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Patrick Ploeger



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Patrick Ploeger



Patrick specialises in investigations, corporate criminal defense, litigation, and regulatory enforcement. He has extensive experience in counselling corporates and financial institutions when they are faced with sensitive criminal or regulatory investigations and proceedings, or enforcement action by domestic or foreign authorities, resolving matters out of court or through litigation.

He leads cross-border internal investigations into matters such as corruption and bribery, anti-money laundering, market abuse, fraud, accounting irregularities, tax fraud, export controls & economic sanctions and other business crime, regulatory and compliance issues. Patrick is also highly experienced in litigating complex corporate, financial services and regulatory disputes.

Financial reporting and auditing are a particular focus area in Patrick’s advisory and litigation practice. His experience involves IFRS as well as Dutch and US GAAP. Patrick’s contentious work includes representing clients in restatement proceedings before the Enterprise Chamber, in regulatory actions by the AFM and in civil litigation.

Patrick is recognised by Chambers, Legal 500, and Global Investigations Review/Who's Who Legal as one of the leading global practitioners and thought leader in the area of white-collar crime and investigations.

“Patrick Ploeger is valued by clients for his handling of complex mandates, one describing him as "very calm and very composed," before elaborating: "He did a hell of a job in a situation that was not easy.” (Chambers 2021)

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Publications: 13 March 2023

The Netherlands joins the U.S. in restricting semiconductor exports to China

In January 2023, the Netherlands and Japan agreed with the United States to impose controls on the export of certain semiconductors and related products to China.  This followed a push by the Biden…

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Admitted as a lawyer (advocaat), Netherlands 1998


Masters (LL.M.), University of Notre Dame (magna cum laude), 1998

Law Degree, Erasmus University Rotterdam, 1997

Published work

  • Sdu Commentaar Ondernemingsrecht (2023 – upcoming), Jaarrekeningprocedures
  • Handboek Jaarrekeningenrecht (2020), Gebeurtenissen na balansdatum en foutenherstel
  • Annotation Rechtbank Rotterdam 20 december 2017, JOR 2018/73 (AFM/EY)
  • Handboek Marktmisbruik (2018), Hoofdstuk 5 (Insiderlijsten en andere preventieve maatregelen) (together with I.A. de Casseres)
  • Handboek notarieel ondernemingsrecht – deel 1 BV en NV (2016), Hoofdstuk 9 (Financiële verslaggeving)
  • Consolidatierecht, TvJ 2015/6
  • Handboek Onderneming en Sanctierecht (2013), Hoofdstuk 19 (Toezicht en handhaving van de Wft uit grensoverschrijdend perspectief)
  • Nationale kop(pigheid), TvJ 2013/6
  • Obsesitas in het jaarrekeningenrecht, TvJ 2012/5
  • De werking van EU-sanctieregelgeving onder Nederlands recht, Ondernemingsrecht 2011/106 (together with M.F. Faber) 
  • Annotation Hoge Raad 24 April 2009, JOR 2009/188 (Spyker/AFM)
  • Annotation Rechtbank Utrecht 12 November 2008, JOR 2009/8
  • Jaarverslag, OFR, MD&A of MC?, TvJ, nr. 6, 2007, p. 133 - 140 (together with M.F. van Wissen)
  • Kroniek enquêterecht, in Geschriften vanwege de Vereniging Corporate Litigation 2006 – 2007, (together with B. Winters)
  • Actualiteitenrubriek (co-author) (2006 – 2010), TvJ
  • Voortgezette financiering in de jaarrekening: aansprakelijkheid van aandeelhouders in het geding?, V&O, 2006/7-8 (together with H.G. de Jong)
  • Accountant en corporate governance, TvJ 4/5, 2006
  • Voorstel wet toezicht financiële verslaggeving, Onderneming & Financiering, 2006/70
  • De algemene bepalingen toepasselijk op de IFRS-jaarrekening, Ondernemingsrecht 2004/16