Roderik van Hees


Roderik (1983) is an attorney-at-law and partner of our firm. He specializes in dispute resolution in the areas of business and contract law and has ten years of experience in the Netherlands and throughout the Dutch Caribbean (Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten, Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba). He studied at Leiden University (LL.B. and LL.M.) and the Free University of Amsterdam (LL.M.) (with highest honors).

Roderik assists, amongst others, local and international banks, multinational corporations, oil companies, shipping companies, P&I clubs and wealthy private individuals. He has broad experience in complex, often cross-border commercial (trade) disputes, shareholder disputes, directors’ liability, inquiry proceedings, the levying and lifting of attachments and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards, often jointly with foreign lawyers.

Roderik regularly publishes in well-known legal journals, mainly on subjects of international private law and procedural law. He was a vice president and treasurer of the Amsterdam Young Bar Association and is a member of the International Young Lawyers Association (AIJA).

Roderik started at VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne in 2015. He is a partner since January 2019. Earlier, he worked for NautaDutilh and Lemstra Van der Korst in Amsterdam.

Recent experience

  • Representation of the director of Dutch housing association Vestia in a EUR 2 billion liability claim (in Dutch courts and in the parliamentary inquiry);

  • Acting against the Dutch State in various proceedings before various Dutch courts in relation to the expropriation of SNS REAAL shareholders;

  • Successfully assisting various clients in multi-million dollar disputes regarding Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA (throughout the Dutch Caribbean), including the government of Curaçao in its efforts to partially lift the much-discussed prejudgment attachments of ConocoPhillips on PDVSA assets, in order to secure local oil supply;

  • Acting as counsel for the Public Prosecutor’s Office in the pending civil inquiry proceedings into the affairs of the St. Maarten Harbour Holding Company;

  • Representation of various local and international banks in Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten in cases regarding the termination of banking relationships.