Taco Wiersma

Telephone+31 20 52 452 45

Taco Wiersma (1963) is a law graduate from Utrecht University. He started his career in Rotterdam at NautaDutilh in 1989  and headed this firm’s Amsterdam international trade and transport practice group from 1993 to 1996. Taco co-founded one of the firms that merged into Wiersma Mensonides.

Taco has wide ranging experience in all key aspects of international arbitration and commercial litigation with the emphasis on dry maritime cases, financial restructuring and recovery procedures, international trade disputes and claims involving political risk countries. His clients include banks, ship owners and their P&I Clubs, service providers in the dredging sector, traders and underwriters. Taco has particular expertise in tracing and recovery of assets, enforcement and injunction proceedings and international arbitration including ICC, ICSID,  NAI and TAMARA. The international nature of his practise makes him deal with issues of jurisdiction, immunity and conflicts of law on a daily basis.

Taco is a football clubs’ and players’ agent licensed by the Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB).

Legal practice areas:

Taco Wiersma has registered the following principal (and secondary) legal practice areas in the Netherlands Bar’s register of legal practice areas (rechtsgebiedenregister):

  • Civil Procedural Law (Arbitration, Arrest/Attachment, Enforcement and Litigation)
  • Transport- & tradelaw

Based on this registration, Taco is required to obtain ten training credits per calendar year in each registered principal legal practice area in accordance with the standards set by the Netherlands Bar.




Sources highlight Taco Wiersma’s dispute resolution work. In the transport sector he often acts on dry maritime and recovery matters. (Chambers & Partners, 2014)

“extremely commercial, down-to-earth manner and the depth of knowledge required to provide instant advice.” (Chambers & Partners 2011)

“excellent lawyer on maritime and trade law” (Legal 500, 2011)