Through the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Curaçao has a vast network of Bilateral Investment Protection Treaties (BITs). These treaties apply to all investments made by a company incorporated in Curaçao, regardless of the ultimate shareholder of the investor, making Curaçao the perfect hub from which individuals and foreign companies can invest in foreign countries in the Central and Latin American region and vice versa.
Curaçao has a network of 68 BITs, of which 14 treaties are with the following countries in the Americas:
- Costa Rica
- El Salvador
Through the BITs, domestic assets are fully protected by both Curaçao and Dutch law.
Curaçao has a wide variety of product and services geared towards the legal preservation of family and corporate assets.
The fact that Curaçao is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands provides for a safe and secure environment and a high level of comfort as well as political and economic stability.
Assets are protected from litigation, fiscal erosion, political and operational risk. The assets are fully protected by both Curaçao and Dutch law. The protection of the beneficiary is guaranteed by the Supreme Court of the Netherlands in The Hague.
Curaçao is one of the few highly developed civil law jurisdictions in the Caribbean that can provide the stability and low profile that a beneficiary seeks.
Curaçao has an independent and high-quality legal system based on the Dutch civil law system. The Charter of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the leading legal document within the Kingdom, provided a guarantee for good governance and the protection of human rights. The Constitution of the Netherlands and the Basic Laws of the three other countries are legally subordinate to the Charter. The Charter also forms the basis for the possibility to appeal to the Supreme Court in the Netherlands.
The financial institutions on Curaçao are under the rigorous supervision of the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten. The supervision is executed in close cooperation with the Central Bank of the Netherlands. As a consequence, the regulatory and supervisory environment in Curaçao is comparable to that of The Netherlands.