Alex R. van der Zwaan ( born September 1984)is a Belgian-born Dutch attorney, formerly with the London branch of New York-based international law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. In February 2018 he pleaded guilty in the Special Counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections.
In February 2018, Van der Zwaan was charged with lying to the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigators about his interactions with political consultant and lobbyist Rick Gates and an unidentified Ukrainian-based long-term associate of Paul Manafort. On February 20, 2018, he pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement to investigators. On April 3, 2018, he was sentenced to 30 days in prison and fined $20,000.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Justice was his firm's client and central to the indictment. In 2017, Skadden Arps refunded $567,000 billed by the firm to the Government of Ukraine.