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Van der Feltz Advocaten
JAVASTRAAT 22
2585 AN DEN HAAG
Netherlands

Netherlands > Environment and planning Tier 1

The Hague-based boutique Van der Feltz Advocaten fields ‘an experienced team which always delivers solid, practical advice in a timely manner’. It advises on public, civil, criminal and tax law, with a focus on the construction, real estate, energy and industrial sectors. The practice has recently been advising a number of municipalities on contentious issues, including litigation, and has the capacity for Supreme Court work. Willem Bosma  is a name to note for spatial planning and environmental law, while Willem van der Werf  is recommended for real estate and land issues.

Practice head(s):

Willem Bosma; Willem van der Werf

Other key lawyers:

Jacques Sluysmans

Testimonials

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.

In our project they have shown to be able to explain the pros and cons of various options, creating an open discussion on the best way forward.

They have shown the ability to provide a structured overview of applicable regulations and the ways in which they interconnect.

Willem van der Werf combines his expertise with experience in comparable projects, which provided us with new perspectives and enabled us to prevent costly missteps.

Hands-on, spot-on, accurate and fast with their reactions.

Van der Feltz is our partner in all environmental legal issues, they know about the history and the current situation in our company.

They always are able to help us fast and I always get what I expect.

‘The team is unique because of the high quality of their service and their diversity, accessibility and drive’.

Key clients

AM

BAM Groep

Friesland Campina

Municipalities: Delft, Dordrecht, Midden-Delfland, Zoetermeer, Rijswijk, Soest, Wassenaar, Enkhuizen, Pijnacker-Nootdorp, Brielle, Medemblik, Bunnik (2020), De Bilt (2020), Altena (2020), Barendrecht (2021), Gooise Meren (2020), Molenlanden (2020), Weststellingwerf (2021)

Heijmans

Invasto Vastgoed

Omgevingsdienst Zuid-Holland Zuid, Omgevingsdienst West-Holland

Province of South-Holland

Vabo Ontwikkeling

Van Wanrooij Projectontwikkeling

Dura Vermeer Groep

Eurotank Amsterdam

Kennemerland Beheer

Picnic

Shurgard Nederland

Neptune Energy Netherlands

Vermilion Energy Netherlands

Van Wijnen Groep

TSH Management

Dunea

Work highlights

  • Advising online supermarket Picnic on the zoning plan, building permits and land allocation contracts for its newest robotised ‘smart’ warehouse.
  • Advising and representing the Municipality of Dordrecht in relation to a €9m claim for lost profits brought by BPD as a result of government planning decisions.
  • Advising and representing the province of South Holland regarding the Chemours/DuPont plant in Dordrecht and the plant’s GenX chemical emissions.

Netherlands > Energy: regulatory Tier 2

The ‘very professional and fastVan der Feltz Advocaten is a boutique firm based in The Hague. It has particular regulatory expertise in planning, tariff regulation, CO₂ emissions, subsidies, enforcement and environmental issues. Michelle de Rijke co-heads the team and specialises in energy transition work; she has considerable experience in renewable energy initiatives and electric-transportation infrastructure. Her fellow practice co-head Jacques Sluysmans handles civil, administrative and economic criminal law and is particularly experienced in the water industry.

Practice head(s):

Jacques Sluysmans; Michelle de Rijke

Testimonials

Michelle de Rijke is an excellent energy lawyer with good knowledge of all aspects of the markets we are operating in’.

I see Van der Feltz as (one of) the leading firms when it comes to knowledge about regulations on the energy market.

Their in depth knowledge on both the current and upcoming legislation enabled us to create a truly future-proof solution for our project.

Michelle de Rijke is a leading expert in the field of energy regulation.

Michelle de Rijke has shown a deep and thorough understanding of state-of-the-art and upcoming regulations including the dilemma’s being faced politically.

Michelle de Rijke is very accessible and always open to new ways of looking at a problem.

Jacques Sluysman’s advice is prompt, very clear and of high quality.

In addition to their legal expertise, the team is well informed about relevant developments in the energy sector, which allows it to fully understand the client’s issues and questions.’

Key clients

Gasunie

Vattenfall

Vereniging van Waterbedrijven in Nederland (Vewin – the Association of Dutch Water companies)

Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij

ENGIE Nederland Retail

Municipality of Pijnacker-Nootdorp

Rendant Parknet Beheer

Tennet

GroenLeven

Vermilion Energy Netherlands

Stedin Netbeheer

Neptune Energy Netherlands

Cogas

Uniper Benelux

Coteq Netbeheer

LC Energy

Onyx Germany

Enexis Netbeheer

Nogepa Nederlandse Olie en Gas Exploratie en Productie Associatie

TAQA Energy

ONE-Dyas

BAM Bouw en Vastgoed Nederland (BAM Energy Systems)

AM

Work highlights

  • Advising Dutch grid-operators organisation, Netbeheer Nederland, on securing its position under the upcoming Act for collective heating supply.
  • Successful representation of NAM in litigation before the Administrative Jurisdiction Division of the Council of State regarding plans for the extraction of gas under the Wadden Sea.
  • Advising longstanding client Neptune Energy in relation to the  PosHYdon hydrogen project.

Netherlands > Construction Tier 3

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:

Testimonials

‘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.

Netherlands > Real estate Tier 5

Hague-based boutique firm Van der Feltz Advocaten is particularly strong in public, civil and criminal law as it relates to real estate issues. It handles contentious and non-contentious matters and has experience in the construction, government, energy and industrials sectors. Marc Houweling  leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge in planning and environmental law’.

‘Practical guidance through complex rules and legislation’.

‘Individual members are highly specialised, thus offering a wide breadth of expertise as a team’.

‘I found the team members to be very committed to achieve the best results’.

‘The work produced was of a high standard, despite tight deadlines’.

‘Marc Houweling showed excellent leadership skills and expertise in the real estate field’.

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

Key clients

Koninklijke BAM group and AM B.V.

Boele & van Eesteren B.V.

Heijmans group

Dura Vermeer Groep N.V.

Boele & van Eesteren B.V.

Province of South Holland

Bébouw Midreth B.V.

Natuurmonumenten (Dutch Society for Nature Conservation)

Work highlights

  • Advising Shurgard with regard to the expropriation of real estate in relation to the project Feyenoord City.
  • Advising a specialist investor in European sale and lease back transactions with regard to its acquisition of a global automotive parts manufacturer’s European production facility in Oss, The Netherlands, and on a new 20-year triple net lease, with the global automotive parts manufacturer as tenant.
  • Advising a consortium of parties on the transformation of a business area into a residential and commercial district in Rivium District, near Rotterdam.

About the firm: Van der Feltz advocaten is an independent boutique law firm based in The  Hague, with a strong focus on the markets of construction and real estate, government, industry and energy. The firm’s lawyers advise and litigate on both private law and public law matters often operating at the interface of the two. They have a deep understanding of how local and central government operates and of the relevant interests of the governmental bodies involved.

Areas of expertise: public law, including zoning and planning law, energy law, construction and leasing law, governmental liability, environmental (criminal) law, expropriation, procurement law and state aid, tax law and Supreme Court litigation.

Clients range from the public sector (utility, water companies, local and regional authorities, (municipalities, provinces, environment agencies), to businesses active in:

  • (sustainable) energy projects;
  • Construction, project development, infrastructure projects
  • the industrial sector (oil and gas, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, food, heavy industries)

The firm has a strong scientific profile. Jacques Sluysmans, partner, has been a professor of expropriation law at Radboud University Nijmegen since 2013. Almost all of the firm’s lawyers teach at universities and commercial institutes and publish articles in academic law journals on a frequent basis.

All of the firm’s partners originate from (construction and real estate departments of) major top-tier law firms in The Netherlands (eg AKD, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek and Lexence);

The firm acts as co-counsel to several international law firms in construction- and/or real estate (M&A) transactions.

 Best known for:

  • Young and dedicated team of experts, capable of inventing fresh and innovative legal structures. Our team stands out for its 24/7 availability and possesses deep commercial acumen, allowing us to provide clients with business and legal guidance and solutions in order to make client’s projects a success;
  • Partner presence and availability in all cases;
  • Expertise in both private  law and public law matters;
  • Highly ranked practice in expropriation law, covering both land expropriation and financial expropriation;
  • Very active litigation practice, including arbitration and supreme court litigation.
DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Constitutional and administrative law Willem van der Werfvanderwerf@feltz.nl+31703131050
Expropriation and ownership restrictions Jacques Sluysmanssluysmans@feltz.nl+31703131050
Supreme court litigation and procedural guidance at lower courts Jacques Sluysmanssluysmans@feltz.nl+31703131050
Zoning and Planning Law Willem van der Werfvanderwerf@feltz.nl+31703131050
Environmental law and enforcement Willem Bosmabosma@feltz.nl+31703131050
Energy Regulatory Michelle de Rijkederijke@feltz.nl+31703131050
Renewable Energy Michelle de Rijkederijke@feltz.nl+31703131050
Nature conservation Willem Bosmabosma@feltz.nl+31703131050
Property development Marc Houwelinghouweling@feltz.nl+31703131050
Property development Willem van der Werfvanderwerf@feltz.nl+31703131050
Purchase of real estate Marc Houwelinghouweling@feltz.nl+31703131050
Rent, lease and ground lease Marc Houwelinghouweling@feltz.nl+31703131050
State aid Marc Houwelinghouweling@feltz.nl+31703131050
State aid Ruben Wiegerinkwiegerink@feltz.nl+31703131050
Public procurement Marc Houwelinghouweling@feltz.nl+31703131050
Torts including liabilities of the state or lower governments Jacques Sluysmanssluysmans@feltz.nl+31703131050
Transport especially railway transport Jacques Sluysmanssluysmans@feltz.nl+31703131050
Good governance and integrity Jacques Sluysmanssluysmans@feltz.nl+31703131050
Public utilities Marc Houwelinghouweling@feltz.nl+31703131050
Contractor agreements Marc Houwelinghouweling@feltz.nl+31703131050
Tax law Ruben Wiegerinkwiegerink@feltz.nl+31703131050
Energy and mining Jacques Sluysmanssluysmans@feltz.nl+31703131050
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Willem Bosma photoMr Willem BosmaWillem’s practice includes advising and litigating for various parties within the areas…
Marc Houweling photoMr Marc HouwelingMarc Houweling is a highly knowledgeable lawyer in Real Estate and Construction…
Jacques Sluysmans photoMr Jacques SluysmansJacques Sluysmans’ expertise encompasses civil law, administrative law and (economic) criminal law.…
Ruben Wiegerink photoMr Ruben WiegerinkRuben combines many areas of expertise in his practice: he is both…
Michelle de Rijke photoMs Michelle de RijkeMichelle has been active in the energy industry since the liberalization of…
Willem van der Werf photoMr Willem van der WerfWillem Van der Werf has significant expertise in the areas of construction,…
Number of lawyers : 22
Dutch
English
German

Van der Feltz advocaten is a boutique law firm, based in The Hague, the Netherlands and their cross-border legal practice is expanding. The lawyers of Van der Feltz advocaten advise different foreign parties engaged in energy-, construction and real estate projects on (cross-border) issues in the field of energy, environmental, construction and rental law (e.g. sale and lease back transactions).

The team

The lawyers at Van der Feltz advocaten speak a range of different languages, including German, French and Italian. All lawyers are fluent in English and have experienced studying and working abroad in different countries, including:

  • The United States
  • Canada
  • Indonesia
  • Germany
  • The United Kingdom
  • Australia

The clients

Van der Feltz advocaten has worked with a diverse range of clients. Among their clients are international investors, international governmental organisations and multinationals in the renewable energy, oil & gas, (petro)chemical, pharmaceutical, food and heavy industries sector, including:

  • A German utility company which Van der Feltz advocaten advised on the structuring options for its onshore and nearshore wind farm;
  • A specialist investor in European sale and lease back transactions.
  •  Assisting a German company, held by American investor, in obtaining a subsidy for the voluntary closure of its coal-fueled power plant in Rotterdam.
  • Our international practice includes the advising of an multinational energy company with regard to the Dutch tender for a permit to build and operate an offshore wind farm at the Hollandse Kust West VI sites in the North Sea.

CLIENT: Hubert Schokker
COMPANY/FIRM: alderman of Wassenaar
TESTIMONIAL: “Willem van der Werf is a thorough lawyer with broad expertise. He gets quickly to the heart of the matter and is very accurate.

He is not only legally strong, but also diplomatically: he sees everything from a broad perspective and this ensures a constructive cooperation.”


CLIENT: Marcel Cramwinckel
COMPANY/FIRM: alderman of Voorschoten
TESTIMONIAL: “Willem van der Werf can easily be described in three terms: expert, driven and easy to communicate with. He can switch quickly between the official and administrative level and this helps clients. He has perseverance and stamina. I also appreciate him for taking his social responsibility.”


CLIENT: Nikima van Oldenbarneveld
COMPANY/FIRM: Dunea
TESTIMONIAL: “Marc Houweling’s advice is well-founded, the risks are identified and the possible scenarios are clearly explained. Marc Houweling also keeps an eye on the various interests within our organization. In addition, Marc Houweling advises me in my positioning as a company lawyer within the organization by listening, I can go with my questions at any time and this is easily picked up. It’s nice that I can go with various questions for advice, from reviews of templates to guidance in disputes. I’m therefore more than satisfied with the service and I can wholeheartedly recommend Marc Houweling.”


CLIENT: Humphrey Leblans
COMPANY/FIRM: Municipality of Voorschoten
TESTIMONIAL: “Marc Houweling has proven his worth since May 2018 by quickly mastering the file and being able to delve into the matter very well. Where necessary, he asked the right questions in effective terms. In the personal conversations I got to know Marc as a person of integrity, who works towards a predetermined goal with the necessary sense of humor. From a coaching role, he gives younger employees self-confidence to handle the case.”


TESTIMONIAL: “Michelle de Rijke not only has a very good knowledge of the subject matters at stake, but also has a widespread network of people within the regulatory scope that helps to solve matters.”

ENERGY: TRANSACTIONAL

Van der Feltz advocaten is an independent boutique law firm, based in The Hague, the Netherlands. The firm focuses on the Construction, Real Estate, Energy, Industrials, Government and Public sector.  The firm’s lawyers advise and litigate on both public and private law matters, often operating at the interface of the two. They focus on matters of i.a. administrative law, zoning and planning law, energy law, construction and leasing law, governmental liability, environmental (criminal) law, expropriation, procurement law and state aid, tax law and Supreme Court litigation.

Clients range from the public sector: utility, water companies, local and regional authorities, (municipalities, provinces, environment agencies), to real estate investors, contractors, project developers to businesses active in (sustainable) energy projects and companies in the industrials sector: oil & gas, (petro)chemical, pharmaceutical, food and heavy industries.

Van der Feltz advocaten combines its expertise with regard to real estate, construction, energy,  environment and planning to meet a wide range of project-related needs. In particular with regard to projects related to renewable energy.

REAL ESTATE

Van der Feltz advocaten is a boutique law firm, based in The Hague, the Netherlands. They focus on Real Estate, Energy, Industrials, Government and Public sector. The lawyers advise and litigate on both public and private law matters, often operating at the interface of the two.

When companies look to establish themselves in the Netherlands, they have several choices when it comes to finding suitable accommodation, including purchasing or leasing business space. The market for logistics real estate is scarce partly because of the strong growth of online sales, so these companies may also choose to build their own distribution centres.

Because investing in real estate is often not the core business of companies looking for logistics real estate, sale-and-leaseback transactions are increasingly being used in practice. For companies, it is important to be on top of the legal aspects of arranging suitable business accommodations in the Netherlands.

Van der Feltz advocaten combines its expertise with regard to real estate, construction, energy,  environment and planning. Because of this broad view and approach of the professionals, Van der Feltz advocaten is a firm that distinguishes itself and can guide the clients well and inform them of all aspects regarding sale and lease back.