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Jelle Otten

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Jelle Otten is a partner and lawyer in the Construction & Real Estate practice group of AKD. He specialises in construction law, building and area development and management, as well as alternative dispute resolution. His areas of specialisation include innovative forms of collaboration, chain integration, property exploitation, public-private partnerships and safety management. His clients include (listed) property developers, contractors, housing associations, healthcare and education institutions, government organisations and church organisations.


Jelle is the head of the Housing Corporations group of AKD. He is a member of the Construction Law Association and also a member of the Society of Construction Law Lawyers. Furthermore, Jelle holds several substantial secondary posts, including that of deputy justice and chairman of the Maintenance Contracts Standards Committee of the Netherlands Standardisation Institute. In addition, Jelle is a member of the Koplopersgroep, a platform that includes the Ministry of Finance, the Government Buildings Agency, ISS, BAM, Strukton and several other major construction companies. The platform has the aim of promoting the development of innovative partnerships in the construction and real estate sector. Jelle is moreover an initiator of the National Governance Code for Safety in the Construction Sector.



Within: Construction

The β€˜creative’ team at AKD has β€˜in-depth knowledge’, provides β€˜practical solutions’ and β€˜really adds value’. β€˜Outstanding negotiator’ Marc Wintgens is β€˜a real thought-leader’; he advised VolkerWessels on the 450,000sqm Strijp S redevelopment. The β€˜very calm, experienced’ Teije van Dijk, the β€˜very strong’ Paul Welten, β€˜efficient expert’ Jelle Otten and β€˜problem-solver’ Marlies Pierik are recommended litigators.

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Project finance and PFI

Within: Project finance and PFI

The β€˜very bright, creative’ team at AKD β€˜really adds value’. β€˜Down-to-earth, inventive’ practice head Marc Wintgens is β€˜an outstanding negotiator’ and β€˜a real thought-leader’; he advised Erasmus Medical Centre on the renovation and new construction of the Eread Building and the Sophia Hospital. Taco de Lange and Jelle Otten are also recommended.

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Real estate

Within: Real estate

AKD’s β€˜very bright, creative’ department is led by the β€˜inventive, down-to-earth’ Marc Wintgens, who is β€˜an outstanding negotiator and a real thought-leader’; he is advising VolkerWessels on all aspects of the Strijp S redevelopment. Jelle Otten is β€˜wise, enthusiastic and vastly knowledgeable’; Taco de Lange is β€˜highly knowledgeable and well-connected’. Julian Versmissen is also recommended.

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