Attorney / Partner
A.A. (Anke) Feenstra
Attorney / Partner
A.A. (Anke) Feenstra
Why are you working at Hertoghs?
My degree is in both criminal law and tax law. I chose criminal law because of the human dimension and tax law because I wanted to explore a field that was complex and technical, and completely foreign to me. Because of my combined degree, people kept suggesting the same firm to me: Hertoghs. After a number of internships in the prison system, at a pension provider and at the judiciary, it became clear to me that I wanted to be a attorney: defending my clients and giving them my all.
What attracts you in Hertoghs’ areas of expertise?
I love the combination of the human dimension, a deep understanding of the facts and the legal complexity of an issue. I was not born into a business family, but I do like the business mindset of always being on the look-out for opportunities and creative ideas. In the eyes of the Public Prosecution Service or the tax authorities, our creativity may seem to be a little too far sometimes, at least, it drives me to make them see our side of things.
What is your particular expertise and how did you develop it?
I specialise in representing clients in fraud cases. I have virtually exhausted every option for training in the criminal law field. Criminal law was and is where my greatest affinity lies. This area of law intrigues me. When I joined Hertoghs, the KB Lux project had just been kicked off. This project concerned undeclared savings in Luxembourg-based bank accounts and led to tax and criminal proceedings, some of which made it all the way to the Dutch Supreme Court. This resulted in me acquiring another specialisation, i.e. in procedural tax law.
What is your definition of a good attorney?
I would say that a good attorney exemplifies the core values of the legal profession: independent, partial, ethical, professional and confidential. But a good attorney also needs a healthy dose of passion and persistence.
What can you share about your private life?
I am a proud mother of three daughters, I like to have a beer and a snack on a Friday afternoon, preferably in a sunny spot, and I enjoy going to the beach on a windy day. I probably do not make enough time for it, but I also enjoy reading, going to the theatre for a dance recital or a comedy show, or visiting the zoo.
- Degree in Dutch law, specialisations in tax law and criminal law, from Utrecht University (1997-2002)
- Specialist course in criminal law (2009)
- Participant in Women Leadership Programme (2011)
- Held various roles at the Netherlands Bar Association (NOvA): member of the Bar Association of Zeeland-West-Brabant, member of the Board of Examiners (criminal law division), member of the Criminal Law Advisory Committee and Board member of the Breda Young Bar Association.
- Board member of the Club of 100 (financial backers) of the BH&BC Breda field hockey club
- Board member of the Dutch Tax Lawyers Association (NVAB)
- Elected Principal of the Year in 2017
- Member of various national and international professional associations, such as the Dutch Association of Defence Counsel (NVSA), the Dutch Tax Lawyers Association (NVAB) and the International Bar Association (IBA). Member of the Dutch chapter of the Women’s White Collar Defense Association (WWCDA)
- Officer/secretary van de Criminal Law Committee van de International Bar Association (2023)
- Editorial member of Bijzonder Strafrecht en Handhaving (Special criminal law and enforcement), a professional journal
- Publishes articles regularly, e.g. in the section on procedural tax law of Delikt en Delinkwent (Offence and offender), a professional journal
- Writes blogs regularly for Hertoghs Beschouwt, the firm’s knowledge platform, sharing personal perspectives on tax and criminal law
- Hertoghs advocaten is Knowledge Partner of 'Legale Zaken' (Legal Affairs)in the field of fraud and money laundering and Anke regularly writes a contribution for this medium.
Publication of books
- ‘De jacht op buitenlands vermogen‘ – samen met Angelique Perdaems (2017)
- Mede-auteur ‘VAT fraud’ (2020)