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Onno Boerstra

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Van Doorne

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Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity


Onno specializes in mergers and acquisitions, private equity and buyouts, management participations and joint ventures. Several independent, international surveys have specifically recommended Onno in these areas. Onno represents various Dutch and foreign companies, private equity funds and other investors, mainly in cross-border transactions. He also frequently acts for management teams in buy-outs.


Onno has a broad managerial experience as well. He was managing partner at VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne in Curaçao, where he was responsible for managing and reorganizing the Curaçao and Aruban offices. Onno likewise served as the managing partner at Van Doorne’s Amsterdam office from 2007 to 2010.

Band 1 ranking in Chambers Europe 2019, 2018, 2017 & Chambers Global 2019, 2018, 2017 (Netherlands, Corporate M/A)
Dealmaker of the Year, OverFusies League Tables 2018
Number 1 ranking in M&A deals Netherlands 2018 (both Volume and Value)
Nominated as Best M&A Lawyer by M&A Awards 2018
Best M&A lawyer (Gouden Zandloper) Netherlands 2017


English, German and Dutch.


Onno is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA).


Dutch Law, VU University Amsterdam; Master of Laws (LL.M) Cornell Law School, New York.


Commercial, corporate and M&a

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&a

Onno Boerstra heads the team at Van Doorne, which also includes Hugo Reumkens, Arnout Stroeve, and Friso Foppes. The group provides 'a full offering of M&A-related legal services and a highly experienced team'. Senior associate Steffen Alleman is also highlighted as 'an outstanding lawyer who makes the difference in getting a deal done. His knowledge, creativity, and negotiation skills put him on top of any legal advisory list'. It advised IRI Investments, a subsidiary of IKEA Group, on the acquisition of a minority interest in Mopet Beheer.

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Industry focus: retail

Within: Industry focus: retail

Van Doorne attracts praise for 'its highly valuable combination of in-depth knowledge of this sector and business thinking' with team head Lisette Bieleveld especially noted in this respect. Its impressive client roster span retailers, manufacturers, distributors, and franchisors as well as a range of real estate developers and investors; Agrico, Audi, Chartis and Hans Anders Retail Group all feature. In recent work, it assisted BCC in its negotiations with Wehkamp, the e-commerce retailer, in connection with an exclusive supply agreement for electronics and household appliances. Onno Boerstra is a pivotal member of the team.

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Private equity

Within: Private equity

Van Doorne is a popular choice for sponsors and management. Practice head Onno Boerstra advised the board and senior management of Akzo Nobel on their participation in the company's €10.1bn acquisition by The Carlyle Group. In other work, Jeroen Sombezki assisted Atomico Ventures with its €51m investment in cloud communications company MessageBird. Friso Foppes and Dimitri van Hoewijk are also recommended.

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