1 – Spigt Dutch Caribbean
THE FIRM This corporate heavyweight continues to attract plaudits for its wide-ranging expertise, and is particularly commended for its strength in tax and litigation work. The 13-strong team advises prestigious local and international clients on securities, M&A and white-collar crime. Work highlights include a number of tax disputes, as well as high-profile merger work for prominent financial institutions.
“Our experience has been very positive – the team has been excellent.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Commentators are enthusiastic in their praise of Karel Frielink, who is highly valued for his experience in securities and mutual funds work. Clients assert that he is “really very strong in his technical command of issues,” and that he “deals well with clients, and makes complicated things easy.”
Martijn Welten receives outstanding feedback from clients, who describe him as “an excellent, solution-oriented, commercial and very knowledgeable attorney, who can really dig into the mud when required.”
1 – VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne
THE FIRM This high-calibre firm has a strong presence in corporate and commercial work across the Dutch Caribbean region, with offices in St Maarten, Bonaire and Aruba. The firm’s international resources are also strengthened by its association with Dutch firm Van Doorne. Its impressive client roster features local and global names in the financial services, pharmaceutical and hospitality industries, which of late have called on the firm’s expertise in debt capital markets offerings, M&A and project finance.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Managing partner Frank Kunneman is highly respected for his knowledge of constitutional law, and his academic credentials as a professor of civil law at the University of the Netherlands Antilles.
Randolph van Eps is praised by commentators as “a very good, very creative lawyer,” and clients appreciate his business-minded approach.
Michiel Gorsira leads the firm’s restructuring and insolvency team, and acts as a trustee in the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers Securities Curaçao.
Focco Lunsingh Scheurleer is praised for his knowledge of the corporate arena, and for his ability to “structure around problems for his clients.” His banking and finance work includes handling several securities matters, representing some of the firm’s most high-profile clients.