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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: 20
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) 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 and the framework and other agreements on behalf of Stadion Feijenoord, Rotterdam and Stichting Gebiedsontwikkeling aan de Maas regarding the €1.2bn project Feyenoord City. 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 including the competitive dialogue and drafting of head agreement (DBFM) and contracts regarding the specific projects
Leading Lawyers: Marinda de Smidt, Wilfried Koster

■Representation of Leiden: drafting several land sale agreements on project Rijnsburgerblok, a multimillion project next to Leiden Central Station including approx. more than 20,000m² office space, more than 2,000m² retail units, two towers with 130 apartments and a car park
Leading Lawyer: Joost Hoekstra

■Ontwikkeling Maatschappij Lelystad Airport (OMALA): advising on/drafting several land sale agreements (approx. 38 hectares) regarding a large new distribution hub (170,000m²) of Zara (Inditex)
Leading Lawyer: Joost Hoekstra

■VOF Phil Havana (i.e. BPD Ontwikkeling B.V.(formerly Bouwfonds, part of Rabobank) and Synchroon (part of 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

■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 develop 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 hectars
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 regarding transformation projects
Leading Lawyers: Marinda de Smidt, Wilfried Koster

■KanAm Grund: advising on the lease of the PWC Building in Rotterdam
Leading Lawyer: Olivier Vermeulen

Key Clients:
Municipality of Rotterdam, Municipality of Amsterdam, BPD, municipality of Leiden, SADC, Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij Utrecht N.V.

Wilfried Koster, Thijs Straatman, Joost Hoekstra, Marinda de Smidt

Planning & Zoning/Environmental:
■Klépierre S.A.: advising on/representing Klépierrere regarding the expansion and refurbishment of Hoog-Catharijne in Utrecht, the largest shopping mall of the Netherlands. The firm also assisted Klépierre in negotiating/drafting the contracts with the municipality of Utrecht and other parties involved
Leading Lawyer: Maaike de Wit

■Gunvor Petroleum Rotterdam: advising on environmental law and planning issues
Leading Lawyer: Marinda de Smidt

Key Clients: Klépierrere S.A., Gunvor Petroleum Rotterdam, Schiphol Area Development Company, BPD, Municipality of Leiden, Municipality of Gouda

Contacts: Joost Hoekstra, Marinda de Smidt

■Transdev: advising on/representing Transdev in several court cases including a complaint at the ACM (Authority for Consumers & Markets) regarding the public transport tender in the province of Limburg
■JCDecaux: advising on/representing in several court cases regarding various tenders throughout The Netherlands, alleged unlawful award of contracts and breach of contract
■Gemalto Oy: representation of Gemalto Oy in a court case regarding the tender for semimanufactured products for driving license cards
■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
■KPN: representation of KPN regarding the ‘C-2000’ communication system as well as several other tender law disputes
■UWV: advising UWV in 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 Contacts: Frederik van Nouhuys, Caroline Lagendijk, Simon Tichelaar

■Projectbureau Westergouwe (Municipality 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, 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 subcontractor issues regarding the new Botlek Bridge and the highway
Leading Lawyers: Olivier Vermeulen, Matthijs van Leeuwen, Daan Timmerman

Key Clients: Municipality of Gouda, Dura Vermeer, BPD, Strukton, Ballast Nedam, Leiden University, Züblin/Strabag, TenneT, Arcadis

Contacts: Thijs Straatman, Olivier Vermeulen, Angela Minderhoud