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, de terugloop van het aantal retailers en kantorenleegstand nopen daarbij tot slimme oplossingen. Het omvangrijke Vastgoedteam van Houthoff bestaat uit ruim 50 vastgoedspecialisten die verder kijken dan het probleem. Zij hebben de vergaande kennis en praktijkervaring om in te spelen op de gewijzigde vraag uit de sector. Onze notarissen vormen een belangrijke spil in het Vastgoedteam. Houthoff staat beleggers, projectontwikkelaars, financiers, bouwbedrijven, woningcorporaties en eindgebruikers bij in complexe vastgoedtransacties- en geschillen.

  • First Tier firm
    Chambers Europe, Real Estate (2020 Edition)
  • “The team is described by clients as ‘attentive, highly efficient and commercially aware.’”
    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)
  • “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)
  • 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)
  • "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)
  • "Clients praise the lawyers for their 'very good knowledge and negotiation skills'."
    Chambers Europe, Real Estate (2018 Edition)
  • First Tier firm
    Legal 500, Real Estate (2018 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Real Estate (2018 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
    Chambers Europe, Real Estate (2017 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
    Legal 500, Real Estate (2017 Edition)
  • Advised HqO, together with Goodwin Procter LLP, on the acquisition of Office App. Office App is a leading European tenant and employee engagement platform.
  • Advising Hoorne Vastgoed BV and Hoorne Vastgoed Ontwikkeling BV, a seller and a developer, respectively, on the sale of two distribution centres in Alkmaar.
  • Advised Hansainvest Hanseatische Investment GmbH on the sale of 'The Monarch Tower' to Credit Suisse Asset Management Global Real Estate. The tower is situated on a prime location in the Beatrixkwartier in The Hague, the city's central business district.
  • Assisted Credit Suisse Asset Management Global Real Estate in the acquisition of a newly developed distribution centre for Jumbo in Bleiswijk. The seller, Somerset, retains a 10% interest in the business.
  • Assisted Trustbridge Partners with a USD 200 million follow-on investment in WeWork China.
  • Assisted the Salvation Army in setting up the investment fund 'Stichting Leger des Heils WoonVermogen' for construction projects that make a social impact. The 'Stichting Leger des Heils WoonVermogen' is funded by private investors and aims to build 250 residences for vulnerable people in the coming years.
  • Houthoff assisted ShoppingParks N.V., Terzetmus B.V., Kempen & Co N.V. and KBC Securities N.V. with the successful accelerated bookbuild offering of 750,000 shares in the capital of Retail Estates N.V., a Belgian publicly listed real estate company. ShoppingParks N.V. and Terzetmus B.V. are two closed-end Dutch real estate funds managed by Freeland.

  • Houthoff advised Kroonenberg Groep B.V., jointly with Lexence, on the acquisition of a shopping centre in Almere valued at EUR 82 million. The property comprises 65 shops and office spaces near the railway station. Our lawyers focused on the legal due diligence, negations on the SPA and the transfer of the portfolio.

  • 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 assisted CDL Hospitality Trusts (CDL) in a transaction where CDL took a majority interest in the four-star hotel 'MGallery by Sofitel' in Florence, Italy. Houthoff worked on this transaction with Allen & Gledhill (Singapore), Shooklin & Bok (Singapore) and Chiomenti (Italy). 

  • 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.
  • Houthoff represented the shareholders of Makelaarsland B.V. and Above Holding B.V. in the sale and transfer of 90% of the shares in these companies to ING.

  • 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 Hannover Leasing on the acquisition of the property 'The Cloud' in Amsterdam by means of a share deal. 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.
  • CBRE Global Investors (Dutch Office Fund) has started building the new World Trade Center in Utrecht (WTC Utrecht), adjacent to Utrecht train station (Jaarbeursplein). A team from Houthoff advised CBRE Global Investors (Dutch Office Fund) on the land transaction with the municipality of Utrecht.
  • Advising Vestia, a Dutch housing corporation, on various complex regulatory aspects relating to the unwinding of its EUR 20 billion derivative portfolio.
  • Advising and representing Unibail-Rodamco regarding the development of a large shopping mall Leidsenhage (municipality of Leidschendam-Voorburg) and the redevelopment of the Zoetermeer City Centre.
Jan Kees Kuiken

Key Contact

Rotterdam
Notaris | Partner | Lid RvC
+31 10 217 25 48
+31 6 5182 9976

Key Contact

Amsterdam
Notaris | Partner
+31 20 605 61 20
+31 6 2293 4252
Lucas Louwerier

Key Contact

Rotterdam
Notaris | Partner
+31 10 217 29 46
+31 6 1424 7421