Mr Michiel Claassen > FIZ advocaten B.V. > Rotterdam, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile

FIZ advocaten B.V.
Westplein 5
3016 BM Rotterdam

Work Department

Financial Regulatory


Equipped with over 15 years of experience in financial law, partner Michiel Claassen leads the Financial Regulatory team. Michiel provides legal, strategic and commercial advice on financial regulatory issues.

Highly regarded for his work in the Dutch credit sector, Michiel assists financial companies with all aspects of financial regulatory law including financial, privacy and anti-money laundering aspects. He is highly specialized in working with fintech companies, investment firms and funds.

Prior to joining FIZ in 2016, Michiel worked in private practice, government and in-house. During his time at the Ministry of Finance, he cooperated closely with financial regulators including the Dutch Central Bank (DNB) and the Financial Markets Authority (AFM). He also contributed to the Financial Supervision Act (“Wet op het financieel toezicht”) and co-determined the Dutch contribution to the European deposit guarantee scheme.

Michiel is a regular publisher in the field of financial regulatory law.


FIZ advocaten, Partner, 2016
// Lauxtermann advocaten, Attorney at Law, 2013
// AKD, Attorney at Law, 2007
// Ministery of Finance, Policy officer, 2005


Dutch, English


Grotius Academy, 2009
// Leiden University, masters of law, 2001

Lawyer Rankings

Netherlands > Banking and finance: asset finance and structured finance

The team at FIZ advocaten B.V. is well-placed to advise on structured finance/capital market transactions, as well as more complex international financing transactions involving various levels of debt and/or equity providers. The firm is deeply rooted in the Dutch mortgage sector, but also handles leasing transactions and regularly assists with the use of similar financing structures for retail, consumer and SME loans. Practice head Jurian Snijders has considerable expertise in structured finance, restructuring and insolvency. Youri Tonino and Michiel Claassen are also highly experienced in complex finance transactions.

Netherlands > Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory

FIZ advocaten B.V. delivers a broad range of advice in the area of financial regulation, with a strong track record representing credit providers, insurance companies and fintech companies, among other clients. The team’s recent work has included investment fund projects, both regulatory (such as AIFMD, AMLD, SFDR and PRIIPS) and contractual, in addition to compliance in the payment services sector (PSD2). Elsewhere, financial litigation, as well as issues arising from securitisation requirements (STS Regulation) in structured finance transactions, are handled by the team. Financial regulatory specialist Michiel Claassen heads the practice.