Firm Profile > Lexence > Amsterdam , Netherlands


Environment and planning Tier 2

The planning and environment department of Lexence is noted for its work in the housing and hotel development and industrial sectors. Team head Michael Klijnstra has expertise spanning zoning, building permits compliance and enforcement as well as issues of soil and air pollution, noise, fire safety and waste. The team is advising Cementbouw on various permitting and zoning issues regarding its cement plants and includes Kroonenberg Groep, Slokker Vastgoed and De Hoge Dennen among its clients. Pelin Oztürk joined the firm from AKD.

Real estate Tier 2

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 €260m.

Banking and finance: asset finance and structured finance Tier 3

The ‘sensible Charles Destrée leads the ‘solid’ structured and asset finance team at Lexence, focusing on structuring and documenting financing arrangements and mergers and acquisitions, structuring and restructuring investment funds and regulatory advice for financial institutions. He is advising a Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners investment fund on its financing for the acquisition of its public tender offer for VTG Rail.

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 3

At Lexence, practice head Charles Destrée is acting for Agro Merchants Group on the multi-layered global refinancing of its senior credit facilities. Clients include major private equity firms. The group also handles regulatory matters.

Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 3

Lexence’s team is led by Charles Destrée. Financing transactions and regulatory issues are areas of strength.

Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 3

Lexence partners Luc HabetsJoost Houtman and Michiel R van Schooten are commended for 'personal, communicative, and fast' service. The team is also 'able to think about pragmatic solutions which is often missing from other firms'. Diederick de Boer is also noted for 'being able to think with the client'. The practice, which has hired a number of new associates of late and has an impressive mid-market presence, counts Post NL Corporate, Synergia Capital, and Dutch Greentech Fund among its clients. Noted partner Wouter Helder led a team that assisted Digital Insurance Group on complex work relating to its collaboration agreement with Zurich Insurance Group.

Construction Tier 3

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.

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 3

Lexence’s team acts for large corporates in the telecoms, financials and insurance sectors, among others. Co-head Timo Jansen  is acting for Vodafone in claims alleging anti-competitive behaviour against KPN. Fellow co-head Bram Thomas Craemer is representing Inreda Diabetics in a shareholder dispute.

Employment Tier 3

The practice at Lexence 'can handle complex cases quickly and effectively' and is also valued for having 'an innovative and entrepreneurial' approach. Judith Schulp's expertise spans areas including collective and individual employment terminations, reorganisations and the removals of directors and other senior employees. Mark Keuss also has broad expertise and Frank ter Huurne assists on 'high impact, complex labour law cases'. Senior associate Esther van der Meulen also provides 'excellent support'. This substantial team serves clients including Allied Telesis International, General Electric, Henkel and SUEZ.

Private equity Tier 4

Lexence 's ‘high quality’ team is led by Luc Habets and Michiel van Schooten. Habets assisted Standard Investment with selling its share of a bakery business to Egeria and Van Schooten advised Endeit Capital on making an investment in Chronext, a luxury watch re-seller, for €28m. Wouter Helder and Joost Houtman are also notable names.

The firm: Lexence is a leading Dutch law firm specialized in corporate & commercial law and real estate law. The firm provides legal services to both national and international companies who operate in the Dutch market. The firm’s professionals, including 95+ lawyers and civil law notaries, work in small teams directed by partners. The lawyers and notaries cooperate seamlessly in their areas of specialization. Quality, efficiency and service orientation always paramount.

Areas of practice

Corporate and commercial law: The Lexence corporate and commercial lawyers and civil law-notaries specialize in legal support regarding commercial and corporate dispute, employment and benefits law, financing, joint ventures, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, notarial services, private equity and structuring and restructuring. and venture capital transactions.

Real estate law: Lexence’s real estate lawyers and civil law-notaries handle cases related to: environmental law, area development, construction, purchase and sale, commercial hire, and management and financing real estate projects. The real estate projects the lawyers work on involve: large-scale urban development, development of logistic properties, shopping malls, office buildings and residential projects.

International: Lexence is an independent law firm with access to fellow international firms with knowledge and experience unique to a specific jurisdiction. Through our membership of the Meritas worldwide network, a highly-regarded legal network of law firms, we have easy access to those firms.

Department Name Email Telephone
Employment law Annejet Balm
Real estate Bob Bekker
Corporate/M&A notarial services Hendrik Bennebroek Gravenhorst
Corporate/M&A Diederick de Boer
Litigation and arbitration Bram Thomas Craemer
Employment law Floor Damen
Financing Charles Destrée
Commercial contracts Pieter van Dijk
Corporate/M&A Mathijs van Doormalen
Corporate/M&A Luc Habets
Corporate/M&A; member of the management board Wouter Helder
Real estate notarial services Jan Hockx
Corporate/M&A Joost Houtman
Employment law Frank ter Huurne
Litigation and arbitration; member of the management board Timo Jansen
Employment law Mark Keuss
Real estate Michael Klijnstra
Corporate/M&A Joost Kolkman
Real estate Bas Martens
Employment law Esther van der Meulen
Corporate/M&A notarial services Jurjen Mos
Real estate Jan-Willem Raadgever
Employment law Jordi Rosendahl
Litigation and arbitration Arnout Schennink
Real estate Marieke van Schie
Real estate; founding partner Ferry van Schoonhoven
Corporate/M&A Michiel van Schooten
Employment law Judith Schulp
Real estate Jip Spierings
Real estate Tomas Steenmetser
Real estate notarial services Stephan Westera
Real estate Michiel de Wit
Photo Name Position Profile
Mrs Annejet Balm  photo Mrs Annejet Balm
Mr Bob Bekker  photo Mr Bob Bekker
Mr Hendrik Bennebroek Gravenhorst  photo Mr Hendrik Bennebroek Gravenhorst
Mr Bram Thomas Craemer  photo Mr Bram Thomas Craemer
Mr Floor Damen  photo Mr Floor Damen
Mr Charles Destrée  photo Mr Charles Destrée
Mr Luc P.L Habets  photo Mr Luc P.L Habets
Mr Wouter Helder  photo Mr Wouter Helder
Mr Jan W.A Hockx  photo Mr Jan W.A Hockx
Mr Joost E.W Houtman  photo Mr Joost E.W Houtman
Mr Timo Jansen  photo Mr Timo Jansen
Mr Arthur Kaspers  photo Mr Arthur Kaspers
Mr Mark Keuss  photo Mr Mark Keuss
Mr Michael Klijnstra  photo Mr Michael Klijnstra
Mr Joost Kolkman  photo Mr Joost Kolkman
Mr Bas Martens  photo Mr Bas Martens
Mr Jurjen Mos  photo Mr Jurjen Mos
Mr Jan-Willem Raadgever  photo Mr Jan-Willem Raadgever
Mr Arnout Schennink  photo Mr Arnout Schennink
Mrs Judith Schulp  photo Mrs Judith Schulp
Mr Tomas H.G Steenmetser  photo Mr Tomas H.G Steenmetser
Mr Diederick de Boer  photo Mr Diederick de Boer
Mr Michiel de Wit  photo Mr Michiel de Wit
Mr Frank ter Huurne  photo Mr Frank ter Huurne
Mr Pieter van Dijk  photo Mr Pieter van Dijk
Mr Mathijs van Doormalen  photo Mr Mathijs van Doormalen
Mrs Marieke van Schie  photo Mrs Marieke van Schie
Mr Ferry H.J van Schoonhoven  photo Mr Ferry H.J van Schoonhoven
Mr Michiel R van Schooten  photo Mr Michiel R van Schooten
Prof Dr Bart van Zadelhoff  photo Prof Dr Bart van Zadelhoff
Number of lawyers : 95+