Mr Valentijn Leijh > Dentons > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile

1082 MA

Work Department

Public Law, Managing Counsel


Valentijn Leijh works in the Public Law team of our Amsterdam office. He advises government institutions, private parties and project developers on general administrative law, area/project development, zoning and planning law and environmental law. He also advises healthcare institutions on healthcare-related real estate. Furthermore, Valentijn advises retail (supermarkets) and leisure institutions (cinemas) on all kinds of real estate issues. Valentijn is a known expert in the field of spatial planning and project development and a member of the ‘Expertteam Versnellen’, an initiative of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations. Clients indicate Valentijn as an always accessible, out-of-the-box thinker, who provides concrete, clear advice.


  • Lawyer, Dentons (formerly Boekel), 2008-present




Amsterdam school of Real Estate, 2013, Area and project development

Utrecht University, 2008, School of Governance, minor Bestuur en Beleid

Utrecht University, 2008, LL.M., Faculty of Law, master International and European Law

Utrecht University, 2006, LLB, Faculty of Law, Bachelor of Law

Lawyer Rankings

Netherlands > Real estate

Dentons is well known in the market for its strong leasing practice and also for handling high-profile and high-value transactions. The group is also able to draw on the wider firm’s expertise to assist with financing, tax, and litigation in the real estate space. With access to a vast international network, the practice is well placed to handle cross-border mandates. Managing partner Wendela Raas heads the team and is noted for her experience in commercial leasing. Jacqueline Bell joined from an in-house role at IPF Partners. Valentijn Leijh was promoted to the partnership.

Netherlands > Industry focus: retail

Dentons has a preeminent reputation for handling leasing matters in the retail sector; the group also handles various other real estate matters involving retail development and investment. In addition, the team advises retailers on administrative, regulatory, and environmental law. Wendela Raas heads the retail and real estate practices, and acts for a number of investors, project developers, and chain stores. Raas is active in real estate litigation and has experience of representing clients before the Supreme Court. Valentijn Leijh was promoted to partner.

Netherlands > Environment and planning

Dentons’ dedicated public law team attracts significant mandates in the energy, infrastructure and real estate development spaces. Jan Jakob Peelen heads the practice and focuses on environmental law, procurement law and general administrative law. Valentijn Leijh was recently promoted to partner and advises private parties and government institutions on project development, zoning and planning law.