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In a recent St. Maarten case, the Court of Appeal has confirmed that citizens of the United States can live and work on the island of St. Maarten without requiring a work permit. This right is derived from the American-Dutch Friendship Treaty of 1956 (which is also applicable to St. Maarten and the other former Dutch Antilles) and allows American citizens the same rights and benefits accorded to Dutch citizens.
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The leading Dutch Caribbean law firm

VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne is the leading Dutch Caribbean law firm and has been operating on the highest level of the legal market, providing business focused solutions for 75 years now. We are the largest law firm in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the combination of international and local expertise makes us unique. We have offices in Curacao, Aruba, Bonaire, and St. Maarten, also servicing St. Eustatius and Saba, and a Dutch Caribbean Desk in Amsterdam. We serve the country of Surinam directly with respect to corporate and finance matters, in close cooperation with a reputable local firm.

Our outstanding reputation and knowledge level are internationally acknowledged. As a member of Lex Mundi's  renowned worldwide network of independent lawyers and an associate of Van Doorne in Amsterdam we serve a worldwide clientele. At the same time our office is deeply rooted in the local island communities in which we operate.

The firm's lawyers have a well established reputation for expertise on acquisitions and in corporate litigation and dispute resolution, in insolvency matters both acting for lenders and as receiver/trustee, in maritime and transport law, intellectual property, employment issues, telecommunications and banking and finance.

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VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne has donated 69 Christmas presents for the ‘A Christmas present for every child’ charity initiative of Dolfijn.fm; the radio station in Curacao. Interns Gaia Bor and Vilijam Georgiev brought the presents to the radio station on Friday 19 December and explained why VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne was happy to contribute to the initiative.
Read more...   VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne has recently advised the Caribbean branch of RBC Merchant Bank regarding the loan of USD 59 mln that RBC has provided to Setar, the Aruban telecom company. RBC and Setar agreed on the loan on 30 September 2014 already, but did not announce this until mid November. This was reported by Antilliaans Dagblad (Antillian Daily) on 14 November.
Read more...   On Thursday 20 November, VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne organized the annual Day of the Supervisory Board on Curacao. This year, the central theme was the remuneration of supervisors, and finding the right balance in that regard. Managing partner Focco Lunsingh Scheurleer moderated the seminar, and speakers included Frank Kunneman, Kimberley de l ‘Isle, Robbert Kroon and Wendell Meriaan (Tax Partner KPMG).
Read more...   On 6 November, VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne and PwC St. Maarten (PwC) organized a follow-up seminar of the ’Boardroom Essentials’ event that was organized in June this year. The feedback and requests received at that time encouraged the organizations to continue with sessions covering similar (sub)topics. This sequel was subtitled ’Are you in control’. This indicated the objective of the afternoon: support board members and regulators to meet the challenges of their critical roles nowadays.
Read more...   On 26 and 27 November, InterExpo Caribbean will organize the 19th trade mission in Suriname. This mission – with a focus on sustainability, innovation and investment – will be supported by the Dutch Embassy. Read more...
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