Herman Lohman

Herman Lohman

Notaris | Partner


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Herman is co-head of the Real Estate practice group. He advises mainly international institutional investors and funds as well as large Dutch project developers. Herman assists clients with a broad range of real estate transactions, including real estate M&A, financing, project development, and the real estate aspects of business transactions and restructuring. 

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    Clients regard Herman Lohman as "a very knowledgeable guy, with good skills." 
    Chambers Europe, Real Estate: Leading Notaries (2018 Edition)
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    "Herman Lohman is a 'key partner'."
    Legal 500, Real Estate (2017 Edition)
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    Legal 500, Real Estate (2017 Edition)
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    Herman Lohman is ranked in Tier 1.
    Chambers Europe, Real Estate: Leading Notaries (2017 Edition)
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    "Herman Lohman focuses primarily on advising international funds and investors and Dutch developers, with expertise encompassing joint venture transactions, commercial projects, corporate issues and notarial work."
    Chambers Europe, Real Estate: Leading Notaries (2016 Edition)
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    Clients report: "I think he's very deal-oriented; he tended to focus on the important issues and offer solutions rather than get bogged down in minor issues."
    Chambers Europe, Real Estate: Leading Notaries (2017 Edition)
  • recommendation people shaking hands
    Herman Lohman is ranked in Tier 1.
    Chambers Europe, Real Estate: Leading Notaries (2016 Edition)

Herman also gives advice on setting up investment vehicles and joint ventures, with a special focus on the international market and the most challenging, complex and high-profile matters, such as transactions and projects involving multiple jurisdictions. Herman is a member of the Dutch Association of Real Estate Lawyers and the Dutch Commercial Law Association.


  • Education: Notarial Law (Leiden University)
  • Houthoff (co-counsel to Kirkland&Ellis and Dechert LLP, M&A, VDD) advised Wyndham Worldwide Corp on the sale of its European vacation rental business (Landal part) to private equity firm Platinum Equity for approximately USD1.3 billion. This matter is particularly significant/complex because of the multi cross border VDD exercise which Houthoff coordinated for the Landal part of the transaction with multiple park concepts and the very significant real estate component due to the large number of parks operated by Landal over the various jurisdiction (85 in total). We further advised on the competition aspects of various bidders and coordinate and advise on the Dutch works council advice procedure. The client is a NY stock exchange-listed American hospitality company.

  • Houthoff advised TH Real Estate on the acquisition and financing of a modern logistics complex in Rotterdam (Maasvlakte II). This is the second acquisition for TH Real Estate's European Logistics Fund. The vendor, which is also the occupier of the property, is selling the property in a sale and long-term leaseback transaction. The property comprises two buildings, dating from 2008 and 2016. It has a total lettable area of 39,500 square metres, most of which is laid out for the storage of hazardous goods. 
  • Together with the VMRG, the branch organization for facades, Houthoff has developed the very first lease-based agreement whereby the facade of a building remains the property of the facade builders after delivery by way of a right of ground lease. A right of ground lease has not been used in such a way before. This means a breakthrough in the circular facade economy.

  • Houthoff, jointly with Kirkland & Ellis LLP, assisted Global Logistic Properties in the acquisition of the European logistics business IDI Gazeley. Global Logistic Properties, a Singapore-listed investor, acquired IDI Gazeley from Brookfield Asset Management, the world's second-largest real estate fund manager. The transaction value amounts to approx USD 2,8 billion.

    The Dutch real estate consisted of 15 logistics warehouses. Our works were focussed on the due diligence research of the Dutch real estate and the Dutch corporate and financing aspects. 

    The Houthoff team was led by Herman Lohman. 

  • Assisted UBS in the acquisition of a large block in the inner city of Leiden (Catharinasteeg), comprising the redevelopment of a great number of monumental buildings and new retail space. The complex also comprises a substantial amount of residential units. This was a legally complicated project that included the acquisition, leasing and property structuring. There was a lot of notarial work in this project too.
  • Assisted LCN Capital Partners LP, New York in the turnkey acquisition of ING Bank’s global head office in Amsterdam by way of a forward-funding share deal. The building is being developed by OVG and G&S. ING Bank expects to move into the 36,000 m2 of office space in the complex, which includes 400 parking spaces, in mid-2019.
  • Assisted La Française with the acquisition of the TomTom building in Amsterdam from Real I.S. The firm also assisted La Française with the financing and tax structuring for this transaction. This acquisition incudes the shares in the company that operates the heating and cooling installation that services the TomTom building as well as other buildings in the vicinity. The property structure of the complex includes building rights, ground lease and apartment rights. This was the first acquisition in the Netherlands for La Française (EUR63 billion assets under management).
  • Assisted Credit Suisse with the sale of the ING Bank office in Amsterdam for EUR123 million to Blackstone. This completed the Dutch part of the liquidation of the CS-Euroreal and CS-Property Dynamic Funds, including 15 buildings throughout the Netherlands with an accumulated value of over EUR500 million. Houthoff Buruma handled the whole of the liquidation of CS-Euroreal.
  • Assisted KanAm Grund with the liquidation of the KanAm Grundinvest Fund, consisting of six properties with a total value in the Netherlands of over EUR260 million. This included the sale of KanAm’s share in the landmark building Delftse Poort in Rotterdam to its joint venture partner CBRE Global Investors. Furthermore, the sale of the PWC building in Rotterdam was part of the sale of the international Alpha Portfolio to Amundi for EUR875 million, and the sale of the Zilveren Toren and Ruby Point buildings was part of the international Europe Select Portfolio to Intreal, which also included buildings in Lille and Glasgow.
  • Advised Rabo Vastgoedgroep on the very complex (re)structuring of the real property right aspects of the multi functional complex De Rotterdam, the biggest multifunctional building in the Netherlands. Subsequently, we advised Rabo Vastgoedgroep on the sale and transfer of the office towers and the hotel. This sale and transfer was one of the largest Dutch single asset transactions ever in the Netherlands.
  • Advised Credit Suisse on the sale of a portfolio of 14 buildings throughout the Netherlands to MCAP Global Finance with an accumulated book value of EUR380 million. This was one of the largest transactions in the Netherlands in 2016.
  • Advised LCN Capital Partners LP, New York on four separate acquisitions and triple-net leasebacks with respect to light industrial and logistics buildings, notably with Van Dijk Educatie, Staay Food Group, Jiffy Group and Briggs & Stratton, with a total deal value in excess of EUR50 million.
  • Advised Propertize on the sale and transfer of New Babylon, a complex of buildings next to the Central Station of The Hague, which comprises a shopping centre and offices, for the price of over EUR87 million to Victory Advisors.
  • Advised Gramercy Europe on three separate acquisitions and triple-net leasebacks with respect to light industrial and logistics buildings, notably with Van den Heuvel Logistiek, Inalfa Roof Systems Group, Paardekooper verpakkingen en disposables with a total deal value in excess of EUR42 million as well as the acquisition of two Hornbach DIY stores EUR35 million.
  • Advised Eljans Vastgoed, a partnership of one of the largest private investors in retail in the Netherlands, on the sale of a retail portfolio consisting of 85 retail units spread over the Netherlands, for a consideration of EUR 109 million, to an investment fund of Och-Ziff Capital Management Group.
  • Advised, together with Mayer Brown Frankfurt, SEB Asset Management on the sale of a part of the "Curve" portfolio comprising of 18 logistics properties in eight countries (Austria, France, UK, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Norway, and Spain) with approximately 434.300 m² of rental space to Logicor, Blackstone╩╝s European logistics platform, and Tritax, for a consideration of EUR 275 million.