Mr Tjarda Tazelaar > VANEPS > Willemstad, Curacao > Lawyer Profile

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Work Department

Corporate/M&A, Competition and Insurance




Tjarda Tazelaar is an expert in corporate law and the head of our M&A team. He specializes in mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate restructurings. Tjarda advises corporations, financial institutions and investors in a variety of market sectors. The last few years his M&A practice has seen a focus on transactions in the financial services sector.

A client’s testimonial from the Legal500 Caribbean 2023 reads ‘Tjarda Tazelaar was our contact person.  He was extremely helpful and always reachable. To the point and always with a solution.’

During the recent years, Tjarda was involved in several large cross-border transactions and projects. He led the team that advised Aon on the successful divestment of its insurance brokerage operations on the respective islands of the Dutch Caribbean. His team also advised AkzoNobel on the contemplated acquisition of paints and coatings company Grupo Orbis with operations across Central and South America (closing expected shortly). Some of the larger cross-border mandates he worked on last year as lead partner have continued into 2022 and have yet to be announced. This includes the envisioned multi-jurisdictional corporate restructuring of the largest financial institutions of the Dutch Caribbean. Two large, high-profile mandates (each having a USD 200M+ deal value) that Tjarda and his team worked on last year (in the financial services sector and hospitality sector, respectively), did not reach the finish line for strategic reasons. 

Tjarda is qualified as a lawyer in the Dutch Caribbean and the Netherlands. He has been a board member of the Curaçao International Financial Services Association (CIFA) since 2020.


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Board member of the Curaçao International Financial Services Association (CIFA).

Lawyer Rankings

Dutch Caribbean > Leading firms

(Next Generation Partners)

Tjarda Tazelaar  – 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.