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. 

  • “Clients appreciate that he produces ‘very precise and accurate work’ and note his ability to ‘drive the deal and bring big points together during transactions.’”
    Chambers Europe, Real Estate: Leading Notaries (2020 Edition)
  • Herman Lohman is ranked in Tier 1.
    Chambers Europe, Real Estate: Leading Notaries (2020 Edition)
  • Herman Lohman is ranked in Tier 1.
    Chambers Europe, Real Estate: Leading Notaries (2019 Edition)
  • “Herman Lohman is a ‘strategic adviser who helps close transactions,’ according to clients, who also describe him as an ‘excellent negotiator’ with a ‘high level of commercial awareness.’”
    Chambers Europe, Real Estate: Leading Notaries (2019 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Real Estate (2019 Edition)
  • "Clients regard Herman Lohman as 'a very knowledgeable guy, with good skills'."
    Chambers Europe, Real Estate: Leading Notaries (2018 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Real Estate (2018 Edition)
  • Herman Lohman is ranked in Tier 1.
    Chambers Europe, Real Estate: Leading Notaries (2017 Edition)
  • "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)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Real Estate (2017 Edition)
  • "Herman Lohman is a 'key partner'."
    Legal 500, Real Estate (2017 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 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 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.
  • Houthoff assisted Heimstaden AB with the indirect acquisition and financing of 9,544 residential units in the Netherlands at a purchase price of EUR 1.4 billion. Through this acquisition, Heimstaden has become the third largest private residential property owner in the Netherlands. This is the largest real estate transaction ever in the Netherlands in terms of the number of housing units.

  • Houthoff advised Sligro Food Group N.V. with the proposed acquisition of the shares in Exploitatiemaatschappij Wheere B.V. by Sligro Food Group Nederland B.V. This will include the activities of Vroegop Ruhe & Co B.V., consisting of food wholesaler De Kweker, Vroegop AGF and freight company L.A.J. Duncker.
  • Houthoff assisted Van Gelder Groep in the acquisition of W. van den Heuvel en Zoon Infra, a company specialising in Lightrail construction. W. van den Heuvel en Zoon Infra will continue operating as a stand-alone business, whereby one of the selling shareholders will act as the business manager.
  • Houthoff advised Gramercy Europe Limited on the acquisition of a distribution centre in Helmond. The property comprises approximately 26,874.9 m2 distribution and office space and parking places.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Assisted La Française with the acquisition of the TomTom building 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.