Marlies de Waard specialises in regulatory and enforcement matters with a focus on corporate criminal law. She regularly conducts internal investigations and represents corporations and financial institutions in administrative and criminal enforcement proceedings. She also advises on pre-enforcement compliance issues. Marlies specifically focuses on matters involving US regulatory authorities.

Marlies is an expert on economic sanctions and export controls. She often advises companies on economic sanctions and export controls compliance in general and the legality of contemplated transactions. She has conducted numerous internal investigations on the topic and represented companies before both Dutch and foreign enforcement authorities, among them the US Department of Justice (DoJ), Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS). In addition, she has assisted companies navigate public scrutiny, including parliamentary questions, relating to their international trade relations.

Another focal point of her work is corporate criminal law, including safety and environmental law, fraud, anti-money laundering and anti-bribery regulation. Marlies has ample experience representing companies suspected of wrongdoing in such matters, both in the investigatory phase as well as in court, including in appeal. She also assists companies that have fallen victim to crime themselves, advising them on their position in court and possibilities to recover their damages.

Marlies also regularly advises on criminal law and compliance issues coming up in corporate transactions.


  • Profession

    Advocaat, admitted to the Bar in the Netherlands in 2010

  • Languages

    Dutch, English

  • Education

    University of Utrecht

    University of Amsterdam

  • Additional positions

    Member of De Brauw's AML Practice Group