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Neyah van der Aa

Senior Associate


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Neyah van der Aa

Senior Associate


Neyah specialises in criminal law and financial regulation, with an emphasis on fraud and corporate crime litigation, internal investigations and regulatory compliance advice. He has particular expertise in the field of international sanctions, corruption and anti-money laundering legislation. He regularly publishes and gives lectures on compliance, investigations and international sanctions. Neyah litigates in criminal, civil and administrative proceedings.

Neyah regularly conducts domestic and cross-border investigations, often in close cooperation with forensic accountants. Neyah has worked for Allen & Overy’s litigation department since 2010 and he is a member of the Financial Markets Regulation team. Between 2012 and 2013, he spent a year in the International Capital Markets department, where he focused on structured finance and regulatory compliance advice. In 2015 Neyah was seconded to our New York office where he advised on matters regarding securities litigation, corporate investigations and sanctions compliance.

The 2015 edition of Legal 500 described Neyah as follows: “Leveraging its broad international network, Allen & Overy LLP frequently advises on cross-border investigations and multi-jurisdictional sanctions compliance. Hendrik Jan Biemond and associate Neyah van der Aa ‘deliver high quality and tailored advice’.”

Neyah was also mentioned in the 2016 edition of Chambers: “Neyah Van der Aa is regularly instructed by financial institutions on regulation and criminal matters, and has expertise in sanctions work. Clients praise the way he "handles investigations on-site, staying composed and calm," and also describe him as "pragmatic and approachable."”

The 2017 edition of Chambers read: "He is very talented, thorough and great to work with."

In 2018 Neyah van der Aa was ranked in Chambers, Corporate Investigations:

Neyah van der Aa advises on financial regulation and criminal law matters, with a focus on fraud and corporate crime litigation, as well as regulatory compliance. Clients are impressed with his level of knowledge, with one noting: "He is a very convincing young guy," who is "very pragmatic and puts complicated things in a simple and clear way."

The 2019 edition of Chambers read: "Neyah van der Aa is recognised as a "go-to lawyer for US sanctions." He assists clients with corporate criminal litigation and compliance. Clients highlight his "good judgement" and presence in court as key strengths."

The 2019 edition of Who’s Who Legal, Investigations read: “Allen & Overy’s Neyah van der a is commended by interviewees who note, “He is truly passionate about his field of expertise and it shows in his work.” He offers clients “clear and applicable advice that provides a solid basis for executive decision-making”

The 2019 edition of Legal 500 read: Allen & Overy LLP’s team is well-regarded for its ‘knowledge and understanding of the client’ and its 'out of the box thinking'; it is a popular choice for clients in the financial services sector. Group head Hendrik Jan Biemond is 'sharp in his observations' and has particular expertise handling financial reporting, market abuse and insider trading matters, as well as compliance issues. Neyah van der Aa is 'technically very well equipped'.

News & insights

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Publications: 01 APRIL 2021

Developments in sanctions targeting Myanmar

Following the military coup in Myanmar on February 1, 2021, the U.S., UK and EU have imposed a range of sanctions targeting individuals and entities affiliated with the Burmese military.

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Admitted as advocaat, Netherlands, 2010

Published work

  • Neyah van der Aa and Seppe Stax, ‘Amerikaanse sancties op Iran en de Europese blokkeringsverordening: Europese ondernemingen in een lastige spagaat’, Nederlands tijdschrift voor Europees recht (NtER), 2019, nr. 3/4.
  • Hendrik Jan Biemond and Neyah van der Aa, Chapter 24 'Netherlands', in: The Asset Tracing and Recovery Review, Edition 6, Law Business Research 2018.
  • Neyah van der Aa, Fraud, asset tracing and recovery: international challenges, mini-roundtable, Risk & Compliance, Oct-Dec 2017.
  • Neyah van der Aa and Jaantje Kramer, Chapter 16 'Netherlands', in: The Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Review, Edition 5, Law Business Research 2016.
  • Neyah van der Aa, Column: De rol van de legal functie bij de beperking van corruptierisico’s. GCN (General Counsel Netherlands), 2016.
  • Neyah van der Aa, ‘Buitengerechtelijke afdoening in het ondernemingsstrafrecht: lessen uit de VS?’, Onderneming en Strafrecht in de Praktijk, 2016, nr. 1, p. 11-17.
  • Hendrik Jan Biemond and Neyah van der Aa, Chapter XX ‘The Netherlands’, in: The Asset Tracing and Recovery Review, Third Edition, Law Business Research 2015.
  • Victor de Serière and Neyah van der Aa, Chapter 29 ‘The Netherlands’, in: Neate and Godfrey: Bank Confidentiality, Sixth Edition, Bloomsbury Professional 2015.
  • Hendrik Jan Biemond and Neyah van der Aa, ‘Het interne fraudeonderzoek in internationaal perspectief’, Tijdschrift voor Compliance 2012, 2.