Fraud and white-collar crime in Netherlands
Allen & Overy LLP
Allen & Overy LLP fields a team that is able to represent clients in headline cases spanning multiple jurisdictions. The firm provides in-depth advice on bribery and corruption, constructs compliance programmes and manages internal and external investigations. Practice head Hendrik Jan Biemond is a former chief prosecutor in the corporate fraud team of the Dutch Prosecution Service, just one example of the firm's deep institutional experience with fraud and corruption cases. The 'pragmatic and knowledgeable' Neyah van der Aa specialises in corporate criminal defence, internal corruption investigations, and compliance.
‘Unique blend of brilliant individuals: first in class, absolute top tier.’
De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is best known for its dedicated internal investigations practice, acting for a range of blue-chip corporate and financial clients in international fraud and corruption proceedings. The practice has an integrated approach to its financial and corporate crime matters, combining representation in proceedings with compliance advice. The team maintains a strong relationship with authorities in multiple jurisdictions, allowing it to effectively manage investigations on behalf of clients. The practice is jointly led by Marnix Somsen, Patrick Ploeger and Roan Lamp, who all have significant international experience.
‘Hands on, practical, skilful, good drafters, knowledgable about the relevant laws and practices and all its facets. Good availability and really nice to work with. Very dependable in this important area.‘
‘Patrick Ploeger and Iris Pauw are very pragmatic, hands-on in the handling of our cases. It is very easy to shift gears with them in the pollical arena of our case and its stakeholders.‘
‘There are two aspects that I really appreciate in De Brauw’s team: (i) their risk-based approach, which ensures that all the angles of a matter, including the pure business angle, are taken into consideration always; and (ii) their broad expertise in handling cross-border matters in cooperation with all kind of firms around the globe.‘
‘Marnix Somsen is an excellent strategic advisor and always the trusted sparring partner that any in-house lawyer wants to have close to him. Roan Lamp combines a deep academic expertise on regulatory enforcement matters with a extremely pragmatic approach based on a deep understanding of business needs and circumstances. James Wang is a senior associate in the Amsterdam office that, in my opinion, has all the elements to become a star lawyer: expertise, balance, reasoning, clarity, etc.‘
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
- Acting for Philips as lead counsel and coordinating counsel in an internal investigation and pending criminal investigations by Brazilian and US authorities and regulators relating to alleged anti-bribery violations in Brazil.
- Represented SBM Offshore in reaching a settlement with the Dutch prosecutor in 2014 over US FCPA and Dutch anti-bribery charges for an amount of $240m.
- Representation of Uber in connection with regulatory and criminal investigations regarding its taxi services in the Netherlands.
Boutique firm De Roos & Pen represents companies and individuals active in multiple industries, defending clients in high-profile corporate criminal proceedings relating to fraud, corruption, and corporate liability, with a particular expertise in finance and tax-related cases. The team often acts for international businesses and their management teams, demonstrating their strong position within the field. Practice head Niels van der Laan is recognised as an expert in international criminal law, with a particular specialism in cyber crime, while Lisa van der Wal is praised for her 'exceptional' work in money laundering, fraud, and corruption defence cases. Attorneys Brendan Newitt and Jantien Dekkers are also noted.
‘They are able to analyse the case thoroughly in a very professional manner and provide advice that is easy for a layman to understand.‘
‘De Roos & Pen are in-depth specialists in the field of criminal law. They are dedicated and willing to run the extra mile for their clients.‘
‘The firm has exceptional sophistication in cross-border business crime disputes.’
‘The best boutique firm in the field of fraud and white collar crime. They are very experienced. Knowledgeable and have a great reputation.’
‘True experts in their field.‘
‘Lisa van der Wal and Thomas Felix are both dedicated and experienced experts.‘
‘I have worked closely with Niels van der Laan for years, and more recently with Jantien Dekkers. Both are smart, knowledgeable, experienced, and very responsive.‘
‘What makes this practice unique is the combination of expertise and the hands on mentality of De Roos & Pen in Fraud and white collar crime cases. Excellent knowledge of the law, good thinkers, tremendous experience and fast on their feet.‘
‘The individuals I work with know the law, know their clients, know what’s important to their clients, are good strategic thinkers, and quite pleasant people to work with.‘
‘The team has very diverse members and appear to complement one another very well and they have an excellent team spirit, qualities which are very important to client and cases.‘
‘We often work with Lisa van der Wal and Niels van der Laan. Both are very smart, knowledgeable and experienced. Lisa is a sharp lawyer. Very good with clients.‘
‘Very knowledgeable, focused and dedicated. 24/7 mentality. Excellent closing argument skills, much better than other lawyers in the case. They performed and got the results. The ones I worked with performed as a team.‘
‘I worked with Lisa van der Wal. Lisa van der Wal is a very efficient, smart criminal lawyer who has a keen eye on what the case is really about and focuses on those issues that may turn the picture. Above all she is very pleasant to work with and gives very good feedback on all events during the case.‘
‘All partners and associates I have worked with are very thorough, strategic and intelligent lawyers. I would like to mention Thomas Felix as an exceptionally creative and fast-thinking lawyer.‘
‘I know Niels van der Laan and Lisa van der Wal very well. They are very good professionals and easy to contact. They have high standards and are specialists in criminal law, especially white collar crime. Also they are nice persons and great to work together with.‘
‘The whole team of De Roos & Pen is motivated to help the clients, if your contact is not available immediately, the colleagues step in to assist in the best way possible.‘
‘Lisa van der Wal is very motivated to help her clients in the best way possible. Lisa is also very clever and has an excellent knowledge of legal procedures and possibilities.‘
Florent is focused on representing the victims of civil fraud, with matters including fraud litigation, cross-border asset recovery, bankruptcy proceedings, and fraud investigations. The team is involved in many international cases, as part of the ICC's FraudNet network, securing referrals from a number of foreign firms and clients. The practice's capability in fraud investigations is bolstered by its employment of a forensic accountant, allowing it to take a leading role in high-profile cases. The practice is led by the 'highly knowledgeable' Kees van de Meent .
‘We worked jointly on a cross-border arbitration case. Florent was really efficient in obtaining interim measures in support of future arbitration in Russia. We were really impressed. Our understanding is that Florent has people who previously worked in courts and therefore, they know how to make a motion persuasive.‘
‘A successful practice in fraud and white-collar crime should be able to combine knowledge from different legal fields – not only private law, civil procedure and insolvency law but also private international law, criminal law and public international law. The people I have worked with in this firm – in particular Kees van de Meent do have the agility to move between different fields to the benefit of their clients. Moreover, they participate in relevant international networks, which is crucial for effective cross-border asset-tracing and recovery. The firm can then provide them with the necessary support – both as regards legal support staff and administrative staff. This makes working with them effective and efficient.’
‘Florent has an excellent fraud and white-collar crime department with a unique focus on white collar crime in combination with international asset tracing and recovery.‘
‘The team consists of very good civil fraud lawyers, with a focus on asset recovery. They are skilful and hands-on. Nice to work with.‘
NautaDutilh has multidisciplinary capabilities in corporate criminal defence proceedings, regulatory compliance advice, and investigations, approaching the latter with a strong focus on IT forensics and electronic data, alongside traditional techniques. Matters include corruption, liability, tender fraud, and money-laundering cases. The 'hands on, accessible, and practical' Marike Bakker jointly heads the practice, specialising in cross-border investigations and criminal proceedings, alongside Francien Rense, who focuses on sanctions and enforcement matters, working closely with authorities.
‘An experienced and dedicated team who are serving the client efficiently and effectively with a strong focus on delivery.‘
‘Energetic, well-educated, eager, go the extra mile and strive to win.‘
‘Top notch quality in various areas of economic crime. Strong international background, very well-connected with authorities.‘
‘Direct, clear, to the point, no ambiguity or unnecessary wording or clouding of the message. Mature response/discussion when challenged (including on fees).‘
‘Intelligent and strategic thinkers who make the right decisions for the benefit of their clients!‘
‘Constructive attitude, pragmatic thinking within the limits of the law, approachable and social.‘
‘Energetic, well educated, eager, go the extra mile and strive to win! That combined with an easy way of communication and interaction with a customer.‘
‘NautaDutilh provide a premier white-collar crime service. They have deep market knowledge and are instructed on a range of high profile cross-border matters. The team is collegiate and user friendly and adds tremendous value as part of an international consortium of law firms on cross-border matters.‘
‘Marike Bakker is an excellent lawyer with tremendous experience that allows her to give on-point commercial and practical advice. Simone Honig is a rising star with excellent knowledge of AML law and regulation.‘
NS (Dutch National Railway)
Royal Dutch Shell
- Representing Shell in the Netherlands in an alleged foreign bribery case involving several jurisdictions and several oil and gas companies, as well as other parties.
- Representing the Dutch Railways in a criminal case regarding alleged tender fraud.
- Acting for an international air cargo logistics company regarding an alleged violation of sanctions regulations.
Stibbe is active across the full spectrum of matters, acting for corporate clients on fraud matters, including tax and securities-related fraud, as well as money-laundering and corruption. The team advises clients on compliance and assists with internal and external investigations, including those by the World Bank and EC Anti-Fraud Office, as well as representing in criminal litigation and negotiating settlements and leniency agreements with authorities. The practice is led by Daan Doorenbos, a specialist in financial and economic crime.
Van Doorne's practice was strengthened by the hire of counsel Vanessa Liem from the Institute for Financial Crime; Liem jointly heads the practice alongside the experienced Jan Leliveld and Ed van Liere. This has bolstered the firm's already strong offering across white-collar crime issues, acting for national and international companies, alongside senior management on compliance and regulatory issues, internal investigations, and representation in criminal litigation. Matters include money-laundering, corruption, and other forms of workplace misconduct, with the team able to work on cross-border and multi-jurisdictional cases.
‘Highly experienced team, in both litigation and internal investigations.‘
‘Combines the knowledge of a boutique law firm with the operations of an international law firm.‘
‘The team consists of the experienced Ed van Liere and Jan Leliveld. Jan Leliveld has an engaging personality. He has a great network and knows how to bind people, so he gets things done. He is cooperative and therefore it is nice to work with him. The team has grown the past year, which shows that the practice is flourishing.‘
‘Jan Leliveld is a very dedicated and excellent defence lawyer. He is trustworthy and stands for what he says.‘
‘Highly experienced team, in both litigation and internal investigations. Van Doorne can swiftly build a dedicated skilled team who can execute a large amount of work in limited time. Their pragmatic approach enables them to work efficiently, anticipating material or legal difficulties. They easily adapt to client profile and organisation. They are used to international engagements with clients from different countries and culture. Communication is very easy with the lawyers who make themselves available anytime the case requires it.‘
‘Jan Leliveld (partner) provides accurate analysis of complex situations. Due to his significant experience of white collar crime cases, he anticipates possible evolutions of cases and legal consequences of investigation findings. His relational qualities help to handle elegantly sensitive situations.‘
‘Great team with Jan Leliveld and Ed van Liere. And now also with counsel Vanessa Liem. We work with them often and they do great work. They combine long time experience with a more modern way of working and focus also on internal investigations etc. They are good at representing both corporates and individuals and have a good relationship with regulators.‘
Wladimiroff Advocaten is entirely focused on white-collar criminal proceedings, acting for major corporate clients and banks on both sides of cases, including money laundering, corruption, fraud, and tax matters. Many cases are multi-jurisdictional or contain international elements. The team is jointly led by Frans Sijbers, Gert-Jan Elsen, Jop Spijkerman and Robbert de Bree, who are experienced in multiple areas of corporate and criminal law, and heavily involved in academic work within the field.
‘Robbert de Bree is especially exceptional. Great client handling skills, super smart and not unimportant, a great person to be around. Will always put the clients’ best interest first. Frans Sijbers is also recommended, mostly for criminal tax cases.‘
‘Compared to its peers, Wladimiroff stands out because of its extensive team and unique combination of tax and criminal defence and sanctions.‘
'Outstanding' criminal lawyer Frits Schneider heads up the practice at AKD, which has considerable experience in criminal defence cases relating to fraud, corruption, and corporate crime across the board, including long-term and complex proceedings. The team is also able to assist with internal investigations and advise on legal issues relating to management liability. Cases involve national and international companies, governmental bodies, and directors, with many matters containing considerable multi-jurisdictional elements.
‘The strength of the team lies in the diversity of their all-round solid and thorough expertise.‘
‘High standard criminal defense work.‘
‘Outstanding in ruling, law and practice.’
‘AKD’s business crime defense team is up and coming. Main man Frits Schneider has a long record and a very solid reputation.‘
‘Frits Schneider has been around for a long time. He knows how to handle a complex case and has a very strong and solid character. He is not easily impressed by the other side and always does what he deems to be in the best interest of the client.‘
‘Frits Schneider is one of the best in his generation.‘
‘AKD’s team is well known for their hands on and low key assistance in sensitive matters. They are capable of advising fast and to the point and are fully equipped for litigation as well. This gives them a strong position in both pre-trial and trial stage cases.‘
‘Outstanding in ruling, law and practice. Strategic mapping approaches which makes it goal achievable. So this team has got all disciplines so well organized that it enhances the chance of winning far more than any opposition team I ever worked with.‘
Houthoff advises and defends a range of prominent corporate clients, handling litigation, assisting with internal investigations, and providing criminal law advice. Clients include defendants and injured parties. Its caseload includes financial mismanagement, fraud, and corruption proceedings, including several politically sensitive matters. The practice is led by Vincent Affourtit, who is focused on corporate investigations.
Dutch Railways (NS)
Credit Suisse AG
- Defending Credit Suisse AG in the ongoing criminal investigation against allegations of aiding and abetting money laundering and tax evasion by Dutch citizens.
- Conducting an investigation into the causes of the bankruptcy of DSB Bank, commissioned by the bankruptcy trustees.
- Advising Vestia on various matters relating to the unwinding of its derivatives portfolio, including a corporate investigation process.
JahaeRaymakers represents a range of major clients in fraud and corruption proceedings, alongside assisting with internal investigations, many with international reach. Clients include businesses and individual employees. The practice is jointly led by Jurjan Geertsma, Thom Dieben, Han Jahae, Carel Raymakers, and former President of the Dutch Association of Criminal Defence Lawyers Dian Brouwer, who joined the firm in January 2019.
‘The team is exceptionally good in high-profile white-collar defence matters.‘
‘Stand-out team of practitioners who are all on the top of their game.‘
‘Mr. Jurjan Geertsma stands out because of his ability to listen carefully, ask the relevant questions and to make a straight forward analysis, combined with up to date knowledge of his field of expertise. Besides that, it is pleasant to work with Jurjan as he is an amiable person.‘
‘High quality criminal lawyers with very good connections at the DA office and Amsterdam bar association.‘
‘Carel Raymakers is an absolute pleasure to work with. Personable guy with huge experience and strong legal skills. Jurjan Geertsma is a super expert when it comes to AML prevention and compliance/investigations. Very nice guy, good under pressure, won’t let go.’
‘The firm has a balanced team of lawyers, in terms of seniority and experience. They are very dedicated and know exactly how to serve their clients.‘
‘Partner Jurjan Geertsma is very motivated to reach the max. result for his clients. He does not take no for an answer and knows how exactly to deal with all parties involved, e.g. court and prosecutors.‘
‘The team is exceptionally good in high-profile white-collar defence matters.‘
‘Han Jahae is one of the best white-collar experts in The Netherlands. He has spent his whole career in the field. I always turn to him for complex matters. Tom Dieben is a rising star in the field. He is extremely responsive.‘
‘The team is very professional, hands-on and a perfect combination of different skills.‘
‘It is a well-composed team of experienced lawyers with a good reputation. Nice to work with.‘
‘Specialised fraud and white collar crime firm. Because of their specialisation most of the time no conflict of interest (with other departments in the firm). Dedicated, focused and partner-led.‘
‘Jurjan Geerstma combines high standard advice and a very practical approach.‘
Jones Day specialises in white-collar defence and global investigations fora number of high-profile domestic and international clients. The firm's international reach allows it to act on a number of cases with US elements, demonstrating strong multi-jurisidictional capabilities as part of an integrated worldwide team. Matters include fraud, corruption, and corporate malfeasance proceedings, assisted by the wider firm's abilities in corporate law. The practice is led by corporate investigations specialist Aldo Verbruggen.
Sidney Berendsen leads the practice at Loyens & Loeff, which focuses on internal corporate investigations, particularly in relation to to tax controversies, in line with the team's tax expertise. The team also represents corporate clients and senior management in litigation relating to corruption, fraud, and money laundering, alongside general compliance advice, including dawn raid training.
Simmons & Simmons assists clients with all areas of white-collar crime issues, including representation, compliance advice, internal and external investigations, and has great expertise in multiple industry sectors. The team acts for clients in cases related to corruption, money laundering, fraud, and international sanctions, representing major domestic and international banks, consultancies and companies. The practice is led by David Schreuders, who has great experience of multi-jurisdictional investigations and criminal defence.
‘Small but dedicated and balanced team within the Simmons & Simmons network. Smooth operators. Good relationships with other firms.‘
Delta Airlines Inc.
Hertel Leipzig GmbH
Kolme Tack Holding AG
ABN AMRO Bank
KPMG Dutch Caribbean
Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten
- Acting for Delta Air Lines in several criminal matters concerning corporate criminal liability.
- Represented KPMG Dutch Caribbean in a criminal investigation on Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles, regarding allegations of involvement in a fraud committed by a former client of the auditor.
- Acted for the Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten regarding possible fraudulent actions by controlling parties of insurer and pension fund Ennia Groep on Curaçao, including pressing charges against those parties.
Sjöcrona van Stigt is a dedicated criminal defence firm, acting for a range of corporate clients in first instance and on appeal. The firm team also advises clients on money laundering and corruption issues, alongside extensive work in negotiation and out-of-court settlements in a number of high profile cases. Enide Perez and Boudewijn van Eijck are key names to note across the firm's two offices, alongside the 'very intelligent' Sabine ten Doesschate, who made partner in January 2019.
‘An outstanding firm at the top of their game. They provide an outstanding service to clients and they put everything into every one of their cases.’
‘Very strong on all aspects of international and national business crime.‘
‘The team is not only very experienced in its sphere of competence but it is also extremely capable in relating with foreign judicial authorities. All the members of the team demonstrate flawless knowledge, substantial strategic capabilities and an excellent ability to approach foreign legislation and confront foreign colleagues.‘
‘Very high level of knowledge of criminal law.‘
‘Sjöcrona van Stigt is an outstanding firm at the top of their game. They provide an outstanding service to clients and they put everything into every one of their cases.‘
‘Enide Perez always has a really good grasp of the underlying issues behind a matter. She is quick, bright and good with clients.‘
‘I have worked regularly with Sabine ten Doesschate and Enide Perez and several of the firm’s associates. Although both Sabine and Enide have full knowledge of the law and know how to use it to the benefit of their clients, they are also highly practical and flexible if necessary.‘
‘I have been working with the partners of this office for years. They are good professionals with a heart for the business.‘
‘Enide Perez is a strong powerful lawyer who is always on top of the case. She give excellent legal advice and is always available.‘
‘SVS is a very reliable and well-organized law firm. The criminal practice is particularly complex because it deals not only with laws and processes but also with subjective aspects of human relations. To have a team of female lawyers makes SVS unique to provide legal advice with excellence.‘
‘Sabine ten Doesschate is a great lawyer, very intelligent and with good perception of demands and needs of client with assertive and quick responses. She’s trustworthy and she’s been always available when needed to discuss alternatives, giving very useful advice.‘
Clifford Chance represents clients in litigation and arbitration relating to ownership and transactions disputes, utilising the firm's global reach to act on cross-border investigations, alongside regulatory matters and enforcement. The practice is led by Dirk-Jan Duynstee.
The arrival of Sharon Oded as practice head from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in January 2019 has established Norton Rose Fulbright's Dutch practice as a player within the field of in-depth corporate investigations, with a number of sensitive cross-border matters handled by the team, with in-house forensic expertise bolstering its capabilities. The firm's international reach allows it to assist clients with major multi-jurisdictional investigations, alongside compliance advice and representation in enforcement proceedings.
‘NRF has started an impressive investigation practice in Amsterdam this year. The firm has retained several high profile lawyers in the Dutch market, mostly from national champion De Brauw, and has integrated these lawyers into their international fraud and white collar practice. By doing so, the team is now positioned to provide one stop shop international fraud and white collar legal services to clients with business interests in the Netherlands and in Europe in general, without having to make use of local counsel in the location where the fraud occurred. Such services were until this year not available in the Dutch market. As a result, NRF was able to obtain several high profile assignments from Dutch multinationals already and my expectation is that many more will follow.’
‘Sharon Oded is the perfect go-to person for any in-house counsel who may be in need of support on compliance matters: he is a reputed professor of regulatory enforcement, he has built an impressive network of institutions and people interested in co-developing the future of compliance, he knows how to manage and handle the most complex multi-jurisdictional matters and he is a remarkably skilled hands-on investigator. I am pretty sure that by leveraging the network of Norton Rose Fulbright, he will become soon one of the international references in the regulatory enforcement practice.‘
SBM Offshore N.V.
Human rights-focused Prakken d'Oliveira specialises in acting for injured parties and international organisations, filing criminal complaints for corruption and money laundering against multinational corporations and national governments. The firm's record in advocacy has seen it file the first such complaint against a Dutch bank, alleging financial crimes and human rights violations. The practice is led by Marq Wijngaarden and Tamara Buruma.
‘A very professional approach, combined with the extraordinary commitment of the lawyers, social engagement, and a very personal approach, this firm is probably unique worldwide.‘
‘We have worked for many years with this practice, and their advice and enthusiasm are second to none. If you are concerned about human rights, environmental and corruption matters of law, this is the place to go to in the Netherlands – you won’t lack for expertise and the ability to get things done.‘
‘The lawyers, Barbara van Straaten and Channa Samkaldan, I worked with are by far the most respected lawyers in the field of human trafficking and exploitation. Channa has helped our research team immensely. She has given us advise on our research reports, on legal accountability issues. Her professional, yet personal approach is unique. I cannot imagine lawyers from other firms being so involved. If it had not been for her, we would never have been able to take research on labour exploitation and human trafficking to the next level of discussing accountability aspects. Barbara is professionally recognized as a national expert on criminal labour exploitation. She is also very smart when it comes to strategic decisions. And she is very knowledgeable when it comes to ongoing processes and developments in the field. On top of that she is incredibly committed.‘
‘Highly professional and willing to move ground-breaking cases in order to establish precedents in jurisprudence. Good connection among different departments, open-mindedness to relate to a wide range of clients, including impacted people at affordable rates.‘
Global Witness/Corner House / Re:common
- Acting for Avaaz in filing a criminal complaint against a number of Dutch companies alleging money laundering in Kazakhstan.
- Submitted a criminal complaint against Shell and some of its former directors in relation to Shell’s acquisition of the Nigerian oil block known as OPL 245 on behalf of Global Witness, Corner House, and Re:common.