Mr Marc Houweling > Van der Feltz Advocaten > The Hague, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile

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Marc Houweling is a highly knowledgeable lawyer in Real Estate and Construction matters and driven by passion for making his clients’ projects and developments a success.

Being one of the younger partners in the Dutch market – and the youngest of our firm – as a fast-paced multitasker he stands out from the crowd, not only by his energetic and unconventional approach to cases but also by his dedication to meet his clients’ objectives and skills in getting deals done. He is a total team player and being a new generation lawyer himself, he has a good sense of the next generations’ mindset and needs which gives the team a real strength in depth.

Marc handles a mixture of contentious and non-contentious work for developers, investors, construction companies, international organisations, (local) government, water companies and others involved in Construction and Real Estate projects. Marc’s practice has an emphasis on housing and infrastructure developments. His knowledge of all aspects of (public) procurement-, lease-, property- and construction law, allows him to look at the bigger picture and to give practical and commercial advice tailored to the needs of his clients’ businesses. He has extensive experience in legal contract- and claims management of major projects, from both client’s as well as contractor’s perspective.

Furthermore, Marc has a no-nonsense approach to litigation and arbitration, giving him real gravitas in the sector.

He publishes articles and case notes relating to his expertise in Dutch law journals on a regular basis. He also lectures on various topics relating to his practice, both in-house and at a number of educational institutions. Marc studied law in Leiden, The Netherlands (civil- and corporate law) and in Boston, United States of America (American law) and worked some time outside of The Netherlands, being convinced travelling and working abroad gives a true boost to blue sky thinking.


Partner (since 2016)


Dutch, English, German and French


Dutch Bar association, Vereniging voor Bouwrecht, Vereniging voor Bouwrecht advocaten, Nederlandse Vereniging voor Aanbestedingsrecht, NLingenieurs



2008                                                    Leiden University

                                                           Dutch private law, Dutch corporate law


2007                                                    Boston University School of Law

                                                           American Law  

Lawyer Rankings

Netherlands > Real estate

The team at Van der Feltz Advocaten provides ‘accurate and compelling advice‘. It has ‘very broad knowledge of both civil and public building law‘, leading to instructions from clients including developers, investors, construction companies, international organisations, and particularly municipalities and provinces. Willem van der Werf, who jointly heads the practice with Willem Bosma and Marc Houweling, is assisting the Municipality of Rijswijk with the Pasgeld-Oost and Pasgeld-West housing developments. The practice’s expertise in the energy sector was strengthened by the recent arrival of Michelle de Rijke from Bird & Bird LLP.

Netherlands > Construction

Van der Feltz Advocaten has a strong procurement and construction law team, which often works in conjunction with the firm’s environmental, planning, and energy departments to meet a wide range of project-related needs. The firm saw the arrival of energy sector specialist Michelle de Rijke from Bird & Bird LLP in late 2019, while senior associate and construction litigator Susanne van de Pest was a new arrival from Severjin Hulshof Advocaten in early 2019. Willem van der Werf and the ‘knowledgeable‘ Marc Houweling lead the group.