Roderik van Hees


Roderik (1983) is an attorney-at-law and partner of our firm. He specializes in corporate and commercial dispute resolution and has over 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 and wealthy private individuals. He has ample 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, in which cases he often acts jointly with foreign lawyers.

Roderik regularly publishes in well-known legal journals, mainly in the fields of international private law and procedural law. He was a vice president and treasurer of the Amsterdam Young Bar Association and is a the official representative for the Dutch Caribbean with the International Young Lawyers Association (AIJA).

Roderik joined VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne in 2015 and became partner in January 2019. Earlier, he worked for NautaDutilh and Lemstra Van der Korst in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Recent experience

  • Representation of the chairman 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 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.