Mrs Vanessa Liem > Van Doorne > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile

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Work Department

Criminal Defense & Investigations


Vanessa is part of the Criminal Defense, Investigations & Business Conduct Team. She focuses on criminal and regulatory enforcement, investigations and business conduct.


Vanessa has broad and longstanding experience in cross-border investigations and enforcement by various regulatory bodies. She is solution orientated and provides substantive and strategic advice to board and management and works closely with the various expert teams within our firm, as well as with external experts. Her areas of expertise include financial economic crime, fraud, bribery and corruption, work place environment, integrity and whistleblowing matters.

Having worked as in-house legal counsel she helps clients to strengthen their business conduct programs and advices on internal policies and procedures, including speak up. Driven by personal experience, she has an additional focus on the healthcare and education sectors, non-for-profit and on the (semi) public domain. She is one of Van Doorne’s lead partners on ESG.

The combination of her experiences make Vanessa a unique lawyer and trusted advisor who well understands the dynamics in the various fields, knows how to deal with stakeholders in sensitive matters and is able to look further than the mere legal issue.

She is founder of a foundation for complex care (2CU) and chairs the supervisory board of the Jeroen Pit Huis.


English and Dutch


Vanessa is actively involved in social initiatives in the healthcare sector and holds several positions. She is the founder of the Complex Care United Foundation (2CU, “to see you”) and member of the independent working group ‘Wij zien je Wel’, commissioned by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. She also is member of the editorial staff of the Magazine Bijzonder Strafrecht & Handhaving (“Corporate Criminal Law & Enforcement”).


Vanessa studied tax law and criminal tax law at the University of Leiden.

Lawyer Rankings

Netherlands > Fraud and white-collar crime

Van Doorne‘s full-service offering allows the criminal defence and investigations team full access to all the resources and expertise available in the firm’s robust litigation practice. The team frequently advises accounting firms, law firms, and other professional service providers. Jan Leliveld is a well-regarded defense lawyer who is recommended for cases concerning fraud, bribery, sanctions, and environmental law offences. Vanessa Liem specialises in internal investigations and business compliance with a cross-border element, while Neyah van der Aa is especially skilled at high-profile enforcement cases in the Netherlands. The team was strengthened by the addition of Loes Wilbrink, who brings in-house experience advising businesses on compliance and ethical matters.

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation

Van Doorne‘s sizeable dispute resolution practice, led by litigator Daan Beenders, is a leader for high-profile domestic cases and cross-border disputes. The team handles insurance and professional liability litigation, including post-M&A disputes, and frequently handles shareholder claims and disputes between management and works councils before the Enterprise Chamber of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal. Beenders has a stellar track record in class actions – and has recently been involved in a number of multibillion-euro class action claims – and liability cases. Joost Volkers was promoted to partner in January 2023, expanding the firm’s financial, restructuring and insolvency litigation capabilities at senior level. Sjoerd Kamerbeek is a go-to for shareholder and governance disputes, as well as acting in class actions and cases before the Enterprise Chamber. Commercial litigator Lisette Bieleveld is an expert in civil contract and liability litigation, and also possesses specific expertise in cases involving the food and pharmaceutical industries. Simone Hoogeveen acts largely for accounting firms in civil and disciplinary proceedings. Described as ‘pragmatic‘ and ‘skilful‘, civil liability expert Jasper Leedekerken and corporate investigations specialist Vanessa Liem are also a key members of the practice.