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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.

Practice head(s):

Focco Lunsingh Scheurleer; Inge van Hees-Wolswijk; Rogier van den Heuvel; Roderik van Hees; Tjarda Tazelaar; Tom Peeters; Diek Fabius; Michiel Gorsira; Thies Leijsen; Sophie van Lint


‘VANEPS is a leading law firm in the Dutch Caribbean consisting of top professionals in all areas of expertise. Their professionals are very much practice oriented and provide practical solutions.’

‘My company has been utilising the services of VANEPS for some years now and their knowledge, experience and professionalism are top notch. They have a variety of most capable and knowledgeable attorneys who are very responsive and offer best-in-class counsel.’

‘Tjarda Tazelaar, Diek Fabius, Rogier van den Heuvel and Thies Leijsen are some (but not all) of the attorneys we have worked with at VANEPS over the years and they have, without exception, provided us with an extremely high level of professional services.’

‘The team has excellent knowledge of the local specifics while in the meantime being aware of the larger Dutch and international context. They spend significant and relevant time on the cases and are open for refreshing new approaches.’

‘Roderik van Hees is not only wise and sharp, he is better than anybody I have met before and has a deep understanding of both the technical legal aspects and, importantly, the moral/ethical and emotional reference of the judges and the court. In this way he is even more effective and his arguments are much better received.’

‘Tjarda Tazelaar was our leading M&A lawyer and provides top of the market quality in legal services.’

‘High-end law firm in a small jurisdiction. The M&A team were able to advise us on a complex deal and provided tailor-made, high-end legal advice. They understood the commercial interests but kept our legal interests in sight.’

Key clients


Google Inc.


Venequip Group



JP Morgan Chase & Co. Bank

Cable & Wireless Communications (FLOW)

Work highlights

  • Represented ZEDRA in its acquisition of Atlas Fund Services.
  • Advised the MCB group, the largest financial institution in the Dutch Caribbean, on its successful multi-jurisdictional corporate restructuring involving its banking operations in the jurisdictions of Curaçao, St. Maarten, and the BES islands.
  • Acted for a US-based high-profile former supervisory director of Ennia Group in appealing the judgment in which they were ordered to pay $550m in damages to Ennia Group by the Court in First Instance of Curaçao.

Some clients’ testimonials in the Legal500 Caribbean 2023 read as follows:

‘They have solutions for every problem in every field. Someone at VANEPS has the knowledge to guide you and give you the answer to the solution.’

‘Easy access, great response times, comes up with out-of-the-box solutions, pragmatic approach.’

‘They are very responsive and well-rounded in terms of ability to handle any questions.’

VANEPS keeps distinguishing itself with true unrivaled specialist legal advice across the Dutch Caribbean region. Financial institutions, large national and international corporates, and Governmental bodies are among the firm’s strong client base. The attorneys in our firm are specialists with expertise in their dedicated field (almost all other law firms in our Caribbean region are general practitioners). All our attorneys are able to fully legally represent their respective clients throughout these jurisdictions.

VANEPS is the leading Dutch Caribbean law firm, having offices in all four different jurisdictions of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Caribbean, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, Statia and
St. Maarten. In addition, our Surinam Desk assists multinationals that operate on- or offshore projects in Surinam.

During the pandemic, our team kept strengthening existing relationships with our clients by providing them with legal knowledge and by informing them more frequently on relevant developments. Since physical events were no longer possible during the lockdown, we decided to focus on hosting webinars. This was an accessible way for our attorneys to get in touch with (potential) clients and to update them on recent legal developments on a regular basis.

The various offices of VANEPS enable us to establish and maintain the “flying lawyers” principle, in which we ensure the best match between client and lawyer and it enables us to collaborate even more closely with our clients throughout the Dutch Caribbean and Surinam by flying in lawyers. We operate as a one-stop shop. Our lawyers can represent their respective clients in each of the different courts and jurisdictions of the Dutch Caribbean. In addition, we have lawyers in our firm who are admitted to the bar in the Netherlands as well.

Like other business sectors law firms have to be agile and adapt to continuously changing consumer trends, especially during these times of unpredictability. While the legal industry has always clung to tradition, innovation is a necessity, it is key to surviving in our fast-changing world. Hence, we invested in business development and client relationship management solution, tailor-made for professional services firms. With this application, we will be able to focus even more on the specific needs of our clients and prospects and we are fully equipped to provide end-to-end client-focused legal services and advice.

In terms of practice areas, we saw growth in a few specific legal areas, such as Employment & Pensions and Governance, Risk & Compliance. Our Corporate/M&A team advised on several large, high-profile mandates for cross-border transactions and complex corporate restructurings (some of which unfortunately were put on hold for strategic/economic reasons and are therefore not mentioned in this submission). Our Banking & Finance department continues to be involved in many high-value cross-border financing transactions, while our Litigation & Dispute Resolution team continues to be involved in all high-profile litigation and landmark disputes, throughout the Dutch Caribbean. Last but not least, our intellectual property and privacy department increasingly advise on a wide range of intellectual property and privacy law-related matters, while our patent and trademark office continues to manage intellectual property portfolios of national and international clients. Hence, we fully understand the dynamics in international, cross-border matters.

Over the last years, we have experienced intense growth in potential claims or alleged liabilities of managing directors due to an increased active supervisory role of the local Central Banks in the different Caribbean jurisdictions. In addition, the fact that legal work has become more cross-border and internationally complex makes us lawyers of the next generation, combining legal expertise and professional work experience from both continents.

VANEPS is a member of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading network of independent law firms.

Department Name Email Telephone
Insolvency Restructuring, Insurance Michiel Gorsira +5999 461 3400
Banking & Finance, Governance, Restructuring Focco Lunsingh Scheurleer +5999 461 3400
Energy & Natural Resources, Governance, Risk & Compliance and Government & Public Sector Tom Peeters +599 717 7557
Commercial, Competition and Litigation & Dispute Resolution Rogier van den Heuvel +5999 461 3400
Corporate/M&A. Competition and Insurance Tjarda Tazelaar +5999 461 3400
Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Shipping & Aviation Roderik van Hees +5999 461 3400
Corporate/M&A, Intellectual Property & Privacy Diek Fabius +5999 461 3400
Banking & Finance, Shipping & Aviation Inge van Hees-Wolswijk +5999 461 3400
Employment & Pensions Thies Leijsen +599 717 7557
Employment & Pensions Sophie van Lint +599 717 7557
Commercial Randolph van Eps +599 461 3400
Number of lawyers : 35
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VANEPS is committed to an inclusive work environment where every colleague is considered a valuable addition to our firm, regardless of their background, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or family situation. We are committed to putting diversity into practice in the workplace, promoting internal discussion of diversity and actively promoting these ideals externally as well.

VANEPS has won the prestigious award for the most female-friendly organization in Curaçao. Providing the maximum flexibility to let staff – the male staff too – work part-time and to build a successful career.

We are always looking for ways to improving ourselves, and this includes diversity and inclusion.