Mr Thies Leijsen > VANEPS > Willemstad, Curacao > Lawyer Profile

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Work Department

Employment & Pensions


Local Partner


Thies Leijsen particularly focuses on administrative law, real estate law, employment and public service law. He advises and assists governmental bodies and clients in the public sector as well as large international clients in the private sector on matters in the field of, for instance, spatial planning, licenses and leaseholds.

Thies Leijsen is specialized in all areas of employment law with a focus on employment termination law and collective employment law. Within VANEPS he heads the employment law section.
In addition to that, he is also very experienced in administrative law, real estate law and public service law. In this role, Thies advises and assists a variety of clients, such as governmental bodies, clients in the public sector and local and international employers in the private sector.

Thies studied law at Maastricht University and obtained his master’s degree at the University of Westminster in London. He started his career as an attorney-at-law in the Netherlands and also worked for a law firm in St. Maarten. In 2011, he switched to VANEPS.

Thies regularly speaks at meetings and events on various topics within the field of administrative law, employment law and real estate law.


Dutch, English


Dean of the Bonaire Bar Association

Lecturer in employment law and administrative law at Training Institute Bonaire

Lawyer Rankings

Dutch Caribbean > Leading firms

Acting for a varied client roster of financial institutions, national and international corporates, and governmental bodies, VANEPS leverages the expertise of its practitioners across the Dutch Caribbean to handle the full range of transactional and contentious mandates. At an international level, the firm also benefits from being a member of the Lex Mundi network. Focco Lunsingh Scheurleer and counsel Inge van Hees-Wolswijk jointly lead the banking and finance team, which acts for a variety of lender clients; Rogier van den Heuvel and Roderik van Hees are jointly responsible for the litigation and dispute resolution; and Tjarda Tazelaar heads up the corporate and M&A practice. Elsewhere, Diek Fabius is the key contact for commercial and IP work, Tom Peeters has notable real estate and administrative law expertise, while Frank Kunneman leads the governance, risk and compliance group. For insolvency work, Michiel Gorsira is the primary name, and Thies Leijsen and newly promoted counsel Sophie van Lint handle employment and pensions mandates.