Iris Kieft specialises in environmental law, sustainability/circular economy and climate change. She focuses on the energy & infrastructure and industry sectors. As an attorney, Iris is creative and committed. She enjoys supporting her clients in successfully navigating complex legal and environmental challenges, both in national and cross-border contexts.
Iris’s case highlights include litigating before the Court of Justice of the EU on behalf of several of the largest players in the Dutch industry on the European Commission’s implementation of the EU CO2 emission trading system (EU ETS) and working on multiple energy infrastructure projects, both domestic and cross-border. In addition, Iris has been assisting (organisations of) producers in relation to EU extended producer responsibility and circular economy questions since 2012. As a frontrunner, she helped design and set up the Dutch collective system for collection and recycling of packaging waste and has supported the e-waste sector in setting up a collective system. Iris also advises on regulatory and environmental aspects of M&A and financing transactions and arbitrations in the energy sector.
Prior to joining NautaDutilh in the fall of 2021, Iris was a partner at public law boutique ENVIR Advocaten. Iris was admitted to the bar in 2008 and worked for 9 years in the administrative law department and energy sector group of De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek. During her time at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, she was seconded to the London and Beijing offices.
Iris is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Academy of European Law (ERA) and a board member of Stibat, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes responsible use of batteries and accumulators and realises end-of-life solutions including collection, sorting and recycling.
Iris has been recognised as next generation partner by Legal 500 and clients describe her as: "a very bright lawyer, she’s down to earth and friendly, but at the same time very effective and focused on results" (Legal 500 EMEA 2021).