Law Firm Quality Rankings: Chambers Global Suriname 2015

International publisher Chambers & Partners has 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.
On 12 march Chambers & Partners published its global ranking of law firms Chambers Global for 2015, also covering Suriname.
Chamber's General Business Law table lists firms that can advise clients on all aspects of their commercial activity in this jurisdiction. Work includes commercial contracts, corporate transactions, real estate matters and business litigation. The firms included in the table have been recommended by in-house counsel and private practice lawyers – often based overseas – who have worked alongside them.
Law firms and individual lawyers are ranked in bands from 1-6, with 1 being the best. 
According to Chambers & Partners the market-leading Surinamese law firm is Lim A Po Law Firm. This firm has the Band 1-status and is said to be "one of the pre-eminent civil law departments in the jurisdiction, and has a strong reputation for corporate advisory work. It offers support on the full range of transactional matters and frequently services international clients in the banking, insurance, mining and aviation sectors, as well as advising companies on environmental compliance and tax issues. The firm has an active litigation department and has notably worked on tariff disputes."
Ranked firms  
In alphfabetical order within each band, these are the ranked firms in the category of General Business Law: Suriname:
Band 1
Lim A Po Law Firm
Band 2
Essed & Sohansingh Advocaten
Law Firm Hooplot
Band 3
Advocatenkantoor Kraag
Band 2 is formed by Essed & Sohansingh Advocaten and Law Firm Hooplot.
About Essed & Sohansingh Advocaten Chambers says "This sizeable legal team is active in commercial transactions and civil litigation. The firm has additional expertise in labour and employment law, and often performs due diligence for international banks, as well as providing support for corporate clients."
Law Firm Hooplot is said to be a "tight-knit firm houses one of the country's best-known legal teams, with strong local foundations and an in-depth knowledge of the market. It is instructed by clients across a wide spectrum of sectors and has plenty of experience in advising on labour and employment matters. Sources view it as an "active and solid law firm" with the benefit of many years of experience." 
Band 3 consists of Advocatenkantoor Kraag: "This broad-based generalist firm has several decades of experience in Suriname and possesses a sizeable team. It acts for a mixture of domestic and foreign clients across a number of industries, and has notably advised the Surinamese government."
Ranked Lawyers
Chambers & Partners also annually ranks individuals. For Suriname ten lawyers receive this honorable praise.
See below for a full overview of recommended individuals, in alphabetical order within each band:
Band 1
Hugo Essed (Essed & Sohansingh Advocaten)
Edmundus Hooplot (Law Firm Hooplot)
Hans Lim A Po (Lim A Po Law Firm)
Band 2
Edward Naarendorp (Coster Advocaten)
Rani Sohansingh (Essed & Sohansingh Advocaten)
Marja Vos (Lim A Po Law Firm)
Band 3
Alwin Baarh (Law Firm A R Baarh)
Dennis Chocolaad (Law Firm D F Chocolaad)
Dwight Kraag (Advocatenkantoor Kraag)
Senior Statesmen: 
John Kraag (Advocatenkantoor Kraag)
A 'Senior Statesman' is a lawyer who no longer works hands-on with the same intensity but who, by virtue of close links with major clients, remains pivotal to the firm’s success.
All reviews on recommended individuals:
Experienced partner Hugo Essed (Essed & Sohansingh Advocaten) has a "wide range of expertise and is renowned as one of Suriname's leading lawyers. He acts for international banks and also handles contentious cases."
Edmundus Hooplot (Law Firm Hooplot) is said to be "one of the best in litigation matters." He is vastly experienced in commercial disputes, and interviewees say: "His work is excellent."
Hans Lim A Po (Lim A Po Law Firm) has "a wealth of experience in this jurisdiction and routinely handles large corporate and banking mandates. Peers highlight his strong technical abilities."
Edward Naarendorp (Coster Advocaten) "comes highly recommended for his work on copyright matters, particularly in the music industry."
Rani Sohansingh (Essed & Sohansingh Advocaten) is "highly regarded for her strong knowledge of labour and union relations, as well as her litigation practice. She is also commended for her assistance to mining companies."
Marja Vos (Lim A Po Law Firm) has " a broad practice that includes specialisms in mediation, litigation and labour law. Her growing profile attracts praise from peers."
Alwin Baarh (Law Firm A R Baarh) is said to be known for his experience on corporate and labour law matters. Sources also note: "He is very good in government affairs."
Dennis Chocolaad (Law Firm D F Chocolaad) frequently carries out due diligence for corporate clients and handles trade mark transfers as part of his active IP practice.
Litigator Dwight Kraag (Advocatenkantoor Kraag) has "a strong reputation among sources for his work on contentious matters." 
John Kraag (Managing partner of Advocatenkantoor Kraag) is described as "a highly experienced lawyer and is well known for acting on civil and criminal cases."
13 March 2015 
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