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 2021 ranks him in Band 2 for Private Equity – Germany. “‘He is amazingly good at negotiating,’ enthuses one interviewee” (Chambers Europe 2019). Chambers Global 2021 and Chambers Europe 2021 rank him in Germany for Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability. One client highlighted: “He was always available and just brilliant. He came up with a lot of solutions.” (Chambers Global 2021). Other clients described him as “very strategic, smart and great in getting complex deals done” (Chambers Europe 2019). The Legal 500 Deutschland 2021 and The Legal 500 EMEA 2021 recommend him for Corporate, M&A and Private Equity citing a reference who emphasizes his “highest M&A expertise, excellent negotiating skills, excellent implementation of the negotiation result in 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). Handelsblatt / The Best Lawyers™ also recognize him as a Lawyer of the Year 2022 for Private Equity. WirtschaftsWoche names him one of the Top Lawyers in M&A (2021). 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