‘Cluster INNOVI de Cataluña’, where she focuses specifically on the role of the energy transition in the winemaking industry.

Maria is bilingual in Spanish and Catalan and fluent in English. She graduated as a biologist from the University of Valencia and holds a Masters in food technology from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Maria is a co-founder and director of our firm.

Maria has also worked for 10 years as a permanent professor of Process and Quality in the Food Industry.

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Natalia Escánez Comino is a lawyer with more than 16 years’ experience. She has a proven track record in the profession, particularly with respect to litigation in the ordinary jurisdiction before civil and commercial courts, and the administrative jurisdiction before relevant tribunals, as well as having a profound background in arbitration. In our firm Natalia takes charge of our civil litigation and contentious administrative law matters. She has extensive experience advising industrial and commercial clients in both regulated and non-regulated sectors including, for example, digital and financial entities.

She is a key contributor to the APPA Legal Working Group, advising with respect to litigation in the regulation of the electrical sector. Natalia, who speaks fluent Catalan, Spanish and English, graduated as a lawyer from the University of Barcelona. She also holds a Masters in International Legal Practices from the ISDE Law & Business School.

Natalia commenced her legal career in 2002 in the law firm Jausas, where she worked for five years. She has also worked for Riba Vidal, NEC and Gómez-Acebo & Pombo. Natalia brings with her an outstanding knowledge of procedural law and norms, something that has provided her with the ability to guarantee her clients an outstanding level of service both with respect to matters in litigation and case management strategy.

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Abel Garriga is an of counsel lawyer with our firm. He has more than 20 years’ experience as a lawyer, primarily working in civil and commercial law. His particular expertise is in intellectual property and the regulation of new technology, having a profound knowledge of the legal issues associated with telecommunications and the internet.

Abel is fluent in Catalan, Spanish and French and graduated as a lawyer from the University of Barcelona.

As an expert in civil, commercial and international law, Abel advises our clients with respect to patents, trademarks, commercial litigation, copyright, telecommunications and international M&A transactions.

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Christopher Smith is an international lawyer specializing in M&A, leading the firm’s M&A team. He has advised on the sale and purchase of more than 1,000 MW of renewables projects, taking charge of due diligence investigations, the preparation of transaction documentation and the closing of deals. He also advises on the electric car, self-consumption, digital society and European law. He forms part of the firm’s team responsible for the UNEF working groups on self-consumption and PPAs.

Christopher has English as a mother tongue and speaks Spanish fluently. He graduated with a law degree from the University of Western Australia, has a post-graduate qualification in legal practice from the College of Law (Western Australia) and is currently studying a Masters of International Relations at the Institut de Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals.

As an associate lawyer in Squire Patton Boggs, Christopher has worked on dozens of M&A transactions, dispute resolution matters and the provision of general corporate advice in various jurisdictions, invcluding Australia, Spain, United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia. In addition to his M&A experience he has also worked on the preparation of PPAs, corporate restructurings and advising on matters of compliance with respect to foreign direct investment into various countries. In the legal consulting space, Christopher has advised numerous foreign companies with respect to the barriers to entry that they experience in the Spanish, Australian and Middle East markets.

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Helena Badger Queralt is a lawyer whose specialty is renewable energies. In our firm she advises clients with respect to operation and maintenance contracts for renewables installations, litigating cases related to bad banking practices (primarily swaps and mortgage interest rates), advising public administrations, and legalizing self-consumption installations. She also collaborates in the broader litigation pursued by the firm as well as in the preparation of legal due diligence reports in M&A transactions.

She participates in the firm’s contributions to the UNEF self-consumption and PPA working groups. She has advised the Cabildo de la Palma regarding hydroelectric exploitation, the Ajuntament de Molins de Rei regarding a district heating network and the Ajuntament de Navàs in relation to the installation of photovoltaic projects for self-consumption in public buildings.

Helena speaks English, Spanish and Catalan fluently and has an intermediate level of Italian. After graduating in law from the University Pompeu Fabra, she completed a Masters in Comparative Law, Economics and Finance at the University College of Turin. Helena amplified her knowledge with a Master of Commercial Law at the University of Birmingham, where she studied international private law, maritime law, insurance law and consumer protection law, culminating with the preparation of her thesis on the topic of abusive clauses in banking contracts.

Prior to arriving at our firm, Helena worked in consumer protection in the banking sector: firstly at the Catalan Consumers’ Agency in relation to preferential shares, then later at BBS Abogados in relation to ‘cláusulas suelo’, IRPH and swaps. Helena possesses an innate capacity to analyze contracts, in addition to a clear vision as to the rights and obligations that correspond to counterparties. She regularly attends meetings of the Catalan Biomass Cluster in representation of our firm.

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Jordi Pujol Puente is a lawyer whose specialty is the electricity sector, principally with respect to administrative and corporate law. In our firm he is responsible for preparing detailed legal advice tailored to clients in the renewables, self-consumption and energy efficiency fields, both with respect to administrative and legal questions. He is active in our M&A transactions, the negotiation of contracts and the mediation of conflicts. Jordi is also highly experienced in providing regulatory and corporate legal advice to companies in the agriculture sector.

He collaborates along with other members of our firm in the UNEF self-consumption and PPA working groups and the APPA legal working group.

Jordi has an advanced level of English and possesses a working knowledge of French, as well as having a native level of Catalan and Spanish. After receiving his undergraduate degree and Masters in International Law from ESADE (University Ramón Llull), Jordi undertook an executive Masters in Corporate Finance & Law, also at ESADE, developing advanced skills in corporate management, corporate law and the valuation of companies.

His practice is closely linked to the electric sector, having focused principally on the distribution and commercialization of electricity. In Prat Rubi Advocats (Barcelona) Jordi worked in the legal secretary of a business association that groups together small and medium sized distributors and sellers of electricity.

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Jorge Andrey Sterner is a lawyer whose specialties are renewable energies, climate change and the energy transition. In our legal consulting working group, Jorge advises on legislation and business models based on renewable energy, such as self-consumption and the electric car. Jorge has advised public entities regarding the promotion of energy transition and climate change policies. He participates along with other members of the firm in the UNEF self-consumption and PPA working groups, and also provides support to APPA’s legal working group.

He plays an active role in the preparation of substantive litigation that the firm handles in the name of thousands of renewable energy producers. He forms part of our corporate communication team, informing our clients on the progress of their cases as well as maintaining sections of our blog.

Also, Jorge frequently works alongside our M&A team regarding regulatory questions, for example in the preparation of litigation clauses in contracts and the assignment of credit rights derived from litigation.

Jorge’s mother tongue is Spanish and he is professionally fluent in German and English along with a working knowledge of French and Catalan. After graduating with a double degree in law and political sciences from the Autonomous University of Madrid, he expanded his technical knowledge of the sector through undertaking the course Technology, Implementation and Profitability of Renewable Energies at the Fernshule Weber school, completing his studies with a masters degree in Politics and Environmental Planning at the Technical University of Berlin.

His career has been closely linked to renewable energies and sustainability for years. After completing an internship in public contracting at the Tres Cantos Council (Madrid) he moved to Berlin, where he worked for a number of years for companies dedicated to the development of renewable energy projects at an international level.

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David Diego is a corporate lawyer with an emphasis on the electric sector and renewable energies. His professional activity is centered on corporate contracting, M&A transactions and collective and participative financing.

David holds a degree in business administration and management from the University of Cantabria, undertaking the final year of his undergraduate studies at the University of Warsaw. After finishing his financial studies he obtained a law degree from the University of Granada, combining his final semester with an internship at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. He then went on to complete a masters in Legal Practice from the University of Barcelona, combining his studies with an internship at a boutique legal firm in Barcelona specializing in bankruptcy and commercial law.

David speaks Spanish at a native level and English at a business level. He has a working knowledge of French and Catalan.

David is a determined lawyer who, in addition to M&A transactions, has experience in the defense of minority shareholder interests, advising crowdlending and crowdfunding platforms, the establishment and liquidation of companies, the preparation of due diligence reports, litigation against abusive contractual terms and, more generally, in a wide array of questions that affect all types of companies.

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Mónica Martín Bengoechea is a litigation lawyer who practices principally in civil, bankruptcy and administrative law. In the firm she is responsible for the handling of judicial, bankruptcy and administrative proceedings. She also provides specific advice on a wide range of matters relating to renewable energies.

She collaborates in our firm’s contributions to the APPA legal working group with respect to litigation in the electric sector.

Monica is fluent in Spanish, Basque and English and has a working knowledge of Catalan and French. After receiving a double degree in law and business administration from the University of Deusto, Monica undertook a double Masters degree in legal practice and corporate and tax law at the ESADE Business & Law School.

Prior to commencing with HOLTROP, Monica worked at the Cuatrecasas law firm and the international consultancy/law firm PwC in the litigation and corporate departments. Monica is a methodical, organized and efficient professional who has advised numerous different companies in the ambit of capital transactions, contracts between companies and civil, criminal, bankruptcy and administrative litigation.

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Micaela Santamaria Villa is an expert M&A lawyer. She has participated in numerous Due Diligence exercises and focuses primarily on transactions involving the transfer of renewable energy assets. Micaela is an active member of our team in the preparation of sale-purchase contracts with respect to renewables assets and shares in renewables companies. She has a profound knowledge of the administrative application processes involved in the transfer and greenfield development of renewables projects. She has advised on both ‘direct to pool’ and ‘auction’ projects, providing her with a detailed knowledge of the income streams renewables projects can receive in Spain. She forms part of our internal EU law team and also frequently advises on the granting of loans via crowdfunding platforms.

Micaela is part of the firm’s team collaborating with the UNEF self-consumption and PPA working groups.

She also works closely with our litigation team, in particular with respect to the Electricity Tax. She is also experienced in international winding-up proceedings within Spain, having provided advice regarding the liquidation of assets, management of employees and various related themes.

Micaela is a native Spanish and Catalan speaker and is professionally-proficient in English. She obtained her law degree from the University of Barcelona.

Prior to joining our firm Micaela worked at AAGD Abogados and Clifford Chance in the civil and commercial departments.

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Loida Gil Mena holds a degree in law from the University of Barcelona and is currently studying her Masters in legal practice at the Catalan Open University. In our firm Loida participates in the litigation team on a wide array of matters, whether they be civil litigation, bankruptcies or administrative proceedings. She also frequently assists our M&A team in the preparation of Due Diligence reports.

Loida speaks perfect Spanish, Catalan and English, and has a working knowledge of French. As part of her studies she spent a year in the United States at Columbia University, New York, where she obtained a Certificate in International Business Law.

Prior to commencing with our firm Loida completed a year-long internship at the law firm Codina & Roig Associates.

 

 

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Cristina López Rodríguez is the head of our accounting team, as well as taking charge of our communications with clients. She oversees the contracting of providers, the invoicing processes and other tasks that are vital for the correct functioning of our professional activities.

Cristina speaks Spanish, Catalan and English. She graduated from the Center of Financial Studies as an accounting professional and subsequently undertook further studies at IOC and Acedis, obtaining superior qualifications in administration, finance and IRPF as a result.

Prior to joining our firm, Cristina worked as a bookkeeper for more than 12 years in a wide variety of companies, including a number of law firms.

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Esteban Carrillo Varga is our firm’s IT and administrative expert. He is responsible for coordinating our databases and protecting our IT system. Esteban assists our accounting team and is responsible for managing the details of thousands of clients in the litigation that our firm runs with respect to cuts in the electricity sector. He coordinates the expert opinions that we solicit as part of this litigation, as well as managing an external team of professionals who provide technical, IT and web services.

Esteban has undertaken professional studies in metallurgy and as a sound technician. He is currently studying towards a professional business accounting qualification.