'A growing number of the 18.000 cases Europol deals with annually have cross border elements. They also are becoming more and more complex, making the need for cooperation even bigger,' said Rob Wainwright, Europol director during the American Bar Association (ABA) conference White Collar Crime and Regulatory Trends in the EU and the US held on May 15 at NautaDutilh's Amsterdam office.
To exemplify the increased cooperation, Wainwright pointed at the European Cybercrime Centre. This centre - part of Europol ( the joint European police forces) - was opened last year to streamline the fight against cybercrime on the European continent.
Another example, NautaDutilh partner Arjen Tillema said, is the conference itself. 'Issues on our agenda today are the same ones you read about in the papers every day. Cybercrime is becoming more and more of a serious threat; corruption is being fought harder and sanctions such as those imposed against Russia and Ukraine are getting more complex. That`s why it`s so important all parties present here today cooperate and share their knowledge and experiences.' Apart from co-organizing the conference with our client Alvarez & Marsal and the ABA, Arjen moderated the conference`s last session General Trends in Enforcement and Compliance in the EU and US which dealt with, among other things, the Dutch bankers' oath.
What to do during a dawn raid?
NautaDutilh partner Joost Italianer shared his insights on European developments regarding internal investigations during a session covering the globalization of enforcement actions. He and four other speakers elaborated on what to do during a so-called dawn raid. Joost advised 'to cooperate, but only to a certain level.' For example, if you hand the investigators more specific key words so they can arrow down their search, they may walk out the door with only one terabyte of information instead the 50 terabyte they would have taken with them using their own more general search words. 'Many practical matters can be solved in the client`s advantage.'
Apart from the speakers and about 90 attendees, from Europe as well as the US, members of the Dutch press ( newspaper NRC Handelsblad and the public TV station NOS) were also present at the conference.