NautaDutilh's integrated real estate & infrastructure practice delivers legal services across the entire real estate spectrum

NautaDutilh offers market-leading and fully integrated legal services across the real estate spectrum. Our Real Estate and Infrastructure team is recognised for its innovative approach and pragmatic solutions. We are highly ranked in the Legal 500 EMEA, Chambers & Partners and IFRL 1000. Our team brings together experts from diverse practice groups, including real estate, finance, litigation, regulatory, zoning, corporate, tax, securitisation, capital markets, investment funds and restructuring. Our comprehensive advice supports commercial business needs, serving a wide range of clients from real estate investors, developers, public and private companies to financial institutions and public sector bodies. We serve customers in a variety of fields, including the hospitality, industrial, residential and commercial sectors.

Deep-rooted industry expertise

With our extensive experience serving the real estate sector, we possess invaluable insights into its complexities. This deep-rooted understanding allows us to tailor our approach according to each client's specific needs, whether it be real estate investors seeking opportunities or developers striving for flawless execution.

A trusted partnership

By choosing NautaDutilh as your trusted legal partner in real estate business ventures, you gain access to leading expertise and strategic guidance. Together, let's shape a future where innovation meets excellence, propelling business endeavours towards success

  • Work highlights
    • Our team assisted and advised Achmea Dutch Retail Property Fund on the acquisition of two retail portfolios from two Dutch pension funds in exchange for participations in Achmea Dutch Retail Property Fund. With a total deal volume of EUR 390 million, this was the biggest retail transaction of 2022.
    • NautaDutilh assists in the development of Neste Oil's renewable fuels production capacity expansion in Rotterdam.
    • We acted as lenders counsel for the EUR 1 billion A9 Badhoevedorp – Holendrecht DBFM project. Our team acted as lenders counsel EUR 900 million DBFM contract concerning the maintenance and redevelopment of the Afsluitdijk.
    • Our team advised Batavia BioSciences as lead counsel in the development of a vaccine plant at Leiden Bio Science Park, with a projected surface of 12,000 square meters.
    • Members of our team advised one of Germany's biggest insurers, ERGO Group AG, on the refinancing of the Maas Tower in Rotterdam, which is the tallest office building in the Benelux countries.
    • NautaDutilh advised NeoGene Therapeutics as lead counsel on the lease contracts for an office building with laboratories on the AMC Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam. This included lease agreements and facility development agreements. The value of this matter was over EUR 70 million.
    • Our team acted as lenders counsel EUR 900 million DBFM contract concerning the maintenance and redevelopment of the Afsluitdijk. We provided assistance to lenders involved in a new local police headquarters project in Antwerp as well. Our team assisted AG Real Estate with a PPP project for a new maintenance hangar at the Melsbroek military base.
    • Our team assisted Allianz on the development of an office building of approximately 15,000 m² in the European quarter in Belgium.
    • NautaDutilh assists clients with project development agreements (PPAs), regulatory compliance (including permits/licenses), financing arrangements specific to renewable energy projects (such as green bonds), power purchase agreements (PPAs), grid connection issues and more. For example, our team advised Neste with respect to all legal aspects of their EUR 1.5 billion-investment to expand their sustainable fuels production capacity.
  • What others say
    • 'The Nauta team's ability to understand complex issues is very good and the lawyers are well able to explain them to clients.'
      Chambers Europe 2024
    • 'The team is pleasant to work with, quick in responses and very knowledgeable.'
      Chambers Europe 2024
    • ‘Great knowledge of our company and specifically of our business. They are able to communicate on the desired level.’
      The Legal 500 2024
    • ‘NautaDutilh’s team is highly skilled and uniquely experienced in this area and very responsive to the client’s needs, even on very tight timelines. The team also works collaboratively with clients to ensure that outcomes are fully focused on the client’s desired goals.’
      The Legal 500 2023
    • ‘A strong team, with strong back-up capabilities. They think along with the client but also ahead.’
      The Legal 500 2023
    • 'The team is able to handle any aspect of a real estate project or transaction.'
      The Legal 500 2023
    • 'Particular strong points of the team are efficiency, a hands-on approach, and a strong focus on finding solutions. Result-driven.’
      The Legal 500 2023

The team specialises in

  • Real estate transactions

    NautaDutilh provides extensive legal support in the area of real estate transactions. Our team assists clients in all types of real estate transactions, including acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures, asset management, (renewable) energy projects and property developments. We assist by structuring deals, conducting due diligence, negotiating contracts, and ensuring compliance with relevant laws and regulations.

  • Project development

    Our firm plays a significant role in real estate project development, providing comprehensive legal services to clients involved in various aspects of the development process. Our team provides advice to clients on the development of infrastructure, industrial and real estate projects. Our services include assistance with matters such as land acquisition, zoning and planning issues, construction contracts, financing arrangements and regulatory compliance.

  • Real estate finance

    NautaDutilh's interdisciplinary team of lawyers combines expertise in real estate law with knowledge from other relevant practice areas. They provide comprehensive advice tailored to each client's needs in the context of their specific real estate financing transaction. Our team has extensive experience in advising lenders and borrowers on real estate financing matters. We assist clients in structuring financing arrangements, negotiating loan agreements, handling security interests such as mortgages and share pledges, and refinancing or restructuring existing loans.

  • Lease

    NautaDutilh is a leading firm in leasing matters related to real estate. Our team provides guidance on commercial leasing matters for both lessors and lessees. Our team provides advice on a range of matters, including sale-and-lease-back constructions, the drafting and negotiation of lease agreements and related documents, and due diligence in relation to real estate or M&A transactions. Furthermore, we assist in resolving disputes and represent our clients in legal proceedings related to lease agreements, for example in relation to termination, rent reviews, delivery obligations, defects and defaults.

  • Real estate funds

    Real estate funds are another key area where NautaDutilh's expertise comes into play. Our team advises clients on the establishment and operation of real estate investment funds. We assist with fund structuring, regulatory compliance, investor negotiations, fund documentation, tax considerations, and ongoing fund management matters. Our team combines their expertise in real estate law with knowledge from other relevant practice groups such as Financial Law.

  • Construction law

    NautaDutilh has a strong reputation in the field of construction law. Our team offers legal support throughout the entire construction process. This includes advising on construction contracts, handling disputes arising from construction projects including mediation or litigation, addressing insurance-related matters, and ensuring compliance with building regulations. Please visit our Construction page for further information on NautaDutilh's Construction team.

  • Renewable energy projects

    NautaDutilh stands out for its innovative approach to groundbreaking developments in the field of renewable energy. The firm takes pride in its leading role in shaping the future of sustainable energy projects. By staying at the forefront of industry trends and regulations, NautaDutilh ensures that its clients receive the most up-to-date advice on renewable energy initiatives. Our team is at the forefront of providing legal advice on renewable energy projects, including hydrogen facilities, wind farms and solar parks. Our team comprises a wide range of relevant disciplines, each with the necessary expertise and skills. This enables us to successfully undertake any renewable energy project. Please visit our Energy & Natural Resources page for more information on NautaDutilh's Energy team.

  • Real estate litigation

    NautaDutilh offers real estate litigation services for a diverse range of clients, including public and financial institutions, and multinational corporations. Our experienced real estate litigation team provides tailored advice and trustworthy representation in complex contentious matters and legal proceedings in relation to real estate related topics Our expertise inter alia covers disputes in relation to sale and purchase agreements, lease agreements, construction law, property law, liability actions and public procurement matters in the Real Estate sector. With our deep understanding of real estate law and procedural law in combination with a strategic approach, we strive to achieve the best outcomes for our clients, by protecting their interests while minimising risks.

  • Public procurement

    NautaDutilh utilises the benefits of our Benelux team to assist our clients with public procurement issues in the Real Estate sector. Please visit our Public Procurement page for more information on NautaDutilh’s Benelux Procurement Team.

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