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Corruption comes in many shapes and sizes, including bribery, facilitation payments, conflicts of interest, and inducements. Companies may unwittingly enter a ‘grey area’ when doing business with or operating in countries with elevated risk of corruption, or when receiving or offering business gifts. Combating corruption is increasingly a priority for law enforcement authorities, including in an international context. Corruption often goes hand in hand with other criminal offences, such as money laundering, forgery, and accounting fraud. It can have major consequences for your company and management, not only because of the impact of an criminal investigation, but also because of the many other consequences, such as the risk of exclusion from future tenders or the refusal by auditors to issue an unqualified opinion. 

NautaDutilh's anti-corruption team advises financial institutions, listed companies and management on anti-corruption measures on a daily basis. Our criminal law experts assist companies and directors faced with allegations of (international) bribery. We also at the same time focus on prevention and help clients draw up anti-corruption policies, draft anti-corruption clauses in (commercial) contracts, and conduct anti-bribery/anti-corruption (ABAC) due diligence in transactions and acquisitions. Our experts are also part of the NautaDutilh Corporate Investigations Team, performing (internal) investigations for clients into signs of potential irregularities, for example in response to a whistleblower report or critical questions from auditors. 

Due to the scope of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the UK Bribery Act, internationally operating companies will quickly run the risk of being investigated in various jurisdictions. As well-positioned and independent law firm with strong ties with law firms around the world, NautaDutilh can offer clients a holistic approach.  

Our team members frequently provide customised and practical compliance training for management and staff to create awareness of the various manifestations and risks of corruption. Our team has sector-specific knowledge where necessary (e.g. for public servants, financial institutions, or medical professionals/medical device manufacturers). Our lawyers are frequently asked to speak at anti-corruption conferences and participate in round tables and other initiatives, engaging with business leaders and law enforcement authorities. We also regularly organise workshops and seminars on anti-corruption and related topics. 

NautaDutilh's Corporate Crime Team

Our Corporate Crime team comprises twenty criminal lawyers, who are known for their pragmatic and hands-on approach. We have twenty-five years of experience in financial and economic sanctions law and administrative law. 

Our team at seminars & event

  • Marleen Velthuis as speaker on 'Developments from the Lowlands' at Anti-Corruption Conference 2020 
  • Marleen Velthuis as panelist on panel 'Legal Privileged' and 'Internal Investigations 2.0' at Anti-Corruption Conference 2019
  • Marike Bakke and Simone Honig hosted the Seminar Corporate Conduct, Compliance and Business Ethics – 5 November 2019
  • Marleen Velthuis as panelist on 'Panel Anti-corruption trends', ABA Criminal Justice Section – 28 juni 2019

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Highlighted work

  • Advising Deloitte in connection with the Steinhoff accounting scandal;
  • Assisting Telia Company in connection with a large-scale international corruption investigation, resulting in a settlement with the Dutch Public Prosecution Service and the US Department of Justice (DOJ);
  • Assisting a transport company suspected of fraud and bribery, resulting in an irrevocable acquittal;
  • ABAC Due Diligence in M&A transactions;
  • ABAC review of existing contracts and relationships of a medical device manufacturer;
  • Internal investigation into alleged bribery and forgery at a company as part of ongoing criminal proceedings;
  • Self-reporting to the Dutch Public Prosecution Service in connection with a cross-border investigation into possible corruption at an international chemical company;
  • Investigation into possible conflicts of interest and irregularities in a tendering procedure for the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration.

What others say

Our Corporate Crime team has been ranked Tier 1 in the Legal 500 for many years now. Led by three of the firm’s female partners, the team also definitely promotes female leadership. 

  • "NautaDutilh provide a premier white-collar crime service. They have deep market knowledge and are instructed on a range of high profile cross-border matters. The team is collegiate and user friendly and adds tremendous value as part of an international consortium of law firms on cross-border matters." (Legal500 2020)
  • "Top notch quality in various areas of economic crime. Strong international background, very well-connected with authorities." (Legal500 2020)
  • "Intelligent and strategic thinkers who make the right decisions for the benefit of their clients!"(Legal500 2020)

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