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.


Dutch, English

Lawyer Rankings

Dutch Caribbean > Leading firms

(Next Generation Partners)

Tjarda Tazelaar  – VANEPS

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.