Greenberg continues Europe push by hiring Dutch real estate star

Formerly head of real estate at NautaDutilh, David van Dijk is a legal legend in the Dutch commercial property market.

Formerly head of real estate at NautaDutilh, David van Dijk is a legal legend in the Dutch commercial property market.

In a major real estate play, Greenberg Traurig has enticed a five-lawyer team headed by David van Dijk, a heavy hitter in the Dutch real estate market, to its Amsterdam office.

Van Dijk joins from NautaDutilh, where he headed one of the strongest real estate practices in the Netherlands. Though the Dutch firm was already reasonably multi-jurisdictional – not many local firms have offices in all three Benelux countries, and van Dijk was based across Amsterdam and London – Greenberg’s international strength was clearly a pull factor for van Dijk.

“[Real estate transactions] typically span multiple jurisdictions and require an integrated approach across countries and various specialisations,” he said in a statement. “This creates the need for a truly integrated global approach. There are only a limited number of firms who can offer that. Historically, Greenberg Traurig has long been the leading firm in the international real estate industry. This makes the move a logical choice”.

Greenberg is indeed a real estate leader in the US, though not yet in the Netherlands. But van Dijk’s move could change this. Amsterdam is an important office for Greenberg; it was the first foreign office established by the US firm, back in 2003. And van Dijk is an important win for Greenberg: he has not only a marquee name but expertise in investment funds, project development and real estate finance.

Van Dijk is ample replacement for Peter Jansema, Greenberg’s former co-head of real estate in the Netherlands, who struck off on his own earlier this year. It will be interesting to watch Greenberg grow as a real estate leader in the Netherlands. Certainly, it has been growing in other areas: corporate partners Bas Vletter and Herald Jongen joined from Loyens & Loeff and Allen & Overy respectively around 14 months ago, and earlier this year Sabine Schoute joined Greenberg’s finance team from Loyens & Loeff.

Further afield, Greenberg has been building presence in Europe: it has hired several partners in London this year, including Baker McKenzie’s former co-head of restructuring and insolvency Ian Jack, and in October the firm’s Paris office hired seven real estate lawyers from CMS Francis Lefebvre.


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