Bakker will join DLA’s Asia-Pacific finance & projects practice and will be based in the firm's Sydney office.
Bakker was a partner at Linklaters and head of finance in Amsterdam. Bakker is also Australian and English law qualified, having previously worked at Clayton Utz in Australia before joining Linklaters in London in 2002 and then Amsterdam in 2004.
He specialises in syndicated finance and leveraged acquisition finance, as well as trade finance and asset finance. He regularly advises major international investment banks and sponsors on complex cross-border finance matters.
Damian McNair, Asia-Pacific head of finance & projects at DLA, said: “We're very happy that Onno wanted to join DLA Piper in Sydney and his appointment represents a strategic addition to our offering to our major domestic, international and investment-banking clients”.