Myrthe Franken

Myrthe Franken is our exclusively recommended Corporate Litigation expert in Aruba on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Myrthe directly using the contact details listed above.

Myrthe started at VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne on Aruba as a junior associate in October 2019. She works at the Corporate Litigation section of our firm.

In August 2019 Myrthe completed her Master’s degree in Civil Law at the University of Amsterdam. During her study she enrolled in several internships, among which one at our office on Aruba. This internship confirmed for Myrthe that after her graduation she wanted to start working on the island where she lived several years during her youth.

During her study, Myrthe Franken worked as a notary assistant for 3,5 years at a renowned notary office in the Netherlands. In addition to that, she worked as a legal assistant at the Legal Aid Store in IJsselstein for 2,5 years and during one year she was president there as well. She also held the position of assessor at the student association Bona Fide (Civil Law student association for master’s degree students at the University of Amsterdam).

Firm Overview:

We have been in business in Aruba since 1997, when we were the first regional firm to establish a branch on the island. We serve many of the local and international businesses on the island. We advise banks regarding financing, government(al bodies) in for instance tender procedures and legislative processes, and various companies in contracting and litigious matters. Furthermore, we have substantial practices in shipping and in aviation, as Aruba offers a favourable jurisdiction for arrest and judicial sale of vessels, and registration of aircraft.

Jayne Cross

Jayne Cross is the Partner heading the Civil & Corporate Litigation Division. Her area of expertise is in the field of insurance law, commercial and civil litigation.

Jayne started her legal career in 2009. She joined Minchin & Kelly (Botswana) in 2010 as an associate. In April 2016 she was appointed Partner.

Firm Overview:

The firm was established in 1890 by Spencer Augustus Minchin in Mafikeng, South Africa, the then capital of the Bechuanaland Protectorate. Reginald Kelly joined the firm in 1919 resulting in the firm adopting the name “Minchin & Kelly”. After Bechuanaland Protectorate attained independence in 1966 to become the Republic of Botswana, Minchin & Kelly opened up an office in the new capital, Gaborone. Since its establishment the firm has been a key player in the legal landscape of Botswana with notable historic achievements such as registering the first title deed, advising the Colonial Government, participation in the law revision commission and registering the first private township in Botswana.

Minchin & Kelly (Botswana) is a member of DLA Piper Africa. DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, positioning the firm to help clients with their legal needs around the world. DLA Piper Africa was founded to further formalise and reflect the unique relationship which DLA Piper has developed over years of working with carefully selected local law firms. The firms that are members of DLA Piper Africa are all leading independent law firms in their jurisdictions. The firms are highly rated and respected by peers and clients.