Mr Rogier van den Heuvel > VANEPS > Willemstad, Curacao > Lawyer Profile

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Work Department

Commercial, Competition and Litigation & Dispute Resolution




Rogier van den Heuvel is a very experienced litigator and also an expert in the field of competition law. He is admitted to practice both in the Dutch Caribbean and in the Netherlands, for which reason he is frequently instructed in cross-border proceedings. Together with Roderik van Hees he leads the firm’s litigation practice.

A client’s testimonial in the Legal500 Caribbean of 2023 reads: ‘[Roderik van Hees and] Rogier van den Heuvel are exceptional and outstanding in every way. They are extremely meticulous, highly efficient and always go above and beyond the call of duty.’

During the last years, Rogier was involved in several local and international disputes.  Recent work highlights concern his acting (1) as litigation counsel in the appeal lodged by one of the defendants against a USD 550 million verdict in the largest directors’ liability case in the Dutch Caribbean ever, (2) for Intertrust in various proceedings before the courts of Curaçao, including a high profile case that is before the Supreme Court of the Kingdom of the Netherlands for the third time, (3) in a defense in a USD 100+ million liability that is brought before the ICC in arbitration (4) a EUR 50+ million shareholder dispute involving various companies in and around a family owned corporate structure and (5) he successfully argued a piercing the corporate veil claim for a multinational in Curaçao.


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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.