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Mauritius Wijffels
Attorney at Law and Mediator
Mauritius Wijffels, attorney-at-law, arbitrator and mediator/conciliator. Mauritius read Dutch and public international law at Leiden University and specializes in commercial arbitration and mediation/conciliation with a focus on the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey (the so-called MENAT region). In 2015, Mauritius was appointed by Royal Decree as one of four preferred Dutch conciliators at ICSID, the World Bank’s dispute resolution center for international investment conflicts in Washington DC. He is registered with arbitration institutes such as DIFC-LCIA and DIAC in Dubai. In the late eighties, he started his career with a large law firm in Cairo. From there, he moved on to Clifford Chance where he focused on M&A in Amsterdam and matters of public international law in London and Kuwait. As vice-president legal affairs at ABN AMRO Bank, he subsequently worked in Amsterdam, Frankfurt and all of Latin America while located in São Paulo. Later, he fulfilled the roles of senior lawyer and senior manager business development international retail banking at Rabobank International in Utrecht, Zurich and Warsaw.
Mauritius has worked independently since 2005. Mauritius is a member of the Amsterdam Bar Association and he has registered arbitration as his main area of legal expertise with the Netherlands Bar Association (NOvA). Furthermore, Mauritius provides regular trainings in the fields of rule of law development and doing business in the MENAT and is considered a specialist in these fields. His broad and thorough language skills are an essential asset to all his legal activities and therefore next to his mother tongue, Mauritius speaks and reads Arabic, English, French, German, Italian and Portuguese. Passionate about both law and languages, Mauritius has a unique specialization: teaching Legal Dutch to non-Dutch lawyers. Mauritius works of counsel at Strik Attorneys at Law and Tax Advisors.