Niels van der Laan LL.M. focuses on (corporate) criminal law and acts in high-profile cases and investigations. His clients are publicly traded companies, banks, trust offices, and other businesses in the financial and private sector. He advises on criminal defence and criminal liability and directs internal fraud investigations.
In addition, he is active as a defence lawyer for CEOs, chairpersons, non-executive directors, managers and advisors who are involved in corruption cases, market abuse cases (insider trading, market manipulation), money laundering cases, criminal tax cases and (other) White Collar cases.
Van der Laan has a great deal of experience with technically complex transnational litigations and maintains good contacts with defence lawyers abroad, especially in the U.S. He is considered an expert in the field of international criminal law and also litigates before the Dutch Supreme Court.
Van der Laan further specializes in the field of cybercrime (hacking, phishing and spamming). He also advises various internet service providers such as search-engines, forums and blogs, as well as hosting and access providers about their rights and obligations concerning (digital) investigations and regarding criminal liability for (user-generated) content.
Van der Laan gained notoriety by representing the (former) President of the Centrale Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten, who was fully acquitted in first instance as well as in appeal on a suspicion of tax fraud.
Next to his work as a criminal defence lawyer, Van der Laan works as an interim-judge at the criminal court of appeal in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
Van der Laan gives lectures both at home and abroad and teaches at several educational institutions. He mainly lectures in the fields of money laundering, confiscation procedures and pre-trial detention. Additionally he regularly publishes articles in professional journals. In the past, Van der Laan was one of the erstwhile founders of the Dutch Association of Young Criminal Defence Lawyers.
Van der Laan is registered in the field “criminal law” of the Netherlands Bar.
De Roos & Pen specialises in financial economic and criminal tax law and is recognised both internationally and within the Netherlands as an authority in this field. As a result, the office also has a great deal of expertise and experience in handling complex fraud cases. Lawyers from De Roos & Pen have supported a variety of clients, individuals as well as companies, in for example the ‘Clickfonds’ case, the Construction Fraud (‘Bouwfraude’) and the more recent Real Estate Fraud (‘Vastgoedfraude’).
Additionally, lawyers from De Roos & Pen conduct internal investigations, mainly on behalf of the financial sector, and offer advice about compliance and corporate governance. As a result of this specialization, De Roos & Pen frequently serves international (often American) companies that have interests in the Netherlands or elsewhere in Europe.
Yet De Roos & Pen has never forgotten its social roots. The office expanded in the 1980’s when it made its name supporting squatters, among others. As a result of its history, the general criminal practice has never lost its place at the heart of the office. De Roos & Pen still frequently assists clients in cases of money laundering, drugs and/or cases involving violence.
Thanks to the scale of the office – De Roos & Pen is regarded as a (medium) large criminal law office – the office is always ready to put together a reliable team of lawyers for every acute criminal law problem