VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne Attorneys
C.G.K. (Kamla) Besançon
Tel: +1 721 542 2902
Cell: +1 721 588 4171
Fax: +1 721 542 2907

Speaks: Dutch, English, Papiamentu
Main office: St. Maarten
Education: University Leiden
Graduated: 1997

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C.G.K. (Kamla) Besançon

Kamla Besançon has a broad corporate and securities practice with a specific focus on local and cross-border M&A, joint ventures, securities-, corporate governance- and (corporate) shareholders and board room advice.

Prior to joining VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne Kamla worked at Houthoff Buruma (Amsterdam, 2006 – 2012) where she advised (listed) companies on (cross-border) M&A, securities, regulatory and corporate governance related matters. She also advised shareholders and management and supervisory boards on a variety of corporate matters.

Before joining Houthoff Buruma Kamla worked at Lexwell (St. Maarten, 2002 – 2004), where she assisted in the (re)structuring and execution of numerous local investment and finance projects (such as the airport and harbour expansion projects, various investments of the local utility company) and the (re)structuring and reorganization of various corporate clients. She was general counsel and litigator for, amongst others, the aforementioned companies, local banks and insurance companies.

Kamla started her career in Curacao and St. Maarten at Law-office Moenir-alam (1997 – 2002) as trial attorney (first and second litigator) in criminal and civil law cases (with a focus on labour-, insurance- and family law).

Kamla graduated from Leiden University in 1997 and obtained her LL.M. degree from Columbia University (New York) in 2005. In addition to her local bar admission, Kamla is admitted to the Amsterdam and New York Bars.

  • The International Bar Association
  • The American Bar Association
  • The New York Bar Association
  • The International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA)
  • The Dutch Bar Association
Kamla recently assisted:
  • Arcelor, as Dutch counsel, on its $33.8 billion merger with Mittal Steel Company N.V.
  • Atlas Industries on the acquisition of the global media and entertainment packaging business of MeadWestvaco Corp
  • Beijing Hainachuan Automotive Parts Co., Ltd. on the acquisition of Inalfa Roof Systems Group from AAC Capital Partners
  • China Huaneng Group, the largest power generation company in China, on its $ 1.23 billion acquisition of 50% of InterGen N.V. from GMR
  • Doughty Hanson on its acquisition of TMF and its acquisition of Equity Trust from Candover and an institutional shareholder
  • Fondo de Valores Inmobiliarios as their legal advisor in relatio to corporate issues, real estate and employment regarding the developer of Blue Mall in St. Maarten.
  • Fortis Bank (Nederland) N.V. on the offering of ordinary shares by Accsys Technologies Plc and certain selling shareholders and the listing of its ordinary shares on Euronext Amsterdam
  • Portugal Telecom on its € 7.5 billion sale of a 50% interest in BrasilCel N.V. to Téléfonica
  • Tele Atlas on the $2.8 billion cash offer made for its entire share capital by TomTom, the listed Dutch navigation equipment provider
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