Mr Tom Peeters > VANEPS > Willemstad, Curacao > Lawyer Profile

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Real Estate, Energy & Natural Resources, Governance, Risk & Compliance and Government & Public Sector




Tom Peeters is an experienced and specialized real estate attorney-at-law and resident partner of our Aruba offices. He advises on real estate projects, including the development of power plants, the construction of petrochemical facilities, water management projects, area development projects, and sustainable wind and solar energy projects.

During recent years, Tom Peeters was involved in several confidential high-profile energy and hotel development-related projects, once more showing he’s the legal expert in this area in the Dutch Caribbean region.

A client’s testimonial in the Legal500 Caribbean 2023 reads:  ‘We appreciate Tom Peeters not only for his in-depth legal knowledge, but also that we can always count on Tom’s availability for us in legal matters, even in addition to his role as partner at VANEPS.’

In Curaçao, Tom assisted local consortium CORC in the negotiations with Refineria di Korsou and the country of Curaçao about the exploitation of the refinery. On Bonaire and Saba, Tom assisted in executing the tender process for the realisation of the solar park and negotiating the realisation of a sustainable energy supply.  Furthermore, Tom has been advising on the development of the Chogogo Resort in Bonaire, this entailed the diligent management of stakeholders in this complex project that is situated near a protected nature reserve, having competing initiatives nearby to consider as well.

The Real Estate team of VANEPS is involved in every significant development in the Dutch Caribbean and assists developers, contractors as well as contracting authorities in the contracting, permitting and public procurement of various real estate projects. With the ‘getting things done’ mentality the team has amongst others successfully assisted in the development of hotel and leisure projects and private and social housing projects. Also, large utility companies have requested assistance in the realization of water purification plants, energy supply and office projects. VANEPS also assisted Mota-Engil in the tender, contracting and successful realization of the road project Watty Vos Boulevard on Aruba.

As of 1 January 2021, Tom took on the position of managing partner, now also managing the firm together with Esther Geerling- Jansen.

Tom also assists candidates and contracting authorities in organizing and participating in (public) procurement and bidding procedures. In addition, he regularly litigates in construction law cases and in disputes on spatial planning and the environment. Tom is a targeted litigator, who often also acts in appeal cases. He also concluded his studies as a cassation lawyer.

Tom started at VANEPS  in 2013, and he previously worked at international law firms and he used to be director of a legal consultancy firm. In that role, he was involved in various real estate projects in the Netherlands, but also in Curacao and the BES islands (Caribbean Netherlands), in an early stage. Tom regularly publishes about, inter alia, project development, sustainability projects, cooperatives and procurement. He teaches on various legal topics, he conducted research on, inter alia, participation models for sustainable projects and permit strategies for real estate projects, and he has developed several innovative legal products, including new procurement methods. He also advises on the execution and application of the international FIDIC contracts and is experienced in participating in DAB-dispute adjudication boards.

Tom works on various real estate projects across the Caribbean. He is also a member of the Dutch Bar Association, the Dutch Association for Procurement Law and the Dutch Construction Lawyers Association.


Dutch, English


Supervisory board member of Maduro & Curiel’s Bank (Bonaire) N.V.
Board member of Bonaire’s tourism association BONHATA
Supervisory Board member Stichting Recompressietank Bonaire (‘Foundation Recompression Chamber Bonaire’)
Legal secretary on call Netherlands Arbitration Institute


Tom is his own private pilot and meets clients all over the Dutch Caribbean by flying his plane between the islands.

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Tom Peeters – VANEPS

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.