White collar crime
White collar crime
Our criminal law team focuses on criminal law in the context of business activities and advises and assists private entities (large companies, financial institutions, etc.) and governmental agencies, as well as natural persons, including (but not exclusively) corporate directors and executive officers.
Advice is given on a broad variety of legal issues that may arise on and ad hoc (reactive) basis, but also on how to proactively underpin business policies aiming at prevention of criminal issues (risk analysis, criminal due diligence and compliance programmes for companies, management and employees).
The team offers assistance and representation in crimial litigation for both (alleged) offenders and victims of criminal offences, during the course of criminal investigations as well as in actual court proceedings.
Proceedings regarding criminal matters before the Belgian Court of Cassation and the European Court of Human Rights are parf of the practice. The team has built up considerable experience with respect to mutual assistance in criminal matters.
Issues dealt with on a regular basis include, among others, alleged forgery, private bribery/corruption, bankrupcy offences, abuse of company goods, (financial) fraud, money laundering, IT offences, insider trading and market manipulation, specific offences agianst corporate law rules, trade practice offences, criminal tax offences and tax fraud (including offences against customs regulations), criminal offences against social security and employment legislation and environmental legislation, and violation of professional secrecy.
Common criminal offences involving public or private business entities or their representatives are also dealth with, e.g. in connection with criminal proceedings relating to industrial accidents with physical injuries or fatal accidents.
Furthermore, our criminal law team also specialises, often in collaboration with our tax team, in assisting clients in voluntary regularisation efforts in order to avoid (further) criminal proceedings and sanctions.
Over the years, our team has gained a reputation for bringing together the most knowledgeable and efficient specialists, some of whom also pursue academic activities in the area of criminal law. The team has excellent contacts with highly qualified foreign colleagues in the field of criminal law.