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Real Estate — Netherlands


Houthoff - Real Estate Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly regarded for transactional expertise, advising both Dutch and international clients on large-scale asset deals. Experience also covers related tax, corporate, public, environmental and planning issues. Also noted for investment management and financing capabilities. Clients include banks and real estate investment companies. Recent client wins include TH Real Estate, La Française Real Estate Partners International, Amundi and Real IS.

Strengths Clients praise the lawyers for their "very good knowledge and negotiation skills."

Interviewees admire the team's innovative approach. One source adds: "They put forward strategies and creative solutions in moments where the deal seemed to be heading nowhere."

Work highlights Advised Unibail-Rodamco on the EUR470 million acquisition of the Leidsenhage shopping mall and the public and private law aspects of the subsequent transformation.

Acted for Vestia on the the EUR577 million transfer of 358 residential units to PATRIZIA.

Notable practitioners

Jan Cees Kuiken is a formidable player in the market, receiving glowing praise from clients for his "superb negotiating and deal-making skills," and is described as a "trusted adviser," who is able to "manage the biggest deals." He is renowned for representing domestic and international banks, developers and pension funds on real estate transactions and real estate-related M&A. He assisted La Salle Investment Management with the EUR130 million acquisition of the Bright Offices in Amsterdam.

Clients regard Herman Lohman as "a very knowledgeable guy, with good skills." He acts for project developers and international investors on development, transactional real estate and real estate-related restructuring. He advised Credit Suisse on the EUR123 million sale of the ING Bank office in Amsterdam to Blackstone and the ensuing EUR500 million liquidation of CS-Euroreal.

Marnix Aarts is recognised for handling real estate transactions and project development. He advised Snippe Binnenstad on the EUR91 million transfer of two towers of Project Holland Park Phase III to AEGON and Amvest. Clients praise his "very good knowledge and efficient way of working."

Aart Barkey Wolf acts for banks and investors on real estate financing, transactions and restructuring. Sources recognise him as a "deal-maker and a great guy," who is "nice to work with."

Lucas Louwerier draws praise from clients for his "technical knowledge and commercial awareness," as well as his "practical and transaction-focused" approach. His practice covers real estate M&A, financing and property development. He assisted Leidsche Rijn Centrumplan with the EUR500 million development of a new city centre in Leidsche Rijn.

About the Team (content provided by Houthoff)

Houthoff’s experienced Real Estate Team comprises over 50 real estate specialists who look beyond the problem. They have the extensive knowledge and experience required to anticipate the changing demand in the sector. Houthoff's civil-law notaries play a pivotal role in this. The Real Estate Team is involved in the largest and most high-profile Dutch and European real estate transactions. Houthoff assists investors, project developers, financiers, construction companies, housing corporations and end users with complex real estate transactions and disputes.

Parties engage Houthoff's Real Estate Team for advice on complex real estate structures, which our civil-law notaries and lawyers provide practical and innovative solutions for. Complex real estate financing requires legal and tax expertise and a comprehensive knowledge of the national and international real estate market. Houthoff's real estate specialists advise financial institutions, real estate funds and investors on refinancing, restructuring, complex real estate auctions and distressed loan portfolios. With the rise of smart cities, Houthoff also advise and assist national and international parties investing in sustainable capital, technological communication and smart infrastructure to realise these urban developments.

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Loyens & Loeff - Real Estate Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Market-leading commercial real estate practice focusing on residential and office transactions. Active of late in foreclosure procedures and portfolio sales by insurance companies. Regularly acts for private equity houses. Strongly recognised for its real estate-related tax expertise and also advises on planning and environmental issues. Further recognised for its in-house notarial offering. Recently added Marathon Asset Management to its client base.

Strengths Clients commend the "highly skilled and knowledgeable team," for being "great to work with and commercially astute."

According to clients, the lawyers are "extremely knowledgeable," and draw further praise for being "proactive, solution-oriented and always available."

Work highlights Acted for Somerset Capital Partners on the EUR300 million turnkey sale of a portfolio of eight logistics centres to CBRE Global Investors.

Assisted Blackstone and M7 with the EUR1.28 billion acquisition of a Dutch light industrial portfolio of 90 assets, along with a German light industrial portfolio.

Notable practitioners

Esteemed notary Wilfred Groen is renowned for his experience in transactional real estate and real estate finance. He represented Standard Life Investments in multiple real estate transactions, consisting of distribution centres, office buildings and shopping centres, totalling EUR258 million. Clients say: "He's amazing: he's got knowledge across the board and he's so personable. Our relationship with him is amazing, you can call him up at any time and he always gives good advice."

Acclaimed practitioner Bram Linnartz is hailed as a "very good property lawyer." He is known for commercial and M&A-related real estate and development, boasting particular expertise in German real estate funds. He assisted Cairn Real Estate and King Street with the EUR128 million redevelopment and ensuing sale of Bright Offices to La Salle Investments.

Paul Kerckhoffs advises on transactional real estate and project development. His work highlights include acting for AXA Real Estate Investment Managers on the EUR140 million acquisition of Nhow Amsterdam RAI hotel from COD. Clients regard him as "very experienced and pleasant to work with," and assert that his service "adds value."

Lonne Rooseboom is described by sources as "efficient, very pragmatic and commercial." His scope of practice includes commercial and transactional real estate, project development and turnkey projects. He assisted Savills Investment Management with the EUR260 million turnkey acquisition of five logistics assets in the Netherlands from various sellers.

Jurriaan Van der Stok specialises in project development and is commended by clients for being "easy to work with and always sharp in negotiations." He advised OVG Real Estate on the EUR300 million structuring and turnkey sale of an integrated, multifunctional project to RGB.

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The real estate market is in full swing again. It is clearly on the road to recovery and real-estate transactions are increasing significantly in number. Project development is evident again too and various premises are being given a new designated use. A knowledge of the market and deals is vital in this situation.

Investors, project developers, construction companies and end users all have one thing in common: they lack the time and/or legal, notarial and tax expertise necessary to resolve many property-related issues. With your business knowledge and our specialist knowledge, we are sure that we can guide and advise you on tax and legal matters.

We specialise in assisting clients with property transactions and real estate developments involving office buildings, residential property, shops and logistics real estate. We also have the specific knowledge needed to provide you with legal and tax guidance on hotel and healthcare real estate. We also advise on related aspects, such as taxation, (cross-border) structuring and financing. We help you focus on the things that are important for your core business.



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NautaDutilh - Real Estate Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong choice for developers, as well as financial institutions and foreign investors, with significant expertise in financing and transactional matters, particularly in commercial and residential real estate. Also well regarded for its experience in procurement and PPP projects, as well as real estate litigation, and offers additional strength in landlord and tenant law. Additionally skilled at helping on spatial planning and conveyancing issues. Perial is a new client win for the department.

Strengths Sources appreciate the "great team," as they are "very precise, know exactly what they need to do and are very commercial."

One client praises the "excellent and fast" team, adding: "We've been working for years with them - they know our business very well and their advice is to the point."

Work highlights Advised G&S Vastgoed on the EUR500 million redevelopment and sale of Atrium office building in Amsterdam to Amundi Real Estate.

Assisted First Sponsor Group with the EUR171 million acquisition of Bilderberg Hotel Group from QBN.

Notable practitioners

According to one client, David van Dijk is "the most responsive lawyer I know." He focuses on the structuring of real estate funds, as well as transactional real estate. He acted for Piet Hein Buildings on its EUR157.5 million sale to Hannover Leasing.

Arief Van Rhee is known for handling real estate investments and finance. Clients appreciate his personal, service-oriented approach. One interviewee adds: "He is open and friendly, and he knows our business very well. He is excellent." He was part of the team that represented the Municipality of Amsterdam in litigation concerning the new ground lease regime.

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Infrastructure and real estate development projects typically involve demanding users and other stakeholders. Market players, as well as central and local government are increasingly expected to take account of community needs and opinions. Relevant issues are vacancy in office buildings and the impact of real estate and infrastructure on the spatial environment.

Solutions that shrink the problem
Legal and tax frameworks play a crucial role in this interplay of interests and these come to the fore in areas such as town and country planning, obligation to tender, and the conditions under which a contract can be waived. Deals are negotiated through tough bargaining and where a dispute arises, major interests are at stake. NautaDutilh’s real estate team focuses on contributing to clients’ objectives by coming up with solutions, instead of focusing on the problem. We combine our legal advice with practical, hands-on transaction guidance.

State-of-the-art legal expertise produces a result
Our lawyers and civil law notaries combine leading expertise with an unparalleled breadth and depth of experience. More importantly, we have a longstanding and proven knowledge of the real-estate sector and a genuine empathy for the interests of our clients. Among NautaDutilh’s clients are real-estate investors, developers and building firms, as well as government bodies such as municipal and provincial authorities, water boards and the national government.

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Stibbe - Real Estate Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Successful practice, recognised for its expertise in real estate financing and transactions, with particular recent activity in residential and hotel portfolio acquisitions, sales and portfolio conveyance. Also well regarded for PPP and industrial projects and planning and zoning issues. Assists clients from the retail, healthcare and financial sectors, as well as being increasingly active in the hotels market of late. Hudson's Bay Company, Retail Estates, Holland Casino and SELP are amongst the recent new client wins for the department.

Strengths Impressed clients report that "apart from practical knowledge, they are extremely responsive and quite commercial in approach. They advise us on the basis of legal setup, but are also helpful in providing commercial views."

One client remarks that the lawyers "perfectly manage the deal volume," adding: "they proactively reach out if we need to prioritise one or another transaction, they know the sector, are good negotiators, and - very important for lawyers - they also have a sense of humour."

Value for Money Various clients also highlighted the firm's added value, in relation to its competitors. One interviewee says: "Compared to other firms, Stibbe's rates are quite competitive."

Work highlights Assisted Aedifica with all of its acquisitions of care and nursing homes in the Netherlands, totalling EUR185 million.

Acted for SELP on the EUR93 million acquisition of part of the Dokvast Portfolio from SEGRO.

Notable practitioners

David Orobio de Castro specialises in project finance, including PPP projects, and also handles transactional real estate and property development. He acted for Heijmans on the development of a turnkey apartment building in Rotterdam and its subsequent EUR80 million sale to the Dutch subsidiary of a German investor. Sources describe him as "calm and collected, and very knowledgeable."

David Meijeren's practice covers real estate acquisitions, financing and funds. He assisted UPS with the EUR30.25 million acquisition of a plot of land in Eindhoven from Goevaers. Sources say: "David is a pleasure to deal with. His technical abilities, responsiveness and willingness to go the extra mile in finding viable commercial solutions have seen him become a trusted adviser to our business."

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AKD - Real Estate Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Expanding team advising clients on real estate transactions, projects and disputes. Expertise encompasses M&A, construction, financing, corporate, planning and environmental issues. Offers additional notarial capabilities and has been active of late in leasing and PPP matters. New client wins include DW Partners and Crosslane. Recently bolstered the size and depth of the practice with multiple hires at the associate level.

Strengths Sources say that the team is "legally straightforward, hands-on and thinks together with the clients" to deliver advice that is "pragmatic and practical."

According to an interviewee, the team "has in-depth knowledge, is very responsive and has excellent lawyers." They add: "As a client, you know that your case is handled by a team, rather than having to depend on one certain lawyer. This guarantees that you get the best advice that is obtainable."

Work highlights Advised VolkerWessels on the redevelopment of Strijp S.

Assisted Ontwikkelbedrijf Greenport Venlo on all real estate issues concerning the development of a major real estate project.

Notable practitioners

Taco de Lange handles the acquisition of real estate portfolios, as well as project development. He acted for WDP on the EUR200 million acquisition and realisation of various large-scale distribution centres. Clients commend his knowledge and experience, with an interviewee adding that he is "flexible and pleasant to work with."

Marc Wintgens has a broad practice, consisting of PPP projects, construction and project development. He advised Catella on the forward financing aspects and transformation of residential buildings in Rotterdam and Leidschendam. Impressed clients say: "I especially value his strategic views on a case and his ability to think ahead."

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Our expertise

With one of the biggest real estate teams in the Netherlands, AKD can deploy specialised lawyers for your specific situation. Given our thorough knowledge of the market and wide-ranging expertise, we consistently provide assistance at the highest level.

Our specialist areas include:

  • Procurement
  • Arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution
  • Building contracts and related disputes
  • Integrated contracts, e.g. DBFMO contracts (Design, Build, Finance, Maintain, Operate)
  • Area and real estate development
  • Leasing
  • Infrastructure
  • Notarial law
  • Environmental law
  • Public Private Partnerships (PPPs)
  • State aid
  • Real estate investment and financing (Private Finance Initiative) (PFI)   
  • Real estate transactions (and due diligence)
  • Corporate law (private limited liability companies, limited partnerships, joint ventures, special purpose entities)

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Allen & Overy LLP - Real Estate Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Transaction-driven practice, focusing on project finance, sales and acquisitions and lease agreements. Clients include pension funds, banks, housing corporations and hospitals. Also noted for its expertise in property development and construction, as well as in zoning, planning and real estate-related tax issues. Increasing focus on international portfolio transactions. Recently expanded its client base to include CTF Development International, Deutsche Pfandbriefbank and EdgeConneX.

Strengths Clients enthuse that the lawyers are "very accurate, fast," and possess "a lot of knowledge."

Clients are impressed by the "high standard" of service offered by the team and praise the lawyers for their "quick response, flexibility and near 24/7 accessibility."

Work highlights Advised Deutsche Bank on the EUR459 million financing of the acquisition by Blackstone of the Onyx portfolio.

Assisted ABN AMRO and Allianz with the EUR336 million refinancing of the acquisition of the Wisdom portfolio by Vivat.

Notable practitioners

Leon Hoppenbrouwers focuses on real estate acquisitions, sale and leaseback transactions and urban redevelopment. Clients appreciate his "excellent service, and great knowledge," adding that he is "a nice person to work with." He acted for SRLEV on the dissolution of a partnership and the EUR102 million acquisition of shares in the Hojel office building from CBRE.

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Clifford Chance LLP - Real Estate Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Full-service offering with notable real estate-related corporate, tax and financing expertise. Particularly active on portfolio acquisitions and project financing and development, with a strong focus on commercial, residential and retail developments such as shopping centres and hotels. Recently increasingly active in the acquisitions of large, pan-European loan portfolios.

Strengths According to clients, the team is among the "strongest for real estate finance."

Work highlights Advised ING on the amendment and restatement of an EUR85.8 million facility agreement concerning the refinancing of portfolios of residential properties in the Netherlands.

Representing ABN AMRO in a EUR290 million facility for EdgeConneX for the purpose of the development of a data centre in Amsterdam.

Notable practitioners

Jaap Koster is experienced in real estate finance and PPP projects. He advised KKR infrastructure on the EUR2.95 billion acquisition of Q-Park from a group of institutional investors.

Liesbeth Buiter focuses on transactional real estate and loan portfolio sales, and is described by sources as "a really good and commercial" lawyer. She assisted Credit Suisse with the EUR11.625 million sale of the Spectrum office building to HighBrook Investors and Equity Estate.

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Dentons Boekel - Real Estate Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Handles all aspects of property transactions, including construction, leasing, sales and acquisitions, as well as related environmental and notarial issues. Advises a broad client base which includes investors, financiers and government institutions. Particularly active on the commercial tenancy law side. Recently strengthened the team with several additions at the associate level. New client wins include Vastgoud, Amity International School, Klépierre, Thorofinance and TBM.

Strengths One client enthuses: "The team is very seasoned, pragmatic, no-nonsense, and they have a very good grasp of what is needed commercially. They have an in-depth knowledge of our business."

According to clients: "The team goes for creative and academic solutions and does not take 'no' for an answer. They have a thorough knowledge of commercial tenancy law and transactions. Furthermore, the team gives very clear advice and is very available."

Work highlights Assisted Unibail-Rodamco with the EUR500 million redevelopment of the Leidsenhage shopping centre.

Acted for Union Investment Real Estate on the EUR65 million sale of the Monarch I office building to Amundi Real Estate.

Notable practitioners

Wendela Raas represents institutional investors and project developers in commercial tenancy law, as well as transactional real estate work. She also boasts particular expertise in lease law. She advised Amity Education on its EUR12.5 million opening of an international school in Amstelveen. Clients praise her for being a "strong, intellectual character, with a commercial business mind, combined with an open and personal approach," and her client service as "exceptionally well-developed."

Paul Wanders specialises in property finance litigation and also handles transactional real estate. He acted for Bouwinvest on its acquisition of the 'hourglass' mixed-use building project from Sax Vastgoed. He is described by clients as "efficient and practical," and is praised for being "sharp during litigation and an effective negotiator."

About the Team (content provided by Dentons Boekel)

Our Real Estate practice has long been recognized as a market leader in the Netherlands and is historically the law firm of choice in the industry. Our combination with Dentons has strengthened our position further, as we are now part of the largest Real Estate practice in the world and can offer our clients unmatched global reach.

We have recently vastly expanded our practice in relation to various disciplines within real estate; we have broadened our expertise to infrastructure and industrial projects, as well as (renewable) energy projects, launched our Tax practice offering real estate tax services and tremendously strengthened our corporate real estate and real estate finance capabilities.

Our capabilities are among the most diverse in the legal market not only in terms of service areas, but also in terms of property types including office, retail, residential, logistic and hotels. We are not just a transactional powerhouse, we truly provide full scope legal service, also covering day-to-day advice and litigation, as well as specialised areas such as liability law and lease law. Our broad capability is supplemented with a strong foothold in the academic world and professional associations and governing bodies.



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Baker McKenzie - Real Estate Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well versed in the TMT, energy and hotel and leisure sectors, with a recent focus on construction and development projects as well as real estate financing, particularly with respect to inbound foreign investment. Also noted for its expertise in real estate corporate and tax matters. Advises investors, developers and corporates. Recent additions to the client base include BNP Paribas, Aroundtown, Tasman and RoundShield Partners.

Strengths An interviewee praises the "excellent team," that is "not only well established in the Dutch real estate market but is also perfectly equipped to serve their international clientele."

One client describes the lawyers as "responsive and commercial," adding: "They performed very well, as they are able to narrow down the options effectively."

Work highlights Assisted Greystar Real Estate Partners and its investors with the EUR80 million expansion of the Amsterdam student campus in Diemen Zuid.

Acted for Deka Immobilien Investment on the EUR40 million acquisition and delivery of two hotels in Amsterdam.

Notable practitioners

Cynthia de Witt Wijnen advises international institutional investors on real estate acquisitions, sales and leases. She advised BNP Paribas Real Estate Investment Management on the acquisition of all issued shares in ELF Heerenberg. Clients regard her as "very knowledgeable," and praise her as "commercially aware and service-oriented."

According to clients, Frenk Huisman "is an excellent lawyer and a dedicated partner in transactions. He is always up to date with all relevant legal aspects within a deal or project." His practice consists of real estate investment, property development and portfolio management, particularly within the logistics, TMT and energy sectors. He assisted the joint venture of Dow Chemical and Zeeland Seaports with the development and investment sale of the Maintenance Valuepark, in Terneuzen, Zeeland.

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Managing real estate interests can be a complex business challenge. At Baker McKenzie, we understand your business drivers and are able to provide tailored practical advice. Our Amsterdam team, existing of attorneys, notaries and tax advisors, offers full-service legal solutions. Whether it concerns the acquisition or sale of new office space, the development and management of hotels, area development or cross-border property investments, what counts is that you are assured of adequate, targeted and quick advice.

The professionals of Baker McKenzie's Real Estate Practice Group in Amsterdam are highly experienced in advising project developers, investors, public authorities, banks, contractors and other institutional investors, on all possible aspects of real estate and on how to optimize transaction structures legally and for tax purposes.    

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CMS - Real Estate Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Advises a broad client base which includes owners, occupiers, developers, construction companies and investors on a wide range of issues, covering construction, litigation, disposals, tax, planning and investment matters. Continued activity in relation to infrastructure, retail and offices on behalf of international as well as local clients. Primark, Bouwinvest, Curzon Advisers, Tesla and Catella are amongst the multiple new client wins for the department.

Strengths Impressed clients say that "the team is excellent and very accessible."

Work highlights Advised Bouwfonds on the EUR270 million sale of Car Parking Fund.

Acted for Delin on the EUR230 million sale of four distribution centres in the Netherlands to Blackstone.

Notable practitioners

Arnout Scholten focuses on transactional real estate, development and lease law. He assisted Kildare Partners with the EUR90 million acquisition of the Aqua real estate portfolio from various subsidiaries of FGH Bank. Clients describe him as a "very experienced and commercially smart lawyer, with an eye for details," who also "finds creative solutions."

Hein van der Meer is known for his work on real estate development and transactions, including PPP projects and turnkey mandates. He acted for COD on the EUR130 million development of a hotel near the RAI Amsterdam complex. According to clients, his "knowledge is very good, as is his level of effectiveness and service."

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De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek - Real Estate Department

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Band 4

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Noted expertise in portfolio restructuring, infrastructure development and redevelopment projects, property transactions and leasing. Clients include Dutch and multinational real estate developers, housing associations and construction companies, as well as banks. Strong focus on high-end M&A-driven real estate transactions, offering a multidisciplinary service and working in conjunction with the corporate team. Also advises on related public procurement, regulatory, environmental and planning issues.

Strengths Clients praise the "strong team" for its "high standard of quality," comprising of lawyers who are "flexible to work with and proactive."

The team draws praise for providing "pragmatic and hands-on" advice.

Work highlights Advised Anbang on the EUR500 million acquisition of an office portfolio from Blackstone.

Assisted Bouwinvest with the acquisition of the Oosterheem Shopping Centre from Wereldhave.

Notable practitioners

Mark Rebergen is a key contact at the firm.

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DLA Piper Nederland - Real Estate Department

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Band 4

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What the team is known for Offers specialist expertise in real estate-related tax, corporate, financing and restructuring matters. Advises clients on acquisitions, disposals, asset management and portfolio issues. Focus on pan-European M&A-driven transactions, utilising the firm's global network. Also experienced in real estate development. Recognised for its activity in the hotel and leisure sector.

Strengths Clients admire the team's incisive and goal-oriented approach. One interviewee adds: "I'm very happy with the quality of the service, the legal knowledge and capabilities of people I am working with. They know exactly what the important issues and the lesser important issues - always trying to find solutions in the process."

One client applauds the "great team," for its "very high quality of service, excellent cross-border capabilities, great negotiation skills and detailed knowledge."

Work highlights Acted for Hansteen on the EUR300 million divestment of its Dutch logistics portfolio to a joint venture of Blackstone and M7.

Advised IntReal International Real Estate, Kapitalverwaltungsgeschellschaft and Bouwfonds Investment Management on their EUR250 million acquisition of a pan-European portfolio of 19 parking garages.

Notable practitioners

Monique Laenen focuses on portfolio acquisitions, as well as the divestment and restructuring of portfolios. Clients regard her as "approachable, co-operative and proactive," and value her "knowledge of the client's interests." She assisted RJB with the EUR300 million acquisition of the landmark building 'Valley' from OVG Real Estate.

Rutger Oranje draws praise from clients for his "very high commercial awareness, great negotiation skills and outstanding client service." He specialises on property portfolio transactions, and recently acted for Warburg on the sale and acquisition of several retail and office properties in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, totalling over EUR60 million.

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Lexence - Real Estate Department

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Band 4

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded real estate team with a strong focus on commercial leasing. Also provides advice on project development, financing and construction, with further strength in planning and environment work, litigation and property management. Forma Fund is a recent client win for the department.

Strengths Clients admire the "excellent strategic capabilities" of the team, and commend the lawyers' "customer focus and broad knowledge of the legal aspects of real estate."

According to clients, the team is comprised of "highly skilled and very responsive" lawyers, with "good availability."

Work highlights Advised Amstelveen Staete on the development and sale of 134 apartments and 179 parking spaces in Amstelveen.

Assisted Forma Fund with the EUR23.2 million purchase of a multi-tenanted building in Amsterdam.

Notable practitioners

Sources contend that Tomas Steenmetser is a "very clever, nice guy, who focuses on the deal," in addition to being a "very good lease law practitioner." He specialises in lease law and also handles redevelopment cases.

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Straatman Koster Advocaten - Real Estate Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Niche firm with a broad range of expertise, with particular activity in project and area development, as well as land sales, acquisitions and allocation. Also noted for its related capabilities in planning, contracting, procurement and corporate issues. Particularly active in the healthcare and leisure sectors. Acts for developers, architects, construction companies and government institutions. OMALA is a recent client win for the practice.

Strengths Clients are particularly impressed with the level of partner engagement the team offers. One source adds: "We are happy with their assistance and advice. Communication is on partner level; this means we get quick and high-quality service from experienced lawyers while the hourly rates are very competitive. All lawyers we work with have years of experience and excellent practice and industry knowledge."

Clients praise the "highly specialised and experienced" lawyers for their "practical approach and excellent industry knowledge."

Value for Money Clients agree that the firm really provides extra value, with its comparatively competitive fees. An interviewee notes: "The value for money is very good, the 'big' companies are more expensive and don't have as much flexibility as Straatman Koster."

Work highlights Advised the municipality of Rotterdam on all legal aspects of the EUR200 million Hart van Zuid project.

Assisted SC Feyenoord Rotterdam with the EUR1 billion sale and purchase of land between Feyenoord and the municipality of Rotterdam and land owners on Feyenoord City.

Notable practitioners

Thijs Straatman's scope of practice includes project development, procurement and construction law. He acted for the municipality of Utrecht and Klépierre on the redevelopment and extension of Hoog Catharijne.

About the Team (content provided by Straatman Koster Advocaten)

Straatman Koster advocaten is an independent niche firm focused on real estate and commercial development i.e. general real estate law, engineering and building law, zoning and environmental law, procurement law and lease law.

We engage with our clients at the strategic level followed by executing on contracts and litigating when necessary.

We specialize in complex PPP/PFI area development projects where we can demonstrate our capacity to deliver integrated advice covering our areas of expertise. Our recent engagement in the development of several innovative business parks (such as Schiphol Trade Park) is typical of our ability to deliver expertise in this area. Furthermore, we frequently work on high profile inner city restructuring projects such as ‘Hart van Zuid’ in Rotterdam, Central Market in Amsterdam, Central District in Leiden and ‘Hoog Catharijne’ in Utrecht.

Straatman Koster advocaten acts on behalf of (i.a.) property developers, construction companies, architects, engineering firms, governmental and financial institutions. Key clients are BPD (Bouwfonds), Schiphol Area Development Company, Dura Vermeer NV, Transdev, municipality of Rotterdam, municipality of Leiden, municipality of Gouda and the province of Zuid-Holland. Our relationships with our key client base have matured into one of valued partnership, we have evolved this into a key differentiator, focusing strongly on the key objectives of our clients and supporting them in achieving these.

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Van Doorne - Real Estate Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Robust real estate practice handling transactions, restructurings and finance, along with construction, planning and development law. Clients from the infrastructure, healthcare and retail sectors, among others, appreciate its strong links to the Van Doorne tax department. Also assists construction firms and government entities with PPPs. Recent client wins include OLVG Hospital and York Capital.

Strengths Clients contend that the "perfectly co-ordinated and functioning team," consists of "hard workers, with unique technical focus and strength."

The team draws praise from clients for its "in-depth knowledge and quick, practical and to-the-point" advice.

Work highlights Assisted Deutsche Hypothekenbank with the financing of the office development 'New Atrium' ahead of its EUR500 million sale to Amundi by Icon.

Advised a joint venture of York Capital and Cromwell Property Group on the EUR200 million disposal of an office portfolio.

Notable practitioners

Annerie Ploumen handles transactional real estate work, as well as project development and real estate financing. She acted for Aberdeen Asset Management on the EUR57 million acquisition of multi-tenant shopping centre 'Stadshagen' from Wereldhave. Clients admire her "incredible experience and patience."

About the Team (content provided by Van Doorne)

At your service in every field
Our real estate experts are internationally acknowledged and recognised, so we are at your service in every field. Our broad and multidisciplinary Real Estate team has extensive experience in advising on and litigating all aspects of real estate practice, including the development, realisation, financing, operation and purchase and sale of commercial, residential and healthcare real estate as well as infrastructure projects.

Companies and government authorities
Our clients include companies that are active in commercial real estate and real estate development, as well as the Dutch government and local authorities, universities, hospitals and international retailers.

Authority
Our firm and our specialists are an authority in the field of real estate and offer a combination of high-quality legal knowledge, personal involvement and an excellent understanding of both the Dutch real estate market and, among other things, the working methods and investment objectives of foreign investors.

https://www.vandoorne.com/en/expertise/real-estate/


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HabrakenRutten - Real Estate Department

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Band 5

第五等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded boutique, advising on project development, joint ventures and risk management. Also handles PPP and international arbitration. Assists clients from the transport, construction, real estate investment and technology sectors. Increasingly active on the divestments of sizeable real estate development portfolios. HES International is a new client win for the department.

Strengths According to clients, the team is a "nice group of people to work with, and good specialists for real estate."

Regarded by sources as "one of the major construction firms in the Netherlands."

Work highlights Advised the SAA Consortium on the EUR1 billion refinancing of the A1-A6 PPP project.

Assisted Sacyr Construction with the EUR1 billion A13 – A16 Motorway PPP project.

Notable practitioners

Peter Habraken is regarded by sources as a "a good adviser." He specialises in PPP projects and construction, particularly within the infrastructure, energy and transport sectors. He acted for Consortium OpenIJ on bids for all Netherlands lock projects, totalling around EUR800 million.

Sjoerd Rutten boasts expertise in construction litigation and arbitration. According to sources, he is "a joy to have around: very smart and experienced in terms of construction matters and a hard worker."

About the Team (content provided by HabrakenRutten)

HabrakenRutten is a specialist law firm for the infrastructure and real estate sector. The firm's partners are leading in their field, advising on some of the largest projects in the market from inception to completion as well as representing the full spectrum of industry players in major litigations and arbitrations.

HabrakenRutten provides a comprehensive service, including advising on procurement, joint ventures, project structures, risk allocation and mitigation, as well as handling issues surrounding insolvent parties. The firm also has a strong capability in planning, zoning and environment. Regarding contentious issues, it is the go-to firm for contractors, architects, engineers, project developers and industrial as well as financial sponsors seeking advice and representation in big-ticket litigation, arbitration and dispute prevention.

HabrakenRutten further handles acquisitions and divestment of large real estate development portfolios as well as project portfolios. The firm also specialises in the structuring and restructuring of infrastructure and real estate development projects.

When it comes to project finance, HabrakenRutten is the market leader in ensuring the 'bankability' of projects. Having been involved in almost every significant PPP project in the Netherlands over the past decade, the firm's partners are second to none in linking the specific circumstances of each project with its financiers.

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Six Advocaten - Real Estate Department

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Band 5

第五等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Niche firm handling the planning and environmental aspects of real estate projects. Noted for advice on student accommodation and hotel developments, transactions and leasing. Also assists municipalities and care home providers. Team recently expanded, with several new hires at the associate level. Recent additions to the client base include PVH, Amrath Hotel and Ballast Nedam.

Strengths Clients admire the "very well-organised office," housing lawyers with "lots of real estate knowledge and availability all over the board."

According to clients: "The lawyers at the firm are responsive, approachable and knowledgeable."

Value for Money In addition to the level of service, clients are also impressed by the firm's value for money relative its competitors: "The value for money is good - we get high-quality legal advice without the price tag of some of the larger, international firms."

Work highlights Advised Ballast Nedam on the EUR300 million redevelopment of the Market Quarter in Amsterdam, involving the termination of leases.

Assisted MN Services with the EUR150 million renovation and expansion of the La Vie shopping and convention centre in Utrecht.

Notable practitioners

Femke Borst and Wouter Post are key contacts at the firm.

About the Team (content provided by Six Advocaten)

Six Advocaten is a real estate boutique with dedicated specialists for procurement law, project/area development, zoning & planning and environmental law, construction law, architectural law, rights in rem, sale & purchase of immovable property and tenancy law.

Six has experience in a number of large infrastructural projects and inner city redevelopment projects, from the zoning procedure (building permits) and tender procedure, the contracting and construction phase, to the end users. Six performs due diligence with respect to real estate portfolios, but also handles cases relating to sale & lease back or built to suit. Six deals with specialist zoning issues relating to for example, windmill farms and airports.

Six works for both governmental bodies, project developers, building contractors, investors, property managers, health care organisations, hotels and retail chains.

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Stijl Advocaten - Real Estate Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for At its most visible handling real estate transactions, litigation and project development. Clients include private equity houses, along with housing developers, construction firms and public authorities. Also noted for advising foreign clients on real estate sales and acquisitions in the Netherlands. Recent surge in transactional activity with Chinese investors in Europe.

Strengths A client notes: "They appear to operate closely as one team, accurately informing each other where necessary. The firm demonstrates good knowledge and experience of European tendering procedures, which is important for our type of business. Responses to questions are usually provided quickly and accurately."

Clients commend the "great team of dedicated" lawyers.

Work highlights Advised the Municipality of Eindhoven on the EUR100 million development of the Atrium at the Brainport Industries Campus.

Assisted the Municipality of Bergen op Zoom on the EUR22 million development and realisation of an environmental corridor.

Notable practitioners

Truke den Uyl-Slagter offers advice on project development, area development and lease law. She assisted LIFE with the redevelopment of the inner city of Enschede, involving the realisation of new student housing and the creation of a city campus for the technical university. According to impressed clients, she "combines thorough knowledge of the law with practically useful advice."

Clients praise the "well experienced" Taco Hovius, for being "analytical, clear and to-the-point." He focuses on area development, as well as real property litigation. He acted for All-In Real Estate on the redevelopment of an old hospital area into an urban living and student housing area.

About the Team (content provided by Stijl Advocaten)

Like our namesake the Stijl art movement, we focus on the essentials and cut through the clutter. These are the principles that have built our reputation for providing high-quality legal services in real estate and project development. Our track record in supervising and directing complex real estate transactions and large-scale procedures is significant. We serve our governmental and professional real estate clients with dedication in various law branches. 

For more than a decade we have been focusing on delivering targeted and innovative solutions, never losing sight of our clients’ interests.






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Band 1

Loyens & Loeff

From the Chambers Europe guide

Acclaimed practitioner Bram Linnartz is hailed as a "very good property lawyer." He is known for commercial and M&A-related real estate and development, boasting particular expertise in German real estate funds. He assisted Cairn Real Estate and King Street with the EUR128 million redevelopment and ensuing sale of Bright Offices to La Salle Investments.

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Band 1

NautaDutilh

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to one client, David van Dijk is "the most responsive lawyer I know." He focuses on the structuring of real estate funds, as well as transactional real estate.  He acted for Piet Hein Buildings on its EUR157.5 million sale to Hannover Leasing.

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Band 2

David Orobio de Castro

Stibbe

From the Chambers Europe guide

David Orobio de Castro specialises in project finance, including PPP projects, and also handles transactional real estate and property development. He acted for Heijmans on the development of a turnkey apartment building in Rotterdam and its subsequent EUR80 million sale to the Dutch subsidiary of a German investor. Sources describe him as "calm and collected, and very knowledgeable."

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Band 3

HabrakenRutten

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peter Habraken is regarded by sources as a "a good adviser." He specialises in PPP projects and construction, particularly within the infrastructure, energy and transport sectors. He acted for Consortium OpenIJ on bids for all Netherlands lock projects, totalling around EUR800 million.

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Band 3

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to clients, Frenk Huisman  "is an excellent lawyer and a dedicated partner in transactions. He is always up to date with all relevant legal aspects within a deal or project." His practice consists of real estate investment, property development and portfolio management, particularly within the logistics, TMT and energy sectors. He assisted the joint venture of Dow Chemical and Zeeland Seaports with the development and investment sale of the Maintenance Valuepark, in Terneuzen, Zeeland.

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Band 3

Dentons Boekel

From the Chambers Europe guide

Wendela Raas represents institutional investors and project developers in commercial tenancy law, as well as transactional real estate work. She also boasts particular expertise in lease law. She advised Amity Education on its EUR12.5 million opening of an international school in Amstelveen. Clients praise her for being a "strong, intellectual character, with a commercial business mind, combined with an open and personal approach," and her client service as "exceptionally well-developed."

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Band 3

HabrakenRutten

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sjoerd Rutten boasts expertise in construction litigation and arbitration. According to sources, he is "a joy to have around: very smart and experienced in terms of construction matters and a hard worker."

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Band 3

Dentons Boekel

From the Chambers Europe guide

Paul Wanders specialises in property finance litigation and also handles transactional real estate. He acted for Bouwinvest on its acquisition of the 'hourglass' mixed-use building project from Sax Vastgoed. He is described by clients as "efficient and practical," and is praised for being "sharp during litigation and an effective negotiator."

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Band 4

Osborne Clarke NV

From the Chambers Europe guide

Bas Beenen of Osborne Clarke NV specialises in turnkey, purchase, and sale and leaseback projects, as well as project development. Clients admire his "high-quality knowledge and experience." He recently advised a consortium comprising of Amvest and Synchroon on a development at Queen Juliana Square in the Hague.

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Band 4

Truke den Uyl-Slagter

Stijl Advocaten

From the Chambers Europe guide

Truke den Uyl-Slagter offers advice on project development, area development and lease law. She assisted LIFE with the redevelopment of the inner city of Enschede, involving the realisation of new student housing and the creation of a city campus for the technical university. According to impressed clients, she "combines thorough knowledge of the law with practically useful advice."

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Band 4

Stijl Advocaten

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients praise the "well experienced"Taco Hovius, for being "analytical, clear and to-the-point." He focuses on area development, as well as real property litigation. He acted for All-In Real Estate on the redevelopment of an old hospital area into an urban living and student housing area.

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Band 4

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jaap Koster is experienced in real estate finance and PPP projects. He advised KKR infrastructure on the EUR2.95 billion acquisition of Q-Park from a group of institutional investors.

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Band 4

DLA Piper Nederland

From the Chambers Europe guide

Rutger Oranje draws praise from clients for his "very high commercial awareness, great negotiation skills and outstanding client service." He specialises on property portfolio transactions, and recently acted for Warburg on the sale and acquisition of several retail and office properties in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, totalling over EUR60 million.

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Band 4

Loyens & Loeff

From the Chambers Europe guide

Lonne Rooseboom is described by sources as "efficient, very pragmatic and commercial." His scope of practice includes commercial and transactional real estate, project development and turnkey projects. He assisted Savills Investment Management with the EUR260 million turnkey acquisition of five logistics assets in the Netherlands from various sellers.

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Band 4

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Arnout Scholten focuses on transactional real estate, development and lease law. He assisted Kildare Partners with the EUR90 million acquisition of the Aqua real estate portfolio from various subsidiaries of FGH Bank. Clients describe him as a "very experienced and commercially smart lawyer, with an eye for details," who also "finds creative solutions."

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Band 4

Tomas Steenmetser

Lexence

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources contend that Tomas Steenmetser is a  "very clever, nice guy, who focuses on the deal," in addition to being a "very good lease law practitioner."  He specialises in lease law and also handles redevelopment cases.

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Band 4

Straatman Koster Advocaten

From the Chambers Europe guide

Thijs Straatman's scope of practice includes project development, procurement and construction law. He acted for the municipality of Utrecht and Klépierre on the redevelopment and extension of Hoog Catharijne.

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Band 4

Hein van der Meer

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Hein van der Meer is known for his work on real estate development and transactions, including PPP projects and turnkey mandates. He acted for COD on the EUR130 million development of a hotel near the RAI Amsterdam complex. According to clients, his "knowledge is very good, as is his level of effectiveness and service."

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Band 4

AKD

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marc Wintgens has a broad practice, consisting of PPP projects, construction and project development. He advised Catella on the forward financing aspects and transformation of residential buildings in Rotterdam and Leidschendam. Impressed clients say: "I especially value his strategic views on a case and his ability to think ahead."

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Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Liesbeth Buiter focuses on transactional real estate and loan portfolio sales, and is described by sources as "a really good and commercial" lawyer. She assisted Credit Suisse with the EUR11.625 million sale of the Spectrum office building to HighBrook Investors and Equity Estate.

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