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​Dirk Oberbracht is a German-qualified partner in the Frankfurt office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is a member of the firms Private Equity and Mergers & Acquisitions Groups and Partner-in-Charge of the Frankfurt office.

Mr. Oberbracht focuses on Private Equity, M&A and corporate law, advising corporate entities and private equity investors. He has extensive expertise in cross-border and domestic M&A and Private Equity deals, including carve-outs, joint ventures, minority investments and corporate restructurings.

Mr. Oberbracht is “frequently recommended” for Private Equity and M&A (JUVE 2017/2018). Chambers Europe Germany 2017 ranks him in Band 2 for Private Equity. Chambers Europe and Chambers Global 2017 rank him in Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability. Clients state: “He has strong experience in public and private deals. He has a good sense of what the client wants”. He was selected by JUVE 2015/2016 as one of the 10 “leading senior partners for M&A in Germany”. Chambers Europe Germany, The Legal 500 Germany, Handelsblatt Best Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal - Germany and IFLR1000 regularly list him as a leading lawyer for Private Equity, Corporate and M&A. Clients comment: “When we have a transaction north of €100 million, he’s the guy I call”, “superb negotiator with significant amount of experience and a clear focus on client satisfaction” and “excellent market reputation for M&A work”.

Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Dirk Oberbracht was a corporate partner in the Frankfurt office of a renowned US law firm and headed such office.

Mr. Oberbracht is fluent in German and English.


Representative transactions include advising:

  • Atlas Copco on the €486 million acquisition of Oerlikon Leybold, the vacuum segment of the Swiss Oerlikon group.*
  • Clariant and Ashland on the €257 million sale of ASK Chemicals, a leading manufacturer of foundry chemicals with facilities in 25 countries, to Rhône Capital.*
  • Daimler Chrysler AG on the sale of debis AirFinance B.V., an aircraft leasing business, to Cerberus for more than US$1.3 billion.*
  • Deutsche Bank and other financial institutions in connection with the €1.8 billion acquisition of GEA Heat Exchangers by Triton*
  • Dubai International Capital on the US$1.7 billion sale of Mauser, a leading industrial packaging company, to Clayton Dubilier & Rice.*
  • Fresenius on several transactions.*
  • Goldman Sachs as financial advisor on the €3.1 billion acquisition of Kabel Baden-Württemberg by Liberty Global, Inc.*
  • HSE24/AXA Private Equity on the acquisition and restructuring of a Russian home shopping business*
  • Management team of Matrix42 on the LBO of Matrix42, a software company, sponsored by Emeram Capital Partners.*
  • Madison Dearborn Partners on the €800 million acquisition of Sirona Dental.*
  • Mauser on several transactions in Germany, the US, Italy, Spain, Thailand, Singapore and other countries.*
  • Nordic Capital on the intended acquisition of a global hydraulic business (value in excess of €500 million).*
  • One Equity Partners on the acquisition of transformer manufacturer SGB-SMIT from private equity investor BC Partners.
  • One Equity Partners on the acquisitions of De-Vau-Ge and Dailycer, manufacturers of cereals.*
  • One Equity Partners on the acquisition of Mauser, an international leading industrial manufacturing company, and the €850 million sale of Mauser to Dubai International Capital.*
  • One Equity Partners on the acquisition and restructuring of Schoeller Arca Systems, an industrial packaging company.*
  • One Equity Partners on the acquisition of Vacuumschmelze, a manufacturer of advanced magnetic materials, from The Morgan Crucible Company and the US$1 billion sale of Vacuumschmelze to OM Group.*
  • Stone Canyon Industries and its subsidiary BWAY on the US$2.3 billion acquisition of Mauser Group, a leading industrial packaging company, from Clayton Dubilier & Rice.
  • Triton on the acquisitions of Basler, a fashion label, and RMG, a manufacturer of valves.*
  • Xella, a leading building materials company headquartered in Germany, and the Management Team on the sale of Xella to Lone Star

    (*Experience Prior To Joining Gibson Dunn)



  • Goethe University Frankfurt - 1992 - Dr. jur.
  • Goethe University Frankfurt - 1990 - Law Degree


  • Germany - Rechtsanwalt