I am a trade and customs lawyer focusing on compliance with anti-bribery, customs, export controls and economic sanctions regulations.

I specialise in providing and coordinating multi-jurisdictional trade compliance advice for clients in the computer and software technology, aviation and aerospace, defence, life science, retail and logistics sectors.

Drawing from our practice experience dealing with cross-border trade matters, I have developed in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience to help our clients understand varying implementations and interpretations of administrations in different EU Member States.

As a member of our tech & comms, life science and retail and consumer sector groups in The Hague, I have been particularly involved in a number of challenging compliance matters dealing with both the EU and US export controls and sanctions frameworks helping our client evaluate their interactions and effects from a business perspective.

Over the years, I have supported clients in internal audits and investigations as well as assisted clients in voluntary self-disclosures and legal proceedings. I have also been closely involved in global restructuring projects improving customs compliance and implementing cost-effective supply chains. I have extensive experience dealing with intangible technology transfer (ITT) challenges and setting up of export control portfolios comprising proper classification, export licensing and effective internal compliance programs.

Above all, I am always keen to provide sage and practical advice and guidance in order to help achieve client's trade objectives, which always begins with connecting and gaining an understanding of the client's industry, business model, environment and unique needs.

  • Advised a leading and managing global projects related to customs valuation, customs origin and customs classification aspects, compliance and duty saving opportunities in view of the implementation of a transfer pricing system and restructuring of the group company.
  • Conducting an external audit - covering past imports and related declared customs value, customs origin and customs classification of various products - in view of possible suspension or revocation of AEO status.
  • Advising a worldwide cyber security and privacy company with regard to a cross-border acquisition involving a target having global export control related cybersecurity operations. The performed expedited legal compliance review involved assessing target's EU export control compliance.
  • Advising a multinational US-based client in relation to export controls classification of IT products (i.e. determining the Export Control Classification Number – ECCN) in the EU, export controls licensing, auditing the internal export control compliance and screening processes, compliance trainings and assisting in voluntary self-disclosure arising from diverging interpretation of the EU export control regulations.
  • Advising on EU and national export controls legislation and licensing requirements involving a tripartite agreement related to the deployment, functioning and maintenance of a satellite navigation system and programme.
Education
  • White Collar Academy, Anti-Bribery & Corruption Training for Compliance Professionals
  • International Anti-Corruption Academy
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam, Post-Graduate Master, Customs
  • Universiteit Leiden, LLM, International & European Law
Admissions
  • The Netherlands Bar in 2007