With the admittance to the bar of junior associate Vincent Abbing and the employment of associate Godelieve Wesselingh, VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne has expanded with both a starting and an experienced attorney. Vincent Abbing was sworn in by the Common Court of Justice of Curaçao, Aruba, and St. Maarten and of Bonaire, Statia, and Saba on Tuesday 9 September 2014. Godelieve Wesselingh has approximately six years of experience with one of the major international firms in the Netherlands and now makes the move to the Dutch Caribbean. She will be sworn in later.
Godelieve gained experience in the Netherlands in corporate and real estate law. Her existing acquaintance with some colleagues at VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne was one of the reasons why her move to the Caribbean was a logical next step to her. The Curaçao office of VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne will be her home base, but she will working for the St. Maarten office for three months first. Godelieve: "In the Netherlands you don't realize every day that in the overseas territories the same language is spoken, residents have the same passport, and the legal system is based on the same principles. I look forward to getting to know the uniqueness of the islands and therefore enjoy working both in St. Maarten and Curaçao in the upcoming months."
Vincent studied international law and spent a semester in Switzerland as a student, where he attended the Université de Fribourg. Consequently, the international aspect of working as a lawyer in the Caribbean was what appealed to him: "Beside local clients, I work with clients from Canada one day and from Singapore the next. The many international relations are typical for the Caribbean. The fact that our jurisdictions have so much to offer to international parties, makes the job exciting and diverse."
Godelieve and Vincent will both join the Corporate & Banking section of VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne.