Mr Onno Boerstra > Van Doorne > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile

Van Doorne
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Work Department

Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity


Onno specializes in mergers and acquisitions, private equity and buyouts and management participations. 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. 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. Since 2018 he is the firm’s senior partner.


Number 1 ranking in Mergermarket Benelux League Table 2011

Number 1 ranking in M&A deals Netherlands 2018: both Volume and Value

Nominated as Best M&A Lawyer by Dutch M&A Awards 2018 and 2020

Best M&A lawyer (Gouden Zandloper) Netherlands 2017 and 2019


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.

Lawyer Rankings

Netherlands > Commercial, corporate and M&a

(Leading individuals)

Onno BoerstraVan Doorne

Van Doorne’s practice ‘delivers on every transaction it handles’ with a mid-market focus. The group’s sector-specific approach encompasses the TMT, real estate, consumer goods and retail areas; the Dutch team also acts for a substantial roster of private equity clients. Jeroen Sombezki leads the department, which also includes a distinct restructuring and distressed M&A team. Onno Boerstra, Hugo Reumkens and Friso Foppes are other key names to note, along with newly promoted partner Steffen Alleman and Meltem Koning-Gungormez, who joined with her team from Kennedy Van der Laan in mid-2020.

Netherlands > Industry focus: retail

The retail and consumer goods group at Van Doorne has a broad workload, with a particularly notable focus on corporate and M&A, and joint ventures. It is also well regarded for insolvency and restructuring, IP, privacy, and EU and competition law. Practice head Lisette Bieleveld is adept at handling commercial contract litigation, frequently with an international angle. Onno Boerstra advises Dutch and foreign companies, private equity funds and other investors on cross-border transactions. Els de Wind is a key name for employment matters.

Netherlands > Private equity

With expertise in mid-market work, Van Doorne’s ‘undoubtedly very competent practice’ is a go-to name for management teams involved in large private and public private equity transactions. The team’s sector approach spans the healthcare, finance, real estate and retail industries; Meltem Koning-Gungormez’s recruitment from Kennedy Van der Laan also expanded the firm’s technology and media sector experience. Other key practitioners include practice head Jeroen Sombezki, Onno Boerstra and Friso Foppes.