Dirk Oberbracht is the partner in charge of the Frankfurt office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and a leading Private Equity and M&A lawyer.
Dirk advises private equity investors, management teams, corporate clients and families, and has extensive expertise in complex mid- and large-cap transactions.
Chambers and Partners ranked Dirk in Band 2 for Private Equity (Chambers Europe 2023) and ranked him in Germany for Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability (Chambers Global 2023). His clients hold him in high esteem: “[Dirk] is fantastic in leading the discussions and structuring transactions which are super complex”. “[He] thinks ahead of the commercial issues and not just the legal implications, gives good impulses and goes beyond the purely legal dimension”. “Dirk Oberbracht was wonderful throughout the transaction. […] He was flexible in terms of availability and legal expertise and really went the extra mile to facilitate a difficult deal.” Dirk is a member of The Legal 500 Hall of Fame as a recognition for his continued excellence and praise from clients in Private Equity over several years and he was named as Lawyer of the Year 2022 for Private Equity by Handelsblatt / The Best Lawyers™. In 2023, he was recognized by WirtschaftsWoche as one of the Top Lawyers in M&A. He is also recommended by The Legal 500, Best Lawyers™ in Germany, Who’s Who Legal – Germany and IFLR1000. JUVE Handbook 2023/2024 listed him as “frequently recommended” for Private Equity and M&A.
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Dirk studied law at the Goethe University Frankfurt, from where he also earned his Dr. jur. degree and is admitted as a German lawyer (Rechtsanwalt). Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Dirk was a corporate partner in the Frankfurt office of a renowned U.S. law firm and headed that office for several years. He speaks German and English.
Goethe University Frankfurt - 1992 Dr. jur.
Goethe University Frankfurt - 1990 Law Degree
Germany - Rechtsanwalt