MR. BAS A.S. VAN LEEUWEN (LL.M., ESQ.) , criminal defence lawyer and forensic auditor, assists public and private entities as well as individuals with criminal matters, administrative supervision and enforcement cases, and internal and external investigations. There are various authorities which a client may be dealing with. It is crucial to obtain immediate clarity about the nature of the investigation because the rules may differ from one authority to another. Some examples: (a) Criminal authorities, such as the Tax Intelligence and Investigation Service (FIOD) and the Public Prosecution Service (OM) in criminal or tax investigations; (b) Financial regulators, such as the Dutch Central Bank (DNB) and the Dutch Financial Markets Authority (AFM) for supervised institutions; (c) Competition law authorities such as the European Commission or the Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM) for investigations into market power and cartels; (d) Other inspection services, such as the Social Affairs and Employment Inspectorate (Inspectorate SZW), Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA), Dutch Transport Inspectorate (ILT), Regional Environmental Services, and the Dutch Data Protection Authority.
MR. BAS A.S. VAN LEEUWEN (LL.M., ESQ.) will ensure that, during a search or other visit by the authorities, the applicable scope, powers and limitations are complied with. An important element is the protection of privileged information within your corporate organization. Adopting a pragmatic approach, we will seek to engage with the authorities to ensure that the search or inspection is carried out as efficiently as possible, with as little impact on your operations as possible. Discretion and protection of the (legal) position of your corporate organization and employees are paramount in this regard.
MR. BAS A.S. VAN LEEUWEN (LL.M., ESQ.) also offers assistance and support during the follow-up process, which often consists of maintaining contact with the authorities, preparing and attending interviews with employees/witnesses, and providing additional information.
MR. BAS A.S. VAN LEEUWEN (LL.M., ESQ.) also has the expertise and capabilities to conduct an internal or other investigation for your corporate organization, so as to enable you to determine whether and, if so, what irregularities may have occurred within your corporate organization. This enables the corporate organization to proactively take corrective measures.