Real estate development and transactions

Bob Bekker



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About Bob

Bob Bekker has many years’ experience in the area of real estate transactions and development, in relation to both residential and non-residential property in urban as well as outlying areas. His clients include developers, contractors, lenders, institutional investors, family offices, private equity parties, municipalities and end users, whom he assists in complex negotiation processes, major real estate transactions, large-scale area developments and the conclusion of e.g. preliminary development or cooperation agreements with local governments.

Bob’s efforts are usually (and where desired) directed at conflict avoidance but he also represents clients in litigation where it is necessary or advisable, often with a view to forcing a settlement and always drawing on close to 25 years’ litigation experience. Bob is a trusted advisor for the management teams and boards of several large real estate parties that he has represented for a long time. In that connection, he is regularly asked to brainstorm over strategic real estate questions and to intervene in threatened conflict situations. He also regularly acts as a mediator.

Bob has been with Lexence since 2011 and is a member of the management board since 2021. He studied law at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and was admitted to the Dutch Bar in 1993.

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Legal 500 (2022): "The firm is able to handle the full life-cycle of real estate projects and has considerable experience in sale and purchases, development and redevelopment projects, zoning and public law, financings and civil notary services. Full-service firm, which is very pragmatic and efficient. "
Legal 500 (2021): "They know how we work and comply to that."
Chambers (2021): "The lawyers have a very strong and in-depth knowledge throughout all real estate-related legal topics"
Legal 500 (2020): "High level of legal knowledge which is of use during transaction negotiations."
Legal 500 (2018): "Lexence’s ‘highly skilled’ practice provides ‘quick, clear and comprehensive advice’. ‘Smart, pragmatic problem-solver’ Tomas Steenmetser is ‘honest and humorous’; he co-heads the team with fellow leasing expert Ferry van Schoonhoven and transactions and development specialist Bob Bekker."
Chambers (2018): "Clients admire the 'excellent strategic capabilities' of the team, and commend the lawyers 'customer focus and broad knowledge of the legal aspects of real estate.' According to clients, the team is comprised of 'highly skilled and very responsive' lawyers, with 'good availability'."
Legal 500 (2017): "Tomas Steenmetser, Ferry van Schoonhoven and Bob Bekker head Lexence’s seven-partner team. Lease contract negotations are a particular strength, as are development-and-sale transactions."
Chambers (2017): "The real estate team is known for its well-regarded team with a strong focus on commercial leasing. Also provides advice on project development, financing and construction, with further strength in planning and environment work, litigation and property management."
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