Henk Kamp (VVD) becomes BES representative for the Kingdom

VVD-Parliament-member Henk Kamp (56) becomes representative for the Kingdom for the BES-islands Bonaire, Saba, and St. Eustatius. Reliable sources in The Hague have confirmed this message of BNR Newsradio to press agent ANP today.

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Varied judicial support for arbitration creates uncertainty (IBA Conference update)

Although courts in many Latin American jurisdictions are broadly positive to arbitration, it is the occasional poor judicial decisions which erode investor confidence, said a panel at the IBA conference today.

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How "corporate" should law firms go?

When any law firm reaches a certain size, its partners are forced to consider more formal management styles. But when that tipping point is reached, how far towards a corporate structure should lawyers take their firms?

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Law Firm Suriname joins WSG

Lim A Po Law Firm has become a member of World Services Group (WSG) and is now the exclusive legal member for Suriname. Founded in 1937, the firm is currently the largest and most prestigious law firm in the country.

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Crisis unlikely to open legal market for banking work? (IBA conference update)

The crisis engulfing financial markets is impossible to predict, but tighter regulation seems inevitable - as does the ability of the leading law firms to continue bagging the work, agreed a panel at the IBA yesterday.

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Credit markets centre stage IBA Conference

With further repercussions of the sub-prime market unfolding daily and the effects of government rescue plans as yet unclear, lawyers analysed the collapse of the world's credit markets this morning in Buenos Aires.

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Financiële crisis, hebzucht en eigen schuld

Geschreven door Eric R. de Vries

maandag, 13 oktober 2008

De wereldwijde crisis op de financiële markten begint inmiddels ook tot de advocatuur in het Koningrijk door te dringen. En dan bedoel ik vooral de positieve gevolgen daarvan: de opportunities voor het voeren van een soort class action procedures tegen bestuurders, commissarissen en accountants van de financiële instellingen waarvan de waardes met miljarden tegelijk in rook zijn opgegaan. Uiteraard wordt daarbij ook gekeken naar de toezichthoudende instellingen en de overheden. Die hebben immers de diepste buidels en procedures voeren is vooral zinvol als er uiteindelijk verhaal mogelijk is.

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Presentation IBA Annual Conference

Frank Kunneman of Law firm VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne will give a presentation on insurance fraud at the IBA Annual Conference, which is to be held in Buenos Aires.

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IBA Argentina presentation by Freeke Kunst

Freeke Kunst of VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne will give a presentation under the title “The Netherlands Antilles - Challenging Jurisdiction” at this year’s Annual Conference of the International Bar Association which is held from 12-17 October 2008 in Buenos Aires.

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Lobby De Jongh-Elhage against VIA in vain

The lobby that Premier Emily de Jongh-Elhage (PAR) pursued in the past days during her working visit to the Netherlands, against the Index Reference Antilleans (VIA), didn’t help.

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BC sends 46 laws to the Island Council

The BC has sent a list with 46 organic laws to the Island Council. These are laws that are outlined according to the State Settlement of the Land Curacao.

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Judge from Maastricht returns to Antillean Court

Judge Johannes Romke Sijmonsma from Maastricht returns to the Netherlands Antilles. He starts effective December 1, as member of the Joint Court of Justice of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba.

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Debt restructuring can start

The Minister Council for the Kingdom has agreed today with the Order in Council for the Kingdom (AMvRB) that arranges the provisional financial supervision for the Netherlands Antilles, Curacao, and St. Maarten in the transition period.

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Parliament agrees on prohibiting child pornography

Parliament has approved the amendment of the Criminal Code of the Netherlands Antilles this morning, which would officially prohibit child pornography.  This is a private member’s bill of former Parliament-member and current Minister Omayra Leeflang (Public health and Social Development, PAR).

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Budget 2009 meets standards debt restructuring

The draft-budget of the island territory of Curacao for 2009, shows a deficit of 15 million guilders. This budget meets the standards agreed with the Netherlands to qualify for the debt restructuring as included in the order in Council for the Kingdom (AMvRB) Financial Supervision.

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Agreement on consensus-statutory law Police

The common service, part of the consensus-statutory law Police, was for months an obstacle in the negotiations between the island territories Curacao and St. Maarten, the Netherlands Antilles, and the Netherlands.  Yet, an agreement was reached on this yesterday evening.

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CAP wins case

Airport company Curaçao Airport Partners (“CAP”) is allowed to ask the airlines a fee for the use of the facilities at Hato. But because a regulatory board has not yet been established, the Court wishes to be informed by an expert about the amount of the fee. This is the outcome of legal proceedings of CAiP against American Airlines, KLM, DAE, Air Jamaica, SLM, Avior, Divi Divi, and TUI Airlines (ArkeFly). Judge Van der Bunt rendered the judgment this week.

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Economic situation inquiry: 75 Percent of businesses expects to make profit

From the results of the 9th economic situation inquiry conducted in June by the Central Bureau for Statistics in Curacao, Bonaire, and St. Maarten, it appears that more than 75 percent of the businesses (76 percent) expects to make profit in 2008.

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Corporate Governance week

The University of the Dutch Caribbean (UDC) and the Governance University (GU) Nederland are organizing The Week of Corporate Governance.  After a Master-class Corporate Governance in May and June of this year, UDC, GU Nederland, and Key Corporate decided to hold the Week of Corporate Governance from October 13 until 17. 

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Central committee on financial crises

There will be a central-committee meeting in the Parliament of the Netherlands Antilles this Thursday at 15:00 about the possible local consequences of the international – especially American – financial crisis that prevails these days.

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