Dirk Besse

Dirk Besse


Jean Moulin University Lyon (D.E.U.F., 1993)
University of Augsburg (First State Exam, 1995)
Berlin District Court (Second State Exam, 1999)
Technical University Dresden (Dr. iur., 2000)

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Dirk is a leading adviser, with more than 20 years of experience advising clients on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, the German Stock Corporation, and capital markets law. His practice has a particular emphasis on the internet, pharmaceutical, finance, telecommunications, and other tech-heavy industries.

He represents clients in relation to major cross-border M&A transactions in Germany, and advises on German foreign investment rules. He has handled prominent public take-over battles, important VC investments such as the investment of SoftBank Vision Funds in Auto1, and cross-border share-for-share deals— such as the merger of Spark Networks and Affinitas— with subsequent listing on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Dirk regularly advises German publicly listed companies on capital markets law. He is also experienced in the counseling of boards and board directors on governance and compliance issues.

Dirk was a lecturer in the Excellence for Supervisory Boards program established by the DAI and the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and served as a member and also chairman of various supervisory boards. In addition, he frequently publishes articles in the fields of corporate law and capital markets law and on M&A-related topics.

Dirk is currently managing partner of our Berlin office and heads our European Corporate and M&A groups.

Best Lawyers since 2009: Recommended for Corporate, M&A, Private Equity and Venture Capital

JUVE 2019 – Recommended for M&A (“good cooperation, masterful”)

Chambers Global 2019 – Leading Individual in Corporate/ M&A Mid-Market Germany, client says: “I would recommend him for complicated cases because he foresees what could happen next and gives you advice.” Clients also appreciate his “outstanding analytical and legal skills”

Chambers Germany since 2016 – Recognized practitioner in the field of Corporate and M&A

JUVE 2018 – Recommended for M&A (“excellent corporation, very confident”)

Legal 500 Germany 2017 – Recommended for M&A

JUVE 2017 – Recommended for M&A and Corporate

Chambers Global 2016  – Recognized practitioner in the field of Corporate and M&A

JUVE 2016 – Recommended for M&A and Corporate

Best Lawyers 2014 - 2015 – Lawyer of the Year Berlin for Private Equity

JUVE 2013 – Recommended for M&A and Corporate

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