Bouke Boersma

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Bouke is the head of Houthoff's New York office. He advises on Dutch and Dutch Caribbean law (including Curaçao, St Maarten, and Aruba). Bouke specialises in international arbitrations and corporate finance transactions. Bouke is admitted to the Amsterdam Bar and the New York State Bar. He is the co-head of the Dutch chapter of the New York State Bar's International Section.

  • “Bouke is able to provide solid legal and regulatory advice on insurance and corporate matters.”
    Chambers Global, General Business Law - Dutch Caribbean (2022 Edition)
  • Expert Based abroad in Dutch Caribbean
    Chambers Global, General Business Law - Dutch Caribbean (2022 Edition)
  • “Sources highlight senior associate Bouke Boersma for his ‘strong understanding of local legal and business conditions in the Dutch Caribbean.’”
    Chambers Global, Genereal Business Law: Dutch Caribbean (2020 Edition)


  • LL.M. US Law (Cornell Law School, Ithaca, NY) (magna cum laude)
  • LL.M. Law & Economics (Aix-Marseille University, University of Bologna)
  • Erasmus Exchange Programme, Swedish Corporate Law (Stockholm University)
  • Juris Doctor, Dutch Law (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Together with Skadden Arps we advised ExxonMobil on matters of Suriname law in connection with an offshore oil and gas drilling project in Suriname.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • We advised Bank of America in a USD 150 Million secured finance transaction with a US based multinational chemical corporation. The complex Dutch partnership structure of the borrower created some interesting challenges with respect to the security package to which we found appropriate solutions. We worked together with US co-counsel Shearman & Sterling in this matter.
  • 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.