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Chambers Europe 2016

Bernard Spoor


  • Profession
    Advocaat, admitted to the Bar in the Netherlands in 1991
  • Expertise
    Corporate Advisory, Finance and Restructuring, Financial Markets Regulation, Investment Management, Mergers and Acquisitions, Pensions, Private Equity
  • Languages
    Dutch, English
  • Education
    University of Leiden


Bernard is a partner in De Brauw’s Corporate/M&A practice. He specialises in corporate/M&A transactions, corporate advisory and investment management. He also advises on financial markets regulation. From 2014-2019, he was a member of De Brauw’s managing committee and head of the firm’s Corporate practice. Bernard also has substantial international experience. He was resident partner at De Brauw New York from 2003-2007, and was an associate at De Brauw London from 1992 to 1996.


Bernard has contributed to a number of publications on Dutch corporate and securities laws and Euronext rules, and is a frequent guest speaker at conferences. He is a member of the Dutch Bar Association, the International Bar Association and the American Bar Association.


Bernard has advised:

  • Rabobank on the divestment of Robeco to ORIX Corporation
  • A consortium on the EUR 3.7 billion acquisition of LeasePlan from Global Mobility Holding
  • Waterland Private Equity on the divestment of Intertrust to the Blackstone Group
  • Stichting Pensioenfonds Corporate Express on the appointment of BNP Paribas as its fiduciary manager
  • Stichting Pensioenfonds Unilever Nederland “Progress“ on the outsourcing of its asset management to Univest company
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