Dirk Besse is co-managing partner at Morrison & Foerster's German office in Berlin and heads the European Corporate and M&A Department. He is a leading expert on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, German stock corporation and capital markets law. His practice has a particular emphasis on internet, media, finance, telecommunications and other tech-heavy industries.
Mr. Besse represents clients in relation to major cross-border M&A transactions in Germany and advises on German foreign investment rules. He handled prominent public take-over battles, such as the take-over of Schmolz + Bickenbach AG by Renova or cross-border share-for-share deals such as the combination of WildBunch and Senator Entertainment. Mr. Besse regularly advises German publicly listed companies on capital markets law and compliance requirements. He is also experienced in advising on the setup and structuring of international joint ventures and the counseling of boards and directors on governance and compliance issues.
JUVE Handbook 2013, 2016 and 2017 recommended Mr. Besse as an M&A as well as a Corporate lawyer and in 2018 as an M&A lawyer. He is also recommended in Berlin in the Corporate Law, M&A Law, Private Equity Law and Venture Capital Law categories by Best Lawyers Germany since 2013. In addition, he was named Lawyer of the Year Berlin for Private Equity by Best Lawyers Germany 2014 - 2015.
Mr. Besse publishes articles in the fields of corporate law, capital markets law and on M&A-related topics. He was lecturer in the "Excellence for Supervisory Boards" program established by the DAI and the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. He chairs on the supervisory boards of two German stock corporations.
Best Lawyers since 2013 - Recommended for Corporate, M&A, Private Equity and Venture Capital.
Juve Handbuch 2018 – Recommended for M&A
Legal 500 Deutschland 2017 – Recommended for M&A
Juve Handbuch 2017 – Recommended for M&A and Corporate
Best Lawyers Germany 2016 – Recommended for Corporate, M&A, Private Equity and Venture Capital.
Chambers Europe 2016 – Recognized practitioner in the field of Corporate and M&A.
Chambers Global 2016 – Recognized practitioner in the field of Corporate and M&A.
Juve Handbuch 2016 – Recommended for M&A and Corporate.
Best Lawyers Germany 2015 – recommended for Corporate, M&A, Private Equity and Venture Capital.
Best Lawyers Germany 2014 – Lawyer of the Year Berlin for Private Equity.
Best Lawyers Germany 2014 – recommended for Corporate, M&A, Private Equity and Venture Capital.
JUVE Handbook 2013 – recommended Lawyer for M&A and Corporate.
Best Lawyers Germany 2013 – recommended for Corporate, M&A, Private Equity and Venture Capital.
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