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Advocate Niels van der Laan

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Partner at De Roos en Pen. Area of practice: Fraud, white collar crime and financial criminal law, money laundering, banking, compliance and corporate governance, internal investigations/audits, confiscation cases, Criminal litigatioin practice at the Supreme Court, bankruptcy fraud


Niels van der Laan LL.M. focuses on (corporate) criminal law and acts in high-profile cases and investigations. His clients are publicly traded companies, banks, trust offices, and other businesses in the financial and private sector. He advises on criminal defence and criminal liability and directs internal fraud investigations.

In addition, he is active as a defence lawyer for CEOs, chairpersons, non-executive directors, managers and advisors who are involved in corruption cases, market abuse cases (insider trading, market manipulation), money laundering cases, criminal tax cases and (other) White Collar cases.

Van der Laan has a great deal of experience with technically complex transnational litigations and maintains good contacts with defence lawyers abroad, especially in the U.S. He is considered an expert in the field of international criminal law and also litigates before the Dutch Supreme Court.

Van der Laan further specializes in the field of cybercrime (hacking, phishing and spamming). He also advises various internet service providers such as search-engines, forums and blogs, as well as hosting and access providers about their rights and obligations concerning (digital) investigations and regarding criminal liability for (user-generated) content.

Next to his work as a criminal defence lawyer, Van der Laan works as an interim-judge at the criminal court of appeal in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. He is also Liaison Officer for the Criminal Law Committee at the International Bar Association.

Van der Laan gives lectures both at home and abroad and teaches at several educational institutions. He mainly lectures in the fields of money laundering, confiscation procedures and pre-trial detention. Additionally he regularly publishes articles in professional journals.  In the past, Van der Laan was one of the erstwhile founders of the Dutch Association of Young Criminal

Van der Laan is ‘affable’ en ‘knowledgeable’ (Legal 500 2013), ‘very approachable and an expert in his field(Legal 500 2014) en has ‘a sophisticated grasp of white-collar defence (Legal 500 2015). Van der Laan is nominated by his peers as one of the world’s leading practitioners by Who’s Who Legal in the field of Business Crime Defence in the category ‘corporates’ and ‘individuals’. According to Who’s Who Legal 2016 ‘He is described by many as a “diligent, creative and open-minded practitioner”, is considered a “financially astute individual” and continues to impress clients with his “unparalleled abilities”, 

In 2015 he was elected as the ‘Most Outstanding Criminal Tax Lawyer by Corporate Live Wire.


Dutch, English.


Dutch Association of Defence Council, Dutch Association of Young Criminal Defence Lawyers, European Criminal Bar Association, American Criminal Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.


Fraud and white-collar crime

Within: Fraud and white-collar crime

De Roos & Pen stands out for its ‘strong commitment and high level of quality’. The team handles the spectrum of fraud and white-collar criminal defence matters, including cross-border investigations. The ‘excellentLisa van der Wal and Niels van der Laan are key names.

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