Myrthe Franken

Leaders in Law endorses Myrthe Franken as our exclusively recommended Civil Law expert in Aruba. If you wish to get in touch with Myrthe, please use the contact information provided above.

Myrthe Franken 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 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 Description:

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.

This website is not just a mere website, but a way of bringing this belief in practice. In order for our clients to anticipate to opportunities and developments, they need to be informed. We help them in that regard through this platform, on which we share and exchange know-how with everyone that is interested in the legal landscape of the Dutch Caribbean and Suriname.

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 Curacao. 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.


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 favorable jurisdiction for arrest and judicial sale of vessels, and registration of aircraft.


M.G.A. (Milko) Baiz

Leaders in Law endorses Milko Baiz as our exclusively recommended Administrative Law expert in the Aruba. If you wish to get in touch with Milko, please use the contact information provided above.

Milko was born and raised in Aruba. Mr. Baiz graduated in 1993 from the Dutch Police Academy (Nederlandse Politie Academie) in Apeldoorn, Netherlands and worked for 5 years in the Aruba Police Force (Korps Politie Aruba) as a lieutenant (inspecteur). Thereafter Mr. Baiz was appointed as director of the Department of Public Transportation, where he worked for five years. Mr. Baiz graduated in 2001 from the University of Aruba (Universiteit van Aruba) and was admitted to the bar of the Joint Court of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba in October 2003.

Milko worked from October – November 2003 at the Coutinho & Co Law Offices and from December 2003 – June 2009 at Gomez & Bikker Law Offices in Aruba.

Milko Baiz is owner and Managing Director of Baizlaw N.V. and since July 2009 a founding partner of ArubaLegal, Lawyers and Business Counselors

Practice Areas

  • Civil Law (Litigation and Advise)
  • Administrative Law (Litigation and Advise)
  • Criminal Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Property- and Real Estate Law
  • Construction Law
  • Civil liability Law
  • Insurance Law and Personal Injuries Litigation and Advise
  • Immigration Law (Litigation and Advise)
  • Traffic and Transportation Laws
  • Public-Private Partnerships Tender Procedures
  • Financial and Commodities Transaction Advise
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Management Consulting
  • Business Consulting
  • Labour Law (Litigation and Advise)

Firm Overview:


Although our name presumes a mere local focus, our clientele does not only consist of individuals, enterprises or institutions that are living or are established in Aruba, but also consists of foreign individuals, enterprises or institutions, dealing with Aruban entities or getting in any way in touch with Aruban Law


We are a young and dynamic company that emphasises on service, and quality. Just like our clients, we are results-oriented. Our goal is to achieve the best attainable result for our clients within reasonable time and at reasonable cost. Our experienced, multilingual lawyers, will be able to advice you on a broad variety of legal matters and if necessary conduct legal proceedings.


Misha Bemer

Leaders in Law endorses Misha Bemer as our exclusively recommended Real Estate Law expert in Aruba. If you wish to get in touch with Misha please use the contact information provided above.

Misha’s work includes commercial contracts, financing, corporate law, real estate & construction, lease & time share and employment law. He regularly assists in ship auctions on behalf of mortgagees. Among Misha’s clients are financial institutions, construction companies, wholesalers, global shipping corporations and real estate investors.

Misha has 19 years of experience and joined HBN Law & Tax in 2005. Prior to joining HBN Law & Tax, Misha was active for the law firms Van Diepen Van der Kroef and Loyens & Loeff in Amsterdam.

Misha is an active member of the Aruba Bar Association and a member of the election committee of the Aruba Chamber of Commerce. Misha is a dedicated Board member of the Kiwanis Club of Palm Beach Aruba and involved in several community service projects.


  • University: Leiden, The Netherlands


  • Dutch
  • English
  • Papiamento

Firm Description:

HBN is a leading firm with full service representation and a strong focus on the Dutch Caribbean. We aim to offer unparalleled legal and tax services for ambitious clients. Today. Tomorrow. Together.

For many years (by succession) the Foundation Publications HBN Law & Tax has published the widely used tax law volumes for the Dutch Caribbean region. A must have for tax lawyers, accountants and other financial and legal professionals doing business in the Dutch Caribbean. We work in specialized teams offering the best of our individual skills and knowledge and recognize that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. You can count on our continuous effort to be on par with relevant developments in every corner aspect of our practice.


Johan Sjiem Fat

Leaders in Law endorses Johan Sjiem Fat as our exclusively recommended Commercial Law expert in Aruba. If you wish to get in touch with Johan please use the contact information provided above.

Johan was born in Aruba on December 25, 1954. He was educated in the Netherlands and in the USA. He obtained a law degree (LLM in Dutch Law) from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands in 1977. In 1977, he was admitted to the Bar in Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles and joined the firm founded by his father Paul Valentijn Sjiem Fat.

In 1980 he obtained a Master’s of Comparative Law Degree (MCL) from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington DC, where he concentrated in his studies on international law, tax law, commercial law and comparative law. He has practiced law in Aruba ever since. After working for 15 years with his father Paul Valentijn Sjiem Fat, the founder of the firm, he took over the firm when his father retired in 1992.

Johan is also a member of the International Trademark Association. Johan was a member of the committee that drafted the Aruban Constitution and is a former President of the Aruba Bar Association.

Firm Description:

Through the years the firm has evolved from a general practice firm to a firm with a strong commercial as well as a busy public sector practice. The firm handles civil law litigation and administrative law litigation, as well as commercial transactions and matters for both international clients as well as local entrepreneurs. An important part of our practice is in the hospitality industry. We represent various international hotels, casinos and timeshare operators active in Aruba. The work for these clients involves litigation, labor law, contract law, immigration law, business establishment, hotel and gaming regulations as well as financing transactions.

We also act for Aruban and international financial institutions doing business in Aruba and in international capital markets. Many of our clients use our services in the field of intellectual property (IP) matters. We have an experienced team of trademark administrators, who can assist you with trademark and patent registrations, while we also handle prosecutions and litigation in cases of trademark and copyright infringement.

We represent the Aruban government, its agencies and departments in matters ranging from civil and administrative law litigation, negotiations with foreign investors, regulation of the financial sector and reform of the pension system, to the realization of infrastructure projects with the Public Private Partnership (PPP) structure. Our lawyers are admitted to practice before the courts and in the jurisdictions of Aruba, Curacao, St Martin, and the BES-islands.


Eugene Martis

Leaders in Law endorses Eugene Martis as our exclusively recommended Tax Law expert in Aruba. If you wish to get in touch with Eugene please use the contact information provided above.

Eugene H.J. Martis (Curaçao, 1960) obtained his civil law and tax law degree at the University of Leiden. He also completed a vocational training for company lawyers of the Association of Company Lawyers in the Netherlands (Nederlands Genootschap voor Bedrijfsjuristen).

After having worked several years in the Netherlands as a legal/tax consultant and afterwards as general counsel with an insurance company, he joined Brown Lawyers in 1992 and became a partner in the firm in 1998.

He provides legal advice to mostly corporate clients and to semi-governmental companies, insurance companies, financial institutions and to several other local businesses.

He is a member of the Aruban Bar Association and the Inter American Bar Association. He is a board member with several business, community and service organizations.

Firm Description:

Brown Lawyers is a top-tier Aruban law firm, having accumulated 25 years of experience and knowledge in Aruban, regional and international legal affairs. We provide the legal services which are most important for today’s businesses and individuals in need of counseling. We provide our local and international clients with a full range of expert legal services, such as advice and counsel on all legal and regulatory matters, advocacy, representation in litigation and collection of claims.

We endeavor to find the most effective solution for our client’s needs and to accomplish the desired goals and results in an efficient but thorough and well thought out manner, while ensuring that the chances of success are constantly evaluated and optimized.


Nicole Giselle Booi

Nicole Giselle Booi, a native of Aruba, obtained her master’s degree in Dutch Law (major: civil and corporate law) from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. After graduation she started her career as a grant advisor with one of the big 4 accounting firms in Rotterdam and Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
In 2004 she came back to Aruba to work at an investment bank as their in-house legal counsel. In 2006 Nicole started working as an attorney at law at an international law firm and was admitted to the Bar in both Aruba and the former Netherlands Antilles (now Curacao, St. Maarten and BES-islands). She is specialized in Intellectual Property Law, Contract Law and Corporate Law.
In 2012 she founded Aanic Legal Services, Trademarks & Consultancy N.V. (“Aanic Legal”) to follow her passion and to continue to specialize in Intellectual Property (trademarks, copyright), as well as Entertainment Law, with a focus on music and film. Nicole is a member of the Aruba Bar Association and of various international professional organizations, such as the International Trademark Association (INTA), the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) and the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (IAEL). Nicole currently serves on the Anti-counterfeiting Latin America and Caribbean Subcommittee of the INTA.
Languages: English, Dutch, local language Papiamento, knowledge of Spanish and French.
Firm overview:
Aanic Legal is a boutique law firm located in Aruba, dedicated to providing quality service and legal expertise to all domestic and foreign clients on all aspects of Intellectual Property Law and Entertainment Law in the Dutch Caribbean (Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten, BES-islands).
Aanic Legal provides high quality legal service by catering to the specific needs of each client in a professional and knowledgeable manner while offering client oriented and prompt service at a reasonable price.
Intellectual Property Law:
Aanic Legal can provide the following services in Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten and the BES-islands:
  • Search for the use and availability of a trademark;
  • Search relating to an existing trademark;
  • Registration of a new word or design trademark;
  • Renewal of a trademark;
  • Assignment of a trademark;
  • Cancellation of a trademark registration;
  • Recordal or cancellation of a trademark license;
  • Change of name and/or address of the trademark’s owner;
  • Limitation of goods and/or services of a trademark;
  • Obtaining priority documents after registration of a new trademark;
  • Re-issuance of trademark certificates;
  • File opposition of an existing or new trademark;
  • Copyright registration;
  • Consulting on Copyright;
  • Consulting on Trademark;
  • Patent registration;
  • Domain name registration;
  • Consulting on IP matters.