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Ferry H.J van Schoonhoven

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Real estate law, rental law, lease


Lawyer, partner


Ferry van Schoonhoven is one of the founders of Lexence. He advises and litigates for national and international companies in the area of leasing, redevelopments, renovations, and sell-and-lease-back constructions. In addition to this he handles complex, mostly real-estate related, legal proceedings.
Ferry is author of the 'Praktijkboek Huur en Verhuur' (practical book on renting and letting) and the 'Handboek Vastgoed' (real estate manual), and sits on the editorial board of the journal 'Onroerend Goed'. He teaches at various specialized training institutions such as ASRE, ATWR and Euroforum. Ferry is chairman of the Japan Festival Foundation, the Rotary Amsterdam Spinoza and the Nieuwe School Foundation.

Ferry is recommended in the Legal500 and in Legal Experts EMEA. Chambers Global states: 'Ferry van Schoonhoven of Lexence focuses on real estate and is well placed to assist Japanese clients with any Netherlands-related transactions. "He's a good negotiator and dedicated to the deal," says a client.' Ferry has been with Lexence since 1992. Before that he worked for Loeff Claes Verbeke and Thompson Hine in Washington D.C., U.S.A.


Dutch, English, Spanish


Ferry is a permanent member of the Dutch yearly trade mission to Japan. 


Ferry read Dutch law and International law at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and obtained a Master of Comparative Law (M.C.L.) from the University of Illinois, U.S.A. Ferry was admitted to the Bar in 1985.



Within: Construction

At Lexence, construction, real estate, and leasing experts provide assistance to clients ranging from investment funds and banks to developers, housing corporations, and public bodies. The practice's client roster includes Rabo Real Estate Group, Volker Wessels, Dura Vermeer, and CBRE Global Investors. In recent work, the team advised a client on aspects of the construction of a complex, mixed-use project involving residential, retail, and underground parking facilities. Ferry van Schoonhoven and Bob Bekker are the senior partners supported by leasing expert Jan-Willem Raadgever.

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Real estate

Within: Real estate

Lexence¬†is appreciated for its 'total commitment, successful outcomes, and good balance between quality advice and tariffs'. Tomas Steenmetser¬†and Ferry van Schoonhoven¬†specialise in commercial leases and attract international corporate clients, especially in the retail industries and referrals from international law firms. Bob Bekker¬†handles a range of real estate transactions and developments and Michiel de Wit¬†is also highly rated for his 'precision' and problem solving skills. The team advised¬†Spuistraat 172 Real Estate and STAG Europe (Grafenau) as the sellers and tenants of the¬†W Hotel in a sale and¬†lease back transaction valued at¬†‚ā¨260m.

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