Onno Boerstra

Partner, Lawyer

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.

Empowerment. Quality-conscious. Internationally renowned. Analytical.

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.

Rankings & Awards

Band 1 ranking in Chambers Europe 2017 & Chambers Global 2017 ( Netherlands, Corporate M/A)

Best M&A lawyer (Gouden Zandloper) Netherlands 2016

Number 1 ranking in M&A deals Netherlands 2015

Number 1 ranking in the Mergermarket Benelux League Table 2011

Legal Directories

         Ranked In Chambers Global 2015 Leading Individual Van Doorne


  • "He understands private equity very well, and the process of a transaction. He is realistic about what can be accomplished, knows how to play the game, and is not afraid to get tough on the opposition." Chambers Europe (2017)

  • "The ‘excellent’ seven-partner practice at Van Doorne is headed by Onno Boerstra." The Legal 500 EMEA 2017

  • Top Ranked as “Leading Individual” Band 1, Chambers Global, Netherlands, Corporate/M&A: Mid-Market (2017)

  • "Leading Lawyer" IFLR1000 (2017, 2016, 2015) – Corporate and M&A

  • "Onno Boerstra advises private equity funds and investors on a number of areas, including on buyouts, acquisitions, joint ventures, and corporate issues such as restructuring. Clients say he has a 'very good commercial touch and feel for market practice, and you can call him at any time, he's so responsive and always available.'" Chambers Europe, Private Equity (2016)

  • "Corporate specialist Onno Boerstra manages cross-border M&A, as well as transactions with private equity elements." Chambers Global, Corporate/M&A (2016)

  • "The 'professional' team at Van Doorne is an ‘excellent advisory and legal partner’ and has the capacity to handle a high volume of corporate transactions." Legal 500 EMEA, Corporate & M&A (2016)

  • "The 'very responsive' team at Van Doorne regularly acts for the management of target companies in private equity deals." Legal 500 EMEA, Private Equity (2016)

  • "Van Doorne has proven its ability to handle complex matters and requests. On many occasions, the team suggested efficient solutions, demonstrating a high level of knowledge and the ability to deliver according to our requirements." Chambers Europe, Corporate/M&A (2016)

  • "The lawyers are very responsive, very knowledgeable and seem to have the answers at their fingertips. We would not hesitate to recommend them." Chambers Europe, Corporate/M&A (2016)

  • "Broad-ranging corporate expertise covering M&A, privatisations, private equity transactions and joint ventures. Sector focus includes the financial services, healthcare and retail industries. Experienced in cross-border transactional work." Chambers Europe, Corporate/M&A (2016)

  • "The firm was on the ball - there were no areas where the team fell short." Chambers Europe, Private Equity (2016)

  • "Specialised expertise in advising on portfolio company management, and noted for its focus on assisting sponsors with investments in the healthcare industry. Also advises on buyouts and acquisition transactions." Chambers Europe, Private Equity (2016)

  • "The firm is excellent value for money; we have had a great experience." Chambers Europe, Private Equity (2015)

  • "The team offers the quality you could expect from a renowned international firm. It is loyal and hard-working, really identifies with us and is interested in our business." Chambers Europe, Corporate and M&A (2015)

  • "Van Doorne has great in-depth knowledge and is truly committed to its clients." Chambers Europe, Corporate and M&A (2015)

  • "Respected team with a comprehensive offering, including private equity, corporate governance, M&A and privatisations. Stands out for its extensive experience of the healthcare, pharmaceutical and financial services sectors." Chambers Europe, Corporate and M&A (2015)

  • "He has incredible expertise in the field of private equity." Chambers Europe, Private Equity (2015)

  • "A reliable adviser. He is an original thinker and he dares you to be too.", Chambers Global and Chambers Europe, Corporate/M&A (2015)

  • "Recommended." Legal 500 EMEA. Corporate and M&A, Private equity (2015)

  • "Leader in the Field" Corporate/M&A and Private Equity, Chambers Europe (2015)7,

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