Mauritius Wijffels

Mauritius Wijffels

Mauritius Wijffels

Lawyer and ICSID Conciliator

Fully qualified and seasoned international lawyer of Dutch nationality, member of the Netherlands Bar Association (Nederlandse Orde van Advocaten) with a 100% Middle East and North Africa (MENA) related private practice in cooperation with a small array of hand-picked local Arab niche firms;
Appointed in 2015, by Royal Decree, as 1 of 4 preferred Dutch Conciliators at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes or ICSID, the institute for resolution of cross-border investment disputes pertaining to the World Bank in Washington DC;

Vast hands-on experience in M&A, corporate & commercial law, banking & banking litigation and public international law in the MENA, Europe – both West and East – and Latin-America;

Areas of corporate and commercial practice: banking and financial services industry including legal, regulatory & governance reviews/assessments; developing legal framework for interbank payment systems in Egypt; in-depth corporate law advice & corporate restructuring in: post-conflict reconstruction, dredging, waste2energy projects, hospitality, general trade, micro/Islamic insurance, international arbitration; creator CSR on-line toolkit for Netherlands Ministry of Economy;

Public international law advice on: the viability of a rule of law institute in and for the Gulf region; the (inter)national legal bases for the improvement of the work environment of foreign domestic employees in the Gulf; resolution of a border dispute between two sovereign Arab States; secondment to Government of Kuwait to process damage claims against Iraq in the framework of United Nations Claims Commission following the occupation and liberation of Kuwait;

Client base ranging from triple A financial institutions to high-profile EU-Arab joint ventures to top-tier medium sized Western companies to individual investors to internationally operating NGO’s;

Highly skilled and sharp legal mind capable of in-depth legal advice, corporate restructuring, drafting and negotiations, due diligence and legal assessment procedures;

Experienced manager of cross-border and cross-cultural legal teams and tax advisors;

Capable of quickly acquainting himself with new legal systems and detecting synergies/differences with others;

Thanks to working as senior manager business development in banking: keen sense of simultaneous legal, business, regulatory, compliance and governance requirements for public and private sectors as well as civil society to achieve their economic, administrative and moral goals;

Proven cultural sensitivity, diplomatic qualities and experience in building/managing relationship between private and public sector;

Provider of regular rule of law trainings to MENA based diplomats and lawyers on State building, good governance, anti-corruption and CSR hosted by leading players including Instituut Clingendael, the think-tank of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Amman, Jordan based NGO Jordan Visions;

Extensive professional and educational sojourns over 5 continents;

Out of the ordinary language skills including Arabic, Dutch, English, French, German, and Portuguese as well as Italian and Spanish;

Regular appearances as speaker or moderator at MENA business promotion events and in Dutch media;

Executive Committee Member of Netherlands Business Council, Dubai;

Previous employments include: Senior Manager Business Development International Retail Banking Rabobank International Utrecht/Warsaw; VP Legal Affairs and Regional Legal Counsel Latin America & Caribbean, ABN AMRO Bank Amsterdam/São Paulo; Trainee and Associate Lawyer Clifford Chance Amsterdam/London/Gulf region; international legal consultant with leading Cairo law firm.

Practice Areas: Banking and Financial Services, Corporate and Commercial, M&A Disputes, Mediation
Language/s: Dutch, English

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