Mr. A.W.H. (Arthur) Docters van Leeuwen

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Arthur Docters van Leeuwen (1945) was president of the Authority for Financial Markets (AFM) between 1999 and 2007. Internationally and amongst collegues Docters van Leeuwen rose to prominence, chairing European and international fora of financial regulatory authorities.

Docters van Leeuwen is also well known for holding the position of president of college of public prosecutors, a position in which he clashed with the minister for Justice in 1998, leading to his resignation. He was also head of the Dutch intelligence service for internal security.


Personal data

Name and surname

Arthur Winfried Hein (Arthur) Docters van Leeuwen

Date of birth

May 8th 1945

Place of birth

The Hague (The Netherlands)



Three children

Selected honours and distinctions

Knighthood in the Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw

Vice-Presidents Medal (USA)

Ordre National du Merite (France)



Secondary school



Dutch law, University of Utrecht


Political Affiliation

VVD (the traditional Dutch liberal party, literally translated the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy)



  • staff-member at the Inspection of State-finance of the ministry of Finance, 1970 to 1980
  • substitute director of police at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, 1980 to 1981
  • substitute director-general for public order and safety at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, 1981 to 1988
  • head of B.V.D. (Dutch intelligence service for internal security), 1988 to 1995
  • president of the college of public prosecutors, 1995 to 1998
  • president of A.F.M. (Authority Financial Markets), September 1999 to 2007
  • chairmain of the executive board, Holland Financial Centre, 2007 to 2009
  • member of the executive board, Stichting Administratiekantoor Oilinvest, since 2011


Selected additional functions


  • membership of several advisory or governing boards in the field of accounting, finance and investment management
  • membership of a few governing boards of organisations in the cultural sector


  • chairman of the Committee on ICT and government, 2001
  • chairman of technical committe of International Organisation of Securities Commissions
  • member of the ‘new manifest-commission’ of the VVD, 2004 to 2005
  • chairman (and re-elected several times) of CESR (Committee of European Securities Regulators)
  • government-appointment agent at Aegon, 2008 to 2011


Selected references and publications


  • "Ambtelijke vertellingen. Over verschijnselen die niet onbenoemd mogen blijven" (co-author book, 2000)
  • "Voorkennis, toezicht en boetes in nieuwe financiële wetgeving" (co-author book, 2000)

Public references

  • The public disagreement between Doctors van Leeuwen as president of the college of public prosecutors and the minister for Justice in 1998 was extensively covered in the media. Later, it led to the publication of "Klem in de draaideur" (book, 2000, later adapted documentary-drama for television) and "De verhulde crisis; de affaire Docters van Leeuwen en het primaat van de politiek" (short book, 2004)
  • declined the offer to stand for elections for the liberal party (VVD). Media noted Docters van Leeuwen was dissatisfied with a relatively low place on the party's electoral list