Real Estate

Real Estate

De vastgoedsector profiteert van de economische groei. Zowel door de aantrekkende binnenlandse vraag, als door de groeiende wereldhandel. Er vinden steeds meer transacties plaats. Variërend van transformatie van bestaand vastgoed tot meer nieuwbouw. (Verplichte) verduurzaming van gebouwen, verandering van bestemming, terugloop van het aantal retailers en kantorenleegstand nopen daarbij tot slimme oplossingen. Het ervaren Vastgoedteam van Houthoff bestaat uit ruim 50 vastgoedspecialisten die verder kijken dan het probleem. Zij hebben vergaande kennis en ruime praktijkervaring om in te spelen op de gewijzigde vraag uit de sector. Onze notarissen vormen daarbij een belangrijke spil. Ons Vastgoedteam is betrokken bij de grootste en meest spraakmakende Nederlandse en Europese vastgoedtransacties. Houthoff staat beleggers, projectontwikkelaars, financiers, bouwbedrijven, woningcorporaties en eindgebruikers bij in complexe vastgoedtransacties- en geschillen.

  • “One client considers Houthoff‘s real estate practice ‘the best in the Netherlands,‘ highlighting the firm‘s superb bench of qualified civil law notaries and capacity to handle multiple large transactions at the same time. The same client adds: ‘No matter how busy they are, they are always there for us.’”
    Chambers Europe, Real Estate (2019 Edition)
  • “Houthoff understands the construction business and understands the language used by those companies.”
    Chambers Europe, Real Estate (2019 Edition)
  • “The team is described by clients as ‘attentive, highly efficient and commercially aware.’”
    Chambers Europe, Real Estate (2019 Edition)
  • First Tier firm
    Chambers Europe, Real Estate (2019 Edition)
  • “The Houthoff team is ‘very attentive and pragmatic, always reachable, very driven, and with high technical understanding.’”
    Legal 500, Real Estate (2019 Edition)
  • First Tier firm
    Legal 500, Real Estate (2019 Edition)
  • First Tier firm
    Chambers Europe, Real Estate (2018 Edition)
  • "Clients praise the lawyers for their 'very good knowledge and negotiation skills'."
    Chambers Europe, Real Estate (2018 Edition)
  • "Interviewees admire the team's innovative approach. One source adds: 'They put forward strategies and creative solutions in moments where the deal seemed to be heading nowhere'."
    Chambers Europe, Real Estate (2018 Edition)
  • First Tier firm
    Legal 500, Real Estate (2018 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Real Estate (2018 Edition)
  • "Their level of quality is very high and they have a big real estate team."
    Chambers Europe, Real Estate (2017 Edition)
  • First Tier firm
    Chambers Europe, Real Estate (2017 Edition)
  • "Clients praise the team's constructive approach to negotiations, highlighting how it 'seeks the common ground and balance between the parties, avoiding confrontation if possible,' but is prepared to take an assertive stance when necessary."
    Chambers Europe, Real Estate (2017 Edition)
  • First Tier firm
    Legal 500, Real Estate (2017 Edition)

Onze expertise op het gebied van vastgoed

Aan- en verkoop en (her)ontwikkeling van grote vastgoedprojecten vergt een efficiënte juridische begeleiding. Partijen schakelen ons Vastgoedteam in voor onder meer advies over complexe vastgoedstructuren, waarvoor onze notarissen en advocaten praktische en vernieuwende oplossingen aandragen. Complexe vastgoedfinanciering vereist juridische en fiscale expertise en vergaande kennis van de nationale en internationale vastgoedmarkt. Onze vastgoedspecialisten adviseren onder meer financiële instellingen, vastgoedfondsen en investeerders over herfinanciering, herstructurering, complexe vastgoedveilingen en distressed loan portfolios. Smart Cities zijn in opkomst. Wij adviseren en begeleiden (internationale) partijen die investeren in duurzaam kapitaal, technologische communicatie en slimme infrastructuur om Smart Cities te realiseren.

Onze vergaande sectorkennis combineren wij met onze kennis op het gebied van onder meer aan- en verkooptransacties, huurrecht, leasing, aanbesteding, milieurecht, projectontwikkeling, bestuursrecht en vastgoedfinanciering. Ons Vastgoedteam is betrokken en helpt spelers binnen de nationale en internationale vastgoedsector weer voorwaarts.

  • 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.

  • Advised a.s.r. real estate on the acquisition – on behalf of ASR Dutch Prime Retail Fund – of the monumental property Spui 10 in The Hague.

  • 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, jointly with Linklaters LLP, advised the Public Investment Fund (PIF), which, together with Credit Agricole Assurances, Colonoy Northstar, Amundi and others, is acquiring a majority stake in AccorInvest. AccorHotels is selling a 55% stake in AccorInvest for an amount of EUR 4.4 billion. Houthoff advised the Public Investment Fund (PIF) on the Dutch part of the acquisition.

  • 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. 


  • Houthoff advised Hannover Leasing on the acquisition of the property 'The Cloud' in Amsterdam by means of a share deal. The transfer took place on 15 December 2017. The building was redeveloped recently and is leased to Uber, Amazon, Spaces and @Leisure. 
  • Houthoff recently advised on the acquisition of the shares in the IEF portfolio by a consortium led by CBRE Global Investors (three institutional investors from the Netherlands, plus CBRE Dutch Retail Fund). IEF is a joint venture formed by Bouwfonds Investment Management and IEF Capital. The portfolio consists of 31 Dutch retail properties (mostly flagship stores), including the well-known Dutch retail chains HEMA and de Bijenkorf. The deal was valued at more than one billion euros. As well as overseeing the share purchase, Houthoff was also hired to advise on the financial arrangements by the banks financing the deal: ING, ABN AMRO and BerlinHyp. In all, Houthoff had a team of more than 50 staff working on the deal.

  • Houthoff advised DELA Vastgoed B.V. regarding the sale of the 'Solit Portfolio' to Lone Star. The Solit Portfolio consists of 73 stores, 4 shopping centres, approx 15,000 m2 of office space, 2 parking garages and 90 residential spaces. The transfer took place on 1 September 2017. The transaction vallue amounts to approx EUR 215 million.
  • 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.
  • Advising a consortium of owners of the former NDSM-Wharf – VolkerWessels, Reggeborgh Group, Biesterbos Group – on planning and contracting issues regarding the redevelopment of this vast area in the Amsterdam-North Harbour.
  • 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.
  • Advising Commerz Real, the owner of the Amsterdam 'Twin Towers', the tenants of which are the Stibbe law firm and Akzo Nobel. Part of the estate is a large parking lot, partially built under Highway A10 ('the Zuidas'). The Dutch Government ("Rijkswaterstaat") needs to purchase this part of the building, in order to be able to proceed with a key project in national policy "Zuidasdok", an integrated project consisting of offices, a railway station, housing and (underground) infrastructure (railway and highway). Houthoff advises Commerz Real on the purchase agreement or expropriation. Houthoff has started litigation against the Zuidasdok zoning plan.
  • Wereldhave acquires 9 shopping centers in the Netherlands. Houthoff advised Wereldhave, a Dutch listed real estate investment company with commercial property of around EUR 3.3 billion, on the EUR 730 million acquisition of 9 shopping centers in the Netherlands from its French competitor Klépierre. The shopping centres were part of Corio's portfolio and were recently taken over by Klépierre. Wereldhave is financing the deal by issuing up to 5.25 million new shares. In addition, existing credit facilities will be evaluated. The transaction is expected to close before the end of 2015.
  • Advised on the sale of a large international real estate portfolio by IVG Frankfurt encompassing 19 real estate objects in the Netherlands.
  • Houthoff advised a consortium consisting of, amongst others, Biesterbos, Reggeborgh and Het Fort on the EUR 76,25 million sale of a large Amsterdam based office building with an office space of 32.000 m² and 438 parking spots, to Israeli based investment company Zabar Group Investments and Menora Mivtachim. The building is currently leased to HEMA (headquarters), VNU and Multisafe Pay.
  • Houthoff advised G-Star Raw on the sale (by way of a sale-and-leaseback transaction) of its logistics centre, located in the harbour of Amsterdam, to Delin Capital Management. It concerns a large distribution centre of approx. 37.000 square metres.
  • Houthoff advised Attestor in relation to the acquisition of a substantial (distressed) loan portfolio of one of the Dutch larger banks.
  • Advised Leidsche Rijn Centrumplan B.V., a cooperation between ASR Vastgoed Ontwikkeling and Vesteda, on the development of a new city centre in Leidsche Rijn (the Leidsche Rijn Centrum project). The new area will consist of 32.000 m² of retail space, 8.000 m² of commercial facilities, 10.000 m² of office space, 734 apartments and an underground car park. The Leidsche Rijn Centrum project is one of the largest currently ongoing real estate development projects in the Netherlands.
Jan Kees Kuiken

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Rotterdam
Notaris | Partner
+31 10 217 25 48
+31 6 5182 9976
Herman Lohman

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Amsterdam
Notaris | Partner
+31 20 605 61 20
+31 6 2293 4252
Aart Barkey Wolf

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Amsterdam
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+31 20 605 61 03
+31 6 5365 4223
Lucas Louwerier

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Rotterdam
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+31 10 217 29 46
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