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Allen & Overy LLP’s team has considerable experience representing financial institutions across a broad range of matters, including international investigations. Group head Hendrik Jan Biemond has particular expertise handling financial reporting, market abuse and insider trading matters, as well as compliance issues. Arnold Croiset van Uchelen is also recommended.

The ‘market-leading’ regulatory and criminal enforcement practice at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek primarily acts for Dutch companies on matters with international aspects. Together with IT expert Richard van Staden ten Brink, co-heads Patrick Ploeger and Marnix Somsen, whom clients ‘single out’ for his ‘detail-oriented analytical prowess’, are assisting Rabobank with a number of regulatory and criminal investigations regarding LIBOR. Ploeger and Rick van ‘t Hullenaar advised Benelux IT integrator Ordina on an internal investigation regarding public tenders. Roan Lamp is also recommended.

One of the eminent firms in this area’, De Roos & Pen’s ‘highly specialised’ and ‘versatile’ team has experience in handling the full range of fraud and white-collar criminal matters, including cross-border investigations. ‘Top criminal lawyer’ Lisa van der Wal and ‘stand-out’ partner Niels van der Laan are advising a Dutch individual on offshore structure matters arising from the Panama Papers. Lian Mannheims is representing a client in issues regarding the Ballast Nedam corruption case. Bart Nooitgedagt is a name to note.

The multi-disciplinary team at NautaDutilh often assists Dutch and international clients with a wide range of matters, including criminal, tax, regulatory and civil litigation. Practice co-head Rob van der Hoeven is leading advice to Shell on criminal investigation and proceeding issues following a plant explosion in 2014. Co-head Marike Bakker and Herman Speyart are advising the Ministry of Justice on an investigation regarding potential irregularities arising from a tender procedure issued by the Dutch Tax Authority. Other clients include Telia, Nederlandse Spoorwegen and Rotterdamse Taxi Centrale.

Stibbe’s ‘well-known and highly regarded’ group has particular expertise handling criminal investigations and litigation for clients across various sectors. The ‘very dedicatedDaan Doorenbos is ‘a real expert’ in compliance work concerning securities, financial, tax and environmental legislation. The ‘highly recommended’ Muriël Rosing often advises clients on fraud, corruption and money-laundering issues. Senior associate Marleen Velthuis is also recommended.

Rated as ‘a very well-established leader in white-collar crime’ disputes, Wladimiroff Advocaten’s ‘well-known and respected’ practice has experience representing companies and individuals in investigation, enforcement and litigation brought by government bodies. Clients recommend Robbert de Bree, who is ‘an excellent tactician and technical lawyer’. Gert-Jan Elsen and Lars Møller are other names to note. Peter van Russen Groen left the firm.

Part of the firm’s wider litigation and dispute resolution department, Clifford Chance’s regulatory enforcement and white-collar team has notable experience in regulatory matters, enforcement and cross-border investigations. Managing partner Jeroen Ouwehand is a key name.

Boutique firm Florenthas a very good reputation’ in asset recovery and civil fraud matters. Practice head Kees van de Meent and counsel Cathalijne van der Plas joined from Höcker Advocaten.

Outstanding’ boutique firm Hertoghs advocaten is known for its expertise in tax and white-collar work. Anke Feenstra, Peter van Hagen and Ivo Leenders are advising a number of clients on VAT carousel fraud matters. Clients also recommend the ‘very solidRoel Kerckhoffs, who is ‘a good problem solver, negotiator and smooth courtroom operator’.

Houthoff’s group ‘provides solid and prompt advice’ on a broad range of fraud and white-collar matters, including cross-border investigations and compliance issues. Practice co-head Alexander de Swart, who has ‘intricate know-how relating to Dutch authorities’, is representing a Dutch tycoon in a number of proceedings arising from allegations of bankruptcy fraud. The team includes co-head Vincent Affourtit, who specialises in regulatory enforcement and corporate investigations, and Marry de Gaay Fortman.

JahaeRaymakers’ ‘well-known’ team is ‘pleasant to work with’; it is often instructed on international investigations. It includes Jurjan Geertsma, who specialises in sanctions and reputational issues, and Thom Dieben, who has experience representing clients before the Supreme Court. Han Jahae and Carel Raymakers are the name partners.

The ‘highly reliable’ investigations and white-collar defence practice at Jones Day represents multinational clients in a wide range of investigation and litigation matters, including bribery, fraud, economic sanctions and money laundering. Group head Aldo Verbruggen, who is ‘a strong influencer’, is acting for Veon on the Dutch aspects of a cross-border bribery investigation conducted by both US and Dutch authorities. Associate Tessa van Roomen is also a name to note.

Loyens & Loeff’s multi-disciplinary team excels in handling investigations and compliance matters for clients across various sectors, including financial services and tax. Sidney Berendsen leads on corporate investigations and compliance issues while senior associate Susanne van Breukelen leads on corporate criminal matters.

Boutique firm Prakken d'Oliveira handles all aspects of criminal and administrative law, as well as human rights. Recent highlights include include acting for the claimants in pursuing a claim agains Rabobank pertaining to allegations of money-laundering concerning Mexican drug cartels. Headed by Michiel Pestman, the team includes the ‘experienced’ Marq Wijngaarden, Göran Sluiter and Tamara Buruma.

Simmons & Simmons LLP’s highly recommended group has ‘significant expertise’ in handling a broad spectrum of corporate criminal liability matters for corporations and individuals, including money laundering, corruption and violations of duty of care. Practice head David Schreuders, who joined from DLA Piper, is representing Delta Airlines in litigation brought before the lower courts concerning corporate criminal liability. Clients also recommend ‘noteworthy’ associate Maarten ‘t Sas.

Van Doorne’s ‘highly qualified’ team is led by the ‘practical’ and ‘stand-outJan Leliveld, who arrived from Wladimiroff Advocaten in 2017. Counsel Ed van Liere, who also joined from Wladimiroff Advocaten, is another name to note.

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