VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne Lawyers
As the leading Dutch Caribbean law firm, both our firm and its individual lawyers are frequently in the news. We appear in both the regional and international press. We use this part of our website to publish non-legal news, for example, our press releases can be found here.

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Thursday, 10 July 2014 15:20
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.
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Thursday, 26 June 2014 19:16
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.
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Tuesday, 10 June 2014 19:47
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.
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Tuesday, 10 June 2014 15:51
Attorney Miriam den Boogert, specialized in intellectual property, will give a presentation on Tuesday 10 June on intellectual property in general and in the (Dutch) Caribbean in specific. She will do this during a lunch meeting of the Marketing Network Curaco.
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Thursday, 05 June 2014 21:16
On Monday 2 June, the report Maritime Future of Aruba was presented to Minister Otmar Oduber of Tourism, Transport, Primary Sector and Culture of Aruba. The objective of this report is to create a more competitive operation for Aruba in the international maritime industry. Catching up on the law and regulations was mentioned as one of the prior conditions to achieve this goal. Lawyer Kimberley de l’Isle of VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne  gave a presentation on the benefits of a good treaty network in this regard.
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Wednesday, 28 May 2014 20:51
Hungarian listed pharmaceutical company Gedeon Richter has purchased an initial majority stake in Mediplus NV, based in Curacao. This is reported by Dutch Caribbean newspaper Amigoe (clipping in Dutch) and the Wall Street Journal. A corporate team of VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne assisted Gedeon Richter in this acquisition.
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Thursday, 08 May 2014 15:36
The bankruptcy trustees of Lehman Brothers Securities N.V. - Michiel R.B. Gorsira and Robert F. van Beemen of VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne – recently entered into (i) a distribution agreement with Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.; and (ii) a deed of settlement with Lehman Brothers International (Europe). In connection thereto the bankruptcy trustees have published an interim notice. For more information visit our website's dedicated section.
 
Tuesday, 06 May 2014 05:36
Law firm VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne launches a recruitment campaign in the Netherlands to hire young talent. The special part is that a connection to the Dutch Caribbean islands or region is a requirement for graduates and an advantage for the more experienced lawyers that the firm is looking for. In the campaign ‘A Lawyer in the Caribbean’, the firm shows the target audience what the legal profession encompasses in the Dutch Caribbean.
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Tuesday, 22 April 2014 18:53
Daniëlla Engelhardt, admitted to the Sint Maarten bar on 28 March 2014, is the newest addition to VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne’s expanding St. Maarten team. Daniëlla grew up in Curacao and started her legal studies in the Netherlands in 2007. She had a clear goal: to return home to the Caribbean, and work at an internationally oriented law firm. Her drive was unmistakable throughout her studies, when she, amongst other things, interned at a Curacao law firm, worked as a paralegal at a Dutch law firm and clerked at the Haarlem Court.
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Thursday, 20 March 2014 23:11
The country of St. Maarten and the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) have signed an agreement for the execution of trademark legislation in St. Maarten. As per 1 January 2015, BBIE will introduce a new procedure for trademark registration with validity in St. Maarten. This will facilitate online submission of trademarks, which will result in a faster completion of the registration procedure. The trademark register itself will be accessible online. Miriam den Boogert, IP attorney at VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne: “This agreement means a huge step forward in the efficiency of trademark registrations. Our experience with BBIE regarding trademark registrations on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba is excellent. BBIE has been responsible for the execution of trademark legislation on those islands since 2010.” From the press release that BOIP published on Thursday 20 March:
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