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Alexander Doorman


Corporate advisory and governance | Energy | Industrials | Infrastructure | Mergers and acquisitions |

A dedicated, very skilled lawyer

Chambers Global, 2017

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About Alexander Doorman

Alexander specialises in cross-border public and private M&A, private equity transactions and joint ventures.

He joined Freshfields in 2002 and became a partner in 2011.

In addition to having been seconded to our London office earlier in his career, Alexander was based in our Beijing office between 2013 and 2016 from where he advised Chinese clients on their investments into the rest of the world. This has given him in-depth knowledge of dealing with Chinese businesses and of Asia more generally.

Alexander’s business degree and some experience in investment banking means he also has a thorough understanding of the financial and commercial aspects of transactions. This helps him provide legal advice that is relevant, timely and to-the-point.

Along with his native Dutch, Alexander speaks English, German and basic Chinese.

Recent work

  • Advising The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. on its proposed acquisition of NN Investment Partners from NN Group for approximately €1.6 billion.
  • Advising E.On (including its Dutch subsidiary Essent) on the disposal of its Dutch mid-market power and gas B2B business to Eneco.
  • Advising Cargill on (i) the sale of its global malt business, including 15 facilities across four continents, to Axéréal’s malt subsidiary, Boortmalt and (ii) the disposal of its 50% interest in Alvean, a global leader in the sugar trading industry, to its Brazilian joint venture partner Copersucar.
  • Advising Marubeni on its proposed investment in Euroma, a major European spices and seasonings manufacturer, through an acquisition of shares from a consortium of sellers, including Netherlands-based private equity firm Parcom.
  • Advising Morgan Stanley Tactical Value Investing on its debt and equity investment in Dutch employment agency Olympia.
  • Advising NN Group on its acquisition of VIVAT’s non-life insurance business.
  • Advising Bridgepoint on its acquisition of Vermaat, a leading catering business in The Netherlands.



  • University of Groningen, the Netherlands (master’s degree in law, with specialisations in corporate and criminal law; master’s degree in business, with a specialisation in finance)

Professional qualifications

  • Advocaat, the Netherlands