SPECIALISED LEGAL SUPPORT

COMPREHENSIVE LEGAL SERVICES WITH A PERSONAL TOUCH

CAUSA FINALIS LAW FIRM (CFLF)

Causa Finalis Law Firm assists clients with criminal matters, administrative supervision and enforcement cases and internal and external investigations. We combine specialist knowledge and years of experience in the various disciplines of compliance, monitoring and enforcement. Dedicated to handling fraud and white-collar crime matters, we provide assistance in matters relating to money-laundering, corruption and public procurement fraud, tax fraud, environmental criminal law and many other economic and criminal offences. Our work comprises of in-depth (corporate) investigations for (semi) public organisations and companies, advise on damage control and defending them before authorities and courts.

WE ARE DIFFERENT!

We combine the qualities of traditional criminal defence lawyers, consultants and in-house lawyers. Like traditional criminal defence lawyers, we deliver high quality legal advice. Like consultants, we have the skills, can-do approach and technology support to handle complex projects. Like in-house lawyers, we work together with other areas of expertise like finance, tax, strategy, compliance, audit, risk management, marketing and HR.

SPECIALISED LEGAL SUPPORT

  • Advising the central government, the provinces and municipalities as well as their companies and partners on the needs of the public sector.
  • Assisting Public and Semi-Public Operators, from the development of their strategy to the day-to-day management of their activities, in the following fields: organization and management of public bodies, choice of contractual arrangements, launch of consultation procedures, negotiation and monitoring of contracts, management of public services, economic interventionism, digital and energy transition, out-of-court settlement and litigation before national and supra-national authorities.
  • Providing comprehensive support for entities in the financial sector and combining regulatory expertise with broad networking in the market, with supervisory authorities, associations and legislators.
  • Advising industrial and family businesses on legal issues related to business operations.
  • Supporting firms in organizing and enforcing law within the company and avoiding liability, as well as partners in all matters of monitoring and succession.
  • Assisting (directors of) businesses, civil servants and private clients during questioning by the law enforcement authorities, providing support during searches, maintaining contact with the law enforcement authorities and the public prosecutor and seeking possibilities to close the criminal prosecution, preferably without having to go to trial.

SPECIALISED FORENSIC AND INTEGRITY SERVICES

Our strategic alliance with Praetor Maximus Forensic Auditing (PMFA) enables us to co-operate with this auditing and financial crime risk management firm if this is beneficial to our clients. We provide the services required to help private and public organizations identity the nature and extent of the financial crime and deliver appropriate remedies: Fraud Risk Assessment, Fraud Risk Management, Fraud Investigations, Compliance Assistance, Integrity Due Diligence, Forensic Business Intelligence, Litigation, Negotiation and Reputation Management.

Excellence

Thoroughness

Passion for Criminal Law

Conquering Spirit

Creativity

Humanity

Government Enforcement and Investigations Practice

Helping clients navigate the regulatory and enforcement environment

Causa Finalis Law Firm (CFLF) represents companies and individuals in a range of government and internal investigations, regulatory inquiries, white-collar criminal defence matters, compliance issues, civil litigation, and enforcement actions. Today’s Public and private business environment is marked by the close coordination between government authorities and regulators, which has, in turn, blurred the lines between regulatory, civil, criminal penalties. Public and private businesses face a challenging enforcement environment, particularly in highly regulated industries. We use our deep government and industry knowledge and hard-won experience in the courtroom and boardroom to help corporate entities navigate these challenges, including proactive compliance planning. We assists our clients in three primary ways:

  • Preventing government investigations and enforcement actions by developing and maintaining innovative compliance programs and internal safeguards;
  • Investigating potential problems internally and conducting due diligence before any governmental involvement arises, thereby managing enterprise and reputational risks; and
  • Responding to government-initiated investigations and enforcement actions when they occur, whether in the civil, criminal or regulatory context.

A key advantage to conducting internal investigations through Causa Finalis Law Firm (CFLF) is that our clients can take advantage of the attorney-client and work-product privileges, ensuring that most communications, advice and work product relating to their due diligence and internal investigations will remain protected if an external investigation or proceeding occurs.

Anti-Money Laundering Investigations & Compliance

Dutch authorities are aggressively investigating financial institutions and companies for anti-money laundering (AML) program failures that heighten the risk of money laundering. This effort has begun an unprecedented crackdown on money laundering and weak compliance in anti-money laundering (AML) programs, resulting in significant fines, penalties, and forfeitures. With criminal and regulatory experience both in and outside of the government, Causa Finalis Law Firm (CFLF) helps clients create best-in-class compliance programs, respond to government anti-money laundering (AML) investigations, and defend against enforcement actions of all types.

White-Collar Criminal Defence

No client expects to be the target of a criminal investigation, but with lines between regulatory, civil, and criminal enforcement increasingly blurred, businesses and executives can find themselves faced with subpoenas, law enforcement interviews, search warrants, and even criminal charges. When they do, clients rely on the battle-tested white-collar defence lawyer at Causa Finalis Law Firm (CFLF). We represent clients facing all types of criminal investigations and charges, including: tax fraud (Sections 68 and 69, General State Taxes Act), money laundering (Section 420bis et seq., Criminal Code), forgery (Section 225, Criminal Code), deception/embezzlement (Sections 326 and 321, Criminal Code), bankruptcy fraud (Section 340 et seq., Criminal Code), corruption (Sections 177 and 328ter, Criminal Code) and breaches of the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Prevention Act and sanctions legislation (Sections 1, 1a and 2, Economic Offences Act).

If your application for a Certificate of Conduct is refused

A certificate of conduct (VOG) is a document by which the Dutch State Secretary for Justice and Security declares that the applicant did not commit any criminal offences that are relevant to the performance of his or her duties.

After applying for a certificate of conduct (VOG) Justis consults the Criminal Records System (JDS). The Criminal Records System (JDS) contains data relating to criminal offences and their outcomes, ranging from custodial sentences to payment in lieu of prosecution or the dropping of charges. Justis may also consult police files and ask the Public Prosecution Service and the probation service for information.

If the Justis Department (Judicial agency for Testing, Integrity and Screening) intends to refuse your Certificate of Conduct (VOG), you will first receive written intention stating the reasons for refusal. You are allowed to let Justis know your view with regard to the reasons for refusal. If you wish to inspect your criminal record, you should write to the Central Criminal Records Office (Justitiële Informatiedienst, Postbus 337, 7600 AH Almelo), enclosing a copy of your identity document. You can also see your criminal record at the nearest District Court (rechtbank) but you are not allowed to make copies.

If your application for a certificate of conduct is refused, you can object in accordance with the General Administrative Law Act (Algemene wet bestuursrecht).

Negative registered with the Dutch Credit Registration Office (BKR)?

Organisations affiliated with the Dutch Credit Registration Office (BKR) are required to send you “advance notification” first – before they may place an arrears code (A-code) on your credit agreement. This states that the lender intends to report your payment arrears to the Dutch Credit Registration Office (BKR). After this advance notification, you still have a last chance (several days) to meet your payment obligations before the payment arrears are actually noted in our file.

 

Once you have obtained credit, the information on the agreement is registered with the Dutch Credit Registration Office (BKR). You are known to Dutch Credit Registration Office (BKR) from that moment. This remains the case throughout the entire term of the credit agreement. Once the credit agreement ends, the contract is given an end date and the retention period begins. Your information will then remain visible for another five years. Your information includes the note that the credit agreement has ended and when this occurred. Your information is automatically deleted from the Dutch Credit Registration Office (BKR) database (CKI) when the five-year retention period ends.

Serving Your Business Needs

Causa Finalis Law Firm (CFLF) offers legal advice and assistance across a broad spectrum of disciplines to businesses, public and private sector institutions, governments and individuals.

Subsidised legal assistance

If you have a low income, you might be eligible for subsidised legal assistance.

Legal aid is the provision of assistance to people who are unable to afford legal representation and access to the court system. Legal aid is regarded as central in providing access to justice by ensuring equality before the law, the right to counsel and the right to a fair trial. The eligibility for legal aid is based on both the client’s annual income and his assets. The Legal Aid Board verifies the client’s personal data with those in the municipal population register and checks the applicant’s income and assets with the tax authorities. It is able to do so with the aid of a ‘burgerservicenummer’ (citizen service number) (BSN); this is a unique identification number, which every Dutch citizen receives when registering in the municipal population register. Thanks to online connections with the tax authorities, the Legal Aid Board is able to rapidly obtain information concerning the applicant’s income and assets. Additionally, also non-Dutch litigants receive legal aid when they have a problem that concerns the Dutch legal system.

COVID-19

Given the current circumstances and the containment measures ordered by the Dutch government, we would like to assure you that the safety of our clients, employees and attorneys and the continuity of the best services are our top priorities. Our law firm is equipped with a high-performance and secured IT platform that enables our attorneys and support teams to ensure the continuity and quality of our services. All the physical meetings are cancelled and will be replaced by telephone conferences or video conferences. We thank you for your understanding and remain at your disposal for any questions you may have.

NEWS & INSIGHTS

Our Strategic Approach to Financial Crime Risk Management

Our strategic alliance with Praetor Maximus Forensic Auditing (PMFA) enables us to co-operate with this auditing and financial crime risk management firm if this is beneficial to our clients. Praetor Maximus Forensic Auditing (PMFA) provides the services required to help private and public organizations identity the nature and extent of financial crime and deliver appropriate remedies: Fraud Risk Assessment, Fraud Risk Management, Fraud Investigations, Compliance Assistance, Integrity Due Diligence, Forensic Business Intelligence, Litigation, Negotiation and Reputation Management.

In considering whether to authorise an investigation, Praetor Maximus Forensic Auditing (PMFA) will take into account the actual or intended harm that may be caused to: the public, or the reputation and integrity of the Netherlands as an international financial centre, or the economy and prosperity of the Netherlands and whether the complexity and nature of the fraud, bribery or corruption warrants the application of Praetor Maximus Forensic Auditing’s specialist skills, powers and capabilities to investigate and litigate.