Economic Offences

The Dutch Economic Offences Act (WED) provides for criminal prosecution of breaches of regulations contained in specific regulatory legislation. These include the regulations in the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Prevention Act, the General Customs Act and the Sanctions Act. Prosecutions under the Dutch Economic Offences Act (WED) are also possible in the event of breaches of legislation on strategic goods (dual use), licensing regulations for imports and exports, and transactions involving countries or individuals subject to sanctions.

MR. BAS VAN LEEUWEN (LL.M., ESQ), attorney at law, has a great deal of expertise to offer adequate legal assistance within the Dutch Economic Criminal Law. He assists suspects during questioning by the Police, the Inspectorate SZW, the Fiscal Intelligence and Investigation Service (FIOD), the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Autority (NVWA), the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILENT), the Health Care and Youth Inspectorate (IGJ), the Dutch Central Bank (DNB), the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM), the Financial Supervision Office (BFT), provide support during searches, maintain contact with the Police (or other inspectorates/autorities) and the public prosecutor and seek possibilities to close the criminal prosecution, preferably without having to go to trial.


MR. BAS A.S. VAN LEEUWEN (LL.M., ESQ.), attorney at law, assists clients with criminal matters, administrative supervision and enforcement cases, and internal and external investigations. Cases involving accusations of fraud, bribery, money laundering, corruption or violations, financial mismanagement, of international sanctions seriously disrupt a client’s operations and damage their reputation. At a client’s request, MR. BAS A.S. VAN LEEUWEN (LL.M., ESQ.) can conduct internal investigations, advice, litigate and negotiate with regulators and the Public Prosecution Service. The attorney delivers swift solutions that address the underlying problems for urgent matters. Sometimes, his clients are injured by non-compliant conduct; sometimes they find themselves accused of the same.