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Prachtige rankings in de Legal 500 2021 voor Straatman Koster! Construction Tier 1, Environment and Planning Tier 2 en Real Estate Tier 3https://bit.ly/2RBkcN7
‘The team works with great dedication’. ‘Thorough market expertise, excellent negotiation capabilities, highly appreciated strategists.’ Straatman Koster is very knowledgeable, thinks along with the client, gives advice and is very flexible’. Wij danken onze cliënten en peers voor deze mooie woorden.


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What the team is known for Particularly active in non-contentious construction mandates, with notable experience advising both public sector clients and private companies on the negotiation of contracts for urban redevelopment and transport infrastructure projects. Additionally represents clients in contractor disputes. Assists with the sale and purchase of land, as well as residential and commercial assets. Also advises on the negotiation of lease agreements, zoning and environmental issues and the energy labelling of properties.

Strengths A client appreciates that the team "can work well under time pressure and work things out very precisely."

Another client reports that the lawyers are "very sharp, have the expertise and knowledge in this area of law, and are always reachable and quick to respond."

Work highlights Advised A-Lanes A15 on the construction of Botlek Bridge and the reconstruction of the highway.

Notable practitioners

Thijs Straatman is best known for his expertise in construction law, assisting clients with urban developments and construction arbitration.

Wilfried Koster handles a range of transactional mandates, involving commercial and residential assets, as well as land for development. One source says: "He is smart, pragmatic and accessible," while a client reports that "he is good at translating the legal world into the real world."


Straatman Koster meldt met trots prachtige rankings in de Legal 500 2020!

Construction Tier 1, Environment and Planning Tier 2 en Real Estate Tier 3.

Dit schrijft Legal 500 over ons kantoor:

The team is very knowledgeable, focused on results and getting these results, and has a broad network. Expertise of all team members I’ve dealt with is always beyond doubt. Availability on the short notice is crucial in our dealings with the firm and flexibility of the team members is extremely high. Productivity and effectiveness makes the use of Straatman Koster a very cost effective option.

Angela Minderhoud is very driven, sharp and bites into a case. Client service is high on the list.

Environment and Planning
Straatman Koster Advocaten has an established record for handling matters in the real estate and construction markets. The firm regularly represents a number of municipalities, including the municipalities of Rotterdam, Leiden, Gouda. A matter highlight includes advising PolanenPark on various environmental and planning issues regarding a business park near Haarlem/Schiphol. Marinda de Smidt and Joost Hoekstra lead the practice. Clients praise the team's 'dedicated approach' and 'down to earth' nature. Anne Marie Ferwerda is also noted.

The individuals (Anne Marie Ferwerda, Frederik van Nouhuys, Simon Tichelaar) I worked with are all dedicated to the case, always deliver in time, are (very) sharp in mind and are normal and down to earth. All of these aspects that for me are what makes them different to their competitors.

Real Estate
The team at Straatman Koster Advocaten is 'friendly, reasonable and a joy to work with'. The practice utilises an integrated approach to deliver 'all legal services needed for real estate projects at the top level', focusing particularly on area development projects. Joost Hoekstra, a 'specialist in transformation projects' is drafting agreements relating to the Schiphol Trade Park for the Schiphol Area Development Company. Other core members of the team are Thijs Straatman, 'truly trusted adviser' Wilfried Koster and Marinda de Smidt, who is 'good at explaining legal concepts, to both legal counterparts and non-legal counterparts'. Anne Marie Ferwerda, an environmental and zoning specialist, joined the firm in 2019.

For years I have worked with Olivier Vermeulen as a juridical adviser, sometimes in the role of a lawyer (law cases). In these situations Olivier has the excellent qualities for being diplomatic and emphatic at the same time (besides the excellent juridical knowledge of matter) and seeking solutions. By this positive and emphatic position, a lot of cases can be solved quite easily and smoothly. In fact Bas Razenberg, Violet Acar and Thérèse Fraai have these qualities in common with Olivier. Enthusiastic, accurate, friendly and always provide good advice leading to solutions.

Joost Hoekstra: clear language, amiable, pro-active in pointing out potential pitfalls, able to explain legal discussions to non-legal counterparts. Knowledge of all relevant items in real estate. Good at deducing potential fiscal consequences as well as seeking additional advice, good social skills. Marinda de Smidt: clear language, good social skills, very good with additional knowledge on spatial and environmental legislation as well as real estate. To the point and good at explaining legal concepts, to both legal counterparts and non-legal counterparts. Bas Razenberg: good at planning, always delivers within the planned time frame, knowledgeable about real estate.

Tevens onze felicitaties voor Angela Minderhoud en Anne Marie Ferwerda voor de ranking van Next Generation Partners! Tot slot dank aan alle cliënten en peers voor de geuite waardering.

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We zijn verheugd dat Straatman Koster advocaten ook dit jaar weer mooie rankings heeft gekregen in de prestigieuze vergelijkingsgids Chambers Europe 2020 voor de categorieën real estate en construction: Particularly active on non-contentious construction mandates, with notable experience advising both public sector clients and private companies on the negotiation of contracts for urban redevelopment projects. Clients say: The firm gives superb backing on legal negotiations. They are very good at understanding risk and managing those risks in negotiations. The firm provides excellent access to the partners, who are very responsive. I value their profound legal knowledge, as well as their understanding of my business and their negotiating skills. Wilfried Koster en Thijs Straatman zijn individueel geranked als notable practitioners.

We feliciteren Thijs Straatman en Wilfried Koster met hun individuele rankings in de Chambers Europe 2020!

Clients say: Thijs Straatman is very approachable, fast, customer-friendly and very pleasant to deal with. He has very broad knowledge in a highly technical area.

Clients appreciate Wilfried Koster’s knowledge of their business and add: He also brings humour to the table, which can be very helpful in tough negotiations.



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