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Michel Klijn

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Michel’s work focuses on projects, PPS, construction and procurement law, and public transport. He is actively involved in complex building projects and an array of contract types, including D&C, DBM, DBFM, DBFMO, concessions and alliances. Michel advises a wide range of clients in the construction, infrastructure, transport and energy sectors, on matters such as contracting, innovative procurement procedures, negotiations and litigation. Michel is also a civil engineer, and, prior to joining Houthoff, he worked at a large Dutch construction company for several years. He also teaches at the Dutch Institute for Construction Law and regularly publishes on forms of collaboration in the construction industry, and procurement law.


  • LL.M. Private Law (with merit) (Utrecht University)
  • M.Sc. Civil Engineering (University of Twente)



Within: Leading individuals

Michel Klijn - Houthoff

Within: Construction

Houthoff's team and practice head Michel Klijn are highlighted for 'a combination of in-depth knowledge about construction and building projects and legal expertise' and a 'client and results-oriented' approach. The practice, which includes Johan Rijlaarsdam and senior associate Sander van den Boogaart, is backed up by expertise from the real estate, planning, environment, and litigation departments, so offering clients a full service which includes PPPs and financing. The group represents Daimler and Mercedes Benz on the development, construction, and lease of new Dutch headquarters which was complicated due to this being part of a larger project and it is also acting for clients on projects in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

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Project finance and PFI

Within: Project finance and PFI

Houthoff handles the financing and refinancing of large infrastructure investments, including wind power projects. Practice head Jessica Terpstra divides her time between the London and Amsterdam offices and specialises in cross-border banking and finance including acquisition and structured finance and bilateral lending. She is leading the team advising the Corneel consortium in connection with the Afsluitdijk PFI project. Michel Klijn and Loet Venrooy are senior members of a team that advised the Standard Bank of South Africa in respect of the project finance and structuring of three solar power plants in South Africa.

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Real estate

Within: Real estate

Jan Cees Kuiken and Herman Lohman spearhead the Houthoff team which is 'very attentive and pragmatic, always reachable, very driven, and with high technical understanding'. Construction expert Michel Klijn, assisted by associate Sander van den Boogaart, are especially noted for 'thinking proactively to prevent problems instead of only solving them'. Lohman led the advice to AMVEST (a residential investment fund) and Ymere (an Amsterdam housing corporation) on the development of Overhoeks, comprising 1,800 residential units, a park, and commercial space.

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