Michiel Gorsira is an experienced litigator, specializing in business litigation, insolvency law and insurance law. Michiel is well-known for his role as trustee in the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers on Curacao.

Michiel Gorsira

People

Michiel advises and assists official authorities and public entities as well as clients in the private sector. His approach can be described as proactive and pragmatic.

Michiel started his career in 1981 at Van Doorne & Sjollema in Rotterdam. In 1985 he moved to Curacao and entered into the employ of VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne, where he was appointed partner in 1988. In 1997, Michiel moved back to the Netherlands, where he joined Trenité Van Doorne and in 2001 Simmons & Simmons, until his return to VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne on Curacao in 2008. Since 2015, Michiel has managed our establishment on St. Maarten.

During his career Michiel held several related positions. He was secretary and later dean of the Curacao Bar Association. He was also chairman of the Foundation for Training for the Legal Profession. Currently, Michiel is a member and a substitute member of the Appeal Councils of, respectively, the BES islands and Curacao.

Chambers Global 2017 (Band 2): “Michiel Gorsira works from St. Maarten and is acknowledged as ‘one of the leading insolvency experts’ in the Dutch Caribbean. In addition, he has a broad litigation practice with notable expertise in the area of maritime law and insurance law.”

Chambers Global 2017 (Band 2): “St. Maarten based Michiel Gorsira is acknowledged as ‘one of the leading insolvency experts’ in the Dutch Caribbean. Outside the insolvency arena, he has a broad litigation practice with notable expertise in maritime and insurance disputes.”

Additional positions and memberships

  • Substitute member of the Appeal Council of the Curacao Supervisory Board for Lawyers
  • Member of the Appeal Council of the BES islands Supervisory Board for Lawyers

Recent experience

  • Representing an advising a group of insurance companies in the Dutch Caribbean in lengthy legal proceedings before the Rotterdam Court and in appeal before the Court of Appeals in The Hague, regarding coverage under a comprehensive property and business interruption insurance, concerning two large hotels on Bonaire and Curaçao.
  • As Court appointed receiver in the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers Securities N.V. in Curaçao.