A.I.M. (Toon) van Mierlo (Prof. Dr.) joined NautaDutilh as a partner in 2007, bringing with him 25 years of legal experience both as a lawyer in another top-tier firm and as a Professor of Law. Toon specialises in commercial litigation as well as in domestic and international arbitration (both as arbitrator and as counsel). Toon is considered to be one of the most highly specialised lawyers in the Netherlands in the area of procedural law, security rights and attachment law and for this reason is often appointed as an arbitrator or counsel in international arbitrations in which Dutch law applies. Toon had his first appointment as an arbitrator in 1994, and since then has sat on many NAI and ICC tribunals. Toon is also one of the permanent arbitrators of the Arbitration Committee of the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB).
Among other appointments, Toon is Chairman of the Binding Advice Commission on Health Insurance in the Netherlands (Geschillencommissie Zorgverzekeringswet); Editor of the WPNR (Weekblad voor Privaatrecht, Notariaat en Registratie) which is the Netherlands leading journal on private law; Chairman Editor of the standard textbook on Dutch civil procedural law (Tekst & Commentaar Burgerlijke Rechtsvordering); and a member of the Editorial Board of the Asser Series (handbook series on Dutch Civil Law since 1890).
Matters that Toon has recently handled include: - the successful representation of the aviation industry in a multi-billion euro arbitration dispute on the contribution of the aviation industry to the system development and demonstration phase of the Joint Strike Fighter project; - the successful representation of one of a leading producer of printed circuit boards against the world's largest electronics company in an ICC arbitration seated in the Netherlands; - the provision of expert legal advice in a high value arbitration against the Indonesian State relating to mining interests; and - acting for one of the largest real estate developers in Europe against the Dutch State in preliminary witness hearings before the Dutch courts.
Publications and Academic Career
Alongside his legal practice, Toon is a part-time Professor of law at Rotterdam's Erasmus University (since 1993) and Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (since 2016). Toon lectures in procedural law, security rights and attachment law. Toon is one of two authors of two leading handbooks on Dutch Civil Law (Asser-series, Tome 3-IV Property law (general) and Tome 3-VI Security interests). Toon has published on a broad range of issues on Dutch law. Toon has a particular interest in Dutch law procedures that complement arbitration proceedings, and most recently has published two (updated and extended) chapters in Juris Publishing's worldwide looseleaf service on the "Enforcement of Money Judgments" and "Attachment of Assets (Netherlands)" Toon is also an Annotator of the Dutch publication NJ, which is the authoritative text in Dutch jurisprudence providing annotations to Dutch Supreme Court decisions.