Patrick specialises in corporate criminal defense, litigation, regulatory enforcement and investigations.

Patrick 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 also 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 compliance issues.

Patrick also has extensive experience in litigating complex corporate, financial services and regulatory disputes, including in appellate proceedings, arbitration and expert determinations. His practice includes post-M&A and joint venture disputes, inquiry proceedings, shareholders' suits and banking litigation.

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, 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


  • Profession

    Advocaat, admitted to the Bar in the Netherlands in 1998

  • Languages

    Dutch, English

  • Education

    Erasmus University of Rotterdam

    University of Notre Dame

  • Additional positions

    Patrick practised law at De Brauw New York from 1999 to 2002. He regularly publishes and lectures in his areas of expertise.

    Member of De Brauw's AML Practice Group

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