Dr. Dirk Janssen



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Dirk Janssen

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Dr. Dirk Janssen is a partner in the Corporate Group and heads the Munich Office of Watson Farley & Williams. 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 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 various legal directories, e.g. JUVE Handbuch (“competent, pleasant and experienced”), Who’s Who Legal (“very service-oriented”) and Legal 500.

Experience Open

    • UNIBAIL-RODAMCO SE and its German subsidiary mfi management für immobilien AG (“mfi”) on its € 860 m investment in the development of the southern Überseequartier in Hamburg’s HafenCity, Europe’s biggest inner city development profect
    • 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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