Damien Verhoeven is Partner in the Regulatory Department and heads Liedekerke's energy practice. He specialises in energy law (mainly in electricity, but also gases and petrochemicals) at all market levels.
Damien has more than 20 years of experience in energy regulation (incl. European, Belgian, Flemish, Walloon and Congolese energy law) and in other legal matters applied to the energy sector (project development, permits, contracts, litigation, M&A, taxation and support schemes, etc.). He is viewed by stakeholders, peers and directories as a leading energy lawyer in Belgium.
Damien has a law degree from the University of Louvain (UCL 2000). He is the author of various publications in energy law.
He joined Liedekerke in 2000 and became a Partner in 2013.
Catholic University of Louvain (Law degree) 2000
Assisting a power producer in a 50 million € tax reimbursement claim for breach of the European directive on the taxation of energy products
Assisting a major stakeholder of the hydrogen sector in the context of the development of hydrogen regulation in Europe and in Belgium
Assisting the developer of a 25MW/100MWh Battery Electricity Storage System in Flanders
Challenging a regional regulatory regime re. regulated power and gas supply prices
Assisting a system operator in the implementation of a Capacity Remuneration Mechanism
Assisting the developer of a 9,6 MW solar farm in Wallonia
Damien Verhoeven is ranked in Band 1 (Energy). A client enthuses that Damien Verhoeven is "an excellent lead lawyer, with a very hands-on mentality,"– Chambers Europe, 2022
Damien Verhoeven is ranked as Leading Individual in the Industry Focus Energy (Tier 1). ‘Damien Verhoeven is one of the best lawyers in Belgium specialising in energy law. An excellent lead lawyer, with a very hands-on mentality. He is always readily available and delivers outstanding work; he listens and takes feedback from us into account.’ – Legal 500, 2022
Damien Verhoeven is named “Lawyer of the year” for Energy in Belgium by Who’s Whol Legal (2022). He is also the sole Belgian “Global Elite Thought Leader” for the categories “Power & Electricity” and “Oil & Gas” WWL says: The “excellent” Damien Verhoeven with Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick earns high praise in the market as “the best when it comes to regulatory advice in the sector”.
Damien Verhoeven was recognised as 'Best Lawyer 2022 in Energy Law" by Best Lawyers.
Damien Verhoeven is ranked as Leading Individual in the Industry Focus Energy (Tier 1) by Legal 500. ‘Damien Verhoeven is one of the top energy lawyers in Belgium; not only does he know everything, he also has a clear view on everything. He has been focusing on this area since the liberalisation of the energy market started. Having regard to the ever-growing complexity of European, federal and regional regulation, such a background is key to understanding it and still making it work. We also appreciate his team of highly skilled lawyers, which he promotes a lot.’– Legal 500, 2021
Damien Verhoeven is ranked in Band 1 (Energy). Clients "can think of no better expert in Belgium" than Damien Verhoeven, stressing that "he is so knowledgeable and client-friendly." He has a broad range of experience advising clients on PPAs, regulatory compliance and major renewable power projects. – Chambers Europe, 2020
Damien Verhoeven is ranked as “Leading individual”. “Damien Verhoeven and his team are swift, comprehensible, creative, and have an in-depth knowledge that is incomparable to anyone else.” – Legal 500, 2020
Damien Verhoeven is ranked in Band 1 (Energy) and is praised by clients, saying “He is by far the best expert in his field in Belgium. His knowledge is amazing and he knows everything about the industry.” – Chambers Europe, 2019
Damien Verhoeven is ranked in Band 1 (Energy). “Damien Verhoeven remains an established figure in the Belgian energy market, who is valued by clients for his availability, pragmatism and specialist knowledge of the sector. Verhoeven advises significant energy clients on M&A transactions, regulatory issues and dispute resolution proceedings.” –Chambers Europe, 2018
Memberships & Admissions
Member of the Brussels Bar
Member of the Energy Law Group