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The ‘creative’ team at AKD has ‘in-depth knowledge’, provides ‘practical solutions’ and ‘really adds value’. ‘Outstanding negotiatorMarc Wintgens is ‘a real thought-leader’; he advised VolkerWessels on the 450,000sqm Strijp S redevelopment. The ‘very calm, experiencedTeije van Dijk, the ‘very strongPaul Welten, ‘efficient expertJelle Otten and ‘problem-solverMarlies Pierik are recommended litigators.

Houthoff’s ‘outstandingly knowledgeable’, ‘approachable’ department ‘quickly grasps complex material’. Practice head Michel Klijn is ‘very easy to talk to, and very technically knowledgeable’; he advised World Food Center Development on the development of the World Food Center in Ede. Counsel Janet Meesters is ‘a good listener who easily translates incomprehensible jargon’; Johan Rijlaarsdam and senior associate Sander van den Boogaart are also recommended.

Sharp and to-the-point’, Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV’s ‘creative, easily accessible’ practice, which is known for advising the Dutch state on the country’s largest construction projects and in high-profile disputes, has ‘real acumen’ and ‘great knowledge of the industry’. Maarten van Rijn and Pieter Stuijt are the key contacts for procurement litigation; René Kiers, Mark Birnage and Georg Huith are experienced construction arbitrators.

The ‘efficient, solutions-driven’ team at Stibbe is led by David Orobio de Castro. Toni van Hees advised Zeeland Seaportson on the €120m demolition and decommissioning of one of its phosphorus plants. Ingmar de Groot is noted for his ‘business-oriented, practical approach and knowledge of the market’; Branda Katan is an ‘outstanding’ senior associate.

The team at Allen & Overy LLP advises high-profile clients on large real estate and energy construction projects. Practice head Henry van Geen advised Booking.com on the development of its new 65,000sqm office. Zeeger de Jongh is ‘one of the most experienced DBFMO lawyers in the Netherlands’, and ‘advises on very complex projects’.

Noted for its ‘exceptionally strong’ contentious capabilities, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s team also advises on construction projects. Nicolien van den Biggelaar and practice head Bommel van der Bend advised TenneT on its connection of 3,500MW-worth of wind power to the Dutch electricity grid. Senior associate Stefan Derksen frequently handles construction litigation and arbitration.

HabrakenRutten is very strong in contentious and non-contentious matters. ‘Truly skilled and experienced’ litigator Sjoerd Rutten is ‘a real fox’ who ‘always has a plan up his sleeve’; he represented two major construction companies in arbitration against ProRail regarding the design and construction of the tunnel crossing of two railways in Amersfoort. Henk Raven, Peter Habraken and counsel Jacob Henriquez are also recommended.

The ‘good negotiators’ at Loyens & Loeff are ‘quick and to-the-point’, and have ‘a very wide field of knowledge’. Bram Linnartz, who heads the group jointly with counsel Timo Huisman, acted for RED on various developments, including the new headquarters of Asics. Civil law notary Jurriaan van der Stok is also recommended. Remco Bäcker left to join BarentsKrans in January 2018.

Led by private sector construction expert Rob Bleeker, the eight-lawyer team at construction and procurement boutique Rozemond Advocaten is well known for its contentious capabilities. It handles a wide range of projects, from residential real estate to infrastructure and industrial construction.

Strong in contentious and non-contentious work, the practice at real estate and construction boutique Six Advocaten is led by the ‘particularly strong, very insightful and friendlyBenno den Teuling. Fabian Horsting acted for Amvest on the Strijp R redevelopment project in Eindhoven. The team also represented WTC Amsterdam in several construction disputes.

The five-partner team at construction boutique Straatman Koster Advocaten is headed by Olivier Vermeulen. Thijs Straatman acted for Leiden University on the €300m construction of its 99,000sqm Bèta Campus; Wilfried Koster, Frederik van Nouhuys and Marinda de Smidt are also recommended.

Van Doorne’s practice ‘reacts fast, and with useful knowledge’. As well as being active in PPPs, it acts on healthcare, retail, social housing and industrial construction projects. Practice head Mark Moolhuizen, who is ‘flexible in time and thinking’, acted for Zalmhaven on its development of three residential towers in Rotterdam, with Zalmhaven Tower itself predicted to be the tallest building in the Benelux region.

CMS’ team can ‘deliver at short notice’. ‘Pragmatic, solution-focused negotiator’ Arno Moret has ‘in-depth legal knowledge’; he heads the team jointly with Jeroen Berlage. Moret advised Purified Metal on the €85m construction of its new asbestos contamination treatment plant. The ‘outstanding’ Petra Heemskerk is widely recommended for procurement.

Especially active on the non-contentious side, Clifford Chance’s department has ‘good industry knowledge’ and strong cross-border capabilities. Hein Tonnaer acted for HES International on the construction of the Hartel Tank Terminal in Rotterdam; other clients include Eneco Beheer. Jaap Koster and counsel Liesbeth Buiter are also names to note.

Construction and engineering litigation boutique Conway & Partners is frequently involved in large cross-border disputes. The team is led by Shawn Conway, who along with Thabiso Van den Bosch is an international arbitrator. It counts Hosokawa Micron, Dutch Oilfield Supplies and Services and, on the non-contentious side, Vekamaf Holland as new clients.

The ‘practical, focused’ team at Dentons Boekel is headed by Bas van Schouwenburg, and has cross-border, contentious and non-contentious capabilities. An ‘outside-the-box thinker’ who arrived from Conway & Partners in March 2017, van Schouwenburg represented the municipality of Rotterdam in several disputes regarding the construction of two metro tunnels and stations. Hans Nicaise is ‘a brilliant, charismatic negotiator’.

Noted for its strength in tendering procedures, Kennedy Van der Laan’s practice is particularly active in healthcare-related construction. Practice head Richard-Jan Roks is advising Prinses Maxima Centrum voor Kinderoncologie on the procurement and construction aspects of its new 50,000sqm building. Stichting de Lawei is a construction arbitration client.

The team at Lexence is led jointly by Ferry van Schoonhoven, Bob Bekker and leasing expert Tomas Steenmetser. Bekker advised Netraco Garments on the development of its Amsterdam office building; Prologis, VolkerWessels and Steigenberger are additional clients.

The ‘reliable’ practice at NautaDutilh is ‘never less than superb’, delivering ‘clear, concise, practical and expert advice’. The ‘supremely knowledgeable, experienced’ David van Ee heads the group; alongside David van Dijk, he advised Expeditors on the construction and development of its logistics centre in the Schiphol area.

Norton Rose Fulbrightprovides service of the highest level’; ‘its experience in construction projects in the Netherlands is widely known and respected’. ‘Dedicated’ group leader Daphne Broerse is ‘relentless in her pursuit of the best possible solution’, and ‘delivers in very short timeframes’; she advised the Baak Consortium on the motorway connection project between the A15 and the A20.

Founded in February 2017, Sight Advocaten’s ‘quick’ team is led by ‘very practical’ litigator Saskia Könemann, who along with ‘impressively diligent’ non-contentious construction partner Sebastiaan Sellenraad arrived from Gijs Heutink Advocaten. The practice is also involved in procurement.

Simmons & Simmons LLP’s ‘pragmatic’, ‘rigorous and trustworthy’ practice has ‘an in-depth understanding of clients’ needs’. ‘Knowledgeable, strategic’ group head Luc Cohen is ‘extremely dedicated, solution-driven and great to work with’. Managing associate Andrea Chao, who ‘pursues clients’ interests unrelentingly’, represented JP van Eesteren in a three-party dispute involving Naturalis and architect Fons Verheijen.

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