Harm Kerstholt

Portrait of Harm
Harm Kerstholt is one of the leading transactional lawyers in the Netherlands for JV's, deals and projects in the energy sector. With over 25 years of experience working Almost exclusively for clients in the energy sector, Harm adds value for his clients due to his expertise, vast experience and business acumen that allow him to come up with pragmatic solutions to legal challenges.
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In 2016, Harm moved to NautaDutilh's New York office and led the firm's corporate M&A practice there until his return to the Netherlands in the summer of 2019, when he re-joined the energy practice.

  • Work highlights

    Harm has worked on numerous mandates in the energy sector. He is specifically known for his ability to advise on the commercial implications of energy regulations and how to address these in a practical manner when counseling clients on M&A transactions, projects and complex energy contracts.

    In addition to energy work, Harm also spearheads the firm's Sustainable Business & Climate Change team, which identifies the risks and opportunities, working with clients on future-proof solutions for the complex and interconnected challenges of responsible business conduct. Besides counselling clients with the transition of a low carbon economy, the multi-disciplinary team combines lawyers with specific expertise on ESG risks and opportunities, climate change litigation, sustainable finance, and business human rights law.

  • What others say

    He is a prominent and well-connected transactional lawyer in the Netherlands according to the leading legal guides:

    • ‘Harm and Lisa are great to work with, both professionally and personally. We really enjoyed working with them on a very intense project. That really makes a difference.’
      The Legal 500 2024
    • "Harm's strategic, commercial and legal support in various projects. It has always been a great comfort to have him on board, not only because of his broad experience and legal expertise, but by the way in which he breaks down complexity, and his highly effective negotiating skills."
      Chambers Europe 2022
      "Super proactive and solution-driven"
      Chambers Europe 2021
    • “Harm Kerstholt and his team worked tirelessly and did a fantastic job to keep the momentum and provide a timely delivery”
      The Legal500 2021

  • Qualifications

    Harm graduated from Groningen University in 1998.
    He joined NautaDutilh in 2001 and became partner in 2006.

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