Marnix Aarts

Marnix Aarts

Notaris | Partner


+31 20 605 65 67
+31 6 5375 9049

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Marnix advises both Dutch and foreign clients on commercial real estate transactions, project development, property law structures and financing. He has a vast amount of experience with complex transactions involving substantial real estate portfolios, including housing portfolios. His clients are real estate investors, project developers, corporate end-users and housing corporations. Marnix is regularly involved in complex projects, often at the public-private interface. He also acts as a trusted boardroom adviser in the same context. Marnix is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

  • "Clients praise his 'very good knowledge and efficient way of working'."
    Chambers Europe, Real Estate: Leading Notaries (2018 Edition)
  • "Clients describe Marnix Aarts as 'very experienced,' with a 'pragmatic business view'."
    Chambers Europe, Real Estate: Leading Notaries (2017 Edition)
  • "Marnix Aarts is ‘quick, friendly, accurate and knowledgeable’."
    Legal 500, Real Estate (2017 Edition)

Qualifications & Experience

  • Notarial Law (Utrecht University)

  • 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 advised CAPREIT on the purchase and funding of a large housing portfolio. Canadian Apartment Properties Real Estate Investment Trust (CAPREIT) has purchased nineteen residential complexes from Aventicum for a price of EUR 170.4 million. The portfolio that the company has acquired comprises 128 single-family houses, 721 apartments and 2 commercial properties. This brings CAPREIT's total portfolio to 1,417 houses. The Canadian investor intends to further expand its Dutch portfolio. CAPREIT has purchased the portfolio with its joint venture partner Rubens Capital Partners. Rubens has taken a minority interest in the portfolio and will assist CAPREIT as the asset manager of the entire Dutch real estate portfolio. The seller, Aventicum, is a joint venture of Credit Suisse and Qatar Holding.
  • Park 20|20 is a Cradle to Cradle-inspired office park in Hoofddorp that is being developed for VolkerWessels and Reggeborgh by the Delta Development Group.
    Houthoff advised Park 20|20 on the turnkey sale of the NOW office building in Hoofddorp to Standard Life Investments. On completion, the office building was leased to Swiss RE, Macaw and Sony. The purchase price for the NOW building was approximately EUR 22 million. SLI was advised by Loyens & Loeff.
  • Houthoff advised WIF (Wooninvesteringsfonds) on the EUR 365 million sale of its entire property portfolio to a British investor Roundhill Capital. The portfolio consists of approximately 3,786 rental homes and is spread throughout the Netherlands.

  • Houthoff advised Vestia on the sale of “Stadswonen” consisting of more than 6,000 rooms, studios and apartments and 1,000 office spaces and parking places.
  • After designing and implementing the property law structuring, Houthoff drew up and registered the deed for the filing at the land registry of the world's first 3D visualization. The 3D visualization shows how the rights in the Station Delft buildings are spread over several floors: the municipality of Delft is the owner of the land, NS Vastgoed holds title to the station concourse with shops and the technical systems, lifts and stairs and ProRail/Railinfratrust holds title to the railway tunnel and the underground station.
  • Represented Basisfonds Stationslocaties in the transfer of the office portfolio Transit 1.0 to a real estate fund of King Street Capital Management. Transit 1.0 consists of seven offices, each of which is located near a train station. The large UWV Employee Insurance Agency office on the station square in Groningen, for example, was part of the transaction. The purchase price for the portfolio was € 69,000,000.
  • Represented Woonwaard in the acquisition of more than a thousand council homes from the housing association Ymere. For Woonwaard, the largest association in the Alkmaar region, the acquisition is a logical supplement to the portfolio.
  • Advised Kroonenberg Groep on the sale of The Bank at Rembrandtplein in Amsterdam to the German investor Deka Immobilien for over 275 million euros.
  • Houthoff advised NS Basisfonds Stationslocaties on the sale of its office portfolio to ASR. The purchase price was approximately EUR 275,000,000. The portfolio comprised fifteen buildings in and around station locations. ASR purchased the portfolio as the basis for the proposed ASR Dutch Mobility Office Fund.
    The transaction was one of the largest real estate transactions in 2016.
  • Advised VolkerWessels on the sale of a real estate portfolio to Meijer Realty Partners. The portfolio included four objects: the office building of PRA in Assen, the Mediamarkt in Duiven and a Jumbo supermarket and car park in Heerlen. The purchase price for the portfolio was around € 42,000,000.
  • Houthoff collaborated with BBC Bouwmanagement, Basis Bedrijfshuisvesting and Biltmore Vastgoed Consultants to assist Patrizia Immobilien with the purchase of 164 apartments under the name Oranjekwartier from Bouwconsulting Beheer. The purchase price of the complex was EUR 66 million.

    Oranjekwartier, which is located on the Koningin Wilhelminaplein in Amsterdam, consists of three residential buildings and has been fully let. Patrizia had purchased the residential complex under instruction from two institutional investors who wish to retain the units in the long term. Oranjekwartier's developer Bouwconsulting Beheer handed over the complex in 2009.

    Oranjekwartier has a total surface area of 18,000 m2, divided into three buildings. Buildings A and C have a retail area, a restaurant and a crèche on the ground floor. The apartments range between 90 and 150 m2 and feature fully equipped kitchens. The residential towers are situated next to the Westlandgracht and close to Oud-Zuid.