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Hans Lim A Po

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Hans Lim A Po, Jr. is a partner and shareholder with Lim A Po Law Firm - Advocatenkantoor Lim A Po. He joined the firm in 1991 and has been a partner since 1997.
Hans acts as local counsel to a substantial part of the international mining companies active in Suriname. He advises on a wide range of local issues, including: exploration and exploitation rights, third party rights and rights of indigenous communities.
In addition, Hans advised the mining industry in major projects, including: the capital and maintenance dredging of the waterway of the Suriname river, the production of the Bakhuis bauxite mine in the Western part of Suriname, as well the sale of BHP Billiton Suriname's shares to Alcoa.
Hans is also involved in banking and commercial in cross-border settings, and advised in the Euro 28,000,000 refinancing of the Suriname Bridges Project, and in the US.$. 24,000,000 refinancing of the Kersten Group.
He further advised on a bonds issue for the financing of a benchmark eco-tourism resort in Suriname, and the joint-venture of Argos Cementos and Vensur.
Hans has substantial expertise and experience in litigating before the Caribbean Court of Justice in Original Jurisdiction:

In 2012, Hans defended Suriname in a high profiled case against claims for breach of the external common market established by the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, in proceedings brought by a person before the Caribbean Court of Justice. See more...

In 2014, Hans filed a claim in a case for breach of the internal common market established by the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas. See more...

In 2017, Hans filed for restitution for breach of the internal common market established by the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas. See more...
In Chambers Global 2021, Hans Lim A Po is said to provide an exceptionally deft hand in work throughout the oil and gas sphere, in addition to assisting with property seizure matters and inbound investment transactions. He is considered to be "a leading lawyer" in the market and is highly respected.


Dutch and English fluently, both spoken and written

Areas of Practice

  • Oil and Gas

  • Banking and finance

  • Commercial

  • Contracts

  • Corporate and business

  • Foreign Investment

  • Insurance

  • Intellectual Property

  • Joint Ventures

  • Litigation

  • Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Natural Resources

Significant Accomplishments

Hans is recognized in Chambers Global and Latin America, noting his growing reputation and role in cross-border and projects work, and his exepertise across corporate, banking, finance, and employment matters. He is further recognized in The International Who's Who 2011 edition of Mining Lawyers and of Banking Lawyers.

He contributed Suriname Chapters of the 2010-edition of Getting the Deal Through-Mining, and Getting the Deal Through-Anti-Corruption Regulation.
Hans is an editor for the Suriname Law Journal, the legal periodical published by the Suriname Lawyer's Association.

Bar admission

Hans has been a member of the Bar in Suriname since 1992.


Hans is a graduate of the University of Leiden in the Netherlands (Civil Law 1990), and of New York University School of Law in New York, USA, (Comparative Jurisprudence 1991). In 2011, Hans graduated 'with merit' from FHR School of Law (graduated from FHR School of Law, Post-Graduate Master programme in International and Comparitive Law).