Corporate litigation partner Joost Italianer is quoted in the NRC Handelsblad of 13 November in the article 'Geen rechter, wel de schandpaal' ('No judge, but the pillory anyway'). The reason for the article is the settlement that the Public Prosecutor reached with SBM Offshore.
Joost speaks as a lawyer specialised in fraude and settlements. Among other things, he mentions that the advantage of settling is that 'a company can influences the outcome - at least a little bit.' Joost, who negotiates about settlements on behalf of many companies, further observes that 'the negotiating space with the Public Prosecutor is declining'.
The article was published in the yesterday's newspaper and is also to be read at NRCQ.nl: 'Een rechtszaak? Nee, bedrijven hebben liever een schikking.'