Marnix Somsen is a lawyer at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in New York. He started in 2014 at the department of Regulatory & Criminal Enforcement to assist the Dutch business community in the control by American authorities in the area of financial law, export controls and sanction regimes. Marnix studied Dutch law and public administrations at the University of Amsterdam and American law at Harvard Law School and Columbian Law School. He graduated on the extraterritorial application of American Criminal and Administrative Law. Marnix is an editor of the handbook Company and Sanctions Law and is now member of the advisory board of the Journal of Sanctions Law & Enterprise. He is also Country Representative of the IBA Anti-corruption Committee for the Netherlands.
The international combat against fraud has only just begun. The rules are there and are well intended, but in practice it shows that the rules are not as effective as they should be. This leads to, on the one hand holes within the enforcement and on the other to double punishments. Furthermore, the strongest law, usually US law, is mostly enforced. This is in expense of a proper justice in other countries, including the Netherlands. Dutch citizens and Dutch businesses do not have to become a victim of this. This could be made possible by creating new prosecution modalities, improving the enforcement in the Netherlands and sharing views and experiences with the US.