We are a law firm with a global reach. We have a robust corporate practice, a centre of excellence in litigation, and an unparalleled team of regulatory experts. Big matters, big risks and big arenas require multidisciplinary, multinational teams composed of strong strategic thinkers willing to go the extra mile. We believe in striking the right balance between rigour and pragmatism, especially when the stakes are high and the pressure is on.

We put business in a legal context, not the other way around. The needs of our clients go hand in hand with our legal expertise. That’s why we strive to recruit people with a variety of interests, experience and nationalities. We look at the bigger picture, and leave no stone unturned on our path to aiding our clients. We practise the art and science of collaboration – across all disciplines and national borders – with both our own and other legal experts, in-house counsel, and other specialists.

Headquartered in Amsterdam, we also have bases in Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Shanghai and Singapore. Our Best Friends – a network of premier European law firms – alongside our informal partnerships around the world mean we have access to the best local expertise as and when required.

Our Regulatory and Criminal Enforcement group has been involved in a great number of enforcement actions brought by a variety of enforcement agencies, including the Dutch Central Bank (DNB), the Financial Markets Authority (AFM), the Dutch public prosecutor, the SEC, the US Department of Justice, OFAC, the FED, the FSA and other agencies. De Brauw has extensive experience in defending clients in ensuing civil, administrative and criminal court proceedings, as well as in negotiating (confidential) settlements with criminal and regulatory agencies for our clients.



Geert Potjewijd
managing partner

De Brauw’s Regulatory and Criminal Enforcement group leads internal investigations into matters such as market manipulation, corporate fraud and regulatory and antitrust violations.
During the past years, De Brauw has been at the forefront of conducting large-scale multi-jurisdictional internal investigations for corporations and financial institutions, listed in Europe, the United States and Asia. Recent investigations include topics such as:

•  Insider trading
•  Market manipulation
•  Tipping
•  Bank and securities fraud
•  Fraud
•  Real estate
•  Money laundering
•  Regulatory compliance failures
•  Antitrust violations
•  FCPA violations
•  International trade: UN, US and EU sanction programs and export controls

So far, we have succeeded in keeping most of these matters confidential, resolving issues with enforcement agencies amicably and out-of-court.

For each investigation, De Brauw forms a multi-disciplinary team, leveraging the vast resources of the firm in corporate governance, litigation, compliance, regulatory enforcement and data protection laws. Often De Brauw instructs or closely cooperates with members of our international network of law firms and financial and IT specialists.

De Brauw also counsels its clients on preventive measures and compliance programmes.


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