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On 13, May 2012 | In Office | By - K. Canatan

Kerem Canatan

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Mr. K. (Kerem) Canatan studied law in Groningen. In 2002 he was sworn in as a lawyer in Amsterdam. Before that he worked as a paralegal and later as a paralegal supervisor in London until he switched to criminal law at a medium-sized law firm with a criminal section in Amsterdam.


He has been a partner at Meijers Canatan Lawyers since June 1, 2008. He has extensive experience in so-called mega cases, organized crime, serious violent cases (including life crimes) and financial-economic cases involving (large-scale) fraud and money laundering. Well-known criminal cases in which he acted are the liquidation of Thomas van der Bijl, the Tattoo Killer case, the mega mortgage fraud case Peseta and the case against Dave Roelvink in which he assisted a co-defendant. In the Enschede 'custody murder' case, he assisted the female suspect. He is also handling the case of the so-called 'Romanian Stunt Gang' and the so-called 'mistake murder' in the community center on Wittenburg in Amsterdam. On appeal he is assisting, in succession to Gabriel Meijers, the suspect in the forgery of Anton Heyboer works in what is called the 'biggest art forgery case in the Netherlands ever'. He is also the lawyer of singer Glennis Grace.


He has specific knowledge of cassation (member of the Association of Cassation Lawyers in Criminal Matters (VCAS)) and international criminal law (including the WOTS, extradition and surrender). He also has special expertise in the field of behavioural law and assists other lawyers who are involved in criminal or disciplinary law.


In cross-border criminal cases, he regularly cooperates with lawyers from other countries. He holds annual meetings with European colleagues as part of his membership of the European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA). He assisted clients in countries such as Belgium, Colombia and Australia and interviewed numerous witnesses worldwide on behalf of Dutch criminal cases, travelling to England, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Bulgaria, Romania, South Africa, Surinam, China and South Korea.


Among other things, he served on the Supervisory Committee of the House of Detention P.I. Amsterdam Over-Amstel (also known as the ' Bijlmer jail') and was (co-)founder and chairman of the Dutch Association of Young Criminal Lawyers(NVJSA) until the end of 2010. He then attended the Criminal Law Specialization Course for lawyers and as a result became a member of the Dutch Association of Criminal Lawyers(NVSA). For the Dutch Bar Association he taught and examined the subject Criminal Procedure Law until 2014. From 2014 to 2019, he taught the course Practice Criminal Law to master students at the University of Amsterdam. He regularly gives lectures and courses on, among other things, issues of service, surrender and behavioral law and is a CRKBO registered lecturer. He is one of the authors of the latest edition of the Handbook of Defense in which he wrote the chapter on 'the counsel in the preliminary investigation'.



General criminal law, life offences, criminal organisations, fraud, money laundering, extradition, surrender, cassation in criminal cases and behavioural law for criminal lawyers.


Register of jurisdictions and supervision

Kerem Canatan has registered the following areas of law in the register of jurisdictions of the Dutch Bar Association:

This registration obliges him to earn ten training points in each registered area of law each calendar year in accordance with the standards of the Dutch Bar Association.

Since Mr. Canatan works at the Amsterdam office, he falls under the supervision of the Amsterdam Bar Association.



Kerem Canatan is affiliated with, among others:



At Meijers Canatan Advocaten we use experienced interpreters. Some languages we speak ourselves. Kerem Canatan masters the following languages:

  • Dutch
  • English
  • German (reasonable)

Interview (English) about the path ban in the Netherlands

Nova broadcast "Reconstruction of a petty liquidation"

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