Full-service law firm
OX & WOLF is a full-service law firm. We serve clients with commercial legal interests in Curaçao, Aruba, Sint Maarten and Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba (BES Islands).
OX & WOLF is a partner-only firm, setting us aside from traditional firms. The partner-only structure of our firm maximizes quality, efficiency and responsiveness.
Our partners are recognized for their expertise and efficiency by clients and colleagues in the Dutch Caribbean and abroad.
If you are doing business in Curaçao, Aruba, Sint Maarten, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba (BES Islands), OX & WOLF is your go-to legal partner.
Our partner-only structure ensures a lean and mean approach and cost efficiency.
Willemieke is the current co-managing partner of OX & WOLF.
Willemieke is a skilled commercial lawyer specialized in cross-border litigation, insurance and transport law. She advises on commercial contracts, supports clients in negotiations and represents clients in various legal proceedings, including inquiry proceedings, enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards and the levying and lifting of attachments. Clients describe her as hands-on, to the point, strategic and committed.
Willemieke also assists many players in the shipping industry. Her clients include (re)insurers, P&I Clubs, ship owners, agents, charterers, managers, cargo handling companies, maritime authorities and mortgagees. She is the go-to lawyer for arrests and judicial sales of vessels, cargo and bunkers on all the islands of the Dutch Caribbean (Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, and Sint Maarten).
Willemieke serves as vice president of the Curacao Maritime Association, is a member of the Caribbean Committee of the Dutch Arbitration Association, and member of the Litigation, Insurance and Transport committees of the International Bar Association.
Sueena is the current co-managing partner of OX & WOLF.
Sueena provides a comprehensive range of services in connection with corporate, regulatory and financial matters. She has vast experience with mergers & acquisitions, corporate and financial (re)structurings, and the restructuring and/or liquidation of institutions under regulatory supervision. With a good understanding of dynamics in the board room on all levels of top-management, she is the go-to lawyer for high-level (cross-border) negotiations and dispute resolution during transactions and restructurings.
Sueena serves as a board member of the Curaçao International Financial Services Association (CIFA), a supervisory board member of the Bureau for Supervision and Standardization of Government Entities (the corporate governance advisor of the Government of Curacao) and is the president of the Supervisory Board of the University of Curaçao.
Sabine is a corporate and finance lawyer with twenty-five years of experience. Sabine advises both national and international clients on their (equity) structuring and corporate governance. She regularly assists corporate clients and private equity firms with mergers, acquisitions and restructuring transactions. Her clients also seek her advice on matters driven or affected by the supervision and regulation of the Central Bank.
During her career Sabine has held several additional positions. She was a board member of the Curaçao International Financial Services Association (CIFA) and was a part-time lecturer at the University of Curaçao (UoC). She currently serves on the supervisory boards of the government owned holding entity of Curaçao’s international airport and of a funeral insurance company.
Sabine is ranked by Chambers and Partners in the Chambers Global Guide since 2016.
Tijdschrift Ondernemingsrecht 2022/71, Financial Supervision in the Dutch Caribbean.
Mayesi is a highly qualified and experienced litigator. She assists international and local clients in the public and private sectors in complex litigation. She focusses on contracts, torts, insurance & liability, employment, corporate governance and maritime matters.
Mayesi is strategic, highly responsive, pragmatic and has a detailed knowledge of the law. She has an exceptional ability to quickly see all angles of any given issue, both legally and from a business and/or political perspective. She has the innate ability to stay calm in any situation, providing exceptional comfort to her clients. Her extraordinary skill set makes her the general counsel and litigator of choice for large local and international corporates. Her track record is impeccable, and she is highly respected by her peers for her expertise, experience, poise and integrity.
Mayesi is ranked individually by Chambers and Partners in the Chambers Global Guide.
Mayesi is a member of the disciplinary boards for attorneys in Curaçao and Aruba. She is also a member of the civil servants and arbitration committee in Curaçao. She co-authored the chapter on the arrest of vessels in the Wolters Kluwer Maritime Law Handbook. Mayesi was previously a member of the Social Economic Council of Curaçao.
Carine assists a variety of clients, ranging from globally operating companies to regional service providers and local tech start-ups. Carine is a seasoned counsel and litigator, particularly in the areas of intellectual property, media and entertainment, online gaming, privacy, competition and commercial contracts.
Although well-equipped to guide her clients through the challenges of proceedings before any of the courts in the Dutch Caribbean, Carine is also committed to investigate a settlement if this is in the best interest of her client.
Currently, Carine serves as the president (deken) of the Curaçao Bar Association. As a long-time member of the International Trademark Association (INTA) and the Asociación Interamericana de la Propriedad Intelectual (ASIPI), Carine has an extensive network of expert lawyers who are frequently contacted to the benefit of her clients.
Caribisch Juristenblad (CJB) 2020/4, p. 567-580, Het recht van de intellectuele eigendom 2000-2020, C.A.D. Jänsch and J.A. de Baar.
Karina started her career as an attorney with VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne, where she specialized in employment law, while also focusing on litigation in the commercial practice in general.
Karina is a pragmatic, straightforward and hands-on attorney and provides clients with strategic advice in all employment related matters and proceedings, such as reorganizations, mergers & acquisitions, (collective) labor disputes, collective and individual redundancies and immediate dismissals. In addition to the aforementioned Karina runs a general commercial litigation practice.
Karina used to be guest lecturer in employment law at the University of Curaçao and was nominated as the rising star in employment law by her peers in a quality ranking of the Dutch Caribbean Legal Portal. Karina also regularly provides lectures on employment issues for her clients and other interested parties.
Michiel heads the Bonaire branch of OX & WOLF.
Michiel provides legal services to clients with interest in Curaçao and Bonaire, focusing on real estate, project development, corporate matters and commercial contracting.
Over the years, Michiel has advised clients in numerous real estate and corporate transactions and gained extensive experience in litigating matters concerning real estate in the broadest sense, project development and corporate disputes. His clients include real estate developers and investors, real estate agents, construction companies. Michiel also acts as sparring party for many of his clients in the hospitality sector, e.g. hotel and restaurant owners and operators.
Freeke Kunst was a co-founder of our firm, enriching us with her experience, knowledge, creativity, and laughter. Far beyond the borders of the Dutch Caribbean, Freeke was known for her expertise on maritime law. Freeke was a dedicated counsel to her clients. She held several positions in maritime committees, was a regular speaker at conferences and was lecturer at the University of Curaçao. Freeke was also an art collector, sculptor, painter and loved to travel with family and friends. But most of all Freeke was a true companion to the people that were dear to her.
On 12 February 2017 our friend and partner Freeke passed. Five years later, in February 2022, OX & WOLF founded the MeesterKunst Foundation (Stichting MeesterKunst) in memory of Freeke. This foundation focusses on supporting female artists in Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao.