Firms To Watch: Construction

Stefan Derksen left De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in February 2021 to launch STAUNCH, a disputes boutique with a focus on construction work.

Construction in Netherlands


AKD offers ‘a fast and practical service with a personal touch’. As a leading independent Dutch firm, it handles large construction projects for domestic and international clients. The practice handles both contentious and non-contentious matters, and has particular experience in disputes, including litigation and arbitration, and also project finance, public-private partnerships (PPPs) and environmental matters. Marc Wintgens , who is recommended for complex construction contracts work, heads the team alongside Sven Billet. Jeanette Luijten focuses on civil engineering law, while Frenk Huisman is recommended for property development.

Practice head(s):

Marc Wintgens ; Sven Billet


‘AKD offers diversity in knowledge of the various aspects of construction, project finance, PFI and real estate’.

‘They are easy accessible, know their stuff and are fun to work with’.

‘Marc Wintgens is very innovative’.

‘Marc Wintgens is first and foremost an excellent lawyer who always provides practical solutions’.

‘AKD provides a very professional team’.

‘They always deliver high quality’.

‘High-quality legal advice in all common matters’.

‘AKD is a critical partner for our legal issues and is able to deploy the right person for the job’.

Key clients


DW Partners





Green Real Estate

Development Company Greenport Venlo (DCGV)

M&G Real Estate




Several local government agencies E.g. the municipalities of:• Amsterdam;• Utrecht;• Eindhoven;• Kampen;• Tilburg;• Breda; and• Westland

And the Provinces of• Limburg; Gelderland; and• Zuid-Holland

A large number of Dutch housing cooperatives (e.g. Rochdale, Portaal,Stichting Staedion, Haag Wonen, Stichting Havensteder, Vestia Groep,Woonbedrijf, Stichting Ymere, ’thuis, WonenCentraal and Sint Trudo)

Kaan Architects


Vue Cinemas

Epicenter Stockholm

Flow Real Estate

TB3 Investment

Several hospitals including:• Erasmus Medical Centre • Zuyderlandand• Queen Maxima Children Hospital

Greystar Real Estate Partners LLP

Allianz Real Estate GmbH




DEME Contractors

Work highlights

  • Advised VolkerWessels on all legal work with respect to the largest development /redevelopment project in the Netherlands, Strijp S, comprising around 500,000 sqm on a former Philips Electronics site.
  • Advised Pannatoni Europe with several projects in the Netherlands, and drafted and negotiated demolition and (integrated) construction contracts for multi-functional build–to suit warehouse facilities, for instance for the development of an ultra-modern logistics distribution centre in Moerdijk of 20,791 sqm’s and the new distribution centre in Ridderkerk, South Rotterdam, of approx. 40,000 sqm.
  • Acting as counsel to Blackstone LLP / Flow Real Estate with regard of the redevelopment of the monumental Tripolis building in Amsterdam, for anchor tenant Uber.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek offers ‘great knowledge of the international construction sector and is able to manage large projects’. The practice is particularly strong in high-profile construction disputes, including litigation and arbitration, and also handles regulatory, corporate and financing work in the construction industry. The team is led by Bommel Van Der Bend, who has considerable experience in European and Dutch public procurement law, and is also appointed as an arbitrator on construction related matters. Stefan Derksen left in February 2021 to launch STAUNCH.

Practice head(s):

Bommel Van Der Bend



‘Professional and very competent firm in the field of construction law and litigation, with a valid network of qualified partners’.

‘The team has taken a professional and responsive approach regarding our situation’.

‘I appreciate the effort Edward van Geuns put into resolving our issues, going across all options and giving professional legal advice’.

‘The team brings strong and diverse experience and gives advice relevant to our particular issues, adapted to focus on solutions and achieving positive outcomes’.

‘The quality of experts recommended to support us has been very strong’.

‘Our project is very dynamic and the team have displayed flexibility, commitment and an understanding of construction projects in addition to legal expertise’.

‘Edward van Geuns is smart, strategic, experienced and has an impact when he speaks up’.

‘The DeBrauw Team brought a powerful combination of expertise, experience and construction litigation macro environment insights to the legal issues at hand’.

Key clients

Royal Dutch Shell

Schiphol Airport

Eindhoven Airport


McDermott (CB&I)

Port of Rotterdam


SBM Offshore


Ahold Delhaize



BAM Group





Novolipetsk Steel Company (NLMK)


Work highlights

  • Represented Sabah Shell Petroleum Co. Ltd. (Royal Dutch Shell) in high-stakes arbitration related to the construction of a large offshore oil platform.
  • Providing Schiphol Airport with strategic advice and assistance with the procurement, tendering, construction and project management of the new pier and terminal.
  • Assisting Stichting Voorbereiding PALLAS Reactor /Foundation Preparation PALLAS Reactor with all aspects of its business, including the construction of its Nuclear Research Reactor and Nuclear Health Centre.


An ‘excellent boutique law firm in the construction industry’, HabrakenRutten handles large construction projects from inception to completion. It acts for major developers and construction companies and advises on contentious issues, including litigation and arbitration, as well as advisory matters. Peter Habraken has considerable experience in public-private partnerships (PPPs); Sjoerd Rutten handles disputes for contractors, architects, engineers and project developers; and Henk Raven is recommended for construction-related contract and corporate law. Wouter Haeser joined from Houthoff.

Other key lawyers:

Wouter Haeser; Toon Van Mierlo


‘The associates really listen to me as a customer’.

‘Their professional knowledge and attitude and the initiatives they take helps my firm’.

‘The diversity of the team and dedication in their collaboration with me and my team make the firm stand out’.

‘Peter Habraken is outstanding’. 

‘Peter Habraken is a construction lawyer who understands his clients’.

‘Peter Habraken is focused on finding the appropriate solution for his client’.

‘Peter Habraken is able to think outside the box with respect to the particular circumstances of the dispute to ensure resolution can be practically reached wherever possible’.

‘Sjoerd Rutten is one of the best litigators in the Dutch construction industry’.

Work highlights

  • Advising on the design and construction of the ‘Wonderwoods’ residential tower, featuring the first ‘green’ façade in the Netherlands.
  • Assisting a UK-based infrastructure investment fund on its acquisition and financing of the first Dutch ‘compressed air energy storage’ (CAES) project.
  • Advising a consortium on the early termination of its PDC contract, for the complete restructuring of the Hoevelaken A1 and A28 Motorways intersection.


The Rotterdam-based construction team at Houthoff is active in many facets of the industry, including construction agreements, litigation, public procurement, project development and financing. The team is headed by Michel Klijn , who is ‘is quick to respond with adequate and practical advice’, and is recommended for transactional and contentious matters. Dolf de Jong specialises in property, contract and notarial law. Counsel Sander van den Boogaart  focuses on project financing, PPPs and disputes, and acts for clients in the construction, infrastructure and energy sectors.

Practice head(s):

Michel Klijn 


‘Houthoff combines in-depth knowledge and great dedication to provide their clients with high quality and yet very practical advice’.

‘Michel Klijn is very practical, down to earth and accessible’.

‘Michel Klijn is open about his considerations, which gives me, as a client, insight into opportunities and risks’.

‘Sander van den Boogaart has good legal and market knowledge, is modest, practical, works efficiently and delivers what is promised’.

‘Houthoff is a fast responding firm that always delivers excellent legal advice within the periods stipulated’.

‘Their advice is first class and very goal-oriented’.

‘Michel Klijn is quick, precise and very responsive’. 

‘I really appreciated their quick approach, the precise advice and their ability to find pragmatic solutions’.

Key clients



Schiphol Airport



Goodman Group



Dümmen Orange

HagaZiekenhuis (Haga Hospital)

Nederlandse Spoorwegen (Dutch National Railways)




OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of ChemicalWeapons)

Waterschap Aa en Maas (Water control board Aa en Maas)

Work highlights

  • Appointed by FCC Construcción as its legal counsel on the A9 Badhoevedorp –Holendrecht PFI project.
  • Representing Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield in the redevelopment of the Leidsenhage shopping mall in Leidschendam-Voorburg.
  • Advising Reggeborgh on the development of two residential towers in the middle of the city centre of The Hague.


Stibbe’s construction practice is led by David Orobio de Castro  and Ingmar De Groot, with Orobio de Castro handling a high number of PPP and private finance initiative (PFI) projects, and de Groot recommended for commercial developments. The practice is active across Benelux and has recently advised on industrial heavy plant projects, offshore facilities projects and the construction of several office buildings. It also handles disputes and acts for governments, developers, financiers, contractors and engineers.

Other key lawyers:

Erik Verweij; Iris Hendriksen


‘Stibbe’s practice is hands-on and dedicated to the job and the client’.

‘Clear management of expectations’.

‘Willing to dive into the deep by thinking via lines of collaboration and expertise’.

‘Not only raising questions and offering alternative solutions to resolve issues,  but also providing clear statements and messaging’.

‘Stibbe is and has been an established name in construction and procurement law for many years’.

‘They are easy accessible and have a down to earth attitude, which is valued by people with a technical background’.

‘They are responsive and good listeners’.

‘Ingmar de Groot has an enormous amount of experience in construction issues’.

Key clients

Macquarie Capital

The European Investment Bank (EIB)

Ballast Nedam



Jan de Nul


Max Bögl


Holland Casino

Bouwfonds Property Development (BPD)

Vrije Universiteit (VU)


Versluys Bouwgroep

Van Oord NBam


UvA University of Amsterdam (UVA)

Work highlights

  • Advised ZuidPlus on the restructuring of the EUR 2bn PPP Project Zuid-As Dok (DBFM).
  • Advised the lenders, consisting of a mix of bank lenders and the EIB, in a PFI transaction, providing finance to BAAK Blankenburg-Verbinding B.V. (a consortium consisting of Ballast Nedam, DEME and Macquarie Capital) on reaching financial close in the EUR 1bn A24 Blankenburg connection project.
  • Advising Max Bögl and Züblin (Combinatie Herepoort VOF) in connection with the EUR 320m (re-)construction project of the Ringweg Zuid in and around Groningen.

Straatman Koster Advocaten

Straatman Koster Advocaten is a specialist real estate and construction firm which acts for corporate and government clients on projects, developments, transactions and litigation. The team handles mandates across various asset classes, such as office, residential, retail, leisure and logistical. Olivier Vermeulen heads the practice and is recommended for contracts work and disputes. Angela Minderhoud  also handles dispute resolution, including litigation and arbitration. Thijs Straatman is recommended for procurement, state aid law and land exploitation.

Practice head(s):

Olivier Vermeulen


‘Proactive approach, nice and helpful team, with broad knowledge and high capabilities’.

‘Angela Minderhoud is really involved and engaged, and always available’.

‘Clear and transparent communication’.

‘Angela Minderhoud stands out in in her knowledge of construction law and her way of communicating in and outside court is helpful to a come to a solution’.

‘Friendly on a personal basis and firm on the case’.

‘Angela Minderhoud is pleasant to work with and goes the extra mile for the client’.

‘Wilfried Koster provides valuable legal and commercial knowledge of the construction industry’.

‘The firm has a strong practice in the field of construction- and real estate-related dispute resolution’.

Key clients

TenneT TSO

KanAm Grund

Koninklijke Volker Wessels Stevin

Dura Vermeer

Union Investment GmbH

Strukton Group


Arcadis N.V.




Syntrus Achmea


Mirus International

Museum Naturalis

Football Club AZ

Woonstad Rotterdam

Future Wind (joint venture of SIF Holding and Pondera Development)

A Lanes A15 (Strukton, Strabag, Ballast Nedam)


Woonzorg Nederland



Van Herk

Demako (Belgium)

Havenbedrijf Rotterdam

Royal Properties Development

Crossing Borders Development

Vano Vastgoed

Back Vastgoed

Work highlights

  • Advising TenneT on a major dispute with a contractor regarding the design and build of a 110 Kv cable connection between two cities.
  • Advising A-lanes A15 with respect to subcontractor issues regarding the new Botlek Bridge and the highway reconstruction including negotiations and litigation.
  • Advising Union Investment in all legal matters regarding the Y-towers project (Covid-19 matters, extra work claims, further legal arrangements with contractor).


CMS’ construction practice focuses on energy, infrastructure and projects, and handles both contentious and non-contentious matters. It handles the full life-cycle of projects, from tender process, to funding, construction, operation and, when necessary, litigation. Key clients for the firm include contractors, consultants, architects and employers. The team is jointly led by Jeroen Berlage and Arno Moret; Berlage is recommended for civil-construction law and services both domestic and international clients; and Moret represents large construction companies in disputes, including arbitration and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Jeroen Berlage; Arno Moret


‘Jeroen Berlage is energetic and involved’.

Key clients

Tétris Design & Build (part of JLL)

SSI Schäfer GmbH

BBGI Management HoldCo S.a r.l.

Landesbank Saar

Koninklijke BAM Groep N.V.

Nederlandse Spoorwegen (Dutch Railways)


Ballast Nedam N.V.

Global Switch

Janssen de Jong (subsidiary company Hercuton)

Andus Group


Strukton Rail B.V.

Heimstaden B.V.

Work highlights

  • Advised South Korean investor Midas International Asset Management Ltd. on the acquisition and financing of the newly constructed Zalando e-fulfilment centre in Bleiswijk.
  • Advised Tétris on drafting and negotiating the design & build agreement for the refurbishment of the new EMEA head office for Netflix in Amsterdam.
  • Advising the Austrian based firm SSI Schäfer on one of its largest project in the Netherlands.

Croon advocaten

Croon advocaten is ‘a high-quality law firm with very skilled and creative lawyers’. Focusing on construction and procurement, the practice handles advisory matters and disputes, including litigation before the civil courts and Supreme Court, and arbitration before the Arbitration Board for the Building Industry. Areas of focus include construction, PPP and DBFMO contracts, and the practice often acts for public sector clients on large infrastructure projects. The team is led by Daniel Santurio González, Nienke Keus-Goldberg, Birgit Le Haen-De Croon and Georg Huith.

Other key lawyers:

Louisa Engels


‘Croon lawyers characterise themselves by thinking in terms of possibilities instead of impossibilities’.

‘Several employees also have a technical background, which makes them very capable of bridging the gap between technology and legal matters’.

‘Thanks to the extensive experience that the office has gained, they are able to come up with solutions quickly and effectively’.

‘They are nice people on a personal level’.

‘The biggest difference between Croon lawyers and other firms I have worked with is the degree to which the firm is connected to the practical problems and challenges that arise within the projects’.

‘I’ve been working with Croon Advocaten for years now and I am very happy with the work they are doing’.

‘The whole team is very competent and analytic in each situation’.

‘On the one hand they are very pleasant and friendly to work with, but at the same time the information they share is professional, clear and accurate’. 

Key clients

The State of The Netherlands Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations

The State of The Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management

Corporate Tender Board

The Province of Zuid-Holland

The Province of Flevoland

The Province of Utrecht

Regional public water authority Hollandse Delta

Regional public water authority Schieland en Krimpenerwaard

Regional public water authority Aa en Maas

The City of Amsterdam

The City of The Hague

The City of Utrecht

Foundation Paleis Het Loo National Museum

Netherlands Maritime Technology

Frame Vastgoed

Work highlights

  • Advising the Regional Public Water Authority Aa en Maas regarding a the complex €250m water management project ‘Meandering Meuse’.
  • Advising Netherlands Maritime Technology on the most suitable type of building contracts and tender procedures regarding the complete Fleet Replacement Program worth €500m.
  • Advising Foundation Paleis Het Loo during the construction phase of the €120m renovation and underground expansion of the main palace and its out buildings.

Loyens & Loeff

Loyens & Loeff has notable experience in the construction and real estate sectors and acts for project developers, investors, and construction companies. Jurriaan Van Der Stok, Ynze van der Tempel  and counsel Timo Huisman are key practitioners; Huisman is recommended for large residential and commercial projects.

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV has ‘a keen insight in the workings of the central government’ and offers ‘professionals who are realistic and to the point’. It reviews construction contracts and tender documentation for large-scale public infrastructure works across the country. Although well-known for its representation of the Dutch State, the practice also advises high-profile private sector clients on PPP and PFI projects, procurement and disputes. Pieter Stuijt  heads the team with considerable experience in litigation and arbitration before the Arbitration Board for Construction. Senior associate Christina Mutinghe is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Pieter Stuijt


‘Maarten van Rijn excels in fast, practical thinking’.

‘Maarten van Rijn’s advice is to the point and he delivers under pressure’.

‘Practical arguments are weighed up and taken into account’.

‘We’ve been working with Pels Rijcken for years now and we are extremely satisfied with their work’.

‘We are very impressed with their knowledge capabilities and how they handle each and every situation’.

‘The team is also very good at estimating the chances of winning a procedure’.

‘They are very good lawyers with a lot of experience and knowledge, and are fully dedicated to their work and clients’.

‘They are very apt in providing legal insight on more complicated political and organisational issues’.

Key clients

State of the Netherlands, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat)

Philips Pension Fund

ExxonMobil/ Esso Nederland B.V.

Galapagos Real Estate Netherlands B.V.

State of the Netherlands, Ministry of Defence

State of the Netherlands, Ministry of Finance

State of the Netherlands, Central Government Real Estate Agency

State of the Netherlands, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy

State of the Netherlands, Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations

Aruba Airport Authority


Province of Noord-Holland

Province of South-Holland

Province of Noord-Brabant

Province of Gelderland

City of Amsterdam

City of The Rotterdam

City of The Hague

City of Utrecht

City of Haarlem

De Vries Groep and Feadship Royal de Vries Shipbuilding BV

Feadship – Royal van Lent Shipyard



State of the Netherlands, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat)

Six Advocaten

Independent Dutch boutique firm Six Advocaten has a strong focus on real estate, construction, regulatory and procurement law. The practice continues to advise on the construction of large inner-city redevelopment projects, logistics centres, multi-use buildings, housing and hospitals. It is also active in the infrastructure space, advising government and private sector clients on a range of projects on both the contentious and non-contentious aspects. Fabian Horsting  heads the team and is well-versed in litigation.

Practice head(s):

Fabian Horsting



Other key lawyers:

Wouter Post; Leon Burgersdijk


‘Working with Six means value for money, quick and high quality legal advice and direct contact with a partner’.

‘You get better quality comparing to the “big” offices, with short lines and efficient and personal communication’.

‘Wouter Post is high quality, practical and very good at complex negotiations’.

‘Wouter Post is a team player, excellent writer and fun to work with’.

‘Very pragmatic and efficient.’

‘Wouter Post is pragmatic and a good negotiator’.

‘Pro-active team with deep knowledge’.

‘Pleasant to work with’.

Key clients

Amrâth Hotels & Restaurants B.V./ De Lelie Vastgoed

AM Vastgoed B.V.

CBRE Development

Ballast Nedam

Municipality of Amsterdam


Work highlights

  • Acting as project counsel to Ballast Nedam in a redevelopment project to create a new integrated food market and a large new urban area, consisting of 1,500 houses, a school and leisure centre at the Market Quarter in Amsterdam.
  • Advising and representing De Lelie Vastgoed in matters related to the inner-city development in Utrecht Jaarbeursplein.
  • Advising and litigating on behalf of GEM Bloemendalerpolder on urban development program to create 2,750 housing units.

Van Doorne

Offering ‘outstanding knowledge and experience in the real estate and construction sector’, Van Doorne’s multi-disciplinary team includes both civil-law notaries and tax lawyers. It acts for banking, government, investor, and real estate development clients on both non-contentious and contentious matters, including litigation and arbitration. Mark Moolhuizen and Annerie Ploumen co-head the practice; Moolhuizen focuses on international property transactions and project development, whilst Ploumen has considerable experience in inner-city development projects. Associate Jordie Bakker handles commercial and residential projects. Ingeborg Wind-Middel joined from TRIP Advocaten & Notarissen.

Other key lawyers:

Jordie Bakker; Rogier Schellaars; Ingeborg Wind-Middel


‘Mark Moolhuizen and his team did an outstanding job’.

‘They are highly knowledgeable, fully committed, flexible with a problem-solving attitude and were there for us 24/7’.

‘Without them we would not have been able to close the deal with such favourable conditions’. 

‘The Van Doorne team is very knowledgeable and at the same time very pragmatic and solution-oriented’.

‘They seek constructive dialogue with all parties involved and can quickly switch between multiple disciplines of law’.

‘Mark Moolhuizen is able to connect people and solutions at every level’.

‘Jordi Bakker has a no-nonsense and practical approach to transactions’.

‘We really appreciated the team’s capability to cover a holistic range of services that safely and successfully guided us through the transaction process’.

Key clients


Albert Schweitzer Hospital

Amphia Hospital


Care Property Invest

Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS)


De Nijs Construction


Frasers Property Industrial




Niersman Construction Company

Oiltanking Amsterdam


PRA Health Sciences

Radboud University Hospital

Retail Estates

Tergooi Hospital


Vahstal Construction Company

Xior Student Housing

Zalmhaven CV

Work highlights

  • Advised Albert Schweitzer Ziekenhuis on the sale and (partial) lease back of four office / hospital buildings (410,000 sq ft).
  • Advising LIFE NV on the development and sale of the ‘Stationspostgebouw’ building in The Hague.
  • Acting for Zalmhaven CV in respect of the development and realisation of the Zalmhaven Tower in Rotterdam.

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird’s construction offering was significantly bolstered in June 2021 with the arrival of new practice head Andrea Chao from Simmons & Simmons. The practice focuses on construction and procurement law, and has experience in circular economy, utility, water, infrastructure and energy projects. It handles both non-contentious and contentious matters, including litigation.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Chao


‘What makes Andrea Chao unique is her involvement and commitment’.

‘Andrea Chao goes the extra mile and is determined to deliver’.

‘You can sense that Andrea Chao has a passion for construction law’.

‘Andrea Chao delivers hands-on and practical advice and stands out from competitors’.

‘Highly motivated and experienced lawyers’.

‘Committed to project results and the strategic goals of our organisation’.

‘What stand out in working with Andrea Chao is her knowledge of the sector not only from a legal point of view, which is excellent, but also from a practical and workable point of view’.

‘Andrea Chao understands both the position of a principal as well as that of a contractor and is more than capable of connecting these parties both legally and cooperatively’.

Key clients

Rijkswaterstaat (Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure)

Municipality of Amsterdam

Dutch grid connector Alliander

Province of Limburg

Water Authority Rijnland

Circular Industries BV

Veolia Industries BV

Pfalzsolar GmbH

TechnoExport Storage, a.s. (Czech constructor of large capacity storage tanks within the oil & gas sector)

Chemoprojekt, a.s., (Czech constructor of oil & gas facilities)

Green Create B.V. (developer of manure-to-value plants)

Vollers GmbH – a German cacao distributor that is building a cacao warehouse in the Port of Amsterdam

Work highlights

  • Advising Pfalzsolar GmbH on all its Dutch legal work relating to the development of solar PV projects in the Netherlands, including a 60 mWp project in Terneuzen.
  • Advising Rijkswaterstaat (Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure) on its investment in new technologies for circular overpasses from TRL 3-5 up to 7-9.
  • Advising the Municipality of Amsterdam on the contracting strategy using collaborative contracting forms for the renovation of several historical bridges and quays in the busiest part of Amsterdam (Oranje Loper).


Dentons’ construction and projects team has a focus on infrastructure, energy and industrial projects, as well as commercial real estate. The team leans on its international network for support in cross-border work and the construction practice is supported by the firm’s real estate, regulatory, permitting, corporate and tax practitioners. Bas van Schouwenburg  heads the group with 25 years’ experience and is recommended for construction agreements, litigation and arbitration. Bram Braat  has considerable experience in procurement matters.

Practice head(s):

Bas van Schouwenburg

Other key lawyers:

Bram Braat


‘Bas van Schouwenburg is professionally excellent’.

‘Bas van Schouwenburg is accurate and will stay calm in any situation’.

‘Bram Braat read quickly and thoroughly in the case and gave us excellent advice’.

‘Bram Braat shows personal attention and interest’.

‘Bram Braat often takes the initiative himself to ask about the progress of the case’.

‘Well-balanced team with seniors and junior lawyers, who provide high level and practical advice’.

‘Their general knowledge of the building and construction sector seems very broad and detailed’.

‘Bas van Schouwenburg is very dedicated and accurate in the way he handles the case’.

Key clients

Adyen N.V.

Alliance Healthcare

Almelose Woningstichting Beter Wonen

Ricardo Rail

Beulco GmbH & Co. KG

BPD Ontwikkeling B.V.


Compass Datacenters Inc.

CTF Amsterdam

Cushman & Wakefield / DZAP

Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam

Gemeente Capelle aan den IJssel

H&M Hennes & Mauritz Netherlands B.V.

Hollandia Group

Du Prie Vastgoedontwikkeling B.V.

Imbema Group

Impact Vastgoed

Jacobs UK Ltd.

Joh. Mourik & Co Holding B.V.

Klépierre Nederland B.V.

KWS Infra B.V.

Leyten Bouwplan Ontwikkeling B.V.

Maarsen Groep

McCain Foods Holland B.V.

Nederlandse Vereniging van Makelaars

Pinnacle Holding

Prowinko Nederland B.V.

Stichting Woonstad Rotterdam

TAV Airport Holding CO

TBI Holdings / Croonwolter&dros / Mobilis

Unibail Rodamco Westfield

Union Investment Real Estate GmbH

Visser & Smit Hanab B.V.

Wester IJ-Dock C.V.

Wonderwoods Development B.V.

Work highlights

  • Assisted Pinnacle Holding in reviewing existing construction contracts and in the negotiations with contractors.
  • Assisted Alliance Healthcare in drafting the contracts for the development, realisation and lease of a customised distribution centre in the Netherlands.
  • Assisted TAV Airport Holding CO in a major ongoing project in Almaty for the development and construction of a new airport terminal in Almaty.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s construction team handles contracts, litigation, financing and regulatory work. It advises on large construction and infrastructure projects, and has recently been advising clients on the European energy transition. Under the leadership of Janet Meesters, the practice handles contentious and non-contentious matters, and acts for contractors, engineers, consultants, suppliers and contracting entities. Meesters has recently been advising on environmental social governance (ESG) matters as they relate to procurement.

Practice head(s):

Janet Meesters

Other key lawyers:

Rutger Oranje; Leen van der Marel; Hans-Mark Giezen


‘Janet Meesters is very skilled; she knows the business, is an excellent communicator and is reliable in meeting deadlines’.

‘The team has a great track record in construction law suits and providing legal advice for tendering’.

‘Janet Meesters understands construction delay issues, is a great lawyer and a very pleasant person’.

‘DLA possess a large range of legal services in the construction business’.

‘They think proactively and are conscious about our weaker points in a contractual or litigation fight.

‘They always try to pinpoint a solution to overcome weaker points’.

‘Janet Meesters understands the art of adapting to different situations’.

‘With DLA, we have a partner and a team that is always available’.


Kennedy Van der Laan

Kennedy Van der Laan’s construction, real estate and procurement team handles the full life-cycle of construction projects, from acquisition, to zoning and planning, development, management and disposal. It is particularly active in the hospitality, housing, fashion and retail sectors. Richard-Jan Roks and Nico Jacobs  head the practice, with Roks recommended for civil-construction and procurement law, and Jacobs handling real estate developments and transactions.

Practice head(s):

Richard-Jan RoksNico Jacobs 

Other key lawyers:

Eline Goemans


‘Very experienced in construction and always helpful in advising our company on legal matters’.

‘Even in urgent cases, Kennedy van der Laan is there to support us’.

‘Richard-Jan Roks is our “go-to-person” in case of legal issues in the construction industry’.

‘We can always count on Richard-Jan Roks with his experience and up to date legal knowledge’.

‘Expertise in the field of energy and real estate’.

‘Large practice with expert people’.

‘Accessible and there for you.’

‘ Richard-Jan Roks is accurate and very knowledgeable about this area’.

Key clients

Port of Amsterdam

Schiphol Airport

AEW Europe

Raiffeisen Bank

AviaRent Invest

Primonial REIM


Via Outlets

Fairtree Capital


Fred Development

IQNN Vastgoed

Vink Bouw


Conservatorium Hotel


Landal Greenparks

Marriott Hotels



Clink Hostels

HR Hotel Group

PPHE Hotel Group

A&O Hostels

Keolis Nederland


De Key

De Alliantie

Eigen Haard

Omnia Wonen

Gakon Kassen- en verwarmingsindustrie


Vodafone Ziggo

Nike Europe


J.P. van Eesteren

Volker Wessels


Bouwbedrijf De Nijs




Neutelings Riedijk

Work highlights

  • Assisting the Dutch construction / development company Vink Bouw with a number of high-profile developments in Amsterdam and Delft.
  • Representing the Dutch Auschwitz Committee successfully in several legal proceedings.
  • Represented Port of Amsterdam in a court proceedings regarding the sale and re-development of an old part of the Amsterdam Harbour.


The real estate, construction and development team at Lexence handles a range of construction and real estate matters. It handles residential and commercial projects and acts for large developers, contractors, lenders and private equity parties. Bob Bekker  heads the team and is recommended for transactions, large-scale area developments and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Bob Bekker

Other key lawyers:

Jan-Willem Raadgever; Bas Martens; Jan Hockx; Stephan Westera; Vincent Boumans

Key clients

Rabo Real Estate Group / Bouwfonds REIM

Volker Wessels

Kroonenberg Groep



Deutsche Bank (DWS)







De Hoge Dennen

BNP Paribas REIM


CBRE Global Investors



Van Herk Groep

Forma Fund



Dura Vermeer N.V.

Stena Realty

BPD Ontwikkeling






Elizen Vastgoed



Hurks Bouw

Hannover Leasing

Nederlandse Spoorwegen (Dutch Railways)

Orange Capital Partners


The real estate and infrastructure group at NautaDutilh is particularly strong in project development and acts for owners and developers. It has considerable experience in PPP, and greenfield and brownfield development of industrial working spaces. The team is jointly led by David van Ee, Arief Van Rhee and Kees Koetsier. Van Ee is recommended for procurement and construction projects, and is well versed in litigation.

Key clients


Automatic Signal


Municipality of Amsterdam

Koninklijke BAM Groep



European Investment Bank (EIB)

Siemens Nederland

Siemens Energy

Siemens Healthcare



PM Group


Neste Oil



Office for Metropolitan Architecture (O.M.A)

John Sisk & Son Ltd

Automatic Signal

M.A.N. Energy


Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam


Allianz Nederland


Work highlights

  • Advising Neste on a €1.5bn renewable fuel expansion project.
  • Advising a consortium of lenders on the €1bn development of the A9 Badhoevedorp – Holendrecht.
  • Advising ThyssenKrupp on the development of a feedstock terminal in the Moermansk region.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s infrastructure team has a strong focus on project finance and PPP work. It also handles construction contracts and agreements, operational matter, public procurement and land rights issues. Daphne Broerse heads the team with a background in administrative and civil law, she is particularly active in the energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Daphne Broerse



‘A solid “big firm”‘.

‘Know their stuff’.

‘We work with Daphne Broerse and Annemarie Ver Loren van Themaat-Creutzberg and appreciate the service they provide together’.

‘Knowledgeable, experienced, nimble, flexible, with good product delivery’.

‘Very pleasant to work with’.

‘Good collaborative approach.’

Key clients

Ballast Nedam Concessies

Heijmans Nederland

John Laing

Macquarie Capital


Dura Vermeer

DEME Group




Emerald Kalama Chemicals


Sandvik Santrade Ltd

WE I Netherlands B.V.

Dijkhuis Vastgoed Management B.V.


BNP Paribas

Work highlights

  • Advising Sunrock Investments BV on several solar energy projects, both rooftop and ground mounted.
  • Advising Fresh Trading Ltd. on the acquisition of land rights for and the construction and operation of a new juice terminal in the Port of Rotterdam.
  • Advising Lenders to the RIVM SPC on all aspects of the RIVM DBFMO project in the Netherlands.

Rozemond Advocaten

Rozemond Advocaten is a niche construction law firm with a focus on disputes and procurement. It acts for contractors, architects, consulting engineers and project management agencies, and has considerable litigation experience. Rob Bleeker is a recommended practitioner.

Severijn Hulshof Advocaten

Boutique construction and procurement law specialist Severijn Hulshof Advocaten is active in the infrastructure and commercial sectors. It acts for contractors, engineers and architects on non-contentious and contentious matters, including litigation. Leendert van den Berg, Joost Haest, Erik Gierman and Hein Stroeve head the team.

Practice head(s):

Leendert van den Berg; Joost Haest; Erik Gierman; Hein Stroeve


‘The team unites all disciplines of construction law at a high level’.

‘Reaction time is very short so that adequate action remains possible in the case of deadlines’.

‘Experts, partners and associates make sure that even the contributions of juniors are verified and up to the outstanding level of competence of the firm’.

‘Contacts are pleasant, and everyone is enthusiastic and friendly’.

‘Leendert van den Berg is always available and has a hands-on mentality, which he combines with great knowledge in the field of construction law’.

‘Leendert van den Berg is a great negotiator and is able to make legally complex projects accessible and understandable for his clients’.

‘They understand construction clients and the issues they face and are able to build client service teams with the specialties needed to address the legal issues upfront and when needed’.

‘The individuals I have worked with are able to assist and serve clients and consultants in a straight forward relaxed professional manner’.

Sight Advocaten

Sight Advocaten is a construction boutique that is well known in the market for contentious work. It acts for construction companies, project developers, investors and public authorities on a range of development issues. Saskia Könemann focuses on construction and procurement law and has particular experience of litigation involving contract documents. Sebastiaan Sellenraad handles civil real estate law and has experience in inner-city developments.

Practice head(s):

Saskia Könemann; Sebastiaan Sellenraad


‘Hard-working team.’

‘Our Lawyer works hard and puts effort into the cases we are working on’.

‘Saskia Könemann makes the difference; she had deep insight regarding the specific details of contracts in the construction world’. 

‘Lean and mean organisation, very fit for purpose’.

‘Sebastiaan Sellenraad is great from a legal and commercial perspective’.

‘Professional, pragmatic and outstandingly facilitating’.

‘Sebastiaan Sellenraad gets the job done and has time for a laugh doing it’.

‘Sebastiaan Sellenraad handles the pressure of negotiations and closing very well’.

Key clients

VolkerWessels Vastgoed B.V.

VolkerWessels Logistics Development B.V.

Unifore Real Estate

Simmons & Simmons

Real estate partner Luc Cohen heads the construction team at Simmons & Simmons, which is recommended for project development, construction tenders, and litigation and arbitration. Key clients include developers, contractors, authorities, consortia and lenders and investors. Managing associate Andrea Chao left for Bird & Bird.

Practice head(s):

Luc Cohen

Key clients


90 North Real Estate Partners LLP



Blauwhoed Projectontwikkeling


Meijer Realty Partners

Savills Investment Management


RE-N Produktion ApS/RE-N Technology BV


Movement Real Estate / Van Deursen Group

National Recovery Program Bureau (Sint Maarten)

Work highlights

  • Assisting Hines in various construction and project development related works in relation to the acquired logistic parks ABC Westland and Fresh Park Land.
  • Following advice on the acquisition of CenterParcs Port Zélande, Hampton by Hilton and CenterPracs De Eemhof, advised ATREAM SAS on various construction-related issues related to the parks and to the refurbishment of the park and its cottages.

Van der Feltz Advocaten

Van der Feltz Advocaten is a boutique firm base in The Hague which specialises in public, civil, environmental and construction law. It handles advisory matters and disputes, including arbitration and Supreme Court litigation. Marc Houweling  heads the team and handles contracting and litigation matters, while senior associate Susanne van de Pest is recommended for lease and construction law.

Practice head(s):

Marc Houweling

Other key lawyers:

Susanne van de Pest


‘Van der Feltz has shown not only in-depth knowledge of specific (fields of) laws and regulations, but also the ability to integrate insights from various fields into their advice’.

‘Willingness to cooperate internally and a focus on our goals as a customer’.

‘They are easy to get in contact with and feel really committed to our project’.

‘In our project, they have shown the pros and cons of various options, creating an open discussion on the best way forward’.

‘On a personal level they are able to connect to people by listening to their concerns’.

‘Small team, great advice, fast and accurate, a no-nonsense boutique law-firm’.

‘Great value for money’.

‘Susanne van de Pest and Marc Houweling have a hands-on mentality, they are accurate and provide practical advice’.

Key clients

Municipalities of (i.a.): Zoetermeer , Delft, Dordrecht, Midden-Delfland, Wassenaar, Bunnik, De Bilt, Rijswijk, Soest, Voorschoten, Pijnacker-Nootdorp, Altena, Barendrecht, Brielle, Enkhuizen, Gooise Meren, Medemblik, Molenlanden, Weststellingwerf

Koninklijke BAM group

Boele & van Eesteren B.V.

Heijmans group

Dura Vermeer Groep N.V.

Boele & van Eesteren B.V.

Heijmans group

Province of South Holland

Bébouw Midreth B.V.