Mr Michel Klijn > Houthoff > Rotterdam, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile

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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)

Lawyer Rankings

Netherlands > Construction

(Leading individuals)

Michel KlijnHouthoff

The construction team at Houthoff is based in Rotterdam and provides a full-service offering, inclusive of financing, regulatory, insurance, environmental and planning expertise. The ‘very proactive’ group is adept at handling construction litigation, public procurement, and project development. Practice head Michel Klijn provides ‘sharp analysis’ and ‘always has an eye on the strategic line’. Klijn advises on transactional and contentious matters. Sander van den Boogaart, who was recently promoted to counsel, is noted for projects, project financing and PPPs.

Netherlands > Project finance and PFI

Houthoff specialises in the financing and refinancing of large infrastructure investments, particularly in relation to wind power projects. Jessica Terpstra splits her practice between the firm’s London and Amsterdam offices and is a key name for real estate financing and infrastructure project financing. Michel Klijn and Loet Venrooy are the key partners in the Rotterdam and Amsterdam offices, respectively.