Our Team

Johan Sjiem Fat

johanJohan was born in Aruba on December 25, 1954. He was educated in the Netherlands and in the USA. He obtained a law degree (LLM in Dutch Law) from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands in 1977. In 1977, he was admitted to the Bar in Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles and joined the firm founded by his father Paul Valentijn Sjiem Fat. 
In 1980 he obtained a Master’s of Comparative Law Degree (MCL) from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington DC, where he concentrated in his studies on international law, tax law, commercial law and comparative law. He has practiced law in Aruba ever since. After working for 15 years with his father Paul Valentijn Sjiem Fat, the founder of the firm, he took over the firm when his father retired in 1992. Johan is also a member of the International Trademark Association. Johan was a member of the committee that drafted the Aruban Constitution and is a former President of the Aruba Bar Association.

LANGUAGES: Dutch, English, Spanish & Papiamentu
E-MAIL: johan@arubalaw.com

Gabriela Sjiem Fat

gabrielaGabriela was born on October 9, 1984. She was educated in the Netherlands. She obtained a law degree (LLM in Dutch law) from Leiden University in 2011 specializing in Jurisprudence and Philosophy of law. Prior to being admitted to the Bar in Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten and the Caribbean territories of the Netherlands in 2013, Gabriela worked as a trainee for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands in Washington D.C. and as a junior associate at the International Fund for Agricultural Development in Rome. In 2013, Gabriela returned to Aruba to work alongside her father Johan Paul Sjiem Fat in the firm founded by her grandfather Paul Valentijn Sjiem Fat.

LANGUAGES: Dutch, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Papiamento.
E-MAIL: gabriela@arubalaw.com