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

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Work Department

Insolvency & Restructuring, Insurance




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.

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

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.