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Houthoff’s Jan Cees Kuiken advised Unibail-Rodamco on its purchase of the Leidsenhage shopping centre in The Hague. Marnix Aarts is ‘quick, friendly, accurate and knowledgeable’; Herman Lohman is another key partner.

The ‘responsive, commercial’ team at Loyens & Loeff has ‘very reliable industry knowledge’. Wilfred Groen heads the practice; Bram Linnartz is ‘very knowledgeable’. Recently promoted partner Lonne Rooseboom advised Marathon Asset Management on its €380m purchase of the Maxima commercial property portfolio.

AKD’s department is led by Marc Wintgens, with strong support from Taco de Lange, Jelle Otten and Teije van Dijk. Julian Versmissen is recommended. The team handles large-scale property transactions, high-profile developments and leasing issues.

Leon Hoppenbrouwers heads Allen & Overy LLP’s practice with Henry van Geen; both assisted ING with the restructuring of its Dutch real estate portfolio. Zeeger de Jongh is recommended.

Deka Immobilien, BNP Paribas and Greystar are among Baker & McKenzie Amsterdam N.V.’s clients. Frenk Huisman and the ‘highly professional, hands-onCynthia de Witt Wijnen lead the team.

Dentons Boekel’s team is ‘very good on every level – fast, client-oriented and solution-driven’; it handles large-scale property transactions, high-profile developments, leasing issues and dispute resolution. Jan-Mathijs Hermans joined from Simmons & Simmons LLP and Ines van Dijk made partner.

CMS’ ‘proactive, pragmatic’ department is headed by the ‘inspirational’ Arnout Scholten and the ‘deal-oriented’ Hein van der Meer, who is ‘a very good team player’. Land purchases, commercial property transactions, development projects and leasing matters are frequently handled by the team.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s department is ‘fast and high-quality’; strengths include property portfolio transactions, real estate loan refinancing and real estate fund restructuring. Annemieke Wessels and litigator Koos de Blécourt are recommended. Clients include Bouwinvest, Klépierre and Lone Star.

Tomas Steenmetser, Ferry van Schoonhoven and Bob Bekker head Lexence’s seven-partner team, whose clients include Prologis, Bouwinvest and Goodman. Lease contract negotations are a particular strength, as are development-and-sale transactions. Litigator Jan Maarten Gerretsen is recommended.

The ‘impressive’ team at NautaDutilh is headed by David van Dijk, who is ‘one of the country’s best for real estate transactions’. David van Ee and counsel Marianne Evers are recommended.

Knowledgeable, fun to work with and available when necessary’, Stibbe’s broad practice counts DBRS and Accor among its clients. David Orobio de Castro and Maarten de Bruin lead the team.

Jaap Koster and counsel Liesbeth Buiter are the key contacts at Clifford Chance; banking specialist Jan-Joost van Rijsbergen and senior associate Krishna van Zundert, who is a civil law notary, are recommended.

The ‘very pragmaticMonique Laenen heads DLA Piper’s practice, which is ‘fast, hands-on and commercial’. Property transactions, especially in the retail sector, are a particular strength of the team, which also handles refinancing. Rutger Oranje and Hans-Mark Giezen are recommended.

The ‘outstanding, very dedicated’ team at Eversheds Sutherland B.V. is led by the ‘very responsive, very knowledgeablePaul Goedvolk; Matthijs Bolkenstein is also recommended. Clients include TINC Development Partners.

Rob Hendriks and the ‘precise, amicable’ Luc Cohen lead Simmons & Simmons LLP’s ‘high-quality, pragmatic and enthusiastic’ team, which acts for clients such as Equinix, Macquarie Capital and Fletcher Hotels.

Thijs Straatman heads Straatman Koster Advocaten’s ‘proactive, responsive’ department, with support from Wilfried Koster, ‘motivational’ transformation specialist Joost Hoekstra and ‘knowledgeable, personable’ development expert Marinda de Smidt.

Van Doorne’s practice head Annerie Ploumen recently assisted two private investors with the sale of over 500 residential properties to Soros Fund Management. Angelique Thiele is also recommended.

The ‘creative, pragmatic and effectiveJesse Zijlma and civil law notary Jeffrey Koenecke lead the ‘responsive, hands-on’ team at BarentsKrans, whose clients include BNG. Dirk van den Berg is also recommended.

Finance expert and civil law notary Thijs Flokstra heads Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s practice with corporate expert Harald Spruit. Host Hotels & Resorts, Ares and Blackstone are clients.

Gijs Heutink Advocaten’s ‘proactive, client-oriented’ department, whose clients include Bouwinvest, is ‘effective and efficient’. ‘Experienced’ practice head Gijs Heutink is ‘to-the-point and very well informed’. Sebastiaan Sellenraad is also recommended.

Kennedy Van der Laan’s department is strong in development, procurement and tenancy work; ‘committed, empathetic’ commercial real estate partner Nico Jacobs recently joined from Enspigt.

Great sparring partnerMaryse Mesu-Abbekerk leads the team at Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV with Cees de Zeeuw, who has much healthcare real estate expertise. René Spit is also recommended.

Ares Management and the City of Amsterdam are among Six Advocaten’s clients. Wouter Post leads the team. Leon Burgersdijk is ‘hands-on, swift and pragmatic’; Femke Borst is ‘approachable and dedicated’.

Stijl advocaten’s ‘hands-on’, development-focused practice is headed by the ‘pragmatic and creativeTaco Hovius. ‘Extremely talented, unbelievably dedicated’ litigator Vincent van Oijen and the ‘highly skilled, focusedTruke den Uyl-Slagter are recommended.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s department is led by ‘knowledgeable, constructive’ projects expert Daphne Broerse, who is ‘on top of things’. She advised InterContinental Hotel Groups on a variety of real estate matters.

The sector strengths of Russell Advocaten include fashion, IT and luxury retail. Jan Dop, co-head of the practice alongside Reinier Russell, advises various embassies on real estate matters.

Hans Kemper and Helen Kolster are the civil law notaries in Schaap Advocaten Notarissen’s five-partner team. Clients include Vestia, Waal, several German banks and various Dutch municipalities.

Van der Feltz advocaten has a strong contentious practice and is particularly experienced in expropriation cases. Willem van der Werf heads the department, whose clients include several Dutch municipalities.

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