Michiel ClaassenAdvocaat

Michiel Claassen knows how the government thinks and works and, as a partner at FIZ, is the perfect administrative-law addition to the otherwise civil-law dominated field of financial law.

After graduating in law at the University of Leiden, Michiel was largely formed as a lawyer at Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn. At the Ministry of Finance, Michael was one of the financial specialists that set the standards for banks and insurers. He monitored the policy of the Dutch Central Bank (DNB), contributed to the Financial Supervision Act and co-determined the Dutch contribution to the European deposit guarantee scheme. His specialist areas include privacy and the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Prevention) Act.

At AKD advocaten in Rotterdam, Michiel regularly worked together with Jurian Snijders and jointly discovered that standard-setting administrative law is a very useful complement to financing law. Michael joined FIZ in 2016. Jurian is the civil-law expert, while Michael knows how the supervisory authorities and administrative courts think and operate. He understands the principles and purpose of the rules and finds the right tone to use. That gives him the predictive ability to make the right decisions together with his clients.

Michael regularly publishes in the field of financial law, of which he has wide-ranging knowledge, from the standards that his clients must observe to the hard practice in which they operate. He explains the issues involved to his clients, makes a realistic assessment of the risk and keeps a watchful eye on an efficient settlement.