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Cecilia van der Weijden

Partner
Advocaat

CMS
Atrium - Parnassusweg 737
1077 DG Amsterdam
PO Box 94700
1090 GS Amsterdam
Netherlands
Languages Dutch, Italian, English, German, Chinese

Cecilia van der Weijden is a partner in our Corporate/M&A Practice Group and heads the Dutch energy & climate change team at CMS. She has a strong focus on the energy industry. For more than fifteen years she has been dedicated to advising the energy sector on a wide variety of corporate and regulatory issues, including mergers and acquisitions and the development and project financing of (renewable) energy projects. As a transactional lawyer, she got acquainted with the energy sector in the late ‘90s, when a wave of mergers and acquisitions took place in the Dutch energy sector. She then expanded her practice to advice on conventional and renewable energy projects and now has a strong focus on renewable energy (on and offshore wind, solar, biomass and biogas projects). ​

​Cecilia has advised on a number of pathfinder projects, such as the development the first Dutch offshore wind park (OWEZ), the participation of launching customers in the GATE LNG Terminal, the successful participation of DONG Energy in the first Dutch offshore wind tender, the acquisition, development and project financing of the largest solar PV park and the conclusion of two large corporate PPAs by global tech companies. She frequently publishes articles on developments in the energy sector and is editor of the CMS Guide for offshore wind in North West Europe.

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Stands out due to her in-depth knowledge, her professionalism and her exquisite communication and language skills.

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2021

Very practical and can close a deal in a shorter time than you expect.

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2021

A strong energy lawyer," according to interviewees.

Chambers Europe 2021

Global Leader - Energy

Who’s Who Legal, 2020

‘Cecilia van der Weijden is a smart, capable, and considerate M&A lawyer. She knows how to navigate negotiations and eloquently control winning positions. Her management of due diligence processes and promptly staying on top of deal topics demonstrates her decade plus of experience in the Dutch market. She is available for adhoc discussions and provides relevant negotiation tactics. She knows how to trouble shoot if/when issues present themselves.‘

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2020

Recognised for her experience handling M&A and investments into energy projects, particularly the renewable sector.

Chambers Europe, 2020

She addresses client concerns immediately and stays informed on all topics”, adding: "She knows how to see deals through and doesn't waste time.

Chambers Europe, 2020

Relevant experience

  • Advised Partners Group on the acquisition of a substantial interest in the ProjectCo owning the project rights for Dutch offshore windpark Borssele III/IV (Sellers: Shell, MVOW and Eneco).
  • Advised WIRCON GmbH on the acquisition, development and project financing of the (at the time) largest solar park in the Netherlands, SunPort Delfzijl.
  • Advised Ørsted on the first and second offshore wind tender organised by the Dutch government regarding the Borssele wind area.
  • Advised Microsoft on a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Vattenfall to source ITS Dutch datacenters with wind energy from new to be built windpark Wieringermeer.
  • Advised Tesla on its contracts for engineering, procurement and construction of the Powerpack (battery for industrial use) and the Powerwall (battery for consumer use) and any related registrations and permitting and consent requirements in the Netherlands.
  • Advised German windturbine manufacturer ENERCON GmbH on the acquisition of Dutch turbine supplier Lagerwey.
  • Advised a global tech company (confidential) on a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with ENECO to source its Dutch facilities with renewable energy.
  • Advised national and international solar PV developers and investors (confidential) on the SDE+ subsidy and on several project agreements for solar PV plants in the Netherlands, including PPAs, grid connection agreements and agreements to secure property rights.
  • Advised Low Carbon on a development service agreement with a Dutch party for the development and operation of solar PV plant and rooftop projects in the Netherlands.
  • Advised PRISMA European Capacity Platform GmbH and its shareholders (European TSOs) on regulatory implications of the development of new services on its trading platform.
  • Advised Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) on an agreement with Fudura for metering of electricity, gas and heat and administrative services. 
  • Advised EPEX SPOT SE, EEG AG and Powernext SA on the merger with APX Group and the integration of their businesses to form a power exchange for Central Western Europe and the UK.
  • Advised Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings Ltd. (CKI) on the acquisition of waste-to -energy company AVR (EUR 943.7 million). 
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Education


  • International Relations (int. economy and law), Johns Hopkins University, USA
  • Dutch Law (Commercial and Private Law), University of Amsterdam
  • Chinese Language, Xiamen University, China
  • Sinology, Leiden University
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14/06/2021
En­ergy Trans­ition: The evolving role of oil & gas com­pan­ies in a net-zero...
After an ex­traordin­ary year of health and eco­nom­ic chal­lenges, the glob­al oil and gas sec­tor has an es­sen­tial role to play in the eco­nom­ic re­cov­ery. The same could how­ever be said of any eco­nom­ic re­cov­ery and ex­pan­sion over the past 100 years – dur­ing this time oil and gas com­pan­ies have provided most of the primary en­ergy that has fuelled huge eco­nom­ic growth. But this time does look dif­fer­ent. The oil and gas sec­tor will power eco­nom­ic re­cov­ery not just through oil and gas ex­plor­a­tion and pro­duc­tion, but also (and per­haps counter-in­tu­it­ively to some) through fa­cil­it­at­ing the trans­ition to a lower-car­bon eco­nomy and even­tu­ally a net zero fu­ture. This re­port presents a wide-ran­ging re­view of the role of oil and gas com­pan­ies in that fu­ture.
03/06/2021
The im­pact of a re­volu­tion­ary Dutch Cli­mate Change Judg­ment on com­pan­ies...
In­tro­duc­tion: re­volu­tion­ary judg­ment for mul­tina­tion­als in all sec­torsLast week a re­volu­tion­ary cli­mate change judg­ment was rendered with po­ten­tially great im­pact on com­pan­ies world­wide, es­pe­cially on...
12/05/2021
CMS ad­vises Equitix on European pro­ject port­fo­lio ac­quis­i­tion
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14/04/2021
Top rank­ings CMS in Leg­al 500 EMEA 2021
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30/03/2021
Oil and Gas Dis­putes Sur­vey: Man­aging dis­putes risk – the in-house per­spect­ive
The CMS Oil and Gas Dis­putes Sur­vey ex­amined the key drivers of dis­putes and dis­pute man­age­ment in the oil and gas in­dustry, and how sec­tor par­ti­cipants are mov­ing to­wards new ap­proaches to min­im­ise con­flicts and dis­putes. Based on more than 50 re­sponses from seni­or leg­al man­agers and seni­or in-house coun­sel in the oil and gas in­dustry across Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pa­cific, Africa and Lat­in Amer­ica, it provides in­ter­est­ing in­sights in­to how dis­putes arise and are man­aged around the globe.Even be­fore the on­set of the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic, the oil and gas in­dustry was fa­cing con­sid­er­able chal­lenges, not least a pro­longed peri­od of re­l­at­ively low oil prices and a glob­al fo­cus on lower­ing car­bon emis­sions and “green” en­ergy.Com­pared with the heights of 2008, pri­or to the glob­al fin­an­cial crisis, when in­ter­na­tion­al oil prices peaked at over US$140 a bar­rel, the US$55 bar­rel price for Brent Crude in late Janu­ary 2021 still looked re­l­at­ively low, des­pite the re­cent par­tial re­cov­ery. Those weak prices con­tin­ue to place con­sid­er­able pres­sures on in­dustry play­ers that are now of­ten op­er­at­ing on his­tor­ic­ally low mar­gins of prof­it­ab­il­ity.It was not al­ways this way. As ver­tic­ally in­teg­rated gi­ants, oil and gas ma­jors were tra­di­tion­ally con­sidered well able to ab­sorb down­sides with­in a broad port­fo­lio of rev­en­ues and part­ner­ships, but today many in­dustry play­ers no longer have that lux­ury. A num­ber of geo­graph­ic mar­kets that were pre­vi­ously dom­in­ated by a few large up­stream oil com­pan­ies have transitioned through di­vest­ments to own­er­ship by a lar­ger group of smal­ler in­de­pend­ent play­ers with more fo­cused port­fo­li­os and a range of fin­an­cial mod­els. With more op­er­at­ors and par­ti­cipants in many oil and gas geo­graph­ic mar­kets, it seems likely that the op­por­tun­it­ies for dis­putes are in­creas­ing. CMS Oil and Gas Dis­putes Sur­vey in­dic­ates that more could be done to pre­vent and mit­ig­ate against ex­pens­ive time-con­sum­ing dis­putes.
18/03/2021
Top rank­ings CMS in Cham­bers Europe 2021
CMS is once again ranked in the latest edi­tion of the Cham­bers Europe guide. A big thanks to our cli­ents for put­ting their trust in us and re­cog­nising our ex­pert­ise.CMS in the Neth­er­lands is ranked in...
19/01/2021
Up­date SDE++ 2020 round
By let­ter dated 14 Janu­ary 2021 the Min­is­ter of Eco­nom­ic Af­fairs and Cli­mate Policy pub­lished the first fig­ures re­lat­ing to the first ever SDE++ round. This is the first round of the Stim­u­la­tion of Sus­tain­able...
03/02/2021
CMS Re­new­ables Guide Launch Event
As part of the launch of our latest glob­al Ex­pert Guide on Re­new­able En­ergy we in­vite you to join our on­line event fea­tur­ing CMS en­ergy ex­perts as they present on the latest de­vel­op­ments, key...
18/12/2020
Re­new­able en­ergy law and reg­u­la­tion in the Neth­er­lands
In­tro­duc­tion Since 2017, the Neth­er­lands has taken many steps to­wards real­ising the ob­ject­ives set out in the 2015 Par­is Cli­mate Change Con­fer­ence. In Oc­to­ber 2017, the Dutch gov­ern­ment presen­ted an...
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Res­ults SDE+ 2020 spring round
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26/06/2020
Leg­al com­plic­a­tions of fin­an­cing and de­vel­op­ing sol­ar pan­els on com­mer­cial...
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