Real Estate & Infrastructure

Real estate (investment) funds, financers, developers, central and local government, contractors and other market players face challenging market conditions, demanding stakeholders, and often complex disputes. New laws often have far-reaching implications for operational management and commercial decisions.

Infrastructure and real estate development projects typically involve demanding users and other stakeholders. Market players, as well as central and local government are increasingly expected to take account of community needs and opinions. Relevant issues are vacancy in office buildings and the impact of real estate and infrastructure on the spatial environment.

Solutions that shrink the problem 
Legal and tax frameworks play a crucial role in this interplay of interests and these come to the fore in areas such as town and country planning, obligation to tender, and the conditions under which a contract can be waived. Deals are negotiated through tough bargaining and where a dispute arises, major interests are at stake. NautaDutilh’s real estate team focuses on contributing to clients’ objectives by coming up with solutions, instead of focusing on the problem. We combine our legal advice with practical, hands-on transaction guidance.

State-of-the-art legal expertise produces a result 
Our lawyers and civil law notaries combine leading expertise with an unparalleled breadth and depth of experience. More importantly, we have a longstanding and proven knowledge of the real-estate sector and a genuine empathy for the interests of our clients. Among NautaDutilh’s clients are real-estate investors, developers and building firms, as well as government bodies such as municipal and provincial authorities, water boards and the national government. We advise in matters such as:

  • The sale, purchase and financing of real estate and property investment portfolios
  • Project and area development
  • Construction and tendering disputes
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Compulsory purchase
  • Tenancy and environmental law.

We advise on building contracts for the construction and fit-out of real-estate, as well as assisting clients with the realisation of infrastructure and industry projects based on FIDIC contracts and other sector-specific joint venture structures.

Track record
We are involved in a spectrum of innovative, high-profile projects, ranging from the corporatisation of the Amsterdam Port Company (Havenbedrijf Amsterdam), in which a new system of principal lease has been introduced, to the construction of the N33 highway on the basis of a public-private partnership in which a pension fund participated in the financing for the first time. From the large-scale redevelopment of the Utrecht central railway station area, through to the purchase of the Philips High Tech Campus by a consortium led by Marcel Boekhoorn, achieved under an innovative financing construction.