About Ferry van Schoonhoven

Ferry van Schoonhoven is one of the founders of Lexence. He advises and litigates in matters regarding leasing, redevelopments, renovations, and sell-and-lease-back constructions. His clients are Dutch and international companies.

Ferry is a member of the Vereniging van Huurrecht Advocaten (Leasing Lawyers Association). He is a author of the Praktijkboek Huur en Verhuur (Casebook on Renting and Letting) and the Handboek Vastgoed (Real estate Guidebook). Ferry is also member of the editorial staff of the Tijdschrift Onroerend Goed (Real estate Journal). He regularly teaches at the Amsterdam School of Real Estate, ATWR and Euroforum. Ferry is board member of the Japan Festival Foundation, the Rotary Amsterdam Spinoza and chairman of  the Japan Desk of the Amstelveen hospital.

Ferry has been with Lexence since 1992. Before that he worked at a law firm in Washington D.C. He studied law and International law at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and received a master’s degree in Comparative Law (M.C.L.) from the University of Illinois, U.S.A. Ferry was admitted to the Dutch Bar in 1985.

Legal 500 (2019)
''Lexence is appreciated for its 'total commitment, successful outcomes, and good balance between quality advice and tariffs'. Tomas Steenmetser and Ferry van Schoonhoven specialize in commercial leases and attract international corporate clients, especially in the retail industries and referrals from international law firms.''
  • Legal 500 (2020): "They are quick and pro-active. Their knowledge is excellent."

  • Chambers (2019): "One client praises the firm for its 'flexibility and quick responses', while another notes the lawyers' 'pragmatic and in-depth knowledge of real estate lease topics'. 'They are able to ask the right questions upfront to get a very good feeling for the case. They take the time to investigate all details, which makes the results at the end better', says one source."

  • Legal 500 (2019): “Lexence is appreciated for its 'total commitment, successful outcomes, and good balance between quality advice and tariffs'. Tomas Steenmetser and Ferry van Schoonhoven specialize in commercial leases and attract international corporate clients, especially in the retail industries and referrals from international law firms."

  • 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'."

  • Legal 500 (2018): "The team at Lexence is led jointly by Ferry van Schoonhoven, Bob Bekker and leasing expert Tomas Steenmetser."

  • Chambers (2017): "Well-regarded real estate 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."

  • 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."