Critical expertise integrated into the most prestigious and demanding Real Estate projects

Clients choose to work with us on their most prestigious and demanding projects. Whether it is the development of a new HQ, the acquisition or divestment of a business location, or as an integrated part of a much broader corporate transaction , Real Estate remains a key asset that requires critical expertise.

Our Real Estate experts advise Dutch and international companies, institutional investors, and listed real estate companies on their transactions either in the context of an asset deal or a share transaction.

Real Estate is often of particular interest and substance in many of our M&A deals and cross border transactions, and we increasingly act for clients operating in the field of infrastructure and renewable energy where outstanding blended real estate, corporate and regulatory advice is a critical component.

Recent Matters

11 July 2021

Van Lanschot Kempen simplifies group structure

De Brauw has assisted financial services group Van Lanschot Kempen with the simplification of its corporate structure. The restructuring reduces compliance and eliminates the minority interest deduction in relation to the AT1 and Tier 2 capital, thus improving the group's regulatory capital position.
8 July 2021

NN to acquire majority stake in Dutch insurance broker Heinenoord

NN Group has agreed to buy a 70% stake in insurance broker and service provider Heinenoord for EUR 176 million. NN will also refinance Heinenoord's outstanding debt of EUR 129 million. Under an agreed option structure, NN could acquire the remaining 30% of shares within four years after the transaction's closing.
10 June 2021

Kloosterboer Group acquired by Lineage Logistics

De Brauw assisted the Kloosterboer family on the sale of Kloosterboer Group to Lineage Logistics. Lineage Logistics, one of the world’s leading and most innovative temperature-controlled industrial REIT and logistics solution providers, reached agreement to acquire the Dutch family-owned Kloosterboer Group, a leading independent integrated platform for temperature-controlled storage, logistics and value-added services in Europe.The Kloosterboer family will continue to be involved in the Kloosterboer Group, becoming investors in Lineage and rolling a part of their sale proceeds into Lineage equity.The transaction is subject to regulatory clearance and completion of the employee consultation process.

Insights

10 July 2020

Dutch Supreme Court: credit claims can be assigned and securitisation vehicle has duty of care

The Supreme Court decided on 10 July 2020 that banks can validly assign credit claims to non-banks, also if the underlying loans are non-performing or have been terminated. It also decided that if the assignee is not a bank, it can be required to observe the same duty of care towards debtors as would apply to a bank under the given circumstances. As such, the Supreme Court's decision not only confirms existing practice, but also provides guidance for future securitisations of Dutch loans.
19 May 2020

Council of State rules on norms for low-frequency noise caused by Dutch wind farms

How to mitigate unpredictable or uncertain risks has become a pressing topic in these uncertain times. During the decision-making process for activities or developments that may entail uncertain risks, public authorities have to assess the level of precaution that should be taken. The Council of State, the highest administrative court in the Netherlands, recently considered whether this "precautionary principle" demands stricter norms than legally required for the creation of wind parks because of potentially adverse health effects of wind turbine noise (lower frequencies of sound). The Council of State ruled that the politically responsible administrative authority is primarily in charge of assessing the need for such stricter norms. In May 2020, the minister asked the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) to formulate a research agenda on low-frequency noise.
2 May 2017

Mark Rebergen and Max van Drunen in The Real Estate Law Review

The Real Estate Law Review provides an overview of the global real estate market. Mark Rebergen and Max van Drunen recently contributed a new chapter about the Netherlands to the sixth edition of the review.