Corporate Compliance and Internal Investigations

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MR. BAS A.S. VAN LEEUWEN (LL.M., ESQ.) combines the qualities of traditional lawyers, consultants and in-house lawyers. Like traditional lawyers, the attorney delivers high quality legal advice. Like consultants, the attorney has the skills, can-do approach and technology support to handle complex projects. Like in-house lawyers the attorney works together with other areas of expertise like finance, tax, strategy, compliance, audit, risk management, marketing and HR.

Fraud Risk Management

Legislation, regulatory imperatives and proposed new guidance for businesses all mean that it is no longer adequate for firms to simply deal with fraud as it arises. It therefore becomes necessary to have an effective fraud risk management strategy in place and have relevant systems and controls within the context of a ‘risk-based’ approach. VAN LEEUWEN FCRM can help you assess your vulnerability to fraud, define any weaknesses in your systems and processes from both an external and an internal perspective, and help you minimise your vulnerability to fraud risks.

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Whistleblowing service

An important aspect to encourage accountability and transparency within a private or public entity is a mechanism to enable all individuals to voice concerns internally in a responsible and effective manner when they discover information which they believe shows serious malpractice.

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Anti-bribery and corruption consulting

The number of enforcement actions, the number of jurisdictions within which enforcement actions have been brought and the size and nature of fines and penalties arising from anti-corruption legislations, have all increased significantly over the last few years. With far reaching legislations like the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), UK Bribery Act etc., and authorities across different jurisdictions such as the Department of Justice (DOJ), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) etc. increasingly sharing information and bringing joint actions – now more than ever, managing the risk of corruption has become a global rather than a country specific issue.

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Anti-money laundering consulting

Traditionally money laundering has been a risk area for banks and financial institutions. However, the broader reach of anti-money laundering (AML) legislation worldwide and the increase in financial and trading activity performed by other businesses have meant a change to this view in recent years. VAN LEEUWEN FCRM believes in serving its clients through a collaborative approach, working together to address AML issues and developing innovative solutions to this type of compliance risk.

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Business intelligence services

Investors have seen increasing opportunities to achieve growth through acquisition or investment deals in jurisdictions around the world, particularly in emerging markets. While these opportunities can be extremely lucrative, they can also result in clients entering into business relationships and new markets, which give rise to potential legal and commercial risks. If these are not identified and addressed prior to completion of a transaction or the commencement of a business relationship, they can result in financial loss, reputational damage and regulatory/criminal sanction.

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Corporate fraud investigation

The spectre of white collar crime can place a significant drain on any business. When such issues arise, it is imperative that they are dealt with quickly and concisely. VAN LEEUWEN FCRM helps you navigate through the regulatory and operational complexities and take timely decisions so you can get on with business. The auditing firm consists of investigative skills to conduct corporate investigations spanning many levels of complexity.

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Forensic Litigation support and Forensic Dispute Resolution advisory

The rapid pace and complex manner in which commercial transactions between businesses are conducted has resulted in a large amount of litigation and disputes. To overcome such issues, experienced litigators require the support of forensic dispute advisory professionals who could provide valuable financial insight and identify relevant risks.

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Computer forensics

It takes special skills, techniques and technology to find, gather and preserve digital evidence. Without rigorous data capture and discovery technique, crucial evidence could be lost in an internal investigation or potential litigation.

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Forensic data analytics

VAN LEEUWEN FCRM’s Data Analytics professionals specialise in the collection, cleansing, enrichment, transformation, analysis and modeling of data for the purpose of investigation. It’s data analysis will identify areas susceptible to high fraud risk, enabling you to focus your efforts in preventing them or dealing with them during the Investigation process.

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FINANCIAL CRIME RISK MANAGEMENT

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MR. BAS A.S. VAN LEEUWEN (LL.M., ESQ.) assists clients with criminal matters, administrative supervision and enforcement cases, and internal and external investigations. Cases involving accusations of fraud, bribery, money laundering, corruption or violations, financial mismanagement, of international sanctions seriously disrupt a client’s operations and damage their reputation. At a client’s request, the attorney can conduct internal investigations, advice, litigate and negotiate with regulators and the Public Prosecution Service. He delivers swift solutions that address the underlying problems for urgent matters. Sometimes, his clients are injured by non-compliant conduct; sometimes they find themselves accused of the same.

Multidisciplinary and Multidimensional

MR. BAS A.S. VAN LEEUWEN (LL.M., ESQ.) maps out your route through the complex web of legislation, jurisprudence and legal doctrine. He guides the way and accompanies you. Your attorney-at-law uses all his experience and expertise to work for you, creates sustainable added value and shares all their knowledge freely and openly. This means that you can move forward, safe in the knowledge that everything has been carefully thought through. The legal context and requirements are constantly changing. They are becoming more complex and strategic. That's why MR. BAS A.S. VAN LEEUWEN (LL.M., ESQ.) is multidisciplinary, and why he takes a multidimensional approach. He combines his various legal expertise’s, to offer you the best possible cross-cutting solution. With a strong, individual identity, he strongly believes in working with other (business) consultants to provide clients with the best possible (business) solutions.

Integrity, Authenticity and Consistency

MR. BAS A.S. VAN LEEUWEN (LL.M., ESQ.) listens to what is important and provides practical and personalised advice in a constantly changing world. That requires fresh thinking and tech savviness combined with proven experience. The attorney believes that when knowledge travels, opportunities arise. He thinks client-focused, acts fast and speaks frankly in a language that you understand. He makes sense, not nonsense. Expect accessible personality, an open mind and a pragmatic bullet point approach. MR. BAS A.S. VAN LEEUWEN (LL.M., ESQ.) guarantees integrity, authenticity and consistency. His mission is to find solutions through excellent legal insight and strong business instinct. That is how he exceeds expectations, delivers consistent results and forges long-term relationships with his clients.

Responsible Business

VAN LEEUWEN FORENSIC AUDITING [VAN LEEUWEN FCRM] is socially responsible both within and outside the firm. MR. BAS A.S. VAN LEEUWEN (LL.M., ESQ.) believes that he has a responsibility, as corporate citizen, to help shape the future in a way that provides economic, ecological and social benefits for all. His initiatives in the area of corporate responsibility are many and varied across his business, but in all his activities, he seeks to behave in a way that consistently reinforces his business principles of (e)quality, unity and integrity.

SERVING YOUR BUSINESS NEEDS

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LEGAL DEPARTMENT OPERATIONS (LDO)

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New technologies and processes are transforming in-house legal departments, but staffing models, too, are shifting to create new efficiencies and respond to the need for updated departmental skills and expertise. Meet the legal department operations (LDO) professionals – a new position in corporate legal departments that is increasingly helping free up attorney time to focus on legal matters instead of operational ones. The recognition that operations, innovation, technology, and procurement should actually be the responsibility of an identifiable individual, rather than part of the portfolio of the general counsel is the biggest emerging trend in legal operations. The legal department operations (LDO) professional is typically occupied with project management, financial planning, and managing outside counsel. But these legal department operations (LDO) professionals are also responsible for strategy, goal setting, and managing budgets, people, and vendors. Additionally, legal department operations (LDO) professionals play a crucial role in change management, which might explain their recent popularity. The legal department operations (LDO) professional is often the person to decide what technology changes make sense and to determine how those technologies should be implemented with consideration of financial and operational implications such as budgeting, staffing requirements, outsourcing, and training.

UNDERSTANDING FINANCIAL CRIME TO MANAGE FINANCIAL CRIME RISKS

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MR. BAS A.S. VAN LEEUWEN (LL.M., ESQ) believes that when knowledge travels, opportunities arise. The attorney thinks client-focused, acts fast and speaks frankly in a language that you understand. He makes sense, not nonsense. Expect accessible personality, an open mind and a pragmatic bullet point approach.

A comprehensive approach to deterring and preventing Private Automatic Branch Exchange (PABX) Fraud (White Paper)

Private Automatic Branch Exchange (PABX) Fraud has serious consequences for organizations operating in an international business environment. In such an environment, organizations are operating under serious pressure, competition is stiff and margins are tight. This, in conjunction with trying to adapt to unfamiliar legal systems, conventions and specific political circumstances, can make doing business in an international environment very difficult. There is therefore much depending on whether an organization can win a contract, obtain a license or market a product in good time.

In this white paper, learn more about our comprehensive approach to deterring and preventing Private Automatic Branch Exchange (PABX).

White paper – Comprehensive approach to deterring and preventing Invoice Redirection fraud (or Mandate Fraud)

Invoice Redirection fraud (or Mandate Fraud) occurs when your company receives a request to change a direct debit, standing order or bank transfer mandate, from someone purporting to be from another organisation to which regular payments are made, for example a business supplier. It generally takes place when a criminal impersonates your company and deceives the customer into making payment of the company’s genuine invoices to a fraudulent third party account instead.

In this white paper, learn more about our comprehensive approach to deterring and preventing Invoice Redirection fraud (or Mandate Fraud).

White paper – Comprehensive approach to deterring and preventing Procurement Fraud

Employees may be trusted with certain procurement responsibilities which can provide opportunities to commit fraud-related offenders. It’s difficult to identify the risks. A common sense approach is always essential.

In this white paper, learn more about our comprehensive approach to deterring and preventing Procurement Fraud

VISION AND VALUES

Goal-Oriented & Effective & Effective& Effective

A goal-oriented approach for an effective result. Driven, personal, specialised, speedy, pragmatic and with clear communication.

Driven

Passion for the law. That’s where it begins but it doesn’t stop there. MR. BAS A.S. VAN LEEUWEN (LL.M., ESQ) looks further than the purely legal. The attorney recognizes himselves in the drive that typifies his clientele.

Personal

Tailored to his requirements, no ‘one size fits all’. Every question or every problem requires a unique approach. With MR. BAS A.S. VAN LEEUWEN (LL.M., ESQ) you are not just a number. For businesses he is an extension of the business.

Specialised

Getting to work with focused expertise and always delivering solutions. MR. BAS A.S. VAN LEEUWEN (LL.M., ESQ) offers expertise in several different areas of law. The attorney maintains his expertise by continually investing in knowledge management.

Quick

Time is precious. Often legal questions or problems arrive unexpectedly and at the wrong time. MR. BAS A.S. VAN LEEUWEN (LL.M., ESQ) understands that very well. The attorney seeks a quick and practical solution.

Pragmatic

Practical solutions, that’s what it is all about. Solutions that you feel comfortable with. Conflict management is central here.

Clear communication

Clear communication, without losing sight of the important legal nuances. Concrete and practical legal advice in ordinary language.