Michelle de Rijke
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Michelle de Rijke

Michelle has been active in the energy industry since the liberalization of the market started in 1998. She works at the level where public affairs and strategic legal advice meet, providing her clients with guidance and assistance through (politically) sensitive issues and projects, towards creative and innovative solutions. She advises companies, regional authorities, and special interest groups throughout the energy sector’s chain of production, transport and supply, with a focus on the energy transition process. This includes renewable energy projects (biogas, wind, heat, and solar energy), infrastructure, tariff regulation, subsidies, and enforcement.

In addition, Michelle represents clients in administrative and civil proceedings in cases covering a wide array of topics. Some of these include permits, exemptions, enforcement decisions, and damages and compensation for (un)lawful government acts.

She lectures, is a published author and frequent public speaker (for example, at the FD Energy Debate: Housing Construction and Energy Transition). Michelle is consistently recognized as a leading energy and regulatory lawyer in the legal directories, such as Chambers Europe and Legal 500.

In 2018 Michelle was appointed deputy judge for the Court of Rotterdam in the Administrative Law sector.

Industry focus

  • (Sustainable) energy
  • Industrial sector
  • Government
  • Construction and real estate

Areas of expertise

  • Constitutional and administrative law
  • Energy


To illustrate Michelle’s practice:

  • The implementation of the legislative agenda for Energy Transition, the Paris Agreement, and the Environment and Planning Act are determining factors for how energy companies, industries, and (regional) governments will plan their future strategies and activities;
  • Likewise, upcoming revisions to the Mining Act are going to seriously affect geothermal project developers and network managers need to know which activities will no longer be allowed. Municipalities are going to be developing their new roles in this process of energy transition and industrial companies are going to be revising their agreements with the government concerning CO2 emissions, whether these will be cooperatively implemented or not;
  • In these times of turbulent change, Michelle can guide her clients through the process of the implementation of this new legislation. With her proven expertise, she can sort out where the (legal) opportunities lie, and where risks should be avoided. Questions inevitably arise in these kinds of transitions, and Michelle can be a source of answers and solutions, for example in energy infrastructure, tendering requirements, or covenants with the government.


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  • Ranked in Who’s who Legal: Energy 2020
  • Ranked Lawyer in Chambers Europe 2021 Energy & Natural resources, Regulatory (Band 2): 'She has a broad regulatory practice, with strength representing clients in disputes before the regulator and administrative courts.'
  • Leading Individual, Legal 500 2021, Energy, Regulatory: 'Michelle de Rijke not only has a very good knowledge of the subject matters at stake, but also has a widespread network of people within the regulatory scope that helps to solve matters.’ ‘Michelle de Rijke is very knowledgeable, pleasant to work with and has a lot of experience.’ ‘Michelle de Rijke is always very pleasant to work with, respectful and patient.’

  • Legal 500 2021 Energy: Regulatory (Tier 2): "Van der Feltz Advocaten's team, which has ‘excellent knowledge of energy law’, is sought out for advice on planning, permitting, tariff regulation, CO₂ emissions and the environmental issues of energy projects."
  • Legal 500 2021 Environment and Planning (Tier 1): ‘The team is very well attuned to each other.’ ‘The people at van der Feltz are very accessible, of course they are very able, but also their advice is very usable.’ ‘They understand what needs to be looked in to.’

Professional associations

  • Chief Editor of the Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Energierecht (Dutch Journal for Energy Law)
  • Board member of the Nederlandse Vereniging voor Energierecht (Dutch Energy Law Association)
  • Member of the Administrative Law Committee of the Haagse Orde van Advocaten (Bar Association of The Hague)