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The days are gone that foundations with an important social function could fulfill their duties in isolation and seclusion. On one island in the Dutch Caribbean the largest hospital is currently the focus of attention, on another island it is the largest housing foundation, and on yet another island the only combined school. Apart from the not always very positive public attention, euphemistically speaking, the common denominator of these three institutions is that they have been legally organized as a foundation. Foundations are the most autonomous legal vehicles we know. A foundation does not have shareholders. A foundation does not have members. A foundation has a board. That’s it. In principle, the board determines what happens, albeit within the limits of the law and the bylaws.
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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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The Antillean Lawyers Association (Antilliaanse Juristen Vereniging) has appointed the board for the year 2015-2016 in a General Membership Meeting. Willemieke Princée of VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne has been appointed as new member in the board, consisting of eight legal professionals.
Read more...   Multinational telecom company Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) has acquired Columbus International Inc. for USD 1.85bln. CWC is active in 16 Caribbean and Latin American countries; Columbus is active in seven countries with the brand names Flow and Karib Cable. Natasha Joubert and Carine Jänsch of VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne advised regarding the Curacao and Bonaire regulatory aspects of this acquisition. Read more...   Last week, Cinemark has signed the lease with the new to open shopping center Sambil in Curacao. With this signing, Sambil is now ensured of the opening of a Cinemark movie theatre in the new shopping mall, which will open its doors in May 2015. Cinemark operates the third largest circuit of the United States. On behalf of the legal team of VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne, Godelieve Wesselingh attended the closing.
Read more...   In the 2015 edition of the Chambers Global law firm ranking, which was launched on 12 March 2015, VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne has been placed in the highest category for the fifth consecutive year. Moreover, with five individual ranked lawyers the firm performs significantly better than other firms in the region. Steffen Hagen, who recently joined the firm, is a new addition to the four ranked lawyers the firm already had in the past years. VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne is the only law firm to provide more than one ranked lawyer in the Dutch Caribbean edition of Chambers Global 2015. Read more...   The Kluwer (a Dutch legal publisher) Maritime Law Handbook offers a country-by-country overview of arrest of vessels, enforced sale of vessels, registration of vessels, and mortgage on vessels. The parts about Curacao en Aruba were recently added and were written by Mayesi Hammoud and Willemieke Princée on behalf of VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne, together with co-author and former firm member Freeke Kunst. Read more...
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