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Mr Tom Peeters
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 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.