Most directors in foundations do their work voluntarily. They receive an expense allowance at best, and often not even that. Some directors are paid something, but the amount of that sum is not in proportion to their work. Does this make a difference for their possible liability when damage is caused? Can you be held liable less easily when you performed the work that you did (wrong) without pay? Do you have to pay less compensation in that case? Unfortunately for the volunteers, the answer to these three questions is three times ‘no’. It does not make any difference.

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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 1 January 2016, attorney at law Thies Leijsen was appointed dean of the Bar Association in Bonaire. He succeeds Anneke van Toll (LLM), who filled the position of dean for more than 6 years. Thies Leijsen is employed by law firm VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne and is a member of the Antillean Jurist Association and of the Supervisory Board for lawyers for the BES islands. Earlier in his career, Thies was an active member of the Bar Association in St. Maarten, where he was chairman of the activities committee.
Read more...   The Foundation Pension Fund Vidanova recently acquired two-thirds of the shares of SFT Bank. VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne assisted Vidanova in this acquisition.
Read more...   After the Netherlands and Curaçao, Bonaire now also has its own Foundation Ride for the Roses. The foundation was established on 7 January 2016. Its purpose is to raise funds for the battle against cancer by organizing sports events. Together with seven other enthusiastic directors, Tom Peeters initiated the formation of this foundation. Tom is attorney and manager of the Bonaire office of VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne.
Read more...   ‘Stichting Monumentenzorg’ (Foundation for the preservation of historic buildings and sites) and Sea Shore Properties have resumed the legal proceedings against the Isla-refinery, regarding the oil spill in 2012 at Jan Kok, as the parties haven’t been able to reach a settlement. The plaintiffs, represented by Rogier van Heuvel of VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne, and the refinery negotiated for more than a year.
Read more...   On Monday 21 December 2015 VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne organized the second edition of the Ban Topa networking reception. At our Curaçao office we welcomed law students and young professionals with Caribbean roots or affinity, living in the Netherlands or the Caribbean. Pre-university students, who will enroll in law school after their exams, were also invited. In this way, it was possible for all attendants to ask each other and the attorneys of VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne about their experiences.
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