Dutch Carribean

Dutch Caribbean

Houthoff’s Dutch Caribbean experts advise on the laws applicable in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, including Aruba, Curaçao, St. Maarten and the BES-islands (Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba). We also provide advice on the laws of Suriname, a former Dutch colony, especially with respect to oil and gas projects.

Our corporate finance experts advise our clients, mostly banks, large corporations, investment funds and government agencies, primarily in the context of cross-border corporate and finance transactions and are renowned for their expertise with respect to financial and securities regulations applicable in the Dutch Caribbean. The expertise of the Dutch Caribbean team also includes Curaçao competition law.

  • “One client enthused that the firm is ‘very knowledgeable in Dutch Caribbean law,’ adding that it provides ‘quick responses, a high standard of advice and extensive legal resources.’”
    Chambers Global, General Business Law - Dutch Caribbean (2019 Edition)
  • "For our needs, they're clearly our first choice."
    Chambers Global, General Business Law - Dutch Caribbean (2017 Edition)
Houthoff's Supreme Court litigation practice handles appeals against judgments of the Dutch Caribbean Court of Appeal. These appeals are heard by the Supreme Court of the Netherlands in The Hague. Given their litigation expertise, Houthoff's Supreme Court litigators are also regularly asked to assist and plead in high profile Dutch Caribbean litigation matters before the Dutch Caribbean courts.

Key clients include Goldman Sachs, WPP, JPMorgan, ExxonMobil, Rabobank, BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse, UBS, FMO and OPIC.
  • Houthoff advised UBS on matters of Curaçao law in connection with a USD 790 million amended and restated term loan agreement entered into with companies belonging to the Citco group. The companies, including several Citco entities, incorporated under Curaçao law as guarantors and security providers.
  • Advised Trafigura LLC on matters of St. Eustatius law in connection with a USD 3 billion credit agreement with, inter alia, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd, secured by certain assets located in St. Eustatius.
  • Houthoff advised several US financial institutions in several matters regarding Curaçao securities laws.

  • Houthoff advised a Curaçao corporation on its cross-border conversion into a Spanish corporation.


Helena Sprenger

Key Contact

New York
Advocaat | Partner
+1 212 403 67 05
+31 6 4655 2132
Bouke Boersma

Key Contact

New York
Advocaat | Senior Associate
+1 212 403 67 06
+31 6 4646 5030