Do you recognize the mechanism that the same patterns of life and habits can be very functional in a certain phase in your life, but can rather form a blockade later? There are plenty of examples hereof in psychology. A child not feeling safe can resist it with aggressive behavior. The opposite is also possible: the child actually withdraws into itself when threatened. At the time of the threat, both reactions are effective to protect yourself from the threat. Later in life, an aggressive attitude picked up in the meantime or acquired modesty can become an impediment for forging healthy relationships. A primary reaction once effective in the past thus becomes a blockade for further development in the present. Read more...

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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 Friday 25 July the LBS Bankruptcy Trustees - Michiel R.B. Gorsira and Robert F. van Beemen - have lodged the List of Third Interim Distributions (derde tussentijdse uitdelingslijst) at the Courthouse at the Wilhelminaplein 4 in Curacao, which list has been approved by the bankruptcy judge. The List of Third Interim Distributions is available for public inspection for ten (10) days. The available cash amount for the Third Interim Distribution is ANG 289.6 mln (USD 161.8 mln). For more information visit our dedicated section.  

The oil that polluted the Jan Kok nature reserve in 2012 originated from the Curacao Oil Terminal at Bullenbaai. The judge considers this to be proven for now, which became clear from the verdict that was done by the Court of First Instance on Monday 21 July. The plaintiffs and owners of the polluted area, “Stichting Monumentenzorg” (Foundation for the preservation of historic buildings and sites) and Sea Shore Properties NV, are represented by Rogier van den Heuvel of VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne. Read more...  

Graduation day at the Law Faculty of the University of Curaçao late June was even more festive for master student Andrea Geerlof. She won the 14th edition of the VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne Thesis Prize. Attorney Willemieke Princée did the honors and awarded Andrea with the prize, consisting of a check and a certificate as a permanent memento. The winning thesis was selected by a committee that was specifically appointed for this purpose. They reviewed the master theses submitted based on the criteria of legal quality, creativity, innovation and current interest. Read more...  

On June 12, 2014, PwC and VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne organized a seminar titled Boardroom Essentials. The seminar addressed the Sint Maarten Corporate Governance Code, what constitutes good corporate governance, how to get there, and the role of the (supervisory) board.The turn-out exceeded expectations, with over 65 participants in attendance, including the Minister of Health, Social Development and Labor of St. Maarten, Mr. De Weever, and representatives of Saba and St. Eustatius. There was a dynamic interaction between speakers and participants, and many of the participants requested follow up sessions covering similar (sub)topics. Read more...   Nowadays boards have to stay abreast of the many new issues facing companies, while keeping up with their ongoing oversight responsibilities. PwC Dutch Caribbean and VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne are organising a seminar titled Boardroom Essentials. During this seminar we will share the highlights of the Corporate Governance Code of St. Maarten and describe important governance topics. We will provide you with professional insights on the (new) relation between the board and the service provider and share our perspective on the role and responsibilities of boards and regulators in St. Maarten. Read more...
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