Dirk is an equity capital markets and corporate lawyer who advises companies, banks and shareholders in complex equity capital market transactions and on corporate issues. He also regularly acts for both corporations and partnerships, as well as for related company bodies, in particular in corporate and capital markets law and in the preparation of shareholders' general meetings.
Dirk has been heavily involved in capital market transactions (predominantly on the issuer side), including primarily IPOs, but also secondary share placements as well as capital increases, and issuances of convertible bonds and high yield bonds. Most recently, Dirk advised on the following: IPO Jumia Technologies (2019), IPO KnorrBremse (2018), IPO JOST Werke (Dual Track, 2017), IPO EDAG Engineering Group (Switzerland), planned IPOs Xella International (Luxembourg), CBR Fashion Holding, Armacell International (Luxembourg) and Douglas Holding (dual track) (all in 2015), IPO Hella KGaA (2014), IPO Vonovia/Deutsche Annington) and planned IPO Springer Science (dual track) (both 2013), IPO Talanx as well as planned IPO Inoxum/ThyssenKrupp Stainless (triple track) (both 2012). Further capital markets related mandates included advice to Günther Group re voluntary public exchange offer of ZEAL Network to Lotto24, tender offer by ATON for Murray & Roberts Holdings (South Africa), Epigenomics on the mixed cash and non-cash capital increase from authorised capital that was subject to a prospectus, listing and public takeover offer of Linde (all 2018) and listing and spin-off of METRO (2017), secondary share placements by family shareholders of Hella KGaA (2015), the second listing of Talanx at the Warsaw Stock Exchange, Poland (2014), as well as miscellaneous capital increases including Epigenomics (2019), Vonovia (2014) and GEA Group (2012). In convertible bonds and high yield bonds, Dirk advised Talanx prior to their IPO on the issuance of a convertible pre-IPO and Takko Fashion on a high yield bond.
In addition, Dirk regularly advises issuers on a wide range of stock corporations law and capital markets law with a particular emphasis on issues of corporate governance, insider/ad-hoc, voting rights notifications as well as on questions relating to officers' liability and their avoidance.
Dirk's clients also include a number of family-owned enterprises and entrepreneurial families where he regularly covers matters of capital markets and partnership law, corporate disputes, joint ventures and international M&A transactions.
Dirk has a lectureship in capital markets law at the University of Osnabrueck and teaches stock corporation law in the master programme "Commercial Law" at the University of Muenster.
- Admitted to bar 2005
- Düsseldorf Business School (M.B.A.)
- Universities of Saarbrücken and Marburg (Dr. iur.)
- Université Robert Schuman, Strasbourg (Maître en Droit)
- Law firm in London, 2005
- Law firm in London, 2007/2008