The role of the SFIO

Fraud has serious consequences for organizations operating in an international business environment. In such an environment, organizations are operating under serious pressure, competition is stiff and margins are tight. This, in conjunction with trying to adapt to unfamiliar legal systems, conventions and specific political circumstances, can make doing business in an international environment very difficult. There is therefore much depending on whether an
organization can win a contract, obtain a license or market a product in good time.

The Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO), headed by Bas A.S. van Leeuwen (LL.M., Esq.), attorney at law and forensic auditor, is the specialist investigating and litigating unit tackling the top level of serious or complex fraud, bribery and corruption. The SFIO focuses on fraud with a financial dimension, including tax fraud (Sections 68 and 69, General State Taxes Act), money laundering (Section 420bis et seq., Criminal Code) and forgery (Section 225, Criminal Code). Bas has also a wideranging experience in defending clients in criminal investigations into related offences, including deception/embezzlement (Sections 326 and 321, Criminal Code), bankruptcy fraud (Section 340 et seq., Criminal Code), corruption (Sections 177 and 328ter, Criminal Code), breaches of the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Prevention Act and sanctions legislation (Sections 1, 1a and 2, Economic Offences Act), and breaches of the Regulation 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, Official Journal No. L.119 of 4 May 2016, p. 1 et seq. (General Data Protection Regulation).

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