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Monday, April 29, 2013

Litigation is a skilled profession (part 3)

It often happens that for instance the court in Curacao has jurisdiction to hear a case but the claim is governed by the law of another country. In that case the court must be informed of the contents of that foreign law by the parties. Obviously, before you institute these proceedings you must have examined whether your claim has any chance of success. And you have to consider the question of what you will do if the claim is awarded by the court in Curacao but you have to go abroad for enforcement of that judgment. Sometimes you can then use an international enforcement convention but sometimes you have to conduct the case again abroad (in an abbreviated form). 

Read more Filed under: Dispute Resolution by Karel Frielink.

 

Friday, April 26, 2013

Relevante wijzigingen omzetbelasting en logeergastenbelasting voor de hospitality sector op Curaçao

In deze news alert worden de belangrijkste wijzigingen voor de hospitality sector op Curaçao beschreven per 1 mei a.s. in de omzetbelasting. Daarnaast zal de logeergastenbelasting per 1 januari 2014 worden vervangen door omzetbelasting. Tevens aandacht voor de verleggingsregeling die per 1 januari 2012 al geldt op Curaçao. 

Read more Filed under: Tax by Jeroen Starreveld.

 

Friday, April 26, 2013

Litigation is a skilled profession (part 2)

In order to answer the question of which court you should bring your action before, the type of claim can also be important. In Curacao you must bring your claim for collection of a sum of money or a dispute involving a take-over contract before the Court of First Instance. But if you start inquiry proceedings you should go to the Joint Court of Appeal. And if as a civilian you want inquiry proceedings to be brought against a State-owned company, the petition to this end must be submitted to the Public Prosecutions Department (Openbaar Ministerie). The Public Prosecutions Department then has to investigate whether there are sufficient reasons to submit a petition for inquiry proceedings to the court of Appeal.

Read more Filed under: Dispute Resolution by Karel Frielink.

 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Banking regulation in Curacao

Karel Frielink, Maike Bergervoet and Davina Mansur of Spigt Dutch Caribbean contributed to this years edition of "Banking Regulation in 28 jurisdictions worldwide" (2013).

Read more Filed under: Finance by Karel Frielink.

 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Procederen is een vak apart

Alles draait om kennis en ervaring. Procederen lijkt eenvoudig. Je hebt bijvoorbeeld een geldvordering op iemand (een particulier of een onderneming) en je vraagt de rechter om in een vonnis te bepalen dat je die vordering inderdaad hebt. En je vraagt de rechter om die tegenpartij tot betaling te veroordelen. En heb je dat vonnis eenmaal, dan kun je met behulp van een deurwaarder overgaan tot executie. Dat betekent dan het leggen van beslag op bijvoorbeeld een handelsvoorraad en het in het openbaar veilen daarvan. Simpel toch? Waarom is procederen dan toch een vak, waarvoor je bij voorkeur een professional moet inschakelen? Aan de hand van het burgerlijk procesrecht van Curacao zal ik kort enkele onderwerpen bespreken die laten zien welke problemen je zoal kunt tegenkomen.

Read more Filed under: Dispute Resolution by Karel Frielink.

 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Litigation is a skilled profession (part 1)

Everything boils down to knowledge and experience. Litigation appears to be simple. For instance you have a monetary claim on someone (a private person or an enterprise) and you ask the court to determine in a judgment that you indeed have this claim. And you ask the court that the counterparty be ordered to pay the claim. And once you have this judgment, you can enforce it with the assistance of a bailiff. This means for instance seizing a trade stock and selling it publicly in an auction. Simple, yes? Why then is litigation a discipline for which you should preferably engage a professional? On the basis of the Curacao civil law of procedure I will discuss briefly several subjects demonstrating the problems you might be faced with.

Read more Filed under: Dispute Resolution by Karel Frielink.

 

Friday, April 12, 2013

Cross border conversion and merger (part 10)

Legal entities under supervision. So far we have only looked at legal entities not under the supervision of the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten (CBCS). Just a few words about institutions that are under supervision.

Read more Filed under: Corporate by Karel Frielink.

 

Friday, April 05, 2013

Cross border conversion and merger (part 9)

The cross-border merger. Before 1 January 2012 the possibility already existed in Curacao that in connection with a merger, a foreign legal entity as the disappearing legal entity could merge with a comparable legal form of Book 2 of the Civil Code on the condition that the law governing that foreign legal entity was not incompatible with the merger and the manner in which it was brought about (Section 2:323a of the Civil Code). This inbound merger possibility still exists.

Read more Filed under: Corporate by Karel Frielink.