Fraud and white-collar crime in Netherlands
Allen & Overy LLP
Allen & Overy LLP’s team is well-regarded for its ‘knowledge and understanding of the client’ and its 'out of the box thinking'; it is a popular choice for clients in the financial services sector. Group head Hendrik Jan Biemond is 'sharp in his observations' and has particular expertise handling financial reporting, market abuse and insider trading matters, as well as compliance issues. Neyah van der Aa is 'technically very well equipped'.
De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek's team frequently acts for Dutch companies on matters with significant cross-border elements. Practice co-head Marnix Somsen represented SBM Offshore in attempts to reach a settlement with the Dutch prosecutor over US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Dutch anti-bribery charges. Patrick Ploeger co-leads the group, in which Roan Lamp and Richard van Staden ten Brink are other key names.
NautaDutilh's team provides 'good, transparent and in-time legal advice, makes a quick analysis of the problem and turns it into good practical hands-on advice'. It handles a wide range of matters, including criminal, tax, regulatory and civil litigation and audit investigations, for domestic and international clients. Marike Bakker, who is 'on the ball, responsive and has a real focus on what serves the client and case best', and Daan Lunsingh are advising Deloitte on various aspects of its audit of Steinhoff International Holdings, and the possible accounting irregularities that have come to light at Steinhoff. Bakker, Rob van der Hoeven and Francien Rense are the practice heads.
Stibbe’s ‘determined and knowledgeable’ group has particular expertise handling criminal investigations into economic crime, tax fraud and corruption. The ‘sharp and committed’ Daan Doorenbos leads the team. The ‘highly recommended’ Muriël Rosing specialises in corporate client fraud, corruption and money laundering cases. Monique van der Linden is another key name. Senior associate Marleen Velthuis is now with NautaDutilh.
Wladimiroff Advocaten’s practice has reputation management expertise and assists with internal investigations, alongside its traditional strengths in representing corporate and individual clients in investigations, enforcement and litigation initiated by government bodies. Robbert de Bree, Gert-Jan Elsen and Lars Møller are the names to note.
AKD is praised for its ‘thorough knowledge of criminal law combined with tax and financial law, which enhances its ability to deal with complex matters’. The team specialises in financial and economic criminal law cases, with a particular emphasis on corporate, environmental and medical criminal law and cybercrime. Frits Schneider is the key name; he joined in September 2017 from Borg Advocaten, where he was responsible for regulatory law.
Clifford Chance’s team is able to leverage the firm's network to handle cross-border investigations, and is also a key name for regulatory matters and enforcement. The team is acting for VR Capital as purchaser of shares in the Dutch company Yukos Finance out of the bankruptcy of Yukos Oil for over €300m; the validity of the client's ownership rights is disputed. Managing partner Jeroen Ouwehand is a key name.
Houthoff’s group provides 'good advice' and is 'very responsive'; it has considerable experience in the space, and its white-collar criminal defence work extends to cross-border investigations and compliance issues. Practice co-head Alexander de Swart is defending Credit Suisse against allegations of aiding and abetting money laundering and tax evasion by Dutch citizens. Fellow co-head Vincent Affourtit specialises in regulatory enforcement and corporate investigations, and senior associate Frank Mattheijer is also noted.
Investigations and litigation work are key strengths at Jones Day, which acts for a multinational client base. Group head Aldo Verbruggen advised Nasdaq-listed company Veon on Dutch criminal law issues pertaining to a cross-border bribery investigation conducted by both the US and Dutch authorities.
At Loyens & Loeff, the team, according to one client, 'does an outstanding job in assisting us with difficult legal cases'. Sidney Berendsen offers expertise in internal investigations, negotiations involving authorities and seizures of assets matters. Senior associate Susanne van Breukelen is a key name for corporate criminal defence work. Compliance issues are another area of strength.
Prakken d'Oliveira is a key name for criminal and administrative law, but also has a niche in human rights issues. Recent highlights include acting for four non-governmental organisations in a criminal complaint against Shell and several of its former directors concerning Shell’s acquisition of the Nigerian oil block known as OPL 245. Marq Wijngaarden heads the team, and Barbara van Straaten and Frederieke Dölle are also noted.
Simmons & Simmons’s team acts for corporate and individual clients and advises on a range of corporate criminal liability matters, including money laundering, corruption, extradition and international sanctions. Practice head David Schreuders is representing Delta Airlines in litigation brought before the lower courts concerning corporate criminal liability. Supervising associate Maarten ‘t Sas is another key name.
The ‘intellectually rigorous’ practice at Van Doorne is 'comfortable working on international criminal investigations and collaborates well with other legal teams'. The group is led by 'excellent lawyer' Jan Leliveld and also includes counsel Ed van Liere. Their specialisms include criminal law and regulatory matters relating to environmental issues and industrial accidents, as well as work in the healthcare space.