Holtrop S.L.P. blog


Piet Holtrop is an international lawyer with more than 23 years' experience, the last 20 of which have been spent advising in the renewable energy sector in Spain. After more than 7 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. He is member of the board of the section of International and European Law of the Barcelona Bar Asociation since 2017, and external unversity teacher at the CITCE-UPC, where his classes focus on regulatory aspects of EU law and Catalan and Spanish Law in the module "Energy planification and regulation", within the postgraduate course "Energy Economy" of the Masterprogramme "Smart Energy", starting in October 2019. CITCEA-UPC is a Technical University of Catalonia (UPC BarcelonaTech) technology transfer center. 

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.