Lawyers usually say no. Their thinking is directed at denial. I did not realize this properly until I became a lawyer myself. I did not have to get used to saying no, because also in the world of science, where I came from, you say no on account of your profession. If someone claims something, as a lawyer or scientist you immediately have three or more arguments ready to prove that what is claimed is not correct. Is that a bad and negative attitude? No (see what I mean?). Lawyers and scientists reach a higher level of truth by systematically testing whether what someone says is correct. If you raise arguments against a position that is brought forward, this position has to be properly defended to ‘survive’. Not until it has passed this test do we adopt the position (provisionally). Until the contrary has been proven. This is how fact-finding works.

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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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On Tuesday 23 August 2016, the legislative bill introducing a new licensing system for all-inclusive accommodation in Aruba was adopted by the Parliament. The proposed amendments to the Licensing Ordinance were approved with twelve votes in favor and eight against. Attorneys at law Frank Kunneman, Tom Peeters, and Sophie van Lint of VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne advised The Ministry of Tourism on the drafting of this new legislation.

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Recently, the fourth edition of the German Handbook Distribution Law (Handbuch des Vertriebsrechts) has been published. With its 2329 pages, this book gives an extensive explanation of the distribution law in and outside of Germany. Attorney at law Roderik van Hees contributed with a chapter on distribution law, agency law and franchise law in the Netherlands. The handbook has been published by publishing company C.H. Beck and is available via their website.

Read more...   On August 4, law firm VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne organized a seminar for its clients about structured finance; the collective term for special ways to finance companies. This means that a company is not financed by an ordinary loan, but by instruments such as securitization, covered bonds and factoring. Based on recent practical examples, the 60 participants were updated on assets (for instance loan portfolios and lease portfolios) and how to secure them for financiers.
Read more...   Wolf Legal Publishers recently published the collection The relationships in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, a future perspective (‘De verhoudingen in het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden, een perspectief op de toekomst’) . This publication gives an overview of the plenary presentations that were given during the annual Conference of Constitutional Law in 2015 in the Netherlands. In addition, the book provides a number of selected papers of experts in the field of the new relations in the Kingdom since 10 October 2010. One of these authors and experts is Aubrich Bakhuis; attorney at law at VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne.
Read more...   On Tuesday 26 July 2016, junior associate Seyed Navid Zahedi was sworn in by the Joint Court of Justice of Curaçao, Aruba and St. Maarten and of Bonaire, St. Eustatius, and Saba. Seyed Navid started at the Curaçao office of VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne on 1 April 2016. The team in St. Maarten has also expanded; associate Stan van Liere joined the firm on 1 June 2016.
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