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Houthoff Buruma provides ‘very accurate, immediate advice’, and has ‘thorough industry knowledge’. ‘Hands-on’ department head Michel Klijn is ‘a sharp litigator’; he also acted for WFCD on the development of the World Food Centre in Ede. Other clients include BAM Groep, Boskalis and Hochtief.

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV’s practice head Pieter Stuijt represented the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure in separate proceedings against three major engineering companies over service agreements. The five-partner team is strong in construction and procurement disputes, and regularly handles major PPP projects.

The team at Stibbe is led by David Orobio de Castro, who acted for Ballast Nedam on the design and construction of the €250m Butendiek offshore wind farm in the North Sea. Ingmar de Groot is also recommended.

AKD’s clients include BAM and Dura Vermeer. ‘Very broadly knowledgeable’ department head Marc Wintgens advised VolkerWessels on the Strijp S project – the Netherlands’ largest mixed-use redevelopment. Jelle Otten assisted Westland Municipality with a 350-acre residential redevelopment. Paul Welten is ‘outstanding’.

Allen & Overy LLP’s ‘excellent’ practice is headed by Werner Runge, with strong support from Zeeger de Jongh and Henry van Geen. The team advised ING on the development of its new headquarters in Amsterdam-Zuidoost.

Nicolien van den Biggelaar at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek has ‘market-leading expertise’; she and department head Bommel van der Bend advised TenneT on the development of an offshore power grid in the North Sea.

The ‘commercial’, ‘well-connected’ practice at Loyens & Loeff is noted for its industry knowledge and dedication. Department co-heads Bram Linnartz and Timo Huisman ‘provide solid advice and are very responsive’. Clients include OVG Real Estate.

David van Dijk leads the team at NautaDutilh, which acted for the lender, BNG, on the financing of the Hart van Zuid development in Rotterdam. David van Ee provides ‘excellent service and invaluable advice around the clock’.

The eight-lawyer team at construction and procurement boutique Rozemond Advocaten is particularly strong in contentious matters. Private sector construction expert Rob Bleeker heads the practice.

Benno den Teuling leads Six Advocaten’s practice; he is ‘smart, insightful and easy to work with’. Fabian Horsting, who is commended for his ‘perseverance, judgement and communication’, advised Amvest on its redevelopment of Eindhoven’s Strijp R area.

Straatman Koster Advocaten’s ‘responsive, accessible and knowledgeable’ department is headed by Thijs Straatman, with strong support from the ‘analytical’ Frederik van Nouhuys and the ‘to-the-point, goal-oriented’ Wilfried Koster. Clients include Leiden University and various Dutch municipalities.

At Van Doorne, practice head Mark Moolhuizen has been representing Oiltanking Amsterdam in various disputes with its contractors and suppliers; other work included advising the University of Amsterdam on the redevelopment of Roeterseiland Campus. Annerie Ploumen is ‘a problem-solver’.

Dentons Boekel’s ‘highly professional’ team recently assisted Du Prie Bouw & Ontwikkeling with a 24,000sqm redevelopment in Leiden. It is also strong in contentious matters. Hans Nicaise leads the practice, which includes recommended senior associate Henrieke Slaar.

CMS fields ‘pragmatic, friendly experts’ who are ‘legally and commercially trustworthy’. Department co-heads Jeroen Berlage and Arno Moret deliver ‘results beyond expectations’; their clients include Ballast Nedam, Heembouw and Janssen de Jong Group.

Jaap Koster heads the practice at Clifford Chance, which is particularly strong in construction finance and also advises developers. Liesbeth Buiter acted for Neinver on the development of the 24,600sqm SugarCity Outlet Centre.

Conway & Partners mainly handles dispute resolution and clients include Plasticon UK, Klépierre Vastgoed Ontwikkeling and the Municipality of Rotterdam. Shawn Conway and Bas van Schouwenberg head the practice.

Gijs Heutink Advocaten’s eight-lawyer team is strong on the contentious side. Longstanding clients include Syntrus Achmea and Amway, while the Municipality of Hulst is a recent client win. Saskia Könemann leads the team.

HabrakenRutten is a construction and project finance boutique, which was established in February 2016 by the ‘very experienced’ Peter Habraken and Sjoerd Rutten, who were previously at Houthoff Buruma and Simmons & Simmons LLP, respectively. Clients include Boskalis and Strukton.

Richard-Jan Roks heads the practice at Kennedy Van der Laan, whose clients include Conservatorium Hotel and the Port of Amsterdam. Roks advised Prinses Maxima Centrum voor Kinderoncologie on the construction of its new 50,000sqm building.

Lexence’s department is led by Tomas Steenmetser, Ferry van Schoonhoven and Bob Bekker. Van Schoonhoven advised Goodman on the development of a logistics centre in Overbetuwe. Other clients include Taco Bell and Kroonenberg.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s practice head Daphne Broerse gives ‘commercial, accurate and concise advice’. She advised Ballast Nedam Concessies, Heijmans Nederland and 3i infrastructure on Rotterdam’s €200m Hart van Zuid mixed-use development. Senior associate Annemarie Creutzberg is also recommended.

Luc Cohen leads Simmons & Simmons LLP’s ‘pragmatic, enthusiastic’ team, with support from finance expert Marieke Driessen. Cohen advised Blauwhoed Projectontwikkeling on the €250m development of the mixed-use Holendrecht Centre.

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