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BZSE Lawyers Berty Veen-Brom Eric Jansen Rik Bergman Pieter Soons Jelmer Snow Joeri Essed Camiel Koster Roeland Zwanikken Karel Frielink Gert Bergman Jaap Maris Manon Eijgenraam Rogier Wouters
Independence and integrity are paramount to the ten lawyers of BZSE. They operate and litigate in an open, transparent and independent manner in order to represent the best interests of their clients. This has provided the lawyers of the office with a strong reputation, notably among local and international corporate clients ... read more

Roeland Zwanikken


Roeland Zwanikken (1968), studied both at the University of Amsterdam and the Metropolitan University of Manchester (United Kingdom) and graduated in 1993. He started his career in 1994 in Sint Maarten, where he worked for five years and became a partner at the oldest law firm of Sint Maarten. In 1999 he decided to return to the Netherlands, where he worked for two years at one of the bigger law firms in Amsterdam. In 2001 Roeland decided to return to Sint Maarten and one year later in 2002, at the age of 33, he started his own law firm (first Zwanikken Law Office, then Zwanikken & Snow and since 2006 ZwanikkenSnowEssed ("ZSE"). As per January 1, 2009 ZSE joined forces with the Bergman brothers, resulting in BZSE Attorneys at Law / Tax Lawyers ("BZSE"). As from the inception of BZSE, together with Rik Bergman, Roeland is in charge of the day to day management of BZSE.

Fields of Expertise

First and foremost Roeland is an enthusiastic, renowned and if necessary – at times – an aggressive litigator. His reputation as litigator gained him nicknames as "the tire-biter"and "the shark". In recent years Roeland spend a lot of time advising corporate clients with (big) project developments and in corporate and commercial transactions. In addition Roeland is an expert in the field of banking and finance, which includes advising about security rights (mortgages, pledges, fiduciary transfers etc.). Furthermore Roeland has a lot of experience advising and litigating in the field of telecommunications. Amongst his clients Roeland has an international Canadian Bank, project developers, corporate clients and local businesses.

Other activities

In 2004 and 2005 Roeland was Dean of the Sint Maarten Bar Association. Since August 1, 2008 Roeland is also a member of the Supervisory Board of Attorneys. Roeland is also an active and critical follower of Sint Maarten Government and a fore-fighter and proponent of good corporate governance. In leisure time Roeland loves to play tennis or watch Ajax or international soccer games.

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