CHAMBERS GLOBAL 2015 LEGAL RANKINGS RELEASED

Karel Frielink ranked Band 1 again

Today Karel Frielink received a message from one of Chambers and Partners’ representatives: “I am pleased to inform you that you have been selected as a ranked lawyer in Chambers Global 2015 identifying you as one of the best lawyers in your jurisdiction.”

The Chambers Guides have been ranking the best law firms and lawyers since 1990, and now cover 185 jurisdictions throughout the world. Chambers ranks lawyers and law firms on several factors and considerations, all of which are investigated by their large team of more than 140 researchers. Today, Chambers and Partners …
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12
Mar 2015
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CONSULTATIE CODE CORPORATE GOVERNANCE NEDERLAND

Commissie presenteert voorstel

De (Nederlandse) Monitoring Commissie Corporate Governance Code heeft vandaag een zogeheten consultatiedocument gepresenteerd. Daarin staan voorstellen voor herziening van de Nederlandse corporate governance code.

Alle belanghebbenden en geïnteresseerden worden uitgenodigd om een reactie uit te brengen op dit consultatiedocument en deel te nemen aan het publieke debat omtrent de herziening van de Code. Het doel is om met de verkregen input en bevindingen uit de consultatiefase te komen tot een herziening van de Code.

Kennisneming van de voorstellen (dat kan door hier te klikken) kan ook voor de discussies in Aruba, Curaçao en St. …
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11
Feb 2016
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Corporate

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TRADE-BASED MONEY LAUNDERING

More Trade Transparency Units Needed

Smuggling and trade fraud are on the rise, according to Viêt Nam News (27 October 2015). The Telegraph reports that the authorities in China have arrested 21 people on suspicion of defrauding almost one million Chinese investors of 50bn yuan (£5.3 billion) after an online peer-to-peer lender turned out to be a giant Ponzi scheme (1 February 2016). Money laundering and fraud seem to be on the increase. Trade-Based Money Laundering (TBML) is one of the big threats facing us today.

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02
Feb 2016
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CONSOLIDATED BANKRUPTCY

Creditors, stay alert!

Aruba, Curaçao, St. Maarten and the BES-islands (Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba) will together be referred to as the Dutch Caribbean, although each has its own set of laws.

Bankruptcy in general serves the purpose of liquidating assets of a particular person or legal entity and distributing the proceeds among the combined creditors. Sometimes, several companies belonging to one and the same group of companies go bankrupt. In principle, the trustee in bankruptcy has to administer and liquidate the assets of each of the bankrupt estates individually.

When multiple companies of the same group go bankrupt, it …
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01
Feb 2016
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DISCHARGING THE MANAGEMENT BOARD

Only for matters evident from the accounts

The shareholders of a Dutch Caribbean limited liability company (NV or BV) may provide a discharge (décharge) to members of the management board for matters evident from the annual accounts, or matters otherwise made known to the general shareholders meeting. This is a standard item on the agenda for shareholders meetings at which a company’s annual accounts are adopted.

The aim of this discharge is that the company generally has no longer a legal cause of action against a management board member.

The effect of a discharge is limited. A discharge does not …
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18
Jan 2016
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Corporate

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INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION IN THE DUTCH CARIBBEAN

The UNCITRAL Model Law is applicable

Parties with a legal dispute can turn to the public court system to settle the dispute; however, instead of bringing a lawsuit in a public court, they can also opt for arbitration. Arbitration is a form of private dispute settlement in which the parties instruct one or more persons (arbitrators) to render a binding decision on their dispute. The arbitrators may be jurists, but they can also be laypersons. People with specific expertise or experience in a certain branch or industry are often chosen as arbitrator.

Parties can include a so-called arbitration clause in …
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06
Jan 2016
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UN PROSPERO AÑA NOBO 2016

Een voorspoedig Nieuwjaar

Un Próspero aña nobo

A Prosperous new year

Un próspero Año Nuevo

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BZSE-Nieuwjaarswens-DEC15

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01
Jan 2016
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Various

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MAKING FUN OF LAWYERS

Makes me smile…

The image that people have of lawyers is usually determined by coincidences. This may be a personal experience with their own lawyer or that of the counterparty. But even more will the image be determined by the relatively small group of lawyers who get publicity.

A. Pitlo (Evolutie in het privaatrecht, [Evolution in private law] Groningen: H.D. Tjeenk Willink 1972, p. 102) speaks with regard to certain lawyers about the ‘half-intellect’ that by intellectualism must succeed in being kept up towards the masses. Publications that are extremely critical of lawyers can date from any time and the first …
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28
Dec 2015
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THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE BOSS

Three different personas during testimony

There are matters to consider before you enter a courtroom as plaintiff, defendant or witness: for instance, what you say, your body language, how you present yourself and what you wear. The judge will be watching you. You don’t believe me? Read for yourself!

The judge about the defendant:

Murdock tried out three different personas during his testimony. During his deposition, he showed the true force of his domineering personality. During the first day of trial, Murdock tried to appear more reasonable and conciliatory on direct, but on cross-examination, he could not resist being combative. He denied …
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15
Dec 2015
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KAREL FRIELINK FULL MEMBER OF STEP

Trust and Estate Practitioner

The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) was founded in 1991 by George Tasker as a hub for local forums of practitioners. STEP is the international professional body for those who work in the trust industry and the (often overlapping) field of estate administration. Its members are mainly solicitors, barristers, attorneys, accountants, trust officers and trust administrators as well as banking and insurance professionals in the trust field.

The main focus of the organization is to administer the examination process to ensure the quality of the membership, to provide educational and networking opportunities …
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10
Dec 2015
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HARMONISATIE TOEZICHTSWETGEVING CURACAO

Ingrijpende wijzigingen

Op 9 november 2015 is door de Staten van Curaçao aangenomen de ‘Landsverordening tot wijziging van de Landsverordening toezicht bank- en kredietwezen 1994, de Landsverordening Toezicht Verzekeringsbedrijf, de Landsverordening toezicht effectenbeurzen, de Landsverordening toezicht beleggingsinstellingen en administrateurs, de Landsverordening toezicht trustwezen, de Landsverordening Assurantiebemiddelingsbedrijf en de Landsverordening toezicht geldtransactiekantoren’ (korter aangeduid als: Landsverordening actualisering en harmonisatie toezichtlandsverordeningen Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten; PB 2015, 67). Deze landsverordening beslaat 160 bladzijden en is op 4 december 2015 gepubliceerd.

Ik noem hier één wijziging en wel die ziet op de openbaarmaking van bestuurlijke boetes en lasten onder dwangsom. De …
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04
Dec 2015
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Finance

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BESTUURDERSAANSPRAKELIJKHEID

Symposium Sint Maarten 1 december 2015

Het Ministerie van Justitie te Sint Maarten en de Orde van Advocaten te Sint Maarten hebben op 1 december 2015 een symposium over Boek 2 van het Burgerlijk Wetboek van Sint Maarten georganiseerd.

De sprekers waren prof.mr. Peter van Schilfgaarde, prof.mr. Gerard van Solinge, mr. Jeroen Eichhorn en ikzelf. Mijn bijdrage ging over bestuurdersaansprakelijkheid. De tekst van mijn bijdrage is hier te vinden. Wat ik over het recht van St. Maarten te melden heb geldt ook voor Aruba, Curacao en de BES-eilanden.

Karel Frielink

(3 december 2015)

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03
Dec 2015
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Corporate

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HET BESTUUR VAN EEN RECHTSPERSOON

Het belang van de rechtspersoon moet worden gediend

De taakvervulling door een bestuurder van een (privaatrechtelijke) rechtspersoon is niet vrijblijvend. Op de bestuurder rust een inspanningsverplichting. In artikel 2:8 lid 3 van het Burgerlijk Wetboek (van Curaçao, St. Maarten en de BES-eilanden) is een belangrijke norm voor die taakvervulling vastgelegd:

Bij de vervulling van zijn taak richt het bestuur zich naar het belang van de rechtspersoon en, voor zover daarvan sprake is, de met deze verbonden onderneming.

Die norm geldt overigens ook in Aruba.

Er bestaat natuurlijk niet zoiets als ‘het’ belang van de rechtspersoon. Er is bijna altijd sprake van …
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28
Nov 2015
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