Dirk Oberbracht is a partner in the Frankfurt office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is a member of the firm’s Private Equity and Mergers & Acquisitions Groups and Partner-in-Charge of the Frankfurt office.
Mr. Oberbracht is a leading Private Equity and M&A lawyer. He advises private equity investors, corporate clients, families and management teams. He has extensive expertise in cross-border and domestic deals, including carve-outs, joint ventures, minority investments, corporate restructurings and management equity programs.
Mr. Oberbracht is “frequently recommended” for Private Equity and M&A (JUVE Handbook 2020/2021). Chambers Europe Germany 2020 ranks him in Band 2 for Private Equity. “‘He is amazingly good at negotiating,’ enthuses one interviewee” (Chambers Europe Germany 2019). Chambers Global and Chambers Europe 2020 rank him in Germany Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability. Clients described him as “very strategic, smart and great in getting complex deals done” (Chambers Europe Germany 2019). The Legal 500 Deutschland 2021 recommends him for Corporate, M&A and Private Equity citing a reference who emphasizes his “highest M&A expertise, high negotiation skills, excellent implementation of negotiation results into legal documents” as well as his “great accuracy even in stressful situations.” He is a member of The Legal 500 Hall of Fame, recognized for his continued excellence and constant praise from clients in the area of Private Equity – Transactions. Handelsblatt / The Best Lawyers™ in Germany, Who’s Who Legal – Germany and IFLR1000 regularly list him as a leading lawyer for Private Equity, M&A and Corporate . He is “lauded as a ‘well-experienced, highly skillful and extremely hardworking dealmaker’ by market commentators” (Who’s Who Legal Germany 2021). WirtschaftsWoche recognized him as one of the Top Lawyers in M&A and Corporate (2020). He is recommended by Kanzleimonitor 2020/2021, a study of the German Institute for Legal Departments and Corporate Lawyers (diruj), for M&A. Expert Guides 2020 recognized him as top legal practitioner for Private Equity in Germany. 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, “excellent market reputation for M&A work,” and “strong experience in public and private deals. He has a good sense of what the client wants.”
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 for several years.
Mr. Oberbracht is fluent in German and English.
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Goethe University Frankfurt - 1992 Dr. jur.
Goethe University Frankfurt - 1990 Law Degree
Germany - Rechtsanwalt