Heleen Kersten

I am Heleen Kersten
Public Takeovers specialist
Mergers and Acquisitions specialist
Corporate Governance and Compliance specialist
Private Equity specialist
Corporate and M&A 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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07.08.2018 NL law
Protection of listed companies against unsolicited takeovers, prevention of unwanted influences in the telecoms sector and protection of other vital sectors: latest developments

Short Reads - Following a recent series of (attempted) unsolicited takeovers by foreign bidders of Dutch listed companies, such as PostNL, Unilever and AkzoNobel, the protection of companies against unsolicited takeovers and the protection of vital sectors have received more attention in both the Netherlands and Europe.

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07.08.2018 NL law
Legislative proposal to protect trade secrets: update

Short Reads - On 5 July 2016, the EU Trade Secrets Directive came into effect (Directive 2016/943/EU). The directive intends to harmonise rules regarding the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets) across all EU member states. As the directive is not directly applicable in the member states, each member state must enact national implementing legislation.

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07.08.2018 NL law
Boskalis v. Fugro: scope of a shareholder's right to put items on the agenda

Short Reads - Under Dutch law (section 114a of book 2 of the Dutch Civil Code), shareholders have the right to put items on the agenda of the general meeting. The question arises as to whether shareholders also have the right to force an (informal) vote in the general meeting on subjects which are not within their powers. A judgment of the Dutch Supreme Court of 20 April 2018 between Boskalis and Fugro focused on this question.

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07.08.2018 NL law
General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect

Short Reads - On 25 May 2018, the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect. The GDPR replaces the EU's prior directive governing the processing and transfer of personal data, which was in place since 1995. As a regulation, the GDPR is directly applicable in all 28 EU member states and thus removes the need for national implementing legislation. However, the GDPR allows member states discretion in certain areas, as a result of which national legislation may still be implemented. In the Netherlands, the GDPR Implementation Act came into effect on 25 May 2018.

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07.08.2018 NL law
Dutch international taxation - current developments

Short Reads - The global debate on alleged aggressive international tax planning initiated by the G20/OECD and the EU, is an important driver of the current developments in the field of international taxation. The following is a high level summary of certain developments relevant for the Netherlands:

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