Frans Veenhof sworn in as a judge

KRALENDIJK — Bonaire has its own judge for the first time in history. Yesterday judge Frans Veenhof was sworn in as a member of the Joint Court of Justice of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba.

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Lawyer Jacob Cornegoor suspected of forgery in RDM-case

Amsterdam - The Public Prosecutor is bringing an action against partner Jacob Cornegoor of Spigthoff Attorneys and Tax Advisers for his legal involvement in the RDM-case.

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Ashland Inc. completes sale of Drew Marine to J.F. Lehman & Co.

Monday, August 31, 2009 - Ashland Inc. (NYSE:ASH) today completed the sale of its global marine services business, known for many years as Drew Marine, to J. F. Lehman & Co. for approximately $120 million before tax.

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Antilles sign tax treaty with Mexico and Canada

The Antilles signed the tax treaty with Mexico today in Mexico-City. State Secretary Alex Rosaria (Finance, PNP) signed for the Antilles and Minister Augustin Carstens (Finance) for Mexico. Last Saturday, the Antilleans signed a Tax Information Exchange Agreements (TIEA) with Canada.

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Interview met mr. Jacqueline Hardeveld

Door mr. Caroline Fiévez

Mr. Jacqueline Hardeveld is energiek en fit. Volgens haar huisarts heeft ze een bloeddruk van een 18 jarige. Haar geheim, vertrouwt zij mij later toe, is goed slapen, letten op haar dieet, veel tuinieren en werken.
“Werken houdt me goed.” Aldus de advocaat.

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Executive council in default: advice adjustment rates still unknown

The lawyer of Aqualectra, VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne, sent a letter to the Executive Council (“BC”) yesterday, announcing that the company will institute legal proceedings this week already if there is no reply to the request of a rate increase for both water and electricity by 7.5 and 19.5% respectively.

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Netherlands Antilles to sign tax agreements with Canada and Mexico

The Netherlands Antilles will sign tax information agreements with Canada on the 30th August in Vancouver and with Mexico on 1st September in Los Cabos. These agreements will provide for full exchange of information on criminal and civil tax matters.

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Prime Minister: "Kingdom Act transfer of persons remains unacceptable"

“It was and will remain unacceptable”, says Minister-President Emily de Jongh-Elhage on the Kingdom Act transfer of persons of which a draft had turned up. She reminds that Parliament ‘had unanimously declared against this Kingdom Act’. This was at the beginning of 2008.

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Mr. Spong on BZV-judgment

On the occasion of the seventh anniversary of attorney’s office Small Murray Scheper Mr. Gerard Spong gave his point of view on a Court decision in the BZV-case of last June in the lecture ‘Slavery, discrimination and discriminating judges’.

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Cayman and BVI step up tax transparency

The Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands have forged 12 Tax Information Exchange Agreements, and secured their promotion from the OECD’s grey list on tax standards to a white list of approved jurisdictions.

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Verkiezing of verkwisting?

Geschreven door Eric R. de Vries
maandag, 17 augustus 2009

De Raad van Ministers van het land de Nederlandse Antillen heeft een wetsvoorstel gestuurd aan de Raad van Advies dat ertoe strekt dat de verkiezing van de leden van de staten van de Nederlandse Antillen in maart 2010 wordt uitgesteld tot begin 2011. De reden daarvoor is dat de Nederlandse Antillen volgens de met de partners in het Koninkrijk gemaakte afspraken per oktober 2010 een praktisch lege huls wordt.

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Judgment in Isla case

The Court of First Instance for administrative procedures ordered in the case against the Isla refinery (the Curacao refinery run by Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PDVSA) that the Island Executive has to take action against the Isla refinery since it is exceeding the license it obtained based on the Nuisance Act Ordinance.

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Argentina negotiates with Antilles

BUENOS AIRES/WILLEMSTAD — An official delegation of the Argentina tax authorities will be visiting the Antilles later this year to start negotiations on an agreement regarding the avoidance of double taxation (DTAA - Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement).
This is a significant result of the conversations held by State Secretary Alex Rosaria (Finances, PNP) in Buenos Aires yesterday.

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Trade-register ordinance on Parliament agenda

The Parliament will discuss the trade-register ordinance next week. The purpose of this law is to establish a public register on the various Antilles Islands listing companies, foundations and associations.

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CuraƧao law firm Spectrum Juris falls apart

The law firm that only a few months ago celebrated its name change from LFFW (i.e. partners Limon, Frans, Fa Si Oen and De Winter) into Spectrum Juris is confronted with a fall out of lawyers.

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Prize for best legal Master's thesis

Shaïda Martis has this year written the best legal Master’s thesis of the Dutch Antilles and Aruba.   For the ninth time, the Van Eps Kunneman VanDoorne prize was recently awarded at the University of the Dutch Antilles.  The prize is awarded for the best Master’s thesis of the Faculty of Law at the University of the Dutch Antilles.

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Consensus-national laws with Parliament

Four of the five consensus-national laws have meanwhile arrived at Parliament. According to chairman Pedro Atacho, these laws will be discussed after the opening of the parliamentary year in September during a central committee meeting.

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Second Bankruptcy Report - Lehman Brothers Securities N.V.

The bankruptcy trustee of Lehman Brothers Securities N.V. – Mr. Michiel R.B. Gorsira of Law firm VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne – has published the second bankruptcy report regarding the insolvency of Lehman Brothers Securities N.V.

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Interview met gevolmachtigd minister Mr. Marcel van der Plank

door Arthur Oster

We zitten op het gedeeltelijk ontruimde kantoor dat tot voor kort “Notariskantoor van der Plank” heette. Er is een dikke zwarte streep getrokken door de naam. De interviewer werkte er in de tachtiger jaren als kandidaat-notaris. Er is wel het een en ander veranderd.

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Marubeni dips toe in Peruvian water

Japan's Marubeni Corporation has acquired a stake in a local water company in Peru. Marubeni is a.o. preference shareholder of Aqualectra Curacao and shareholder of Curacao Utilities Co(BOO).

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