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Straatman Koster Advocaten

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Partners: Thijs Straatman, Wilfried Koster, Frederik van Nouhuys, Joost Hoekstra, Olivier Vermeulen, Marinda de Smidt, Maaike de Wit, Angela Minderhoud, Caroline Lagendijk, Matthijs van Leeuwen, Anne Marie Ferwerda
Number of lawyers: 24
Languages: Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish

Firm Overview:
Straatman Koster advocaten is an independent niche firm and has a strong track record in the fields of (i)commercial property law and real estate, (ii) construction and engineering, (iii) public procurement and state aid (iv) zoning and environmental law and (v) rental law. Straatman Koster advocaten acts on behalf of (inter alia) property developers, construction companies, architects, engineering firms, investors, governmental and financial institutions.

Main Areas of Practice:
-State Aid
-Real Estate
-Land Policy
-Government Liability
-Planning & Zoning

Real Estate:
■Feyenoord City: Drafting several land sale and purchase agreements, the framework and other agreements on behalf of Stadion Feijenoord, Rotterdam and Stichting Gebiedsontwikkeling aan de Maas regarding the €1.2bn project Feyenoord City and a new football stadium, 180,000 m² public program including a sports experience centre and sports fields
Leading Lawyers: Wilfried Koster, Maaike de Wit
■Representation of Rotterdam in the €200m area development “Hart van Zuid”, that consists of housing, a shopping mall, a public transport hub and the redevelopment of leisure centre Ahoy (home of the North Sea Jazz festival): handling all legal matters and contracts regarding the specific projects. Also providing advice on several environmental and zoning issues.
Leading Lawyers: Marinda de Smidt, Wilfried Koster
■Project Central Station Area Leiden: representation of the city of Leiden: drafting several landsale agreements on project Rijnsburgerblok Phase 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, a multimillion project next to Leiden Central Station including approx. 40,000m² office space, approx. 300 apartments, approx. 4,000m² retail units, a large scale cinema and a car and bicycle parkings
Leading Lawyer: Joost Hoekstra
■VOF Phil Havana (BPD Ontwikkeling B.V. and Synchroon (TBI Holding)): advising on/drafting of the tender documents, the heads of terms and the turn key sale and purchase agreement regarding the €220m project “De Sax Rotterdam”, designed by MVRDV Architects (known for The Market Hall Rotterdam). The project consists of two towers of 70m and 155m, interconnected at a height of 70m, with in total some 500 apartments, a hotel, commercial spaces and parking lots
Leading Lawyer: Wilfried Koster
■Project De Binckhorst: representation of the city of The Hague, AM and BPD Ontwikkeling: drafting the cooperation agreement between parties for the development of a part of De Binckhorst, a former industrial area that will be transformed into a mixed living-working area
Leading Lawyers: Joost Hoekstra en Wilfried Koster
 ■Development of large scale sustainable warehouse by the Busan Port Authority (BPA) in the DistriPark on the Tweede Maasvlakte in the Port of Rotterdam (PoR): advising BPA (Busan is the second largest city of South Korea) on their purchase and development agreement with PoR.
Leading Lawyer: Wilfried Koster
■Schiphol Area Development Company: advising on/drafting the (sale) agreements, regarding the innovative business park Schiphol Trade Park (biobased economy) of approx. 140 hectares
Leading Lawyers: Joost Hoekstra, Marinda de Smidt
■Schiphol Area Development Company: advising on/drafting the (sale) agreements, regarding the logistics of business park Schiphol Logistics Park of approx. 45 hectares
Leading Lawyers: Joost Hoekstra, Marinda de Smidt
■Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij Utrecht N.V.: advising on/drafting loan agreements regardingtransformation projects in the Utrecht province
Leading Lawyer: Marinda de Smidt
Key Clients:
cities of Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Leiden, BPD, SADC, Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij Utrecht N.V. Contacts: Wilfried Koster, Thijs Straatman, Joost Hoekstra, Marinda de Smidt

Planning & Zoning/Environmental:
■Klépierre S.A.: advising on/representing Klépierre regarding the expansion and refurbishment of Hoog-Catharijne in Utrecht, the largest shoppingmall of the Netherlands. The firm also assisted Klépierre in negotiating/drafting the contracts with the city of Utrecht and other parties involved
Leading Lawyer: Maaike de Wit
■Green Park Gebiedsontwikkeling (Development Company): Advising on various environmental and planning issues – e.g. zoning plan, building and environmental permits, regarding a business park near Amsterdam / Schiphol, Green Park Aalsmeer. Green Park Aalsmeer lies adjacent to the world’s largest flower auction.
Leading Lawyer: Joost Hoekstra
■Klépierre S.A.: Refurbishment of Alexandrium Shopping Center Rotterdam of app 47,000 m². Advising and legal proceedings on behalf of owner Klépierre S.A. regarding the new zoning plan and permits.
Leading Lawyer: Maaike de Wit
■municipality of Gooise Meren: Advising the municipality on environmental and planning / administrative law aspects of a large scale residential development project “Krijgsman” (approx. 1,300 houses)
Leading Lawyer: Marinda de Smidt
■Egeria Real Estate Development: Advising Egeria Real Estate Development - a real estate investor and developer with a portfolio in Europe and the U.S. - on permitting of redevelopment projects located in The Hague, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Muiden and Amsterdam. The existing office complexes will be turned into housing (approx. 600 apartments)
Leading Lawyer: Anne Marie Ferwerda
■Gunvor Petroleum Rotterdam: advising on environmental law and planning issues
Leading Lawyer: Marinda de Smidt
Key Clients:
Klépierre S.A., Gunvor Petroleum Rot terdam, Schiphol Area Development Company,BPD, cities of Leiden and Gouda, Egeria, BOEi, Batavia Stad, JCDecaux, Euro Tank Amsterdam Contacts: Joost Hoekstra, Marinda de Smidt

■JCDecaux: advising on/representing in several court cases regarding various tenders throughout The Netherlands, alleged unlawful award of contracts and breach of contract
■Heijmans Wegen B.V. and Philips Nederland B.V.: representation of Heijmans and Philips in a court case regarding the tender ‘Vision and roadmap urban lighting Eindhoven 2030’
■Dura Vermeer: representation of Dura Vermeer in several court cases regarding public tenders throughout The Netherlands
■UWV: advising UWV on several tender law Matters
■VNG: advising VNG on several tender law matters Leading Lawyer in all procurement cases: Frederik van Nouhuys
Key Clients:
Transdev, UWV, JCDecaux Nederland B.V., Attero B.V., Dura Vermeer, KPN, VNG Contacts: Frederik van Nouhuys, Caroline Lagendijk, Simon Tichelaar

■Projectbureau Westergouwe (city of Gouda, Volker Wessel, Heijmans Vastgoed): advising all parties regarding civil engineering contracts regarding the construction of around 4,000 houses, an ecological zone and a new access road in the Zuidplaspolder south of Gouda
Leading Lawyer: Thijs Straatman
■Naturalis Museum Leiden: advising on various disputes regarding the construction of the new Naturalis museum (38,000m²)
Leading Lawyers: Thijs Straatman, Angela Minderhoud
■SIF Holding N.V. and Pondera Development: advising and contract negotiations on a Turbine Supply and Operation Agreement and a Service and Maintenance Agreement with GE Renewable Energy to install GE’s Haliade-X 12 MW, a prototype of the world’s largest offshore wind turbine in Rotterdam
Leading Lawyer: Angela Minderhoud
■A-Lanes A15 (Strukton, Strabag, Ballast Nedam, John Laing): advising on (including negotiations and litigation) ‘A15 MaVa’, the largest infrastructural project in the Netherlands (€1.5 bn), consisting of reconstructing and widening an existing highway, adding new stretches of highway and (re)constructing several bridges. The firm advised A-Lanes A15 with respect to numerous subcontractor issues