Good Corporate Governance op Curacao: einde aan de politieke benoemings- en ontslagcaroussel!

Het Land en het Eilandgebied bedienen zich al decennia van een benoemings- en ontslagcarrousel waar het gaat om bestuurders en commissarissen van overheidsvennootschappen en –stichtingen.

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Merger TMF and Equity Trust

Private equity group Doughty Hanson aims to create the world’s biggest offshore fund administration group by acquiring Equity Trust for €350m (£289m) from its buy-out owner Candover and merging it with TMF, the Dutch business that it owns.

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Broad support for 10-10-10

THE HAGUE--October 10, the date for new constitutional relations in the Dutch Kingdom, has received broad support from the Second Chamber. The liberal democratic VVD party supported the process after all.

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Smaller islands object to fiscal amendments

THE HAGUE--Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba are against the Dutch Second Chamber amendments to the future fiscal laws of their islands. They asked Parliament for consideration.

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Parliament supports Charter amendment

THE HAGUE--The Dutch Second Chamber indicated its support for the Implementation Kingdom Decree to amend the Charter during a crucial debate Tuesday evening.

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STANDARDS OF DUE PROCESS APPLICABLE IN THE DUTCH CARIBBEAN

The Supreme Court applies strict standards

In respect of the standards of due process applicable in the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba, the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (EVRM) applies, including article 6, which safeguards the right of due process.

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Constitutional affairs obstacle for coalition

The constitutional changes taking effect on 10-10-10 were the main stumbling block during hours of negotiating in which the political leaders of MFK, PS and MAN finally reached an agreement on a new Executive Council of Curaçao that can count on the support of 11 of the 21 Island Council members.

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Bijleveld: No re-negotiations at RTC

THE HAGUE--The final Round Table Conference (RTC) in The Hague on Thursday serves to determine whether the islands are ready for their new status. There is no room for new negotiations, said Dutch caretaker State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ank Bijleveld-Schouten over the weekend.

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New Executive Council

Between midnight Friday and Saturday night, Curaçao got a new MFK/PS/MAN Executive Council, the draft constitution for the future country was passed and the incoming Island Council took a decision to participate in Thursday's Round Table Conference (RTC) on the dismantling of the Netherlands Antilles effective 10-10-10.

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Social Dialogue Protocol Aruba approved

From 9 July up to and including 20 August 2010, a Social Dialogue took place in Aruba. The Protocol was recently signed by all parties, including the Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance.

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Case 7-Eleven Inc against Laprior

On 27 August the Court of Justice of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba rendered judgement on St.Maarten in the case of 7-Eleven Inc. (Texas- U.S.A.) against Laprior, h.o.d.n. 7 Alive Grocery en 7 Alive (St. Maarten).

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Beukenhorst new member of the Court

The Kingdom Council of Ministers, on the recommendation of Dutch State Secretary for Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Bijleveld-Schouten and Dutch Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin, has agreed to appoint mr. A.J. Beukenhorst (1953) as a member of the Joint Court of Justice of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba. The appointment will be effective on 1 October 2010.

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PAR wins elections again

The PAR party led by Antillean Prime Minister Emily de Jongh-Elhage won Friday's early elections for a new Island Council that is to become the first Parliament of Country Curaçao by capturing 22,505 votes, good for six seats outright and two residual seats, for a total of eight.

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New image for Aruba

Minister Otmar Oduber on the occasion of the launching of the new image of Aruba: "Let us all go out and show the entire world that Aruba truly is 'One Happy Island'".

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Should the ABA Accredit Foreign Law Schools?

As law practice becomes more globalized, it may well make sense for the American Bar Association to accredit foreign law schools, just as it already does with schools in the United States, a special American Bar Association committee has suggested.

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15 organic laws passed by Island Council after debate

PHILIPSBURG--The Rules of Order for the new Parliament were the cause for much debate in the Island Council when they were tabled with fourteen other organic laws on Monday.

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“Monumental” pensioners

Under the motto “Monumental”, partners of law firm VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne recently received the members of the Pensioners’ Association.

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Debevoise, Cravath and Lefosse line up for AmBev's Venezuela deal

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is acting for AmBev as the Brazilian drinks company combines its operations in Venezuela with the country's second largest brewer, Cervecería Regional.

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Certa Legal Attorneys Caribbean

As of 1 September 2010 a new law firm will start on Curacao under the name Certa Legal Attorneys Caribbean. The partners are Ursus van Bemmelen (former Spigthoff), Jeroen de Baar (former HBN Law) and William ten Veen (former Spigthoff).
23 August, 2010

Executive Council appeals ruling on director's licence

PHILIPSBURG--The Executive Council has appealed a May 17 court decision in which the Island Council had been given three months to come up with a new decision on a director's licence application on behalf of The Crew's Nest bar and restaurant.

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