The International Expert Centre Bankruptcy Fraud (IBF) aims to create an international community of professionals which in their profession deal with bankruptcy fraud, such as bankruptcy trustees, forensic accountants, criminal defence lawyers, law enforcement officers, (supervisory) judges, lawyers from the Ministry of Justice, representatives of the Tax authority and the Police departments.
These stakeholders all have their own roles, responsibilities, methods and means. In order to combat bankruptcy fraud successfully these parties need to cooperate together. This requires knowledge about and understanding for each other's roles and responsibilities. The International Expert Centre Bankruptcy Fraud creates a network where these different stakeholders join together where by it accommodates the exchange of information and knowledge related to international aspects of bankruptcy fraud.
In addition, the International Expert Centre facilitates training activities, the exchange of best practices through seminars and conferences, dedicated to preventing bankruptcy fraud and offers an specialist accreditation program on bankruptcy fraud aimed at the multidisciplinary and international approach of bankruptcy fraud.
Also, the centre contributes to network enlargement and seeks to bridging the gap between the different stakeholders involved in bankruptcy fraud on an international level.
Willem van Nielen & Joyce Verhaert
Willem van Nielen is founder of Recoup lawyers, a law firm specialized in restructuring, litigation and dealing with civil fraud. Recoup has special expertise in recovering diverted assets together with the judicial authorities, the Fiscal Information and Investigation Service (the FIOD) and tax authorities.
Joyce is a criminal defense lawyer specialised in white collar crime. She advises in criminal and administrative sanction cases involving financial and economic criminal law. Joyce is also the event coordinator for IBF.
The International Expert Centre Bankruptcy Fraud functions as a hub for the exchange and provision of information on this matter. The website opens in an independent manner as much relevant information as possible, which consist of: relevant case law, news items, references to literature, initiatives and events.
In principle, this information is selected by the editors. But it is also possible for visitors of the website to send in useful information.
Exchange of Information
In order to increase the network of professionals who deal with international bankruptcy fraud, courses and conferences are held. During these meetings, insights, experiences, knowledge and skills are interchanged.
The platform seeks to bridging the gap between practitioners from different disciplines who deal with international bankruptcy fraud.
To reach this goal, we organise informal meetings were these stakeholders can meet each other.
Bridging the gap
In order to promote the expertise in the area of international bankruptcy fraud courses in this area are offered. Also, we annually hold a international conference on a current issue.
Expansion of knowledge