It took a long time for the Willems report to be published: exactly three years. Some ten days ago, the report was presented to the Registry of the Joint Court of Justice. Let’s just say that judicial mills grind slowly. Is the report also ‘too little’? Not in volume: over four hundred pages, excluding the annexes. And the content? Hard to say at this point; the report is not (yet) public. The media seem to be in possession of the report though (we live in Curaçao!). Apparently, the report paints a picture of a few outrageously clumsy people (particularly Schotte and Van der Dijs), who let hundreds of millions of guilders ‘evaporate’ at the expense of our community, together with the supervisory directors of Aqualectra and RdK and assisted by their consultants. The Willems report is not a judgment. Whether mismanagement indeed occurred at Aqualectra, RdK and Curoil has to be determined by the Court of Justice. And then what? In order to judge that, it first has to be clear how this report fits into the current inquiry proceedings.

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After successful workshops on Bonaire and on Aruba during the P3A Conference in March 2016, VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne has organized a lunch seminar Procurement and Contracting on Curaçao as well on 7 July. The unexpectedly large number of registrations for the seminar resulted in a shortage of space in the venue, and demonstrated that transparency in procurement procedures is a hot topic on Curaçao as well.
Read more...   This month, Molly Steward, partner with VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne, launches the ‘Collected Employment Laws and Regulations Curaçao 2015’, which she compiled. For this purpose, she presented the first copies of the book this week to Ms. Ruthmilda Larmonie-Cecilia, Minister of Social Development, Employment & Welfare, and to Mr. Evert-Jan van der Poel, President of the Joint Court of Justice, together with counsel Kimberley de l’Isle.
Read more...   CIBC FirstCaribbean and NuCapital together with Aspiravi have reached on 1 July 2016 an agreement on the financing of five new windmills, to be built at the existing wind farm at Tera Kòrá in Curaçao. The total investment is USD 36mln. VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne assisted parties in this transaction. Team members for the finance part of the transaction were partner Focco Lunsingh Scheurleer, counsel Natasha Joubert, and associate Shalini Sadal and Vincent Abbing.
Read more...   Real Estate lawyer Tom Peeters has been appointed partner with VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne as per 1 July. Tom joined the Dutch Caribbean firm in 2013 and heads the Bonaire office. Under his wing, the branch has steadily grown and managed to achieve a permanent position as market leader on the island, with clients such as the (Central) Government, utility companies, the airport, and various international hotels.
Read more...   On 1 July 2016, Tom Peeters was welcomed at radio programme Bon Dia Boneiru on Radio BON FM to talk about the Electricity and Drinking Water Act BES. The broadcasting (in Papiamentu) can be replayed here:
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