Michiel is a leading expert and entrepreneur in the professional Dutch legal market. Amongst other initiatives, he is a founding member of General Counsel Netherlands, the largest professional network for General Counsel in The Netherlands. GCN addresses the challenges and future needs of General Counsel, Chief Legal Officers, Heads of Legal and other ultimate responsible in-house counsels. He is constantly looking ahead at opportunities for GCs to professionalize their roles and themselves – nationally and internationally. That’s why he is the initiator of the General Counsel Executive Program, an international academic program/mini-MBA for GC who seek to develop their non-legal and strategic skill set.
After graduating from the Leiden University Law School (LLM) and serving as Lieutenant at the Dutch Royal Navy, Michiel worked sequentially as a private practice lawyer at Houthoff Buruma – one of the largest Law firms in The Netherlands -, as Company Secretary at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and as a Partner at Legal People – a leading executive search consultancy for legal professionals. Subsequently he joined De Goudse – a respectable mid-size insurance Company in NL – as General Counsel and Company Secretary to the Executive and Supervisory board. He is a known expert on business development for lawyers and as a certified coach he frequently advices senior lawyers in their rapidly changing environment.