Real Estate

Real estate constitutes an important part of the assets of companies, governments and private individuals. The stakes are large and require a multidisciplinary approach on the part of attorneys and civil law notaries, who are well aware of the stakes and risks that are at play - and who can skilfully handle cases, know how to act quickly and have experience in various real estate areas. Pels Rijcken has a team of real estate specialists who speak the sector's language and know what's going on.

The attorneys and notaries of the Real Estate section consult on issues, transactions and disputes regarding area development, ownership and utilisation of real estate, structured sales processes of real estate, public private cooperation, financing of real estate and joint cooperative ventures. The attorneys of the Real Estate section also have an extensive track record in real estate dispute litigation.

The following tasks are among their 'core business':

  • sale, purchase and delivery of real estate;
  • rental of real estate;
  • function change, utilisation and management of real estate;
  • due diligence work;
  • help with project development and area development;
  • hereditary lease and building rights and other business rights;
  • apartment rights;
  • mortgages, financing and money loans;
  • execution auctions by governments and banks;
  • home owners association disputes;
  • eviction and anti-squatting.

The attorneys and notaries of the Real Estate practice area have long-standing experience in all sectors where real estate is a relevant factor, for both commercial parties as well as governments. For example, the real estate team was recently involved in cases concerning urban development, the separation of the health care and living functions of assisted living facilities, the financing of health care centres, the housing of educational institutions and innovative developments in real estate areas in the energy sector. The team was also involved in large-scale restructuring of housing corporations and their real estate and in disposal and marketing of surplus real estate.

Economic circumstances and regulations change quickly. Pels Rijcken's real estate specialists follow these developments closely and, thanks to their exceptional knowledge of the public sector, are able to provide advice about changes in legal real estate land like no other.

Our clients include the State, various large municipalities such as The Hague, Rotterdam and Amsterdam, and medium-sized and smaller municipalities and provinces such as North Holland and Utrecht, large companies including Esso and KPN, project developers such as AM and Multi Vastgoed, pension funds and investment funds, housing corporations such as Staedion and other institutions such as the Waarborgfonds voor de Sociale Woningbouw (the guarantee fund for council housing), Bouwend Nederland (the Dutch representation of the employers' federation of the construction sector) and BNG (the bank of - and for local authorities and public sector institutions).


  • "The proactive and problem solving-oriented attitude is highly appreciated.", Chambers Europe 2021
  • "Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV stands out for its high-level subject-specific knowledge.", Legal 500 2020
  • "Market commentators approvingly note the firm has a high-quality team.", Chambers Europe 2020
  • "Clients value the firm's versatile and in-depth expertise and say that it provides a flexible, high-quality and fast service.", Chambers Europe 2019
  • "The lawyers are experienced, thorough and are able to look at cases from different angles, notes another source.", Chambers Europe 2019
  • "Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV's very good team is headed by Maryse Mesu-Abbekerk, with support from notary Cees de Zeeuw.", Legal 500 2016