The Dutch Caribbean Securities Exchange (DCSX) is an international Exchange for the listing and trading in both domestic- and international securities.
The DCSX is the main board exchange in Curaçao, Dutch Caribbean. It is the only authorized securities exchange and is licensed by the Minister of Finance and supervised by the Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten
In close cooperation with the authorities, it is assured to operate under a well functioning yet practical supervisory environment. The DCSX forms part of the international financial services sector of Curaçao that is well known with a longstanding reputation, dating back to the early 1930s. Having an extensive and broadly specialized professional financial services sector the launching of a securities exchange was a logic step in further enhancing the (local and) international financial services sector.
The DCSX is at the same time a self-regulatory organization subject though to the mentioned direct supervision by the Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten. At the DCSX we realize that for the international business community to prosper, startups as well as small and medium-sized enterprises, must be in the position to attract capital on a regulated, practically oriented exchange and to do so at fair costs. It is this startup and SME community that the DCSX is focused on servicing.
At the DCSX we have developed listing rules for the issuer, tailored to the needs of the market. The emphasis lies on the disclosure of vital information in a cost and time efficient procedure that guides the issuer through the administrative process. The DCSX ensures transparency for the investor and guarantees visibility for the issuer at all times. The listing fees of DCSX are kept highly competitive. Our mission is to create prosperity by connecting investment opportunities to investors.
Title: Chief Executive Officer/Executive Board Member
Company: Dutch Caribbean Securities Exchange N.V.
Biography: Over 30 years of experience in the international financial services industry. He had the opportunity to work with and for one of the most reputable and longstanding international financial services providers, i.e. the Citco Group of Companies. During his 28 years at Citco Mr. Römer had the privilege to occupy several managerial positions in several jurisdictions and in both the Fiduciary Services and the Banking services areas. These managerial positions have allowed him to gather a broad experience in the operational, financial and marketing aspects of the financial services industry as a whole.
Title: Acting Chairman (President) of the Board/General Board Member
Company: Dutch Caribbean Securities Exchange N.V.
Biography: Coming soon…
Title: Acting Vice President of the Board/General Board Member
Company: Corporate & Fund Administration Services Curacao
Biography: Bas Horsten is currently general manager of IQEQ Management (Curacao) N.V. (formerly SGG Corporate & Fund Administration Services Curaçao), with a regional responsibility for the Caribbean offices and Latin American markets; He has 20+ years of experience in estate planning and corporate & trust services. He has previous experience as general manager of respectively the Cayman, BVI and Curaçao based corporate & trust operations for the Citco Group. For the past 15 years, his commercial focus has been the Americas, with specific interest in wealth planning for Latin American HNWI and families. He holds a degree in civil and corporate law of the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He is a TEP (Trust and Estate Planner under the Society of Trust and Estate Planners organization and President of the STEP Curacao Chapter). Core areas of expertise are corporate structuring and administration, trust and estate planning as well as fund administrations. He is fluent in Dutch, English, and Spanish, with a fair knowledge of French, German and Russian.
Title: Treasurer of the Board/General Board Member
Company: The Curacao Financial Group N.V. (cfg)
Biography: Walter is an experienced finance professional. In the 8 years before starting cfg, he held senior management roles in both public and private organizations in financial services, banking and law enforcement. Walter is a Master of Science in Business administration and is qualified as a Dutch Certified Public Accountant (“registeraccountant”) and a (US) Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA). Walter credits his leadership ability, management of large teams, “keeping cool” under pressure and sense of humor to his lengthy service as an officer in the Royal Netherlands Navy. In this capacity, he rose to Chief Supply Officer on Navy flagships involved in NATO anti-terrorism operations in The Mediterranean. At cfg Walter specializes in business valuations, mergers & acquisitions, exit planning and value building.
Title: General Board Member
Company: Dutch Caribbean Securities Exchange N.V.
Biography: Maria-Liza Zunder- Curiel is a young professional, active in the International Financial Sector of Curacao and currently working at Vidanova Bank in the role of Investment Officer. Maria-Liza has also gained experience of the dynamic investment world in the Netherlands where she held positions at ING Investment Management. In previous positions (In the Netherlands and Curacao) her focus was related to valuation, business analyses, business development and project management. Maria-Liza has a Master’s degree in Finance and Investments from the Erasmus University, Rotterdam.
Ministry of Finance: the National Ordinance on the Supervision of Securities Exchange stipulates that the Ministry of Finance is the authority to issue a license to operate an exchange in Curacao , albeit after close consultation with the Central Bank of Curacao and Sint Maarten.
Central Bank of Curacao & Sint Maarten: the oldest supervisory institution of this kind on the Western Hemisphere. Its history cannot be viewed separately from the history of especially the Island of Curacao and its banking and currency history. From an economic point of view, Curaçao and the other Dutch dependencies, had no significance at the beginning of the 19th century. Except for products such as salt and wood, the islands were completely dependent on imports. Curaçao, as an open port, was the meeting place for the exchange of raw materials coming from Latin America and the Caribbean and destined for Europe. The Europeans, on the other hand, traded their products with merchants from Latin America and from Curaçao. As a result, several foreign currencies circulated on the islands. Curaçao operated financially on the basis of Spanish coins, such as the piastre or pillar dollar, and the Portuguese golden Joe, used for large payments. Various small French, German, or Prussian coins circulated as small change. The traders exchanged these foreign gold and silver coins for goods in the so-called trade houses. Because Curaçao's, imports were greater than its exports, the islands regularly experienced a shortage of money, or rather of coins. Merchants made cunning use of the shortage of coins by speculating. They made and distributed their own value notes in the form of credit notes, which they circulated at high interest.
The use of different coins and credit notes resulted in a rather chaotic financial situation in the colony. This situation was a thorn in the flesh for King William 1st, who dreamed of making Curaçao the center for all trade between the Dutch Kingdom and America.
In 1826 the King proposed the establishment of a bank to organize the Colony's financial affairs. Two years later, on February 6, 1828, the Bank was established. The bank was housed in the Garrison Fort of the West Indian Company, now known as Fort Amsterdam, where the government administration also was located. Three clerks, employees in the General Accounting Department, were appointed for the administration and accounting of the newly established bank. Thus, the Bank became part of the Financial Department as a state bank and did not have an official name.
The objective of the Bank was to promote trade within the colony of Curaçao by issuing credit to merchants. Furthermore, the Bank acted as a government cashier, making payments to the private sector on behalf of the government.
The Bank was popularly known as the "Bank van Leening" or "Credit Bank."
The DCSX Foundation functions as the self regulatory direct supervisory body that assures that Management of the DCSX adhere to the processes as laid down in the Rules and Regulations. It is also the DSCX Foundation that needs to approve new members to the DCSX. The Board of the DCSX Foundation is comprised of representatives of financial institutions and or other organizations whose interest it is that Curacao has a well functioning securities exchange.
Presently the Board consists of:
Title: Managing Director
Company: PSB Bank N.V.
Biography: Mr. Guiveron Weert has an M.B.A. degree in Finance and a Ph.D. degree (summa cum laude) with concentration in Financial Management. Mr. Weert worked three years as a financial advisor and division leader at an investment firm in California. Subsequently, he joined a local money management firm in 1998 and held the position of investment advisor and shortly thereafter managing director. In 1999 he joined the Central Bank in Curaçao and worked in the Banking Supervision Department and was subsequently appointed as head of the Investment Institutions and Trust Supervision Department at the Central Bank. Mr. Weert has also been teaching classes of financial accounting, management accounting, and corporate finance at the University of the Netherlands Antilles and CURISES since 1999. Currently he holds the position of managing director of PSB Bank responsible for the financial and operational affairs of the Bank. He also acts as the Chairman of DCSX Foundation since 2013.
Title: Chief Investment Officer
Company: Algemeen Pensioenfonds van Curacao
Biography: 25 Years of experience in the local and international financial industry. Manages since 2004 a broad spectrum of local and international assets with a net worth of USD 2.2 Billion for the largest pension fund in the Dutch Caribbean. Highly proficient with complex financing thru debt and/or equity instruments. Master degree in business administration and bachelor degrees in Actuarial Sciences and Accountancy. Occupied different supervisory/advisory board positions throughout the past decade. Involved with the DCSX from the very beginning. Strongly believes in the power and ability of an exchange to enhance the efficiency within capital markets and amplify the possibility for demand to meet supply of capital in an organized environment, where traditional financial institutions are not able to commit.