Expansion VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne in Bonaire and Curaçao
WILLEMSTAD - With attorneys Lorena Navia and Carlos Winkel taking the oath on Tuesday 7 June 2016, both the Bonaire office as well as the Curaçao office of VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne have added a sworn attorney to their teams. Lorena started at VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne in Bonaire in January and Carlos joined the Curaçao office in March. Both attorneys start in the firm’s Litigation & Commercial section.
In 2013, Lorena Navia graduated in corporate law and completed a master’s degree in political science with an International Relations specialization as well. She worked in the field of asylum and migration law and as a legal assistant with the Red Cross on a voluntary basis. Her international view and social commitment strongly influenced her desire to work as an attorney in Bonaire. “As a starting attorney on a small island like Bonaire, you’re interacting with your clients right from the start, and you actually see result of the work you do for them. But not only the small scale here appeals to me. I already learned a lot in a brief period of time, mainly because of the combination of local work and international matters.” Lorena describes being sworn in as a moment to remember. “When you take the oath before the Court of Justice in your robe, you officially become an attorney. And for me, that was the main reason to change course and settle in Bonaire.”
Carlos Winkel was born in Curaçao, grew up partly on the island and in the Netherlands, and studied law at Leiden University. He graduated in Dutch Law in 2015, with a specialization in International Maritime and Transportation Law. On taking the oath, Carlos remarks: “For me, this moment is the official start of my career as an attorney and my future in Curaçao. This is what I have aimed for in the past years.” To realize that goal, Carlos gained work experience with international law firm Loyens & Loeff in Amsterdam and interned at VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne in Curaçao as a law student. His ambition to become an attorney in the Caribbean is not a coincidence. “I have always known that I would return to my roots one day. Life in Curaçao is just great. Moreover, VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne offers me the best of both worlds professionally: a broad professional education and a chance to further specialize in maritime and international transportation law in the future. For this purpose, Curaçao ― with a 500-year history in trade and shipping ― is the place to be.”