Kees van de Meent is managing partner at Florent in Amsterdam.
Kees van de Meent heads the firm's asset recovery and commercial fraud group which represents victims of serious fraud, corruption and other economic crimes around the world. Having been a court-appointed trustee for more than 25 years he also advises on national and international insolvency matters and creditor rights. Van de Meent acts as court appointed trustee in international fraud-related bankruptcies.
Florent's asset recovery and commercial fraud group is specialised in cases of cross-border asset recovery, fraud litigation (prosecuting civil claims for fraud), conducting financial fraud investigations in cooperation with forensic accountants and IT forensics, representing court-appointed trustees in fraud-related bankruptcies in order to recover stolen assets for the estate, representing (groups of) victims of boiler room frauds and anti-bribery cases. The team navigates complex legal issues such as private international law issues (regarding competent court, applicable law, recognition and enforcement) and multiple freeze actions, and works in close cooperation with colleagues in other jurisdictions to close the net on the fraudster.
Kees van de Meent is the Dutch representative of ICC's FraudNet, the global network operating under the aegis of the International Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of Insol International, Insol Europe and Insolad.
Kees van de Meent is frequently invited to lecture within the Netherlands and abroad on the topic of combatting commercial fraud and asset recovery and is a co-author of Asset Tracing & Recovery: The FraudNet World Compendium.
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Cathalijne van der Plas is one of the leading individuals of Florent's asset recovery and commercial fraud group which represents victims of serious fraud, corruption and other economic crimes around the world. She is admitted to the Dutch bar in 2005 and holds a PhD on private international law. She is also a lecturer in private international law at the University of Amsterdam.
Cathalijne’s practice is international in nature, consisting in large part of civil fraud, asset recovery and anti-corruption matters. She has also extensive experience in international judgment enforcement matters. Furthermore, she is often called on by other lawyers to provide advice on complex private international law issues and represents parties in international commercial disputes, including in arbitration.
Every year since 2013, Cathalijne van der Plas has been named a leading specialist for asset recovery by the Who’s Who Legal directory. In the 2016 edition she is praised for her "considerable insight into private international law" with one client regarding her work in the fraud and asset recovery space as "top-drawer". From 2015 onwards the Legal 500 guide also referred to Cathalijne as a recommended lawyer for fraud and white-collar crime cases.
Cathalijne van der Plas is part of ICC’s FraudNet, the worldwide network of lawyers of the International Chamber of Commerce specialised in combating international fraud. Since its existence she is a member of the IBA's Asset Recovery Sub-Committee. Furthermore, she is an active member of the ICC Dutch Section’s Corporate Responsibility & Anti-Corruption Committee.
Cathalijne van der Plas teaches courses at legal training institutes and has published articles about asset recovery and private international law issues in several academic journals. Both inside and outside the Netherlands, Cathalijne is a featured speaker at seminars about asset recovery and the options for international fraud victims to gain information in various legal jurisdictions about the trails left behind by swindlers. She co-authored the FraudNet World Compendium on Asset Tracing & Recovery.