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Herman Lohman heads Houthoff’s practice jointly with Jan Cees Kuiken, who acted for Unibail-Rodamco on its acquisition of the Leidsenhage shopping centre, and on its redevelopment of the 116,000sqm β€˜Mall of the Netherlands’. Marnix Aarts assisted Vestia with its €577m sale of 358 residential units to Patrizia.

The β€˜top-level team’ at Loyens & Loeff has β€˜consummate knowledge’, β€˜excellent connections’ and β€˜a very deep bench’. Group head Wilfred Groen advised Standard Life Investments on €258m-worth of property transactions; Bram Linnartz assisted Blackstone and M7 Real Estate with their €300m purchase of a Dutch light industrial portfolio from Hansteen Netherlands. Lonne Rooseboom is also recommended.

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.

The β€˜thorough, reliable’ practice at Allen & Overy LLP counts AEDES Vastgoed, Aermont Capital and Jumbo among its clients. Practice head Leon Hoppenbrouwers acted for Crossroads Real Estate on its acquisition and refinancing of 38 β€˜propcos’ from IEF Capital. He also advised ING Bank on its sale of the EYE building to Stichting Filminstitut Nederland.

The β€˜very skilled, always available’ Frenk Huisman and β€˜highly service-oriented’ civil law notary Cynthia de Witt Wijnen co-head Baker McKenzie’s β€˜loyal, dedicated’ and β€˜highly knowledgeable’ department. Huisman acted for Greystar Real Estate Partners on the development of and investment in a student campus in Amsterdam Zuidoost.

Especially strong in transactions and development, CMS’ β€˜practical’ team handles all sorts of asset classes, including warehouses, hotels, student housing and offices. β€˜Likeable, passionate, very knowledgeable’ department head Hein van der Meer acted for Bouwfonds on its €270m sale of Car Parking Fund (Lux). Arnout Scholten is β€˜concise, forward-thinking and very accurate’.

DLA Piper’s β€˜extensively knowledgeable’ department is often involved in high-value cross-border transactions. The β€˜strategic’, β€˜very calm and highly experienced’ Hans-Mark Giezen is β€˜especially knowledgeable about hotels and leisure’; he and β€˜very friendly, smart’, β€˜creative’ practice head Monique Laenen acted for Hansteen Netherlands on the €300m sale of its Dutch logistics portfolio to Blackstone and M7 Real Estate.

Dentons Boekel’s β€˜efficient’, β€˜client-oriented’ full-service team is noted for its cross-border knowledge. β€˜Friendly but fierce’ group head Wendela Raas is β€˜an authority on commercial real estate’; she advised Unibail-Rodamco on the €500m Leidsenhage shopping centre redevelopment. Paul Wanders is β€˜perfect for resolving fiddly situations and catch-22s’. Civil law notary Ines van Dijk is also recommended.

Well known for its bench strength, NautaDutilh is β€˜one of the top players in the market’. The full-service team is led by David van Dijk, who advised G&S Vastgoed and OVG Real Estate’s joint venture company on the development and sale of ING’s new head office. Other clients include Piet Hein Buildings, First Sponsor Group and Deutsche Bank.

David Orobio de Castro leads Stibbe’s department jointly with Maarten de Bruin, who advised Aedifica on all its acquisitions of Dutch care and nursing homes. Boris Cammelbeeck and the β€˜determined, business-oriented’ David Meijeren are recommended counsels. All four lawyers advised Amundi Real Estate on its €875m purchase of PwC’s Rotterdam headquarters from KanAm Grundinvest Fonds.

Jesse Zijlma and Jeffrey Koenecke lead the team at BarentsKrans, which has strong transactional and contentious capabilities. The pair assisted Amvest and Aegon with €300m-worth of acquisitions, including the €150m Glashaven redevelopment. Koenecke and development expert Joost Huijgen acted for ASR on its €275m purchase of Stationsportefeuille from NS Vastgoed.

Real estate finance and transactions are the pillars of Clifford Chance’s practice, where Jaap Koster is the key contact. Titus de Vries assisted ING with the €115m financing of the Atrium building development, while Kosted advised KKR Infrastructure on its over €2.9bn purchase of Q-Park. Hein Tonnaer and counsel Liesbeth Buiter are also recommended.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s group head Mark Rebergen is noted for his β€˜very solid technical know-how’ and his β€˜practical perspective’. He and Arne Grimme assisted a syndicate of institutional investors on its multibillion-euro sale of Q-Park. Dieter Wolff advised Anbang on its €558m purchase of an office portfolio from Blackstone Group.

β€˜Quick, pragmatic’ property expert Paul Goedvolk and finance specialist Matthijs Bolkenstein head Eversheds Sutherland (Netherlands) B.V.’s practice, which is noted for its β€˜strong industry knowledge and personal approach’. The duo advised Signal Capital Partners on its €93m acquisition of Lynus Office Portfolio from Savills Fund Management. Other clients include Ivy Group and Montea.

Lexence’s β€˜highly skilled’ practice provides β€˜quick, clear and comphrensive advice’. β€˜Smart, pragmatic problem-solver’ Tomas Steenmetser is β€˜honest and humorous’; he co-heads the team with fellow leasing expert Ferry van Schoonhoven and transactions and development specialist Bob Bekker. Michiel de Wit is also recommended. Clients include Bouwfonds REIM, Prologis and CBRE Global Investors.

Simmons & Simmons LLP’s full-service team is led jointly by β€˜deeply knowledgeable, strong negotiator’ Rob Hendriks and the β€˜strategic, solution-driven, extremely dedicated’, β€˜creative’ and β€˜thorough’ Luc Cohen. The pair advised Atream on financing a 564-cottage redevelopment, and on acquiring the Hampton by Hilton hotel in Hoofddorp. Counsel Siemkje Batenburg is a β€˜practical’ notary.

Real estate and construction boutique Straatman Koster Advocaten frequently acts for municipalities. Thijs Straatman acted for the municipality of Leiden on its sale of various projects that are part of the Stationsgebied Rijnsburgerblok. Other clients include VolkerWessels and BPD Ontwikkeling. Wilfried Koster, Joost Hoekstra and Marinda de Smidt are also recommended.

Van Doorne’s β€˜commercial’ department is β€˜up to speed with market developments’, and β€˜manages all parties well’. Group head Annerie Ploumen advised Aberdeen Asset Management on its €57m purchase of the Stadshagen shopping centre from Wereldhave. Goldman Sachs and DRC Capital are clients in the non-performing loans space; Deutsche Hypothekenbank is a property finance client.

Finance partner and civil law notary Thijs Flokstra heads Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s team jointly with corporate partner Harald Spruit. Both partners advised AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets on its purchase of a logistics portfolio from Gramercy Property Europe. Non-performing loans and pan-European property portfolios are particular strengths.

The β€˜deeply knowledgeable’, β€˜creative’ and β€˜pragmatic’ team at real estate and planning boutique Gijs Heutink Advocaten has β€˜an exceptional work ethic’. The β€˜smart, proactive’ and β€˜innovative’ Eefje van Bommel can β€˜simplify complex matters’; she advised FOC Assen on the development of a factory outlet centre in Assen. Gijs Heutink is β€˜a true gentleman with a real fighting spirit’.

As well as handling leases, redevelopments and property finance, Greenberg Traurig LLP’s β€˜very high-quality’, β€˜creative’ practice acts on high-value transactions. Department co-heads Peter Jansema and Jan Kees Brandse, who has β€˜far-reaching experience’, acted for Amundi Real Estate on its €500m purchase of the Atrium building from Icon Real Estate.

Hotels and healthcare are particular strengths of Kennedy Van der Laan’s department. Practice head Nico Jacobs acted for HR Group on its €14m purchase of the Dorint Airport Hotel, and advised the Port of Amsterdam on a land sale worth over €10m. Eline Goemans is recommended for leasing matters.

Osborne Clarke’s β€˜proactive, commercial’ team provides β€˜a very high level of service’. Managing partner Bas Beenen advised Amvest RCF and Synchroon on a 350-apartment development at Koningin Julianaplein in The Hague. Corporate real estate expert Cristine Brinkman and civil law notary Cars-Jan van Gool are also recommended.

Clients of Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV include corporates such as Domicil Real Estate Group, public bodies such as the municipalities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam, and banks such as BNG. Esso instructed the team on a rent review mechanism dispute. Maryse Mesu-Abbekerk, Cees de Zeeuw and RenΓ© Spit head the department.

β€˜Top-notch’ property development and projects boutique Six Advocaten is noted for its β€˜highly respected client base’ and its β€˜flexibility’. The β€˜swift, hands-on and pragmatic’ Leon Burgersdijk advised the City of Amsterdam on the development of Hotel Jakarta; Wouter Post assisted Ballast Nedam and VolkerWessels with the development of the Market Quarter in west Amsterdam.

Especially strong in development and administrative law, Van der Feltz advocaten’s department counts Vorm, Heijmans Vastgoed and various municipalities among its clients. Group head Willem van der Werf advised Vereniging Natuurmonumenten on its acquisition and transformation of Sibelco and Heidelberg Cement’s sand and marl quarries. The β€˜quick, clever’ Willem Bosma β€˜understands clients’ needs’.

Though development is the key strength of HabrakenRutten’s β€˜extensively knowledgeable’ practice, it also handles property transactions, especially on the seller side. The β€˜open-minded’ Peter Habraken is β€˜service-minded and very knowledgeable’; he and β€˜great talent’ Henk Raven advised AM on its sale of a 4,000-home portfolio to a private equity firm.

The β€˜reliable, up-to-date, fast and sincere’ team at Russell Advocaten B.V. is β€˜efficiently organised’ and β€˜committed to its clients’. Leasing is a particular strength, though it also advises on property acquisitions. Retail, IT and embassies are particular sector strengths. Reinier Russell and Jan Dop head the department.

Schaap Advocaten Notarissen’s practice is co-led by Hanneke Kolsters, who specialises in healthcare and social housing, and commercial real estate expert Jan Wind, who also handles property finance, especially for borrowers. Clients include Dudok Groep, Vestia, Amvest and Havensteder. Hans Kemper and Helen Kolster are recommended civil law notaries.

β€˜Very experienced’ real estate development boutique Stijl advocaten is β€˜efficient and effective’. β€˜Hands-on expert’ and managing partner Taco Hovius advised Cure Afvalbeheer on the corporate and regulatory aspects of its new biogas facility development. Truke Den Uyl-Slagter is β€˜pragmatic’; Michiel van Driel and Vincent van Oijen are β€˜sharp litigators’.

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