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Global Guide

General Business Law — Dutch Caribbean

Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Global guide

This firm benefits from a deep bench, with offices in Curaçao, Aruba, Bonaire and Sint Maarten, positioning it well to assist clients with a broad range of matters across the Dutch Caribbean. The team possesses expertise in corporate/M&A, finance, IP and employment law, in addition to litigation. It regularly works alongside magic circle and leading Dutch firms on high-profile cross-border instructions. Clients include the Guardian Group, Royal Bank of Canada, the government of Curaçao and UTS Group. The Curaçao office is also home to the firm's Suriname desk, which is a source of regular transactional matters.

Frank Kunneman is a renowned expert on corporate governance, and clients value his experience in government relations work. Market sources state: "He is very thorough," and praise his in-depth understanding of public sector issues.

Randolph van Eps commands great respect in the market, with a practice that encompasses litigation as well as transactional mandates. His work includes advising Foundation Pension Fund Vidanova on its USD32 million acquisition of a majority stake in SFT Bank. He is the key contact within the firm for Suriname matters.

Sint Maarten-based Michiel Gorsira is acknowledged as "one of the leading insolvency experts" in the Dutch Caribbean. Outside the insolvency arena, he has a broad litigation practice with notable expertise in maritime and insurance disputes.

Peers respect Focco Lunsingh Scheurleer for his finance expertise, noting that he is "a pleasure to work with and very efficient." His work highlights include advising CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank on its financing for the expansion of a wind farm project.

Employment law expert Molly Steward is described by sources as "responsive and easy to work with." She was the lead partner acting for Marriott in litigation relating to employee dismissals.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Global guide

This is one of the largest and best-established firms in the Dutch Caribbean, and is greatly valued by clients for its depth of experience. It is particularly well regarded for dispute resolution, having handled several large, cross-border arbitrations as well as high-profile litigation cases. The firm is also active in transactional matters. It advised Avianca Holdings on the USD343.7 million acquisition of a 30% stake in its frequent flyer programme by Advent International. The firm's other areas of strength include real estate and telecoms work.

Litigation heavyweight Eric de Vries enjoys a sterling reputation amongst sources. His creativity and flexibility are especially valued, with one client describing him as "a very outside-the-box thinker; he comes up with straightforward solutions to problems that initially seem quite complex." He is also active on financing and M&A matters, and is praised by fellow lawyers for his "business-minded approach."

Bonaire-based Chris de Bres is recommended for his litigation practice, with clients including several international banks, as well as companies from the energy and telecoms sectors. Sources praise his detail-oriented approach. One client said: "He was able to give good insights into the technicalities of our case. He's a very smart guy and was very well prepared for our hearing."

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Global guide

This is firm maintains "an excellent reputation" in the Dutch Caribbean. Recent highlights include advising a Curaçao-based company on a proposed US IPO and assisting with the establishment of several Curaçao-domiciled trusts. The team also handles mandates in the hospitality and real estate sectors, including the financing, development and sale of major hotel complexes. Clients include a number of regional and domestic banks.

Martijn Welten is regarded by commentators as "one of the best litigators in the Dutch Caribbean." He has significant experience acting on insolvency proceedings and works regularly with major financial institutions active in the region. He also advises on corporate/M&A matters.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Global guide

This compact firm has a well-established presence in the market. The team has acted on litigation mandates on behalf of public sector and energy clients, and also has experience advising on litigious matters in the private client space. It remains very active in the corporate sphere, assisting with financings, M&A and corporate restructurings, including roles on high-value, cross-border transactions. Labour and construction law are other areas of expertise.

Mirto Murray is a well-respected litigator who sources value for his clear understanding of complex issues and breadth of expertise. Peers regard him as a sensible and solution-oriented opponent, observing that his commercial litigation practice is complemented by a considerable understanding of criminal law.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Global guide

Soliana regularly receives referral work from other law firms in the Dutch Caribbean. It is active on transactional and contentious matters, with notable roles in international arbitrations. The firm also has experience assisting with the enforcement of arbitral awards in Curaçao. On the non-contentious side it possesses expertise in employment, IP and real estate, in addition to finance and M&A. The firm offers wide coverage of the Dutch Caribbean with offices in Curaçao, Sint Maarten and Bonaire.

Commentators highlight Thomas Aardenburg's considerable abilities as a litigator. He is also active in non-contentious matters, possessing notable experience in areas such as hedge fund formation, M&A and corporate governance, among others. 

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Global guide

This firm has a presence in the transactional and corporate advisory spheres, with the team in Curaçao benefiting from additional resources in the firm's Amsterdam and New York offices. The firm acts for international and Curaçao-listed corporations, as well as insurance companies and financial institutions. Finance is also a particular area of expertise, with examples of its work including advising on the provision of high-value credit facilities. Curaçao-based Willem van Bokhorst and Amsterdam-based Aede Gerbranda are the key contacts.

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Band 1

HBN Law

From the Chambers Global guide

Litigation heavyweight Eric de Vries enjoys a sterling reputation amongst sources. His creativity and flexibility are especially valued, with one client describing him as "a very outside-the-box thinker; he comes up with straightforward solutions to problems that initially seem quite complex." He is also active on financing and M&A matters, and is praised by fellow lawyers for his "business-minded approach."

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Band 1

BZSE Attorneys at Law

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees are full of praise for Karel Frielink, the Curaçao managing partner of BZSE Attorneys at Law. He is regarded as a leading authority on corporate law in the Dutch Caribbean, with a considerable academic output. "He has an excellent way of putting himself in the client's shoes," said a source.

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Band 1

VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne

From the Chambers Global guide

Frank Kunneman is a renowned expert on corporate governance, and clients value his experience in government relations work. Market sources state: "He is very thorough," and praise his in-depth understanding of public sector issues.

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Band 1

VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne

From the Chambers Global guide

Randolph van Eps commands great respect in the market, with a practice that encompasses litigation as well as transactional mandates. His work includes advising Foundation Pension Fund Vidanova on its USD32 million acquisition of a majority stake in SFT Bank. He is the key contact within the firm for Suriname matters.

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Band 1

Spigt Dutch Caribbean

From the Chambers Global guide

Martijn Welten is regarded by commentators as "one of the best litigators in the Dutch Caribbean." He has significant experience acting on insolvency proceedings and works regularly with major financial institutions active in the region. He also advises on corporate/M&A matters.

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Band 2

HBN Law

From the Chambers Global guide

Bonaire-based Chris de Bres is recommended for his litigation practice, with clients including several international banks, as well as companies from the energy and telecoms sectors. Sources praise his detail-oriented approach. One client said: "He was able to give good insights into the technicalities of our case. He's a very smart guy and was very well prepared for our hearing."

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Band 2

VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne

From the Chambers Global guide

Sint Maarten-based Michiel Gorsira is acknowledged as "one of the leading insolvency experts" in the Dutch Caribbean. Outside the insolvency arena, he has a broad litigation practice with notable expertise in maritime and insurance disputes.

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Band 2

Focco W Lunsingh Scheurleer

VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne

From the Chambers Global guide

Peers respect Focco Lunsingh Scheurleer for his finance expertise, noting that he is "a pleasure to work with and very efficient." His work highlights include advising CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank on its financing for the expansion of a wind farm project.

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Band 3

Soliana Bonapart & Aardenburg

From the Chambers Global guide

Commentators highlight Thomas Aardenburg's considerable abilities as a litigator. He is also active in non-contentious matters, possessing notable experience in areas such as hedge fund formation, M&A and corporate governance, among others. 

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Band 3

Brown Lawyers

From the Chambers Global guide

Patrick Brown of Brown Lawyers is regarded by market sources as one of the best-known and most active commercial lawyers on Aruba. His client base includes noted financial institutions as well as companies in the insurance and hospitality sectors.

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Band 3

SMS Attorneys at Law

From the Chambers Global guide

Mirto Murray is a well-respected litigator who sources value for his clear understanding of complex issues and breadth of expertise. Peers regard him as a sensible and solution-oriented opponent, observing that his commercial litigation practice is complemented by a considerable understanding of criminal law.

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Band 3

VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne

From the Chambers Global guide

Employment law expert Molly Steward is described by sources as "responsive and easy to work with." She was the lead partner acting for Marriott in litigation relating to employee dismissals.

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