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Hertoghs advocaten opened fourth branch: Dutch Caribbean

From 15 May 2019, Hertoghs advocaten has started a new branch in Willemstad, Curaçao. In this way we will be able to offer immediate legal assistance to clients in the Caribbean part of the Dutch Kingdom. Our new branch opens with one attorney, Paula Janssen, who was born and bred in Curaçao, but is supported by a team of 40 colleagues in the Netherlands. We are looking forward to cooperate with Curaçao attorneys, advisers and accountants who are looking for assistance from ‘the best of both worlds’. Of course, we will remain a sparring partner for Dutch tax advisers and accountants whose advises are being disputed by the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration. We will be glad to build a bridge between the Netherlands and the Dutch Caribbean.

 

Hertoghs advocaten

Hertoghs advocaten, with its Dutch branches in Amsterdam, Breda and Rotterdam, focuses at the interface between criminal law and tax law and brings along 30 years of expertise to the Dutch Caribbean. We have a total of 20 attorneys specialised in defending fraud cases, national as well as international, and in litigating against authorities as the Public Prosecution Service (Openbaar Ministerie), the Fiscal Intelligence and Investigation Service (FIOD) and the Tax and Customs Administration (Belastingdienst). From our Curaçao branch we aim at criminal tax cases and fraud cases that are investigated by the Team Bestrijding Ondermijning (TBO), Recherche Samenwerkingsteam (RST), Team Inlichtingen & Opsporing (TIO) and the Stichting Belastingaccountantsbureau (Stichting BAB).

 

Developments Dutch Caribbean

For some years, the demand for specialised advice about financial criminal law and tax criminal law has strongly increased and from May 2019 Hertoghs advocaten can directly respond to these needs. We now have an attorney on-site who can provide immediate legal assistance so that distance or time difference will not complicate matters anymore. There has been a noticeable increase of criminal tax cases and fraud cases on the islands during the last few years. Fraud has been combated more severely than before and the Netherlands is assisting by sending investigation teams, public prosecutors and experienced judges to the islands, some on a temporary basis. It is no wonder that this also calls for effective support for the defence. 

Also in the Netherlands, we constantly see discussions about the determination of the place of residence or the place of business in relation to the Caribbean region. The Dutch Tax and Customs Administration is now looking suspiciously at many tax-saving structures that have been set up years ago. We will also be pleased to build a bridge between the Netherlands and the Dutch Caribbean for Dutch clients or referring advisers who may be confronted with similar discussions.

Hertoghs advocaten Dutch Caribbean

Paula Janssen, who is born and bred in Curaçao, opened the doors of the Willemstad office of Hertoghs advocaten. From 2011 up to 2018, she has acquired knowledge and experience in criminal law on the islands at former law office Sulvaran & Peterson. In the spring of 2018, Ms Janssen moved from the area of general criminal law to tax and financial criminal law. For that reason, she temporarily interrupted her career on Curaçao and went to Hertoghs advocaten in the Netherlands to further develop herself into defense of financial fraud cases and criminal tax cases. Now that Hertoghs advocaten is crossing to the Dutch Caribbean, Ms Janssen will be able to help potential clients with her own broad experience on the islands combined with the know-how of Hertoghs advocaten. This is a new and unique combination in the area of criminal law in the Caribbean region of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

 

The office of Hertoghs advocaten in Willemstad is located at Hoogstraat 18 in Otrobanda, Curaçao. Our Curaçao office hours are: 8.00 – 12.00 and 13.30 – 17.30. Our telephone number is +599 9 6760805. We will be very pleased to welcome you there!

Please contact us if you would like to have more information.

Paula Janssen

Hoogstraat 18

Willemstad, Curaçao

T: +599 9 676 0805
E: info@hertoghsadvocaten.nl