Ms Wendela Raas > Dentons > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile

1082 MA

Work Department

Real Estate


Wendela Raas is a partner in our Amsterdam office and Co-head of the European Retail Sectorgroup. In addition she is member of both the Europe Board and the Global Board of Dentons.  

Wendela is recognized by Chambers and Legal 500 as a ‘leading individual’ in the Netherlands for real estate matters and retail. She focuses on commercial leases, real estate transactions and litigation. Wendela has acted for clients in some of the largest transactions in the Netherlands. She is also well known for multiple litigation matters that resulted in landmark cases before the Dutch Supreme Court. Her clients include leading institutional investors, project developers and retailers.

In 2017 Wendela was awarded an Honorary Professorship at Amity University Dubai in recognition of her competence and reputation in the area of real estate law. She gives guest lectures at the university’s faculty of law.

Wendela also teaches real estate law at various institutions, including the Amsterdam School of Real Estate (University of Amsterdam) and she publishes regularly. She is a member of the Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors (RICS). On occasions she has been a special advisor to the Dutch Government on tenant law related legislation.


Dutch, English.


  • Honorary Professor real estate law, Amity University Dubai (2017-to date) 
  • Member, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (2013 – to date)
  • Member, Advisory Committee on Landlord and Tenant law Legislation, established by the Netherlands Bar Association (2008 – 2015)
  • Member, Advisory Board of the Association of Young Real Estate Lawyers (2012 – to date)
  • Board Member, Netherlands Association of Landlord and Tenant Lawyers (2008 – 2017)


University of Leiden, admitted 1999.

Lawyer Rankings

Netherlands > Real estate

(Leading individuals)

Wendela RaasDentons

The real estate department at Dentons has a strong focus on transactional and leasing work, and also handles finance, construction, notarial, tax, and litigation matters. It acts for developers, landlords and tenants, and is active across various asset classes, including office, retail, logistics, residential and leisure properties. Wendela Raas co-heads the team and is well regarded in the market for commercial leasing work; she is also active in contentious matters. Dirk-Jan Gondrie , who jointly heads the team, focuses on sales, acquisitions, leasings and restructurings, and often handles cross-border transactions.

Netherlands > Industry focus: retail

(Leading individuals)

Wendela RaasDentons

The multidisciplinary retail practice at Dentons leverages strengths in construction, antitrust and employment, as well as the firm’s 50-lawyer real estate team, to provide top-of-the-market retail development and investment advice. Expertise includes leasing, administrative, regulatory and environmental law, as well as IT, IP and data protection matters. Wendela Raas, who leads the team, acts for investors, project developers and chain stores across the spectrum of retail matters. Another key name is counsel Jeroen le Clercq, who stands out for his ‘expertise, knowledge, and communication skills’.