Mr Michel Jacobs > Ploum > Rotterdam, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile

PO BOX 711

Work Department



Attorney at law, partner


Michel works in a commercial advisory and litigation practice. He heads the competition law practice group and the German Desk. In addition to advice and litigation work in the field of contract law, an important part of his practice is thus comprised of general and sector-specific competition law (both Dutch and European). Michel is involved in notifying the Dutch and/or European competition authorities of concentrations (mergers, takeovers or joint ventures) on behalf of a large number of companies. In addition, he advises companies and natural persons in the field of cartel law and assists companies subject to investigations by the Dutch or European cartel offices. Michel also counsels and litigates in cases regarding private antitrust enforcement by way of damage actions. He delivers compliance training courses, in which clients learn about competition rules, and he is a teacher for Erasmus University Rotterdam.


Dutch, English, German


  • Nederlandse vereniging voor Commissarissen en Directeuren (NCD) (Dutch association for commissioners and managing directors)
  • Vereniging voor Mededingingsrecht (Dutch competition law association)
  • Deutsch-Niederländische Handelskammer (German-Dutch chamber of commerce)


In 1992, Michel completed his studies at Leiden University (International Law) and Universität Osnabrück, Germany (European Law). He has been working as a lawyer since 1994 and joined Ploum in 1999. In 2004, Michel became partner In 2001/2002, he completed the study programme in Dutch and European Competition Law at the Grotius Academy and in 2010 the Postgraduate Masters in EU Competition Law at King’s College in London. From 2009 until 2014 he was a member of the board of Ploum.

Lawyer Rankings

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation

The dispute resolution team at Ploum focuses on commercial and corporate litigation as well as insurance, construction and real estate disputes. Key contact for insurance companies Maurice Verhoeven handles professional, D&O liability and shareholders disputes, and Natalie Vloemans represents clients in the petrochemicals and construction industries in insurance claims. Head of the competition law practice Michel Jacobs deals with cartel cases, while Dorine ten Brink is involved in civil proceedings involving IT issues.