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General Business Law — Dutch Caribbean


VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne - General Business Law Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

The highly regarded VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne remains a leading firm in the Dutch Caribbean, providing a range of legal services out of its offices in Curaçao, Aruba, Bonaire and Sint Maarten. The skilled team is regularly engaged in major M&A, financing and project development mandates both domestically and internationally, most notably acting for clients in the banking, tourism and telecoms sectors. Clients praise the team's work as being of "high quality" and enthuse that "we have a lot of confidence in them." The firm also holds an impressive real estate practice and often advises on significant cross-border disputes. Additionally, the Curaçao office is home to the firm's Suriname desk, which advises on an array of regulatory, corporate and finance work.

Frank Kunneman advises on a wide range of corporate governance, dispute resolution and project structuring matters. Clients appreciate that he is "very punctual" and that "his knowledge and experience is really excellent."

Randolph van Eps is the firm's key contact for Suriname matters but also impresses in the domestic market, regularly leading on large transactional mandates within the Dutch Caribbean. Sources appreciate his candid and client-focused approach, with one explaining: "I know I can speak with him freely, and if something is impossible or there's a conflict of interest he's upfront in telling me."

Based in Sint Maarten, Michiel Gorsira advises clients from both the private and public sectors. He is renowned for his litigation practice, with expertise in insolvency and, more recently, insurance disputes. Peers describe him as "a fine litigator" and acknowledge his impressive track record.

Managing partner Focco Lunsingh Scheurleer continues to be sought after for his expertise in banking and finance and capital markets. His efficiency is valued by interviewees, with one in particular remarking on his quick response rate.

A new entrant to these rankings, Kamla Besançon is cited as "a really good M&A specialist" by peers. She regularly leads on large M&A transactions, as exemplified by her work acting for Vidanova on its acquisition of a controlling stake in SFT Bank. She is based in Sint Maarten.

Experienced litigator Molly Steward is a respected authority on employment law in the Dutch Caribbean, providing legal counsel to a variety of corporations in sectors such as hospitality and pharmaceuticals. Market commentators describe her as "one of the leading employment lawyers in the Dutch Caribbean."

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VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne is the leading Dutch Caribbean law firm. The firm provides its clients – regional and international – with practical and cost-efficient solutions that cater their specific challenges and ambitions. The firm’s lawyers are known to tangibly contribute to clients’ objectives, by breaking down complex issues to the very core.

The 35 attorneys of VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne work together as one team throughout the offices in Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, St. Maarten and the Dutch Caribbean Desk in Amsterdam. The firm serves Saba, St. Eustatius and Suriname as well via its ‘Flying Lawyers’ concept. In short, VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne is the law firm of choice throughout the Caribbean region: wherever clients work with VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne, they can count on word and deed.

Client feedback

“Our engagement with the team was extraordinary, and we value the time and attention that was given to our many questions and issues.”
Republic Bank Ltd.

“VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne always thinks along; we feel like we are in control.”
A ‘Big Four’ professional services firm

“The responsiveness is excellent.”
A listed US for-profit higher education organization

“VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne gives us certainty that our matters are in good hands, which provides peace of mind. We value the personal touch with which they handle our cases.”
Guardian Group, an insurance company active throughout the Caribbean region

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  • founded in 1937
  • 70 employees (35 attorneys)
  • 5 offices

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HBN Law - General Business Law Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

A well-established firm, HBN Law maintains its strong standing in the Dutch Caribbean, with expertise in banking and finance and real estate, as well as a notable strength in dispute resolution. It has also advised on notable M&A, corporate restructuring and project matters, particularly in the telecoms, banking and tourism sectors. Clients rate the team as "outstanding" and appreciate that "they are very knowledgeable and easy to approach." Headquartered in Curaçao, the firm also has offices in Aruba, Bonaire and Sint Maarten as well as Amsterdam, with the latter strengthening its ability to take on cross-border engagements. Major clients include Rif Resort Hotel, the General Pension Fund of Curaçao and Willemstad-based development bank Korpodeko.

Managing partner Eric de Vries continues to distinguish himself in the dispute resolution space, particularly in relation to matters in the telecommunications and energy industries. Peers acknowledge him as "an important player in the market," while clients appreciate his depth of insight and "to-the-point" style, commenting: "You go to Eric if you have a big problem. If you want a clear path to your goal, Eric is your man."

Based in Bonaire, Chris de Bres is held in high esteem for his dispute resolution practice, where he has experience acting for clients in the telecoms and energy sectors. Peers value the quality of his input, with one enthusing: "He's good to work with - it was definitely a good experience." Other sources cite him as "a smart lawyer."

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Spigt Dutch Caribbean - General Business Law Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Spigt Dutch Caribbean continues to be well regarded in the market, particularly when it comes to dispute resolution, finance and corporate/M&A. It has advised on high-value international insolvency matters as well as significant cross-border financing and securitisation mandates. Although the firm is centred in a single office in Curaçao, it advises on matters throughout the Dutch Caribbean. The team regularly counsels major banks and financial institutions on significant tax and capital markets transactions.

Martijn Welten advises on both litigation and M&A matters. The quality of his work impresses sources, who rate him as one of the strongest lawyers in the market. Interviewees also remark upon his breadth of experience and solution-oriented approach.

Maike Bergervoet is highlighted by market commentators for her strong corporate and finance practice. Sources attest that "she's pleasant to work with," and produces "very solid" work. Commentators go on to praise her efficiency and in-depth understanding of loan documentation requirements.

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Soliana Bonapart & Aardenburg - General Business Law Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

This firm is well regarded for its broad corporate and commercial practice. It also has a wide geographical reach within the Dutch Caribbean, with offices in Curaçao, Bonaire and Sint Maarten. The firm is noted for its strong dispute resolution practice, representing clients internationally in commercial litigation and insolvency cases. The disputes team is also active in domestic trusts and estates cases. The firm frequently acts for major banks and overseas investors in transactional finance and M&A matters.

Co-managing partner Thomas Aardenburg advises on both disputes and transactions, with experience handling M&A, project development and directors' liability litigation. Interviewees describe him as "a very fine lawyer."

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STvB - General Business Law Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

This firm is best known for its work on behalf of major financial institutions and insurance companies in matters such as loan financing and M&A. The Curaçao team also leverages the resources of the firm's New York and Amsterdam offices in its representation of international clients. Market commentators note that "the quality of their work is very good." Curaçao-based Willem van Bokhorst is the key contact person.

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Band 1

HBN Law

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Eric de Vries continues to distinguish himself in the dispute resolution space, particularly in relation to matters in the telecommunications and energy industries. Peers acknowledge him as "an important player in the market," while clients appreciate his depth of insight and "to-the-point" style, commenting: "You go to Eric if you have a big problem. If you want a clear path to your goal, Eric is your man."

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Band 1

BZSE Attorneys at Law

From the Chambers Global guide

Karel Frielink of BZSE Attorneys at Law continues to be regarded as a leading authority on corporate law in the Dutch Caribbean. Market sources say he is "a very, very good lawyer" and add that "he's very smart: if I wanted to discuss a legal issue he's definitely the person I would call."

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Band 1

Frank B M Kunneman

VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne

From the Chambers Global guide

Frank Kunneman advises on a wide range of corporate governance, dispute resolution and project structuring matters. Clients appreciate that he is "very punctual" and that "his knowledge and experience is really excellent."   

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Band 1

J M Randolph van Eps

VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne

From the Chambers Global guide

Randolph van Eps is the firm's key contact for Suriname matters but also impresses in the domestic market, regularly leading on large transactional mandates within the Dutch Caribbean. Sources appreciate his candid and client-focused approach, with one explaining: "I know I can speak with him freely, and if something is impossible or there's a conflict of interest he's upfront in telling me."

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Band 1

Spigt Dutch Caribbean

From the Chambers Global guide

Martijn Welten advises on both litigation and M&A matters. The quality of his work impresses sources, who rate him as one of the strongest lawyers in the market. Interviewees also remark upon his breadth of experience and solution-oriented approach.

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Band 2

HBN Law

From the Chambers Global guide

Based in Bonaire, Chris de Bres is held in high esteem for his dispute resolution practice, where he has experience acting for clients in the telecoms and energy sectors. Peers value the quality of his input, with one enthusing: "He's good to work with - it was definitely a good experience." Other sources cite him as "a smart lawyer."

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Band 2

VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne

From the Chambers Global guide

Based in Sint Maarten, Michiel Gorsira advises clients from both the private and public sectors. He is renowned for his litigation practice, with expertise in insolvency and, more recently, insurance disputes. Peers describe him as "a fine litigator" and acknowledge his impressive track record.

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Band 2

Focco W Lunsingh Scheurleer

VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Focco Lunsingh Scheurleer continues to be sought after for his expertise in banking and finance and capital markets. His efficiency is valued by interviewees, with one in particular remarking on his quick response rate.

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Band 3

Thomas Aardenburg

Soliana Bonapart & Aardenburg

From the Chambers Global guide

Co-managing partner Thomas Aardenburg advises on both disputes and transactions, with experience handling M&A, project development and directors' liability litigation. Interviewees describe him as "a very fine lawyer."

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Band 3

OX & WOLF

From the Chambers Global guide

The well-regarded Sabine Altena of OX & WOLF is noted for her regulatory banking expertise and frequent handling of transactional and commercial contract matters. Interviewees attest to her high quality, stating that "she's very knowledgeable," and "a very good attorney" who "does excellent work" for her clients.

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Band 3

VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne

From the Chambers Global guide

A new entrant to these rankings, Kamla Besançon is cited as "a really good M&A specialist" by peers. She regularly leads on large M&A transactions, as exemplified by her work acting for Vidanova on its acquisition of a controlling stake in SFT Bank. She is based in Sint Maarten.

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Band 3

Brown Lawyers

From the Chambers Global guide

Patrick Brown is the principal of Brown Lawyers in Aruba. He impresses peers with his ability to attract "big-player clients" in the tourism and hospitality sectors. Clients report they are "very pleased with his work."

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Band 3

Murray Attorneys at Law

From the Chambers Global guide

Mirto Murray of Murray Attorneys at Law continues to be held in high regard for his broad-ranging practice. Market sources appreciate his "out-of-the-box thinking" and consider him to be a "very sharp and strong lawyer."

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Band 3

Johan Paul Sjiem Fat

Sjiem Fat & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Aruba-based Johan Paul Sjiem Fat of Sjiem Fat & Co is a "very well-respected lawyer" in the jurisdiction. He is recognised particularly for his public sector expertise as well as for his commercial and corporate practice more generally. Market sources appreciate that he is "good at the work and strict in giving the right advice - he doesn't just talk to make you happy."

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Band 3

VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne

From the Chambers Global guide

Experienced litigator Molly Steward is a respected authority on employment law in the Dutch Caribbean, providing legal counsel to a variety of corporations in sectors such as hospitality and pharmaceuticals. Market commentators describe her as "one of the leading employment lawyers in the Dutch Caribbean."

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Up and Coming

Spigt Dutch Caribbean

From the Chambers Global guide

Maike Bergervoet is highlighted by market commentators for her strong corporate and finance practice. Sources attest that "she's pleasant to work with," and produces "very solid" work. Commentators go on to praise her efficiency and in-depth understanding of loan documentation requirements.

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