Michel Klijn

Michel Klijn

Advocaat | Partner

Contact

+31 10 217 25 43
+31 6 2221 0174

Languages

Dutch
English

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Michel’s work focuses on projects, PPP, construction law and procurement law, in contentious and non-contentious matters. He is actively involved in complex projects and an array of contract types, including EPC, D&C, DBM, DBFM(O), concessions and alliances. Michel advises various clients in the construction, infrastructure and energy sectors, on matters such as contracting, innovative procurement procedures, negotiations and litigation. Michel is also a civil engineer. 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.

  • “Michel Klijn is ‘sharp in his analysis and always available’ according to clients, while market sources comment he ‘is a strong lawyer with a bright mind.’”
    Chambers Europe, Real Estate: Construction (2020 Edition)
  • “Michel Klijn – no nonsense and straight to the point, but with the needed in depth knowledge, ample experience and legal expertise. He’s not cutting corners, just driving fast towards the goal.”
    Legal 500, Construction (2020 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Real Estate (2020 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Project Finance and PFI (2020 Edition)
  • Leading Individual
    Legal 500, Construction (2020 Edition)
  • “Michel Klijn is highly skilled and really understands the legal position you are in and assists in a very positive manner.”
    Legal 500, Construction (2020 Edition)
  • “A lawyer who ‘helps to focus on strategy,’ Klijn is praised for his ‘pragmatic approach, commercial awareness and strong negotiation skills.’”
    Chambers Europe, Real Estate: Construction (2019 Edition)
  • “Michel Klijn is highlighted for ‘a combination of in-depth knowledge about construction and building projects and legal expertise’ and a ‘client and results-oriented’ approach.”
    Legal 500, Construction (2019 Edition)
  • Leading Individual
    Legal 500, Construction (2019 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Real Estate (2019 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Project Finance and PFI (2019 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Construction (2018 Edition)
  • "Practice head Michel Klijn is ‘very easy to talk to, and very technically knowledgeable’."
    Legal 500, Construction (2018 Edition)
  • Leading individual
    Legal 500, Construction (2018 Edition)
  • Leading individual
    Legal 500, Construction (2017 Edition)
  • "Hands-on department head Michel Klijn is ‘a sharp litigator’."
    Legal 500, Construction (2017 Edition)

Qualifications & Experience

  • LL.M. Private Law (with merit) (Utrecht University)
  • M.Sc. Civil Engineering (University of Twente)

  • Houthoff advised Sligro Food Group N.V. with the proposed acquisition of the shares in Exploitatiemaatschappij Wheere B.V. by Sligro Food Group Nederland B.V. This will include the activities of Vroegop Ruhe & Co B.V., consisting of food wholesaler De Kweker, Vroegop AGF and freight company L.A.J. Duncker.