Firm Profile > Straatman Koster Advocaten > Rotterdam, Netherlands

Straatman Koster Advocaten
THE MILLENIUM TOWER
WEENA 690
3012 CN ROTTERDAM
Netherlands

Construction Tier 1

Rotterdam-based construction and real estate boutique Straatman Koster Advocaten houses one of the Netherlands' largest specialist construction law teams, and provides a full service throughout the life cycle of projects in a wide range of industries. Practice head Oliver Vermeulen is often instructed by contractors, developers, and government bodies and Angela Minderhoud specialises in pre-court dispute resolution, litigation, and arbitration with a particular niche in the energy, infrastructure, and utility sectors.

Testimonials

The team is very knowledgeable, focused on results and getting these results, and has a broad network 

Expertise of all team members I’ve dealt with is always beyond doubt. Availability on the short notice is crucial in our dealings with the firm and flexibility of the team members is extremely high. Productivity and effectiveness makes the use of Straatman Koster a very cost effective option.

Angela Minderhoud is very driven, sharp and bites into a case. Client service is high on the list.

Key clients

BPD (formerly Bouwfonds / Rabobank)

Koninklijke Volkers Wessels Stevin

Dura Vermeer

Schiphol Area Development Company

Municipality of Rotterdam

Municipality of The Hague

Municipality of Leiden

Municipality of Gouda

Municipality of De Bilt

Municipality of Utrecht

Province of Zuid-Holland

Ballast Nedam

Football Club Feyenoord

Green Park Aalsmeer Gebiedsontwikkeling

Ontwikkelings Maatschappij Lelystad Airport (OMALA)

Football Club AZ

VORM

ProDelta

N.V. Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij Utrecht

Strukton Group

TenneT

Evides

Vesteda

Van Herk

Arcadis N.V.

KBC

Middin

Syntrus Achmea

KanAM Grund

Synchroon/TBI

Strabag

Hochtief

Transdev

Klépierre

Mirus International

Museum Naturalis

Woonstad Rotterdam

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

Environment and planning Tier 2

Straatman Koster Advocaten has an established record for handling matters in the real estate and construction markets. The firm regularly represents a number of municipalities, including the municipalities of Rotterdam, Leiden, Gouda. A matter highlight includes advising PolanenPark on various environmental and planning issues regarding a business park near Haarlem/Schiphol. Marinda de Smidt and Joost Hoekstra lead the practice. Clients praise the team's 'dedicated approach' and 'down to earth' nature. Anne Marie Ferwerda is also noted.

Testimonials

This practice is unique for me because of it’s dedicated approach. They deliver sharp written advice in time; high knowledge of our business; good personal approach‘.

The individuals (A. Ferwerda, F. van Nouhuys, S. Tichelaar) I worked with are all dedicated to the case, always deliver in time, are (very) sharp in mind and are  normal and down to earth. All of these  aspects that  for me are what makes them different to their competitors‘.

Key clients

BPD

Schiphol Area Development Company

Municipality of Rotterdam

Municipality of Leiden

Municipality of Gouda

MRP

Klépierre S.A.

Vorm Ontwikkeling

Municipality of Almere

Stichting Monumentenbezit

Municipality of Gooise Meren

Municipality of The Hague

Real estate Tier 3

The team at Straatman Koster Advocaten is 'friendly, reasonable and a joy to work with'. The practice utilises an integrated approach to deliver 'all legal services needed for real estate projects at the top level', focusing particularly on area development projects. Joost Hoekstra, a 'specialist in transformation projects' is drafting agreements relating to the Schiphol Trade Park for the Schiphol Area Development Company. Other core members of the team are Thijs Straatman, 'truly trusted adviserWilfried Koster and Marinda de Smidt, who is 'good at explaining legal concepts, to both legal counterparts and non-legal counterparts'. Anne Marie Ferwerda, an environmental and zoning specialist, joined the firm in 2019.

Testimonials

The firm provides all legal services needed for real estate projects at the top level, whether it is real estate development or real estate transactions. They are truly excellent value for money with low fees compared to other firms.

Anne-Marie Ferwerda has an incredible knowledge of public law, especially zoning law. Wilfried Koster is not only an excellent lawyer, but he also has a profound understanding of my business. He always keeps my business goals in mind when advising on legal aspects. He is a truly trusted adviser. He also brings humour to the table, which can be very helpful in tough negotiations.

In my opinion the juridical help and advice of Straatman Koster is very accurate, linked with the practice of real estate (and not only theoretical), all-round and specific if needed. Very nice personal contact, friendly, reasonable and a joy to work with.

For years I have worked with Olivier Vermeulen as a juridical adviser, sometimes in the role of a lawyer (law cases). In these situations Olivier has the excellent qualities for being diplomatic and emphatic at the same time (besides the excellent juridical knowledge of matter) and seeking solutions. By this positive and emphatic position, a lot of cases can be solved quite easily and smoothly. In fact Bas Razenberg, Violet Acar and Thérèse Fraai have these qualities in common with Olivier. Enthusiastic, accurate, friendly and always provide good advice leading to solutions.

They have a lot of knowledge. Understand the situation from both sides, which give them the ability to find the right legal solution.

Have the ability to explain the problem and solution in simple Dutch words. They also have an eye for the social aspect of our work.

Straatman Koster is a highly specialised niche firm with 25 lawyers. I appreciate its pragmatic approach and engagement at the strategic level, followed by executing on contracts and litigating when necessary. They have a team with specialists, mostly senior lawyers, the team acts very quickly, and is responsive and pro-active. They know the market and work for both private and public parties, which makes them good all-round lawyers as well.

My contact person is Joost Hoekstra. I consider him to be a leading real estate lawyer with a broad experience in project development. He combines broad experience and knowledge of private and environmental law, which is very helpful in negotiating and drafting agreements relating to project development. Furthermore, he is a specialist in transformation projects, which is one of the hot topics in Dutch real estate these days, and public-private partnership contracts.

Price versus quality; quality of good contracts is very good. Fast delivery and contact response, pro-active discussions during negotiations. Able to discuss legal items with non-legal counterparts. Clear use of language in contracts – no archaic language. Good social skills.

Joost Hoekstra: clear language, amiable, pro-active in pointing out potential pitfalls, able to explain legal discussions to non-legal counterparts. Knowledge of all relevant items in real estate. Good at deducing potential fiscal consequences as well as seeking additional advice, good social skills. Marinda de Smidt: clear language, good social skills, very good with additional knowledge on spatial and environmental legislation as well as real estate. To the point and good at explaining legal concepts, to both legal counterparts and non-legal counterparts. Bas Razenberg: good at planning, always delivers within the planned time frame, knowledgeable about real estate.

Key clients

BPD (formerly Bouwfonds)/Rabobank

Koninklijke Volker Wessels Stevin

Dura Vermeer

Schiphol Area Development Company

Municipality of Rotterdam

Municipality of The Hague

Municipality of Leiden

Municipality of Gouda

Municipality of De Bilt

Province of Zuid-Holland

Municipality of Almere

Ballast Nedam

Football club Feyenoord

Green Park Aalsmeer Gebiedsontwikkeling

Ontwikkelings Maatschappij Lelystad Airport (OMALA)

Football Club AZ

VORM

ProDelta

Province of south-Holland

Moervast development

KIKX Development

N.V. Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij Utrecht

‘In-depth knowledge of the market sectors in which our clients do business and the challenges they face forms the basis of our advice. We achieve the best possible solutions for them within often very tight margins.’

Straatman Koster advocaten was formed in 2006 by Thijs Straatman and Wilfried Koster, both originally from Houthoff Buruma. The firm has grown steadily and now has a team of 24 lawyers and 6 secretaries, all of whom have previously worked for the larger law firms in the Netherlands.

Although as a niche firm we are among the smaller law firms, we are among the leaders in our field.

Besides in-depth expertise in property matters, both domestic and international (drafting property contracts, financing and cooperative structures), we also specialize in:

  • procurement law;
  • state aid law;
  • construction law;
  • landlord and tenant law;
  • environmental law (including land development);
  • general administrative law, and
  • compulsory purchase.

We advise, draft contracts and litigate in all these areas of law. We also have in-house expertise in preparing the tax structures for transactions and coordinating these with tax lawyers.

We have working agreements with several tax lawyers and civil-law notaries which allows us to provide comprehensive legal, notarial and tax advice should you so require.

Read more here about our expertise.

Besides the construction and property sector our clients can also be found in the following sectors:

  • infrastructure, groundwork, road and hydraulic engineering, industry,
  • energy, government,
  • facilities services,
  • transport, including public transport,
  • sports & leisure.

We also count several international property investors among our clients.

Department Name Email Telephone
Contract Wilfried Koster w.koster@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Contract Thijs Straatman t.straatman@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Contract Marinda de Smidt marinda.desmidt@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Contract Joost Hoekstra j.hoekstra@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Contract Maaike de Wit maaike.dewit@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Contract Simon Tichelaar s.tichelaar@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Contract Bas Razenberg bas.razenberg@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Tenancy Law Olivier Vermeulen olivier.vermeulen@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Tenancy Law Violet Acar violet.acar@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Procurement Frederik van Nouhuys frederik.vannouhuys@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Procurement Thijs Straatman t.straatman@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Procurement Caroline Lagendijk C.Lagendijk@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Procurement Simon Tichelaar s.tichelaar@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Procurement Matthijs van Leeuwen matthijs.vanleeuwen@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
State aid Frederik van Nouhuys frederik.vannouhuys@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
State aid Thijs Straatman t.straatman@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Construction Thijs Straatman t.straatman@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Construction Frederik van Nouhuys frederik.vannouhuys@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Construction Angela Minderhoud a.minderhoud@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Construction Olivier Vermeulen olivier.vermeulen@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Construction Matthijs van Leeuwen matthijs.vanleeuwen@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Construction Daan Timmerman Daan.Timmerman@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Construction Marinda de Smidt marinda.desmidt@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Real estate Thijs Straatman t.straatman@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Real estate Wilfried Koster w.koster@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Real estate Joost Hoekstra j.hoekstra@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Real estate Marinda de Smidt marinda.desmidt@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Real estate Angela Minderhoud a.minderhoud@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Real estate Maaike de Wit maaike.dewit@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Real estate Bas Razenberg bas.razenberg@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Real estate Simon Tichelaar s.tichelaar@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Land policy Joost Hoekstra j.hoekstra@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Government liability Joost Hoekstra j.hoekstra@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Government liability Marinda de Smidt marinda.desmidt@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Government liability Bas Razenberg bas.razenberg@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Planning and zoning Joost Hoekstra j.hoekstra@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Planning and zoning Marinda de Smidt marinda.desmidt@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Planning and zoning Simon Tichelaar s.tichelaar@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Planning and zoning Maaike de Wit maaike.dewit@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Planning and zoning Bas Razenberg bas.razenberg@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Company Wilfried Koster w.koster@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Environmental Marinda de Smidt marinda.desmidt@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Environmental Bas Razenberg bas.razenberg@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Rental Thérèse Fraai Therese.Fraai@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Planning and zoning Erina Baljić E.baljic@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Planning and zoning Anne Marie Ferwerda annemarie.ferwerda@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Construction Hugo Strang hugo.strang@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Procurement Paul Heijnsbroek paul.heijnsbroek@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
State aid Paul Heijnsbroek paul.heijnsbroek@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Rental Thérèse Fraai therese.fraai@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Procurement Anne de Jong anne.dejong@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Tenancy Law Marleen van Dijkman marleen.vandijkman@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Environmental Valerie de Gier valerie.degier@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Procurement Hugo Strang hugo.strang@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Environmental Tosca van Halsema tosca.vanhalsema@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Tenancy Law Paul Richter paul.richter@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Contract Paul Richter paul.richter@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Construction Paul Richter paul.richter@straatmankoster.nl +31(0)102400447
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr J.J Hoekstra  photo Mr J.J Hoekstra
Mr W.J.H Koster  photo Mr W.J.H Koster
Mrs C.R.V. Lagendijk  photo Mrs C.R.V. Lagendijk
Mr M Straatman  photo Mr M Straatman
Mr O. Vermeulen  photo Mr O. Vermeulen
Ms M.C de Smidt  photo Ms M.C de Smidt
Ms M.Y.C.L. de Wit  photo Ms M.Y.C.L. de Wit
Mr J.F van Nouhuys  photo Mr J.F van Nouhuys
Number of lawyers : 24
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