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Michelle de Rijke

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Michelle heads the Energy & Utilities Group of Bird & Bird in the Netherlands. She is a partner in the Regulatory Practice and is based in The Hague. She has spent the last 18 years working in the field of Energy & Utilities, developing expertise and practical experience covering the whole chain of contentious and non-contentious matters of energy and utilities law (exploration, production, trading, transmission, distribution and supply of energy and utilities) and lobbying. She advises national and multinational clients on energy and utilities matters including energy infrastructure (closed distribution systems, smart grids, energy storage), renewable energy projects (biogas, offshore and onshore wind, heating, solar), tariff regulation, waste regulation and compliance. Michelle is known for her involvement in (politically) sensitive matters which require creative and/or innovative solutions. Michelle’s team involvement includes commercial and corporate advice as well as transactions and projects in the energy sector. Her clients include energy producers and suppliers, grid operators, energy intensive industries and investors. As a frequent litigator, she represents clients in numerous administrative law proceedings regarding decisions of the Dutch energy regulator (Authority for Consumers and Markets, ACM) and in civil law actions in energy related matters.


Michelle joined Bird & Bird in 2007. She has written and spoken widely on energy and utilities issues. Michelle is editor in chief of the Dutch Journal on Energy Law (Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Energierecht) and the Committee for Administrative law of the Dutch Bar Council. She is consistently recognised as a leading energy and regulatory lawyer in the legal directories.


Dutch and English


Michelle serves on the Board of the Dutch Association of Energy Lawyers (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Energierecht).


Michelle was admitted to the bar in 1992. She has recently completed a post graduate course on Public Affairs at the Leiden University.

Netherlands: Energy


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Michelle de Rijke - Bird & Bird LLP

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Mostly active in renewable energy and electricity, Bird & Bird LLP’s ‘impressively knowledgeable’ team handles contentious and non-contentious work. ‘Calm, experienced’ department head Michelle de Rijkehas specialised knowledge of energy regulatory frameworks’; she handles administrative litigation, while Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa is the key civil litigator. Clients include Cogas and HVC Energie.

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