Mr Michiel Gorsira > VANEPS > Willemstad, Curacao > Lawyer Profile

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Work Department

Insolvency & Restructuring, Insurance


Of Counsel


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 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, 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 on Curacao in 2008. Since 2015, Michiel has managed our establishment on St. Maarten.

In 2021 Michiel  continued his role as bankruptcy trustee of the Curacao based offshore bank Banco del Orinoco N.V., in which bankruptcy he is entrusted with the creditors’ claims totaling USD 1.1 billion and he was also involved in the reorganization and restructuring of all activities of Little Switzerland, a large jewelry business throughout the Caribbean. Michiel was also handling the international bankruptcy of the Australian Bell Group in the role of advisor to the creditors. In addition, he also assisted international reinsurers on Aruba in procedures against local insurers and is continuously involved in general corporate and commercial litigation.

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.

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.