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

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Work Department

Employment & Pensions




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
  • Member of the Junior Bar Association
  • Member of the Antillean Jurist Association
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of the BES islands

Lawyer Rankings

Dutch Caribbean > Leading firms

As a ‘leading law firm in the Dutch Caribbean consisting of top professionals in all areas of expertise’, VANEPS’ group attracts praise for its ‘top-notch knowledge, experience and professionalism’, which spans the full range of practice areas. Clients of the firm encompass financial institutions, national and international corporates and governmental bodies, with Google, Spotify and JP Morgan Chase as key examples. Focco Lunsingh Scheurleer leads the banking and finance, and shipping and aviation practices alongside counsel Inge van Hees-Wolswijk, while the litigation and dispute resolution department is jointly led by Rogier van den Heuvel and Roderik van Hees. Tjarda Tazelaar sits at the helm of the corporate and M&A practice, Tom Peeters is the go-to name for real estate, government and energy sector advice, and counsel Diek Fabius leads the IP offering. Of counsel Michiel Gorsira is the key name for insolvency, restructuring and insurance work, and employment work falls within the scope of Thies Leijsen and Sophie van Lint’s practices. Frank Kunneman departed the firm in mid-2023.