|Location||Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles|
- To Be Announced (1 January 2015), Willemstad, Curacao: Attorney / Partner, Since 2014/10
- Spigthoff Attorneys & Tax Advisers, Willemstad, Curacao: Attorrney / Partner, 2001/01 – 2014/10 (Web)
- Russell Law Offices, Amsterdam: Attorney, 1989/09 – 2004/12
- Loyens & Loeff, Willemstad: Attorney, 2000/01 – 2000/12
- Smeets Thesseling Van Bokhorst Spigt, Willemstad, Curacao: Attorney, 1997/10 – 1999/12
- Loeff Claeys Verbeke, Amsterdam: Attorney, 1995/01 – 1997/09
|Practice areas||Corporate, Securities, Banking, Litigation|
|Memberships||Dutch Bar Association, Curacao Bar Association, International Bar Association, Dutch Securities Association, Fellow of the Business & Law Research Centre, Radboud University of Nijmegen|
|Interests||Philosophy, Literature, Luxury cars, Breeding Tilapias, Traveling|
|More about me||I am a partner at Spigthoff Attorneys at Law & Tax Advisers from the day of incorporation of the firm. I graduated from the VU University (Amsterdam) in 1989 (both civil and notarial law). I am an attorney as from 1989 and admitted to both the Dutch Caribbean and the Amsterdam bar. I am the President of the Curacao Bar Association and a member of the Board of Directors of the Curacao Chamber of Commerce.
My practice emphasizes corporate, commercial and financial matters, including litigation. I have handled mergers and acquisitions; corporate holding structures; international and domestic investment and financial transactions; regulatory and compliance issues as well as the shaping of international and domestic joint ventures. In addition, I have been involved in the drafting of several State Ordinances.
I am the (co-)author of many articles and several books on various aspects of Dutch and Dutch Caribbean (Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten, Bonaire, Saba, St. Eustatius) law. More in particular, I am the author of the leading legal text book on Netherlands Antilles and Aruba corporate law (2nd edition 2006; 340 pages), the co-author together with Michiel van Eersel of ‘Toezicht trustkantoren in Nederland’ (Supervision on trust offices in the Netherlands; 2nd edition 2010; 174 pages) as well as co-author together with Jerry Hoff of ‘Geschillen in het effectenverkeer’ (Disputes concerning securities transactions; 1st edition 1995, 118 pages), all in Dutch only.
I am a core editor and frequent commentator of ‘Jurisprudentie Onderneming en Recht’, the Netherlands leading publication of jurisprudence in corporate and commercial matters as well as a core editor and commentator of ‘Commentaar Financieel Recht’, a leading Dutch publication in financial law matters. And not to forget, I am the author of Karel’s Legal Blog.
- Frielink, K. 2005, Karel's Legal Blog.
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