Sophie van Lint

Sophie van Lint assisted the Island Territory of Bonaire on adjusting, supplementing or converting all local legislation due to the constitutional changes in 2010. Furthermore, she assists clients in the field of Hospitality & Leisure, such as hotels and hotel chains. Before she joined VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne, Sophie worked as a general manager of a hotel in Saba for two years. Based on this experience she understands the challenges that entrepreneurs in this sector are confronted with. She advises them on employee and real estate issues. Also in this sector Sophie assists in legislative processes, such as the new legislation for all-inclusive accommodation on Aruba that will come into effect in 2016.

Sophie obtained a masters degree in private law at the University of Tilburg in 2005. Before she moved to the Dutch Caribbean, she worked as a clerk at the court in Dordrecht. From 2013 to 2016 Sophie was Secretary of the Bonaire Bar Association.

Additional Positions & Memberships:

– Member of the Committee for Funded Legal Aid, appointed by the Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations
– External advisor of ECHO, a foundation that focuses on the conservation of the endangered lora, the yellow-shouldered Amazon Parrot of Bonaire

Recent Experience:

– Representing clients in proceedings concerning the raise of the ground rent, with the result that the raise had to be reversed by the local government in 600 individual cases.
– Representing the central Kingdom government in various public service proceedings.
– Assisting Water- and Electricity Company Bonaire in various employment matters.
– Assisting the Minister of Tourism in Aruba with the introduction of a new national ordinance that contains a special licensing system for all-inclusive accommodations.

Word & Deed:

VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne is the leading Dutch Caribbean law firm. We provide our clients – regional and international – with practicable solutions that answer to their specific challenges and ambitions. Our passion is to tangibly contribute to our clients’ objectives, with advice and assistance tailored to their specific business, market and objectives.

Corporate Responsibility:

We are aware of the corporate social responsibility that our position as the largest law firm in the Dutch Caribbean entails. Our employees, our clients and the local communities in which we work, value the socially responsible manner in which we drive our business. For example, in 2011 we were appointed the most female friendly organization in Curaçao. Our Excellence Program – which matches talents with competencies and thus enables targeted development of our employees – shows that we strive for the best when it concerns our human resources as well.

We support underprivileged groups in various ways. We donate to different charities and offer pro bono legal services to non-profit organizations. This way, our firm supports the development of education, social education and culture in the Dutch Caribbean region. When we sponsor events or other initiatives, we focus on the development of the local youth and on sustainability.

To conclude, we contribute to the legal system of the islands we work and live on, by holding positions in different bar associations, the Supervisory Boards for Lawyers, and the Appeal Councils on various islands.

Chris de Bres

Chris de Bres joined HBN Law in 2011 and became a partner of the firm in 2012. He started his career in 2000 as an attorney at Clifford Chance in Amsterdam. He switched to Lexence Amsterdam in 2004 were he became a partner in 2007.

Chris is a specialist in corporate and commercial litigation and dispute resolution. He furthermore regularly acts in arbitration proceedings and in corporate inquiry proceedings. Chris represents clients before the courts in the Dutch Caribbean and – being also admitted to the Dutch Bar – in the Netherlands. Among his clients are international companies with large interests in the energy, telecommunication, satellite and financial sectors. Clients appreciate Chris because of his strong litigation skills, extensive knowledge and keen intelligence.

Chris is currently active as member of the board of the Bonaire Bar Association. His work has been published in a variety of Dutch legal publications. In addition he is a part-time lecturer in corporate law at the University of Curaçao. Chris furthermore has lectured at the Center for Postgraduate Education of the Radboud University, Nijmegen for Dutch and Dutch Caribbean lawyers in Curaçao.

Education:

– University: Groningen, The Netherlands (cum laude)
– Postgraduate: Grotius Academy Corporate Litigation

Languages:

– Dutch
– English

Firm Overview:

HBN Law employs more than 30 attorneys in Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Sint Maarten and Amsterdam. The office in Sint Maarten also serves the islands of Saba and Sint Eustatius. HBN Law runs a general civil practice. The practice of HBN Law further includes administrative & public law as HBN Law frequently advises and represents the local governments in those areas.

HBN Law is the oldest and leading firm in the Dutch Caribbean. As a member of Meritas Law Firms Worldwide, HBN Law forms part of a global alliance of legal professionals.

M. Gary Matser

Marlon is an experienced Managing Director / Non-Executive Board member with a rich family history rooted in the islands and Europe. Born and raised in Sint Maarten by parents of a diverse background and educated in the Netherlands. Marlon has a demonstrated history of over 20 years in various fields.

Industries and focus

Marlon has been working in the Caribbean part of the Dutch Kingdom specializing in accounting, tax consulting, aviation & development. He has been a board member in various corporations and organizations where he has brought his brand of achieving goals. Having successfully overseen planning, development and completion of corporate reorganizations and capital projects ranging from, the first Community Center on St. Maarten to one of the largest aviation investment projects in the Northeastern Caribbean.

Proven skills      

Marlon has proven skills in Planning, Development, Corporate Legal framework, Finance & Accounting, Fiscal framework, Corporate Governance, Labor laws and Corporate Risk.

Sentinel Accountants & Consultants:

SENTINEL Accountants & Consultants is a medium-sized accounting, tax consulting and advisory firm established on St. Maarten in 1998. Sentinel provides a wide range of services to businesses ranging from family businesses to Fortune 500 companies in sectors of hospitality, aviation, trade, development, logistics and education, amongst others.

Based on our formula of education, experience, network and personal backgrounds we are certain that we can assist clients in achieving their goals.

Our Vision

“To be the preferred provider of accounting, tax, investment and advisory services on St. Maarten”

Our Mission

“To provide personalized, client focused solutions in order to achieve business goals and compliance”