Dr. Dirk Janssen



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Dirk Janssen

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Dr. Dirk Janssen is a partner in the Munich Corporate Group. He has wide experience of private equity and M&A activities, with particular emphasis on leveraged buy-outs and cross-border transactions in the mid and large cap sector. His practice includes significant experience in advising corporates, funds, institutional investors and private equity houses.

Dirk has completed a commercial apprenticeship and worked for various international companies and law firms in Germany, the UK and Asia before joining Watson Farley & Williams. He is co-author of a commentary on private equity law and regularly publishes articles on corporate law related topics. Dirk is fluent in German and English. He is named as a “frequently recommended lawyer” for M&A and Private Equity in the German legal directory, JUVE Handbuch.


Experience Open

    • Advising KGAL on € 111 m co-investment with General Electric in Spanish solar thermal power plant Extresol II (50 MW).
    • Advising management shareholders in connection with the sale of Commarco GmbH to the WPP Group.

Education Open

  • 2003: Doctorate, University of Giessen (JSD)
  • 2003: Second State Exam, Higher R.C. Frankfurt
  • 1999: First State Examination, University of Giessen (first state exam)
  • 1999: Specialised Export Clerk (Außenhandelskaufmann)

Author/Speaker/Awards Open

  • Lecturer: University of Giessen
  • Das Risikobegrenzungsgesetz, in: Kapitalbeteiligungs- recht: Kommentar zum Private Equity-Recht (Schäffer-Poeschel) (The Risk Limitation Act, in: Capital Participation Law – Commentary on Private Equity Law)
  • Die sieben Sünden der PMI: Was Unternehmen trotz aller Erfahrung falsch machen (Finance) (The seven sins of post merger integration)
  • Private-Equity-Gesetz könnte Mittelstand Impulse geben (Börsenzeitung) (Private Equity Law)
  • Rechtsrahmen für Investitionen – Welches Private Equity-Gesetz braucht Deutschland? (Venture Capital Magazine) (Which private equity law is suitable for Germany?)
  • Wer Rechte vergibt, muss sie nicht besitzen (Horizont Sport Business) (Granting rights not a criteria for possessing rights)
  • Die Regulierung abweichenden Verhaltens im Internet: eine Untersuchung verschiedener Regulierungsansätze unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der deutschen Rechtsordnung (Nomos) (Regulation of deviant behaviour in the internet)

Employment Record Open

  • since July 2010: Watson Farley & Williams LLP
  • 2009-2010: Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
  • 2003-2009: Ashurst LLP
  • 1996: Henkel Thai Ltd.
  • 1992 – 1994: Thyssen Krupp Stahlexport

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