Baker & McKenzie has hired leading Dutch energy lawyer Weero Koster as partner and head of its Amsterdam energy practice.
Koster joined the firm on 1 September from Norton Rose Fulbright, where he headed the EMEA energy practice. He has more than 20 years of experience in energy and projects transactions, and is recommended in both Chambers and Legal 500 for energy and natural resources work.
He focuses on advising companies active in energy markets both in the Netherlands and internationally, including upstream oil and gas, and the country's largest renewable energy projects.
His areas of experience range from privatizations, mergers and acquisitions, divestments and joint ventures. He has also advised on project development and financing for both conventional and renewable energy projects, emissions trading, commercial contracts, and dispute resolution.
Mike Jansen, managing partner at Baker & McKenzie Amsterdam said:
“We are very pleased to welcome a lawyer of the caliber of Weero Koster. We advise a significant number of companies in the energy sector all over the world. Our Global Energy, Mining & Infrastructure Group has been advising clients internationally for many years. The arrival of Weero further enhances our capabilities, making the energy sector a key focus for the Amsterdam office."
“Baker & McKenzie is responding to the reality of the rapidly-changing international energy market. The emergence of unconventional exploration and extraction methods, our sustainability needs, the Netherlands' desire to become the gas hub of Europe, the nuclear debate, and the emergence of the BRIC countries and Africa make for a complex picture for the energy industry, which is reflected in their growing legal needs. The global character of Baker & McKenzie and the scale of its EMI Group are ideally placed to meet client demands driven by these developments. I am excited to be further expanding my practice at Baker & McKenzie."