Taco de Lange
Name: Taco de Lange
Firm Name: AKD Lawyers
Jurisdiction: Netherlands
Practice Area: Real Estate Law

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Professional Biography:

Taco de Lange has practised as a civil-law notary in the real estate field for almost 20 years. Taco is a civil law notary (‘notaris’), but his work can be better described in terms as “legal navigator”, “trusted advisor” and “legal consultant”.

He is specialized in national and international real estate transactions, real estate financing, real estate M&A and project or area development. He also a special focus in logistic real estate and e-fulfillment centers. He also works with risk analysis and with a service he has developed, the so called “transparent legal services”, a form of transparent, neutral and cost-saving advice introduced as such in the Dutch market by Taco.

Alongside his consulting and transaction practice, he also teaches at the Amsterdam School of Real Estate and is a regular contributor to the journal Vastgoed Fiscaal en Civiel (‘Tax and Civil-Law Aspects of Real Estate’).

Taco heads the Logistics Team and is a member of the Real Estate Transactions & Finance Team of AKD N.V. a top Benelux firm.

In 2002 Taco de Lange joined Lexence, where he was a partner for the last 11 years. He was previously affiliated to Pels Rijcken Drooglever Fortuijn and De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek. Taco practises in AKD’s Amsterdam office, which is housed in The Edge, the world’s most sustainable office building. Taco teaches subjects including leasehold and building rights at the Amsterdam School of Real Estate and is a regular contributor to the journal Vastgoed Fiscaal en Civiel (‘Tax and Civil-Law Aspects of Real Estate’). Taco has the honour of representing national and international institutional investors, financiers, housing associations, public authorities, area/property developers, sovereign wealth funds and family businesses.

Taco is also very highly ranked in various leading national and international listings. He is recommended in renowned listings such as the Legal500 and Chambers. In fact, he was awarded the highest possible classification in the Legal 500 (‘Tier 1′). His write-up in Chambers included the following: “Clients identify Taco de Lange as a standout notary.”; “’He’s our legal conscience, I wouldn’t do anything without him knowing’, said one.” and: “Notary Taco de Lange has expertise in real estate investment and portfolio transactions, often with an international character”. Chambers Europe 2016 noted: “Taco de Lange has extensive experience as a notary in handling real estate financing, joint venture transactions and infrastructure projects. Sources say: “He knows his stuff. I have a pleasant relationship with him, and he’s good at what he does.”. The Legal 500 wrote: “Taco de Lange demonstrates excellent negotiating skills” and: “technically and commercially strong”.

Taco was also voted as one of the top 500 lawyers in the world by ICFM as well as one of the top lawyers in the world in the real estate field by the Who is Who Legal. An honour only achieved by two other civil-law notaries and six lawyers in the Netherlands.

AKD Lawyers and tax advisors:

AKD is one of the largest law and tax firms in the Benelux. The history of AKD dates back to 1896. With a team of 440 professionals, including 240 committed lawyers, civil-law notaries and tax lawyers, AKD delivers high quality legal services and tax matters in nearly all legal fields, based on a full-service approach. Our client base varies from very large multinational companies to stock-listed Dutch entities, from large corporates to family owned businesses, from financial institutions to municipalities and hospitals.

AKD has offices in main cities in the Benelux, so in The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.  The Lawyer granted AKD NV the award for Benelux Law firm of the year 2016. In 2016 AKD was chosen as the second most popular law firm among law students and as nuber 6 for all types of companies.

Pragmatic approach and no-nonsense culture

AKD has a pragmatic approach to business issues and provides tailored solutions for a variety of client needs by taking current legal, economic and political reality into account. Recognized for its ability to solve complex legal and tax challenges creatively and successfully and driven by the ambition to consistently seek proactive ways to add value to our legal and tax services, AKD prides itself on professional excellence and dedication to its clients. AKD has an open, no-nonsense culture and seeks to create a transparent and inclusive environment.


AKD is a place where people of all backgrounds, races and cultures work together and thrive. In order to meet the needs of the variety of clients we serve from different backgrounds, our legal team consists of people who speak the same language as our clients and are sensitive to cultural differences in outlook or work processes. AKD for example has an Asia desk, a Turkish desk, Israeli dek, a German desk and an US desk.


AKD has an international outlook. To meet the needs of our clients, AKD relies on its network of highly reputable partner law firms in order to form fully integrated, experienced and multidisciplinary teams assisting our clients in doing business around the globe.