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NewGround Law B.V.
Gustav Mahlerplein 27
Symphony Offices, 5th floor

Netherlands > Environment and planning Tier 2

NewGround Law B.V.‘s ‘excellent’ planning and environment practice is experienced in assisting its list of clients, which features key developers, on all aspects of large-scale real estate development and redevelopment projects, including advising on environmental impact assessments. Public law expert Anne-Marie Klijn leads on many of the team’s most preeminent matters, André Gaastra  has broad expertise across real estate and environmental law, and climate change and planning expert Erwin Noordover is also a key contact; the three co-head the practice. In April 2023, associate Pieter van der Woerd  departed, while associate Arjen Praat joined from NautaDutilh.

Practice head(s):

Anne-Marie Klijn; André Gaastra; Erwin Noordover

Other key lawyers:


‘An excellent team with great partners far above anyone else in the market for wind energy.’

‘Excellent work and know-how amongst the team which is formed of practitioners with dependable personalities.’

‘The people we work with at NewGround Law are very precise, up-to-date and easy accessible as well as fun to work with!’

‘Anne-Marie Klijn has shown for over the 20 years I have worked with her that she is top-class in her field of interest. She also shows a broader perspective on related issues which makes her an outstanding person to challenge our own ideas.’

Key clients


Waterschap Rijn en IJssel

Pure Energie




Egeria Real Estate Development B.V.

Green Real Estate


Boelens De Gruyter

Breevast B.V.

Center Parcs Europe N.V.

Deka Immobilien Investment GmbH

Flow Real Estate B.V.

G&S Vastgoed B.V.


Janssen de Jong Projectontwikkeling B.V.

Remeha B.V./ BDR Thermea Group B.V.

Lingotto Utrecht B.V.

OVG Real Estate

Edge Technologies


Stichting Gebiedsontwikkeling aan de Maas (STIGAM)

NSI Development B.V.

WestInvest Gesellschaft für Investmentfonds mbH

Pelt & Hooykaas B.V.

ICL Fertilizers Europe C.V.

Work highlights

  • Advising Boelens de Gruyter, BPD (Bouwfonds property management), AM, Greystar, Janssen de Jong, and Lingotto as legal project managers for the transformation of the Merwedekanaalzone in Utrecht into approx. 4.000-6.000 apartments, and other functions, including the defence of the project in court.
  • Advising real estate developer Edge Technologies Development with all public law aspects (such as zoning etc., also taking into account the recent municipal plans, policy documents, and the environmental impact assessment for the area and nitrogen deposition.
  • Assisting the international ICL group with all public law aspects of the development of a brand new plant in the Amsterdam docks, as well as with the closure of their current plant in Amsterdam that has been operational since 1907.

Netherlands > Energy Tier 3

NewGround Law B.V.‘s regulatory practice is headed up by Erwin Noordover, who has noteworthy experience working in the renewables sector in particular, and André Gaastra, who has expertise in energy and broader environmental work. Energy transition projects are at the fore of the team’s workload. The practice handles regulatory aspects of the realisation, development and operation of projects, namely offshore solar farms and wind farms, with matters frequently of significant value.

Practice head(s):

Erwin Noordover; André Gaastra


‘They are very hands-on, easily accessible, and they think collaboratively with us.’

‘Erwin Noordover is great. He is very customer-oriented and solution-oriented, and has lots of experience in our sector, green energy.’

‘NGL has a very committed and experienced team that is top of the line when it comes to environmental and spatial law-related to renewable energy projects. They have vast experience in this field and are dedicated and creative. They will find the solution and work together with the client instead of just judging the legal risks.’

‘Erwin Noordover is the partner that stands out. He is one of the country’s leading experts in wind energy-related public law and has helped us in over a dozen cases.’

‘Erwin Noordover demonstrates not only a thorough knowledge of public law but is also able to support and cooperate in preparing proceedings that are novel and meet requirements from not only a legal perspective, but also a policy perspective.’

‘They are flexible and have the know-how and competence to give a complete picture to clients.’

‘Best in class in the Netherlands.’

‘Erwin Noordover is an excellent lawyer for projects in wind energy.’

Key clients

Eco-Fuels Netherlands B.V.

Windpark Greenport Venlo B.V.

Jenbacher B.V.

Oiltanking Amsterdam B.V.

Sonneborn Refined Products B.V.


Waterschap Rijn en IJssel

Zonnepark Groene Corridor B.V.

Pondera Consult B.V.


Koepel Delfzijl Zuid Uitbreiding

Windkoepel Groen

Bleubear Energy B.V.

Windpark De Drentse Monden en Oostermoer


Pure Energie Wind B.V.

Windunie Development B.V.

Windpark Goyerbrug B.V.

Gemeente Reimerswaal


SENSE-Hubs Project

Windpark Agro-Wind Reusel B.V.

Gemeente Waalwijk

Windpark Zeewolde B.V.

STAWAG Energy B.V.

TurbineZon B.V.

Windproject Brielse Brug B.V.

Windpark De Rietvelden B.V.

Goede Buren Windpark Streepland B.V.

Work highlights

  • Advising on the synergies between offshore wind, offshore solar and hydrogen production at sea and how they will be considered within the Solar Enhanced North Sea Energy Hub (SENSE-HUB).
  • Advising Prowind B.V. in all their activities in the Netherlands, including cases involving wind and solar farms and battery storage systems at those farms.
  • Assisted Koepel Windpark Delfzijl Zuid Uitbreiding successfully in the development of a wind farm of sixteen wind turbines, including several challenging legal proceedings.

Netherlands > Real estate Tier 4

Founded in 2019, boutique real estate law firm NewGround Law B.V. has been increasing its capabilities to offer both contentious and non-contentious real estate advice. Environmental, planning, sustainable energy and administrative law are all primary areas of focus for the team. Civil law notary Cynthia de Witt Wijnen-Guman specialises in real estate transactions, while Renée Fennis assists both national and international clients in lease agreements and transactions. Candidate civil law notary Etiënne Dijkhorst joined the firm in April 2023 from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, further strengthening the practice.

Practice head(s):

Cynthia de Witt Wijnen-Guman; Charles van Rijckevorsel; Anne-Marie Klijn; André Gaastra; Erwin Noordover; Renée Fennis; Etiënne Dijkhorst

Other key lawyers:

Sabrine Zebeda


‘This practice is a boutique law firm in real estate. The partners are all practitioners who came from high quality law firms. They have a small client base but they have a few very big clients. Due to it being a concise law firm there is a direct working relationship with the lawyers involved in a transaction. ’

‘Renée Fennis is the go to partner. She is knowledgeable, sociable, deal and solution driven and is also willing to lead her client even if that means contradicting her client. Cynthia de Witt Wijnen is a very client driven lawyer. Anne-Marie Klijn is a very skilled lawyer. ’

‘Cynthia de Witt Wijnen is very committed, experienced and has extensive knowledge, is great in negotiations, and always on top on things.’

‘Etienne Dijkhorst is an inspired notary and lawyer with a wealth of experience. Etienne and his team are always there for you. The big difference is the personal approach and the fact that partners are closely involved.’

‘Cynthia de Witt Wijnen-Guman is an outstanding personality with great management and leadership skills. She combines exceptional sensitivity and commitment with expert knowledge and specialist skills for instance relating to the hospitality industry and for cross-border transactions.’

‘A boutique firm that can handle real estate transactions with great care and attention for the matter, personal and tailored. The team is experienced and has good knowledge of market standards. They also have experience in the field of asset management and litigation, which makes it easy to switch to relevant experts in those fields, if necessary.’

‘Etienne Dijkhorst is experienced and well qualified, always on top of things and very service oriented. He is pragmatic and knows how to get the job done, always communicating in a pleasant and constructive way with other counsel involved.’

‘Cynthia de Witt is a very talented individual with very good communication and negotiating skills. Renée Fennis is also very appreciated, professional and always providing good advice on difficult negotiations.’

Key clients

AEW Europe


BNP Paribas Real Estate Investments

Bouwinvest Real Estate Investors

Deka Immobilien Investment GmbH

Fleura Onroerend Goed B.V.

Informa Europe B.V.

Ofi Invest

Swiss Life Asset Managers Deutschland GmbH

Verdion GmbH

WestInvest Gesellschaft für Investmentfonds

Klépierre Vastgoedontwikkeling B.V.


AXA Real Estate Investment Managers Nederland B.V.


Warburg-HIH Invest Real Estate Benelux B.V.

HANSAINVEST Hanseatische Investment-GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised Deka Immobilien Investment on the €566m sale-and-leaseback of the international headquarters of in Amsterdam.
  • Advised Deka Immobilien Investment on the €217m sale of the office building De Resident to the Dutch government.
  • Advised Bouwinvest Residential Fund on the €33.5m sale of 118 residential properties to Daelmans Vastgoed.

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation

NewGround Law B.V. uses its expertise in real estate law to advise on environmental, zoning and energy-related disputes, with clients including large investors, project developers, municipalities, and public and private corporations.

NewGround Law is a top-tier independent real estate law firm based in Amsterdam.

NEWGROUND stands for making the difference by pushing boundaries and breaking market conventions. The firm provides legal services in real estate matters in the broadest sense such as commercial real estate transactions, real estate financing, property development, acquisition and (re)development, management, rental property, (re)leasing, dispute resolution and furthermore in the areas of environmental, zoning and planning matters, area (re)development, energy transition, supervision and enforcement, sustainability, and Clean Tech.

The clientele of NewGround Law consists of large (inter)national institutional investors and prominent project developers from both the public and private sectors, municipalities and private and public corporations.

NewGround Law provides legal services in real estate matters in the broadest sense such as:

  • Administrative
  • Construction law and contracting
  • Contract and notarial
  • Property
  • Tenancy
  • Environmental
  • (Sustainable) energy and regulatory
  • Planning law and zoning

Practice areas

  • Advisory services
  • Litigation
  • Transactional guidance
  • Notarial practice

“We are legal rebels with a cause.”
“Our purpose is clear: we focus on what really matters. And if necessary, we simply take an entirely different approach. With focus and incisiveness. We pride ourselves in ensuring that no one has the feeling of being made to step into unfamiliar territory. We will act as trusted advisor to our clients and our services are always tailored to their needs: 1-on-1.”

Department Name Email Telephone
Public Law, Environmental and Planning Law, Commercial Litigation Anne-Marie Klijn
Property Law, Tenancy Law, Construction and Contract Law, Dispute Resolution Charles van Rijckevorsel
Transactions guidance and Notarial Practice Cynthia de Witt Wijnen
Public Law, Environmental and Planning Law, Dispute Resolution, Energy Law André Gaastra
Energy Law, Clean Tech, Environmental law Erwin Noordover
Property Law, Tenancy Law, Construction and Contract Law, Dispute Resolution Renée Fennis
Transactions guidance and Notarial Practice Etiënne Dijkhorst
Photo Name Position Profile
Janneke Berendsen photo Janneke Berendsen Attorney-at-law
Ron Bisschop photo Ron Bisschop Attorney-at-law
Etiënne Dijkhorst photo Etiënne Dijkhorst Partner | Candidate civil-law notary
Renée Fennis photo Renée Fennis Partner | Attorney-at-law
André Gaastra photo André Gaastra Partner |  Attorney-at-law
Birgitte Gerrissen-Prins photo Birgitte Gerrissen-Prins Assigned notary
Marie-Claire Headley photo Marie-Claire Headley Attorney-at-law
Anne-Marie Klijn photo Anne-Marie Klijn Partner | Attorney-at-law
Erwin Noordover photo Erwin Noordover Partner | Attorney-at-law
Arjen Praat photo Arjen Praat Attorney-at-law
Victoria Rakovitch photo Victoria Rakovitch Attorney-at-law
Charles van Rijckevorsel photo Charles van Rijckevorsel Partner | Attorney-at-law
Number of partners : 7
Number of lawyers and civil law notaries : 24