TRADE-BASED MONEY LAUNDERING

More Trade Transparency Units Needed

Smuggling and trade fraud are on the rise, according to Viêt Nam News (27 October 2015). The Telegraph reports that the authorities in China have arrested 21 people on suspicion of defrauding almost one million Chinese investors of 50bn yuan (£5.3 billion) after an online peer-to-peer lender turned out to be a giant Ponzi scheme (1 February 2016). Money laundering and fraud seem to be on the increase. Trade-Based Money Laundering (TBML) is one of the big threats facing us today.

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OPPORTUNITIES TO MEET ME

Amsterdam, The Hague & Vienna

I am going to attend the following conferences:

  • Consular Conference – The Hague, 22 September 2015
  • InterExpo / 20th Trade Mission – Amstel Hotel Amsterdam, 23 – 25 September 2015
  • International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), FraudNet Conference – Vienna, Austria, 1 – 3 October 2015
  • IBA (International Bar Association) International Conference – Vienna, Austria, 4 – 7 October 2015
  • I hope to meet many colleagues and others from all over the world.

    Karel Frielink (Attorney/Lawyer, Partner)

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    FRAUD (part II)

    Legal forms of fraud

    The person who forges a diploma, agreement or identity document is guilty of a criminal offence. Although the concept of ‘fraud’ is only mentioned in relation to human trade in the Criminal Code of Curaçao, there are various offences which can have a relationship with fraud in the sense meant herein: forgery, embezzlement, swindle, (fraudulent) bankruptcy and bribery.

    In civil-law relationships the doctrines such as breach of contract, wrongful act, misleading advertisement, error and deception come to mind. In addition, there are lots of other Acts with special provisions such as tax law. I will pass …
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    FRAUD (part I)

    Curaçao

    Fraud is an everyday occurrence. It is of all times, and a phenomenon that happens in every country. In discussions about fraud (and corruption) in Curaçao you regularly see that people refer to other countries, in particular to the Netherlands, to downplay this phenomenon here somewhat. The small number of criminal prosecutions and convictions are often mentioned. In this connection it is often said that they are of ‘a political nature’. Sometimes it is even alleged that someone’s integrity can only be discussed when there is a criminal conviction. We can delude ourselves a lot!

    In the event of …
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    FRAUDNET – THE POWER OF ONE GLOBAL NETWORK

    FraudNet in action

    According to The Irish Times, lawyer Antenor Pereira Madruga Filho (a member of FraudNet) is hired by the Irish Government to represent it in a high-profile case involving a lawyer who fled Ireland in 2007 with debts of €80m. The lawyer was arrested in Brazil almost two years ago and has been held since in a prison (click here for the newspaper article). FraudNet Members are regularly in the news and you can read about some of them here.

    FraudNet is a worldwide network of lawyers specialized in asset tracing and …
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    KAREL FRIELINK NEW FRAUDNET MEMBER

    Global network that can help victims

     

    Karel Frielink has been appointed member of FraudNet for all six islands of the Dutch Antilles. FraudNet is a worldwide network of lawyers specialized in asset tracing and recovery. Set up in 2004 by the anti-crime arm of the International Chamber of Commerce, FraudNet currently numbers 70 members present in 62 countries, providing victims of fraud with the possibility of retaining the best asset recovery professionals in the targeted jurisdictions.

    Following strict criteria set by its member-elected Standards and …
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    ADVOCATEN EN BELANGENVERSTRENGELING

    Een advocaat moet onafhankelijk zijn

    Van een advocaat wordt verwacht dat hij onafhankelijk is. Bij die onafhankelijkheid gaat het om een houding: de instelling van de advocaat tegenover zijn cliënt, maar ook tegenover het gerecht en in feite tegenover elke andere betrokken partij. Hij behoort de belangen van zijn cliënt te behartigen en zich niet door zijn eigenbelang te laten leiden. Hij mag evenmin de belangen behartigen van anderen als die in strijd zijn met het belang van zijn cliënt.

    In de Gedragsregels voor Advocaten wordt dit uitgangspunt als volgt omschreven: “De advocaat mag zich niet met de behartiging van …
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    ICC FRAUDNET

    The leading specialist international network of fraud and asset recovery lawyers

    Organized and operating under the auspices of the Commercial Crime Services of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), FraudNet is a 24/7 international rapid deployment force that pries open the vault of bank secrecy and helps victims locate and recover their stolen assets with the same cyber powered speed, stealth, reach and proficiency as the most sophisticated global fraud network.

    Fraudsters meet their match in FraudNet’s experienced team of civil asset recovery lawyers, investigators and forensic accountants, who creatively wield their own sophisticated legal and investigative tools to trace …
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    THE COURT OF LAST RESORT

    Curaçao court as court of last resort for civil matters

    An attachment on assets located in Curaçao generally establishes jurisdiction over the cause of action for which the attachment is made, also if neither of the parties involved are domiciled in Curaçao.

    According to Section 767 of the Curaçao Code of Civil Procedure, the Curaçao court is competent to hear a case on the merits (i.e. has (international) jurisdiction) if there are no other means of obtaining an enforceable order in Curaçao (first condition).

    This condition will not be met if, for instance, in respect of a claim an arbitrator …
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