I am Heleen Kersten
Corporate and M&A specialist
Corporate Governance and Compliance specialist

Heleen Kersten

Heleen’s expertise and experience focus on mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets, corporate law and corporate governance.

Heleen’s expertise and experience focus on mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets, corporate law and corporate governance. She acts on behalf of leading domestic and international clients, both listed and privately held. From 2008 to 2013, Heleen held the position of managing partner in Amsterdam whilst remaining active in her areas of specialism.

Practising at Stibbe from 1989 to 1992, Heleen subsequently joined Davis Polk in New York, and then later moved to their London office. In 1994, she returned to Stibbe Amsterdam and has practised there ever since.

Heleen holds a master’s in Dutch law and a master’s in tax law, both from Leiden University. In 1988 she studied at Florida University on various corporate and tax courses, and in 1992 she undertook an orientation of American law at California University. Heleen has published articles in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance.

  • Languages: Dutch, English
  • Admitted to the Amsterdam Bar: 1989
  • Partner since: 1997

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