Two new lawyers join the St. Maarten branch of VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne

POSTED: 08/7/11 8:23 PM

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten branch of law firm VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne is getting ready for its opening with the addition of two more lawyers: Norbert Hijmans and Marieke Quist. This expansion follows attorney at law Peter van Dort’s arrival earlier this year. Several attorneys fly in from the firm’s offices in Curaçao, Bonaire and Aruba on a frequent basis. Amongst them are partners Frank Kunneman and Randolph van Eps. Also, former St. Maarten based attorney Thies Leijsen is frequently working with the new St. Maarten branch as his base. Marouschka van Axel Dongen is assisting the team locally. Moreover, many specialized lawyers are increasingly involved in advising local, regional and international companies and governmental bodies alike.

Norbert Hijmans moved to St. Maarten in February 2011 and joined the Dutch Caribbean tier 1 law firm in July. Hijmans is described as a very experienced and seasoned lawyer who most recently worked with the Dutch law firm Damsté Lawyers and Notaries, where he was the head of the commercial and corporate law division. Hijmans has been appointed as a trustee in many bankruptcies in the Netherlands, inter alia in the energy sector, at companies with several foreign subsidiaries, a professional soccer organization and in the textile sector. He has also been involved with the vocational training of attorneys at law both in The Netherlands and on St. Maarten.

Quist graduated from the University of Amsterdam in 2009. She started her career as legal advisor to the island government of the island territory of Saba in October 2009. She advised the Island Council, the Executive Council and the Island Governor about various legal issues in the areas of civil law and administrative law, with an emphasis on civil servant and employment law. Quist was also acting Island Secretary of the Public Entity of Saba from January 2010 until August 2011.

VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne will officially open its St. Maarten branch on the Sparrow Road 4 later this year. Before doing so, the team will be build up even more to support the full range of commercial and administrative legal services it has to offer to the St. Maarten, St. Eustatius and Saba market.


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